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Sep
23
comment How can I support a desk without legs or brackets
"On Center"--meaning there should be 16" from the center of one stud to the center of the next.
Sep
23
comment How can I support a desk without legs or brackets
I'm not an engineer so would likely overbuild. I'd use t-brackets 16" OC (to match the stud wall). Maybe 1/8" steel with 18" stems.
Sep
23
comment How can I get warm water from my garden hose?
"Opening valves halfway" to mix hot/cold is how plumbing has worked for well over a hundred years already.
Sep
23
comment How can I support a desk without legs or brackets
Yes, it can be hidden...a wall is typically the easiest way to hide it. You could possibly attach a t-bracket to the existing concrete, but that would potentially be more difficult than just building out a stud wall in the first place.
Sep
23
comment Do I need a vapor barrier in an exterior basement wall if I use purple drywall?
This is not recommended in basements anymore. See iLikeDirt's link to building science.
Sep
19
comment How to get the sunshine and sunlight in my house
Get one of these: tumbleweedhouses.com/products/elm
Sep
11
comment How should I relocate my shed?
@user2059078 I have no idea who would complain. It's entirely up to you as to whether you want to worry about code enforcement. Just a heads up that if someone DOES complain, you may be forced to tear it all down.
Sep
11
comment Installing thin slate (chalkboards) as countertops: proper method?
Thanks. Seems doable. In reading about stone surfaces though, they seem to use epoxies in the seams rather than grout. Do you think grout makes more sense for slate than epoxy?
Sep
11
comment Drilled a shallow hole in concrete ceiling and some water came out. What now?
Too late now, but if it's a condo, you usually can't go drilling into shared walls/ceilings without permission.
Sep
11
comment How should I relocate my shed?
Being a foot from the fence with the roof sloping towards it, you may end up with property line water issues. Also, most jurisdictions don't allow something that close to the property line (thought perhaps the fence is already set back from the true property line enough to allow it)
Sep
11
comment How should I relocate my shed?
I think in the end it'll be a whole lot easier to carefully dismantle it and reuse the materials to build a new one.
Sep
10
comment Installing thin slate (chalkboards) as countertops: proper method?
By 'dents' to you mean chips?
Sep
10
comment How can I quiet my loud washing machine?
top load or front load?
Sep
10
comment Installing thin slate (chalkboards) as countertops: proper method?
@Tester101 yep, that is a concern--though I assume that's the same with slate tile too. That and the main workspace--the island--will likely be done with stainless steel...so hopefully I'm reducing the odds of heavy stuff on the slate.
Sep
7
comment How can I repair scratches in engineered hardwood floors?
Live with the scratches. Save a few dollars to refinish before you sell.
Sep
5
comment HE Front End Washer vibrations on wood floors: any tried-and-true solutions?
I'd actually prefer them stacked. Alas, there's no room for that in our situation (which is essentially a house that was designed without any thought put towards where the washer/dryer would be so they're now in an under-stairs closet)
Sep
5
comment HE Front End Washer vibrations on wood floors: any tried-and-true solutions?
Ours is an LG an the manual actually suggests reinforcing the floor.
Sep
4
comment HE Front End Washer vibrations on wood floors: any tried-and-true solutions?
That's interesting. It doesn't appear that's an option on the LG I have, though.
Sep
3
comment how to clean caulk between tub and tile
FYI, they likely didn't remove grout. You should never grout between two unlike surfaces (in this case tile and the tub). In other words, caulk is the proper filler between the tile and the tub.
Sep
3
comment What is wrong with my air conditioner
Descreaming version: We need more info here. Is this a window unit? Split unit? Central air? If it's a window unit, have you ever cleaned it? They need regular cleaning to allow airflow through the exterior fins.