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Dec
18
comment Is there a better more flexible framing material for screens than aluminum kits?
Ah, I think the OP was referring to seasonal removal, though. Not sure those windows are designed to have the panes removed frequently.
Dec
18
comment Is there a better more flexible framing material for screens than aluminum kits?
Can you take a picture? That'd help us figure out what you have. On old windows, screens are usually part of the retrofitted storm windows, which are separate from the actual window structure itself.
Dec
18
comment Is there a better more flexible framing material for screens than aluminum kits?
I'm not sure what cross sections of insulated glazing have to do with screens.
Dec
17
comment What specifications should I look at when choosing an exterior door?
Impossible to say what door would be 'best' for you. In general, though, simply look for 'insulated exterior doors'. They are typically steel or fiberglass exteriors with a foam-base core.
Dec
16
comment Could sound insulation around copper pipes cause condensation?
I'm confused...is there an actual plumbing leak anywhere? If there isn't, it could be condensation, but another theory is that there's a leak at the connection (sink/toilet/bath) drain that causes the water to travel down the outside of the pipe and get trapped by the insulation.
Dec
12
comment How should I install a chimney for a wood stove in my garage?
Just a heads up that there may be code issues installing wood stoves in garages in your region.
Dec
10
comment How long does radiant heat in a concrete floor last?
But you'd have to raise all your floors to install the pex which could be cumbersome.
Dec
10
comment How do I properly prepare newly-finished drywall for priming?
AFAIK, most drywall 'dust' is heavy enough that it just falls to the floor. Anything left on the wall doesn't seem to have any ill effects on the primer.
Dec
9
comment What is the most common home automation technology?
For newer tech, I've been keeping an eye on this startup: smartthings.com (wifi based automation devices) as well as this product from Phillips (mainly for automating lighting): meethue.com/en-US
Dec
7
comment Wainscoting a wall that has windows without casings. Is there a typical trim method?
BTW, I love houzz too. Alas, I haven't been able to find a picture of both wainscoting and casing-less windows yet. So, maybe it is rather atypical. I guess that makes sense as sheetrock returns are all about less ornamentation while wainscoting tends to be about more ornamentation.
Dec
7
comment Wainscoting a wall that has windows without casings. Is there a typical trim method?
That's the question, I suppose: how do folks typically trim it out (or maybe there is no typical answer?)
Dec
6
comment How could I go about modifying (or building) a hand dryer to be more efficient?
I wouldn't modify your hand dryer at all. Heat generating appliances are not thing you typically want to be modifying on your own.
Dec
4
comment What are the elements of this apartment map?
A box of lightning, an empty box, a robot hiding in a box, and a door.
Dec
3
comment Can I put acoustical putty *inside* the electrical box rather than around the outside?
Disclaimer: I'm no engineer/scientist. A quick Google search for an Accoustical Putty product's MSDS shows it had a flash point of 227 degress celcius. So maybe check for that information from the manufacturer (then find what the ignition temperature of arcing electrical wires might be.)
Dec
3
comment Can I put acoustical putty *inside* the electrical box rather than around the outside?
I think this was an episode of Dexter. As for the question, call the manufacturer to see if it's fireproof. If not, definitely don't stick it in an electrical box.
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.