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comment How to install wardrobe flushed against the wall
If you can easily remove the baseboard without damaging the wall, then try to remove the entire piece and then cut and replace surrounding the cabinet. If you can't, then you can cut it in place with a japanese flush-cut pull-saw
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comment How to install wardrobe flushed against the wall
A good solution if your baseboard is expensive to replace (older home with hardwood baseboard for example). Because your cabinet is large, I would scribe onto a template and transfer that to the cabinet and cut with a jigsaw, hackswaw, or coping saw
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answered How to install wardrobe flushed against the wall
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comment Is this swing beam safe?
The other concern I have is that the beam is pressure treated. I have no idea how they grade pressure treated wood, but the typical use for pressure treated wood is for ground or masonry contact, not typically a high "bending moment" application. The rejection criteria for knot locations, size and number may be more stringent for a timber intended for use as a beam. If you are getting deflection higher than predicted, then it is likely your fail load is lower than predicted.
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comment Is this swing beam safe?
Playground equipment often have a much higher factor of safety than most engineered structures -- often 4.0 or 5.0. 1) environmental degradation 2) liability 3) single-point failure (most applicable here). A joist can fail without much harm, but in this case, not so much.
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answered Moving dirt in crawlspace in house with daylight basement?
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comment Dry Lining Wall - Should I stagger the joints in this project?
This is the right answer. When working with 8ft drywall on a wall longer than 8-ft, I hang them vertically. This avoids taping non-tapered joints. Where the joints are I place horizontal blocking at about 16-in intervals to keep the joints aligned.
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comment How to attach a monkey-bar/playground structure to the ground in my backyard?
Lots of things to consider here. And not enough time for a complete answer, so here are some things to discuss. How long do you want this to last? Steel not specifically designed for use in concrete, especially hollow steel will have access to moisture and oxygen and corrode over time. Your structure has no cross-bracing/rack-strength so it's lateral deflection will be determined by the bending moment of the vertical members which is pretty small for 1.5-in tubing/pipe. What is the wall thickness of the steel? How much deflection will you allow?
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comment I just had my driveway sealed, and the fumes are making my house uninhabitable. What can I do?
Heat will drive off the volatiles. You will be free of fumes once summer is in full swing. I suppose if you could find a way to heat the driveway artificially, you could drive off the smell sooner.
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comment What can I do about electric code violations in a rental unit?
Also be aware that building code is very different than residential safety code. For example, splices without junction boxes were not deemed a safety problem if they were not in a living space.
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comment What can I do about electric code violations in a rental unit?
Keep in mind that as soon as the inspectors find something they have no choice but to enforce the law and make sure it gets fixed. Your landlord may retaliate. Mine did by having daily "inspections" and "viewings". I think they call it a "functional eviction" where they do everything within their right to make you want to leave.
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