Showing posts with label Construction Tip. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Construction Tip. Show all posts

Monday

Deck Safety Support Beam

In addition to the 2 prior blog posts on deck safety anchor point support.
  1. Deck Failure Prevention Building Safety Issue

  2. Deck Failure FIXED Prevented Building Safety Issue
3. The opportunity presented itself with this deck to add a Double 2x6 Support Beam.  This Support Beam cut the stress load on the Ledger board by over 50%.  It reduced the ledger board tributary load by 85%.

Support Beam is responsible 96 Sq Ft of Deck Trib Load
Support Beam is responsible 96 Sq Ft of Deck Tributary Load Stress, easily handled by Double 2x6 that are glued and screwed!
The new support beam now carries the biggest percentage of the load on the deck.

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this blog post is not the place to teach about tributary loads.  A quick duckduckgo search pointed me to the following link:
Tributary Areas for Gravity Loads
Last Revised: 11/04/2014
If the beam is supporting a floor, roof, or wall that has a pressure loading normal to the surface, the total force on the beam equals the area of surface supported (i.e. the tributary area)...   http://www.bgstructuralengineering.com/BGSMA/BGTribArea/BGSMA_TA_02.htm



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Wednesday

Construction Tip #72138 RevoR322 Tool Review

Today while working on another set of these beautiful Modern Stairs it was suggested to use the Revo Magnetic Drill to bore the holes in the 1/4 inch angle- steel stair-frame support.

This is an unpaid and not sponsored tool review of the RevoR322 Compact Electromagnetic Drilling System.   I'm sharing this information because I was so impressed with the tool. Scotty 10/28/2015



Beautiful Modern Stairs

I heard the Welders talking about the new tool on lunch break early this week:  
  Magnetic Drill and how it made drilling in steel easy-peasy.

Today I got my chance to use the RevoR322 and I was very impressed to say the least.

  1. I opened up the kool case. 
  2. Did not read the instructions- maybe they weren't in the storage case?
  3. Could easily tell what part went where, because the Welder told me: "The Magnetic Drill was actually a miniature drill press."
  4. Three screw in handles went in the obvious spot on the side of the drill- see first picture.
  5. Put a 3/8 drill bit into the drill and tightened it down with the supplied chuck.
  6. Plugged it in to 110v circuit. 
  7. Set it against the metalflipped the switch and it stuck like chuck!
  8. I was amazed that it supported its own weight for as heavy as it is!
  9. After a few try outs using an electro magnet for the first time- I positioned the Revo for its first hole.
  10. Push button drill to start (and stop) was a handy feature.
  11. Two Hands were required for operation: One hand dribbled the cutting oil onto the drill bit and the other rotated the drill press handles (see 1st picture)
  12. The Revo Magnetic drill held itself onto the metal and in the position I placed it, eliminating the need for me to perform 3 actions at the same time: Hold the Drill, Dribble the Cutting Oil, and Operate the Drill Press.
  13. I drilled a dozen holes with little to no effort.  Once the Revo Drills electric button is turned on.  It does not need any additional assistance holding itself in place.  And its a heavy drill.  Very Impressive.
  14. I felt it drilled the 3/8 inch holes as fast as a stand-up drill press would.
  15. I never lacked for power and made this phase of the staircase build virtually effortless when compared to drilling a dozen holes with my 18v cordless Ridgid hand drill.
  16. I do not know how it will do with bigger holes.   I had no trouble with the 3/8 inch holes.
  17. It works and made the out of position drilling easy-peasy.
  18. I noticed that when the WD40 I was using as cutting oil ran down onto the electromagnets while attached to the steel: The Drill did not loose its grip on the metal and stayed in position
  19. You can feel the electromagnet pulse in the steel: very, very slight vibration or pulse-weird feeling is all- doesn't shock or hurt in anyway, just weird feeling.
  20. I did not try to over torque the drill while drilling the holes to test its powerful magnet.
Yes I would recommend this tool for drilling in steel. 

RevoR322 Compact ElectroMagnetic Drill Press sitting on Scottys jobsite work bench
Set it against the metal, flipped the switch, and it stuck like chuck!
RevoR322 Compact ElectroMagnetic Drill Press

RevoR322 action photo Tool Review by Scotty
 I positioned the RevoR322 Magnetic Drill for the first hole.

