Reputation
10,669
Top tag
Next privilege 15,000 Rep.
Protect questions
Badges
5 38 72
Impact
~2.3m people reached

Apr
27
comment How can I get a shock from a circuit when the breaker is off?
Just ran across this. Needs more love.
Apr
27
comment Will 2x6 cedar be ok for monkey bar rails?
You're neglecting the twist as well. These are monkey bars, which people swing from. Joist hangers aren't designed for torsional loading. Bolts of a sufficient size would support the shear, but in general, screws of common types are considered to be too brittle to support a shear. As for board strength, you are correct. All one can do is take the nominal data. Unless you suggest that OP put each board through testing, and likely destroy them in the process, there's not much you can do about that.
Apr
27
comment Will 2x6 cedar be ok for monkey bar rails?
I'm talking about how you attach the ends of the beams to the supporting structure. Screws will be too brittle, and unable to support the shear force at the end connections. Joist hangers can't support the bending moment at the ends. (The tendency for the top of the beam to pull away when bending into a U shape under load)
Apr
18
comment Laminate flooring in multi-width bathroom
I really recommend against laminate in a wet environment. This stuff is essentially made out of sawdust and glue. When it gets wet, it will swell up and buckle. You need to consider vinyl or ceramic tiles.
Apr
5
comment What kind of board can span 16 ft for a wall pergola
@ShimonRura If the insurance company doesn't want to pay a claim, they can start asking for permits and inspection reports. Then deny everything for unauthorized work.
Apr
5
comment Does bare drywall need to be primed before painting?
If I could upvote more than once I would. ALWAYS PRIME DRYWALL!!!
Apr
4
comment What kind of board can span 16 ft for a wall pergola
I started an answer, and the numbers got big. Live Load is 5.33 PSF for Wisteria, and snow load in Woodstock Il. is 25 psf. So we're looking at a total live loading of this roof of nearly 2000 pounds. So I'm not going to finish my answer, as the DANGER WILL ROBINSON flag is waving. This is exactly the sort of project that gets amateurs in trouble. It SEEMS simple enough, and then it becomes really complicated. For a couple hundred dollars, consult an engineer, and get a permit drawing done. You're risking losing your insurance.
Mar
23
comment Would like to change an existing outlet to half-hot
I really don't understand the question. We need details - What country, a clearer explanation of what you want.
Feb
10
comment Load Bearing or Not How Can I Know For Sure
This is a comment, not an answer.
Jan
22
comment Where did all the water in the basement come from.
Here in Southern Ontario, my sprinkler system at 18" deep doesn't freeze. So any ground water below that will not freeze up either.
Jan
22
comment Where did all the water in the basement come from.
Do you see that white salt on the walls behind the furnace? That's efflorescence, salts leaching out of the brick due to moisture seepage through the concrete. I'd be willing to bet that there is a slow steady seepage all over the basement. (But I'm not excluding any actual leaks as well)
Jan
21
comment Can I put an outlet inside of a wall?
No, you can't. But you can find mountable receptacles with USB charging ports built in. Google "USB RECEPTACLE"
Jan
21
comment Can I put an outlet inside of a wall?
With just the charger wire sticking out through a hole in the drywall?
Dec
15
comment Use impact driver or impact wrench for lag screws?
I'll support @xster. I've torqued off several heads with a ratchet. The impact driver gives the torsional forces time to restore, which takes the steel out of the plastic region, making it much less likely to yield.
Dec
8
comment Two power sources, one 3-way switch?
We don't have a real reason to close, but it should be as it's asking for non-code compliant solutions. It would be on topic for Electronics, if the permanent wiring restriction were removed.
Nov
9
comment Temporary push button power switch
These things always are more entertaining if you can incorporate a live animal into the mechanism.
Oct
9
comment Can I use two 2x4's to replace 4x4 posts in a loft bed?
Oh Wow! It looks like I had the wrong perspective on this. Will rewrite answer, later. But the beams should still be on top of the posts.
Oct
8
comment How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?
This is one of those situations where you'd be best off to pay an engineer to examine the site.
Oct
6
comment 3 way 90 deg joint
I don't think it's a shop for me question. The test for me, is if I can google the terms and a bunch of links pop up. In this case, the asker was wondering what google terms to use, and is therefor on topic. TL:DR; What am I looking for is on topic. Where do I buy is off.
Sep
29
comment 3 Phase meter with 2 phases disconnected
Short answer is that this is true. If you pull a current off one phase, you're paying for that same current on the other two. So by pulling off of 3 phases in a perfectly balanced system, you can cut the consumption portion of your bill to a third.