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Jan
5
comment Why is a gas furnace vented but a gas dryer is not?
This question is flawed in that dryers do all require exhaust vents. And most gas ranges are vented as well (though as stated, they aren't typically used the same amount as the other appliances so there's less of a risk)
Jan
5
comment How to tie treehouse cross beam to tree branch notch without harming tree
@statHacker trees are meant to move. Restricting their movement can add undue stress to other parts. It's not the treehouse so much as the tree I'd be worried about. Today's treehouse hardware is all designed to ensure the tree can move freely (which, in turn, will help avoid transfer of stresses to the tree house as well).
Jan
5
comment How to tie treehouse cross beam to tree branch notch without harming tree
@statHacker you could try it. My concern with that is that a tire has a lot of friction and I don't know that it'd let the beam smoothly move back and forth over it.
Jan
1
comment Can homeowners install sink grease traps to prevent build up in septic/sewer lines?
Why is there grease in the drains in the first place?
Dec
22
comment How can I secure these inadequate/leaning deck supports?
That is...hilarious...if it weren't a safety issue. It looks like they were just plopped randomly on the ground with no care given to level or solid base. I think you need to consider a rebuild. You could maybe get by with temporary jacks and then reset each pier one-by-one but that could be tough crawling under a 3' deck.
Dec
17
comment Need advice to prevent runoff water from going into neighbor's yard
Consider one of the low-water car washing systems out there?
Dec
15
comment was in attic for an hour without mask. could this cause issue?
This answer needs context. Fiberglass is dangerous, though likely not for the periods of time a typical homeowner is exposed to it.
Dec
15
comment How do I prevent water from leaking into my basement?
That's a good clue! So yes, I'd agree with your assumption...it's the concrete slab that's posing the problem. I'll post an answer as I had this exact same problem.
Dec
15
comment How do I prevent water from leaking into my basement?
When it rains hard, is water pooling to the point that it seeps in at the red line? If not, then I'm not sure it's run-off water that's the issue. It may be ground water.
Dec
15
comment Is my attic floor over my garage strong enough to use it for storage and maybe as a small work area?
That's odd that they framed the floors with 2x10s but that attic with 2x6s. Anything to save a few pennies, I guess.
Dec
15
comment How do I prevent water from leaking into my basement?
Does your concrete patio slope towards your foundation?
Dec
14
comment Any downsides to upside down shelves?
That said, a lag screw can hold quite a bit of weight. Actually, for the same size, you'd likely get more holding power out of a screw than a bolt (a bold 'holds' a much smaller amount of threads than the wood would). For book shelves, I think the system would be fine.
Dec
13
comment Would you trust this PVC drain joint?
not that it helps you now, but FYI, when you can, it's best to put an access panel on the reverse side of the shower fixtures for this very purpose. That's not always doable depending on the layout and orientation, but when you can, it's nice to be able to orient the shower fixtures towards an interior closet wall so you can later access it from the other side if need be.
Dec
13
comment Can I use a Directv 4 way splitter to connect to an over the air TV antenna?
I suggest trying it. If it works, great. If not, disconnect the splitter and connect only one TV. If that works, then the splitter is causing an issue and you'll likely need to upgrade to a powered boosted splitter.
Dec
11
comment Lutron LED/CFL Dimmer switch turns lights off the wrong way, up is down and down is up. What's the problem?
I'm confused by what you mean by 'steal power' from the outlet.
Dec
8
comment rigid foam board in basement with exterior guard overkill?
@Dolph if you go that route, consider EPS as well. You need it a bit thicker for the same r-value, but can cost a lot less than the EPS, and essentially does the same thing.
Dec
5
comment Should I redo this wall to avoid a mold sandwich?
@Zhentar DenShield does claim to be a water barrier, so I agree with you. That said, there's still the seams and screw holes so a coat of RedGard (IMHO) is worth it.
Dec
5
comment Should I redo this wall to avoid a mold sandwich?
Also a fan of Regard. So easy to apply, and it has the benefit of putting the water barrier closest to the wet side as you can likely get.
Dec
3
comment Possible to make a bathroom floor veneer with A4 Paper?
If you're going to go through that trouble, I'd suggest using actual sand (topped with an epoxy).
Dec
3
comment Weapon for scorpion hunting?
Sounds like a hunting question? Ask on sports.se?