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03-30-09, 09:58 AM
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Spring-band style gate latch

I'm looking for a gate latch of the type I remember from farms I used to visit as a child: a simple curved metal strip attached to the end of the gate's outer stile. The strip has a handle (above)...
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Thanks all. You should see the inside of the...

Thanks all. You should see the inside of the house in that model ;). Sketchup is rather addictive. Plus it's allowed me to go through a bunch of designs to try them out. Not for everybody, but an...
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DIY Near-Final Deck Design Input Solicited

You might recall seeing this deck design before. I'm in the final planning stages, and have gotten some great input around the web, including here.

I have a few thorny problems I'm trying to...
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Thanks. I had no CAD experience before picking...

Thanks. I had no CAD experience before picking up Sketchup. It's really extremely intuitive, and there are great online video tutorials, and drawing is fast and fun. You can learn the basics, and...
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Thanks for the input. @Craig: The 45 coming...

Thanks for the input.

@Craig: The 45 coming off the ledger is there both for aesthetics, but as well to provide access to that #$@% electrical feed box owned by the power company you see at left. ...
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Thank you both. I just cracked the two narrow...

Thank you both. I just cracked the two narrow gable end windows somewhat today, hoping that will help ventilate. They are roughly 3'-6' off the floor, so not as good as soffit vents, but it's...
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I'm a bit confused about the joist to beam...

I'm a bit confused about the joist to beam connection in the setup you mention. You're essentially omitting the beam, and instead hanging the joists in plane with a doubled rim joist, which is...
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Attic with Floor: Worth (re-)insulating

I have an steep sloped-roof in my 1930 house in N. Ohio, and with the snow and cold this past week have noticed some extreme, Dr. Suessian sized icicles forming on the eaves. Obviously I worry about...
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Thanks, Craig. I suppose this means the beam...

Thanks, Craig. I suppose this means the beam must be flush with the ends of the joists (i.e. no cantilever).

I had planned for a bottom rail in any case.

Also, you do lose a bit of deck real...
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Thanks for the thoughts. I use Google's free...

Thanks for the thoughts. I use Google's free Sketchup tool for the model. I considered free-standing, but that would create a lot more foundation work.
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Deck Design Input: Apron Stair

I'm designing a deck to build as a DIY'er this Spring, and would appreciate any input on my evolving design. The deck will be a single level, ~27" high, probably joist-on-beam using 2x10s for both...
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Deck Design Input: Ledger

I'm designing a deck to build as a DIY'er this Spring, and would appreciate any input on my evolving design. The deck will be a single level, ~27" high, probably joist-on-beam using 2x10s for both...
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