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Feb
3
comment I might have accidentally vacuumed asbestos. Is the vacuum ruined now?
This is all fine advice, but overkill for what the OP is dealing with. Full safety suits and masks are designed for people that have to work with asbestos for a living. For small amount of time this person was exposed to asbestos, there's no real reason to panic or even worry much at all. Asbestos is bad, but really only with prolonged exposure.
Feb
3
comment Wisconsin Basement Finishing questions
Here's how I did it in MN: diy.stackexchange.com/a/8644/1209 I used the method you outline (which seems to be the preferred method these days)
Feb
3
comment Do I need a vent fan in an interior laundry room?
I don't believe code would allow you to vent the dryer indoors in the first place--with our without a vent fan.
Feb
3
comment Do I need a vent fan in an interior laundry room?
I do not know about the rules, so would have to defer to others. Typically, though, you don't want something competing for air in a room with a combustion appliance unless said vent is the exhaust for the appliance (such as a kitchen hood vent)
Feb
3
comment Old brick foundation walls, 125 years, need repointing and/or plaster finish. What is best method and materials to resurface these old bricks?
Just a thought: a lot of people really appreciate exposed brick. If it's structurally sound (assuming you repoint it) it may add value to the house.
Feb
3
comment Do I need a vent fan in an interior laundry room?
I'm not sure what the benefit of an exhaust fan in a laundry room would be. Arguably, if it's a gas dryer, an exhaust fan would actually be a bad idea. Interior bathrooms need fans, but that's usually about moisture (or smells).
Feb
2
comment What is the pros and cons of covering a basement ceiling with Drywalll vs. Panel board?
I think paneling will get you the 'brighter' goal, but that's about it. It won't likely have much bearing on sound or heat insulation.
Feb
1
comment Can we apply formica directly to bare sheetrock?
I don't know why you couldn't. But note that you can often get wall panelling with waterproof designs already applied.
Jan
31
comment Can I use conduit to ground an antenna?
I don't believe our old house had an actual grounding rod. So all houses may not have them. I believe everything in our house was eventually grounded to the plumbing. If your house is an older house, that's maybe why you can't find an actual grounding rod.
Jan
31
comment What could be the source of an intermittent, unlocatable rotten egg smell?
Do you have a gas stove? Residential gas has a 'rotten egg' smell added to it so you can smell a leak.
Jan
31
comment Can I use conduit to ground an antenna?
@MarcRochkind gothcha. In theory, the conduit should be grounded. Ideally you'd know where the grounding rod is, but even if you don't--at least in theory--everything in the house should be grounded to it. So if the coupler is grounded to a junction box, for instance, that should be linked back to the main ground.
Jan
31
comment Can I use conduit to ground an antenna?
If the metallic ventilator on top of the shed is grounded, you may not have to worry about the antennae. I'm not positive about that, though. I've never heard that a secondary ground needs to be connected to the main but that could be true. I'd be interested in knowing why. I still think just grounding it through the COAX coupler will be the easiest solution.
Jan
31
comment Changing sconce from flourescent to halogen
glad it worked!
Jan
31
comment How do I slope a patio toward one of its corners?
I think these two questions can be merged into one.
Jan
31
comment How do I slope a patio toward one of its corners?
@user2059078 I do think you have a few too many questions on the same topic. It seems like we can't always give you the answer you need because there's more details in a different question that we aren't aware of.
Jan
31
comment How do I slope a patio toward one of its corners?
@user2059078 not trying to be argumentative...sincerely trying to help here...but I do think you are over-thinking things. If there's no water problems under the deck (I'd definitely confirm that) you can probably leave that section alone but still handle the rest of the project as I stated in my answer. Essentially do the exact same thing but you'd simply cut a square out of one corner of your work. As long as you are sloped away from that section, you'll be fine. Pavers are forgiving. There's wiggle room. That's one of the nice things about using them.
Jan
30
comment How do I slope a patio toward one of its corners?
Ha! True. Ok, so the latest edit, that's yet another variation. I think this question is getting a bit too broad at this point. Anyhow, that last example is actually more similar to your first example then second. Though the surface is on a curve and changes level, it's still laid in a square pattern. There's nothing really special you need to do there other than keep your lines straight. It's a gradual enough change in level that you're not going to have worry about the joints much at all. Some will naturally be a bit wider, but likely not noticeable visually.
Jan
30
comment How do I slope a patio toward one of its corners?
@user2059078 right...but why are we talking about warped spiral patios now? I thought you were laying a flat square patio? You keep moving the goal posts on us.
Jan
30
comment how critical are distances between studs?
Annoying for the next person that wants to find a stud, but for non-load-bearing walls, it's mostly irrelevant. It's probably too late now, but FWIW, in climates like MN, I much prefer to use metal studs over wood: diy.stackexchange.com/a/8644/1209
Jan
30
comment Are there fans for radiators to improve performance?
As an aside, this is exactly how baseboard radiators are designed. The vent is at the top, opening at the bottom, to get air to circulate naturally via rising.