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New homeowner and aspiring handyperson.


Oct
22
answered How do I determine the ideal height stool for a given height surface (table, counter, bar, etc.)?
Oct
22
comment What should I build a bench out of?
MDF takes paint very well, so after primer + paint an occasional spill wouldn't be a problem. If you are looking to hose it down, wood would be better.
Oct
22
comment Is it a good idea to put 1/4" XPS under engineered floors?
Isn't XPS too soft to be used directly under the finish floor? Seems like one jumping teenager could do a lot of damage to your floor.
Oct
21
comment What should I build a bench out of?
MDF does not handle moisture well. Is this bench intended for the outdoors?
Oct
20
revised Should I be worried about this gap in electrical conduit?
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Oct
20
comment What to block a hole with to stop mice getting in?
The hole is in your meter box? Isn't your meter box closed off, aside from the opening to your house and the service mast above?
Oct
14
comment Which material should I use for a whiteboard that would erase easily?
We have ideapaint at the office. It works as well as a standalone white board. Strongly recommended.
Oct
9
comment Duct and fan requirements for stove hood
Does the hood manufacturer provide guidance on how the ducting limits maximum flow rate? Seems like the sort of thing they're likely to have tested and would be happy to provide authoritative answers for.
Oct
9
comment Is it safe to use a portable microwave in a confined shelfspace?
It doesn't sound like he's constructing a new enclosure. Just placing the microwave on an existing shelf. And plugging in a portable microwave doesn't activate new code requirements, though installing a built-in one might. Still, it's a good idea to use a dedicated circuit for the reasons bib outlined.
Oct
9
comment How to use network patch panel in new house
Good answer! I wish my house (built 1893) had a patch panel. Heck, I wish it had a few more closets too. :)
Oct
8
answered What is the best way to seal caulk tube?
Oct
8
comment How can I prevent water from getting behind the gutter?
OK. In that case, they might have simply installed the first course of shingles too high up, and a repair like what Greebo suggested would address this.
Oct
7
comment How can I fix this persistently leaky shower faucet?
You can also clean mineral build up using white vinegar. I've had good results stuffing a thoroughly vinegar-soaked paper towel into faucets like this.
Oct
7
answered Door sticking, frame no longer square, is this serious?
Oct
7
answered How can I prevent water from getting behind the gutter?
Oct
7
comment How can I install a frost-free outdoor faucet with very little space?
Can you replace some of the pipe leading up to the sillcock? As BMitch mentioned, you want the valve end of the frost-free sillcock to be well within your insulated space. Would it be possible to move or cut back the pipe leading up to the sillcock?
Oct
4
comment Door sticking, frame no longer square, is this serious?
This could be a relatively minor thing (e.g. one of your hinges got loosened or bent) or it could be a symptom of some structural problems. Can you add some photos of the door/window and some background info (age of house, has any work been done recently that might affect this, etc.)?
Oct
3
answered Can I install a hot water recirculation pump if I have a reverse osmosis filter?
Oct
3
comment Is there a window or portable AC system I can use with an awning window?
Most portable A/Cs have outside air intake and exhaust. Outside is taken in, run across the hot condenser coils, then expelled. This is to avoid wasting cool indoor air to expel heat. Some portable A/Cs have two separate air hoses, others may have the intake and exhaust chambers packaged into one hose.
Sep
28
answered Can bio fuel ethanol used as a main heating source?