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    Generator Problem

    I have an 8000 watt portable generator and a manual transfer switch that has only the essential circuits hooked up. Even with that much power I can't run the hot water heater and well pump at the same time. So it seems a 3500 watt generator would be a bit small to power an entire house. The...
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    Insulating from the outside

    I'm about to start a similar project only the house was built in 1987. The kitchen is very cold in winter and after cutting a hole in the sheetrock I know why! The insulation was just put in, not stapled and not the width of the wall cavity which is 24 on center. Since we are residing the...
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    Question concerning whole house humidifier and type of duct

    I want to install an Aprilaire 400 by-pass humidifier in a system that has a fiberboard supply line and a metal return. The house was built in 1987 and we bought it in 2008. I changed the return line to metal when we replaced the oil furnace. The new furnace is a Thermo Pride two stage OH6. I've...
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    Floor Truss Goof

    Well it's been over two years and the floor is still stiff and strong! Post the pics I'd like to see them.
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    Floor Truss Goof

    First let me thank everyone for their very knowledgeable replies and for taking the time to post them! My initial plan was to plywood just one side of each truss with 5/8 ply. The engineer however was the one who said to do both. I suppose at that point I should have used 3/8 ply but I...
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    Floor Truss Goof

    I did get a building permit for the job detailing everything as I wrote in the initial post. I have to get approval from the building inspector for the framing which will mean it is up to code and my understanding is that they wouldn't issue a permit if they deemed it was not up to code. I am...
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    Floor Truss Goof

    Thank you very much for taking the time to post your very detailed reply! I have spent many sleepless nights worrying I did the wrong thing and really messed up my house. Not mention how I was going to tell my wife we might have to spend several thousands to fix the problem. I always research...
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    Floor Truss Goof

    Thanks for your help on this and welcoming me to the site.
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    Floor Truss Goof

    The engineer didn't detail anything for me. I presented my idea for stiffening the floor trusses and originally I was only going to put ply on one side but he said to do both sides and said it was alright to proceed as planned. A civil engineer on another website told me I'd compromised the...
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    Floor Truss Goof

    I thought I was approaching this project wisely by paying a strutural engineer 350.00 to consult on the project. After he came to the house and saw the project in person he advised I could box in the trusses by gluing and screwing 5/8" plywood to both sides to stiffen them leaving holes for...
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