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New homeowner and aspiring handyperson.


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.
Dec
17
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
14
awarded  Yearling
Dec
13
comment How can I attach a shelf to a tile wall in a repairable manner?
You might be able to use a shelf like this on top of your counter. I used an ikea shelf similar to this on a countertop once. I was able to construct it without a bottom shelf so I could use the countertop surface, and I used the shelves above for a microwave and other storage. Totally removable since it's just sitting on the countertop.
Dec
10
comment What's the best way to get rid of ants?
Good advice. Poison first, then vacuum out your floor cracks and fill with either cement (larger cracks) or self-leveling polyurethane sealant.
Dec
10
comment Should I remove vinyl flooring before laying down hardwood?
Thanks for pointing this out, Andrew. But you should make this a comment instead of an answer. Answers should only be things that address the original question.
Dec
8
comment What could I have done wrong while changing to LED bulbs in my recessed lighting?
VOM = Voltage Meter, right?
Nov
30
comment How many bags of concrete do I need?
Thanks for following up after the project!
Nov
30
answered How do I install a bathroom exhaust fan?
Nov
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
13
comment Should second trap under kitchen sink S-trap be there?
While you're at it, I'd consider just replacing the remaining metal pipe leading up to your PVC s-trap with new PVC. Then you only need one fernco coupling, but a bit more PVC pipe and glue.
Nov
12
answered Where can I get a vented metal door for my furnace room?
Nov
11
comment How can I repair a towel rack that was ripped out of the wall?
Thanks for the nicely written answer. Unfortunately the toothpick fix, while good for wood, is not great for drywall because it can easily crumble.
Nov
3
comment How secure is a live bamboo fence compare to chain link or barbed wire fences?
How tightly together is the bamboo spaced? I lived at a house with bamboo and while it was tough to get through, it wasn't impenetrable. In fact, I regularly went in there to retrieve dog toys and stuff. It is an excellent privacy screen, though.
Nov
1
comment How should I apply brick to an interior wall?
What's at the base of the wall? Brick walls need to be supported from underneath, and will be very heavy -- that's why they're usually supported by masonry footings or walls. Tie-ins can prevent tipping, but you still need support from below.
Oct
30
accepted Vinyl tile installation over a concrete basement floor with moisture
Oct
29
awarded  Organizer
Oct
29
comment How do I connect my refrigerator water line to the house line?
Good advice. Saddle valves are definitely inferior, but they do make it very easy to install fridge water lines without cutting and soldering pipes. If you just want to get water to your fridge without serious plumbing, I think they are acceptable -- but try to install it after a shutoff so you don't have to use the saddle valve itself after installation.
Oct
29
revised How do I connect my refrigerator water line to the house line?
removed GE brand name from title - this question is not brand-specific
Oct
26
asked Vinyl tile installation over a concrete basement floor with moisture