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  • How to Build a 12x20 Cabin on a Budget

    "the rafters are neither connected by ceiling joists or collar ties." just to start. This is not the bureaucracy part. These are the physics of building and engineering so it doesn't fall apart. If you wanted to design housing then you should have been an engineer. Or use an engineer's plans. Or learn about building construction. You have negated needed construction that is glaring to even an amateur builder.

    And pressure treated wood is not all the same. It needs to be rated for ground and or water contact. In some areas, like the beach, a post is below the water line.

    I saw where he used the word floor joists at least once myself.

    No one gets caught in the USA for code violations. Never heard of it. We have sanctuary cities and states that are refuge for those with felonies to live without any penalty. Again, we have national codes AND local codes. For construction and for electrical. Whether people get permits depends on their situation. No one gets fined for code violations. Get a permit and they increase your property value and your taxes increase. With no penalty why would anyone call for a permit. There was a time about one generation ago when everyone complied with the laws. Now no one does.

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  • MassSpec Man commented on PaulGetson's instructable Why You Should Make A Mosquito Trap11 months ago
    Why You Should Make A Mosquito Trap

    I see you have a direct quote from what you wrote in the Instructable and was missed.

    Did I miss something? Do you have a pic of the bottle full of mosquitos?? You do have very awesome vids of the yeast developing.

    This post is ace! I had one thought during the view of your acutely well done exhibits and brief instructable :) As a chemist I thought "why not add more thermal mass to the heating." A dark asphalt shingle for example. Maybe the shingle smell is repulsive to the mosquito so this is only a thought to give more thermal mass. Maybe a thick dark silicone rubber piece that bends around the trap. Tribute to this post! Maybe the water has enough thermal mass. Maybe not mess with success?

    Just to say. Please do not use "Permethrin" to kill fleas. It is a neurotoxin to cats. And felix can die in the most horrible, painful way. Permethrin is being sold at high concentrations to kill fleas on places like Amazon. OMG. This is why it is NOT used in cat Frontline but it is used in dog Frontline. Dog Frontline will kill a cat. I pressed the company to note this on the dog Frontline but they will not only because they don't want to scare people and decrease sales. You can see cat deaths in process from Permethrin but do not watch them. It is too much. One study indicates that the most common cause of cat death is now Permethrin. This is not being discussed, it is hush.

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  • How to Unscrew a Nut that's Stuck on a Bolt (without ruining threads)

    I see a comment that "this makes no sense." The locking two nuts together is excellent and classic. It make a threaded rod into a bolt with a hex head. You are confusing when you use the vise. There is nothing to the vise, better to show this using a wrench to make the point. Like a closed end six sided, of course, double end wrench used for auto mechanics. I see the readers think they need a vise and are confused.

    There are some aerosols better than WD40. The one easiest to find is PB Blaster. The point here is they really DISSOLVE the rust. Or most likely break it loose and suspend it in the liquid. Always use outdoors! The best ever was CRC-55 and Toyota sells a red can that is aptly named "Rust Dissolver." (I am naming these from memory and think they are accurate....if they are not then they are very closely named and it will be obvious if you read the can or use them. They are superior to WD-40. I even leave the can outside from the smell until it all evaporates from the spray nozzle before I bring them inside. The best was CRC, then Toyota (very close) and lastly PBB. These need time to work. In some cases like removing a bumper it may take a day. Taking nuts from the studs to reg...

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    There are some aerosols better than WD40. The one easiest to find is PB Blaster. The point here is they really DISSOLVE the rust. Or most likely break it loose and suspend it in the liquid. Always use outdoors! The best ever was CRC-55 and Toyota sells a red can that is aptly named "Rust Dissolver." (I am naming these from memory and think they are accurate....if they are not then they are very closely named and it will be obvious if you read the can or use them. They are superior to WD-40. I even leave the can outside from the smell until it all evaporates from the spray nozzle before I bring them inside. The best was CRC, then Toyota (very close) and lastly PBB. These need time to work. In some cases like removing a bumper it may take a day. Taking nuts from the studs to regasket oxygen sensors on your vehicle is another use. The ones just before and after the catalytic converter. I find these essential to have. You can also work the nut in a tightening direction before the opposite loosening direction. But never over tighten. This is just about unseeable movement which helps loosen. I have sprayed the Toyota version in lock holes on my truck and also our front door. Just a little. For about two years there is no resistance and much less wear. It feels amazing to have your key turn feel almost fluid.

    It's a six sided box end wrench. Thank you Tanzer26. Tanzer26 has great comments. Read his. Then after read mine for what materials you should be using.

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