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May
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comment How do we replace an old 3-wire thermostat with a 4-wire one?
Possible duplicate: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/10482/…
May
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comment How do I determine if a wall is load bearing?
One thing about load bearing walls is that they carry a lot of weight. If you go to try and cut one of the studs with a sawzall it will get stuck because of all the weight coming down on your sawzall blade. I don't advocate using this as a method to identify a load bearing wall, but it should be a warning sign to stop what you are doing immediately if you go to cut.
Apr
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answered Why does the breaker keep tripping on a circuit with two rooms' lights and a sewer pump?
Apr
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comment What type of aluminum are squares and 72" straight-edge rulers made of?
Aluminum in its natural state found in the earth is Bauxite ore. The ore contains a percentage of aluminum that is processed out, melted and formed into ingots. Aluminum has a very high melting temperature and is technically not a true metal, it is an element known as a metalloid, meaning it has properties of both metals and non-metals.
Apr
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comment How can I seal the edges of a linoleum floor that possibly contains asbestos?
@bwroga If this is the case then I think you should not attempt to seal it yourself and take this concern to your landlord. He should check if it is asbestos and hire a proper abatement company to deal with it. Anything less then I would be pressing charges.
Apr
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revised How can I seal the edges of a linoleum floor that possibly contains asbestos?
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answered How can I seal the edges of a linoleum floor that possibly contains asbestos?
Apr
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revised Can I use a 20 amp and a 15 amp breaker on one 12-3 wire split into 2 circuits with a common ground
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Apr
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answered Can I use a 20 amp and a 15 amp breaker on one 12-3 wire split into 2 circuits with a common ground
Apr
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comment Why is my lighting circuit tripping the breaker?
What exactly is tripping? If this is a kitchen then you should probably have GFCI protected outlets that are designed to trip quickly at the presence of a short. They can sometimes start randomly tripping when they go bad. Did you try resetting your GFCI outlets? If this doesn't work then a DIY'er with electrical experience or a licensed electrician should try to diagnose.
Apr
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comment How do I remove a bolt that's stuck in a ceiling junction box?
+1 for a spectacular answer!
Apr
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comment Can I use engineered I joists as studs in a wall?
@Eddsstudio Yes there is but I am not a mechanical engineer, and clearly neither are you if you are asking me such a question. This is a Q&A site for DIY advice so I imagine engineering questions are off topic. The only point I am trying to make is that even if you can scientifically prove it is more than capable of handling the load that it won't matter to an inspector because you are not a licensed engineer and you are not making a manufactured product with appropriate quality assurance checks.
Apr
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comment Can I use engineered I joists as studs in a wall?
@Eddsstudio It sounds like you already have the answer then, but I still doubt it will pass a code inspection if you build the I joists yourself. At the very least I am glad that you are using dimensional lumber for window and door frames.
Apr
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comment Why did my ceiling light fixture stop working after adding an outlet on the same circuit?
Before your work on the receptacle did the switch that controlled the light also control the power to the lower receptacle?
Apr
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answered Can I use engineered I joists as studs in a wall?
Apr
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answered Can my drywall act as an air barrier?
Apr
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comment Will this moisture problem persist after drywall is installed?
@ReinierTorenbeek We are both correct for different scenarios. Think of a cold glass of water on a summer day, the condensation forms on the outside of the glass. Same principle, if you live in a warm humid climate then it makes sense to put vapor barrier between drywall and insulation as the cold inside will form condensation on the drywall because of the hot outside. If you live farther north however then it is colder outside and warmer in, so the condensation forms on the outside wall. The best situation is putting a vapor barrier on both sides for volatile climates.
Apr
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comment How can I attach a ledger board to my house?
So I guess then it is still considered acceptable to toenail joists in? I personally would feel more comfortable with hurricane clips or other strong ties. Delays in the landscaping mean that I won't be able to start this project until probably summer, but I should get a chance to talk with my old project manager about the type of rim board used (manufacturer, thickness, etc...) to determine my options. It will be a month or two but I will be sure to report back and let you know what I find out.