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May
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comment How do I deal with a joist in the way of where I need to run a pipe?
A 2" notch on that size joist seems questionable...but I'll defer to the experts.
May
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comment What's the minimum distance for a mantle above a fireplace?
Also, if this is an open wood fireplace, note that it'll likely produce a bit of soot now and then that you likely don't want on a TV screen. Finally, are you SURE you want the TV there? They look great in photos, but actually are one of the worst place to put a TV for actual TV watching.
May
5
comment What's the minimum distance for a mantle above a fireplace?
Depends on local code. Where I'm at, for a wood burning fireplace, there has to be a minimum of 16" clearance around the glass without any combustible material.
May
5
comment Why does a wall in my finished basement only have a steel plate and no studs?
It's common practice to use steel studs in basement finishing projects these days. They come in different gauges. The thicker, the sturdier, the safer I'd feel hanging an expensive TV on it.
May
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May
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reviewed Reject How can I attach a 1/8" strip of steel to MDF so that it stays secure forever for eternity?
May
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reviewed Approve Can I apply caulk over caulk?
May
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revised Can I apply caulk over caulk?
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May
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answered Can I apply caulk over caulk?
May
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comment How can I calculate the yield strength of steel tube?
I'm not a rocket surgeon, but...I believe the yield strength of a HORIZONTAL tube would be in the planes perpendicular to the ground. So as long as the long side of the rectangle is perpendicular to the ground, it will be stronger than a square one with shorter sides. (it's basically acting as a joist at this point, and the thicker the joist, the stiffer it will be). For a vertical support, I believe the maximum strength comes from the narrowest dimension (that being the weakest 'link')
May
2
comment What to look for in a new furnace
Furnaces aren't necessarily complex machines. These days, I'd go with a high efficiency rating and most anything you buy today will be infinitely better than the 20 year old one you have now.
May
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comment How do I fill a recurring sinkhole in the rainforest of Hawai'i?
Dow GREAT STUFF™ Sink Hole Filler is pretty good. The catch is that it comes via railroad tanker cars and it's a real chore shaking it before every use.
May
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answered How can I get a straight line at the ceiling when painting a textured wall?
May
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comment How can I get a straight line at the ceiling when painting a textured wall?
+1 It's a revelation the first time you decide to not go with masking and paint freehand. It's surprisingly easy to paint a crisp corner with a decent brush. I now no longer waste all that time masking.
May
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comment How do I fill a recurring sinkhole in the rainforest of Hawai'i?
Fixing the earth's crust doesn't seem like a DIY project.
May
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comment How effective is a heat pump for AC and a heat pump/furnace for heating in New England?
Oh, and as for cost, the electricity runs the fan (just as any furnace) and the compressor pump (to extract the heat). In terms of total energy costs used, it's a lot less than a fuel-based heating source as none of the energy sources you are paying for are being used to heat the air. Essentially, you are getting the heat for 'free' but still paying to extract it/circulate it in your house.
May
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comment How effective is a heat pump for AC and a heat pump/furnace for heating in New England?
A ground-loop heat pump is very efficient. So if that's the route you're thinking of going, definitely a good choice. However, I assume you are maybe talking about an air source pump, which is less efficient. It will work, but won't be very efficient when the temp gets too low (and may not be the best for your sole source of heat if you have extremely low temperatures). For A/C, though, it'll be just fine (as it is, in essentially, a big A/C unit.)
May
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comment How to know what color of paint was used on the walls?
Even then it's a crap shoot. There's often subtle differences in finishes between brands that can show up glaringly in the right light. I'd suggest just waiting to repaint the entire wall.
Apr
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comment How can I add insulation to my roof?
It's definitely less of a hassle for you if it's done on the outside, but if you need to do it on the inside, you can certainly cover the carpet during the remodel.
Apr
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