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02-03-07, 01:03 PM
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Water supply valve not flowing

Late last year I shut off the water supply to my humidifier since it had developed a leak somewhere and I was procrastinating about fixing it. Today I decided to dig into it, but when I turned the...
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Views: 1,398
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Hmmm... now I'm waffling. I applied Wolman's...

Hmmm... now I'm waffling. I applied Wolman's transparent deck stain last year to new cedar and it didn't soak in at all. It just sat on the top and puddled and looked terrible. The Wolman customer...
09-22-06, 09:17 AM
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Views: 1,914
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Why take a chance? Even if she is not in pain...

Why take a chance? Even if she is not in pain now, those broken teeth might cause problems later on. She deserves some TLC after a hit like that, so I'd say take her and get her checked out.
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Views: 76,465
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My experience has been that if I don't get to the...

My experience has been that if I don't get to the lumberyard a day or two after the weekly cedar delivery, I'm better off going to Home Depot and getting it there. The cedar at the lumberyard gets...
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Views: 2,246
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What's commonly done is to use 1/2" PT plywood...

What's commonly done is to use 1/2" PT plywood spacers in between the 2x8's to make the total width of the beam 3 1/2".
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Views: 6,856
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Actually there was. My built-up beams were...

Actually there was. My built-up beams were tripled up 2x lumber, so geometrically speaking, it made the most sense. Also, since the posts tended to be fairly short on this deck and thus prone to...
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Just FYI, my building inspector required that the...

Just FYI, my building inspector required that the beams not merely sit on top of the posts, but also that the connection resist any lateral moment. In other words, the post is rigidly maintained...
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Views: 953
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I won't offer you the expert opinion, as I'm not...

I won't offer you the expert opinion, as I'm not qualified to do that. But I was exactly in your position last year when I built my deck. Here's what I did. Your mileage may vary.

I went to the...
05-31-06, 07:44 AM
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Views: 4,936
Posted By jcs

Snapping turtles aren't necessarily dangerous

The common snapping turtle can be aggressive towards people when they are on the ground and at their most vulnerable. I tried to help a huge one scoot across the road by my house but he got awful...
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Views: 6,405
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I talked with our village building inspector...

I talked with our village building inspector about frost heave with concrete piers and no tube vs. tube. There seems to be two schools of thought on this issue. One school of thought is already...
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Views: 6,405
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Ugh, I hope not. I would have wasted $8000 and a...

Ugh, I hope not. I would have wasted $8000 and a summer's worth of work. It's a low deck so there's no chance of replacing the piers without destroying the deck.

On the plus side, this site has...
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Hmmm... the contractor who poured the footings...

Hmmm... the contractor who poured the footings for my deck used an auger to dig the hole (14" diameter, 42" below grade, to code), and filled the hole with concrete but only used a small length of...
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Views: 4,656
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Are you required to have access on all four...

Are you required to have access on all four sides? Our hot tub only needs access on one side for maintenance/repairs, and our local code makes no mention of it, so I just built an access panel on...
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Views: 3,938
Posted By jcs

You might find that the staff will be different...

You might find that the staff will be different from store to store. I've benefitted from talking to some knowledgeable people at HD before, though I've run into some that didn't seem to know what...
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Views: 19,846
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Try this link: ...

Try this link:

http://www.woodbin.com/ref/wood/lum_dimensions.htm
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Views: 14,251
Posted By jcs

I looked and gave up on finding deck design...

I looked and gave up on finding deck design software. I wasn't convinced the software I looked at was going to give me an optimal design for what I wanted to do, or that it would meet code. I decided...
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Views: 1,316
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I noticed that right off as well, since like you...

I noticed that right off as well, since like you say its 4" max. But in her defense, she did say that he should check with his local building office, which is very good advice. Our local building...
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Views: 1,213
Posted By jcs

power saw problems

A couple questions -- I have used my Skilsaw pretty heavily building my deck this summer. While cutting through a 2x8 sometimes the blade would grab and the saw would almost launch out of my hand....
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Views: 1,323
Posted By jcs

Hi Wayne, Didn't see any replies to your...

Hi Wayne,

Didn't see any replies to your message so I'll post what I know. Take what I say with a grain of salt, I'm bulding my first deck right now so I'm not a pro.

So it sounds like you're...
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Views: 2,491
Posted By jcs

I just did something similar. I needed to relevel...

I just did something similar. I needed to relevel the concrete pad under my hot tub, requiring a thickness of 3/4" on one side tapering to 0 on the other. I used Quickrete Sand Topping Mix mixed with...
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Views: 1,191
Posted By jcs

deck framing question

My deck uses a flush beam -- joists attach via joist hangars. The problem is that the PC66 connector I'm using for the post-beam connection interferes with one of the joists. So I need to frame...
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Views: 9,885
Posted By jcs

Here are a couple pictures to show what I did: ...

Here are a couple pictures to show what I did:

Pier without post base (http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-9/410523/pier.jpg) - it's hard to see, but the bubble is dead center.

Pier with...
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Views: 9,885
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Tonight I went out to shim up the post bases. The...

Tonight I went out to shim up the post bases. The first one wasn't that bad, but the second one required well over 1/4" of shimming on one side just to bring it to level. I'm no expert deck builder,...
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Views: 9,885
Posted By jcs

Hmm, that's a good point. I remember asking them...

Hmm, that's a good point. I remember asking them why they did it that way, and the explanation was that letting the concrete fill the entire hole was better than backfilling with loose soil around...
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Views: 9,885
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Concrete pier top not quite level

I hired contractors to the pour the concrete piers for my deck (14" diameter, 42" deep). For the most part they are fine, but a few of them were not leveled very well. The top of the pier may be as...
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