RevoR322 Drilling 3/8in hole in 1/4in steel angle iron.
Drill stopped halfway thru the bore hole to take this picture

Tool Review- Magnetic Drill-RevoR322- Self Supporting
Self Supporting Magnetic Drill-RevoR322 

Building Custom Modern Staircases is a small part of a Green Build Renovation Project located in Downtown StLouis Missouri -
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Tuesday

Aesthetically Pleasing Wrought Iron Baluster Preparation

Aligning the Do-Dads on the spindles takes a few steps to get the wrought iron that is irregularly shaped with no real measure point and uneven bar stock lengths to all line up correctly.


Here are the steps I use to get  the aesthetically pleasing look

of the Balusters on the Landings on the Custom Stair Project.

Time and Labor saving tips by Scotty used in 
Building these Custom Modern Stairs.  I snapped
 a few photos to help you build your own custom
 stairs and for an example of how the construction 
tip was used in the example. 


Contract Labor Project


Custom Modern Stairs is part of a Green Build Renovation Project located in Downtown StLouis Missouri


Step
1
Stock 35 inch Wrought Iron Baluster with twists fits perfectly in this handrail that is 37 inches off the floor.  

Step
  2
Center the Do-Dads  in the flat portion of the middle of the Stock 35 inch Wrought Iron Baluster step 1
Using 37 1/2 inch Wrought Iron Baluster with Do-Dads  

Align the Balusters Parallel to each other in groups of 4 or 5 (length of the speed square).


Center the Do-Dads  in the flat portion of the middle of the Stock 35 inch Wrought Iron Baluster step 1
Step
 3



Step 3-I strongly suggest to make a prototype (and Don't Forget to Tag It
I strongly suggest to make a prototype (and Don't Forget to Tag It (I used  Duck Tape).  

Be sure to test fit this first baluster in various spots.

All the Balusters with the Do-Dads will use this baluster as the guide.  Make sure this 1st baluster is 100% right.
Step
 4




Step 4-use the wire wrap  as the guide to align the Do-Dads.(see close up picture in step 3)
This is a critical step that must be done correctly.  Remember all those Do-Dads may not be all the same size.  And their irregular shape does not provide a spot for centering (easily) use the wire wrap as the guide to align the Do-Dads.(see close up picture in step 3)

The wraps next to the Do-Dads are what the eye sees when out of alignment.  
Step
 5
Step 5-Do-Dads all aligned.  You can now mark the overall height or the bottom of the balusters with speed square.
With the Do-Dads all aligned. You can now mark the overall height or the bottom of the balusters with speed square.  From the Prototype in Step 3.

See the thin red lines (guide cuts)  and also notice that all the  baluster bar lengths are different.

TIP: If you tried to install these without making all the balusters the same length or not aligning the Do-Dads  with its neighbors difficult and increase the difficulty factor in the overall installation.

Step
 6
Step 6-Be sure to make an extra mark so that you can tell the top from the bottom of the balusters.
We are now working on the opposite end of the balusters and marking the top of the balusters.  

Be sure to make an extra mark so that you can tell the top from the bottom of the balusters.

Balusters were delivered in groups of 10 wrapped in plastic.
Step
 7
Step 7-I set the Balusters in a Jig Set Up to hold the balusters in place when cutting them with a Portable Metal Band Saw with metal blade
Now that the Balusters are marked to proper height and Do-Dads are centered in the Stock Bars you are now ready to cut them to proper length.

I set the Balusters in a Jig Set Up to hold the balusters in place when cutting them with a Portable Metal Band Saw with metal blade (Milwaukee).

(Remember we are doing hundreds and thousands of balusters in this project.   It is cost effective to use a bandsaw over the black abrasive cutoff blades that wear out fast)

                 

IMG_20151020_131942850.jpgBottom Prior to getting the wrought iron Balusters ready; I installed a Handrail using a Laser for the guide.
Prior to getting the wrought iron Balusters ready; I installed a Handrail using a Laser for the guide.




 Custom Stair Project Video

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Monday

Construction Tip #87779 Stair Building Tip


Tip- Metal Balusters require deep hole in Handrail> Tape around Drill bit as depth gauge- > 2 deep=NoNo

CUSTOM STAIR BUILD TIP  METAL BALUSTERS Drill HOle Depth Guage #87779 BY SCOTTY

Time and Labor saving tips by Scotty used in Building these Custom Modern Stairs.  I snapped a few photos to help you build your own custom stairs and for an example of how the construction tip was used in the example. 


