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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.
Sep
22
comment Rebar in interior basement wall - is it load bearing?
Well, Obviously all this was considered by the engineer you consulted when you were applying for the permit. Check your permit documents.
Sep
21
comment Can I connect copper wire to aluminum wire?
joneakes.com/jons-fixit-database/…
Sep
10
comment Add electrical box to existing ceiling
I'm assuming he wants to hang a fixture with some weight to it. A single screw on one side will torque out.
Aug
12
comment Can this post support be used for a fence (especially for posts that support a gate)
I'd be leery about using it for a gate. There's a lot of horizontal and torquing forces that would cause it to loosen up. What would it be going into?
Jul
8
comment Can I drain a 15'x35' concrete brick patio using a floor drain connected to a 4" PVC pipe?
Have you considered how you would clean leaves off the drain?
Jun
16
comment What is the concept behind drywall studs?
When I brought my towel rack back to Ikea and explained my situation, the guy at the return desk just nodded, and said "You wouldn't believe how often I get this."
Jun
15
comment What is the concept behind drywall studs?
There's a big GOTCHA with IKEA products. In North America, Studs are spaced 16" on center. IKEA products are all in metric sizes. This means that something like a towel rack WILL NOT line up with your stud spacing. You can attach one end to a stud, but the other will be hitting unbacked drywall.
May
29
comment Exhaust fan hook up. I only have black and white from source. Please help
Depends on the length of the run. However, if the joists are drilled, they won't be stapled.