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Jan
15
comment Can I float a tongue-and-grooved 1x12 pine floor over a concrete slab on grade?
it's a nice product but might be overkill for above grade (since it's typically used for moisture-heavy areas...if the above grade slab is whicking up a lot of moisture, there are perhaps bigger problems that need solving first.)
Jan
15
comment Can I float a tongue-and-grooved 1x12 pine floor over a concrete slab on grade?
gluing every joint seems like a whole lot more work than attaching to a floating subfloor.
Jan
15
comment Is it cost effective to close some heating vents?
It depends on where the thermostat is located. Provided it's located in a room where you are NOT shutting the vents, then you'll likely save some energy. Note that you may not want to completely close the basement vents just to maintain a bit of airflow/humidity control.
Jan
15
asked Do Wood Stove/Fireplace Inserts come in 'direct vent' configurations?
Jan
15
answered Can a gas fireplace insert heat an entire house?
Jan
11
comment When finishing drywall, is it a common practice not to mud the bottom of horizontally-hung drywall?
If the bevel is enough to bother you, I'd just shim the bottom of the trim. Lot easier than mudding it.
Jan
8
comment How should I mount a TV to a wall that slants inwards 8 degrees?
MDF might work but note that MDF will be a much weaker choice in terms of holding screws (It's incredibly easy for screws to pull out of MDF)
Jan
8
comment How should I mount a TV to a wall that slants inwards 8 degrees?
is the wall slant intentional by design or due to weird house settling? If the TV is high on the wall, I'd say the 8% slant could actually be useful.
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.