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Jul
21
comment Can I remove oil-based paint from furniture with paint stripper and pressure washer?
I'd never use a pressure washer on furniture--especially furniture you want to refinish.
Jul
18
comment What is an alternative to a vacuum cleaner for cleaning carpets?
This doesn't answer the question.
Jul
17
comment How should I attach a wooden frame to legs?
The description helps but...well, this sounds pretty complex. Any chance we can see a sketch?
Jul
17
comment How can I find out if a vapor barrier is requried for finishing a basement to code?
@BMitch good point. I know it's cynical, but at times, I'd almost say code is an 'arbitrary' requirement. ;)
Jul
17
comment How should I attach a wooden frame to legs?
Can you clarify what you mean by 'frame'? Is it holding something? Are there fence posts on both sides? My gut reaction is: use nails or screws but we need more info, I think. A diagram or photo would be great.
Jul
17
comment Should I be concerned about asbestos removal in my building?
concerned about the asbestos or concerned about how your landlords are answering your questions?
Jul
15
comment How can I use toggle bolts for kitchen shelves on 30 mm plasterboard?
If the shelves aren't all that heavy, then I'd retitle the question and remove 'heavy' from it. That said, note that it's not the weight of the shelves that's an issue, but the weight of everything you put on it.
Jul
14
comment Is there a way to make my own chalkboard paint without using unsanded grout?
why the 2-3 month wait? Also, most chalkboard paint I've used is matte. I suppose any finish would work, but matte is likely the more traditional blackboard look.
Jul
14
comment Should I seal these areas in my roof?
a 1.5" gap, to me, would lead me more towards a 'tear out and rebuild' than 'patch with caulk' answer.
Jul
14
comment Is this a thin window air conditioning unit?
Yea, that's either just a fan of some sort, or a rigged vent for a portable one. All window unites have to have the compressor on the outside of the window (to expel the heat). How long to you plan on living there? If it's 5 years or so, I'd suggest mini-split. They are more expensive, but if you can afford it, they are SO much nicer than maintaining and lugging window units in and out every season and not to mention SO much more quieter.
Jul
14
comment How do I remove multiple layers of paint from wooden entrance ledge?
are you repainting or wanting to stain it? (I'd suggest paint as that's likely a better weather/sun proofer than a stain). Personally, depending on the condition of the wood, I'd probably remove it and replace it with a new one.
Jul
14
comment How can I prevent this concrete block wall from falling over?
If no codes, then I'd consider brute strength: smash the wall, leave the rubble, cover rubble with some trucked-in rocks, and then route their downspout somewhere else. Then move any important items of yours away from their kitchen addition as it will likely fall on its own in a decade. ;)
Jul
14
comment How can I prevent this concrete block wall from falling over?
I wrote an answer based on that assumption. To be honest, this appears to be more of a problem your neighbor should be worried about. If they moved their downspouts so that it's eroding your wall, it's only a matter of time before it erodes their house's foundation.
Jul
14
comment How can I prevent this concrete block wall from falling over?
So that bottom photo, is that your neighbors foundation on the left, your wall on the right?
Jul
14
comment How can I prevent this concrete block wall from falling over?
can you provide a diagram? Are there two walls there, one yours, one your neighbors? From the looks of it, your wall is falling due to the ground under the footer being washed away. If your neighbors have their own wall, though, I'd just tear yours down as I'm not sure if it's serving a purpose.
Jul
12
comment How do we waterproof a cement slab floor that has moisture coming up?
This sounds more like a landscaping issue in that you need to ensure that the ground is properly sloped well away from the foundation on all sides.
Jul
9
comment How can I paint/stain an interior concrete floor?
@joe I don't know about '10 times'. In our case, we used a hose and mop, then wet-vacc'ed it up a couple of times.
Jul
9
comment Will cement used as mortar need to be replaced?
The reason not to use cement is that it's typically harder than the bricks. It's probably OK as-is, but if there is a problem down the road, you'll likely see it as damaged bricks...at which point you can replace both the bricks and the cement.
Jul
5
comment How can I measure lengths greater than 50' to a precision of less than 1/16"?
I disagree that this is a shopping question. In fact, it's a very interesting question if reworded slightly: can a tape mearsure over 50ft long be accurate to 1/16th of an inch? (My guess is that due to stretching, heat expansion/contraction, etc, no)
Jul
5
comment Is it common for a chimney to separate from the outside wall?
This is likely a sign of foundation issues. The chimney and house foundations are settling differently.