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Nov
19
comment How many posts for a shed?
The fewer posts, the beefier your floor joists need to be to handle the span.
Nov
17
comment What could be causing the copper green smells in my house when the furnace turns on?
there is a lot going on here. Why is the furnace pulling air from your fireplace? What is the connection between hardi-plank and copper green?
Nov
17
comment streamlined snow shoveling
I'm not convinced either of those solutions (nor the sled solution below) would work with heavy snow. With heavy snow, you really do have to move it up and off the sidewalk, rather than just push it around. In some cases, a SMALLER shovel can actually make that more tolerable, as it prevents you from lifting too much wet snow at once--which is where the back injuries usually come from.
Nov
10
comment Is it really such a terrible idea to have original pine floorboards in a bathroom?
Sure it could work. The only major concern would be if there are gaps in between the boards where water could pool and sit (or steam infiltrate causing expansion issues).
Nov
8
comment Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs?
@steveha I believe Consumer Reports has some reviews on the front loaders that vibrate the least. Maybe see if the PSE one is on that list.
Nov
8
comment How would a professional flash this?
@Brett it looks like this roof was built over an existing one? I'm not a roofing expert, but it seems that this entire edge of the roof should have been flashed with some custom z-channel so that it was under both sets of shingles to begin with.
Nov
7
comment When is it appropriate to use a wood rule rather than a tape measure?
While certainly said in jest, I do challenge the down voters to prove me wrong! :)
Nov
7
comment Why are the contractors leaving lambs wool fibers in my floor finish?
free insulation!
Nov
7
comment Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs?
@benrudgers wood does. But the connectors (glue, nails, plates) may not. (Unless it's earthquake country--which--to be fair--puget sound is though I don't think building codes mandated earthquake proof connectors until more recently)
Nov
7
comment Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs?
@benrudgers while I absolutely won't claim that my answer is definitive by any stretch of the definition, it's not based solely on one company's business decision. Many units' manufacturer's installation instructions state that they should not be installed on second floors. And while it's true it's not uncommon for houses to be built above and beyond code it, alas, is also not uncommon for houses to be built to meet only the absolute minimum of code.
Nov
7
comment Best household energy storage
If the issue is literally gas within the walls of the house, that's easily remedied--as the propane tank and generator should be outside anyways.
Nov
7
comment Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs?
@benrudgers I agree, I'm definitely using a tongue-and-cheek explanation of 'live load' when it comes to the Front Loader. I'll clarify that. That said, the essence of the answer is simply that the second floor of a house is typically built to a different standard than the lower portion and that lower standard doesn't handle the vibrations of a HE Front Loader nearly as well. I'd argue even the first floor in many houses is under-built for the vibrations that a front loader introduces (at least that's true for our house!)
Nov
7
comment Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs?
Leaking is an issue with any water appliance. So this isn't likely the reason they'd let one kind on the first floor, but a different kind on the second floor.
Nov
7
comment Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs?
Is there a history of front-loader doors blowing off? Keep in mind that a front loader's water table is below the door most of the time. And that in spin cycle, very little water would be able to exit the front due to centripetal force. One of the main benefits of the front loader is how little water is uses vs. the top loaders.
Nov
5
comment Best household energy storage
It's literally conserved energy.
Nov
5
comment Tongue groove wood flooring - oops, I cut them both off
Is this engineered 'snap together' flooring, or actual nail/glue-down tongue and groove? In both cases, I don't think there's a huge risk here, but less so with the latter (as you can use extra glue/nails on the tongueless end.)
Nov
5
comment Best household energy storage
Indeed, your meaning was clear. Point of clarification was really for the OP's sake as it's not clear if they're looking for literal storage or not.
Nov
5
comment Best household energy storage
Point of clarification, it's not stored as money. It's converted to money.
Nov
5
comment Hardware (clamp and/or spacers) to mount a horizontal pipe to a roof?
Maybe I need a picture. :) But in my head, having too many fittings means you're adding a whole lot of 'wiggle points' that are lessening the rigidity of the overall structure. But I heed your 'overcomplicating things' words. I do tend to do that. I will ponder this some more!
Nov
5
comment Hardware (clamp and/or spacers) to mount a horizontal pipe to a roof?
The catch is finding the right angle fittings to integrate the awning roof fittings into an anchor system fitting. That was the original thought behind avoiding that and just using pipe clamps to clamp the top pipe horizontally.