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Jan
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comment Is a hexagonal house feasible?
@FiascoLabs definitely. And the bigger ones can even be divided up into separate rooms (although you still have the issue of very few 90 degree corners...)
Jan
28
comment Is a hexagonal house feasible?
(That said, if you're looking to build inexpensively, and like the idea of round-ish dwellings, perhaps consider a yurt.)
Jan
28
comment Is a hexagonal house feasible?
I'm not sure I follow how those 'obvious' advantages are different than via a square house. But yes, the reason people don't build them is that 90 degree corners are cheaper to build.
Jan
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Jan
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Jan
24
revised Any ideas on hiding a TV in a coffee table?
Updated URL to point at original source page and added photo in case of link rot.
Jan
24
comment Any ideas on hiding a TV in a coffee table?
"is the only way to enjoy all the pixels" = perhaps...but can you enjoy the actual movie like that? :)
Jan
24
comment How should I handle old wallpaper over top of lead paint?
Thanks for the follow up! It's always appreciated (and sadly not that common).
Jan
23
comment Washing machine pauses by itself
Many washers have a soak cycle--where it essentially pauses and does nothing to let the clothing just soak for a bit. Are you sure it wasn't in the soak cycle?
Jan
23
comment How do I add fire protection to a common (shared) wall?
Instead of adding an entire second wall, you can add a second set of studs to the existing wall in between the current ones, but have them protrude 1/2" or so. That way your side of the wall is connected to a different set of 2x4s than the other side of the wall, which improves the physical break needed to reduce sound transmission.
Jan
22
comment What is the best way to cut receptacle holes when hanging drywall?
While I haven't used those pin-plates, I think they are likely the best option. I used a rotary tool on a remodel and holy #&@^#$ does that make an ungodly mess. Never again. :)
Jan
22
comment mold problem in basement
if you know your walls leak, don't finish the basement.
Jan
22
answered How can I hang pots on my brick wall with the least amount of drilling?
Jan
21
comment How effective are outdoor foam faucet covers to prevent freezing?
pedantic nit pick: cold can't conduct in--though heat can be lost outward via conduction :)
Jan
21
answered How to remove floor adhesive from concrete?
Jan
21
answered How do I deal with glued-on drywall?
Jan
21
comment How effective are outdoor foam faucet covers to prevent freezing?
I think that's the best way to think of them...shields against temporary temperature dips below freezing. Useful in perhaps coastal PNW. Likely useless in Northern MN.
Jan
21
comment How effective are outdoor foam faucet covers to prevent freezing?
I imagine it depends mostly (entirely?) on how cold it gets and for how long.
Jan
21
comment Can I use the area above my garage for storage?
I'd say your safe for light storage. If not, then you have bigger problems to worry about if the joists can't support a box of xmas ornaments. :)
Jan
19
comment How should I insulate this basement wall?
You can certainly use the bats between the studs.