There were also some other places were the carpet was hard to remove, but it finally all came off.
I stained the steps first.  I took the advice of Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick who recommended in her tutorial to do this first as she painted her risers first and then when she stained the steps the stain got on the painted risers and was hard to get off.
Truss Terms: The terms below are typically used to describe the various parts of a metal plate connected wood truss. The parallel chord truss or flat truss gets its name from having parallel top and bottom chords. The following examples represent some of the possible variations on the basic types of trusses. Beautiful stone panels over a concrete block backup system create a sophisticated and long-lasting exterior for important buildings. Continuous concrete masonry backup permits anchor attachment anywhere within the field of the wall. When masonry veneer is used in areas of high seismic risk, veneer ties are required to attach to wire reinforcement embedded in mortar bed joints in the veneer.
Structural masonry walls in areas of high seismic risk are required to have additional horizontal bond beams to resist seismic loads. The use of reinforced bond beams can replace the necessity for joint reinforcement in concrete masonry walls. Be very careful using epoxy connections where they will be subjected to sustained tension loads – many epoxies will creep and fail over time. Be careful using thin stone panels, which are prone to breakage and will require more anchors than a thicker panel. Sealants can bleed into surrounding stone – check with the stone supplier and sealant manufacturer for recommended sealant types and advice on preparing joint surfaces to receive sealant. Use stainless steel hardware for attaching stone panels to the backup structure to minimize corrosion and stone staining. Isolate dissimilar metals (such as stainless steel and bare steel) with plastic washers or other similar materials to prevent galvanic corrosion.
Fill anchor slots in stone slabs with flexible caulk after placement to prevent water fro collecting and cracking the stone. Don’t fill anchor slots with gypsum cement (plaster of Paris), which can expand and crack the anchor slot. Hidden lintels installed in kerfs cut into the back of the stone lead to stress concentrations and cracks telegraphing through to the wall face.
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For anybody, NOT used to backing up, the biggest Error, they make is having their hands in the wrong position on the steering wheel.
I wouldn't worry about towing or backing one it's a piece of cake and 99% of the fear is in a persons mind, you just want to be sure your tow vehicle isn't so much wider than the trailer or the other way around you want to see the trailer in your side mirrors and be able to see around it. Now this might sound crazy but I've thought of buying another (matching) Volvo 740 Wagon junker and cutting the nose off (engine compartment) and retro fitting the passenger compartment as a camper.
Many different types of notches can be used to join the logs, but a good choice for the beginning log builder is the technique shown here: the scribe, fit, round-notch method.
Also, a V-shaped groove is cut down the length of each log bottom so the entire length can sit flush on the log below. Although this method is slower than others, the corner joints are self-draining-water running down the outside of the house hits the log tops and runs off, instead of being trapped in the notch. Now I have them – yeah!!!   The carpet held up extremely well all that time, but after seeing so many successful stair makeovers on so many blogs, I decided it was worth a shot, plus it was actually a whole lot cheaper than having them cleaned!     Do you remember the before?
Removing the carpet between the balusters was tough and the carpet was adhered with glue and 20 staples on each outer edge.
I did every other step so we could still go up and down.  When those steps were complete, I did the others. I love using this tape, I think it is much better than the blue tape I used to use when painting. The truss profile, span, heel height, overall height, overhang and web configuration depend on the specific design conditions and will vary by application. Check your local requirements – and save money by using normal veneer ties in areas of low seismic risk. Understand that some form of horizontal reinforcement is required in all concrete masonry construction, including veneer applications. Anchor hardware needs to be engineered, and depends on the size of the panel as well as the stone type. In some cases you can reduce the number of anchors required by conducting anchor strength tests on stone samples identical to those being installed.


Complete with a seatwall, patio, and outdoor kitchen and bar, this adult entertainment area serves as its own destination away from the pool and home.
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If I got myself in too much a bind, I could just unhook it, spin it around and hook it back up and I was on my way.
There would actually be a good deal of room in this combination, and it would look pretty cool. This is a reprint from a 1983 Popular Mechanics article by Michael Chotiner with illustrations done by Harry Schaare. First, roll the log into position and sight along its length to make sure any crown is pointing to the outside of the wall. Scribe the shape of the lower, log onto the uncut log using compass dividers with a pencil or marking crayon inserted in one leg.
I put post- it notes on the steps that could be stepped on, just  in case we forgot which steps were safe. As an earlier post remarked I might be looking at a piece that weighs too much by butchering a 940, this no doubt weighs in much lighter with headroom.
Rough-cut the notch with a chain saw, then finish it with a shallowsweep, long-handled gouge. Then scribe the full length of the underside of the log running the blank leg of the dividers along the top of the lower log.
Remove the waste, then roll the log back into position and rescribe the corner notch as well as the log end extending past the notch. Some common trusses are named according to their web configuration, such as the King Post, Fan, Fink or Howe truss. Make any necessary adjustments, then pack fiberglass insulation into the groove and roll the log into place. This tool yields a concave groove that is tighter and more attractive at the exposed log ends.



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