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Mechanical Engineer from Huntsville, AL.

New homeowner since 3/5/10


Mar
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revised How can I safely get rid of fire ant mounds in my backyard?
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Mar
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comment How do I fix a sinkhole in my backyard?
The house was built in late 2003. Unfortunately, I don't know much about the property history.
Mar
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revised How do I fix a sinkhole in my backyard?
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revised How do I fix a sinkhole in my backyard?
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asked How do I fix a sinkhole in my backyard?
Feb
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asked How can I safely get rid of fire ant mounds in my backyard?
Feb
25
comment How can I protect books in my study from rats/mice?
It'll probably be cheaper to set a few traps. They don't cost much (especially in comparison to a bookshelf), stay pretty much where you put them, and solve the rodent problem. Even if you're completely against killing them, there are humane live-traps available, still cheaper than a bookshelf. Unless you like having mice/rats in your house, I'd say getting rid of them is the best course of action.
Feb
25
comment How can I protect books in my study from rats/mice?
A glass-doored freestanding bookshelf would be a good option if you can't attach shelving to the walls in a rental property.
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
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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. :)