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There could be several factors that may be contributing to the situation. It sounds like an air quality problem. This could be caused by airborne mold spores, chemical contamination from bad paint or flooring adhesives (VOC's) etc. , CO from a malfunctioning heating or A/C unit or something from outside getting in. I have had to address this problem with ...


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Bed bugs are hard to see. They get in small cracks (e.g. between the flooring and wall) and can survive for months. Finding them by sight will be next to impossible. But you could have a service inspect the place before you move in. I think some use trained dogs that can smell them. That said, no matter how careful you are, bedbugs can migrate through small ...


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A power trencher, or Ditch Witch, is a fairly easy machine to use. Most are self propelled. You may check some local rental stores as well as HD, as you will probably need a trailer to transport the machine and most rental stores include it in the price. Before you attempt to use one of these monsters, be absolutely sure to call DIG SAFE @ 1800-digsafe. You ...


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You can find home inspection checklists online (e.g. http://www.clta.titlewizard.com/learning_center/documents/HomeInspectionCklist.pdf), but these are written for home buyers. As a renter, I wouldn't accept a lease that holds you responsible for damage that you didn't create, and I also wouldn't accept a lease that doesn't exclude normal wear and tear. In ...


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The CNC Zone has an area for matching up people who need CNC work done. You can also look in your yellow pages for people who make wooden signs as these are commonly made by CNC.


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Document, document, document. Take photos and make a list of anything wrong with the apartment when you move in so you can't be blamed for it when you move out.


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Renter's Insurance. Just about every major company provides it (including State Farm, All State, Progressive, GEICO, etc). It's worth it.


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A snork lift is something that you could rent, and it is not that hard to use, as long as you are comfortable. With large equipment, it is always better to hire someone. If something goes wrong they will have insurance to cover it :). I am sure you are capable of doing it yourself, but sometimes the feeling of hiring a professional is better then the ...


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I'm actually a landlord and here's my thoughts. As our poster suggested - I would start by doing small projects to show that you have the skills needed. That will also show that you are even capable of finishing a project. If at this point you are able to estabilish a good relationship with your landlord, suggest doing bigger stuff. Offer to write up some ...


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I have been a renter in a similar situation to you. The types of projects I did were major landscaping, installing hardwood floors and trim, replacing old appliances, plumbing repairs, and pest control. In general you are going to have the easiest time with low cost, low risk work. By low risk I mean risk of messing up something serious that ends up ...


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100kGarages.com is a community of workshops with digital fabrication equipment (ShopBots, etc).


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I do not know if this is an option here, but do you have kids that are in school? Do they have a woodshop in their school? If so, ask if you could use one at the school. Most decent schools have a fairly good woodshop for kids to take elective woodworking classes. Even if you dont have kids, if you have a highschool that is near you, go talk to the ...


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I rented a trencher at Home Depot that had a large wheel with teeth. Simpler than the ones you've shown. I only needed a 1" wide trench for 3/4" PVC pipe. I found it very easy to use.


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See my answer here about methodologies and techniques for soundproofing: http://diy.stackexchange.com/a/11238/3450


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i am a landlord (with just one property) and i agree with poster #2. i am almost always willing to pay for materials if a job is agreed upon in advance. however, even in that case, i reserve the right to select the materials myself (what brand/color of deck stain, for example.) but i have never negotiated rent in exchange for labor. basically, if the ...


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get a thermal imaging camera and point it at the outside of your house when the temp difference inside and out is significant (though it works best is the outside is cold and inside is warm) there are people you can hire for this type of service


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Whether for heating or cooling, your goal is to limit the amount of heat going through the building envelope, it's just the direction the heat is moving is reversed. Cooling loads are complicated by radiant heat gain which is not much of an issue for heating loads. Thermal imaging can identify areas of high heat conductance, indicating where more insulation ...


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No one can really tell you what the cost will be online. You're going to have to have a contractor come out and take a look. It could be as simple as replacing the tiles and grout. It could be as complex as gutting the bathroom and completely replacing all the rotted framing (if it's rotted). So, could be $500. Could be $10,000. There's no easy fix for ...


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They make kits that attract the bed bugs and trap them in a container so you can inspect it for their presence. Bed Bug Detection Travel Kit I have never used one of these so I cannot vouch for their accuary. However, I would not substitute this for a professional opinion in the event it is negative.


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Two words: diatomaceous earth. This stuff is sold at pool and gardening stores, and it's that killer combination of inert to you but lethal to insects. It's basically microscopically razor-sharp stone, and physical contact with it tends to kill insects by shredding their carapaces and drying them out from the inside (ew). You could surround your bed's legs ...


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There really isn't a lot you can do to a floor which is affordable and reversable other than throw down a rug. A washable rug isn't unthinkable in a kitchen but personally I don't like that solution, not least due to concerns over trip hazard when carrying hot items. Serious burns are not fun (he says, having poured boiling water over his foot many years ...


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If that grate-covered hole is in a "common area" and up against a wall, you can bet that it was once a floor furnace. The combustion boxes on older gas floor furnaces would crack over time (decades) and become a carbon monoxide (CO) danger to inhabitants due to flue gas escaping into the home instead of going up and out the vent pipe. A utility inspector ...


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You could also consider replacing the switch with a motion-controlled/manual switch combo. Walk in the room and it turns on automatically. Turn it off manually when you go to bed. Bonus lower energy bill if you are forgetful like me.


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I did exactly that some years ago, replacing the light switch with an X10 remotely controllable switch, and hang the remote on the wall at the other end of the room. However, that approach will NOT work with LED bulbs, due to the way it powers itself, and may not work safely with fluorescents. (X10 is the low-budget brand which introduced carrier-current ...


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You can't alter anything about an apartment without permission of the landlord. With their permission, the answer is: anything! Without it, the answer is: nothing.


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I have to add that besure you check and replace your furnace filter regularly, if your house uses forced air. There are horror stories out there. If it's never been replaced, that's worse than not replacing it at all. I usually come off the dime and get a MERV 9 or 10 rated filter, and (try) to replace them every couple of months, even though some of them ...


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Having spent last summer living in a black mold infested rental house, I am extremely suspicious you have a mold problem in that house, probably a very toxic one, and should focus your energy on that before looking into other causes. Your symptoms are mold-exposure symptoms to a T. I thought it was just a coincidence or moving stress that I got a cold the ...


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The surfaces near the heat-leaks will be at a different temperature than surfaces in other areas of the room, all of which can be measured with a digital IR thermometer. https://www.google.com/#bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&q=IR+thermometer&safe=off&tbm=shop http://www.degreedays.net/infrared-thermometer


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I will be trying this, or several of these DIY bed bug dry ice traps: http://bedbugger.com/2009/12/21/effective-cheap-diy-active-bed-bug-monitor/ For more specific instructions on how to build the device, see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JZx3GrQCE0 Any suggestions on how to make this device more effective would be appreciated!



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