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Fire Water Answered

Help!!!I am doing an experiment called Fire Water for my chemistry class in a couple weeks. I've been trying to find a chemical equation for this so I can better explain the combustion reaction that is occurring. Does anyone have an equation? Also, I've been trying to figure out what the diethyl ether does, so that the potassium catches fire rather than fizzing away. If anyone has any solutions, they would be much appreciated. Thanks!The reaction that I'll be performing:

Question by Mihay127    |  last reply


Fire Extinguisher Case as a Water Bottle?

I went to test an old 2lb fire extinguisher we had by pressing the green test button and, it didn't work. The fire extinguisher was a BC type dry chemical fire extinguisher. The label reads (CONTENTS OF BC DRY CHEMICAL POWDER: SODIUM BICARBONATE, MICA, CALCIUM STEARATE, NUISANCE DUST, IRRITANT; HMIS 0-0-0.) I took the chemical out to use as crude sodium bicarbonate, and now I want to use the bottle. My plan is to keep the labels on, find a cap like they use on most aluminum water bottles, and clean the inside out really well. The question I have is, is it safe? It says the contents are non-toxic, but I would still want to clean it really well. What would I clean it with? Would I have to coat the inside of the bottle because of the metal, (powder coating type place) and if so, what type of coating? Thanks! 

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Frets On Fire

Ok, i have the frets on fire account and it won't let me sign in, and i want some songs on my gamecan someone download these for me, then PM me telling me that you have, then i'll replie giving my emailhere are the songs i want Dragonforce Through The Fire And Flames All GH3Deep Purple Smoke On The Water Medium (made bye) StreamRamones, The Blitzkrieg Bop Amazing (made by)PanakeBon Jovi It's my life ? converted by winniezKillswitch Engage Holy Diver All FrankieB, converted by dervampyreKiss God gave rock and roll to you ? 8300dvoEvanescence Bring me to life All kpChadR08you can find these at this link http://fretsonfire.wikidot.com/ajust go to the letter needed for each band

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Making a Fake Fire

Hi Friends, have you heard about a Fake Fire? I have been looking a way to DIY a fake fire, however, I couldn't find the element. but today just made a fireproof glove to make some awesome effect. could you give me a comment after watched?Of course, in case of you trap in a danger fire, with this my emergency glove, you could also use your hand to remove any hot items without any hurt. https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-FireProof-Glove/

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Fun Fire Toy

This is a fun toy I made in the Boy Scouts to scare the younger kids. First take three pages of newspaper, roll them up, and tie it tight with a long thin rope. Then take a candle, light it, and pour the wax over everything but a small edge of the rolled up paper. Light the one end, and if done correctly, the 'toy' should last a few minutes. The long rope gives you the ability to swing it around in the air, and scare people with it. I am not resposible for any burns, forrest fires, or any other type of injury or fire. Use at your own risk, and keep water handy, just in case.

Topic by invisiblepaintballer  


can a regular 9mm pistol fire underwater ? Answered

The title is the guestion

Question by Goomanhimer    |  last reply


why water is one of yhe best fire extinguisher??

Hydrogen is one of the best fuel,which can be fired only in the presence of oxygen.on the contrary water which is made by hydrogen ?

Question by varun saxena    |  last reply


Water Tunnel Testing

So, my measurements professor got us permission to fill and fire up the water tunnel in the measurements lab.For those that don't know, a water tunnel (like the one below), pumps water from one end of a tank to another. The water goes through a conditioning filter (to make the flow nice and even), and then it passes through a tunnel (that blueish area in the picture). You can then add dye or solids to the water to see how a fluid flows over the object.We're allowed to bring in one item (per person) to put through the tunnel. The tunnel is a little more than a foot wide. What would you like to see in there? After the lab, I'll post up pictures (and possibly video) :)Keep in mind that the object should be heavier than water (e.g. no balloons :P). See the photo results here!

