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Sounds good! I ordered an el cheapo...

Sounds good!

I ordered an el cheapo generator and will be testing everything in the house on it. It won't be powerful enough to run my AC so that at least guarantees that it won't break the AC,...
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Cheese, in your experience or that you've read...

Cheese, in your experience or that you've read about, how often is this a problem? I see a lot of people mention it but not sure how many people have actually fried things.
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Am I getting caught up in the weeds worrying about THD on a generator?

I am looking for an emergency-only generator with 240 V output--fairly small one (3000-5000 watts continuous) to power some of the key components in my house during a power outage. I had an outage...
03-13-17, 07:34 AM
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Posted By Skoorb

Thanks, guys, for the responses!

Thanks, guys, for the responses!
03-01-17, 01:03 PM
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Posted By Skoorb

Waterproofing a new construction basement?

Live in New York.

Looking to build a house on virgin land. Most important thing in a future dry basement is grading, for sure. But, that taken care of, next up is waterproofing the basement.
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Ah good point--I did flip it so that the one with...

Ah good point--I did flip it so that the one with the least knots was pointed up. That obviously didn't always coincide with the grain! And the ink stamp is there, too, but it will be painted over :)
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Posted By Skoorb

I'm going to assume most people building decks...

I'm going to assume most people building decks don't bother checking the grain. I checked for crowning, though since I used spacers for each plank I don't know what the point was really, I had to...
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Posted By Skoorb

Simple pergola question

I've looked at a lot of pictures of pergolas. It seems to me a lot of pergolas without a consistent roof or fabric don't seem to work very well: vertical slats don't work when the sun is high, and...
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Posted By Skoorb

Okay, absent the final set of stairs down to the...

Okay, absent the final set of stairs down to the grass the deck is now complete. I rebuilt the stairs completely with a consistent rise of no more than 3/8" per, and also put wood at the front of...
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Not sure, but he said if it's that close to grade...

Not sure, but he said if it's that close to grade AND next to a pool it has to be that far apart. I can only find some small allusion to why on line:

https://fencecity.com/resources/pool-facts.asp...
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Posted By Skoorb

Thanks. New deck's height was dictated by...

Thanks.

New deck's height was dictated by the pool it abuts.

As for the lower step--right! It is too low a rise, it doesn't meet code--but I actually asked the inspector if the fact it's only...
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Posted By Skoorb

Would this stair railing be up to snuff?

I have an existing deck. I'm building a second level. I cut the stairs off. Once I put decking on the lower level the old stairs will rest on the new lower level (yes, I'll level them!). Inspector...
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Is flashing over a sandwiched deck beam really needed?

I'm building a deck at the moment in the northeast. I have passed framing inspection today. I have a beam consisting of two above ground PT 2X10 sandwiched together sitting on a notched 6X6. Joists...
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Posted By Skoorb

Although I started this thread re. monkey bars, a...

Although I started this thread re. monkey bars, a few years prior I built the biggest baddest swing set in my neighborhood with a classical A-frame shape and heavy lumber. Kids still use it. It's...
09-27-12, 09:57 AM
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Posted By Skoorb

FWIW I had a similarly challenging wall in my...

FWIW I had a similarly challenging wall in my basement. I've not read the other posts in this thread, but what the contractor ended up doing was, since he had to soffit around the air vents anyway,...
09-22-12, 07:22 AM
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Posted By Skoorb

Great point--the pic is mislabeled, and in fact...

Great point--the pic is mislabeled, and in fact this is what I had intended--that the lip of the fascia would hold the other side of the soffit as you describe.

Thanks! It sounds like this is the...
09-21-12, 08:22 PM
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Posted By Skoorb

Anything better than J-channel for this?

I'm building a shed.

Intent is to trim it very much like this picture, to match the rest of my house (this is not my pic, though):
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Forum: Water Heaters
09-16-12, 02:07 PM
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Posted By Skoorb

Sorry for delay. For what it's worth the brand...

Sorry for delay. For what it's worth the brand apparently is State Industries, Inc. model GS640YBRS.
Forum: Water Heaters
09-14-12, 07:12 AM
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Posted By Skoorb

Pilot light keeps going off

A few days ago we had no hot water (gas system). Heater is 7 years old, no problems prior, I cannot remember the brand. I restarted the pilot and we've been fine for 2-3 days, but today I'm told (I'm...
09-12-12, 11:38 AM
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Posted By Skoorb

I do have a double top plate, but overkill is...

I do have a double top plate, but overkill is also what I like. This thing's floor has 2X8 joists 16 OC for the floor and that's with joist hangers--which are screwed in (using the proper StrongTie...
09-12-12, 05:30 AM
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Posted By Skoorb

Roof trusses 16 or 24" OC?

Shed construction on my 8X12 with 7' walls is going well. I am going to use a 4:12 or 6:12 pitch.

I had planned on going with 16" OC for the roof, but 24" would save me I think three spans. I'm...
08-29-12, 12:58 PM
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Posted By Skoorb

I really don't see a lot of screws for this. The...

I really don't see a lot of screws for this. The SPAX that are sold as "construction screws" do not, that I can tell, advertise shear strength and thus I assume cannot be used in a shear loading...
08-27-12, 10:04 AM
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Posted By Skoorb

8X12' with a wood floor, pretty standard...

8X12' with a wood floor, pretty standard construction, really. I figure unloaded weight in the ball park of 1200 lbs, but that number's rough.

I thought on it more and one side will be on concrete...
08-27-12, 06:09 AM
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Posted By Skoorb

Do wooden sheds really need anchoring?

Local inspector requires anchoring for metal or plastic sheds but for wooden he says it's not necessary. However, I ran some simple calculations and an 8X8' shed at 65 mph winds would do something in...
08-15-12, 07:26 AM
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Posted By Skoorb

Foundation question

Next project for me is an 8X10' shed in the northeast. We get freezing temps, but I don't intend on frost-protecting the foundation, and it's not needed by code, either.

I've read of various...
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