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Mar
28
comment PVC pipe cutter not working properly
That's a pipe cutter for copper pipe...not PVC.
Mar
28
comment Is it safe to store an extension cord outside under a carport?
To reduce corrosion of the contacts, plug the male end into the female end before storing...maybe with one wrap of electrical tape to seal the joint.
Mar
21
comment Can I create a false ceiling using XPS board instead of gypsum board?
As Steven mentions, this is not to code in most places.
Mar
18
comment Can i leave existing drywall alone when adding two small walls to a finished basement?
Why do you hate future tenants that own sofas? :)
Mar
17
comment Is it necessary or recommended to kerf baseboard?
I thought the reason for trim having a kerfed back was to make it easier to lie 'flat' against uneven framing/finishing (ie, the door casing and the sheetrock)
Mar
13
comment Rebar cattle guard
The catch is that tensile strength isn't what you need. You need flexural strength, of which rebar has very little. That said, HD does sell steep pipe, which would have much higher flexural strength pound-for-pound.
Mar
11
comment Side mounting (base attachment only) of glass railing panels to wooden house frame. Requirements?
The company manufacturing the glass panels for you will likely be the people that can answer that question for you. They should have engineers on staff.
Mar
9
comment Why isn't my refrigerator getting cold?
umm...usually when you hit an appliance with a hammer to the point of seeing smoke it's likely dead.
Mar
5
comment What is a safe maximum amount to leave a window open?
@HumanCondisean but note that those measurements are at the 'widest'. I think you'd want to find the 'narrowest' measurements to be absolutely sure. :)
Mar
5
comment What is a safe maximum amount to leave a window open?
or even a small dog. They cost about as much as an alarm system but are a bit more personable. Granted, there is poop involved.
Mar
5
comment What is a safe maximum amount to leave a window open?
Kids can be sly!
Mar
4
comment What are the pros and cons of adding a vapor barrier behind shower backer board?
@DMoore not all backer boards are the same and they're not all rated to be moisture barriers. Whether one should have a separate moisture barrier is highly debatable, of course, and is why I tend to vote for the 'inside' method ala Redgard to get around the whole debate.
Mar
4
comment Black Holes Appearing in Oak Floor
call it patina. :)
Mar
4
comment What are the pros and cons of adding a vapor barrier behind shower backer board?
@virtualxtc it depends on the system you are installing, but most modern tubs have a lip that the plastic and cement board would overlap. Whether or not to caulk that spot is debatable. Some say that you want any water behind to eventually drain. Other's say that water should never get there to begin with and the plastic is just a last line of defense. (FWIW, I push Redgard as a better alternative, as the waterproofing is now closer to the water)
Mar
4
comment What are the pros and cons of adding a vapor barrier behind shower backer board?
While I agree the waterproofing should be on the inside as much as possible (I've used Redgard and like it) the use of plastic sheeting behind the cement board has been common practice (at least in the US) for a long time and may even be code in places (if you're not using the alternatives you've listed)
Mar
1
comment What direction should laminate flooring be placed in?
the reason floors are typically done in one direction rather than another is a) aesthetics (most say it looks best going the long dimension) and b) labor (there's fewer cuts that have to be made if you lay it in the long direction)
Mar
1
comment Widening a garage door
Garage DOOR width or is that the entire width of your garage? If the latter, I'd say that's not a garage designed for a car. That's more of a storage shed or bike garage.
Feb
23
comment How do I season wood on my own?
If it's teak, I sure hope it's not for firewood! :)
Feb
22
comment Should a timer switch 'reduce' load?
Update: Kudos to Home Depot. They let me exchange it even though I bought it about a year ago.
Feb
17
comment What materials and spacing should I use for ceiling joists/strapping in this conversion?
spacing would likely be 16" OC. As for what to use for strapping (studs are for walls) it would depend on the spacing between joists.