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Nov
30
comment How do I install an old work junction box around fire blocking?
My tip would be to save yourself the headache and just raise the box 4" or so to miss the horizontal wood.
Nov
30
comment How can I add a chain link fence on top of a cinder block wall?
purely an aesthetic suggestion, but maybe consider stepping the fence back a couple of feed from the wall and using that space as a mulch bed for flowers/ small shrubs. I'd worry a chainlink fence on top of cement block might begin feeling a little 'prison yard-ish'. ;)
Nov
29
comment What should I consider when designing a simple bookcase that will be built without power tools?
Boards + something to act as supports...bricks...cement blocks...chunks of logs...
Nov
28
comment How can I mend my metal tables broken arm?
JB Weld claims to work with cast iron.
Nov
28
comment What is the pointed end of a spud or construction adjustable wrench used for?
The wrench end knocks the zombie down and the pointed end is for the killshot to the head.
Nov
28
comment Why is this apartment's area reported much bigger than sum of its rooms' areas?
The 'approximately' is likely a bit of a license to err on the side of larger, but looking at the floor plan, it doesn't look like closets and such are being counted on the room dimensions.
Nov
27
comment Do you need to tape and 'mud' cement board corners in dry settings?
Unlike Sheetrock, the edges of the cement board (in this case, hardibacker) aren't beveled at all. In the past, when I've done this, I had a rough time getting a relatively flat surface. I can tape and mud sheetrock fairly well. I guess I suck at cement board. :)
Nov
27
comment Do you need to tape and 'mud' cement board corners in dry settings?
Well, I'm planning on using adhesive mesh tape. Hopefully that'll help. I'll give it a shot and report back!
Nov
27
comment When to stop a backsplash?
You stop it where it aesthetically looks good to stop it at. It's purely a subjective answer.
Nov
27
comment Do you need to tape and 'mud' cement board corners in dry settings?
@Bmitch is the 'wider knife' suggestion if I were to 'premud' the tape? I think I'm going to set it as I go...good idea with the notched trowel. I probably can adjust the angle a bit to get slightly less thinset over the seam. I won't be able to caulk between the tiled on the outside corners (since the tile will actually be overlapping the joints), though. However, I am using supposedly crack-resistant thinset (It supposedly expands a certain amount due to temp swings).
Nov
27
comment Do you need to tape and 'mud' cement board corners in dry settings?
Thanks @MatthewPK I'll give that a shot.
Nov
26
comment Do you need to tape and 'mud' cement board corners in dry settings?
I may be overthinking this...something I have a bad habit of doing. ;) Can I just tape WHILE setting the tile? Meaning that as the tile approaches the seam, add the tape, thinset over it, and keep on tiling? That would save the problem of a dried 'mound' over the seams.
Nov
26
comment Do you need to tape and 'mud' cement board corners in dry settings?
so...I'm using hardibacker. Hardibacker is completely flat so taping a seam would create a bit of a mound at the seam. To compensate, should one skim coat the entire piece with thinset, let dry, then add more thinset and set the tile?
Nov
21
comment What should I keep in mind when extending downspouts?
a slope is rather important especially to prevent build up of leaves and dirt and the like.
Nov
20
comment Drilling a hole
A bullet. Or maybe a laser!
Nov
20
comment How can I install an interior cat door to the basement and not have it kill me? (from increased radon)
@Tester101 nothing, I guess. My point is that it doesn't matter.
Nov
19
comment How do I prepare this exterior concrete wall for paint?
Whatever you do, be sure to use a proper, breathable, masonry exterior paint. The reason a lot of paint flakes off of concrete and stucco is that the wrong paint was used in the past.
Nov
19
comment Should I primer my walls/ceiling before I spray on texture?
You shouldn't spray texture on walls and ceilings. ;)
Nov
16
comment Should I use a hammer or a mallet when driving a chisel?
A hammer will work just fine. Most any chisel you buy today is designed to handle a hammer blow.
Nov
14
comment What is the life expectancy of a ratchet strap?
Just a theory, but perhaps something got bent. They certainly should last longer than one trip. The Oil and Gas industry thing is probably a liability issue. FWIW, there is absolutely a need out there on the market for an easier-to-use ratchet strap system. I don't think I've ever used a ratchet strap without busting up at least one knuckle in the process.