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New homeowner and aspiring handyperson.


Apr
28
answered Loud vibrating when using hot water!
Apr
27
comment How long should completely renovating a 6x12 bathroom by yourself take?
What's the best way to get help from a pro on a DIY project? Would a working contractor be interested in getting paid for a couple of hours of planning & review time when he's bidding on similar project for other clients? Or are there "official" consultants we DIYers should be calling when things get beyond our skill level?
Apr
25
answered Why are there bubbles in my bathroom toilet and sink?
Apr
25
comment Why are there multiple receptacles by amperage?
Regarding "a 15A recep didn't protect me from anything" -- US receptacles (with a few exceptions) don't include any sort of over-current device. So a 15A receptacle rating means that that receptacle will feed 15A of current without overheating, catching on fire, or otherwise malfunctioning. The rating means you must use a device that breaks the circuit if over 15A is drawn, because above that current the receptacle may fail. Same idea as with wiring, which must be thick enough to carry the circuit's maximum current without overheating.
Apr
24
comment What wood to build a bath-tub tray?
Related recommendation: get full coverage rider on your homeowner's insurance for the laptop. :)
Apr
16
answered How do I connect two 220V devices each with 12/2 wire to a 220V 12/3 feed?
Apr
12
answered What is the right way to connect 7 conductors in an electrical box?
Apr
8
comment How do I properly seal slate tile?
I'm not sure about a sealant, but when you're doing the shower be sure to install a waterproof membrane or backer board. Natural stone and grout is porous, and you don't want to rely on a non-permanent chemical coating to keep water out of your walls.
Apr
6
comment What is causing the loud, electrical humming noise in my walls?
A bathroom vent fan may also be a culprit -- these can get relatively loud and you'll never know when your neighbor might turn it on. Do you know what room is on the other side of your wall?
Apr
1
comment Best way to flash an EPDM rubber roof on a concrete roof deck?
OK, it may be an overly technical question, but I'm open to any ideas! Anyone?
Mar
29
awarded  Editor
Mar
29
revised Has anyone ever used IdeaPaint?
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Mar
29
asked Best way to flash an EPDM rubber roof on a concrete roof deck?
Mar
29
answered Has anyone ever used IdeaPaint?
Mar
25
comment Converting from Oil to Gas heat. Any recommendations?
We're also making the same change from oil to gas. This is the right advice -- have your HVAC contractor visit and do a "heat loss calculation" -- an estimate of what heat output will be required to keep your house warm on the coldest day of the year in your climate, based on the size of your house, number of windows, types of insulation, etc. For efficiency, you'll want the minimal size that can keep your house warm, with perhaps a little extra in case you build an addition. :)
Mar
25
answered furnace creating a ground?
Mar
18
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Mar
6
answered How do I go about hanging a hammock?
Mar
6
answered How to get rid of a burned coal smell that's coming to my flat?
Mar
5
answered What to do about furnace that's drawing gas odors into the room instead of heat?