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Aug
22
comment new railings - should I use cedar or treated pine?
A railing (no ground contact) in southern California (It never rains in Southern California...) probably isn't going to have a huge moisture problem to deal with anyways. So I'd go with the option that's easier to finish and more dimensionally stable (which is likely the cedar).
Aug
21
comment What are my options for fixing a laundry faucet?
aha! Thanks! I was able to nudge it ever-so-slightly tighter. On closer look, it appears I wasn't the first to do this. The HW faucet's packing nut is at least one half turn tighter than the cold. And I think a bit of the packing material is squeezing through. Can I 'repack' it if it's just too far gone?
Aug
18
comment Putting PT Piers in Ground
How far below ground are the top of the piers? If it's not too deep, you could set post blocks (those pyramid looking concrete blocks with post anchors on the top) to raise it a bit (assuming the top of the poured piers are nice and flat.)
Aug
4
comment How to identify the type of plastic
PVC fumes are not nice.
Jul
28
comment Does PEX leach BPA when used for hot water plumbing?
@Bryce yes, a tankless system is much less worrisome.
Jul
23
comment How do I permantely plumb 5 tiki torches around my pool by placing a T on my buried propane tank which feed the pool/hot tub heater?
You'd need a "T" fitting.
Jul
22
comment What should I do with my leaking chimney?
I wouldn't keep just part of a chimney. That would look weird--plus it's no longer useful in the future (not a lot of people like ventless fireplaces).
Jul
22
comment Should I keep a bathroom door open or closed to keep it from expanding?
Whether it is open or closed has no bearing on it expanding due to excessive moisture. Though if the room isn't properly vented with an exhaust fan, leaving it open may reduce the overall moisture in that one area.
Jul
22
comment 2 circuits connected in one box?
@BradGilbert I wired it all back up and it still reads 110--even though there are two hots on the outlet. So, definitely still confused. I'll pull off the breaker panel and report back on what I see.
Jul
19
comment 2 circuits connected in one box?
Yep, it's definitely half-switched. I can confirm that. I need to read up on backfeed, though. That's a new concept to me. So, if that's the case, am I OK wiring everything back up the way it was with the new outlet?
Jul
19
comment 2 circuits connected in one box?
The thing is that I have to shut off TWO circuit breakers to make sure all the lines are dead on that outlet. That seems to me that there's two circuits going into it? (and yes, I'm not using any back-stab connections on the new outlets--all proper pigtail (if needed) to screw posts.)
Jul
18
comment Is wood strength affected after weathering wood?
@Matt I completely wing it. So, I'm probably no help at all when it comes to ratios :) But I figure if I'm weathering it, a bit of variation goes along with it anyways.
Jul
17
comment Does cork flooring underlayment have to be glued down?
So, in the end, what I did was only tape the seams together of the underlayment. It seems to have worked well in the year or so since. I ended up using Gorilla tape ('super' duct tape). Thanks for the advice!
Jul
11
comment How can I get my Particle-Board Cabinet re-staining project looking more professional please?
What grit sandpaper are you using?
Jul
11
comment How can I get my Particle-Board Cabinet re-staining project looking more professional please?
What do you mean 'particle board cabinet'? Are you staining actual particle board?
Jul
10
comment Converting garage into living room?
You don't really need a foundation (The footer is already there holding up the garage). You may put concrete there for aesthetic reasons (to tie into the rest) but note that concrete is in no way a water barrier. Just like any foundation, you really want to keep the water away from it in the first place so it doesn't have to act as a barrier.
Jul
10
comment Converting garage into living room?
That's good. Depending on the slope, I may consider re-grading as well. You want to be sure it can withstand the 'big storm'.
Jul
10
comment Converting garage into living room?
Fix the water problem before you invest in remodeling. Is the issue your driveway slopes towards the garage? If so, regrade the driveway or install perimeter drains.
Jul
10
comment How do I prevent interior doors from sticking in the winter?
based on that, I'd say your humidifier is turned up too high! :)
Jul
10
comment How do I prevent interior doors from sticking in the winter?
Where are you located? Does it get cold where you are at in the Winter? If so it's usually DRYER in the winter--which would typically lead to shrinking of doors. Do you artificially add humidity to your house in the winter?