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Apr
28
comment How can I connect two indoor ductless A/C's to one compressor?
ya know...for mild climates, this is an option I had never considered...splitting one compressor between two heads with only one used at once. I imagine this would be most doable with some electronic set up where it wouldn't allow both to be run at once.
Apr
28
answered What to expect when tearing up carpet?
Apr
27
comment Would wrapping a wood fence post in plastic help protect it?
Both Kreosote and Tar are both toxic materials, though. Common, but just something to consider before sticking into the ground.
Apr
27
comment Would wrapping a wood fence post in plastic help protect it?
I've never heard of that and I think your co-worker is a little crazy.
Apr
25
answered How can I remove a coffee stain from carpet?
Apr
24
comment How can I fill this gap between the plasterboard and window architrave?
It's a common 'style' in cheaper homes and/or, for some reason, in the Pacific Northwest of the US (I see TONS of homes out here where windows are all finished with sheetrock corners...no trim). I suppose it's a bit of a more 'contemporary' look, though my gut says it's just cheaper to build.
Apr
24
answered How can I improve air flow in my basement?
Apr
23
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Apr
23
comment Can I use plastic as moisture barrier under fiber cement siding?
I'd consider using something like Azec for the furring strips (PVC). That way you have no wood at all to worry about.
Apr
23
answered How to repair botched, colored concrete?
Apr
20
comment I have a basement floor with lots of moisture, can I paint or seal it to make it waterproof?
in certain regions, a dehumidifier is required for basements--at least during the humid months. Another option is a sub-floor radon removal system. Even if you don't have radon, it can help reduce moisture under the slab. A bit cheaper to run the fan, too (since there's no condenser).
Apr
20
answered How to deal with Mice coming into the Baby's Room
Apr
20
comment Why use a screwdriver when we have drill/drivers now?
the screwdriver is perhaps one of the least ergonomic tools in the toolbox it seems.
Apr
20
comment Why use a screwdriver when we have drill/drivers now?
You'd have to be really strong to screw a drill into concrete with a screwdriver--even if you do predrill.
Apr
20
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Apr
19
comment Can I use mulch as a driveway covering?
@jay...did you end up doing this? I live in your region and we're looking at a house that has a dirt drive. We may need to do something similar ourselves.
Apr
19
comment Can I use mulch as a driveway covering?
MOST houses (for better or worse) have mulch piled up around the house. Mulch won't readily burn, though. It's usually wet, and lacks easy access to oxygen.
Apr
19
comment How much is a good estimate for a pro to add a railing to stairs?
This is an impossible thing to answer as there are so many variables. Your best bet: get several quotes.
Apr
18
comment What kitchen counter material would you recommend and why?
Functionally it makes a lot of sense. Aesthetically, I think opinions differ. For me, ANY tiled counter top just feels extremely dated--circa late 70s/early80s. But maybe that's just me. I also tended to watch all those house flipping shows that were big before the crash and I'd say 90% of the kitchens were redone with granite tiles, so there may be a bit of a stigma there too (trying to look high end on the cheap). If cost is the issue, I always go with laminate. Easy to change later--either yourself or the next homeowner.
Apr
18
comment How do you refinish a Corian countertop?
the wikipedia page states "Nicks and scratches can be buffed out with a Scotch-Brite pad or orbital sander." I'd up the sanding attempt using power tools.