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Jun
12
revised How do I know if a firewall and mortar contain asbestos?
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Jun
12
comment How do I know if a firewall and mortar contain asbestos?
I disagree with the statement that asbestos removal should never be DIY. There's a lot of FUD when it comes to asbestos. A homeowner can often remove various types of material with asbestos with very minimal risk even when they are being careless. It's not plutonium we're talking about here.
Jun
12
comment How do I know if a firewall and mortar contain asbestos?
That's technically true in the same way as there's no safe exposure level for cigarrettes. But there's a world of difference between smoking a few cigarrettes in highschool vs. a 2-pack-a-day habit into your 30s just as there's a world of difference between remodeling a corner of your house vs. working in the asbestos industry for 30 years. (But certainly take safety precautions, of course)
Jun
11
answered How do I know if a firewall and mortar contain asbestos?
Jun
10
comment How can I improve hvac air flow to my attic?
You need an HVAC person out there to a) make sure your unit is sized properly and b) the duct work calculations are correct.
Jun
10
comment How can I fix this moisture problem to stop mold growing?
+1 on venting the bathroom correctly
Jun
9
comment How do I match this brick?
You don't. Old bricks are a) likely not being made anymore and b) have weathered. The best bet is to take them to a local brick seller/yard and see how close you can get. If you're replacing a large-ish section, take out more bricks that you need to replace so you can stagger the new with the old to help blend in a bit.
Jun
8
answered Should I periodically air out the vapor barrier in my crawlspace?
Jun
7
comment How can I reconnect home ethernet that has been terminated outside?
I can't think of any good reason to terminate ethernet outside of the house. Are you sure it's cat5 and not POT wire? What kind of internet access are you going to get at the house? Typically internet comes into the house via Coax or POTS and then you hook up a router to that to transfer to Cat5 or wireless.
Jun
7
answered How long should I wait before painting new lumber?
Jun
7
comment Was my mold issue handled properly?
@CD123 duct cleaning isn't terribly expensive. Perhaps that's something you could hire out yourself.
Jun
7
comment Was my mold issue handled properly?
It's the mold spores that cause problems. In theory, what was left is now covered, so shouldn't be a problem. And if the leak + venting problems are fixed, then in theory, there's no more moisture for the mold to live off of.
Jun
6
comment Can we use both caulk and Durabond to fill in hairline cracks in old plaster walls?
NO idea if this is a good idea or not (some expert please chime in) but if you are re-coating the entire wall, I'd suggest just covering the cracks with fiberglass tape.
Jun
6
comment Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off?
A timer switch costs pennies more. At least in America, being the land of cheaply built houses, those pennies mean many do not come built with those standard.
Jun
6
answered Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off?
Jun
5
answered What tools and techniques are required for moving & re-sloping a cement slab walkway?
Jun
5
comment How can I patch 1“- 2” gaps between coved plaster ceilings and new sheetrock walls?
Would the style of the house tolerate a built up crown moulding? It may not work aesthetically, but one option would be to just roughly plaster the gap, then cover it with a 3"-ish tall picture-rail type moulding so that it butts up to the bottom of the coving. Here's an example I found. It's a coved ceiling with a transition into moulding below. archwaysandceilings.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/…
Jun
5
comment Is an LED light strip safe to use under a bed?
get creative. Build feet for it. Mount it to the bed. Etc.
Jun
5
comment Is an LED light strip safe to use under a bed?
then don't sit it on the carpet.
Jun
5
comment Is an LED light strip safe to use under a bed?
Most LED light strings have a transformer (power brick). That's where the heat will be generated--not from the LEDs themselves.