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Apr
6
comment How to attach metal knife rack to tile without ruining tile?
I suppose the ideal material depends on the look you are striving for and the mounting features of the rack. I would look at finish-grade 3/16" plywood appropriately shaped and sanded/painted/stained to suit. Ideally you would use countersunk machine screws through the back side of the plate to fasten to the rack. You might also get away with wood screws through the front side with the points clipped and ground flat on the back side.
Feb
23
comment HVAC technician can't do ductwork because of zoning limitations?
"the unit isn't zoned for the square footage" - I can't figure out what that means.
Jan
29
comment Why do we fit skirting boards to collect dust?
I've got skirting boards with a triangular cross-section here. You can clearly see the line where the top of the boards meet the wall, but the horizontal portion is so narrow it can't catch much dust and you certainly can't see the dust.
Jan
18
comment What screw/fitting to use on this wall?
If you use screw-type drywall anchors, this answer might help.
Dec
29
comment What's a doorway that doesn't have a door called?
When miscommunication can lead to costly mistakes as it so often does in construction, I favor language that is likely to be correctly understood to that which is "proper."
Dec
6
comment Uncommon bolt head
If you don't find the matching tool, you treat screws like this the same as screws with stripped heads.
Oct
12
comment Popup outlet on kitchen island - is it against building codes? California
FWIW, certain models of pop-up receptacles with the correct markings are accepted for installation in kitchen countertops by BC's electrical safety regulator.
Sep
7
comment Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?
@iLikeDirt Pun intended right?
Sep
7
comment Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?
@TDHofstetter Good point. But the studs in every bathroom where I've mounted a towel rack were without exception in unusable positions. And I bet some of those studs were 24" o.c.
Sep
7
comment Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?
@ChrisH Agreed. But if we could count on common sense I wouldn't have just written 1600 words on mounting a towel rack.
Sep
7
comment Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?
@ChrisH If the screws don't fit the mounting plate you should modify the mounting plate not choose different screws. The anchors are the critical engineered bit here. Anything you get wrong with the anchor has the risk of causing anchor failure. Why take that chance if you can solve the problem by modifying the mounting plate instead?
Sep
7
comment Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?
@ChrisH When you back out an anchor you lose gypsum from where the threads cut the hole which weakens the Sheetrock exactly where you need the most strength. I doubt the pullout and shear strengths were tested by the manufacturer by first backing out and re-setting the anchor.
Sep
7
comment Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?
@yo' I'm not sure I understand what you're getting at. I never claimed this is a bad idea in general. This answer, however, claims this is an "elegant solution" in general. I only ever claimed that this is not elegant for some specific styles of interiors.
Sep
7
comment Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?
I once demolitioned a 20 year-old bathroom that had a towel bar mounted with drywall anchors. Two circles of Sheetrock came off the wall with the original towel bar. The drywall anchors stayed intact. Good drywall anchors don't fail with time. They fail if they are installed incorrectly. Most installers never take the time to learn how to select the right drywall anchors or install them correctly. That's why we see so many failures.
Sep
7
comment Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?
I've lived with both 16" and 24" towel bars. 16" towel bars are just too narrow to quickly get a man-sized towel over without it looking messy. I'm not sure if that is why they are usually 24" wide, but I am certain I wouldn't want to fight with a too-narrow 16" towel bar every time I shower.
Sep
7
comment Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?
You'd see it over the towels. Towels hang down. It would stand out like a sore thumb in most modern minimalist interiors. It certainly would in my house.
Sep
7
comment Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?
+1 for one end on stud and the other on drywall anchors. It is absolutely possible to get a sturdy mount with just drywall anchors. It won't be sturdy if you hamfist a sloppy installation. But if you select and install them correctly, drywall anchors work very well. I use drywall anchors to mount towel bars regularly without incident.
Sep
7
comment Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?
This solution is not elegant if your interior design doesn't involve conspicuous trim.
Aug
11
comment What is the purpose of horizontal blocks on a bearing wall?
Those look like fire stops to me.
Aug
9
comment How can 12 V halogen downlights be much more efficient than 220 V ones?
You'll need to consider all the important attributes like beam angle, color temperature, MTBF, bulb material, gas type, gas pressure, etc. My guess is you'll find a compromise on one that explains the increase in efficiency over the other.