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May
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answered My house has steel “2x4s” in the walls, can I hang cabinets, a TV, or some other heavy item from them?
May
1
comment My house has steel “2x4s” in the walls, can I hang cabinets, a TV, or some other heavy item from them?
Are you sure they are aluminum? They're more likely steel.
May
1
comment Could water temperature fluctuations be caused by new plumbing?
can you provide any more details? For instance, if you turn on the cold in the kitchen, does it turn warm? If you turn on hot, does it turn cold?
May
1
comment How can I best create a motorcycle tie-down point on or through my cedar fence?
That's not a bad idea, though, that said, with a chain through the eyelet, it'd be a difficult thing to unscrew.
May
1
answered How can I best create a motorcycle tie-down point on or through my cedar fence?
May
1
comment How to build a brick wall on the front of a CMU retaining wall?
FWIW, CMUs don't make very good retaining walls. They don't allow ground water to seep and eventually crack, split, lean, etc. Most retaining walls these days are built with specialty retaining wall blocks, which aren't mortared together so slight movements over the years are tolerated.
May
1
comment How to build a brick wall on the front of a CMU retaining wall?
What do you mean "but ended up all mangled up"? Are the cement blocks going to stay, or are you tearing those out and replacing them as well?
May
1
revised How to build a brick wall on the front of a CMU retaining wall?
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May
1
answered How to build a brick wall on the front of a CMU retaining wall?
Apr
30
comment What could be causing my spa filter to clog regularly/often; and how can I fix it?
I think you're way over-thinking things. The filter is clogging. The fix is to figure out what is clogging it. Sounds like you have icky stuff (technical term) living in the guts of the system that you need to kill off.
Apr
30
comment How to build a brick wall on the front of a CMU retaining wall?
What is the wall retaining? Are the blocks mortared?
Apr
30
comment How to build a brick wall on the front of a CMU retaining wall?
Bricks? Or landscaping blocks? Or CMUs? Or...?
Apr
30
comment Are there any good videos available that teach basic carpentry?
YouTube. Seriously. You can learn most anything from YouTube these days. Also, Fine Hombuilding (and I'd assume their sister publication, Fine Woodworking) offers video series both on and ordered via their web site. I've been a big fan of Fine Homebuilding for a long time.
Apr
30
comment Is it possible to convert a truss attic into living space?
No basement. Garage could offer some space, but we'd lose a garage. The main reason to want to extend the living space there is simply because there is space there. Alas, space filled with trusses. And the goal wouldn't be to 'mess with' the trusses as much as it would be to completely replace them with a proper joist and rafter system. I'm just not sure how practical that is to achieve retrofitted from the inside.
Apr
28
comment How can I connect two indoor ductless A/C's to one compressor?
ya know...for mild climates, this is an option I had never considered...splitting one compressor between two heads with only one used at once. I imagine this would be most doable with some electronic set up where it wouldn't allow both to be run at once.
Apr
28
answered What to expect when tearing up carpet?
Apr
27
comment Would wrapping a wood fence post in plastic help protect it?
Both Kreosote and Tar are both toxic materials, though. Common, but just something to consider before sticking into the ground.
Apr
27
comment Would wrapping a wood fence post in plastic help protect it?
I've never heard of that and I think your co-worker is a little crazy.
Apr
25
answered How can I remove a coffee stain from carpet?
Apr
24
comment How can I fill this gap between the plasterboard and window architrave?
It's a common 'style' in cheaper homes and/or, for some reason, in the Pacific Northwest of the US (I see TONS of homes out here where windows are all finished with sheetrock corners...no trim). I suppose it's a bit of a more 'contemporary' look, though my gut says it's just cheaper to build.