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Feb
17
comment Can my washer drain do a 'u-turn'?
@TylerDurden ha! depends on the hemisphere, though! :)
Feb
17
comment Is it ok to use a shower that just has the backerboard installed and not yet tiled?
take a bath instead
Feb
17
comment strange smells in my sons room
Could be poltergeists. Could be your kid stinks (boys too tend to stink pretty bad around age 12). Maybe the previous owners hated their landlord and stuffed the vents with fish (it happens). Maybe there was spilled milk on the carpet that was never fully cleaned up. Perhaps the previous tenants had pets that liked to pee everywhere (while it's relatively easy to get the stain out of the carpet, the pad and subfloor can get soaked with animal urine and that stuff can smell HORRENDOUS when there's humidity around). If it's the first floor, could be a dead animal in the crawlspace.
Feb
16
comment Woodworking workflow
@rinogo I think your workflow is as good as any. It really does come down to the specifics of the piece you are working on.
Feb
16
comment Do I need a back-flow preventer for a new water to garden?
...which, does make sense as to why they ask you to put it on the spigot, as you really may not readily know where the lines branch in an older house...so putting it on the outside is the 'surest' way to keep the non potable water completely outside of the lines inside the house.
Feb
16
comment Do I need a back-flow preventer for a new water to garden?
@ChiefTwoPencils I can't speak to the specifics of that, for sure, but I know that was code in places I've been too, but I was under the impression it was because it was the more practical place to put it on older houses (as adding it to the main plumbing line would be a pain). My understanding is that the backflow serves one purpose and that's to separate potable from not-potable water sources. As long as there is a backflow preventer on the 'side' that the hose is on...so that it can never make it back to the potable lines, it should be fine.
Feb
16
comment Water flow reduced after a few seconds in 2nd floor bathroom sink, cold side
Was this a sudden change or have you noticed this gradually over time? Are you in a cold climate?
Feb
16
comment Prefab houses seem to cost more than you would suspect
This reads a little bit like a rant, but there's a good question in here. Maybe reword it to "Why haven't prefab prices gotten competitive with site-built yet?"
Feb
16
comment Gas pipe to dryer has wrong adapter
I'd consider replacing the entire valve. The other end should be a compression nipple. Not sure what it is given the amount of putty on there.
Feb
13
comment Should I use Kerdi membrane or cement backerboard?
The Kerdi is essentially replacing the backerboard. Kerdi's systems are fairly reputable.
Feb
13
comment Do I have to remove the existing 6' fence posts to install an 8' metal fence?
If they are round posts, instead of welding, I'd look at finding 8' posts that are a slightly large diameter and slipping them over the current ones.
Feb
7
comment Where to seam concrete countertop?
It may come down to how wide the counter is on either side of the sink. Remember that concrete is rather fragile.
Feb
7
comment Where to seam concrete countertop?
I'd go with red lines. It looks like it'd be a bit easier to make the forms, plus the sink cut-out won't be as fragile to transport.
Feb
5
comment What can I do about toilet water disappearing?
Check for large dogs in your home that prefer toilet water over their water dish.
Feb
3
comment Wisconsin Basement Finishing questions
@DMoore oh man, I bought some really nice doors from Menards back in the day too...solid core mission style and...yep! MDF framing! Wet noodles is a good analogy. :) I now live in the PNW where everything is solid wood. Benefit of living in a rain forest, I guess.
Feb
3
comment Wisconsin Basement Finishing questions
Oh, and re: my previous post, if you decide to go with the foam trim, Menards is where I got it from. They had a huge selection of styles and profiles that I haven't seen at Lowes or Home Depot. I miss Menards at times. :)
Feb
3
comment Wisconsin Basement Finishing questions
Roxul sounds like a good compromise to dealing with what's already there, though. Good suggestion!
Feb
3
comment Wisconsin Basement Finishing questions
For drywall, I'd avoid the green/blue board and go with something like Densarmor which doesn't use paper backing.
Feb
3
comment Wisconsin Basement Finishing questions
If you want to keep the existing wood framing, then you're going to likely need to fall back to the old-school way and use some batting insulation. Or--if you have the budget--spray foam, which would be ideal. But if you want it done 'right', it may be worth the effort to remove what's there and start fresh.
Feb
3
comment How can I clean very old wax from vinyl baseboards?
can you scrap it off?