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Mechanical Engineer from Huntsville, AL.

New homeowner since 3/5/10


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comment How to know that new appliance won't trip the circuit?
Most everything should be fine. A 20A circuit can run at sustained loads of 1920W (80% capacity). I'm not sure about the stove though - you listed it in BTUs, which makes me think it's gas. If it is gas, it should be fine. If it's electric, that's not nearly enough. A 40A 240V would be more appropriate, and maybe even beefier depending on the actual stove specs.
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comment Create opening in existing wall
Whether or not something will look strange is not really on topic. If you have concerns about the structural aspects of removing a wall section, then I suggest you revise your current question.
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comment Nail through ceiling
I would actually remove the nail and drive a new screw in a few inches away. Banging it back in the same spot will just end with it popping again.
Jul
24
comment How can I improve the stability of this DIY pull-up bar?
You definitely need to add some sort of diagonal bracing. Without it, the base of your stand is dealing with a HUGE moment (torque) that it's not going to stand up to. I'm afraid that it may still be unstable even with substantial additions to the structure. Have you considered trying a pre-made bar that hangs from a door frame?
Jul
24
comment Are there any cordless power tool systems that offer a corded option?
@KeithS: I disagree. I've got 6 of the same lithium ion batteries and 3 chargers. The batteries charge in under 30 minutes. Even with only 3 batteries and 2 chargers, I can keep using my tools indefinitely if they completely discharge after only 15 minutes of use.
Jul
23
comment Do I need a permit to renovate a porch in NYC?
@iLikeDirt "Sir, put the high capacity magazine clip ghost keyboard down. No one NEEDS a keyboard with more than 7 keys to post their extremist opinions on the internet. This is your last warning."
Jul
18
comment My electric oven runs 200C too hot. What can I do?
I think @diceless has this figured out.
Jul
18
comment Raise cupboard floor (under stairs)
I found a picture! (Sorry, couldn't help it.)
Jul
13
comment What happens when my incomer main and generators are operated together without an interlock ?
They won't be in phase. Just stop considering doing this before you end up destroying your generator. Well, at least the bright side there would be that you could no longer kill someone with it if you ruined it.
Jul
10
comment hoses instead of pipes
@TheEvilGreebo The Wikipedia article says it's still under investigation, but some recent studies have shown copper's effectiveness at killing E. coli.
Jul
10
comment What test can I do to my washer's gearbox to determine whether or not it is bad?
Awesome, glad that fixed the problem. Thanks for the update.
Jul
9
comment What can I do to a chain link fence to make it dog proof?
While shooting the dog is completely within the rights of the property owner, I would suggest a less lethal approach. Bear mace, perhaps? I bet it won't jump the fence again if it associates such an unpleasant feeling with your yard.
Jul
8
comment What test can I do to my washer's gearbox to determine whether or not it is bad?
Is there a safety switch somewhere that doesn't allow the motor to spin without the lid being closed? I'd check that first.
Jul
8
comment Do thermostat-controlled, auto-adjust HVAC vents exist?
I don't think these EcoNet Z-wave vents are the exact same ones (it's been a while since my original post), but they have the same capability plus smartphone connectivity. They're quite a bit more expensive though.
Jul
8
comment Am I using the correct concrete blocks for the base of my shed and how many do I need?
I just built a foundation for a similarly sized composite shed. I used 9 4"x8"x16" concrete blocks with 2x6 framing around the perimeter and center, with 2x4 joists spanning 3.5' spaced at 12" oc. Your setup is probably OK if you're not planning on parking a riding mower in rhe shed. Otherwise I might consider at least adding a center support.
Jun
30
comment Why won't any light in my house turn on after a range hood was installed?
Have you checked to make sure the breaker hasn't been tripped? Do your power outlets work?
Jun
30
comment Is this ladder bookcase design strong enough to hold printers?
Your design DEFINITELY needs a more stable base. Add another cross piece at the base against the wall so it makes an "H" rather than a "T".
Jun
26
comment Can my garage ceiling handle this much weight?
I agree. 45 lbs is nothing, as long as you hit a few ceiling joists. Use lag screws, not regular wood screws or drywall screws.
Jun
26
comment What would a calculation be for the weight bearing capacity of 6 x 2 studwork?
Sorry, but this is outside of my ability to estimate without spending many hours on it. For starters, I'd need a few diagrams because it's really hard to follow exactly how you've constructed it with just text. Also, there are so many different fasteners, glue, etc. that it would be hard to model without FEA software.
Jun
26
comment What type of wood is this?
Very late to the party, but I agree on the pine or fir diagnosis. The most likely reason your friend told you not to stain the wood is that pine can turn out blotchy. To combat this, use a wood conditioner prior to applying the stain.