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Mechanical Engineer from Huntsville, AL.

New homeowner since 3/5/10


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?
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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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Jun
18
comment How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?
That amount of force has to be perpendicular to the wall, not straight down. Since you can't brace very easily against the bed itself (which you're trying to move), you'll have trouble even if you've got 3X that amount of force working for you in the form of your weight. Plus, the upper bunk needs the force applied at a height of 6', which makes it awkward for even a tall person, and downright impossible for someone short.
Jun
18
revised How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?
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Jun
18
answered How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?
Jun
18
comment How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?
I'm confused by your description. Is it stuck in the up position? In order for me to answer your question, you'll need to provide the total weight of each bunk, with mattress included and the weight of each support leg for the top bunk. Also provide the height the gas pistons are attached to the frame above the bed. This geometry is needed since it affects how much of the force is directed vertically and horizontally.
Jun
16
accepted Are router bit imperfections normal?
Jun
15
asked Are router bit imperfections normal?
Jun
8
comment Exactly measure lumber for cabinetry
Is there a reason you can't cut it as close as possible and hide any errors with trim?