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Apr
10
comment Can I vent my dryer 'up'?
@Ecnerwal that's really the best solution. Make sure the dryer is backed up against an external wall. It's like that has to be taught to architects or something. :)
Apr
10
comment Can I vent my dryer 'up'?
(though...I do have to wonder why appliance manufacturers haven't come up with a better solution to the lint issue than the plastic screens in the dryer yet...)
Apr
10
comment Can I vent my dryer 'up'?
@Ecnerwal yea, I'm fine with cleaning. And with it in the attic, it's a whole lot easier to get to to clean than in the crawlspace. I did give it a slight down-slope towards the outside vent.
Apr
10
comment Can I vent my dryer 'up'?
I never thought of using a secondary trap. That's a good idea. Any particular type to look for?
Apr
9
comment Cost to replace “wall of glass” with sliding doors?
BTW, it's a gorgeous house. Looking at the top photo closer, I see handles on the glass already. I think those are large sliding glass doors. You'll need to likely get those custom built if you're replacing them. You'll need to talk to a window/door manufacturer to get some quotes.
Apr
9
comment Cost to replace “wall of glass” with sliding doors?
This is impossible to answer for a whole number of reasons...but assuming you're not going to Home Depot for off-the shelf options (as I think you really want to preserve the lines of this house) your'e likely looking at something closer to 50K for custom fabrication and installation.
Apr
8
comment Wainscoting a wall that has windows without casings. Is there a typical trim method?
I think this is great advice and pretty much agree with it in general. Alas, we ended up not casing the windows completely (see my answer elsewhere). We opted to do less rather than more (both in terms of decoration and labor :)
Apr
3
comment Bamboo floors with cats and dogs
We used a snap-lock engineered floating floor. The joints are amazingly tight. Our puppy peed and barfed more than a few times on it and it is (surprisingly) no worse for wear.
Apr
2
comment Can i use decrative tile board in my shower?
If you prefer sheet material, consider synthetic countertop surfaces like corian. Most of the companies sell in dimensions suitable for shower enclosures. Other options could include sheet metal (industrial looking) or glass (backpainted is nice).
Apr
1
comment Proper way to repaint aluminum rails
not with aluminum, but I've used the etching primer on galvanized materials. Based on that, don't expect 10 years on anything that will be used (ie, touched). I had to retouch annually. If you truly want a durable coating, you likely need to powder coat, which may or may not be a viable option.
Apr
1
comment What's the best kind of caulk that doesn't dry out or become tacky enough to gather dirt?
Huh. I've never had issues with those caulks. When you apply, do you smooth the bead out with a wet finger? That will help get a smooth finish.
Apr
1
comment What is the best way to subdivide and heat a large room?
In the US, $100 for both labor and materials won't get you very far. Even heavy curtains would cost you more than $100.
Apr
1
comment What's the best kind of caulk that doesn't dry out or become tacky enough to gather dirt?
By 'dried out' do you mean becomes hard? Are you sure you were using caulk and not adhesive? Or perhaps adhesive caulk? Nearly every caulk I've ever used stays both soft and is never tacky when dry.
Mar
28
comment How noticeable should the seam be on a quartz counter install?
@SomeGuy I completely agree about rock, but note that Quartz countertops are man-made, so, at least in theory, should have a more predictable 'grain' in the pattern.
Mar
28
comment Determine depth of laminate flooring
er crap. I meant perpendicular! But yea, if you don't know where your saw is, maybe it's more of a chore. :)
Mar
27
comment Determine depth of laminate flooring
that would work well if the portion you are removing runs with the length of the boards, but if the part you're removing is parallel, then a saw would be much easier/faster.
Mar
27
comment How noticeable should the seam be on a quartz counter install?
Googling "Quartz Countertop Seam" this appears to be par-for-the-course. Do remember, though, that you will likely have things on top of your counter, so the seems might not be all that noticeable in the long run.
Mar
27
comment what to do with tall, square fireplace opening?
We have an insert that didn't quite fit our opening. I used standard bar stuck painted with a flat-black fireplace paint to match the doors (which in our case was also flat-black). Seemed to work fine for us, at least.
Mar
24
comment Should I glue down or top nail the first and last row of hardwood engineered flooring?
You don't need expansion gaps with nail-down engineered flooring. Engineered flooring only needs a gap in floating installations.
Mar
24
comment Why is there no water after replacing the filter in a Samsung refrigerator?
FWIW, I have the exact same problem as well. Haven't figured it out yet.