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Jul
1
comment Are plywood dovetails a good solution to building something that needs to be dismantled?
I think we'd have to know what you are building. Bookshelves? A jewelry box? A staircase?
Jul
1
comment How can I remove a closet shelf & keep it intact?
rubber mallet + a few whacks?
Jun
27
comment How can I build a lamp like the one I saw in the store?
@ScottJamesWalter you'd pre drill using a drill bit.
Jun
27
comment How can I build a lamp like the one I saw in the store?
While it's great to build it yourself, it the goal is to save money, $42 is a steal compared to the time and cost of getting all those materials and putting it together yourself.
Jun
26
comment How can I prevent aluminum window frames from heating up when they're in full sun?
Suggestion to add to the list: install an awning or trellis above the window.
Jun
26
comment How should a new brick wall tie into an existing wall?
There's two aspects of the answer: aesthetic tie-in and structural-integrity tie-in. Are you asking primarily about one, or both?
Jun
24
comment How can I attach modern fixture to knob & tube wiring?
I've had 'pro electricians' do stuff that I'd argue is below my own personal threshold of safety. Yes, a trained person is best for the job, but a homeowner can certainly become knowledgable of electrical work as well.
Jun
24
comment How can I get rid of the smell of spilled milk from my carpet?
Have you tried a rug-doctor type machine (The kind that shoots water in and sucks it out?) An alternative method that might work would be to flood the floor well, let sit, then suc out with a wet/dry vac. Probably repeatedly.
Jun
24
comment Are there fans for radiators to improve performance?
ceiling fans are a great option. You can reverse them each season and definitely help even out the temp in a home.
Jun
20
comment What's the best option for cutting cement siding?
They make blades for fiber cement: google.com/search?q=hardiblade
Jun
18
comment How can I repair blown plaster on walls?
That could be efflorescence which is caused by moisture migration. Are there moisture issues on the exterior walls?
Jun
18
comment Do I need more than just Drylok to insulate concrete basement walls before framing out some walls?
I would not finish a basement that is still this wet. Take care of the water issues first. After that, take a look at my answer here: diy.stackexchange.com/a/8644/1209
Jun
15
comment What kind of sand should I use for a sandbox?
landscaping companies often sell Play Sand by the cubic yard.
Jun
14
comment What kind of sand should I use for a sandbox?
Get the stuff labeled PLAY SAND.
Jun
14
comment Is there a product I could apply on the wall before painting so that one paint layer only will do?
I have yet to find a primer+paint that actually works with one coat. (The latest, a Behr, took 3 coats, albeit it was a lighter color going over darker on a textured wall)
Jun
14
comment Is there a product I could apply on the wall before painting so that one paint layer only will do?
Better than a colored tint for the primer when using a strong colored paint is using a dark gray primer.
Jun
13
comment Where can we recycle washing machine and kitchen sink drain water?
Yup. Graywater. The key is to use the proper environmentally friendly detergents. Standard laundry detergent, for example, can be rather nasty.
Jun
11
comment How can I prevent cracking in concrete (or earthen) walls from the freeze/thaw cycle?
@HenryJackson I don't disagree. But the question was about cracking, not collapsing.
Jun
11
comment How can I prevent cracking in concrete (or earthen) walls from the freeze/thaw cycle?
@HenryJackson has a material, certainly. But in the context of a monolithic wall, while it will last, you will likely have to deal with cracking. (Als note that Roman Concrete has a different makeup than the stuff you pick up at Home Depot.)
Jun
10
comment How can I prevent cracking in concrete (or earthen) walls from the freeze/thaw cycle?
Honestly, I don't know if anything will avoid cracking. I used to live in MN and every concrete retaining wall I ever saw that was over 40 years old or so was cracked. But at the very least, you will need a solid foundation--but I think that will only reduce the cracking--not prevent it. If you want to stick with concrete, there are plenty of concrete wall block options, though...many of them can be dry stacked using a masonry adhesive.