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Mechanical Engineer from Huntsville, AL.

New homeowner since 3/5/10


Oct
13
revised Can a gambrel roof have outer instead of inner supports?
Added truss analysis
Oct
13
revised Can a gambrel roof have outer instead of inner supports?
Added truss analysis
Oct
12
revised Can a gambrel roof have outer instead of inner supports?
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Oct
12
answered Can a gambrel roof have outer instead of inner supports?
Oct
12
comment Can a gambrel roof have outer instead of inner supports?
Could you draw a diagram of what you mean by running straps diagonally?
Oct
12
revised Can a gambrel roof have outer instead of inner supports?
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Oct
12
comment How do I prepare patched drywall to be painted over?
You can also try the flashlight trick after priming to see if your patch was smooth. Hold the light a few inches from the wall, parallel to the wall. Any irregularities in the surface will be obvious. There's nothing worse than finishing painting and discovering that you didn't get the mud perfectly smooth.
Oct
11
comment Recommended web sites that help pick out interior wall colors?
Take note that the $3 color samples are usually only available in flat sheen (at least in my experience). Eggshell, satin, etc. will look slightly different.
Oct
11
comment Recommended web sites that help pick out interior wall colors?
@Joe is absolutely right. My wife and I painted our bedroom a gray-brown which looks fantastic during the day, but gains a horrible purple hue under CFL lighting. Our solution was GE Reveal light bulbs, which produce a wider spectrum of light, more accurately mimicking daylight.
Oct
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
7
comment Can a load bearing beam be offset from lapping joists?
...and I just realized you're most likely talking about a horizontal beam rather than a vertical column. In that case, you can strike most of what I just said.
Oct
7
comment How can I figure out where squirrels are entering my attic?
What's the question? How do I find the entry point? Or is it How do I deter squirrels from entering my attic? Or maybe How do I catch squirrels that are currently in my attic? Please be more descriptive of your goal here.
Oct
7
answered Can a load bearing beam be offset from lapping joists?
Sep
29
revised How do I install concrete blocks to support deck stairs?
changed verb tense in title
Sep
22
comment Would bullet proof glass help deter burglars? How does it compare to normal glass?
That is an excellent idea. +1
Sep
21
revised Would bullet proof glass help deter burglars? How does it compare to normal glass?
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Sep
21
answered Would bullet proof glass help deter burglars? How does it compare to normal glass?
Sep
21
comment What are some DIY alternatives to drywall that I can carry up a narrow staircase?
Or consider texturing the walls - that way you don't have to have a perfect finish. (I cringe when I say this, since I hate the textured walls in my house. They're actually harder to patch, since you have to get the texture just right on the new piece as well.)
Sep
20
accepted How can I get a smoother finish when painting trim?
Sep
20
comment How can I get a smoother finish when painting trim?
I think I'll give Flotrol a try. I've already got a Purdy Sash brush, and I think I'd have to buy Flotrol for an HVLP sprayer anyway. If it doesn't turn out rightor is too time consuming, I might start eyeing the sprayer again.