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Dec
22
comment What to insulate first? Attic, walls, kneewalls?
Check with your public utility to see if they offer energy audit, air sealing, and insulation rebates. Sometimes you can hire out the work with the rebate for the same cost as just doing it all yourself.
Dec
22
comment Could my New Hot Water Tank be improving my Furnace
you wouldn't normally feed your humidifier from a HW heater as far as I know.
Dec
18
comment How do I make concrete out of mortar?
Not all mortars are the same as concrete!
Dec
16
comment How should I solve this problem with my shower?
Not sure this needed to be closed, but to answer the question: yes, you can buy shower heads aren't mounted at the handle so you have more room to adjust the direction. Ideally, you'd get the kind that mount to a rod so you can adjust the height any time. As an aside, that's a very odd place for the shower head pipe to come out of the wall at.
Dec
16
comment Should I install the vanity, or the split faced stone first?
Yea, if this is a high-use bathroom, I think you need to think a bit more about usability. I know subway tile would be an entirely different look, but there is a reason why they are originally used in subways and are now so popular in kitchens...they are really easy to keep clean and sanitary. :)
Dec
16
comment Should I install the vanity, or the split faced stone first?
@b_levitt right, you can't grout that kind of tile. Where the tile meets another surface you can use a sanded caulk.
Dec
16
comment How can I prevent clothes and food stuff from going bad in a moist cabinet
For clarification, are you saying the neighbors are building a pourted concrete wall attached to your house's concrete wall? Where in the world is this happening?
Dec
16
comment How can I prevent clothes and food stuff from going bad in a moist cabinet
If moisture is already behind the paint, the paint is ruined as it is.
Dec
16
comment Should I install the vanity, or the split faced stone first?
@bib if you live in a house with kids, why it's a good idea to seal that spot becomes more obvious. :)
Dec
16
comment How should I dispose of treated wood or manufactured boards?
@JS. ha! That's funny...didn't even notice that the first time. :)
Dec
16
comment How should I go about insulating a 1920's stucco house in LA?
to avoid demoing plaster and stucco, you pretty much are left with blown-in insulation.
Dec
16
comment How should I dispose of treated wood or manufactured boards?
"pressure treated wood for internal use" = you wouldn't normally use pressure treated wood for internal use.
Dec
16
comment Use impact driver or impact wrench for lag screws?
@AloysiusDefenestrate do report back!
Dec
15
comment Use impact driver or impact wrench for lag screws?
@xster you're probably right. These are fuzzy terms. I think a "Lag Bolt" is officially a "Lag Screw" and what I'm talking about are actually "Structural Screws that are designed to be used where code requires Lag Screws". It's a good point. Let me update my answer.
Dec
15
comment How to choose laminate flooring
For a rental, I'd consider looking at vinyl plank flooring.
Dec
15
comment What's the strongest anchor for something heavy in double drywall?
Large shelving should not be supported by drywall. You should also avoid drilling holes in party walls for both sound proofing reasons as well as fire code reasons.
Dec
15
comment Can I run a natural gas dryer from a portable propane tank?
I think I converted mine for $8...though if you count the 2 hours of labor to dismantle the entire dryer (why they just didn't make a simple access panel is beyond me...)
Dec
15
comment Use impact driver or impact wrench for lag screws?
Note that you don't need to drill pilot holes for a lot of lag screws. They're designed to be self drilling (not all, but many of them available today are). Lag bolts need to be predrilled, of course.
Dec
14
comment Hole betwee the basement sill box and concrete porch
What is a "sill box"? I'm not familiar with that term.
Dec
14
comment Use impact driver or impact wrench for lag screws?
FWIW, I built an entire deck using the lag screws (for the ledger, beams, and posts) with a cordless impact driver and it's no worse for the wear.