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Apr
27
comment How do I prep my houses exterior cement walls for painting?
this is a terrible answer as it doesn't actual reference the type of siding the OP is referring to.
Apr
24
comment Thermal Mass Puzzle I Can't Figure Out
IIRC, it gets hot in LA. But I admit I don't hang out there a whole lot. :)
Apr
19
comment What is the proper way to perform work in an attic? (UPDATED)
I'd start with "not naked" unless you have an itch fetish.
Apr
16
comment How/where to put hydrogen peroxide in water heater
A well maintained water heater can last several decades. That said, your average run-of-the-mill heater from Home Depot tends to have a 10 year lifespan. Might make more sense just to replace it. I tend to replace hot water heaters in each house I buy if they are pushing 10 years (plus it's an excuse to upgrade to a heat pump model and save energy).
Apr
16
comment How/where to put hydrogen peroxide in water heater
Though note if the anode is completely dissolved, then it's stop doing its job and likely time to replace the entire heater.
Apr
16
comment Plumbing system and pipes concerned?
It appears you as asking about excessive water usage in your house. Which really has nothing to do with the T nor the water meter. Sounds like you have a leak somewhere in your house's own plumbing.
Apr
16
comment Spray Foam Insulation Health Concerns - Alternative Spray Foam Products
That second paragraph is entirely opinion...and not one shared by many people. Spray foams are often considered the best option when it comes to long term energy efficiency improvements.
Apr
16
comment What causes furnaces to break in 16 to 20 years?
Because the warranty expires
Apr
13
comment can KY jelly be used in a pinch if no silicone plumbers lubricant is available? this is NO joke!
@JasonHutchinson I don't know the real answer to that...I hear people debate that all the time. My (limited) understanding is that petroleum jelly will eat away at natural rubber, but most "rubber" seals and o-rings these days are not made from natural rubber. I'd still prefer silicon grease in any case. :)
Mar
31
comment Advantages to quotes from Lowe's/Home Depot vs direct from contractors?
Actually, my understanding is that the first con bullet point isn't exactly how it happens. They don't jack up normal prices at all. Rather, they insist that their subcontractors cut their prices by that much for the Big Box to get their profit out of it. I guess the argument they make to contractors is that they'll make up for it in volume. I hear mixed stories from contractors as to whether or not that's actually a good deal for them. :)
Mar
25
comment Baby proof 240V outlet(for air conditioning) in living room
Kids love things they can pull on. I don't think this is good advice.
Mar
22
comment How can I insulate a finished 1 1/2 story space
The problem with 'shoving fiberglass' is you can end up compacting it, negating the benefit of using fiberglass. For retrofitting wall insulation, you want to go with blown-in solutions.
Mar
22
comment What is an effective duck repellent for a swimming pool?
I'd embrace. Build a roost and start harvesting duck eggs!
Mar
22
comment What is an effective duck repellent for a swimming pool?
The OP already has a cover.
Mar
22
comment How much concrete for a fence post?
this can be true, but does depend on the type of soil one has in their area. There's a big difference between sand and hard clay, for example.
Mar
22
comment How much concrete for a fence post?
yea, 12" is a giant hole. That's way overkill. In fact, a lot of people say that any concrete is overkill, and you should simply be using compactable crushed rock.
Mar
22
comment Renovation for Dummies
Pictures can help, but that particular picture seem to unnecessarily complicate a relatively simple bit of code. Why do I care that you store toilet paper on the bottom shelf? :)
Mar
15
comment Is this decorative trim or exterior bracing?
@Iggy note that Tudors aren't board-and-batten. They are what's called half-timbered (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timber_framing#Half-timbered)--or rather, emulating half-timbered construction. Those are definitely often painted in contrasting colors given that they are entirely different materials (wood v stucco). Board-and-batten, on the other hand, are usually painted the same color (as it's both the same material). A 'real' half timbered structure is what holds up the house (essentially a post-and-beam structure). Board and batten isn't...it's just siding.
Mar
2
comment How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?
Oh, I'd also consider a wood deck instead. It'd be much easier and cheaper to build.
Mar
2
comment How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?
If you do go this route I'd a) treat the perimeter as a retaining wall using retaining wall blocks (instead of cinder blocks) b) consult an engineer