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location Cambridge, MA
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New homeowner and aspiring handyperson.


Feb
1
answered How do I secure a canvas garage?
Feb
1
comment How do I identify brand/type of bathtub faucet?
How about posting a picture? Someone on here might recognize it.
Feb
1
comment How can I fireproof a room?
What is this mysterious device?
Jan
31
comment How do I repair/reattach downspout and gutter after snow/ice damage?
Thanks. What about for the downspout? Does it only need to be secured to the gutter's drain, or should there be other pieces to help carry the weight of the downspout along its height?
Jan
31
comment How do I repair/reattach downspout and gutter after snow/ice damage?
What sort of fasteners? Just regular sheet metal screws, or is there something specifically for downspouts/gutters? Also, should there be anything other than the gutter fastener vertically supporting the downspout? Right now it has a couple of aluminum straps but I think they only prevent it from moving away from the house, and don't prevent it sliding down if iced over.
Jan
31
accepted Why is there so much metal-clad wiring in my house?
Jan
31
comment Why is there so much metal-clad wiring in my house?
Great answer, shirlock! There are some remnants of knob & tube here, but no live k&t thankfully. I also discovered remnant pipes for gas lights, also disconnected, in the attic.
Jan
30
asked Why is there so much metal-clad wiring in my house?
Jan
30
comment Rip old door in half?
Cool idea. I'm curious, though, how can one drill all the way through 80" of door in a straight line?
Jan
29
asked How do I repair/reattach downspout and gutter after snow/ice damage?
Jan
29
answered Why won't my heater turn off when it reaches my desired temperature?
Jan
27
awarded  Commentator
Jan
27
comment How should I add lighting to a low ceiling basement?
This would definitely be an unusual look, but it's a clever idea!
Jan
27
answered What is the proper wiring for a NEMA 14-30 240v receptacle?
Jan
25
comment What is this drill guide/template used when fixing electrical sockets called and where do I buy one?
I'm curious, how did you manage to find that picture without knowing the name? Someone should make an online tool search engine where you can sketch a picture of a tool/jig/fixture and it tells you what it's called and where to find it.
Jan
25
comment How do I mount a ceiling box in 4" thick ceiling?
Great answer. In case anyone's curious, I am going to try and make do with what I have. I cut off the side nailing flanges of the circular PVC box with a hacksaw, and attached a block of wood to top of the box. In one spot, I then used the L-shaped bracket that was originally on top of the box (an extra brace for ceiling fan support) to mount the wooden block to a neighboring joist. The other spot isn't immediately next to a joist, so I'll be making a brace from 2x4. This ends up being pretty simple and allows the box to be positioned flush with the ceiling surface.
Jan
25
awarded  Scholar
Jan
25
accepted How do I mount a ceiling box in 4" thick ceiling?
Jan
24
awarded  Student
Jan
24
comment How do I mount a ceiling box in 4" thick ceiling?
Yes, the ceiling is really that deep; I'm having trouble finding a deep enough box. I'd really rather get it further down than use really long screws. Also, the ceiling is some kind of fiberboard, not sheetrock (unfortunately).