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May
30
asked Is there a paint sprayer suitable for both large areas (exterior) and finish work (cabinets)?
May
29
answered Building pull-up rig with 6x6's
May
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comment Building pull-up rig with 6x6's
also, I don't know how big you are, but I imagine a 4x6 would more than suffice...if not just 4x4s.
May
29
comment Building pull-up rig with 6x6's
general rule of thumb: 1/3 of post height needs to be in the ground. So a 12' post needs to be 4' in the ground.
May
28
comment Should I replace carpet over ancient linoleum that might contain asbestos?
@keshlam it may vary by region, but in my last house, once we found Asbestos tile in it, we were legally obligated to note that when it came time to sell.
May
28
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May
28
comment Should I replace carpet over ancient linoleum that might contain asbestos?
@TheEvilGreebo true, though it really does depend on scope of the project. Many jurisdictions allow for home owners to remove limited amounts of asbestos themselves. A small hallway of tile isn't a huge concern. But yes, do be aware of what you are venting out too (don't use the window facing your neighbor's front porch, for example...). An asbestos-rated filter in a shop-vac is certainly a good idea, though.
May
28
comment Something in my home is making my family sick. How do I determine what it is?
You can get off-the-shelf mold and water testing kits from Home Depot and the like. Might as well pick up a Radon tester as well (though Radon isn't causing your current systems).
May
28
comment 8 way splitter degrades internet signal over time
I can't speak to gradual degradation but you don't want to be splitting the signal that much without a powered splitter. I'd look into a powered splitter and see if that fixes things.
May
27
answered Will high efficiency furnace plumbing lead to cold air entering the house?
May
27
answered Should I replace carpet over ancient linoleum that might contain asbestos?
May
27
comment laying a brick patio in extreme temperature setting
You may be right, if it's done right this might work. That said, I've never seen a fully mortared brick path nor steps in Minnesota survive more than a few years. Remember mortar isn't waterproof, so it will always absorb some amount of moisture and that won't last more than a couple of springs of constant freeze/thaw. The big benefit of a sand (on top of a properly compacted base, of course), is that once they are 'locked' in with a compactor, they are incredibly solid--HOWEVER if they ever do migrate, it's trivial to fix. Pry them up, re-level, put them back.
May
23
revised Abutting brick or paver stones to foundation
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May
23
answered Is a gas fireplace enough to heat a small cottage?
May
23
answered Abutting brick or paver stones to foundation
May
23
comment basement plumbing
Most people with basement plumbing have a main sewage drain that is lower than the floor of the basement. If it's not, the only option you have is to use a pumping system. It's the only way to combat gravity. :)
May
21
comment Can I properly install Roxul mineral wool batts in a mostly-drywalled stud bay by pushing them up from below?
For combustion air, you should be able to use PVC which wouldn't conduct heat as much as metal.
May
21
comment Can I properly install Roxul mineral wool batts in a mostly-drywalled stud bay by pushing them up from below?
How about insulating/shielding the vent pipe instead? Actually, if the attic is getting so hot that heat transfer is an issue with one pipe, it may make more sense to consider insulating the attic better.
May
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comment laying a brick patio in extreme temperature setting
I don't know where you live, but any big-box should have it. That might be a hike depending on where you live, of course.
May
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comment What type of asbestos is this?
In terms of abatement, I don't know that the 'type' of asbestos matters at all. They're all dangerous in certain forms. In this case, the form is 'friable' in that removing it will create dust. This is the most dangerous form for it to exist in. (On the plus side, it sounds like this is outdoors, so less of a concern)