Topic by trebuchet03    |  last reply


what is this copper container? Answered

I am going to AJ2013 (23 australian jamboree in maryborough) and i need to raise funds to pay for entry. i have been looking through the cupboard trying to find things to sell. i remebered this which i bought for $15 at a garage sale a few years ago. if anyone could help with identification of this and how much money i could sell it for that would be awesome. it says that it is quell fire fighting equipment, automatic, and made in 1957. it is a copper tank with copper rivets, a brass screw lid and rubber hose with brass fittings. my estimate on the capacity would be about 9 liters/2.5 gallons/20 pints. i think that you are meant to hold it upside down and the weight of the water pushes it out the nozzle. i dont know if that is right because it doesnt come out very fast.

Question by RedScoutMonkey17    |  last reply


i wanted to know how does starting fire with a water bottle really works Answered

I have pick "starting fire with water bottle" for a science fair and i need to know how does it really work? like does it matter what bottle or angle whats the reason for the fire to start

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What keeps diy water torches from "back firing" ? Answered

I wish to make one using electrolysis. Electricity breaks the water into hydrogen and oxygen, then the gas then goes through a bubbler and then to the torch. Can water torches backfire because of the oxygen in the HHO gas?

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How would you heat water using no electric equipment or fire source?

For example if a hurricane knocks the power out and you need warm or hot water?

Question by thom23    |  last reply


does anyone know how to waterproof firecrackers? Answered

Does anyone know how to make firecrackers waterproof, like so I can drop them in water and they'll go off?

Question by codongolev    |  last reply


Automated arduino Water gun

Hi, Im looking for some advice on a current project.. The idea is to build an arduino controlled water turret that sprays water at cats in my back garden. The basis of the idea is a few PIRs to cover 360 degrees, a stepper motor and possibly a windscreen washer kit to spray the water. I want the project to be portable so dont particually want to have a mains water feed. My main issue is the method of spraying the water, Im considering a 12v pump kit but thinking there could be an issue with how far one of these pumps would actually spray the water. I have an ardunio uno and a couple PIRs and dont want to be spending a great amount of money on the project although if i can find a decent method of firing the water then i could increase the budget slightly.  Any ideas or similar projects out there where i might get some inspiration?  Any help would be appriciated

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Burning Barrel Pool Heater

I have a 3,000 gallon inground pool and no heater. If I took a barrel, stuck it in the shallow end just a half inch above being totally submerged, and lit a fire inside it it would it work to heat the water around it and eventually heat up the pool?

Topic by jakeotron  


Waterspout!

On my way to work this morning I passed an amazing sight: a fountain of water shooting 50 feet into the air. A fire hydrant had come off (I wish I'd seen that bit) and the water from the main was spouting to the sky. I've often been vaguely impressed with the concept of water pressure in cities - it just comes out the faucet! What is pushing it? You used to have to pump water to get it Up to where you want it. This sight really brings that home, the massive pressures running underneath the streets in modern cities. It's highly impressive. When I first arrived there was simply the waterspout, but fire trucks and firemen arrived very shortly and started playing around in the water. One almost had his hat knocked off by it. It wasn't clear what they were doing in there, and I don't know how they were planning to get it under control again. The grocery store on the corner lost its awnings from the weight of water falling on them.

Topic by rachel    |  last reply


What a waste of F'ing water....

I know it is important to keep certain systems running reliably... But this seems ridiculous. I came home and heard a lot of water rushing into the drain. Not far down the street, I see a yellow box dumping hundreds of gallons of water. So I ran inside, grabbed a flashlight... ran outside... flashlight is missing a battery... ran inside, got battery then ran outside. I got next to the box and called the phone number on the side. Water management picked up. I explained that it was a yellow box next to a fire hydrant on a concrete pad. The tech immediatly knew that it was just "flushing the system" and said it would be on for awhile. He thanked me for calling and I hung up. 6 months ago, that box wasn't there. I've lived in this city for over 15 years and never saw this. To me, it seems like a lazy and poor solution to some problem I can't seem to find searching google. My guess would be sediment from lack of use (but iono). Anyway... I thought I'd share my frustration.... Oh, it was on for 2 hours! after I got home..... just wow.

