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Jan
8
answered What options are available for insulating interior walls myself with minimal damage to the wall?
Jan
8
comment What are some alternatives for a glass stove top replacement?
You could buy an electric hot plate and set it on top.
Jan
6
comment Should I texturize my ceiling after removing popcorn?
Why bother removing the popcorn if you're going to put texture back up?
Jan
5
comment What is a good solution for hiding insulation in an unfinished basement?
Good point, @BMitch. That said, Not sure Tyvek is any prettier than the insulation. ;)
Jan
4
answered What is a good solution for hiding insulation in an unfinished basement?
Jan
4
comment What are some cheap (and landlord friendly) ways to fix a drafty flat?
so it's a thru-the-wall vent? That's basically a hole in the wall, so yea, that could definitely be the problem. ;)
Jan
4
comment What are some cheap (and landlord friendly) ways to fix a drafty flat?
A diagram would definitely help.
Jan
4
comment What are some cheap (and landlord friendly) ways to fix a drafty flat?
Where is the draft coming from? I don't see how tinfoil on the wall would do anything. Is the draft maybe coming from cheap windows? If so, consider getting the 3M plastic covers for them.
Jan
4
comment Can I mount an 80" TV where only one stud is available?
I wouldn't trust anyone that talks about nailing plywood to sheetrock. Are you SURE you want an 80" TV hanging that high on the wall? TVs above fireplaces look nice, but aren't necessarily the most comfortable places for actually watching TV.
Jan
3
comment Radon Manometer U-Tube is almost equal
are the two sides the same height or is one taller? If one is taller, then it sounds like it's working.
Jan
3
comment How can I build shower niches into an old plaster and lath wall?
yea, the theory is that it'll drain. In our case, the bottles and soaps and such trapped enough water even with the slope that we'd have mildew. If you do decide to go this route, I'd suggest using a solid-surface material for the bottom of the niche (rather than tile it) to avoid having any grout joints on the bottom.
Jan
3
comment Should a water heater's anode be replaced?
@mdpc both are standard practices. Some folks replace them and extend the life of the heater. Many folks don't and just get new heaters every 10 years or so.
Jan
3
comment How can I build shower niches into an old plaster and lath wall?
Ah, well, that should work. Note that getting a good seal on the corners of the niche can be tricky. They actually make 'niche boxes' that are plastic boxes that provide a more water-tight container. Personally, I built niches into my last tiled shower and regretted it. They ended up being a place for water and soap scum to collect and ended up being more of a pain than useful. In hindsight, I would have preferred to just install a higher quality shower caddy.
Jan
3
comment How can I build shower niches into an old plaster and lath wall?
What are you planning on finishing the shower surround with? Plywood and plaster are usually not things you want in the shower. Are you tiling?
Dec
31
comment Can I ask my contractor to redo a tile job I'm not happy with?
Wow. That's a terrible tile job. Did you already pay him? If so, you can certainly ask/demand he redo it but that might be an uphill battle.
Dec
30
comment What kind of drill bit would I use to grind down the end of a protruding screw?
You don't want a drill bit. You want a grinding bit.
Dec
27
comment How do I fix the cracks in my brick foundation?
Redgard is really designed for shower surrounds and the like. It won't add any structural stability to a foundation. An interior waterproof membrane on a foundation also isn't terribly useful (as the water pressure is coming from the outside) but probably won't hurt, either.
Dec
27
answered How do I fix the cracks in my brick foundation?
Dec
26
comment How to remove faux fireplace?
ha! oops. Missed the 'want to keep it in good condition'. I'd go to the restoration shop and ask them this. Some will even come and take it out for you.
Dec
26
comment How to remove faux fireplace?
It looks like it was designed for an electric 'fireplace'? Weird. Anyways, to remove it, go get a mallet/hammer and start whacking at it.