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New homeowner and aspiring handyperson.


Mar
25
comment How can I attach a 1/8" strip of steel to MDF so that it stays secure forever for eternity?
Isn't MDF supposed to be highly dimensionally stable? I don't know enough to say one way or the other, but I'm curious why you think the reinforcement will be needed.
Feb
9
answered Is super insulating exterior walls with rigid foam board insulation possible?
Jan
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
17
answered Can I vent my bathroom exhaust fan into a plumbing drain vent?
Jan
17
revised How do I determine which wax ring to use under my toilet?
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Jan
17
comment How do I determine which wax ring to use under my toilet?
I think he's asking about the rubber flange that comes attached with some wax rings, not the floor flange that is made of PVC, ABS, or metal.
Jan
17
answered Should I have cavity wall insulation installed?
Jan
17
comment Why won't my shower fully heat up?
Your shower valve could just be broken. Mineral buildup can sometimes interfere with the valve's operation. I had a shower valve that wouldn't allow any hot water to flow due to mineral buildup, and a soak overnight in vinegar fixed it.
Jan
17
answered Does my electric panel need replacing?
Jan
17
comment Can I float a tongue-and-grooved 1x12 pine floor over a concrete slab on grade?
@ArgentoSapiens: it's a moisture barrier because it doesn't let moisture underneath the DriCore tile permeate up into the plywood layer and the flooring above. It isn't a waterproofer (like Drylok paint).
Jan
17
answered How do I fix my double tapped outside electric panel?
Jan
10
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
1
comment How do I remove this shower stem valve?
Can you pull the rubber washer away somehow? I had a price pfister shower fixture that looked similar to this, and the valves were held in by collars which you can loosen with a shower socket wrench. If you can identify the maker you can usually find an expanded assembly diagram online.
Dec
31
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
29
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
21
comment How do I install a washing machine when the drain is 7.5 feet high?
Typically, the end of the washer drain hose simply sits in a vertical section of drain pipe. The hose isn't sealed to the drain pipe in this approach, so you need (1) enough of a vertical run to ensure the drained water goes down into the pipe and (2) a trap, to prevent sewer gases from entering the home. Your best bet may be to move or extend some drain and ventilation pipe. Post a photo of the setup if you want more detailed advice.
Dec
21
comment How can I stop my fireplace from disabling my thermostat?
Example: amazon.com/Day-Progrmable-Thermostat-Multi-stage-1F95-377/dp/… and amazon.com/White-Rodgers-Indoor-Remote-Compatible-Thermostats/…
Dec
21
comment How can I stop my fireplace from disabling my thermostat?
Right - you don't so much need a wifi thermostat as you need a thermostat with a remote temperature sensor. You set the temperature and wire to your furnace at the existing thermostat location, but the thermostat reads whatever temperature is at the sensor's location, not the thermostat's location. You can have a thermostat with a wireless sensor that isn't wifi-enabled.
Dec
21
answered Why would cold water be introduced into underfloor heating system?
Dec
21
comment Is it expensive to switch from an 80% to a 90% efficient furnace, to comply with the new mandate?
In some cases, direct venting can be a little cheaper than chimney venting. This was the case for us when replacing our 40-year-old oil-fired boiler, because our chimney was unlined and code now requires a chimney liner. So it was $1000 to install a chimney liner or a couple hundred bucks of labor to have the plumbers run PVC vents. Granted, this was in an unfinished basement, and we didn't have any difficulties with vent location, and we were paying more up-front for a more efficient boiler.