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May
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comment How to know what color of paint was used on the walls?
Even then it's a crap shoot. There's often subtle differences in finishes between brands that can show up glaringly in the right light. I'd suggest just waiting to repaint the entire wall.
Apr
29
comment How can I add insulation to my roof?
It's definitely less of a hassle for you if it's done on the outside, but if you need to do it on the inside, you can certainly cover the carpet during the remodel.
Apr
26
comment Is pressure grouting of a wall-crack, a good or potential solution?
If they are still growing, then this needs to be answered by a structural engineer.
Apr
26
comment How do I calculate the takeoff for a 45 degree elbow joint?
Wouldn't it depend on the particular fitting being used?
Apr
26
comment Can I build a 28" retaining wall using blocks with no lip?
Those feel rather small for a wall of that height. But I'm not an engineer, either.
Apr
25
comment How do I cut a new crawlspace access in a brick foundation?
You can cut it with a masonry saw. Warnings would be to make sure you're not cutting out too much as to weaken the integrity of the wall as it is supporting the house.
Apr
25
comment How do I work around a tree in my fence line?
If you own enough of the property behind it, add one more post behind it, then two fence panels to that so you end up with ____/\_____
Apr
24
comment Is it bad that my porcelain tiles were stored outside in the rain?
If there is mold on it, give the tiles a bath in a tub of water with a bit of bleach in it.
Apr
24
comment What type of nail gun is recommended?
@Eric sorry, to clarify, the battery doesn't have to recharge between each shot, the flywheel (if the gun uses a flywheel) has to rev up between each shot. So you can't do the 'machine gun' firing that you get with an air compressor. I don't know if electric is any more or less powerful than the air cartridge models. Fine Homebuilding is a good resource for tool reviews: finehomebuilding.com/Tool-Guide/Product-Finder/Nailers/…
Apr
23
comment Is creating a concrete driveway a diy?
A well laid paver driveway shouldn't have any issues regarding ice (or any more issues than concrete would have)
Apr
23
comment What type of nail gun is recommended?
re: cordless, the big benefit is you don't need to haul and charge the compressor. The big drawback is that you can't do continuing nailing (with the battery versions) as you have to let it charge between each firing.
Apr
23
comment How do I know if my power drill needs to rotate clockwise or counter clockwise to drill forward?
"Righty, tighty. Lefty, loosy"
Apr
23
comment Is creating a concrete driveway a diy?
@MDMoore313 I suppose it depends on your concrete, but I imagine you'd need a high powered impact drill to make easy work of the concrete. The idea, however, is that it's easier to drill a bunch of holes than it is to spend a week with a sledgehammer.
Apr
23
comment Is creating a concrete driveway a diy?
@MDMoore313 I'd say it was a 'small' driveway size. About 40' long x 10' wide. I should have noted that I hired out the removal of the old concrete part. If you DIY yourself, you'll want to break up the existing driveway by drilling holes and then filling with 'expansive mortar' to break it all up. Then rent some heavy equipment to do the actual hauling away of the concrete.
Apr
23
comment Is creating a concrete driveway a diy?
Well, there's two questions here, really. One is removing an existing concrete driveway. The other is putting in a driveway. The former is tough DIY, smashing and hauling concrete is not a simple job. The latter can certainly be DIY, but we'd likely need to know what you are looking to replace it with. There's lots of options for driveways. Perhaps adding a few more details will help people answer the 'is it DIY' part.
Apr
23
comment Is creating a concrete driveway a diy?
For the record, I have done this for a Patio--though I went with a wheelbarrow/shovel over the Skid Steer. Never again.
Apr
23
comment Is it OK to have a GFCI downstream of a standard circuit?
My understanding is that GFCI's only protect downstream, not upstream.
Apr
18
comment Will rubber pavers hold up against Wisconsin winters?
Good point about shoveling...not just leaving marks, but I wonder if it's hard to shovel in general...would the rubber 'catch' the shovel blade more often? Can it stand up to 'chopping ice' tasks? Seems like the physical act of shoveling might be a bigger enemy to rubber pavers than the snow and ice.
Apr
18
comment Will rubber pavers hold up against Wisconsin winters?
Also, if safety is the main concern, I'd perhaps consider a more temporary solution for a few years...such as a pea gravel or wood bark path instead.
Apr
18
comment Will rubber pavers hold up against Wisconsin winters?
Kids live in a world of concrete. I don't know if I'd worry too much about one walkway. FYI, I used concrete pavers in MN and they survived many winters (that said, you don't want to salt concrete if you can avoid it.)