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T Tie Connectors: How to drill accurate holes for bolts?

Planning a pergola project, with a large beam sitting atop two posts. Wanting to use large flat t braces/ties (example attached) to connect them, but I want to put them on either side of the...
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Posted By BobStrauss

Thanks! I've decided to go with Simpson...

Thanks! I've decided to go with Simpson Strong-Tie T-braces on both sides of each post-beam connection. They're 16x16 inches and 7 gauge steel. If that isn't enough I can always add knee braces...
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Reading Hardware Load Tables (shear strength)

Planning an attached 14x16 pergola with front 6x6 posts and a 6x10 beam (yes, this is overkill I know, but doing it for aesthetic purposes). Wanting to find lateral stability without the need for...
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Iíve found the deckstainhelp forum really helpful...

Iíve found the deckstainhelp forum really helpful for questions like this. And TWP stain has been really good to me, too.
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Reverse Engineering a Pergola

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Would like to create something similar...
06-14-20, 07:10 PM
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Posted By BobStrauss

Thanks! The fire table comes with a...

Thanks!

The fire table comes with a box/covering that matches the finish of the fire pit, so itís arguably out of site as is. Iím considering putting it in a very accessible location, but just...
06-14-20, 03:50 PM
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Posted By BobStrauss

Trying to dig that info up. The model on the...

Trying to dig that info up. The model on the regulator is JY70-012.

Ideally to have one long enough (~15-25ft) so I can store it somewhere less conspicuous, not right on the deck.
06-14-20, 09:40 AM
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How to replace propane gas hose on fire table?

Iíve got a fire pit that came with a real short hose - maybe 7í long. Would like to replace it with a longer one, but donít know how to accomplish that. Do I need to re-use the same regulator (see...
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Pergola Ledger - Size or material requirements?

Hard to find much at all about required size/material of ledger boards for attached pergolas. Iím guessing then that same material and lumber as what is used on the front beams would be appropriate...
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Treated lumber for 14x14 pergola?

Building a pergola over an existing deck (going on five years old but still in excellent shape) thatís also made of treated lumber. Also in a neighborhood thatís not super high dollar - fences and...
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Checked my city of San Antonio "No Permit...

Checked my city of San Antonio "No Permit Required" list and pergolas of the size I'm discussing seem to fall under that (one-story detached accessory structures, provided the floor area does not...
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Pergola idea: looking for guidance (spans)

Looking to build a roughly 16'x 14' pergola in San Antonio, TX, so no snow to consider, and no wisterias (or other heavy vines) will come near my project. The only load will be the pergola itself and...
01-20-20, 11:32 AM
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So even if the tyco splice kit is in the wall...

So even if the tyco splice kit is in the wall (inaccessible), that's still all right? If so, that sounds like the way to go.
01-20-20, 09:11 AM
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How to extend wiring in-wall (moving outlet)

Doing a laundry closet reno, and I need to move an outlet down about a foot or so. However, this will require an extension of the existing cable that drops down from the attack - something that is...
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The one screw in the middle of the hinge adjusts...

The one screw in the middle of the hinge adjusts the way it points at the other door, but not how far out it is from the frame.
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Cabinet doors are off - can I shim them?

Just painted some old builder grade cabinets as part of a minor kitchen reno. Put back on the original hinges and noticed the left door of this cabinet tucks in at the bottom, leaning out along the...
05-29-16, 05:02 PM
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Posted By BobStrauss

Thanks, Pete! That picture of the left side is...

Thanks, Pete! That picture of the left side is actually deceiving. There is only ONE black wire, going into the top screw. The bottom screw is empty.

I assume if I follow the rest of your...
05-29-16, 04:21 PM
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How do I tie a new switch into existing box?

I have an electric box above my kitchen sink for a pendant light (left switch on top), garbage disposal (left switch on bottom), and now I'd like to tie in undercabinet lighting (right switch not yet...
08-05-15, 07:17 AM
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Posted By BobStrauss

Here are a few more pictures, hopefully with...

Here are a few more pictures, hopefully with better lighting to show you what I'm referencing.

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08-05-15, 07:10 AM
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Posted By BobStrauss

I had a journeyman electrician come over to look...

I had a journeyman electrician come over to look at things, and he helped get me there most of the way. After he left, though, I noticed a problem with the three way switch for the porch.

With it...
08-03-15, 05:36 PM
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Posted By BobStrauss

I'll go get an appropriate wire nut for the...

I'll go get an appropriate wire nut for the neutrals, and I'll get the grounds appropriately wired.

As for the hot wire - I tested it with a Klein NCVT-1, with everything completely disconnected...
08-03-15, 04:35 PM
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Posted By BobStrauss

Soooooo.... Tried to get everything in the...

Soooooo....

Tried to get everything in the right position, but something's off.

My kitchen lights (3-way) are on the left switch. My porch lights (3-way) are on the top right, and my new...
08-02-15, 08:59 PM
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Posted By BobStrauss

It may be tucked around the refrigerator...

It may be tucked around the refrigerator slightly, but we should have enough room for a 3-gang work box. To clarify, we are adding a switch/fixture.

And yes, you're right. On closer inspection,...
08-02-15, 06:05 PM
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Posted By BobStrauss

How can I wire in a new light fixture?

Here is the existing outlet with a set of switches, one three-way and one single pole, correct?:

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But now I need to wire in a new single pole fixture (with a dimmer). If I turn...
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