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    Post-chicken recovery

    We've had chickens for a few years and let them range in the backyard. As you can predict, they destroyed the yard and now it is home to nothing but ground violets and creeping charlie.

    I've built...
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    Hacking a bread machine for the motor

    I've got a project where I want to use the motor from a bread machine for power. It'll run for an extended period and I'm gambling it's got just enough torque to do what I need.

    The eventual goal...
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    Hacking the motor on a garage door opener

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but google isn't helpful. If you google the word "hack" in relationship to anything else all you get is sites showing you how to break the law in some...
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    So just continue the vinyl siding on up to match...

    So just continue the vinyl siding on up to match the bottom section of wall?
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    Another vinyl siding question

    The house is cedar lap siding, except for the gables which appear to be masonite with 1x2 boards over the it. Picture: https://docs.zoho.com/file/cz73ja934418096524b80a4356db1c65e6df1

    How is that...
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    Well, okay then. Thank you for the input!

    Well, okay then. Thank you for the input!
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    Thank you, pushkins. I have always wondered,...

    Thank you, pushkins.

    I have always wondered, wouldn't that make the J- and F-channel sit proud of the brick molding around the windows and doors?

    Siding nails: yep, that much I do know.
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    vinyl siding over old lap siding?

    Not painting the house ever again. Not gonna do it. It won't keep paint for more than three years, so I figure siding is my other option.

    I've found lots of information about installing vinyl...
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    Help interpreting the multimeter...

    The undercabinet lights are 12v. The little transformer appears to have gone out, but I want to make sure it's not the switch before I go and drop $20 on a new transformer, or $100 on new lights...
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    With the city water turned off, I was skeptical...

    With the city water turned off, I was skeptical myself. Thank you for taking the time to write up a detailed explanation.
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    So is it your opinion HayZee that the test was...

    So is it your opinion HayZee that the test was likely invalid from the get-go?
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    New house inspection, no water pressure

    A friend of mine is buying a house and posed me some concerns I didn't know how to reassure. All of what I'm about to tell you is third-hand, so I may get some of the details wrong; thanks in advance...
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    When you say "bearer", are you referring to a...

    When you say "bearer", are you referring to a horizontal beam that the deck framing sits on? I wasn't planning to use one of those, but to bolt the framing directly to the post. I built my last deck...
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    Can you say more about how that method works?

    Can you say more about how that method works?
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    Quite a lot, thank you. I knew about not nailing...

    Quite a lot, thank you. I knew about not nailing ledger boards from my last deck project, and in any case that lesson was driven home several years ago by a local news story about a 2nd story deck...
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    Ready to begin building the porch, but...

    Ready to begin building the porch, but...the city isn't being very helpful. From one phone call I know, for instance, that the post holes have to be 36" deep and that the posts have to have positive...
  17. Thread: Porch project

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    Um...wow. Much more detail than I was expecting,...

    Um...wow. Much more detail than I was expecting, and much appreciated. Thank you both!
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    Porch project

    Well, it would appear I did things in the wrong order. I demolished my old porch (concrete) before purchasing the materials (wood) for the new porch. My account at the local DIY store is in much...
  19. Thread: Air nailers

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    Air nailers

    I've got some work to do repairing a fence for an elderly friend. Another friend offered me his compressor and framing nailer. He's a DYIer, same as me, and has only marginally more experience with...
  20. I'll check with the city, see what they have to...

    I'll check with the city, see what they have to say about the post ties, although I don't think they're required.

    Thanks for taking the time!
  21. Thanks for the reply! Just so I'm clear, the rail...

    Thanks for the reply! Just so I'm clear, the rail post is bolted on not on top, but through the outside joist, like so:

    http://i.imgur.com/2XnLT.png

    I've seen this method used many times - in...
  22. Deck railing posts: through the deck or bolted on?

    A co-worker saw my drawing of what I'm planning to build (wooden front porch - old concrete one finally became unsafe) and he insists that I should build the new porch with the posts through the deck...
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    Cool, thanks. My fear was that having a common...

    Cool, thanks. My fear was that having a common neutral between two circuits would tax that wire beyond a safe margin.
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    I understand the difference between series and...

    I understand the difference between series and parallel circuits - one of the first things I learned about electricity, wayyyyy back in high school. Just to make sure I'm not missing something, what...
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    14/3 - two circuits?

    I have seen instances where two circuits are fed by 14/3 or 12/3 wire, one using black, the second using red, and both sharing the white neutral wire. I don't know if that's jake or not, but I have...
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