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Feb
26
comment What's this black handle on my fireplace? It moves up and goes left
I don't think code allows dampers in gas fireplaces.
Feb
26
comment Relative maintenance costs of painted vs. stained cedar siding?
But don't you typically need to restain more often that re-paint (depending on opacity of stain)?
Feb
25
comment Shower Frame is leaking (at the corner)
We definitely need photos. Also a description of the shower materials would help as well (solid surface, panels, tile?)
Feb
21
comment Is there a way to even out the paint without painting whole wall
@Aggieborn feathering the edges means to spread the paint out from the area painting. So you'd have your wet paint in the center and then you'd spread that via brush our roller out in all directions. DMoore has a good point, though...if the issue is that it's a badly sanded drywall mud joint, you may have to sand down to that first.
Feb
19
comment How can I clean the condenser coils on my Maytag freezer
@Ecnerwal I've encountered the same problem as the OP. Our fridge would no longer cool. Turns out the coils needed cleaning. Works fine now. So, it may be the coils.
Feb
18
comment Is this swing beam safe?
16' is quite the span for swings. Any chance you can add an a-frame support in the center of that to make it two 8' spans?
Feb
18
comment How can I mount an LCD TV onto the *wall* of an RV?
Depends on the RV as to what the wall construction is made up of.
Feb
18
comment Thermal Mass Puzzle I Can't Figure Out
Heat rises, so if there is no insulation between the hot garage and your living area, that could certainly be contributing. Your current floors are likely absorbing heat from the garage and radiating it into the living space--which is likely the opposite of what you wanted.
Feb
17
comment How can I prevent cobwebs in my house?
Ridding a house completely of spiders is a daunting task and also comes with a side effect: more bugs of other types now that the spiders are gone. Best to learn to cohabitate as best you can. :)
Feb
17
comment How Do I Take This Old P Trap Off Cast Iron T?
Can yo access the other end of the cast iron pipe (such as in the basement)? Might be easier to replace it all from that point on.
Feb
17
comment Can my washer drain do a 'u-turn'?
@Tester101 there will be a vent right after the P trap at the new washer location. Total run is maybe...15' (green line).
Feb
17
comment Can my washer drain do a 'u-turn'?
@ChiefTwoPencils I hope we don't have much poop in our washer! :)
Feb
17
comment Can my washer drain do a 'u-turn'?
@TylerDurden ha! depends on the hemisphere, though! :)
Feb
17
comment Is it ok to use a shower that just has the backerboard installed and not yet tiled?
take a bath instead
Feb
17
comment strange smells in my sons room
Could be poltergeists. Could be your kid stinks (boys too tend to stink pretty bad around age 12). Maybe the previous owners hated their landlord and stuffed the vents with fish (it happens). Maybe there was spilled milk on the carpet that was never fully cleaned up. Perhaps the previous tenants had pets that liked to pee everywhere (while it's relatively easy to get the stain out of the carpet, the pad and subfloor can get soaked with animal urine and that stuff can smell HORRENDOUS when there's humidity around). If it's the first floor, could be a dead animal in the crawlspace.
Feb
16
comment Woodworking workflow
@rinogo I think your workflow is as good as any. It really does come down to the specifics of the piece you are working on.
Feb
16
comment Do I need a back-flow preventer for a new water to garden?
...which, does make sense as to why they ask you to put it on the spigot, as you really may not readily know where the lines branch in an older house...so putting it on the outside is the 'surest' way to keep the non potable water completely outside of the lines inside the house.
Feb
16
comment Do I need a back-flow preventer for a new water to garden?
@ChiefTwoPencils I can't speak to the specifics of that, for sure, but I know that was code in places I've been too, but I was under the impression it was because it was the more practical place to put it on older houses (as adding it to the main plumbing line would be a pain). My understanding is that the backflow serves one purpose and that's to separate potable from not-potable water sources. As long as there is a backflow preventer on the 'side' that the hose is on...so that it can never make it back to the potable lines, it should be fine.
Feb
16
comment Water flow reduced after a few seconds in 2nd floor bathroom sink, cold side
Was this a sudden change or have you noticed this gradually over time? Are you in a cold climate?
Feb
16
comment Prefab houses seem to cost more than you would suspect
This reads a little bit like a rant, but there's a good question in here. Maybe reword it to "Why haven't prefab prices gotten competitive with site-built yet?"