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Thanks! The only other thing I was trying to...

Thanks!
The only other thing I was trying to figure out was what sort, if any, of landscaping I should do right around it--plants or stones. This is a drainage well, after all, and water has to be...
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Mainly, I considered the effort involved in...

Mainly, I considered the effort involved in getting a perfectly straight hole through the 4x4 for the shaft, and decided I didn't want the headache.

The only other touch I've been considering is...
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I put 8d nails in for spacers between the roof...

I put 8d nails in for spacers between the roof boards--I screwed the bottom board in place and tapped the 8d nails into the rafters (just deep enough to hold) right above the 1x6 and flush with it....
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And here we go... The crank doesn't actually...

And here we go... The crank doesn't actually work--I figured that would just be silly, all things considered.
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All right, it's mostly done, at least the major...

All right, it's mostly done, at least the major stuff. Next is to put in a spindle and bucket. I was debating and figured there's no point in making it actually work--there's a grate right at the...
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... was modeling the roof with some scrap 2x4s....

... was modeling the roof with some scrap 2x4s. They look awfully large relative to the everything.
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With the weight it's going to be carrying should...

With the weight it's going to be carrying should I replace the 2x4 crosspiece with a 2x6?
Or should I attach a lower 2x4 crosspiece and screw the bottom of the rafter triangle to that? That is,...
07-19-19, 04:19 PM
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I'm not 100% sure if they cut through it or if...

I'm not 100% sure if they cut through it or if it's on an edge. There's definitely a well there--see the first picture below. Where I tried to put the post (but hit the concrete) is just to this side...
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More than one rafter? I was thinking I can...

More than one rafter?

I was thinking I can mount the end ones inside the 4x4x, with the roof overlapping the 4x4. I'd use wedges to screw them in to. This way, since I'd have to put the inner...
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I'm trying to figure out the support structure...

I'm trying to figure out the support structure more than the roofing material--E&F in the diagram, not G. It would be a shame to bury nice wood like that.
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54" long (measured from outside of each 4x4) by...

54" long (measured from outside of each 4x4) by about 36" (the hypotenuse of each downslope combined). I'm thinking the triangle's wood will be exposed at each end--I'm avoiding covering the ends to...
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Looking to build a roofed structure for a faux wishing well

I built a stacked-stone wishing well to cover an ugly dry well in my side yard. The well itself and the basic structure for a roofed cover are done, but now I'm vacillating on how to build the rest;...
07-19-19, 05:05 AM
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Well, OK.... Building this as a portable...

Well, OK....
Building this as a portable structure is absolutely unworkable. I'm on the coast and we get high winds here as well as coastal flooding, so it would have a VERY short life that way....
07-10-19, 05:15 PM
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As best as I can figure itís the base of a gazebo...

As best as I can figure itís the base of a gazebo that was torn down 45+ years ago. Definitely nothing to do with the town.
07-09-19, 02:37 PM
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Hmmm. Edit button gone, so I guess I waited to...

Hmmm. Edit button gone, so I guess I waited to long to edit.

Found that I can't use a post bracket bolted to the concrete: they don't provide enough lateral strength, so without some sort of top...
07-09-19, 11:19 AM
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Complication putting in a post

This isn't a "fence" question per se, but I wasn't sure where else to ask it.

I'm having a problem putting in a post. Quick background: the local town did a street drainage project a few years...
07-08-19, 09:52 AM
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All right... So, I went with retaining wall...

All right...

So, I went with retaining wall bricks.

Ten stones, each with a gap between them for drainage, set on top of gravel. Then 11 stones sitting on top, then another 11, and so on. The...
06-17-19, 03:42 PM
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Trying to cover a dry well grate

A few years ago, along with a street drainage project, the town put a dry well (3 actually, but I'm especially concerned with one) in my side yard.

They're really unsightly, covered by a 30" wide...
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Never had a storm door in the front doors (there...

Never had a storm door in the front doors (there are two on either side of an enclosed porch that faces the street) and in 40 years the locks have never frozen, and this time only the one. The only...
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Does Lock-Ease really protect against freezing?

About six weeks ago the lock in a pretty new Pella door began to stick. I had two doors put in at the same time and the locks were keyed to use the same key; I use one door much more than the other...
12-23-18, 04:08 PM
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Posted By vanderdecker

OK, dug out the loose stuff. Looks like there's...

OK, dug out the loose stuff. Looks like there's some mold I have to treat but there shouldn't be any more moisture for there to be a continued problem (fingers crossed).

For some reason I'm being...
12-21-18, 01:34 PM
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Thanks. I should have posted a picture, too;...

Thanks. I should have posted a picture, too; here's some perspective.
12-21-18, 05:38 AM
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Posted By vanderdecker

Patching a sheetrock seam: tape or not?

I had a roof leak; the water came in through a moderately sloped ceiling, right at the joint between two pieces of drywall. The damaged area is about 18" long by about 4 wide. I'll have to remove the...
07-05-18, 04:39 PM
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Posted By vanderdecker

(aside: I have instant notifications on, and my...

(aside: I have instant notifications on, and my email address is correct in my profile, but I somehow never get notifications of replies, so I missed these.)

I found a simple solution. There's an...
07-02-18, 04:20 PM
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Posted By vanderdecker

Is it possible to add a tee to a riser?

I have this small area that my irrigation system doesn't cover. It's a 4' wide bed right next to the foundation, at the top of a small, steepish slope (a 7' slope about 4' high).

There's a head...
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