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Galvanized steel hinge screws with stainless steel hinges: What is the risk of galvanic corrosion?
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Indoors? No they won't corrode. Zinc looks different than stainless which is more dull, so just get the right screws. It looks bad, I've done it before on accident. Commercial door hardware ...

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Reason for no header spanning this load bearing wall?
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There is probably a flush beam there that is installed up in the roof or floor system. You just hanger the joists into the flush beam instead of resting them on top of a dropped beam. Example of a ...

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Truss Plate Loose where rafters meet
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Smash the metal gusset plate back down into place. Reusing it doesn't count for anything, but removing it would be more work than just leaving it there. It's not worth getting poked and making you ...

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Installing drain saddle for Reverse Osmosis (RO) system in brass metal pipes
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Yes, it's fine to install it on a metal pipe. Drill the hole on the top of the horizontal drain between the garbage disposal and main sink. If you have problems for some reason, or are still ...

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Going through condensate pumps every 2-3 years
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When pumps fail, sometimes it's from the lack of a check valve/back flow preventer which depending on the drain pipe can overwork the pump's duty cycle rating. Verify that when the pump shuts off, ...

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Should I hang doors before or after drywall?
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On commercial jobs with steel door frames and steel studs, you install the door frames when framing the walls. Then you hang drywall, tape, paint, then hang doors. On residential jobs with pre-hung ...

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Sill plate on an 8 inch wide cinder block wall
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Single bottom plate, double top plate. Wall sheathing is typically 7/16" thick. Current code in my area requires 2" rigid foam insulation on the exterior of the block wall. Some builders have been ...

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Furnace transformer hot to the touch
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Yes, transformer primaries use electricity (and therefore get warm) even when there is no load on the secondary winding. It's usually just 5-10 watts, and that'll be hot to the touch depending on how ...

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size a steel beam
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Use a A992-50 W10x19 steel beam. By saying it's a 8000# uniform load over 21 feet, the OP is telling us that it's 381# per lineal foot. 381# multiplied by 10.5 feet is 4000#, that's why he said there'...

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Can I use existing wiring for installing an OTR Microwave?
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This might not be the best answer, but personally I'd just go ahead and do it. Newer microwaves don't take as much power as the older ones. If the breaker trips in the future, then run a dedicated ...

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Adjustment of Door closer screws for holding door in fully open position
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I've installed that brand/model of door closer before, and it doesn't have a hold open function as far as I know. You'll want a floor stop, or get a different door closer that has a hold open ...

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Crawlspace Post to beam lumber grade
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Why wouldn't you just use 6x6 treated #2 SYP posts? You must have a reason why you felt that getting a 4x6 was more important. Otherwise 4x6 treated is available as curb blocking at lumber yards. ...

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Reinforcing water damaged wooden fence posts, will it last, will it be strong enough?
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Simpson Strong-Tie has a product called E-Z Mender that might be what you're looking for. E-Z Mender (Model No. FPBM44E)

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sprinkler pressure issues
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Reason A sprinkler head's pop-up mechanism seals and becomes water tight when fully raised/extended. This only happens after being supplied with sufficient water. A sprinkler that is not fully ...

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What fasteners to sister LVL to 2x6 joist?
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Use the Simpson SDW22300 screw installed 6" on center alternating 1.5" from either edge, and starting 3.5" from the end. This detail is for a built-up column, but it's the same idea. SDW screw ...

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How to clean the emergency drain tube on a Samsung Ecobubble washing machine?
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Causes Mold/algae/bacterial slime is one cause for drains that don't drain. The second is mineral build up, but since the drain is rarely used and never dries up I'd say it's probably biological ...

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A/C capacitor replacement
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You can be +/- 10% off on the uF rating and it'll work. I'd definitely make a label on or inside the unit to remind you what the original dual capacitor's rating was so you don't forget in the future. ...

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RO System Install
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Putting the RO system in the kitchen isn't the best place for it, it's simply the easiest. Put the RO system in the mechanical room connected to a cold soft water line. Draining in the mechanical ...

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How to bind pebbles in-between pavers?
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Crushed granite is stable to walk on. It slightly interlocks with itself. I have a path with it similar to the image link below. Crushed granite path example

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Reverse Osmosis tank fills for 45 minutes and stops. Drains in 10
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Water is usually measured by volume, not time. How large is your current storage tank, and how many gallons of water do you have after 10 minutes? Storage tanks are also typically measured in ...

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Can I remove the doors before installing a sliding patio doors frame?
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You can remove the active door to help with transporting it on site, but often the inactive door is permanently fixed and not easily removable. If it is easily removable for some reason, then sure go ...

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Galvanized nails for ACQ treated lumber = must be hot dipped, or not?
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There are different levels of zinc galvanization. If you want it to last longer, then get a thicker layer of zinc on the outside of the steel. One way to get a thicker layer is to hot dip galvanize ...

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What to use so concrete doesn't stick to plastic bucket?
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Liquid sprays that don't dry wouldn't survive the initial pour. Using solid vegetable shortening on the sides should make it stay there, otherwise you could use a liquid or solid wax that dries to a ...

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Home built in 2000 - Is this wall load bearing?
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Nope, that's not a bearing wall if the only thing above it is manufactured roof trusses. If it's a hand framed roof, then it might be.

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Reconfigure metal door lock system from mortise to individual door knob and deadbolt
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I can't think of a way to do exactly what you want to do. I haven't been able to change a mortise lock prepped door to accept a cylindrical lockset without using a remodel escutcheon plate that ...

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My copper pipe has a leak right at the basement slab surface
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You can solder a copper repair coupler over the hole. It's basically just like a sleeve. You don't have to cut the pipe near the concrete. Sand and flux the bottom inch of the copper pipe above the ...

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Why is the non-contact voltage detector beeping over large area of a wall?
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You have an extremely sensitive digital non-contact voltage detector. Buy an analog one and you'll reduce the amount of false positives. Your current one is obviously detecting AC voltage in the ...

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Steel beams for 22' interior clear span
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Just a heads up, spanning 22' while being limited to 4-6" floor depth is extremely cost prohibitive. Deeper is always cheaper, but it sounds like you don't have the space to make this work as planned. ...

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Finishing 12ft x12 ft room above garage
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You'd need 3 ply 2x10 SPF at 16" on center spacing to span 21' with only floor load on the middle 12' of the span. If there is any roof load on these joists then that completely changes everything.

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Is it safe to use a variable AC transformer to control the speed of a box fan?
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Go ahead and use a variac (variable transformer) to slow down a box fan to a reasonable speed. Just make sure it's moving enough air to cool its own motor. jwh20 isn't wrong, but his explanation ...

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