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You asked for optimal: Follow a few thousand years of practical experience and put in a tension brace (lower outside corner to top hinge-side corner - opposite what you are going for, which is a compression brace) Go with the past few hundred years and make it a turnbuckle. The best form of compression brace "in plane" is none of the above, and has a point ...


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I use 2 3-drawer file cabinets with a 8 foot door. It works really well. Adjustment higher can be done with some 1/4"-1/2" pieces of plywood but the height works well for me. It has the added benefit of storage.


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A few concerns: The range hood will need to be placed above the window, possibly blocking some of your view, unless you install a downdraft vent frequently seen in cooking islands. If you have a messy cook in the house, cleaning the grease off of the window panes and crevices will be all the more difficult on a window. And curtains or blinds are even ...


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I thought this would be a fun thing to do (and perhaps set a precedent on diy.stackexchange.com)- post a picture with the results of my question. Thanks to the tips here on this question, as well as another I asked, I have completed my deck project. I ended up with what was described above- a ground-level deck, mostly on the slab. I took Shirlock's ...


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First of all the information I'm providing is based on my local codes, your local codes my very. Quick Answer You will need to feed the lower floor manifolds with 3/4" PEX inlets and 1/2" outlets. No manifold would be required for the upper bathroom as only 1/2" PEX is needed for both the hot and cold, just tee off the 1/2" lines to feed the sink, tub and ...


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You didn't say where you are located, but i figured in a cold area like me in Maine. First of all, 12 inch joist spacing a a waste of time and money. 16 inches will be fine especially if you plan to use 5/4 decking of any type. If you are in a non ground freeze area, just use simple blocking to support the additional 4 foot off the concrete. Assuming you ...


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You could simply make the shelves at the corner "L" shaped, like this. Another approach would be to make a corner unit, at an angle to the two wall units. Like this. A smaller corner unit, is also an option. Though all of these options are dependent on your personal preference.


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A standing floor lamp that emits light up will reflect light off the ceiling and create ambient illumination. However, it won't be connected to a wall light switch (unless you have or wire a switched outlet). I actually prefer standing lamps to overhead lights, since overhead lights can create harsh shadows (especially if there's just one bright one in the ...


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Using crates to support the desk is more of a hack than a DIY project. What may be useful is a recently-asked question about spanning long distances with shelves, many of the answers apply here. If you're going to create your own legs, there are many ways to do it. Using standard dimensional (2x4 or 4x4) lumber would be one way. A relatively easy way that ...


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So based on advice from ratchetfreak in comments I took his advice and went with the 'corridor' effect on the 37" wall (pic below). As the room has two doors it gave me an interesting perspective on what the 'walking into the room' vibe was. For door #1 (the bottom door in pic) I felt like the closet made the room feel smaller on entrance. For door #2 (left ...


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The easiest thing would be a lamp with an external switch and a wireless remote control. However, if you want more traditional fixtures, one product I know if is FlatWire Lighting Wire. It's 12V low voltage and installs with a thin strip conductors you adhere to the wall. I should point out that cutting holes and running wire within a single room is ...


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The numbers on each side of your plan are probably measurements in millimeters. That's the closest relation I could find to the handwritten 1098 square feet. 7 541 mm * 13 300 mm = 7,541 m * 13,3 m = 100,295 square meters = 1 079.5 square feet


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My neighbors had a similar long, narrow kitchen to work with. They decided to go with a long island down the middle, with the 'work triangle' on one side (fridge at the end of the island, sink and stove along the exterior wall of the house). The advantage is that people can be cooking on one side (there's enough space for someone to pass behind someone ...


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This website has a good explanation of hydrostatic forces on a dam surface. You could build your wall with a submerged lip to help counteract the moment applied by the water pressure on the vertical face of the wall. Image from TheConstructor.org I did some quick calculations and got the following: So to sum up my incoherent scribblings, assuming a 30 ...


