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  • In a reply to Insulation needs
    mike mahan's picture
    5 hours 38 min ago

    As a house gets smaller incidental heat (body heat of the occupants, heat from cooking, heat from the water heater, heat from hot water use, etc.) becomes more of a factor that could substantially diminish heat demand. But, this can also increase cooling demand. There's not a lot of incidental cooling. Passive strateges for heat and ventilation will work especially well in a very small structure.  

    You might find the attached to be of interest

  • In a reply to Sealing Air Ducts with mastic
    florida's picture
    7 hours 47 min ago

    I'd let it dry for at least 4 hours before running the AC.

  • In a reply to Please Help Me Find An Old Article
    Doorly's picture
    2 days 10 hours ago

    Hi, I have the book in which this articel is included. The book is called, 'Framing Roofs', The Best of Fine Homebuilding, from Taunton Press. I can easily scan the article and email to you if you are still interested. 

    Just let me know. It is a great article. I have a young guy who is doing work experience with me ( I am an architect) and he is building a scale model of this truss frame house.

     

    Cheers,

     

    Paul

  • In a reply to Snow melting and concrete pavers
    MarkH's picture
    3 days 46 min ago

    do do dahhhhh.........

    13 year old thread dude...

  • In a reply to Snow melting and concrete pavers
    badgerboilerMN's picture
    3 days 5 hours ago

    We design paver snow melting systems all the time. It is true that they cost a bit more to operate than a monolithic slab, but they generally afford better drainage for snow and rain. 

     

    Check your specs for pavers. 

     

     http://www.interlockpavingsystems.com/sites/default/files/Tech%2012.pdf

  • In a reply to Prepping Plastic Shutters For Paint
    cussnu2's picture
    3 days 9 hours ago

    Don't paint the shutters in the nude either....the neighbors blush.....and call the cops

  • In a reply to Powder coating the pipes
    cussnu2's picture
    3 days 9 hours ago

    Idea excellent make to powder coat rusty pipes.  Powder Coat need heaty to work.  Coat pipes in powder then set house on fire to bake on powder coat.  Get Lucky. Love you long time.

  • In a reply to Powder coating the pipes
    MarkH's picture
    3 days 13 hours ago

    SPAMMER!

  • In a reply to Prepping Plastic Shutters For Paint
    TonyM's picture
    3 days 15 hours ago

    I have painted my plastic shutters with Krylon plastic spray paint with great success.  I scuffed the shutters with a scotch-brite pad and laid them out horizontally on saw horses to paint.  The paint has lasted about 15 years.  Just do not paint on very humid days as the paint will blush then.

  • In a reply to Powder coating the pipes
    brown11's picture
    3 days 15 hours ago

    It is the water pipes. Thanks for all the tips. It looks like something I can't do myself. I think I will give it to the crappola spam link removed. I don't want to ruin it and have the trouble of changing the whole pipes. 

  • In a reply to Attic Ladder
    DanH's picture
    3 days 22 hours ago

    Building an attic ladder is not easy.  And installing a folding attic ladder in an existing structure is even more difficult.

    If you have trusses supporting the roof then you cannot simply cut through the bottom member of them to create a space for the ladder -- to do so could literally cause the roof to collapse.

  • In a reply to How to fix wiring for garbage disposal?
    ozrepair's picture
    3 days 23 hours ago

    Executed! With an extra hole I could not use because of a stud left from it! LOL

  • In a reply to Circuit tester, open hot, now what?
    DanH's picture
    4 days 6 hours ago

    Sounds like one of the little spring strips in the outlet is broken or bent.

  • In a reply to Circuit tester, open hot, now what?
    GEETEEDOUBLEU's picture
    4 days 6 hours ago

    Hi my socket didn't work so I go out my circuit tester it read open hot but the tester shows correct when have way in but when I push it all the way in it shows open hot why is this ?

  • In a reply to Why Have I Stopped Receiving Email Notifications
    DanH's picture
    4 days 13 hours ago

    It has to do with the software being broken.

  • In a reply to Hey Jim....
    JIMMIEM's picture
    4 days 14 hours ago

    Well done!!!!  Really seemed like they wanted it more.

    The TV kept showing the crowd in Cleveland....I thought I saw you in the crowd.  Tell me you were there.

  • In a reply to How to fix wiring for garbage disposal?
    MarkH's picture
    4 days 23 hours ago

    It's possibly acceptable.  I guess a new cord with a plug and an outlet would be an improvement.  The circuit also requires GFCI protection since all outlets  located within six feet from a sink need to be GFCI protected.

  • In a reply to Building kids fort over closet.
    DanH's picture
    5 days 43 min ago

    I'd just tack down some plywood -- 3/8" is probably OK, 1/2" certainly is.  Just make sure the plywood spans between framing members, vs ending in "midair".  And make sure the framing is reasonably secure.

  • In a reply to How to fix wiring for garbage disposal?
    mike mahan's picture
    5 days 50 min ago

    If there's no wall switch you can get an air switch. Easy to find at the big box stores or a plumbing supply. It plugs in to an unswitched outlet and the disposer plugs into it. An air tube leads to a button that can be mounted on the counter or on the face of a cabinet or almost anywhere. No electrical danger. No wiring.

  • In a reply to How to fix wiring for garbage disposal?
    DanH's picture
    5 days 3 hours ago

    The usual configuration is to place an outlet under the sink somewhere and plug the disposal into that.  (Pretty sure the last disposal I bought came with a standard 3-prong power cable already attached.)  Usually the outlet is "switched" by a wall switch on the back wall above the counter, adjacent to the sink, since few disposals have built-in switches.