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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.
Jul
7
comment Dispersion Paint
Given that it sounds like it's a waterproof membrane...any concern about creating a second vapor barrier in some situations?
Jul
7
comment Cheap alternative to cutting boards
a piece of wood?
Jul
6
comment Is there a standard height and depth for stairs?
This is true for a very specific sub-set: residential staircases. The reality is that there is no standard, though (as others note). It's the ratio that's dictated by code--not the specific rise/runs.
Jun
30
comment Why won't any light in my house turn on after a range hood was installed?
One possible problem is that it was an incompetent contractor.
Jun
30
comment Is this ladder bookcase design strong enough to hold printers?
A 'ladder shelf' is typically attached to the wall at the top. So you wouldn't need the back or base at all (though you'd likely have to use something larger than 2x4s for the sides)
Jun
30
comment What maintenance does an 1890s brick-over-fieldstone foundation need?
You need to repoint when the current mortar begins to fail. If you can easily scrape it out with a screw driver, it's time to repoint. Fieldstone foundations are rarely waterproof, so I don't know if I'd go as far as fully insulating/finishing a fieldstone basement.
Jun
29
comment cooking on a hot&humid day
@abishek you might be able to find replacement filters that use charcoal inserts. That might help with the filtering.
Jun
29
comment Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?
@Tester101 yes! I believe that is exactly it.
Jun
29
comment cooking on a hot&humid day
Do you have a hood vent? Ideally you'd have a hood vent that vents to the outside. Barring that, you could use a recirculating hood vent. Otherwise, on hot and humid days, maybe consider salads.
Jun
29
comment How smooth should I sand a wall
You typically sand the joints (mud) not the actual wallboard. How rough is the wall after removing the wallpaper?
Jun
29
comment Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?
@wallyk Yep. The #14 didn't work. The #18 (thinner wire) did. Is that counter-intuitive? Again, it's not a powered circuit so maybe that's the issue?
Jun
29
comment Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?
@Tester101 I forget what you call it, but it's not a circuit powered externally. I think it's one of those whatchamacallits that produces a bit of electricity via heat. I did find an answer, though...will post.
Jun
29
comment Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?
@keshlam if I had power to the FP, that would be a good solution. Alas, the insert is inside a masonry opening and getting power to it is going to be a bit of a chore. HOWEVER...maybe they make battery powered ones?