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answered how to carry 20ft lumbers to home
May
27
awarded  Popular Question
May
26
comment Deck: Connecting Band/rim joist to floor joists
@Tester101 Probably true, but if the top edge of the rim is flush with the decking (as opposed to under it), there might be a small load if someone stepped on the edge. But not a big load or often.
May
26
comment Deck: Connecting Band/rim joist to floor joists
@Tester101 Not sure, but since the joists are fully supported by the beam (unlike when you use them on a ledger), that sounds right. The crossover strip provides further support beyond the shear strength of the side nails.
May
26
answered Deck: Connecting Band/rim joist to floor joists
May
26
comment Replacing 10 amp breaker for 20 amp
+1 But that means ALL the wire, including the wires to any light fixture, not just the wire to the outlet you are using for the grinder.
May
13
answered How can I splice strings of patio lights together?
May
13
comment How can I install a new lighting circuit in my kitchen?
The difficulty is that there are alternative possible wiring schemes for the existing lights. Is the line power coming through the switch and then to the lights or directly to the lights with a switch loop (or a combination among the existing lights)? Pictures of the wiring in the existing switch boxes and the boxes holding the lights may give us enough info to help.
May
8
awarded  wiring
May
7
comment What are the pros and cons of sash vs. tilt and turn windows?
Also, sash windows do not intrude into the room when open, allowing more flexibility in the positioning of furniture and walkspace
May
7
revised How safe is it to just cram all the wires to a ceiling fan up in the canopy?
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May
7
answered How safe is it to just cram all the wires to a ceiling fan up in the canopy?
May
6
comment Cut the skirting in around my new fireplace, scribing, fixing etc
There is construction adhesive, such as PL, which is very strong. Many other brands. Just make sure you don't plan to remove it (can be done but often destructive).
May
4
revised Can Tongue and Groove plywood be used if interior walls already in place
fixed typo in title
May
4
comment Cut the skirting in around my new fireplace, scribing, fixing etc
A drill press could do it fairly easily. If you don't have access to that equipment, you could use a coping saw. Or you could glue a small patch of the same thickness to the bottom edge that is bigger than the hold, drill the hole and then trim off the added patch.
May
2
comment Cut the skirting in around my new fireplace, scribing, fixing etc
Good point. If you don't have access, plan as close as possible, then fill the gap on the fireplace side with caulking.
Apr
29
answered Cut the skirting in around my new fireplace, scribing, fixing etc
Apr
28
comment Can you support a 20ft 2x6 only at the ends?
@Tester101 Not if you wrap them with nice cedar planks.
Apr
21
answered How can we allow wind to pass through but prevents outsiders from seeing into
Apr
20
comment Placement of romex
Growing up in NYC where nothing but armored was allowed, and then Long Island where everyone knows (?) you can't have exposed NM (and raceways were the only surface treatment allowed), this is an eye opener. I think I agree with @DMoore that the building inspectors I have met would insist on NM being behind the walls except in unfinished space. But, as you say, the code does not seem to explicitly require it.