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Jul
30
comment How can one tell which ceiling fans are reliable?
I have very limited experience with this, but have found that with ceiling fans, you do tend to get what you pay for. The Hampton Bay I bought for $100 at Home Depot pales in comparison to the $300 one I bought in a lighting supply store.
Jul
25
comment What actions can I take to reduce moisture on basement floor?
@pickle, if you can start with re-grading the earth near the foundation, I'd start there. ALong with fixing any gutter problems, it's likely the easiest issue to work on first.
Jul
25
comment What actions can I take to reduce moisture on basement floor?
Sloping the ground AWAY from the house will always help. A dehumidifier doesn't do much for ground water, but is important if you live in a humid region to avoid condensation issues. An interior sealant won't do a whole lot.
Jul
18
comment What can I do to prevent injuries from the corners of a wooden deck?
that's a really good idea! Looks nice, too.
Jul
18
comment I might have accidentally vacuumed asbestos. Is the vacuum ruined now?
Don't worry too much about your lungs. That small exposure is likely a lot less dangerous to your health than the worrying about it would be.
Jul
18
comment I might have accidentally vacuumed asbestos. Is the vacuum ruined now?
Yes, one should use a HEPA filter when vacuuming asbestos. That said, for anything that passed through the filter, it likely kept going right out the exhaust. So I wouldn't worry about the motor. If you are, just set it outside and turn it on for 5 minutes. Then go purchase a HEPA filter, install it, and then go re-vacuum the room.
Jul
12
comment How do I repaint furniture?
If you don't sand, definitely go with a primer. Actually, I'd suggest a primer anyways just to help cover the black.
Jul
11
comment How can I move a non load bearing wood frame wall?
a big hammer or saw
Jul
11
comment Are there any differences in the quality of products sold at contractor's supply store vs. big box hardware stores?
I've had mixed results with ceiling fans. The Hampton Bays you get at Home Depot, for instance, are always noisier than the ones I've purchased from lighting supply stores (that said, that may be more just about the particular brands than where I bought them).
Jul
9
comment Is there any way I can reclaim this space and still safely support the front steps?
I can't quite tell what's going on from the pictures, but it looks like there's a joist or two hanging off of it. Is that going out to the front? Is it a cantilevered porch perhaps?
Jul
9
answered Can I use a shop-vac for dust collection in a workshop?
Jul
9
comment When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws?
good point re: one fails, they all fail.
Jul
9
accepted When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws?
Jul
9
comment When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws?
Well, I've only owned one home prior to this, so I suppose the person that did that one just preferred the pig tail option.
Jul
9
asked When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws?
Jul
9
comment What can I use to tunnel under a walkway or driveway?
It appears to simply be a jet nozzle for your hose. Seems that any garden center should have one.
Jul
9
comment Are there any differences in the quality of products sold at contractor's supply store vs. big box hardware stores?
You can prove it buy going to each and looking at the products. The product numbers will vary slightly. It's not a switcheroo, just slightly different product lines.
Jul
9
comment What could cause a clicking noise in an electric water heater?
does it have an expansion tank attached? It could be just the noises of the tank expanding/contracting as it heats up.
Jul
9
comment How do I improve the drainage of this grass driveway?
The catch with just putting seed/sod back down is you'll still be driving directly on turf and, therefore, will eventually become compacted again causing the grass to die and the water problems again.
Jul
8
answered How to determine the type of wall on which I'm putting up a shelf?