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Aug
18
comment What are the options for moisture-proofing foundation from the interior
I would absolutely not recommend hiring teenagers to dig out around your foundation walls. That's a liability disaster.
Aug
18
comment What are the options for moisture-proofing foundation from the interior
Heating a wall would work in theory, but you're essentially heating the earth, so likely a very impractical solution.
Aug
18
comment What are the options for moisture-proofing foundation from the interior
Drylok will always fail if their is water pressure on the exterior. It will also do nothing to prevent condensation issues. It's mostly a wasted effort.
Aug
16
comment Are metal face plates safe for metal gang boxes?
You'd be the ground if you were standing barefoot in the ground--but even then, you're still likely not the path of least resistance provided the circuit is properly grounded. Note, that this can be an issue if, for instance, you are barefoot in your basement.
Aug
16
comment how to attach framing to this window in concrete?
Alternatively, frame it with vinyl instead of wood.
Aug
16
comment Do big-box stores sell inferior versions of plumbing fixtures?
Yes, they often do.
Aug
15
comment Did I do a shoddy wiring job on a ceiling fan?
Not to make you too paranoid but I never trust 'the box that was there'. My parents house had 3 ceiling fans. When we went to replace them all we realized that they were all being held up only by sheetrock. The boxes weren't even nailed into the trussed.
Aug
15
comment Did I do a shoddy wiring job on a ceiling fan?
Also, one 'trick': The better ceiling fans come with a stranded cable that you can 'hang' from the box while you wire it all up. That way something is supporting the fan while you have room to wire with both hands. If your fan didn't come with that, you could possibly rig that up yourself.
Aug
15
comment Did I do a shoddy wiring job on a ceiling fan?
For peace of mind, go redo it. I know the nagging feeling of thinking you didn't quite do a DIY project up to your own standards. I will ask one other question though (hopefully not get you TOO worried) but...was the box in the ceiling an actual fan box? A ceiling fan box has a cross bar that is connected to the two ceiling joists to so that the weight of the fan is properly supported. A standard light fixture box is likely not secured to meet the needs of a moving ceiling fan.
Aug
13
comment Causes of condensation in basement wall
Related: diy.stackexchange.com/a/8644/1209
Aug
13
comment Causes of condensation in basement wall
Yes, this is a frustrating, ongoing problem in North America. Most code enforcers are still woefully behind the times. In MN I had to argue the case before they finally relented and agreed that the Building Science method is the proper way to handle basement insulation.
Aug
12
comment How to make a Tall Retaining Wall
BTW, a sketch would be a great help here.
Aug
12
comment How many CAT6 cables can fit in 3/4 conduit?
I'd argue 2 would be a practical limit for easy-pulling. Also, I don't think you'd ever want to use connected cables. For in-wall installs, you'd be connecting the cables to wall plates, so wouldn't have a use for the connector in the first place.
Aug
12
comment How many CAT6 cables can fit in 3/4 conduit?
(All that said, I've never moved into a house where network drops were located in a place I found useful, so even though I've used smurftube in the past, I now question how future proof it really makes things)
Aug
12
comment How many CAT6 cables can fit in 3/4 conduit?
If you're using smurftube, I'd go with the largest you can.
Aug
12
comment Do integrated condenser tumble dryers exist?
I wasn't aware they made integrated dryers at all. Like thebjorn mentions, this seems like a bad idea in general. These are appliances that need regular maintenance and having access to all parts would seem important.
Aug
11
comment How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?
I have to concede some of the points made here. Even at 45 degrees, you're pushing a large amount of water water sideways possibly forcing it under some shingles.
Aug
11
comment High Tunnel truss
@Ecnerwal well, that doesn't make any sense. What good is a greenhouse underground in a tunnel? :)
Aug
11
comment How high should I make my yurt platform?
This was posted 4 years ago. How's the Yurt coming along!?
Aug
11
comment High Tunnel truss
Not sure building tunnels fits in the "home improvement" definition.