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Feb
24
comment Is notching a flange on an I-Joist ever acceptable?
And to iterate on why you should never cut the flanges, it's because the flanges themselves bear nearly the entire load.
Feb
3
comment How deep do I cement a 21' tall, schedule 40 galvanized steel pole?
If this is for a kids basketball goal there most definitely will be occasional side loading on the poles, kids are good at improvising ways to inadvertently destroy things.
Sep
22
comment What is the easiest way to cut a 2 inch groove in concrete?
FYI, In many jurisdictions running irrigation right from a faucet is illegal.
Sep
18
answered Does UF wire allow direct burial or require conduit?
Sep
2
comment How deep in ground should I install 4x4 PT fence posts?
Where do you live and what kind of soil conditions do you have?
Aug
26
comment What cable do I need to run from my main breaker in the house underground in schedule 40 conduit to my garage?
I think you should pick up a copy of the NEC. Not knowing what to put in the conduit is at odds with "knowing what I'm doing".
Aug
13
comment How to make a Tall Retaining Wall
I think in many jurisdictions the next wall up would be considered a surcharge and would require inspections and engineering review.
Aug
13
comment How to make a Tall Retaining Wall
I think you'd be better served having a single wall, and having it professionally built. It would provide you more useful space, and would probably still be cheaper than building 6 or more smaller walls.
Aug
10
comment Building a retaining wall
It's going to depend on what kind of soil you have, you'll likely need to have anchors or geomeshes to support the wall. Additionally if the soil above is expected to hold a lot of weight (eg pavement or structures) the construction is even more demanding. Your jurisdiction likely requires a building plan in advance and multiple inspections. We need more details to be of any help.
Aug
3
comment Any recommendations on joists for weight bearing?
Plus, that kind of load requires looking at the walls and supporting structure to determine if they can handle it, even if the joists are sized properly.
Jul
24
comment PVC piping for low-pressure air line?
@cathode: it doesn't matter whether your tank is 1 gallon or a million, the only thing that matters is the depth. You must have significant line losses in your setup such as numerous valves, narrow diameter tubing, or other restrictions that dissipate energy.
Jul
24
answered PVC piping for low-pressure air line?
Jun
16
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May
30
revised How can I rewire a light to use three-way switches?
Made the title meaningful.
May
30
suggested approved edit on How can I rewire a light to use three-way switches?
Mar
30
comment Will I pass inspection/code if I install walls over carpet in a finished basement for a couple bedrooms?
I've seen several times construction crews for commercial buildings just put walls on existing carpet and leave cleaning up the carpet to be someone else's problem.
Mar
23
comment Can I use a tap and die kit to change the thread pitch on an existing machine screw?
@leeand00: what is the problem you are trying to solve that you think rethreading fasteners is going to help with? What are you building or fixing?
Jan
21
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Jan
6
comment Can I lean a ladder against tempered glass without damaging the window?
That's a long way up and down a ladder over and over. Might be worth it to just rent a scissor lift or similar.
Jan
5
comment Convert RGB/HEX etc to paint formula
You'll have to calibrate your monitor, and probably order a Pantone reference book. Without detailed information about the inner workings of your paint machine, that's about all the info we can accurately provide.