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Feb
11
comment installing a copper pipe on exterior wall (but inside the house)
How thick is the insulation, and how much do you need to remove?
Feb
11
comment Dry wall, mounting 13KG whiteboard
Not a bad point, but I still don't like that tension force in drywall.
Feb
11
comment How can I determine if a wall is load bearing?
What is the question?
Feb
11
comment Dry wall, mounting 13KG whiteboard
Actually, toggle bolts (especially the newer strap types) spread the load over the surface area of the toggle, about 1/2 x 2, about 1 square inch. Screw in anchors (better than the tubular ones) rely on the crumbling strength of a very small surface area along the length of the hole in which they sit. I haven't seen test data on pullout forces, but I think the new toggles would win. +1 for pushing for a stud finder and stud mounting.
Feb
11
revised installing a copper pipe on exterior wall (but inside the house)
typo in title
Feb
11
comment How do you match depth of already installed trim?
Could you post a pix?
Feb
11
comment How can I fit a head rest to an ordinary office high back chair?
This is vague (what is the exact style and construction of the chair) and probably off topic (we don't really do furniture). You might try elaborating and possibly post a picture.
Feb
11
comment Dry wall, mounting 13KG whiteboard
Well, drywall is ok for hanging some things. And with numerous toggle style anchors (too many to be aesthetic or practical), a whiteboard could be held up, but I agree in general.
Feb
11
revised If I move my sink, how should I route the vent?
clarified the impact of the very good suggestion
Feb
11
comment Can I use metal masonry device (switch) boxes in a stud wall?
@Johnny I am planning to use retro push button switches. This is a turn-of-century restoration. Actually plan on using a dual for the fifth switch (leaving one unused as a spare). There is a logic: first pair are inside ligths, next three are outside lights. Best I can do without having multiple plates or a plank of switches.
Feb
11
awarded  Pundit
Feb
11
revised Can I use a copper ground with aluminum hot and neutral?
edited tags; edited title
Feb
11
revised Can I use metal masonry device (switch) boxes in a stud wall?
edited title
Feb
10
comment Can I use metal masonry device (switch) boxes in a stud wall?
@Johnny Five gang is uber intrusive! I HATE anything above 2 gang, but sometimes we have no choice. This is a home, not a nuclear reactor facility.
Feb
10
asked Can I use metal masonry device (switch) boxes in a stud wall?
Feb
10
comment How do you explain wood grain?
We deal with wood grain all the time. It's kind of a meta issue about materials we use.
Feb
10
answered How do you explain wood grain?
Feb
8
comment Muffling a fire alarm speaker?
Terrible advice, risking both life and censure.
Feb
8
answered Can I route coaxial cable for tv through a gas fireplace?
Feb
8
comment Why would my ceiling light only work half the time?
Have you tried tightening the bulb?