"He freely admits that the capacity of the two 24,000-Btu compressor units installed in the ProHOME is overkill, but the cost of the additional capacity was less than $800 more than installing a single compressor with a branch box."
The A/C unit was spec'd by the contractor? Good grief. This is supposed to be "Fine Homebuilding". Get an engineer or architect to do a proper load calculation and spec it correctly.
The worst thing one can do is over-size an A/C unit (as in "extra capacity"). A/C units should run for a long time so that the humidity is removed. An over-sized A/C unit will quickly cool the room/home to the set temperature, but leave an elevated humidity. The home will feel cold and "clammy", and elevated humidity could cause mildew, mustiness and other dampness related problems.
Interior design temperatures were spec'd to 78 F when I was in school, but one now sees 74 F which would have received a "Fail" years ago.
Besides controlling the flush volume, the flappers with the little float on the chain also holds the chain up and prevents the toilet from running.
Yes, the sign of a Master Finish Carpenter, caulking.
I do the same, but be warned, one has to do a lot of scraping and sanding of the backs of the trim so that they sit flat on the table/mitre saw for cutting. --but it is still worth it.
SeanLinster: Please read the tip and not just the heading. It's a "single dado-head setup". I would presume from your comment that you've never used a dado head and don't see the benefit of this tip. Dado heads do take a bit of time (and care) to set up.
I get a hair under 13' 5" minus half the ridge width. That rafter isn't going to sit flush with the top of the ridge beam.
I know that double-hung windows are considered superior, but since having lived in a home with casements, I believe casements are under-appreciated. One can achieve tremendous air flow through the house during the summer, reducing somewhat, the need for A/C. Air is either scooped in or sucked out, even by gentle breezes passing by the windows. Just make sure that the windows open in the opposite directions on the opposite (front and back) sides of the house.
Absolutely. I've been "railing" against these horizontal railings at every chance I get. FWIW, they are a violation of the building code here in Ontario. I'm sure they are also illegal elsewhere. Shame on this publication for its promotion of these railing systems in the name of advertising revenue.
Pinch rods are far more accurate than measuring. Every cabinet woodworker knows this. This is supposed to be "Fine Homebuilding".--and you keep sending me emails to buy a magazine subscription.
Never heard of a Forstner bit?
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