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Mechanical Engineer from Huntsville, AL.

New homeowner since 3/5/10


May
12
comment How to deal with Carpenter Bees boring into my front porch?
I spent many a summer patrolling my backyard to keep carpenter bees off our wooden split rail fence. A badminton racket dispatches them quite easily, since they're prone to hover in the same spot. I eventually graduated to shooting them out of the air with a BB gun too. Although now I think I'd opt for a non-lethal solution like Fiasco Labs'.
May
12
comment Possible to flatten warped wood?
Make sure to run a metal detector over the surface of the wood before running it through a planer. Most sets of knives cost $50+, and can be ruined by a single nail.
May
1
comment What is the essential beginners tool box?
Is there a reason you're averse to using power tools? Cost? Lack of a power outlet availability at the work site? Nostalgia? Providing a reason behind your choice of methodology, and specific project objectives (cutting a board to length, mitering, planing, etc.) may bring your question back on topic. As it is it's much too broad.
Apr
25
awarded  Famous Question
Apr
25
comment Resources for designing new HVAC
I think I actually like your approach better, and I think it should be the accepted answer. While it's never bad to educate yourself and be able to ask intelligent questions, the more I looked into it, the more I realized there are a TON of variables that go into HVAC design. The savings from designing a system without professional consultation could be greatly overshadowed in the long run by operating costs due to inefficiencies from such a DIY design.
Apr
24
revised Resources for designing new HVAC
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Apr
24
answered Resources for designing new HVAC
Apr
17
comment GE model numbers
It may be the distributor. I'm pretty sure different stores will sometimes sell the same product with unique product numbers to avoid price matching their competitors.
Apr
15
comment How can I secure a shed with a skid foundation in a windy location?
Your answer got me on the right track. I found these earth anchors specifically designed for sheds that I think I'm going to end up using.
Apr
14
asked How can I secure a shed with a skid foundation in a windy location?
Apr
8
revised Can I paint a deck when wet weather is forecasted?
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Apr
8
revised How can I construct an exterior rock facade?
fixed spelling and grammar
Apr
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
1
revised How can I repair a towel bar with one end ripped out of the wall?
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Apr
1
comment How can I repair a towel bar with one end ripped out of the wall?
@Bryce: It's a towel bar, not a handrail specifically designed to arrest falls. For the intended purpose, the "DIY fix" I suggested should be every bit as strong, if not stronger than the original hardware, which has already failed.
Apr
1
comment How can I repair a towel bar with one end ripped out of the wall?
Excellent suggestion, @MichaelKaras.
Apr
1
answered How can I repair a towel bar with one end ripped out of the wall?
Apr
1
revised How can I build a two-legged table?
fixed accrediting error
Apr
1
answered How can I build a two-legged table?
Mar
31
revised How can I find the square footage of an irregular driveway?
added 213 characters in body