Topic by trebuchet03    |  last reply


Can I combine my oil-fired forced air furnace & oil-fired domestic hot water heater? And then tie in solar heated water?

Currently, we have an oil-fired forced air furnace and an oil-fired domestic hot water heater.  I would like to combine the domestic hot water heater and the furnace somehow so we can heat them both by solar heated water from a panel on the roof, and use oil as a back up fuel.

Question by cscott2008    |  last reply


How can i generate electricity from heat?

I've got a water heater that runs on fire, plenty of heat escaping through the chimney, is there any way that i can harness some of it? I'll be happy if i could run a light or something small

Question by fjchorn    |  last reply


what are some good riddles?

Post them on here if you have the answer and let everybody try to guess them. i have an extreamely easy one to warm you up                 I can get stronger with food but water kills me. what am i?

Question by lardass    |  last reply


What gases are producded while maing charcloth?

I wish to make charcloth on my single burner propane stove using a tin can on my patio. My question is....will the gases be of a dense smoky nature so that everyone is calling 911? Or are they going to be of an inconspicuous nature..like water vapor so I can carry out the process in my patio without bothering neighbours?

Question by eagles_dare13  


I have an idea. Can someone help me with it? Answered

I thought about this cool idea. It's an aquarium with a large base at the bottom. In the bottom there is a propane tank that lets propane out into the water. Then I light the top of the water on fire, which is actually the propane coming out of the bottom of the aquarium. Note  that there aren't any fish in the water. Let me know if it can work. Also, if there is more info needed please let me know.

Question by Dr. Pepper    |  last reply


I want to ignite my fire simulator remotely?

I run a small business teaching people how to use fire extinguishers and want to ignite my fire simulator remotely. The fire simulator is a small water filled stainless steel container that is propane fuelled and is lit (at the moment) with a gas cartridge weeding torch. what is required is an igniter just above the water level that will light the propane gas at the water level and that will ignite the gas each time the fire has been put out by the extinguisher, so it will get wet. having a wire from the simulator to a distance away is not a problem and because I do this training at my clients addresses it has to be very mobile. My technical knowledge and ability is limited so simpler the better Can anybody help me please Kind regards Mike

Question by mjkirkton    |  last reply


Water Bottle (Nalgene/Camelbak) Repair

My Friend,                      I decided that I did not like the color of my Camelbak water bottle. I had it hanging from the strap on my backpack as I was walking to class, and thought that I might do something about the color. I then proceeded to throw myself off of my ripstick, squarely on my back, so as to hit the bottle against the ground and break it, thereby creating the necessity of buying another. Well, it worked, and I now wish to make amends. (Long story short, [despite my previous alibi] I accidentally fell on my Camelbak water bottle, and put a breach in the base/bottom.) How might I repair this without the use of fire, (I am a little wary of melting it and releasing undesirable chemicals into my drinking water) duct tape or some other highly unsavory method of repair? (Slightly unsavory methods are just fine) Thank you for your advice!                                                                                                                               Much Obliged,                                                                                         One Moore Guy

