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Feb
2
comment How can I create a radiant heat system for melting ice on wood steps?
Wood steps make no sense in Seattle. ;) But one thought: what about painting them black? You'd at least get the sun to help out a bit (then again, we're talking Seattle...)
Feb
2
comment How to prevent incandescent light bulbs from heating up the room, safely?
Also look into LED. It's getting more affordable now and would be the best option in terms of least amount of heat as well as a bit more options for color spectrums (plus you will likely never have to replace them).
Feb
2
comment What materials could be used instead of cement for a water-tight trench
hence the sand...I'm thinking you'd need quite a bit (not unlike the 'natural sand' swimming pools). But yea, I don't know the whole physics of horses and water hazards so it may still be an issue.
Feb
2
comment Does a humidifier cool the air?
the vapor isn't any colder than the water, which is likely room temperature. It just FEELS cold because it's evaporating from your skin.
Feb
2
comment Does a humidifier cool the air?
It's a closed system, so unless you're sucking in external air to run the humidifier, there shouldn't be any net gain/loss of temperature (at least nothing that you'd notice.)
Feb
2
answered What materials could be used instead of cement for a water-tight trench
Feb
2
comment How to prevent incandescent light bulbs from heating up the room, safely?
@user1306322 no, there is no solution. It's a matter of physics. Incandescents give off heat.
Feb
2
comment How to prevent incandescent light bulbs from heating up the room, safely?
It's like asking "how do I prevent this heater from heating up my room?". Incandescent, by design, gives off heat. There's no way around that.
Feb
1
answered How do I clean gutters?
Jan
31
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Jan
29
comment How do I make my bathroom pipes more practical?
If you're pulling out the vanity, you could go an extra step and cut out that part of the floor, add an elbow, then direct the main drain pipe back further.
Jan
29
comment How can I handle carpenter ants?
I'm not an expert, but are you sure that's not a termite?
Jan
29
comment Can I vent my dryer into the crawl space without creating mold and moisture problems?
If it's a gas dryer, absolutely do not do this. You're exhausting fumes into your house. Even if it's electric, this is still a really bad idea. Unless you live in a super-dry climate year-round (antarctic?) you will definitely end up having moisture problems somewhere in that house.
Jan
28
answered How can I make wooden stairs slip-proof?
Jan
27
comment Why am I getting condensation on vapour barrier?
Condensation on the inside just means your windows aren't doing much in terms of keeping the cold out (hence you wanting to add the weatherstripping/plastic).
Jan
26
comment How can I protect my (engineered) hardwood floor from scratching?
What kind of wood is it? Some woods are just really soft and scratches are par for the course. Perhaps invest in rug.
Jan
23
comment Will a PEX run freeze if it's in the attic above a foyer?
The Evil Greebo has a point, but one benefit of PEX is that it's designed to not burst when frozen. You still don't want it to freeze up, for sure, but it shouldn't catastrophically fail like copper if it does.
Jan
22
comment How to sand wood without flattening it
sandblast, maybe?
Jan
22
comment How do I cut a brick fireplace hearth to allow for a laminate flooring expansion gap?
yes, this is much more practical than cutting brick.
Jan
22
comment What is the cheapest way to stiffen a tube/pipe?
Are you referring to conduit tubes? If so, perhaps swap them out for thicker walled steel pipe instead.