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comment Why is blocking never placed “sideways”?
The blocking between studs you see running horizontal and flat is typically fire blocking, required when you get above 8' ceilings in most locations. When installed vertically, it's usually for a nailing surface (cabinets, railings, drywall joints). Structural is occasionally a shear wall with a diagonal brace, or the blocking between joists.
Aug
27
comment Why is blocking never placed “sideways”?
Can you be more specific about the type of blocking you are referring to. Is this between joists or studs? What structural support is it providing?
Aug
26
comment How should I hang racks from the garage ceiling with trusses?
From the photo, OP has trusses, not a simple 2x4. It was a red flag to me as well until I realized what the OP was describing.
Aug
26
comment change order with contractor for bathroom - unreasonable for him to ask for more money?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about the cost of a project.
Aug
24
comment Can I replace just the knob of this outside spigot to fix this leak?
I learn a new term every day. I had only known the backflow preventers and vacuum breakers that tend to get added on to normal faucets.
Aug
20
comment How do I properly wire this outdoor junction box?
I don't think we'll be very helpful in identifying where the wires go from the other side of the internet. But if you provide a wiring diagram that indicates where each wires goes, there are many here that can tell you what, if anything, is wrong or needs to be changed.
Aug
20
comment Washing machine dumps detergent
I believe this is off topic since it appears to be about the operation of an appliance. But it's close enough to a repair question that I'm not willing to cast a binding vote just yet. I don't know of any other SE where this would be on topic, but that doesn't mean the question must be on topic here.
Aug
19
comment How do you protect solar panels from hail?
Hail often comes without a lot of warning, and with strong winds. Both of those may not be compatible with a solar panel on the roof with this solution.
Aug
18
comment Exterior Fire-rated Wall Assembly?
I'm confused why you'd need a second 5/8" type X layer of drywall since a single layer alone provides a 1 hour fire rating. If you really need the second layer of drywall, I'd install that over top the existing drywall on the inside of the home if possible for structural reasons and to minimize the potential for moisture damage.
Aug
17
comment How do I convert a light circuit with a single pole switch to use two 3-way switches?
I think Tester's edit was all I was looking for, something a person could Google if the link disappeared so that the answer is still useful. -1's can be removed after an edit and I've done so. Also, I completely didn't realize the other answer was from me. Mea culpa, I try to avoid modding in those situations.
Aug
15
comment How do I convert a light circuit with a single pole switch to use two 3-way switches?
-1 Link only answers become useless when the link goes bad and are frequently confused with spam. Be sure to provide context around the link and quote relevant content in case the link goes bad. See how to answer for more details.
Aug
15
comment NEC Definition of “Maintained Spacing” for Wire in Free Air
-1 This may not answer the question. At a minimum, the referenced code should be quoted here.
Aug
15
comment How do I wire a ceiling fan?
-1 This doesn't add anything not covered by the existing answers.
Aug
15
comment Where to buy glass to replace the broken glass part of my door?
See the meta discussion for more details on our "shopping" policy.
Aug
12
comment Can I replace just the knob of this outside spigot to fix this leak?
I believe you mean frost proof, most spigot's are pro-siphoning, all it takes is a turn of their knob. For a normal spigot, a leak there would mean the packing needs to be replaced. Not sure if the same procedure applies for frost proof since their layout varies with the much longer valve stem.
Aug
12
comment What is the purpose of horizontal blocks on a bearing wall?
If studs are spaced 16" OC, no blocking is needed for horizontal drywall install.
Aug
11
comment What is the purpose of horizontal blocks on a bearing wall?
Most likely fire blocking if installed like the above photo. Attachment points for cabinets tend to be installed vertically to give the largest nailing area possible.
Aug
11
comment What is the purpose of horizontal blocks on a bearing wall?
+1, looks like fire blocking to me as well. Fire blocking is a requirement when walls exceed 8', and is typically placed somewhere in the middle of the wall. The blocks can be moved up or down as needed as long as the longest unblocked span is within code (it's best to keep it near the middle of the wall to split the space roughly in half).
Aug
8
comment cost of replacing complete plumbing stack
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about the price of a job.
Aug
8
comment Circuit Breaker installation
What brand of breaker and panel? Do you have a picture of the broken breaker and the open panel that you could add to the question?