Question by nomooremr.niceguy    |  last reply


Making a proper fire brick or refractory liner

If you are cheap like me then paying an arm and a leg for commercial grade refractory mixes or ready made bricks is no option.And how wants to make their design only to find there is no matching bricks for it...There is lots of totorials online and here on Instructables that deal with making heat resistent bricks and similar.And this is all well and good for normal melting applications or your pizza oven, not so much if you really need intense heat.I found that commercail mixes tend to be either really brittle once heated up or that they will glace up and even melt.So why not make my own mix...Ingredients:Fine sandCrushed PerliteVermiculiteSodium SilicateThe first three you find in basically every home depot or garden center.The last can be made from crystal cat litter and sodium hydroxide.Use proper PPE please!For a refractory mix I use:100ml of clean water.60g of crystal cat litter.About 35-40g of Sodium Hydroxide.This will provide a very silica rich solution.Use a high jar or similar and fill the water in.If you have use a magnetic stirrer, otherwise be prepared for manual labour.Add some cat litter but not so much that stirring becomes a problem.It will fizz around a bit and when it stops slowly add some sodium hydroxide.The mix will heat up and the cat litter starts to dissolve, once it is gone add some more.If it becomes hard to dissolve them add a bit more sodium hydroide but avoid letting it get too hot and so it boils!!A bit of steam is fine though.Towards the end you should have a quite hot mix with all cat litter inside and a bit of sodium hydroxide left.See what dissolves and only add as much as you really need.40g is enough, if it won't dissolve the cat litter then keep stirring every now and then and add some external heat, like placing it in a water bath on your stove.Once all is dissolved the mix is ready and should keep the jar closed to prevent it turning it a rock hard cement...Make sure your dry ingredients are well mixed and relatively fine in particle size.DO A TEST WITH JUST WATER!Take a defined amount of your mix, like 100g and see how LITTLE water in ml is required to turn in into a plyable mass like green sand.Note down this relation to get the right mix with the waterglass.To keep the mix workable you want to add the same amount of clean water to the amount of waterglass you calculated.If it is quite cold day you can leave it undiluted but give it a test on how long it takes to set on the surface to get your working time.Make sure you really mix it all properly to enuse the waterglass wets the surface of all aggregates in the mix.Press into your prefered form, remove form and let air dry, preferably on some wooden sticks so they won't accidentally fuse with the surface you have put them on.Once you have enough to fill your kitchen oven put them in at a heat of about 80-90°C for 3 to 4 hours.Open the door every now and then to let the moisture escape.After that they can be fired up to become fully fire resistent.Do this slowly as there might still moisture be trapped inside that needs to steam off, not boil off as it might crack the bricks.Once they got a good glacing from being used they might fuse together but should not constantly crack and melt like some commercial products - plus it come dirt cheap in comparison.

Topic by Downunder35m  


Bonding hydrogen and oxygen to make water? Answered

Ok, so I got how to get water, but how do I condense it without losing much, and would it be at least a semi-efficient and/or fast way of obtaining around a cup of water? So, I have another question. I know, I've been posting a new question at least once a week for a while now and you're all probably like "Dark Master87, Y u no shut up and stop trying to do impossible things?? w(O;O)w" Most people on here probably know about electrolysis and seperating water into hydrogen and oxygen with electricity, but it's simple and I don't currently have a use for it. But does anyone know how to bond hydrogen and oxygen to create water? I'm expecting there to be heating or cooling involved, probably more likely heating. Would you light the two gases on fire? Or would they just automatically bond with each other at the point of contact? More importantly, would this be possible to acheive on the limited budget of a 14 year old hobbyist who *may* have access to *some* lab equipment, but probably not? Thanks for paying attention, if it's not feasible/possible, I won't mind if you nag about me never doing any reasonable projects. And also, how hard would it be to get the hydrogen and oxygen from electrolysis with losing too much of it? 

Question by ALogan97    |  last reply


Would it be possible and/or probable to achieve combustion by adding a small amount of water to a specified powder mixture?

I've been looking at instructables for the past few months but only recently joined.something that really interested was an instructable about creating fire from a drop of water https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Start-Fire-with-Water/ and i thought that that was so cool. But, some of the comments suggested that one of the substances used, NH4, or Ammonium Nitrate, was now illegal. Is there possibly a better way of having that same type of powder that when it comes in contact with water, it will light on fire? If so, please tell me or give me a link to something else that will tell me how to do so (I don't even know if that actually was ammonium nitrate, but that is what the creator said.).

Topic by The Musicman    |  last reply


Is the fire extinguisher a good way to store hydrogen and oxygen? Answered

If i fill a empty fire extinguisher full of oxygen or hydrogen will it maintain the elements together?    Or can i do this using house hold materials (for example: a water bottle to store them, a metal container)?

Question by jamesc4    |  last reply


How do I make a device to shoot or propel water balloons (that dont kill people!) from a mounted Position?

