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  0 Thread: What size generator works for you?
Post: RE: What size generator works for you?

I have worked from home since 2004. About 10 yrs ago, we installed a 22kw Generac (LP) with auto transfer installed. Not a single regret. If you want to avoid computer interruptions while the ge...
RichK Home Improvement 22 737 11-10-2021, 09:25 PM
  0 Thread: Underground wire repair
Post: RE: Underground wire repair

Finally got to pick up the UF wire splice kit yesterday. The hardest part of the job was splitting the old romex to make the splice. The old romex is over 20 yrs old, rock hard, and brittle. The re...
RichK Home Improvement 8 618 10-29-2021, 03:55 PM
  0 Thread: Underground wire repair
Post: RE: Underground wire repair

Thanks. I'm not sure how deep the wires need to extend into the splice connectors. Worst case, I need two of these. Even so it's a good fix. Much appreciated for the help!
RichK Home Improvement 8 618 10-21-2021, 05:09 PM
  0 Thread: Underground wire repair
Post: Underground wire repair

14/3 wire to a post light in my yard was hacked up while gardening. Too much wire was cut to use butt splices (I tried). I then tried soldering in a splice with electrical solder using a soldering ir...
RichK Home Improvement 8 618 10-21-2021, 03:44 PM
  0 Thread: Flower box
Post: RE: Flower box

Thanks for the input, guys. I separately contacted AZEK (manufacturer of the rail and deck materials). They recommended anchoring the box to the extended posts and not to the rail. I will mock up so...
RichK Home Improvement 6 1,165 08-24-2021, 09:28 AM
  0 Thread: Flower box
Post: Flower box

How would you attach a flower box to this railing? I want to build long flower boxes to sit on top of the railing, but the rounded edges are throwing me off. Thanks for any ideas.
RichK Home Improvement 6 1,165 08-18-2021, 04:20 PM
  0 Thread: Built-in Design/Assembly Questions
Post: RE: Built-in Design/Assembly Questions

I like your first choice and would build the frame once the cabinets are in place. That would allow you to correct for anything not properly square or level. That's how I made a wall of cabinets/shel...
RichK Woodworking 15 1,204 06-09-2021, 04:49 PM
  0 Thread: power washer extension wand
Post: RE: power washer extension wand

Ed, that's why I figured on adding a pole of some kind near the tip end for stability. I saw a pro house cleaner add something like that for control. He sprayed with one hand and controlled the tip ...
RichK Home Improvement 5 669 05-28-2021, 08:27 PM
  0 Thread: power washer extension wand
Post: RE: power washer extension wand

No stores near me stock extension wands, so I would have to order and check the fit when it arrives. I contacted the manufacturer and have not heard back yet. Is there anything truly unique about ...
RichK Home Improvement 5 669 05-28-2021, 04:50 PM
  0 Thread: power washer extension wand
Post: power washer extension wand

I have a 2600 psi Excell power washer (5 HP Honda engine) that I bought at HD about 10 yrs ago. I've got mold and mildew growing at heights that exceed its reach. Would an extension wand work with t...
RichK Home Improvement 5 669 05-27-2021, 05:22 PM
  0 Thread: The new world order
Post: RE: The new world order

I wouldn't want to hire a plumber who makes more from govt handouts than from providing plumbing services.
RichK Home Improvement 6 932 04-30-2021, 05:44 PM
  0 Thread: Stumpy Nubs - Table Saw Bevel Kickback Goes Thru Wall
Post: RE: Stumpy Nubs - Table Saw Bevel Kickback Goes Th...

My 10th grade furniture shop teacher introduced our class to the tablesaw but forcing a piece of oak to kick-back and slam into a metal tool cabinet. The dents from years of class demonstrations were...
RichK Woodworking 29 3,546 02-11-2021, 04:06 PM
  0 Thread: My first hand-cut dovetails
Post: RE: My first hand-cut dovetails

About 10 yrs ago, I had a back injury that kept me from doing any heavy work for months. I used the time to practice different techniques of hand-cutting dovetails. I made at least one set of practi...
RichK Woodworking Hand Tools 56 6,079 02-04-2021, 12:34 AM
  0 Thread: Running ethernet cable
Post: RE: Running ethernet cable

Thanks for all of the comments. Looks like this may be more straight-forward than I thought. What makes some cables better than others, and how do you know the difference (other than price)? ...
RichK Home Improvement 15 2,711 11-24-2020, 11:55 PM
  0 Thread: Running ethernet cable
Post: Running ethernet cable

My wife and I have both worked from home for several years. SWMBO works upstairs on the opposite side of the house and connects via wifi to the router in my office. I want to run an ethernet cable t...
RichK Home Improvement 15 2,711 11-24-2020, 05:26 PM
  0 Thread: sharpening stones
Post: RE: sharpening stones

I never ran stones through the dishwasher, but I did use our coffee grinder to break down shellac flakes. Worked great until i got cocky and kept my finger on the pulse button a little too long. SWMB...
RichK Woodworking 8 1,587 10-22-2020, 11:08 PM
  0 Thread: sharpening stones
Post: sharpening stones

I come across unmarked sharpening stones at flea markets and estate sales. Is there an easy way to identify whether they are oil or water stones? .
RichK Woodworking 8 1,587 10-21-2020, 11:49 AM
  0 Thread: deck debacle
Post: RE: deck debacle

All good recommendations. Any additional thoughts from anyone on the deck being free-standing vs attached to garage with a ledger? Crokett makes a good argument for the garage ledger. Attaching a l...
RichK Home Improvement 17 2,886 07-23-2020, 10:28 AM
  0 Thread: deck debacle
Post: RE: deck debacle

The joists and beams are all pressure treated. The rotted lumber in the pics was planking on the original upper deck that got reused as framing when composite planks were installed about 8-10 yrs ago....
RichK Home Improvement 17 2,886 07-22-2020, 01:59 PM
  0 Thread: deck debacle
Post: RE: deck debacle

Pictures below to give perspective on location of damage and elevation. The affected area is 6' x 17'. I removed the gate post and started removing some of the joists with swift kicks.
RichK Home Improvement 17 2,886 07-22-2020, 10:46 AM

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