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May
28
comment how to carry 20ft lumbers to home
I am not any sort of structural engineer. However, I believe what you are looking at there are 2x4s acting as rafter ties. What's actually supporting your roof are the walls of your garage. These rafter ties are there to 'pull' the walls together so they don't bow out. The load they are under is via their length laterally. They are being 'pulled' along their horizontal length rather than being pushed down perpendicularly. I don't think adding a long 2X4 will do anything in this situation.
May
28
comment deck post design
When you say 'posts' are you actually referring to the concrete footers? Those are typically called 'piers'. You'll want to use option #1, as there's no easy way--especially DIY--to get the piers all perfectly level with each other. As for concrete being stronger...that may be true in compression, but you'd have very little lateral strength with tall concrete piers.
May
28
comment how to carry 20ft lumbers to home
Though I would never consider a 2x4 a beam, you certainly don't want to split beams unless you also put a support column under the joint (and/or use some engineered steel plates)
May
28
comment how to carry 20ft lumbers to home
Beams don't usually support roofs. The walls do. Can you share a picture?
May
25
comment Are steel exterior doors reversible?
To clarify, I meant flipping left opening to right opening. Not the direction it opens. In the end, though I decided it was easier to just buy a new door.
May
25
comment Are steel exterior doors reversible?
Sorry, I meant reversing the swing--from left to right--not from inward to outward. In the end, though, I realized that it just wan't worth the hassle. I just bought a new double hung that opens the way we prefer. :)
May
22
comment 3" conduit with many bends - is it worth to build it?
Are the bends inside the wall? If so, how do you plan to install? are you opening up the wall?
May
20
comment Open appliance which has a flat round disk as a screw head, no recess at all
looks like a rivet of some sort. Might be able to drill them out.
May
20
comment Is this swing beam safe?
Treated wood is used for a lot of outdoor applications in general--not just ground contact (playground equipment, fences, etc.)
May
18
comment Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?
There are a few drawbacks to densarmor, though: it's itchy (fiberglass) and you might have to skim-coat it all to get a consistent finish to it (as it has a texture that you won't see in the taped joints).
May
18
comment Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?
Vapor Barriers are becoming a very outdated method for basements. See the Building Science Corporations work on this topic. They explicitely state that you should not have a vapor barrier in a below grade wall construction. Many building codes are out of date in this regard.
May
18
comment Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?
@statueuphemism DensArmor is paperless wallboard. Should work just fine for fire rating.
May
17
comment Using Fence as a retaining wall
For longevity and easy maintenance I'd go with landscape block. They stack like legos. No mortar. But another option if you want to stay low-cost would be railroad ties. They'd likely support the dirt better than the fence. They're messy, though. But cheap.
May
16
comment A crack in my foundation wall is leaking
Agreed, but before doing all of that, it's probably best to also figure out where the water is coming from.
May
15
comment What type of concrete foundation do you pour for sand?
Where on this planet is this piece of property?
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
Yes, a hose is not a 'pipe'. It's like running an extension chord. It is in no way considered 'modifying' the structure. And it's not even really a hose. You can pick up fairly inconspicuous small clear drain lines at Home Depot. Easy enough to tuck along the perimeter of a room.
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
Conceptually, I'd agree. Functionally, though, the change in scale is pretty significant. That's why you don't usually see 'condensate pans' on central air systems. They just dump it outside. There's just too much humidity being pulled out for a pan to be effective.
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
@ProgrammerGirl I can't say I know of any humidifiers rated for use outdoors. Could you show us a photo of the outside of your building? That might help us.
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
A refrigerator is having to cool an entirely different type of space than an AC unit, thought. It's also not truly closed, and the condensate still leaves the confines of the fridge.
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
This is exactly how window units work. Alas, rarely can the fan 'mist' the condensation faster than it accumulates. You will still likely have more condensation than the fan can deal with.