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Jul
21
comment Random light switch behavior
Plus new switches are inexpensive and way better than a broken switch that could potentially start arcing inside and become a fire hazard.
Jul
21
comment self-supporting walls
In other words how long is this self supporting wall from end to end?
Jul
20
comment Electrical circuit dead, wire seems broken
@aet - I have to say that I have two wire tracers, one cheap one and one that I paid about $75 for and both of them give very disappointing results. The one that is supposed to help find a circuit breaker from a branch circuit is really a looser because it flags almost every breaker in the box.
Jul
19
comment Refinishing Front (Fiberglass) Door Advice
There could be a possible issue here. Even though a surface could look dry from the stripper and mineral spirits there could still be a residual and lingering amount left behind where it affected the stain. This would be particularly applicable if the first side you stained was the last side stripped.
Jul
19
comment Refinishing Front (Fiberglass) Door Advice
That was not an answer to the question I asked. I was wondering how much time you waited after the scraping and cleanup with mineral spirits was all done till you started the stain application.
Jul
19
comment Hardwood floor to french door transition
Often doors need to be trimmed off on the bottom for this type of situation. A picture would help though.
Jul
19
comment Refinishing Front (Fiberglass) Door Advice
How much time did the door surfaces have to dry and let the vapors from the stripping gel and mineral spirits dissipate before you started applying the stain material?
Jul
18
comment Removing angled section from edge of board?
Ok, So you are looking to make a glue joint between these pieces.
Jul
18
comment Removing angled section from edge of board?
May I ask what material is the red colored part?
Jul
17
comment Plywood plate for mounting to wall
Not really. Even if the projector weighs a small amount by the time you get it on the end of a lever arm it can impose quite high forces on the fasteners. What I propose should work quite well also for some of the adjustable monitor arms.
Jul
16
comment Best way to attach a steel t-beam to a wall?
Is this a rented flat or an owner occupied flat?
Jul
13
comment How can I attach legs to a table?
@TylerMaginnis - For big heavy duty legs like a 4x4 you need a good healthy sized stud. I strongly suggest something like a half inch diameter bolt the likes of this one from McMaster Carr. mcmaster.com/#90207a736/=y1glkn It should be embedded a good three inches into the 4x4. The smaller 1/4", 5/16" or 3/8" size just will not cut it.
Jul
13
comment What can I do about my new driveway that is higher than the garage floor?
Overall this reeks of a whole lot of poor planning and horrible execution of the task.
Jul
12
comment Remove closet center support beam?
(continued from above) Cut the header pieces to length so they go all the way across the opening over the top of the jack studs at the side of the full opening.
Jul
12
comment Remove closet center support beam?
Yes...you remove the drywall from the upper inside face of the closet. Remove the flat 2x4's. Decide on the proper size of header material whether that be 2x6's or some other size. You will have to shorten any cripple studs that went from the flat 2x4's up to the top of the closet opening. The 2xX's are 1.5" thick so two of them will be 3". The existing studding is 3.5 inches wide so a 0.5" thick plywood between the 2xX's makes the total thickness of the header come out to 3.5 inches to match the studding. (continued)
Jul
12
comment Remove closet center support beam?
The header should span the entire width of the opening. Since we were not told the overall width I have to leave it up to you to determine whether or not 2x6 lumber is appropriate or not. This is the right way to do it. You can choose some other kludge box way to cut corners if you wish but I certainly could not sanction it.
Jul
12
comment Remove closet center support beam?
Comment moved to answer.
Jul
10
comment How can I make the ceiling black, non-permanently?
@Oddthinking - I believe that FiascoLab's idea of a box structure is just as valid in your case. Your flat front on the structure simply goes all the way to the ceiling in front of the curtain rod. As suggested you would install a light tight weather strip along the top edge of the front board to seal it up to the ceiling.
Jul
9
comment Why would my lights turn on for a second then go off?
And if a new problem what was the turning event?
Jul
9
comment Water in window well flooding basement
It is my experience that window well drains are the exception as opposed to to the norm. Presence of drains may very well be a totally regional thing.