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Sep
24
comment Can I use a single cable for cable rails?
@ChrisCudmore this would probably be a good, separate question, but: I've always learned that lag bolts provide more strength (in terms of resisting pull-out) than through-bolts (the theory being more thread is in contact with the wood in a lag bolt than there is thread in contact with the nut in a through-bolt)
Sep
24
comment Can I use a single cable for cable rails?
hey....that's an unique idea! And I like the look of it!
Sep
24
comment Can I use a single cable for cable rails?
@bib I agree in theory, though do note that this is aircraft cable. It's has a tensile strength of 10,000+ pounds. (Granted, there's always multiple points of hardware failure in a system like this). It's a valid warning, though. Good point.
Sep
24
comment Can I use a single cable for cable rails?
@ratchetfreak the commercial systems allow bends (45 degrees) so I don't know if it'd weaken it all that much. A 90 degree bend would be bad, though.
Sep
24
comment Can I use a single cable for cable rails?
I don't see how eye bolts would be WEAKER than the small hardware the railing systems use.
Sep
24
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Sep
24
comment Can I use a single cable for cable rails?
@matt in this case, it's not, but if we're talking a large deck with stairs, the price gets rather large with the 'official' hardware. Note that even the 'official' hardware does tend to allow 45 degree bends around corners, so it seems that bending the cable isn't unheard of.
Sep
24
comment Can I use a single cable for cable rails?
For the curved channels, I'm thinking some drilling at various angles. Alternatively, I could build up the posts as by sandwiching some cut-out plywood in between dimensional lumber. I agree about the turnbuckle and screw eyes not being a look for everyone...and I wonder if that's just not the reason right there. Personally, though, cable railing is industrial looking to begin with, so wouldn't mind the extra hardware showing (that said, I could also hide the end points BEHIND the posts...I have to think about that a bit more...)
Sep
24
comment Can I use a single cable for cable rails?
hrm...'lawyers' are always a likely scenario for why things aren't done. I don't know that I'd personally be that worried, as braided cable is pretty strong. I agree that there'd be more 'stretch' to deal with, so installation labor is probably a viable reason it's not done a whole lot either.
Sep
23
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Sep
21
comment Can I build a hot tub using lumber?
@Tester101 I stand corrected! That said, looking at that picture, I'd say the bowed sides are stretching the definition of a rectangle (get it? Stretching? eh...)
Sep
21
comment How can I prevent flooding in my house when it rains heavily?
pictures would really help with this one
Sep
21
comment Can I build a hot tub using lumber?
I think Richard is saying that a pre-formed tub won't have additional forces acting on the outside as the tub, itself, is engineered to handle it. This makes sense if you're framing in a pre-built hot-tub (vs. building one)
Sep
21
comment Why can't I drill into studs more than 1 & 1/2 inches?
I'd consider that more of a furring strip. Hard to say, but it may not be load bearing at all...merely there to hold up the sheetrock. That doesn't explain the outlet boxes...how are those 3" deep? I wonder if your masonry wall is uneven...perhaps there's a bump out of the masonry wall?
Sep
20
comment What is the best type of underlay for vinyl flooring?
By carpet underlay, do you mean the padding? If so, remove the padding. Under the padding will be plywood. That's what you want to put the vinyl on top of. If your subfloor isn't flat, you can put a new sheet(s) of 1/4" ply on top. You'd cut it to fit via careful measuring. ;)
Sep
20
comment Why can't I drill into studs more than 1 & 1/2 inches?
Yea, I have no other guesses. Might have to crack the wall open. Keep us posted!
Sep
20
answered What is the best type of underlay for vinyl flooring?
Sep
20
comment Why can't I drill into studs more than 1 & 1/2 inches?
Hmm...how deep are your outlet boxes?
Sep
20
comment Why can't I drill into studs more than 1 & 1/2 inches?
FWIW, patching sheetrock isn't that hard. It might just be easiest to cut a small hole and peek in. If you make the hole behind where the TV will be placed, you won't even have to worry about patching it all that neatly.