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Mechanical Engineer from Huntsville, AL.

New homeowner since 3/5/10


Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
30
comment Why won't any light in my house turn on after a range hood was installed?
Have you checked to make sure the breaker hasn't been tripped? Do your power outlets work?
Jun
30
comment Is this ladder bookcase design strong enough to hold printers?
Your design DEFINITELY needs a more stable base. Add another cross piece at the base against the wall so it makes an "H" rather than a "T".
Jun
30
revised Is my thermostat transformer voltage too low?
Fixed spelling, grammar.
Jun
26
comment Can my garage ceiling handle this much weight?
I agree. 45 lbs is nothing, as long as you hit a few ceiling joists. Use lag screws, not regular wood screws or drywall screws.
Jun
26
comment What would a calculation be for the weight bearing capacity of 6 x 2 studwork?
Sorry, but this is outside of my ability to estimate without spending many hours on it. For starters, I'd need a few diagrams because it's really hard to follow exactly how you've constructed it with just text. Also, there are so many different fasteners, glue, etc. that it would be hard to model without FEA software.
Jun
26
comment What type of wood is this?
Very late to the party, but I agree on the pine or fir diagnosis. The most likely reason your friend told you not to stain the wood is that pine can turn out blotchy. To combat this, use a wood conditioner prior to applying the stain.
Jun
23
comment How should I install the post for a mailbox?
Another common mounting method for mailboxes in areas with high snowfall is on two chains in a "V" suspended from trees overhead. The snowplows whack it up out of the way when they go by, and it just swings back into place afterwards.
Jun
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
22
comment Trex decking problems
I believe Trex claims to never need treating, but I may be wrong. You may want to check if the material has a warranty.
Jun
22
revised What are the pros and cons of installing a roof heating cable?
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Jun
19
comment Can I attach 2x4s to the studs in order to mount my TV?
Sounds like a fine approach. Just use lag bolts or at least wood screws. Drywall screws aren't meant to carry much of a load at all.
Jun
18
revised How do you interlock 2 pieces of plywood
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Jun
18
answered How do you interlock 2 pieces of plywood
Jun
18
revised How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?
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Jun
18
comment How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?
@dfife, see the update to my answer for recommendations on what might make your setup work. Also, if you get me the last weight measurement I asked for in my last comment on the question, I can adjust the 220 lb estimate for a more accurate one.
Jun
18
revised How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?
Added dimension adjustment recommendations
Jun
18
comment How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?
How much does the scale say when the bed is in the horizontal position, 90° with the wall? Measure it so the legs are just barely off the ground. The scale should only be supporting a load in the vertical direction.
Jun
18
revised How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?
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Jun
18
revised How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?
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