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Jun
6
comment What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?
Our inspector (April 2010 in Cambridge, MA) cost $500. He was very, very thorough. Missed a couple of minor things but a year in I'm very impressed with what he caught - and the negotiation leverage his report provided covered his cost several times over. Unless you're qualified to be a home inspector yourself, don't buy a house without hiring one.
Jun
5
answered Safety about windows
Jun
5
answered hammer drill not making any progress
Jun
3
comment Should I use 12/2 or 12/3 to wire a 220V electric baseboard heater and thermostat?
@Luke: each hot wire is at 120V potential relative to the neutral wire. However, they are on opposite phases, so the potential between the two hots is 240V. You don't use the house neutral in this configuration.
May
25
comment Is it important to use special fasteners in treated wood for non-structural applications?
What about using a liquid adhesive to hold the foam panels in place? Seems like it would be easy and cheap, but I don't know whether the bond would be reliable to PT lumber (which is why this is a comment rather than its own answer).
May
15
revised Stink in Washroom - Possibilities?
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May
15
answered Stink in Washroom - Possibilities?
May
14
comment How close to plumb to deck posts need to be?
Is that metal bracket above the pier block and under the post supposed to be sticking up like that? I think I've usually seen these resting directly on the concrete footing/block; the metal protrusion seems like it could bend over time. I'm no expert, just curious.
May
3
comment Should I use 12/2 or 12/3 to wire a 220V electric baseboard heater and thermostat?
Good point shirlock, I didn't know that when using 12/2wg to carry 240VAC it was required to mark the white. The idea of bonding something to ground was just to make clear that one of the conductors is not being used for its normal purpose.
May
2
answered Should I use 12/2 or 12/3 to wire a 220V electric baseboard heater and thermostat?
Apr
29
comment Remodeling a pre-1920's home with planks on the interior walls
Where are these horizontal planks? Are they horizontal pieces between two vertical studs? Or are they behind where the wall surface would be?
Apr
28
answered What types of flooring can be used with electric radiant heat?
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.