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I just built a flush beam deck, so I was using...

I just built a flush beam deck, so I was using those tables. I didn't know there was such a stark difference between joist spans with and without cantilever. I know there are additional stresses with...
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First of all, your beams should probably be...

First of all, your beams should probably be double 2x8 or maybe even double 2x10. Use one of the many online calculators to determine this. Note, however, that beam size and joist size go together.
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There are lots of wood decks built at ground...

There are lots of wood decks built at ground level. Built properly, they will last just as long as a regular raised deck. I had one at my old house that had airflow on only one side (of four), with...
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I had looked at getting a patio poured before...

I had looked at getting a patio poured before deciding on a ground-level deck, and it seems pretty standard that they were going to excavate for the patio, use expansion material around the existing...
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Ground-level decks have some issues that you...

Ground-level decks have some issues that you should be aware of. You will need airflow to help equalize moisture, so this prevents the use of tongue-and-groove decking. At a bare minimum, the boards...
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We initially thought about concrete, but the...

We initially thought about concrete, but the price seemed far too high (even for decorative concrete) and it wasn't really our style. Pavers were (are) a decent option, and we do have access to maybe...
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Ground-level deck - flush beams, cantilever, etc.

In lieu of a patio, my wife's current idea is to build a ground-level deck. Being most comfortable with wood, I am OK with this, as I can do it without even needing any help. Well, that is, past the...
11-18-11, 06:20 PM
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The key apparently was step 3. The relay was fine...

The key apparently was step 3. The relay was fine and the motor was still getting power, but it wasn't spinning. With no airflow over the coils, the hot got hotter and the compressor built up...
11-17-11, 09:36 PM
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Help me diagnose this problem - stuck reversing valve? Nothing at all?

I noticed when I got home today and cracked the window that the heat pump was making a pretty conspicuous hissing noise. The vapor line inside was extremely hot (much hotter than I believe it should...
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Some types of VoIP are compatible with alarm...

Some types of VoIP are compatible with alarm systems. It varies from system to system and provider to provider. I used ADT with my Cox digital phone for years, which is a private VoIP network. I now...
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Just FYI for those who might be looking to do the...

Just FYI for those who might be looking to do the same thing - you apparently need to fill in all the fields with nonzero values. *65 has three and *66 has six. The manual says that any nonzero value...
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Programming Safewatch 3000 Pro to report arm/disarm events

I was going to cancel but instead thought I would try going the route of internet monitoring. While I like it so far (instantaneous call after fire trouble that I only did for test purposes), the...
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Thanks. I have the installer code, but what I was...

Thanks. I have the installer code, but what I was missing was everything after *41 - the second asterisk and all the subsequent entries. That should take care of it.
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Disabling ADT Safewatch Pro 3000 dialer

OK, so ADT's monitoring rates continue to go up. I am now paying something like $23 a month for a phone that I use solely for the alarm system along with $45 a month for ADT. This is insane. I used...
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Yes, it's city sewer. I know a lot of people say...

Yes, it's city sewer. I know a lot of people say you shouldn't use them with septic systems, though I know a few people who use them and just bear the extra cost associated (more frequent pumping)....
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It was a home inspector. It is in Pittsburgh, and...

It was a home inspector. It is in Pittsburgh, and as far as I can tell there is absolutely nothing in the Allegheny County's plumbing codes that would prevent this. Again, I can think of no logical...
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Is there any reason why a garbage disposal can't be used with clay sewer pipe?

A good friend of mine would like to put in garbage disposal, but apparently their home inspector told them that they can't be used with clay sewer pipe. Is there any reason for this? I have never...
01-26-11, 07:48 AM
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I didn't know that basements qualified as a wet...

I didn't know that basements qualified as a wet location. I guess we'll have to add a GFCI to the start of each circuit. This is simple enough but will require some extra conduit. No big deal.

As...
01-25-11, 08:13 AM
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Adding circuits in an unfinished brick basement

I'm going to be helping a friend add several circuits to his basement. He's told me he has plenty of room in the box (like room for 12+ breakers) so I was thinking of adding maybe two 20A circuits...
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I would contend that the clearance has nothing to...

I would contend that the clearance has nothing to do with correct operation. My actual center-to-center distance is about 3-15/16", and the actual operation of both the handleset and deadbolt is as...
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Schlage Home Security - Product Details...

Schlage Home Security - Product Details (http://consumer.schlage.com/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?ModelNumber=FE365 CAM 619 ACC)

http://consumer.schlage.com/Project%20Documents/P515-858.pdf...
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Replacing existing 4" center to center lockset with Schlage Electronic

So, my plan is to replace my existing (very standard) lockset, consisting of a locking entry knob and a deadbolt, with a Schlage electronic deadbolt (Camelot) and a matching handleset. I have checked...
10-14-10, 02:32 PM
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I found out something interesting today. I...

I found out something interesting today. I finished the wiring (at least the coax is in the same box where it can connect to the upstairs feeder) and discovered that the amplifier makes a significant...
10-14-10, 09:34 AM
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Tolyn, when I say old work low voltage box what I...

Tolyn, when I say old work low voltage box what I really mean is the typical orange ring you find at Home Depot. It's not actually a box, just a frame. I've always known them as boxes despite just...
10-13-10, 04:12 PM
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I can't go through the sill plate since there is...

I can't go through the sill plate since there is none. This is a basement, so the studs just sit right on poured concrete. Also, for whatever reason when the alarm was installed initially it tied...
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