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Mechanical Engineer from Huntsville, AL.

New homeowner since 3/5/10


Feb
25
comment How can I protect books in my study from rats/mice?
@Joe: Good point, maybe I was too hasty with the close hammer.
Feb
25
revised How can I protect books in my study from rats/mice?
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Feb
25
comment How can I protect books in my study from rats/mice?
Possible duplicate: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/3205/theres-a-mouse-in-my-house
Feb
24
revised How bad is a leak-through?
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Feb
24
comment What are cheap ways to build strong shelves with a large span?
@flamingpenguin: Actually, if the calculator is assuming a simply supported beam (fixed only at endpoints), it won't be applicable for a shelf supported on 3 sides. You're not going to find an easy calculator for that situation - that's FEA territory.
Feb
23
comment What are cheap ways to build strong shelves with a large span?
I've used this stuff before with a carbon fiber layup for an SAE RC aircraft heavy lift competition. aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cmpages/01-00488.php The finished product is unbelievably strong and lightweight. Not very easy on the wallet though, and probably not the best option for shelves, when shelf weight isn't an issue.
Feb
23
comment What are cheap ways to build strong shelves with a large span?
BTW, moment of inertia (I) can be calculated for a rectangular cross section by I=1/12*w*h^3, where h=height (direction load is applied) and w=width.
Feb
23
comment What are cheap ways to build strong shelves with a large span?
For a more in-depth beam deflection calculator with different loadings and methods of support, try: aps.anl.gov/APS_Engineering_Support_Division/… You may need a little bit of engineering background though. This website is a little more user-friendly, but doesn't have an automatic calculator: engineersedge.com/beam_calc_menu.shtml
Feb
22
revised How do I install a new exterior GFI outlet?
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Feb
22
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Feb
18
revised Gas Fireplace Pilot
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Feb
18
comment What size of lumber should I use for the mounting rail for shelves and cabinets?
@Mark: Can't help it, I'm an engineer. :)
Feb
16
revised Is it worth spending extra to get a nicer circular saw?
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Feb
15
revised What size of lumber should I use for the mounting rail for shelves and cabinets?
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Feb
15
answered What size of lumber should I use for the mounting rail for shelves and cabinets?
Feb
13
comment Plastic repair - welding?
If it's a thermoset, you're out of luck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermosetting_polymer
Feb
11
comment How can I make a bedroom with lots of windows darker?
@shirlock: Maybe he's got street lights shining in the window? We've got an arched window section that lets a TON of moonlight through on a clear night and full moon. This weekend's project is building a valence box for it. :)
Feb
10
comment What is a good way to cat-proof (or child-proof) kitchen cabinets?
@Scivitri: I'd rather not pay a 5 cent toll each time I open my cupboards. Unless you don't open your cabinets that much, that could add up to $20-30/month. True, it would be stronger than rubber bands, but you'd also have to keep a pair of scissors handy.
Feb
9
comment Can I plug a workbench mounted double gang outlet into a single gang wall outlet?
@gregmac: That's what I was planning on doing. I'm leaning towards Tester101's suggestion now though.
Feb
9
accepted Can I plug a workbench mounted double gang outlet into a single gang wall outlet?