Because i Have made a treehouse and want something to put on it that fires water balloons on a swivell or hinge of some sort I have seen Some things like waterzookas that shot at 500 miles per hour But that hurts SOOOOO Also it needs to be able to be both of the following able to be fully functioned by on person accurate for at least 30ft weather proof or resistant

Question by jattstar11    |  last reply


Burning Saltwater?

I found this article in class today, and thought it was pretty interesting. a scientist discovered that by exposing saltwater to radio waves, it weakens the bonds in the water, and the hydrogen can be burnt.http://www.engadget.com/2007/09/11/can-saltwater-be-burned-as-fuel/

Topic by its a lion    |  last reply


anybody using on demand hydrogen to heat hot water?

Hello all - I am interested in either converting an existing gas-fired hot water heater to burn homemade hydrogen gas, or building an on demand heater powered by same. Is anybody doing this? What are the issues, beyond safety of making your own highly flammable gas? lol... I am thinking jet/hole size on the gas burner ring for efficiency considerations, corrosion issues, etc..... THanks in advance... Matt

Topic by concreteblue    |  last reply


Burning barrel in the pool

Questions for you scientific types. Would this work: I have a 3,000 gallon inground pool and no heater. If I took a barrel, stuck it in the shallow end just a half inch above being totally submerged, and lit a fire inside it it would it work to heat the water around it and eventually heat up the pool?

Topic by jakeotron    |  last reply


How to make the Best (Water) Bottle Rocket?

My teacher, as an end-of-the-year "fun" project, partnered us up and wants us to build water bottle rockets using two liter bottles. The only rules are that the rockets must not be propelled by anything else that uses fire, for obvious reasons, and that we must have a parachute or other recovery system. That leaves my options wide open. I've never built a rocket like this, so I'm looking to y'all for some advice. The contest is for the longest hangtime and highest altitude. I really want to win. I've considered heating a 2-liter and extending the bottom into a rounded-point nose. If I use a parachute, I want to make it as big as possible to cause as much air resistance as it can. I've thought about using wings instead of a chute, but the idea seems a bit complex. I have no idea how to calculate anything, like the ratio of chute size to descent time or even terminal velocity, as it's never been covered in our curriculum. If any body has ever made anything like this or has any sensible ideas, please, please let me know! We launch next week, so time is pretty short! Thanks, Bran.

Topic by Bran  


Q: cheapest way to remove bottom of water-heater

Hi, i pulled an electric water-heater (about 80 l) out of the trash. want to take the bottom off and convert it in a pot/kettle to do (´cook´ ) laundry over a wood-fire.i was wondering what would be the cheapest way to do it (i have very few means here)... rotary-tool?, hacksaw-blade?... (dont have a grinder, no blow-torch, no jig)guess to complete the cut i would use up quite a few of wheels, or, respectively blades (hack).any ideas? any feedback... all appreciated.bowing.

Question by la xerra    |  last reply


My grandparents found a rock at the beach that spontaneously combusted. what is it? Answered

My grandparents were out walking the dog before sunrise, and noticed an odd rock which felt warm, they left it, it was sitting at the shore line, not fizzling or bubbling, it was low tide,so it must have been submerged at one point within the last 4 hours. Later on their way back, the sun had rose and the rock was now fizzling , when they touched it with their sandal, it burst like a waterballoon of petrol and created a bright thick fire like an oil fire, as if the golf ball sized stone was filled with super heated napalm. My grandparents kicked the small stone which had not melted, into the water and it made a huge explosion which intensified the flames, as if it were sodium. My grandppa kept the stone after it had been burning in the shores wash line for an hour, and took it home. when he got home, he put it into a glass of water and it violently fizzled and sustained a flame momentarily. i checked the so called stone, and it looked like a standard beach pepbble with a tiny bit of quartz attached. What could it have been? that would have passivated in the water and not completely reacted until the inert skin was broken. my grandparents claim it was the sunlight that triggered the exothermic reaction. Anyway, they say the flames werent blidingly bright which possibly rules out alkali metals, plus it was yello which rules out lithium ontop of the meals, as well as the fact that it had previously been under water. does anyone know what it is? like i siad, it looks like standard smoothed beach rock now, its exterior was what burnt.