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You can also look at Wet Zones. These come in a variety of styles but the one we used from Aqua Dry consists of a raised base you fix above the existing floor level. This base has the correct drainage slopes built in - all you have to do is make sure the floor on which it stands is level. The range includes side and end panels which fit onto this raised ...


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Here would be my basic approach (Mechanical Engineer here, Statics TA for 4 semesters): For starters, you could figure out the weight of the mattress and box spring plus the weight of two people lying on it (W). Add in a safety factor (at a minimum 2, ideally a bit more) - remember, an uneven or dynamic loading will apply significantly higher stresses to ...


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Building parts, building tools, building techniques, and building skills are all based on square walls. With building parts, you have things like bricks with 4 sides, wood sheathing with straight edges, not to mention studs, drywall, and most other building materials with factory edges. With tools, framing squares, levels, speed squares, and corner tools for ...


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putting the legs on the inside will induce a shearing load on the connection. A better connection would be having the wood frame rest on the leg (with a notch). You also need to account for the needed strength in the corners so everything stays square. or you can do a google search on bed plans and get a tried and tested design the first link even only ...


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I would love to look out over my stove into the yard, but I highly recommend you don't configure your kitchen this way. The thermal gradient may weaken the seal on double pane glass. The bottom will be hot and the top will be ambient. Intense heat may prematurely age the window sealing material. You can never put curtains or plastic blinds / curtains ...


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What you are creating here is known as a "Wet room". I could not find any set rules for distances, however the entire concept and building method is different than for conventional bathrooms with enclosed showers. Wet rooms can be built to any size or shape. The most important concept is that the room needs to be "tanked". What this means is that the ...


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You can get divider screens that are made of several reasonably lightweight panels connected together with hinges (like the IKEA RISÖR). Something like that could be used to divide the room. I've also seen people use freestanding shelf units to divide a large room, that are open on both sides (like the IKEA EXPEDIT), and then fill the shelves with books, ...


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Most builders never even consider this and just create a building large enough that some waste can be reused (e.g. small pieces of drywall in a closet or a bad piece of lumber as a cripple below a window) while most waste is just tossed. For something you build yourself, start with the outside measurements and get those on an even measurement. Consider how ...


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Unbelievable good math for a block wall, but I think Jim is only going to have one block on the ground at the top of the pond. The liner itself is very strong, and once laid up and over the block, that block is not going anywhere. Not only would 6 inches of water have to move the block, but stretch the liner the same distance as moving the block. The most ...


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The term pre-fab is loosely used. There are several versions of pre-built structures, from pre-framed wall sections, to modular building block sections, all the way to completely built (interior & exterior) modular homes delivered on site in two or more sections. most manufactures of modular homes offer a wide variety of styles and floor plans. I would ...


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I can't speak as to how to calculate it, but from experience, 2x4s are overkill. For the beds I've seen, 1x3s slats (laid down, not vertical), with a vertical 1x4 perimeter, were sufficient unless both people weigh 300+lbs. You will want a center rail and possibly a center leg (some mattress warranties actually require one!). Reducing the span length is a ...


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Once you decide on the weight load and the aesthetic aspects of your table, you can determine the distance between supports using the "Sagulator" (online Shelf Sag Calculator) located at http://www.woodbin.com/calcs/sagulator.htm. Legos (being plastic) are generally pretty light, so unless you have an incredible amount of them, probably most hardwoods or ...


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You used to be able to buy microwaves that you could apply cabinet facing to, but a quick google search doesn't show any examples. There are a number of ways to put a cabinet door over a microwave, and it looks like the following would probably suit your needs best: http://www.houzz.com/hidden-microwave There is cabinet hardware that lifts the cabinet ...


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You've asked three related but not identical questions here which makes it hard to figure out what your real concern is and how to solve it. is the safety ground separate from neutral. how to identify and distinguish the safety ground from neutral. is the voltage between hot and neutral greater than hot and safety ground under load. The first two ...



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