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comment How would a professional flash this?
@benrudgers I agree. We build a lot of ugly houses with impractical roof lines in this country. My favorite quote about how to tell if an architect designed a house was from a local architect we hired. He said "look at the roof line...if an architect designed the house, the roof is a major focus and was given though early in the process. If not, the entire roof is an afterthought of bizarre dormers and abutments."
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comment Refrigeration in cabin with sub-freezing temperatures?
I'm wondering if you could have a thermostat controlled outlet. So when it's 40 degrees or below, it cuts power to the fridge so it's not running. Granted, that means you'd need a separate fridge and freezer as they'd be set to separate temps.
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comment How would a professional flash this?
@benrudgers IMHO, a 'professional' would never design a roof's slant to abut a vertical service in the first place. :)
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answered How would a professional flash this?
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comment When ordering crushed stone for path, how much should be ordered to allow for compaction?
I added an answer. Let me know if I understood the question correctly.
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answered When ordering crushed stone for path, how much should be ordered to allow for compaction?
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comment When ordering crushed stone for path, how much should be ordered to allow for compaction?
Well, we can't say that it shouldn't matter unless we understand what the concern is. With pavers it doesn't matter at all, as you use the sand screed to make up any variances. In a stepping stone path in the garden, it shouldn't matter as variability is sometimes desired. In general, it's negligible, but what one person considers negligible may not be what another person considers negligible. It will also depend on how you are compacting...manual tamping? Mechanical tamper? As well as how often...every 1"? Every 2"? etc.
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comment When ordering crushed stone for path, how much should be ordered to allow for compaction?
As for your edit, keep in mind that context is everything when it comes to asking DIY questions. It's not anyone here trying to be hard, but rather trying to understand the big picture. If you're purely looking for a scientific calculation, I'd suggest a DIY experiment. Get a bag of the stone, place it in a bucket, measure, then tamp down, and re-measure. That should give you a % volume decrease that you could then apply to the bigger project.
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comment When ordering crushed stone for path, how much should be ordered to allow for compaction?
The difference between 4" of stone vs. 4" of compacted stone won't make a real difference when it comes to a path. This isn't a precise material, so assume some margin of error one way or the other. (In fact, for a stepping stone path, I'd question the need to compact at all...that's typically done for patios and interlocking blocks and other large expanses of flat uninterrupted hardscaping)
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comment Refrigeration in cabin with sub-freezing temperatures?
I'm still a little unclear on why you'd have a fridge running in the first place in the winter in an unheated cabin. As it wouldn't needto run in sub-freezing temps (it'd be cold enough inside the fridge that it shouldn't kick on), you should be OK. I imagine it's the border-line temps that would actually be more of an issue. Can you unplug it for the season?
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comment How can I make an exterior door?
Fine Homebuilding had a detailed article on building an exterior door about a year ago. Maybe check the online archives.
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comment Refrigeration in cabin with sub-freezing temperatures?
I'm curious about the use-case here. Are you not in the cabin during the winter but have food that needs refrigeration at that time? Note that a fridge can't warm anything, so if it's below freezing, the food is likely frozen as well.
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comment When ordering crushed stone for path, how much should be ordered to allow for compaction?
What is the concern you have? If it's a path, it shouldn't matter one way or the other, really.
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comment Bolt with shoulder portion above and unthreaded region below threads
If you bought it new, for what you paid for it, they should send you a replacement bolt.
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revised Alternative systems to framing and drywall for basement?
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comment Alternative systems to framing and drywall for basement?
I like the logic in them, but agree with DMoore about the looks. They feel like tacky office cubicles when done.
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comment Do I have to worry about condensation on plywood over rigid foam insulation in the attic?
You normally insulate the attic floor (vented cold roof) or the rafters (unvented hot roof). Not both. If you're fully insulating the attic floor, there's not much to gain (if anything) insulating the rafters.
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comment What is the best type of 6 ft wood fence to block wind in a yard?
We need a lot more detail to be able to answer this with any specificity. A drawing, for starters, would help a lot. As stated, when we're talking 'big space' a 6' fence is likely going to give you very little ROI in terms of blocking the wind. Not to mention the fact that if it's really windy, the fence may not even last very long.
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comment What is the best method for carrying a 4x8 by yourself over tough terrain?
@DMoore plus you get to rent a bobcat!
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comment What is the best method for carrying a 4x8 by yourself over tough terrain?
A big quadcopter.