Question by oldmanbeefjerky    |  last reply


Building material that dissolves in water and same time flame retardant?

Hello everyone! I have a problem that I've been working on for a while.  I need to instal a mobile unit in the sprinklered mall. The Fire Marshall told us that the mobile unit has to be installed with sprinklers or with a ceiling that dissolves in the water AND flame retardant in the same time. Installing sprinklers is not an option. Also, the ceiling has to be about 8x20. I need to know if it's possible and if yes, what materials would work?  I would really appreciate any help! And If it's possible even only in theory, please let me know. 

Question by oafanasiev    |  last reply


has anyone made a donkey that holds good pressure when boiling the water for a hot shower.???

most australians will know what a donkey is, but is a pump within the outlet needed to boost the pressure if the fire has gone out.?

Question by dagyboy  


Reusing Plaster of Paris?

...or simply plaster, is a type of building material based on calcium sulfate hemihydrate... It is created by heating gypsum to about 150°C....When the dry plaster powder is mixed with water, it re-forms into gypsum...So...if I heated the gypsum to +302F (150C), it would turn back into plaster of paris, to be reused agian? Of course you would need to powder the used plaster (gypsum), but would it work?

Topic by John Smith    |  last reply


Can I buy zinc at a drug store?

I'm doing an experiment where i need a powder form of zinc and vitamins or whatever would do i just need zinc powder and do they sell it at drugstores?

Question by mysterious ninja of fire    |  last reply


is there a way to kill oleanders? salt, fire, acid ... none have worked ?

I need to kill an oleander planted by the homeowners before us. It's going to break our fence so I can't pull the root ball out, which also doesn't work since microscopic rhizomes continue to grow. I've dug a pit around it, burned it, drilled holes in it and soaked it with salt water, even drizzled pool acid and this thing os growing beautifully.  anyone? Should I consider small scale nukes? I think it would just be a gilligans island oleander if I did that.  pb

Question by zoomroom    |  last reply


How Can I Make Studying FUN???

I dont like going home after school just to do my homework and study! i cant do it, anyone know how i can make sudying and doing my homewok fun & easy ???

Topic by rickick    |  last reply


you can make zippo wicks

Hey i just realised you can make zippo wicks just soak a ball of string(cotton) in salt water for a day then take it out to dry and leave it for a few days until dried then plat them and youre done!!!!

Topic by sharlston    |  last reply


can crock pot

I have this idea its a can crock pot you put water and other ingredients or seasoning in it then you it the meat in and boil it over a fire