Contract Labor Project


Custom Modern Stairs is part of a Green Build Renovation Project located in Downtown StLouis Missouri



CUSTOM STAIR BUILD TIP  METAL BALUSTERS DRILL HOLE DEPTH GUAGE #87779 BY SCOTTY

CUSTOM STAIR BUILD TIP  METAL BALUSTERS DRILL HOLE DEPTH GAUGE #87779 BY SCOTTY


Drilling too deep is not an option as it would ruin the expensive Handrail.   With what seems like hundreds of holes to drill when mounting the metal balusters its better to be safe than sorry.  The tape ensures that I do not drill too deep; but, is deep enough to allow the placement of lower part of the spindle into its location that is plumb and inline with its brothers and sisters.






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Thursday

Construction Tip Protecting TubSurrounds

Construction Tip #87673 Protecting Jacuzzi Tub and Granite Surround during construction with plywood wrapped with carpeting to make a tight fit that will stop the construction debris, dust, boot prints, or misc mishaps from marring the finish.

Construction Tip #87673 Protecting Jacuzzi Tub during construction
Tip: Protect Tub finish with plywood wrapped with carpeting


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Saturday

Construction Tip #89777 Metal Baluster Caps

CUSTOM STAIR BUILD TIP  Metal BALUSTERS Cap #89777 BY SCOTTY

Time and Labor saving tips by Scotty used in Building these Custom Modern Stairs.  I snapped a few photos to help you build your own custom stairs and for an example of how the construction tip was used in the example. 


Contract Labor Project



Custom Modern Stairs is part of a Green Build Renovation Project located in Downtown StLouis Missouri


Holding Stair Spindle Caps In Position Easily


The Modern Decorative Metal Stair Spindle Caps have a set screw that may or may not hold the cap in place.  

To prevent the cap from falling out of place in the future the caps were glued in place.  

While waiting for the glue to dry use ~ Spring Loaded Clothes Pin to hold the caps in position ~.  
~ Spring Loaded Clothes Pin to hold the caps in position ~



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Custom Modern Stairs Dark Stain Oak

Custom Stair Build Tip Metal Balusters #89764 by Scotty

Time and Labor saving tips by Scotty used in Building these Custom Modern Stairs.  I snapped a few photos to help you build your own custom stairs and for an example of how the construction tip was used in the example.

Contract Labor Project






The Modern Decorative Metal Stair Spindles have that twisted metal do-dad for appearances and aesthetics and should maintain the same slope of the stairway- per client.  

This is accomplished by:

  1. setting up a string line at the proper height at the
  2. upper most decorative spindle and the 
  3. lowest decorative spindle.
  4. Pull the string line taunt
  5. Tape the String Line to the Post
  6. you have the same height at both ends of the stairway.
  7. The Taunt String Line is your guideline for setting the remaining Decorative Spindles at the Same Height and slope of the Stair Case.


#89764 Setting Metal Decorative Stair Balusters Evenly
Modern Decorative Metal Stair Spindles have that twisted metal do-dad for appearances and aesthetics should maintain the same slope of the stairway- as this client requested. 

Upper View #89764 Setting Metal Decorative Stair Balusters Evenly
 Taunt String Line is your guideline for setting the remaining Decorative Stair Balusters "Do-Dads" at the Same Height and slope of the Stair Case.









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Wednesday

Electric Wiring Installation Pro Video Tip #16787-

 Here is a handy tip to ensure a hassle free smooth installation of Electric Wire Installation in Metal Conduit. Hint: Its all in the Setup.


- Hassle Free Wire Spool Unrolling Pro Video Tip #16787-

  • As the wire is pulled into the conduit the friction of the wire rolls working against each other from rotating in opposite directions ensures tangle free installation.  
  • This eliminates the wire spools from unrolling on their own accord and creating a tangle of wires.


  1. 3 Wire 12-2 White, Black, and Green
  2. Setting up the Rolls of Wire- Place each Roll of Wire on the Roller Frame so that the corresponding roll feeds from the opposite direction- See Diagram


3. First Part of the Video- Shows a Long Run with Constant a Feed or Pull- Note how all  the wires pull at the same speed eliminating any tangles or mishaps.


4. Second Part of Video with Many starts and stops showing how the wires do not become tangled demonstrating the tangle free installation.

Video Note: This was my first attempt to edit a video using YouTube and was unable to delete the unnecessary frames of the video.



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