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Awesome, thanks all--appreciate the responses!

Awesome, thanks all--appreciate the responses!
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Posted By dlukas

Clear coat to prevent rust on raw steel table legs?

I have a couple of A-frame table legs made of raw steel square tubing. They were super rusty so I'm currently having them sandblasted. I want the finished table to show off the steel in as close to...
01-13-19, 10:44 PM
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Posted By dlukas

Thanks for the idea. I did some googling and I...

Thanks for the idea. I did some googling and I don't think this would work, because for my configuration the chain has to loop, which apparently no garage door openers do. Also, given it's a...
01-13-19, 12:46 AM
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Posted By dlukas

Need a sliding gate opener with mechanical (not magnetic) limit switch

Hoping someone can recommend a gate opener for me. I'm building a residential sliding driveway gate, and because of my gate configuration, I can't use a gate opener that relies only on the standard...
05-12-18, 03:49 PM
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Posted By dlukas

Thanks! Not sure what was under there 100 years...

Thanks! Not sure what was under there 100 years ago when the house was built, but there is no concrete or stucco to protect now.
05-12-18, 01:24 PM
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Posted By dlukas

What is the name of this architectural element? Does it have a function??

It's rotting and I need to replace it, but if it's just aesthetic I think I'd prefer to replace it with fascia/belly band so as not to unnecessarily create a horizontal surface for moisture to sit on.
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Posted By dlukas

Thanks much PJmax. Maybe I didn't describe it...

Thanks much PJmax. Maybe I didn't describe it well but I think your second diagram is what I was trying to describe. Happy to have this validation though. Thanks again!
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Posted By dlukas

PJmaxx, yes, your diagram is exactly what I have....

PJmaxx, yes, your diagram is exactly what I have.

Why do you say that's wrong? Are you saying that the diagram I posted is wrong, or that my assumptions about the connections are wrong?
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Posted By dlukas

3-way switch, multiple lights, power at light

This feels like a dumb question and I should be able to logic my way to an answer but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it.

I'm installing 4 can lights on a 3 way switch. The power is...
09-14-16, 12:16 PM
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Posted By dlukas

ray2047 - I started getting concerned after your...

ray2047 - I started getting concerned after your comment so I just called Zoeller product support (I guess that should have been my first move). But just for anyone following along, he advised to...
09-11-16, 10:41 PM
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Posted By dlukas

Sorry for the radio silence--thanks for all the...

Sorry for the radio silence--thanks for all the responses. pcboss - the pump is listed for outdoor installation, and there are no special instructions about protecting the cord. Which surprised me,...
09-09-16, 11:44 PM
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Posted By dlukas

Can I hard-wire a sewage pump?

I have a Zoeller 912-1082 for a small detached mother-in-law unit (with which many of you have already helped me greatly on this forum). The pump comes with a 3-prong AC plug. However, I have it...
08-30-16, 10:11 PM
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Posted By dlukas

The building is only one story; it's on a slab....

The building is only one story; it's on a slab. Since this photo was taken, I've finished framing, siding, etc, but no drywall yet.

The crux of my question, I think, is: how is this portion of the...
08-30-16, 05:14 PM
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Posted By dlukas

Here's a photo of the framing in-progress. In...

Here's a photo of the framing in-progress. In this photo, the gable-end walls have not been framed yet. The two walls you can see are the ones between which the loft joists will span. The top plate...
08-30-16, 03:52 PM
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Posted By dlukas

I just misunderstood then. I'm still not clear on...

I just misunderstood then. I'm still not clear on what the band should look like. Are you saying the band should be notched into the studs, like a ledger with balloon framed joists? If that's what...
08-30-16, 03:10 PM
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Posted By dlukas

No center support. Access will be with just a...

No center support. Access will be with just a folding ladder. This photo is similar to our desired end result (though loft in the photo appears to be deeper than 4')

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When you say "band...
08-29-16, 06:21 PM
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Posted By dlukas

Balloon framing a loft

I've just finished framing a small detached mother-in-law unit in my back yard. However, we just decided kind of at the last minute that we'd like to add a small loft at one end for storage (I know,...
08-24-16, 10:24 AM
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Posted By dlukas

Yeah that was my plan--reuse the two #4 wires as...

Yeah that was my plan--reuse the two #4 wires as my hots, and get another length of #8 for the neutral. I have a 50a breaker for the house. I bought a 125a 8-space lug center I was going to use as my...
08-24-16, 12:25 AM
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Posted By dlukas

Well, I celebrated too soon. The district...

Well, I celebrated too soon. The district supervisor called me this morning to tell me that I do, in fact, have to pull two hot conductors (though I don't need 100 amps). This is after I called into...
08-22-16, 12:49 PM
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Posted By dlukas

Thanks all for your help, and apologies for the...

Thanks all for your help, and apologies for the long delays in my responses. I spoke with inspector #2 this morning and she confirmed basically everything I was arguing for, i.e.:
- I don't have to...
08-21-16, 01:15 PM
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Posted By dlukas

Another data point: my lot is only zoned for...

Another data point: my lot is only zoned for single-family, and the main house is a single-family dwelling, so then it seems like the DADU could not also be a single-family dwelling, given that the...
08-21-16, 01:07 PM
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Posted By dlukas

Thanks guys. It sounds like this fundamentally...

Thanks guys. It sounds like this fundamentally comes down to whether this is a single-family dwelling or not. So in Seattle, the city issues a specific permit for what they call an Accessory Dwelling...
08-20-16, 11:55 PM
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Posted By dlukas

Service to detached mother-in-law - 2 city inspectors disagree

I've built a small detached mother-in-law in my back yard (in Seattle, which has adopted the 2014 NEC). The unit is a studio layout with kitchen and 3/4 bath. All major appliances are gas powered. I...
08-09-16, 11:43 PM
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Posted By dlukas

Hadn't researched breakers yet but you appear to...

Hadn't researched breakers yet but you appear to be right that Square D doesn't make a 60a single-pole breaker for the Homeline series. Didn't think that one through very well.

Also, I will not be...
08-09-16, 06:26 PM
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Posted By dlukas

ray2047, I am indeed not using a main...

ray2047,



I am indeed not using a main panel as my sub, so there's no main breaker at the sub panel. I'm planning to have a disconnect immediately upstream of the sub panel.

Just googled...
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