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|Volume 12 Issue 3|
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When retro fitting a plumbing fixture that requires its own vent, use a mechanical vent. Ref: Tables 6: Nail Table.
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Pex piping is a good alternative to expensive copper pipe in a home renovation. Adapters from copper pipe to Pex are available. A crimping tool is required which can be purchased or rented. Ref: Useful Stuff 4: Home Improvement Tips.
Hi Trace, welcome back and thanks.
Here is a drawing for some heavy stock bins that I built a while back for a Transmission shop:
If you can fasten these to the wall there's no need to fasten them to the floor. These are self supporting, just need to fasten to the wall near the top of the post. The shelves are framed in 2x4's and 3/4" plywood for the shelves themselves. I made them 24" wide shelves X 8' long. Screw the posts to the ledgers and screw blocking between the ledgers and the floor onto the back sides of the posts, once the plywood is on, to better support the ledgers, as shown.
Hope this helps,
The first thing I would do is to try and determine where the water is getting in and correct it. Check the walls and ceiling for water stains, or is it coming under the walls.
What material is the existing floor?
(I never heard back from Martin, so I'm thinking he solved the water problem.)
Yes, use the same stair calculator which calculates the stringer layout. If you don't want the riser, just omit it, no problem, but you still need the rise and run for laying out the stringer.
I agree that you don't want a riser board on deck stairs.
Hope this helps,
No, not at all. The riser and run has to be calculated on the stringer. The stringer is exactly the same for open or closed stairs. For open stairs, just leave the riser board off and nail on the treads.
Instead of the 29" wide bent, make it 3" less than 4' or, 45" to fit a 4' sheet of plywood.
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In my woodworking career there have been numerous times I needed to scribe an arc or a complete circle, usually full size. For example, scribing the trim for a 6' wide circle head window with a 3' radius or making a template for rounding off the corners of a curved archway.
A handy idea to use for a large woodworking compass in the field, is to make a compass from a length of 1x2 or a similar size ripping. Yes, the yuppies use what they call trammel points, a point attached to a block and a pencil attached to a block with a specific sized stick of wood, or beam between them. The adjustment is made by sliding the ends along the beam to arrive at the correct radius. Well, although I have a pair of trammel points it's often faster to pick up one of the rugged and ever present sticks laying around a woodworking site. I measure the correct radius from the square end and drive a nail through it at this point. With my pencil always at the ready, I scribe the arc while the nail holds the center point fast into the piece of wood or plywood onto which I want the circle or arc drawn.
Here is a drawing of a simple woodworking compass... Read more at Jigs 7: Woodworking Compass
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