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Re: How to Reinforce 2x6 Ceiling Joists to Handle Heavy Loads

I'm thinking tie the rafters and ceiling joists together to make a funk truss and add some decking in the open centre portion to help spread the load. Use blocking and 5/8 gusset plates to tie every thing together

Re: How to Draw An Arc When Framing an Arched Doorway

I believe the mathematical formula for the radius is A squared plus B squared over 2(AB). A is the height and B is half the base

Re: How to Keep Noise Under Control

3r1j1c good catch on the sound bar (aka resiliant channel) although it is a drawing and not a photo.
With all the advertising on here I'm wondering if I can use this forum to plug my new drywall cutting tool. Na, better not.

Re: hard to drive or walk home to take a leak

I fail to see anything wrong with any of these photos. I do these things all the time and never get any complaints. A hand railing would be nice on the stairs though.

Re: Charging for Design Advice: Bill Up-Front or Forget About it

I find it amazing how thankless people can be in regards to design input. Some of my experiences include a local builder winning a building award for my alteration to the original design. The local awards are called the Georgies and he recieved a silver for the best feature. A gold isn't possible untill you enter the provincials.
Then there was a two page colour article in a local newspaper featuring a passive solar house I designed and built with a friend. We did everything from the foundation to the finishing work including the cabinets, stone and wood floring, tile work and solid wood stairs. Not a mention of the builders name in the article.
I also build and designed a Thai Restaurant in the small city I live in. My mother went in for lunch one day and the waitress told her the person runnung the restaurant did all the work.
Now lets include my alteration to a designers stairs that he could not get to code. It was his desire to have these as his signature design feature. It was just a matter of changing the geometry and coming up with a unique set of stairs that I have never seen anywhere else.
For all of the above not only did I not recieve financial compensation but there was never even a thank you.
I find I get a certain amount of entertainment from people being so useless that they have to claim responsability for other peoples work.

Re: UPDATE: Winners Chosen in our 'Toward a Zero Energy Home' Book Givaway

This would be a nice addition for my green library started in the late 70's with The Passive Solar Energy book. It is my hope to build a European standard Passive House soon. There is one obstacle where I cannot find any guidance. How does one combine an air tight house with an overhead kitchen fan meant to exaust air while blasting heat under a wok for delicious spicy hot Thai food. Looks like a custom job for a metal fabricator. Off to the drawing board!