jonathan
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Hanging a 20lbs lamp from a concrete ceiling, what to be aware of?
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You're going to need a hammer action drill, masonry drill bit, and a masonry anchor bolts hook (search for expansion hook and concrete or ask at a hardware store). 20lb isn't that much but given it's ...

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Flashing /waterproof for wires going through roof gable
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Yuck... Given you have the siding off can you relocate the wires into the wall behind the siding?

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Do ashes leak out of stone fire pit
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It's not necessary to use adhesive in-between each row of blocks but if you don't it might not be quite as stable. I didn't bother with adhesive and three year later I don't have any issues.

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Loading on 5/4 treated pine decking
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Check the code for you area it likely specifies the minimum pound per square foot that a code compliant deck should support (for my area it's 50 pounds per square foot). Based on a guess of the ...

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Building a deck... Pier Size / Loading Question
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I'm not a expert but the answer likely depends on exactly where you live. When I built my deck in Maryland the footings needed to 30" deep and 18" in diameter (for the bottom 8"). See ...

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Blower motor turns on by itself
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Many AC systems have an option to keep the blower on continuously. The idea is even if it isn't actively heating/cooling the air it helps circulate the air to avoid hot/cold spots. I have never heard ...

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Electrical switch for outdoor security light(motion activated)
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What you are looking for is a 120v double pole switch (search google, amazon, etc for more info and circuit examples). That will allow you to use one switch to control 2 circuits. You would wire the ...

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Is this a bad tile work? what can we do to improve it?
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Without something for scale it's hard to tell but it looks about right based on the gaps between other tiles. It's a good call to use caulking on the gaps between the wall and the tile as it allows ...

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How to repair door frame from animal damage
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Replace the moulding and get a little wood filler to fill the other scratches the paint. This isn't that bad. Jonathan

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Do lapped joists need to extend over the beam the same distance from each side?
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As long as both joist go over the beam your are fine. Remember if it bothers you you could always cut one of the joist so it was equidistant over the joist but its total unnecessary.

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Ethernet routing, through-wall conduits
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At the bottom end add a patch panel. something like This makes it real easy when you need to change things in the future. Jonathan

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Ethernet routing, through-wall conduits
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At the camera end at a bow and an outlet cover with an ethernet socket (e.g. That will look neat and be great if you need to change the camera's at some point in the future. Jonathan

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Insulation foam
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Based on the word foam I would imagine he means the stuff similar to great stuff which does have a higher R value. Is the pipe partially insulated? I'd be worried about the fact that its directly on ...

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Rigidity (and height) of drywall around outlet hole
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You should also consider cement board vice drywall. Cement board is stiffer and is preferred for anywhere that can get wet. In this case doing one small area does matter but the stiffer part will help....

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Connecting two joists with a wooden piece to hang a projector screen
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Search for ceiling fan joist hangers - sound like that would be perfect for what you need.

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How to put a clean hole in concrete block?
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If you are building a retaining wall you may be able to run the pipe under the bottom or around the edge vice drilling through (you do need to ensure your drainage pipe has a slope). I'd also look ...

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Lateral force on posts resting on concrete deck blocks
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You could add a diagonal brace connecting each post to the joists - that would definitely eliminate any change of the posts folding under the deck. My bigger concern is that your rim joists are load ...

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Is my detached garage ceiling capable of handling the load of drywall and insulation?
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Like others have said you definitely need to re-enforce the trusses. You will also likely need to add additional trusses. The maximum unsupported span for drywall is 24". It's hard to tell but ...

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Possible to use trim with routed out channel to hide 12/2 or 12/3 wire instead of using Wiremold?
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Yes it's possible but it wouldn't be code compliant if it's 120v. Wires must be 1-1/2 inches from the surface so that you won't hit them by mistake with a screw or nail. If you had some sort of metal ...

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Raised shed floor
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Are the posts on some sort of concrete foundation? If the posts are just sitting on dirt then they will eventually rot and I'd be worried about how much weight they can support. This is particularly ...

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Correct way to attach 3 layers of subfloor?
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Given the amount you want to raise the floor I'd suggest 2x1" planks screwed to each joist (+0.75") with the 3/4" on top of that (+0.75"). You should then put a sheet of 1/4" ...

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Can I control just a ceiling fan light kit with the switch and leave the fan powered?
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As others have said you could add the extra wiring which should be fairly easy given the wiring is in conduit. An alternate option would be to leave the wiring mostly as is and simply add a ceiling ...

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Is there a product that provides a switch for diverting water through a different set of pipes?
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You might want to check hot tub stores / online sites. This sound like the sort of thing they need all the time. That said it might be easier and simpler to have two sump pumps and separate piping. I'...

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Installing framed sliding shower doors
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You will be fine with the 1 1/2" screws. If you think about your install it's exactly what the manufacturer expects (99% of shower doors are tile over hardiebacker). That said if you are bothered ...

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Replace deck or paint house first?
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Do the painting first that way if you spill something it doesn't matter (especially if you are doing it yourself) but keep a tin of paint just in case you need to touch up / paint some spots if the ...

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Need to separate 2 lights on the same 3way switch so each switch only controls 1 light
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As you probably know the 3-way on diagram A is the second switch and connects to the 3 way on diagram B which in turn goes to the light. I'm almost certain the to lights you wish to control separately ...

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Converting pendant light to wired hanging lamp - what to do with ground wire?
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Sounds like the ground wire would have attached to the ceiling mount which in turn would have grounded the chain and any metal attached to that. The value in the earth is if, some how, the live comes ...

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What is the best way to fill narrow gaps between floor and skirting boards
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If skirting board by itself isn't sufficient then you can add a length of quarter round as well.

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Best Lighting options for Long Basement
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I had a similar situation and decided on track lighting. With track lighting you mount the tracks and can then attach multiple independent spotlights. In addition to positioning the spotlight you can ...

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Running ethernet cable from living room (main floor) to second floor office
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As others have said without seeing you house there is no way to answer this question exactly. Some techniques that might be useful. You have an unfinished basement (this is a great start as it allows ...

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