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comment can i use pre made timber truss on my extension span 26ft with only two walls supporting roof. Room 26 * 20
Can you draw out a diagram or two showing the layout, direction the rafter trusses would run and which walls are the supporting ones? Another important consideration here is to understand how this extension adjoins the existing structure and if there is allowance for how the height of the trusses will merge with that structure. Once a better picture is given then experts can chime in to comment on the feasibility of what you propose. If feasible you will likely need to engage a truss designer to engineer the truss form to the requirements at hand.
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comment How do we fit a pedestal sink top onto a vanity base?
I am extremely curious why you want to do this. Does it have anything to do with the fact that it would be so unconventional?
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comment Could my drain be backing up in to my A/C condensate drain?
You posting could use a good bit of editing, punctuation and general re-writing to make it readable and understandable. As it stands it is difficult to pull out the nugget of what you are trying to ask.
Oct
19
comment Can I repaint and seal a window sill that has fungus growing out of it?
The picture seems to imply that the trim is a finger jointed piece that is starting to come apart due to moisture getting into the glue joints.
Oct
18
comment How can I determine why my lights flicker when the A/C is running?
@Steven - All wiring, mains and service entrance wires included, will have some series resistance. This means that there may very well be a measurable voltage drop whilst an appliance is running. The amount of drop depends on various factors including wire size, length of wire runs, amount of current drawn through the wire, temperature of the wiring and the quality of interconnections between wires, outlets and circuit breakers. So it is not correct to say that no voltage drop would be observed while an appliance is running. The amount may be small but it will be there.
Oct
18
comment Simple & Cheap dance floor instead of carpet
Another thing to consider is that if you got nice looking hardwood covered plywood at 3/4" the cost of two sheets will be more than the cost of renting the wood parquet indoor dance floor. The rental company in my community quotes a price that is quite reasonable for a 9'x9' dance floor. See thepartypros.com/…
Oct
18
comment Simple & Cheap dance floor instead of carpet
I'm not trying to promote the idea to use plywood but I would think good solid stuff that was 3/4" thick would lie nicely on most carpet surfaces. The biggest issue with the plywood is the abrupt edge. Parquet rental floors come with a very nice tapered edge that so there is not that "drop off" surprise.
Oct
18
comment Do you have to have (or does it help) to have a garbage disposal with a dish washer?
@keshlam - You are correct. The dishwasher Air Gap unit is very often mounted in the side sink hole that exists on many models of sink.
Oct
13
comment How can I add joists to an existing trussed ceiling?
I agree that 1x3 or 1x4 would work just as good. if not better. With the types of wood available in 2x4's today I doubt that the weight factor is much to worry about but their use does have the down side of using up another 3/4" of ceiling height.
Oct
12
comment How can I adapt a wall outlet to suface mount conduit?
The first two pictured are actually the desirable surface mount adapters if one wants to keep an outlet at the current location. The second one could support an added outlet or two if the appropriate cover plate with outlet cutouts is used.
Oct
7
comment Is it safe to use a 100 watt LED bulb in a 3-way lamp that specifies using incandescent bulbs only?
Is the LED bulb an actual 3-way bulb equivalent?
Oct
4
comment Any recomendations for low-voltage wires through walls?
For exactly the reason you mention, voltage drop due to small wire size, I have purchased the ends of these types of cords and then purchased 18awg red/black parallel wire to make my own extension cords. The 26 and 24awg wires in many adapter cords, including those directly attached to adapters themselves, are just not up the job of delivering the adapter's rated voltage to the load.
Sep
30
comment Is it okay to use both the backwire holes and the side terminals on an electrical outlet?
@BradGilbert - Perhaps - But I still think the side screws of decent outlets, where the screws are the binder head type, are the best when used with a properly formed wire loop that goes around the screw the correct direction. I have never had one of these fail. I have replaced quite a number of outlets and switches where 14 AWG wire was used in back stab holes and became intermittent. Often the intermittent behavior was seen where two side-by-side back stab holes were used at the same time. Garbage they are in the cheap bulk outlets that builders use in mass building projects.
Sep
30
comment Is it okay to use both the backwire holes and the side terminals on an electrical outlet?
@BradGilbert - I have on occasion used the rear entry screw clamp type of outlets. They still end up tending to make the front to back assembly dimension of the outlet plus wires a bit more than when side screws are used. This can make pushing the outlet down into electrical box a bit harder to do. Especially when 12 AWG wire is used.
Sep
29
comment How do I replace a sub-floor that goes under a wall before reaching the nearest I-joist?
@AlexandreVaillancourt - Yes I would suggest a construction lumber grade 2x8.
Sep
29
comment Is it okay to use both the backwire holes and the side terminals on an electrical outlet?
@Rafe - It would probably work. I just never do it for the reasons I stated.
Sep
24
comment How do I shave down a sidewalk?
Looking at the flaky condition of the concrete patch and the fact that it is such a small section I'd say the investing time and money in any type of grinding process is a total waste of money. Break it up, re-form and then pour a new section.
Sep
23
comment Can a freestanding bathtub drain be damaged by regular use?
It is also possible that the tub may indeed flex some and that the drain pipe is meant to exit away from the drain connection in an manner that the drain pipe could flex a little along with the tub. However if the drain pipe was anchored tightly to the base / sub-floor this flex accomodation may not have been provided for. An installer who knows his product would never have done a job that failed to take the tub flexure into account.
Sep
22
comment Can a freestanding bathtub drain be damaged by regular use?
Are they trying to make the "excessive wear" argument so that they can stick you with the bill? If so that is ridiculous if indeed they had notification from you that there was a problem.
Sep
19
comment How to take off paper glued to concrete with elmer's school glue
@ScottSEA - Was you comment necessary? No! If you do not like the pictures just scroll beyond them.