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    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    I seem to be lacking in the "-ess" department. Have an extra I can spare? Thank goodness I'm not a bad seamster myself.
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    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    Been going slowly. My truck is sick, Covid is ramping up, holidays, and hunting season mean my priorities have been shifted. But I do have updates. I was able to take the 2.5" slab of walnut and turn it into a mantel. The slab was longer and skinnier than the mantel shape, so I was able to...
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    To lath or not to lath... that is my question

    To catch you up to speed... Just installed a fireplace in my living room. The framing is all 2x3 with varying spacing based on logical spans, but no more than 13" spacing. It is all skinned with hardie backer. I bought stone veneer from a quarry that cuts real stone, so truly random. Nothing...
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    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    Not much to update. Couch and chair are in, and I bought a new studded office chair for the secretary desk. I had enough Maple left over to do all the baseboards. Inspector came to look at the fireplace and was here about 15 seconds. He basically said "yup, it's a fireplace." I'm slowly...
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    wiring an outlet with a twist

    I'm kinda speechless. I had the same exact idea, right down to the velcro, when I woke up this morning.
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    wiring an outlet with a twist

    I will post a picture when I get home in a few days. When mounted in a rack, the receptacle snaps into the face and the pigtails push on to the blades with crimp connectors. I suppose the entire rack is the enclosure... if you consider 24 cu ft an enclosure. When adding outlets to a rack...
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    wiring an outlet with a twist

    But if I'm covering the faceplate, I'm removing the ability to access the box which is a no-no.
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    wiring an outlet with a twist

    I suppose I could put a box behind my 1U panel to house the connection. It's a little hard to describe. The panel is a rated box, but it's designed for panel-mount connections; keystones, IECs, fuse holders, etc. It's only about 1.5" deep, so it's designed to be part of a rack-mount system...
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    wiring an outlet with a twist

    Good to know. I was concerned that stranded wire on a screw post at the duplex was a no-no, and I knew it was a no-no to run SOOW through a wall. I would actually eliminate the wire nuts part and put crimps directly on the stranded whip to the posts on the receptacle. The 1U panel I'm using...
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    wiring an outlet with a twist

    The 1U panel I'm using (and turning into a "stone") is a UL listed enclosure. It will be screwed to the face of the chase on the fireplace, so technically, I'm going from a box to a box, each with access using two screws. I have some similar pieces to those, but my point is to not have a...
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    wiring an outlet with a twist

    Long story short, in my fireplace construction project, I will be hanging the TV over the mantel. I have run wires through the wall, and I'm making a fake stone out of a 1U keystone panel. In effect, I'll have a stone with speaker, LAN, and HDMI keystones in it. I'm also going to cut to mount...
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    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    I was so happy with that paint store that I took some leftover maple to him for his wood shop. I also gave him the applicator I used. We had brainstormed some applicator ideas and I wanted him to be able to try what I ended up using.
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    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    Thank you. A labor of love. I never knew how long I would stay here, but my job is awesome so roots in this area are fine with me. I did give pause when COVID hit and housing prices skyrocketed here. For a while there I could have sold this house for 40% more than I paid 3 years ago, but I...
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    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    Also realized I inserted the wrong pic for the poly. It's Zar OMU Poly, not the ultraviolet. Oops.
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    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    Next step is to finish the chimney, get the inspection, then skin and masonry.
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