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comment Is there a better material than treated pine, for building tree houses?
Be sure to use flexible connectors between the wood and the tree to allow for movement to prevent the cracking and breakage from movement. Also, if you have a proper roof on it, you likely don't need to use treated wood. Treated wood is really for exposed elements (ie, they get wet)
Jul
23
comment How do I permantely plumb 5 tiki torches around my pool by placing a T on my buried propane tank which feed the pool/hot tub heater?
You'd need a "T" fitting.
Jul
23
comment 1924 stone chimney total rebuild
Get a second opinion ASAP.
Jul
22
comment What should I do with my leaking chimney?
I wouldn't keep just part of a chimney. That would look weird--plus it's no longer useful in the future (not a lot of people like ventless fireplaces).
Jul
22
comment Should I keep a bathroom door open or closed to keep it from expanding?
Whether it is open or closed has no bearing on it expanding due to excessive moisture. Though if the room isn't properly vented with an exhaust fan, leaving it open may reduce the overall moisture in that one area.
Jul
22
comment 2 circuits connected in one box?
@BradGilbert I wired it all back up and it still reads 110--even though there are two hots on the outlet. So, definitely still confused. I'll pull off the breaker panel and report back on what I see.
Jul
19
comment 2 circuits connected in one box?
Yep, it's definitely half-switched. I can confirm that. I need to read up on backfeed, though. That's a new concept to me. So, if that's the case, am I OK wiring everything back up the way it was with the new outlet?
Jul
19
comment 2 circuits connected in one box?
The thing is that I have to shut off TWO circuit breakers to make sure all the lines are dead on that outlet. That seems to me that there's two circuits going into it? (and yes, I'm not using any back-stab connections on the new outlets--all proper pigtail (if needed) to screw posts.)
Jul
18
comment Is wood strength affected after weathering wood?
@Matt I completely wing it. So, I'm probably no help at all when it comes to ratios :) But I figure if I'm weathering it, a bit of variation goes along with it anyways.
Jul
17
comment Does cork flooring underlayment have to be glued down?
So, in the end, what I did was only tape the seams together of the underlayment. It seems to have worked well in the year or so since. I ended up using Gorilla tape ('super' duct tape). Thanks for the advice!
Jul
11
comment How can I get my Particle-Board Cabinet re-staining project looking more professional please?
What grit sandpaper are you using?
Jul
11
comment How can I get my Particle-Board Cabinet re-staining project looking more professional please?
What do you mean 'particle board cabinet'? Are you staining actual particle board?
Jul
10
comment Converting garage into living room?
You don't really need a foundation (The footer is already there holding up the garage). You may put concrete there for aesthetic reasons (to tie into the rest) but note that concrete is in no way a water barrier. Just like any foundation, you really want to keep the water away from it in the first place so it doesn't have to act as a barrier.
Jul
10
comment Converting garage into living room?
That's good. Depending on the slope, I may consider re-grading as well. You want to be sure it can withstand the 'big storm'.
Jul
10
comment Converting garage into living room?
Fix the water problem before you invest in remodeling. Is the issue your driveway slopes towards the garage? If so, regrade the driveway or install perimeter drains.
Jul
10
comment How do I prevent interior doors from sticking in the winter?
based on that, I'd say your humidifier is turned up too high! :)
Jul
10
comment How do I prevent interior doors from sticking in the winter?
Where are you located? Does it get cold where you are at in the Winter? If so it's usually DRYER in the winter--which would typically lead to shrinking of doors. Do you artificially add humidity to your house in the winter?
Jul
9
comment Will a water heater use more or less power overall if equipped with larger or smaller heating elements?
I'll wait for a proper physics person to answer the question, but I believe, if my education served me well...that the amount of energy to heat said quantity of water will be the same regardless of the size of the element. HOWEVER, there may be a relation to size of element and efficiency, which could play a role in things.
Jul
8
comment How deep do I need to sink a 6 x 6 post to support a 150 lb fire hydrant that will sit on top of it?
What are you gaining by using a post? I'd just set the hydrant on a concrete base.
Jul
7
comment How to fill large 1" gap between preform laminate countertop and wall
is the gap a gradual increase from one end to the other? If so, it sounds like your walls aren't square. Might be easier to fix that (cut out the wallboard, shim the studs, put new wallboard back) than to change the cabinets/countertop.