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Mechanical Engineer from Huntsville, AL.

New homeowner since 3/5/10


Jul
8
comment Do I need a corded drill to mix thinset?
@bcworkz: You're right, that's just not the answer I wanted to hear. Oh well, if the worst case scenario is buying another tool, you won't have to twist my arm too hard. :)
Jul
8
revised Do I need a corded drill to mix thinset?
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Jul
8
comment Do I need a corded drill to mix thinset?
If you look at the original wording of my question, it was actually less nebulous.
Jul
5
revised Do I need a corded drill to mix thinset?
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Jul
5
asked Do I need a corded drill to mix thinset?
Jul
5
comment What is a 'normal' time for water to completely drain out of a shower pan?
A quick google search yields this brief explanation of slimline shower trays which mentions something about a "turbo shower waste" being necessary, which I'm assuming is a pump-augmented drain, or just a better drain design.
Jul
5
revised Should I use 2' x 2' tiles for a galley kitchen?
Made less subjective
Jul
2
comment How can I clamp two 325 mm planks while gluing them together?
I've got similar ones: Jorgensen and Rockler. Both work well, and you can decide for yourself if it's worth having the "feet" for another $5/each. Don't forget you'll have to go buy the lengths of pipe separately.
Jun
29
awarded  Famous Question
Jun
28
comment How do I determine the thickness of wood needed for a desk?
If you're worried about load capacity but are intimidated by equations, I'd suggest that you build your furniture very close to the dimensions of an existing similar piece of furniture. Don't forget the type of wood matters as well!
Jun
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
25
comment What do I use to cover an insulation wrapped duct? (Silver foil wrap?)
If you want to measure out your area to be covered, it's approximately $25 for 5400 sq inches, which comes out to $0.66/sq. ft. if I did my math right. Don't forget to account for overlap!
Jun
25
comment Is it OK to drill vertically through a joist?
A 1/4" hole through a 1.5" wide beam is 1/6 of the cross-sectional area. So you're reducing your load-bearing material by 17%, while also introducing a stress concentration to an anisotropic material. So yes, even with a hole as small as a 1/4", you still significantly weaken the beam.
Jun
25
revised Is it OK to drill vertically through a joist?
Added diagram
Jun
25
answered Is it OK to drill vertically through a joist?
Jun
25
comment What do I use to cover an insulation wrapped duct? (Silver foil wrap?)
Covering up that duct work with only foil tape is going to be very expensive.
Jun
24
comment How to remove screws with stripped heads?
I bought this exact set this weekend when I needed to replace a rounded out machine screw in my miter saw. It couldn't have been easier! Well worth the $15.
Jun
19
revised How can I replace the plywood under my air handler?
Added pictures
Jun
18
asked How can I replace the plywood under my air handler?
Jun
17
comment How do I replace part of my bathroom ceiling?
I'd only add one more piece of advice: Use paper tape, not fiberglass tape for the joints. I replaced 7 sheets of drywall on my ceiling a few years ago, and many of the joints have re-cracked since. Fiberglass is much easier for the beginner, but it's worth it to deal with paper tape in the long run.