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May
12
answered Is there a recommended distance between fasteners on sole plates?
May
12
answered How close is too close, when digging below foundation level?
May
11
answered Acceptable to install whole-house evaporative cooler with only a single supply vent?
May
10
comment Why is my sewer drain line suddenly having frequent blockages?
3-4k gallons sounds like a lot, but it works out to a bit over a 1/4" of equivalent rain per day. Depending on your climate and soil, that's a bit much to just right. In any case there is no way this would affect the leach field. I'm out of ideas, I hope you can solve this mystery soon!
May
9
comment Why is my sewer drain line suddenly having frequent blockages?
Depending on soil type, leach field depth, and amount of irrigation, watering could impact the percolation rate of the leach field, though it seems rather unlikely to me unless you are severely over watering. You would also be able to observe the septic tank level being higher than normal.
May
8
comment How would I replace 4 posts and beam holding my covered patio with 2 posts?
Where did you come up with a factor of two? Going from 3 spans to one using simplistic logic would be at least 3 times. Double 2x12s sound pretty spindly to me for a 30' span, especially since they'd have to be built up and spliced since you cannot buy 30' 2x12s. I think we're looking at a fairly substantial glulam or parallam beam here despite it only carrying half of a 10' span. Steel is a viable option, but again, your selection sounds awfully spindly, I'd expect something more like double the depth and weight, perhaps more.
May
8
comment Can using two hoses deliver more water?
Inquiring minds like to know, so testing is fine, but two hoses are certainly not going to slow down the process. Assuming you have enough hose already, I'd just go ahead and use the two. It'll more than likely help, worst case it will not make any difference. Either way will take a long time, I like the suggestions regarding using a hydrant.
May
8
comment Are buried footings required for a shed or other structure to withstand 90mph winds?
Sorry, no. I tried some basic online searches but didn't see anything I would recommend, though there is probably something to be found by digging deeper. I'd be more inclined to suggest a textbook intended for undergraduate architecture or engineering students, but without being able to scan the contents, again, I couldn't make any recommendations. Part of the problem is separating what you need to know from extraneous information, it seems most online references I saw went into much unrelated detail.
May
7
answered Can I remove this truss cross-bracing?
May
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answered How to saw inground lumber
May
7
answered Are buried footings required for a shed or other structure to withstand 90mph winds?
May
6
answered A ground rod where a drain needs to go
May
3
comment Why lamp is not working correctly?
If you are sure the light tube is good, other causes, in order of likelihood: failing ballast, faulty switch, faulty cord, faulty internal wiring.
May
3
comment Closing refrigerator's door causes freezer's door to stay open
I changed "fridge" to freezer. Most people think fridge and refrigerator are the same thing, "freezer" causes the description to make more sense. If the door is misaligned, it should be able to be corrected by loosening the hinge screws and moving the hinge slightly. Be sure there is nothing inside that might be pushing against the doors. It does seem something is blocked, there shouldn't be so much pressure as to force open the opposite door.
May
3
revised Closing refrigerator's door causes freezer's door to stay open
re-phrased "fridge" -> freezer, minor grammar corrections to read better
May
2
comment Inner walls of house are all concrete block…?
Perhaps the original house burned down and the owner didn't want to go through that again, so used masonry as much as possible. Or maybe the builder was a masonry contractor and didn't know any good carpenters. North America has relatively large timber resources so wood is usually the material of choice for home building, but people living in countries where wood is scarce think Americans are daft for building with wood due to fire potential.
May
1
comment Wall load bearing or not?
With only this photo I can't be more than 70% sure, you will not get any better than that 97% on the Internet. BTW, newer houses often use pre-manufactured trusses that clear span to exterior walls and thus have no interior bearing walls. That does not mean that ALL newer houses have no interior bearing walls, that is a dangerous assumption.
May
1
answered Can a second floor exterior egress stairway go past a window on first floor on way down?
Apr
24
comment Adding a two-way circuit to a three-way circuit
Yes, but which switch? Switch 1, you're good, connect to black power wire. Switch 2 is no good, it requires another conductor. Same goes for the other switch in the box.
Apr
24
answered How do I seal a leak from my overhead tank filled with water without draining the tank?