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Jun
4
comment How do I go about making 1“ and 2” thick “boards” for concrete furniture?
What about cement board (James Hardi and the like)?
Jun
4
comment What can I do about a gas pipe that is in my way?
@tom many buildings have blown up due to gas leaks. Not saying it's a widespread problem, but it does happen.
Jun
4
comment Can I use epoxy putty to patch metal?
JB Weld works great and is supposedly rated for car engines, so would imagine it can take the heat. I'm curious as to where the ants are coming from, though. Is the only thing separating the inside space from outside this metal panel?
Jun
3
comment What low (or no) cost method can I use to shade a south-facing wall from summer heat gain?
Is it the wall, or is it the windows in that wall?
Jun
3
comment Is a roof sprinker a good idea?
@JoeHobbit isn't "is it worth it?" entirely dependent on if it actually works?
May
31
comment How to deal with inadequate drainage of my walk-up basement?
I'm more concerned about these 'vents' under your floor. I've never heard of such a thing in a basement.
May
29
comment Why do I have house flies in my carport?
They're probably not house flies. I'm guessing they are carport flies.
May
26
comment How do I go about making 1“ and 2” thick “boards” for concrete furniture?
concrete counter tops are not self-supporting, however, so may not be applicable.
May
25
comment What post size should I use for a 20'x24' deck
Depends on how many posts you are going to use, the footers, local codes, and the load they are going to support. As for what looks better, it will depend on the style of deck, materials used, the balance with the house, and personal subjective opinion. (In other words, this isn't really an answerable question with the lack of details)
May
22
comment What are disadvantages of wood floor covering in shower?
The wood in that shower looks like wood deck panels. Ipe or teak or other outdoor wood attached to plastic grids that snap together. So, you still need a proper shower pan and tiled floor, but could simply place those on top. They'll eventually get gunky and you'll want to replacement.
May
16
comment My radon manometer has a red reading, what should I do?
A radon system is pretty simple technology: pipe with a fan.
May
15
comment What should I do with an old, unused septic tank in my yard?
Would there be asbestos in a septic tank!?
May
14
comment Should I triple up 2x6, or 2x8 to help level a floor?
Note that if you are installing a beam, you'll likely need a footer under the beam posts--unless you can span the beam to be carried by the foundation walls (which will take some retrofitting of the walls).
May
13
comment How can I block off scorching sunlight from coming through my windows?
You're asking about the window, but also claim that heat just comes through the walls. Sounds like you live in a poorly insulated structure. Short of the tree idea, I'd say your next best bet is some external shade device...a trellis, or awnings, or increased roof overhang.
May
13
comment Is it OK to vent a first floor bathroom with a fan and a duct running through the basement?
Can you not shoot straight out the exterior wall? Might save a lot of effort/money in duct work.
May
13
comment Should you chemically treat wood that is outside and under a roof?
most houses are built with non-treated wood for a majority of it. You only need treated wood when it's potentially in contact with moisture.
May
12
comment Is an LED light strip safe to use under a bed?
@HenryJackson thank you for the clarification!
May
10
comment Can you ID this shower system/panel product?
@DMoore I completely agree with you. I love the concept of the panel and all-in-one systems. It just makes sense to have a more continuos waterproof material. Alas, the range of aesthetic options still seems woefully lacking.
May
10
comment Can you ID this shower system/panel product?
@hbmcc I'd say this is much cheaper to install than to hire a skilled tiler. And given the angles the walls meet at, I'm pretty sure this builder took the cheap route a much as possible. ;)
May
10
comment What is an alternative to a vacuum cleaner for cleaning carpets?
That will sweep, but not 'suck' deeper dirt, so aren't really designed for serious cleaning.