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Jun
22
comment Electrical 'input' connector?
Well, not so much the fireplace. The fan. And most fans are cord connected devices...
Jun
21
comment Electrical 'input' connector?
I never thought of that! Good suggestion. Anyone know if they are applicable to household wiring?
Jun
21
comment Do I need to 'burn out' the LP in the gas lines prior to swapping out an appliance?
@Tester101 I think what happened is we have an 'iffy' valve on the tank. Turning it back on all the way and then back off again fixed it. Maybe it hadn't been turned in a while and just needed some coaxing? Either way, I'm going to have the propane company look at it.
Jun
16
comment Type of insulation between exhaust flue and chimney flue?
Thanks! Went to the fireplace shop over the weekend and they had something just like this (a ceramic wool).
Jun
16
comment Quantitative measurement for sound dampening methods
A drop ceiling is likely the easiest/quickest way to reduce sound transfer.
Jun
16
comment How to keep a block wall from blowing out at the bottom
Do you have a permit for this structure? If so, there should be engineering stamps and approval by the permitting office. If they and the inspector are OK with everything, then you should be fine. If there is no permit, then you may want to re think things.
Jun
15
comment basement bathroom flooring options in old 1929 house
I'd go with tile which a) fits the era b) doesn't have to be expensive (hit up the ReUse center) and c) a good material for damp areas (baths/basements)
Jun
13
comment Is using a humidifier to make paint dry slower a good idea?
what is the benefit of not letting latex dry fast?
Jun
12
comment Is there a recommended distance between fasteners on sole plates?
@rand I used EPS for insulation. Densarmor is not a vapor barrier. It's sheetrock. It painted OK, though note it has a very slight texture to it. In hindsight, I should have skim coated the entire board--not just the joints. Note that the method I outlined is the method Building Science Corp recommends (and the US DOE suggests).
Jun
12
comment What is this stain on my brick?
I still don't really see the stain.
Jun
11
comment How to avoid spinng sharkbite on moen spout?
Indeed. The spinning is actually one of the benefits of a sharkbite (in many situations)
Jun
10
comment Vibration dampening solution to stop extractor fan / dishwasher vibration?
Then...you may be out of luck. Those rubber pads are designed specifically for this. So if that's not cutting it, there might be bigger issues at work here. Is it at all possible to move the bed to a different room? Maybe try additional mattresses? Memory foam? Mattress topper?
Jun
5
comment Are these foundation issues significant?
What is your question?
Jun
3
comment Vibration dampening solution to stop extractor fan / dishwasher vibration?
I'd just go to the big-box and ask for 'washing machine dampening feet/blocks'
May
30
comment What's the recommended drainage groove on stone counter top in kitchen?
I think this is like asking "how long is a piece of string?". How long it should be is going to be mostly (if not entirely) dependent on your particular needs and the layout of your particular kitchen.
May
29
comment Building pull-up rig with 6x6's
also, I don't know how big you are, but I imagine a 4x6 would more than suffice...if not just 4x4s.
May
29
comment Building pull-up rig with 6x6's
general rule of thumb: 1/3 of post height needs to be in the ground. So a 12' post needs to be 4' in the ground.
May
28
comment Should I replace carpet over ancient linoleum that might contain asbestos?
@keshlam it may vary by region, but in my last house, once we found Asbestos tile in it, we were legally obligated to note that when it came time to sell.
May
28
comment Should I replace carpet over ancient linoleum that might contain asbestos?
@TheEvilGreebo true, though it really does depend on scope of the project. Many jurisdictions allow for home owners to remove limited amounts of asbestos themselves. A small hallway of tile isn't a huge concern. But yes, do be aware of what you are venting out too (don't use the window facing your neighbor's front porch, for example...). An asbestos-rated filter in a shop-vac is certainly a good idea, though.
May
28
comment Something in my home is making my family sick. How do I determine what it is?
You can get off-the-shelf mold and water testing kits from Home Depot and the like. Might as well pick up a Radon tester as well (though Radon isn't causing your current systems).