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Jun
19
comment Secret documents digital safes without an overriding key?
For the record, Sentry makes actual safes too, in addition to lock boxes/fire chests.
Jun
19
comment Secret documents digital safes without an overriding key?
If you're really concerned about someone stealing it, lock all your keys in the safe. Problem solved. Although you've got a whole different problem when your safe battery dies or you forget your combination.
Jun
18
comment New never used powerstroke 5kW purchased a yr ago generator wont start?
Is there a fuel shutoff valve that's still closed?
Jun
17
comment Are there any cordless power tool systems that offer a corded option?
Link only answers are discouraged on DIY.SE.
Jun
12
comment Can I install laminate next to tile without using T-moulding?
I'll probably use this method in the future, for rooms that are similarly sized. It just adds a bit more "insurance" over just butting up to the tile. For the record if anyone's wondering, I installed the flooring in January, and it's been 6 months with no problems. The rest of the room has a 3/8" gap all the way around it though.
Jun
12
comment How much does the quality of laminated flooring depend on its thickness?
How does thickness increase durability and dent resistance? Making something thicker doesn't make it harder. The top wear layer and core material differences would be the deciding factors. Thickness may affect sound somewhat, but underlayment also plays a huge role in reducing a "hollow" sound of the floor.
Jun
12
comment Why won't the blades of my newly installed ceiling fan turn?
We really can't help unless you respond with more details, specifically to Tester101's question. A humming sound would seem to indicate that the motor is trying to spin the blades, but there's a physical blockage or clearance issue that's preventing it.
Jun
11
comment How can I stop a stainless steel drinking water tank from leaking?
Is the brand you're talking about Seal-All?
Jun
9
comment How do I build a Gambrel roof?
I answered a similar question here with information that may help. However, for your size of building, you'll definitely need some internal cross beams, rather than just plywood gussets as I suggested for a simple shed.
Jun
9
comment How do I build a Gambrel roof?
This analysis doesn't take into account any internal members typically present in a Gambrel Truss. A 32' wide roof will likely need internal supports. I'd recommend using the section method for analysis, rather than the joint method. See my answer to this question.
Jun
8
comment How do I build a Gambrel roof?
Some annotated diagrams to accompany your post would greatly increase its clarity.
Jun
8
comment Fixing floor border in the gap between hardwood floor panel and tiles
It sounds like you're in need of some quarter round to hide the gap, but I'm not quite sure I'm visualizing your setup right. Are you using floating floors? As Joe says, pictures would help a ton.
Jun
8
comment can I remove 1 collar tie
This, 1000 times, this. The red beam is in tension (sideways force). The white posts (primarily vertical force) do almost nothing to relieve the load that's on that cross beam.
Jun
8
comment DIY Diving Board
I don't think you're going to get the results you're looking for with a purely wooden DIY diving board. The eHow article uses a variable thickness beam laminated with a rubber membrane. The Wooden Diving Boards website looks like they've got a lot of subtlety in their designs that allow for flexion and strength. Plus, they're using Ipe, which is far stronger than Douglas Fir.
Jun
5
comment How should I drain water from a basement dehumidifier?
The OP already has a dehumidifier, I doubt they want to buy another one with a pump.
Jun
5
comment How to achieve PVC pipe slope
This is a duplicate of your linked question. The reason they don't make "other" angles is that they'd be 91.2° instead of 90°. PVC flexes enough that it's not an issue.
Jun
1
comment How can I eliminate home shaking caused by vibration from heavy traffic/poor road condition?
What home codes call for 18" centers? Have fun finding sheet goods that match up with that.
May
27
comment What's the best way to get rid of ants inside my home?
I added "in my home" to the title, since asking about outside ant killing would have been a duplicate of this question: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/4831/…
May
27
comment Is it possible to install a frost-proof sillcock on a steel plate?
Welcome to DIY.SE. Shopping recommendations are off topic here, since prices and availability are too variable to be useful for future askers. If you could clarify your installation question a bit, we may be able to help with that.
May
26
comment Is laminate flooring easier to install if compared to other flooring materials?
@Tester101 I actually took some of the laminate scraps and made a "doormat" out of them. I put it just inside our back door for two months in the spot our 80 lb lab/rot mix scrambles her claws every time we let her out. Not a single scratch on the laminate test section in that time frame, but the engineered wood floor in the same spot is worn through to the plywood layer. Admittedly, 2 months is a lot shorter than the 4 years it took her to accumulate that damage, but it seems to be holding up pretty well.