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Mechanical Engineer from Huntsville, AL.

New homeowner since 3/5/10


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
14
comment Garage door does not operate
Which position is it stuck in? Up or down? Have you checked to make sure the clearance sensor isn't blocked if it's stuck in the up position?
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.
Jun
23
comment How should I install the post for a mailbox?
Another common mounting method for mailboxes in areas with high snowfall is on two chains in a "V" suspended from trees overhead. The snowplows whack it up out of the way when they go by, and it just swings back into place afterwards.
Jun
22
comment Trex decking problems
I believe Trex claims to never need treating, but I may be wrong. You may want to check if the material has a warranty.
Jun
19
comment Can I attach 2x4s to the studs in order to mount my TV?
Sounds like a fine approach. Just use lag bolts or at least wood screws. Drywall screws aren't meant to carry much of a load at all.
Jun
18
comment How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?
@dfife, see the update to my answer for recommendations on what might make your setup work. Also, if you get me the last weight measurement I asked for in my last comment on the question, I can adjust the 220 lb estimate for a more accurate one.
Jun
18
comment How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?
How much does the scale say when the bed is in the horizontal position, 90° with the wall? Measure it so the legs are just barely off the ground. The scale should only be supporting a load in the vertical direction.