Topic by minecraftpotato    |  last reply


Start Fire with Air, Free Cinnamon Bread, Take Beautiful Pictures...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Jan. 31, 2008 Welcome back! Be sure to remember to enter the Get the LED Out! Speed Challenge to win a TV-B-Gone kit! The Lion Brand Yarn Challenge is open until February 17th, and we'll be announcing the winner of the $15,000 VersaLaser on Monday! ! We'll be announcing some great new contests next week, so be sure to check the homepage! Check out these cool instructables! Start a fire with air To do this we need to make a firepiston, which is a device for starting cook, camp, and signal fires with air. posted by watermelon on Jan 28, 2007 How to Make Kettle Corn Kettle corn is a slightly sweet, slightly salty popcorn snack that is quick to make and easy to enjoy. posted by GRitter on Jan 27, 2008 How to make a "Beauty Dish" flash modifier Beauty dishes are what pros use to make their flash lighting diffuse and, as the name says, beautiful. Make your own for just a few bucks. posted by thenickboy on Jan 28, 2007 Cat Burglar Joule Thief Make sure your batteries are completely dead with this cat burglar that "steals" left over joules. posted by unknownuser2007 on Jan 26, 2008 Modular Water Jug Storage Bins Organize your odds and ends with the almighty stackable water jug. A tidy workspace is one drink of water away. OK, several drinks. posted by randofo on Jan 29, 2008 Light it up in thisSpeed Challenge! How to Make Fake T-Shirts using Photoshop (Photojojo) Instructables has teamed up with Photojojo bring you some really cool photograph tutorials, like this one for a fake t-shirt logo. Fix the Red Ring of Death! (without towels!) Fix your Xbox 360's RRoD by yourself, without towels or soldering irons! posted by Dr.Professor_Jake_Biggs on Jan 29, 2008 Free Baked Cinnamon Garbage Take advantage of surplus materials and start baking your own free cinnamon bread. posted by TimAnderson on Jan 24, 2008 Crossed IR Beam Camera/Flash Trigger Trigger a camera or flash unit automatically when an object (target) enters a specific location. Great for mid-air shots. posted by tyler_durden on Jan 24, 2008 Desk-top Soldering Press! Getting tired of heating up your soldering iron just for one wire connection? Make your own soldering press and do it in a few seconds. posted by kruser495 on Jan 26, 2008 Make your own cnc controller Build your own CNC controller for next to nothing from rubbish. posted by charcoal999 on Jan 26, 2008 Show us your yarn! There's still time to enter pictures of your yarn projects in the Lion Brand Yarn Challenge!! Here are some more of the 260 projects already entered - check them out, talk to the crafters, and get inspired! Scarves Socks Cthulhu Mittens Sweaters   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by fungus amungus  


Roof deck over synthetic membrane: water intrusion?

Oops, so I posted this in Outdoors before I found Home. Double posting is irritating but it's kind of relevant to both... I'm new to the forums here (long time reader, infrequent poster), if I just committed a major faux pas, gimme a heads up and I'll take one of these down! Anyway, so the back door of my 3rd floor apartment opens on to what amounts to a raised back yard; the only problem is that this "back yard" is the roof of a 2 story addition to the brownstone I live in, and I'd rather not put my foot through a very expensive roof. I've been looking into decking, and right now my plan is a contact-only solid frame all the way around the perimeter of the roof, with a lip extending over the edge of the roof (to supply stability without puncturing the membrane) connecting to the actual frame of the deck which would of course be placed over the top of the brick walls of the building. From there I was going to face the deck with synthetics, probably with struts placed along the horizontal struts of the roof connected to both the upper deck and sub-deck cross bracing (depending on what materials I use/can afford and their relative strength). My hope is to find a way to make the deck in modular pieces that can be removed for when the roof inevitably needs to be resurfaced. So basically it would be large squares (or irregular shapes, whatever) that would sit on top of the struts/cross bracing with the help of a few screws and provide the deck surface. What I'm worried about is water intrusion at the contact points, such as around the edge of the roof and on top of the studs in the middle of the roof. I know synthetics are much more resistant to this type of failure than older materials, but are they impervious? Where do the pros put contacts so water doesn't leak into the floor below? Even if you minimalize it, the deck will have to come into contact with the roof at some point, or you've found some fancy new way of building I'd love to hear about. A few other thoughts are footprint: the building is an 1890 Richmond row house, could this be done with a small enough profile to increase the value of the property without damaging the "drive by" value? (I was picturing an iron railing to keep the project semi period, and this roof actually connects to the big hulking wooden fire escape, so it wouldn't be marring a virgin landscape) Also, do you think any building codes in the country would allow L bracing and big old bolts to hold the structure of the deck together instead of end-nailing the boards? It would make removal for roof work a lot easier. For the corners, would it be better to miter the ends at 45 and run a bolt through the two of them, end nail an L joint or use a thick metal l bracket and a few bolts to hold the joint together? That was kind of an intense post, I'm just looking to shoot the breeze a little bit with anyone who has any thoughts. Everybody always has their perfect way of doing things, on such a big, high pressure job (if this goes south I'd be poor AND homeless!) I want to really chew on the idea a little bit first. Thanks to anyone who actually read this far!

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