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New homeowner and aspiring handyperson.


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?
Sep
28
comment How do I raise light switches so my kids can't keep toggling the light?
What about getting some fake light switches, or remotes that don't connect to anything, and mounting them lower than the real switches? Kids can flip away at the useless switch, with the real one a few inches above it. This is a ridiculous approach but I had to suggest it. :)
Sep
23
answered Can I install a replacement faucet directly onto a laminate countertop?
Sep
7
comment What can I do about a hole for a dryer vent that was cut too big?
Spray foam will not provide a reliable water seal. Also, if the spray foam is exposed to sunlight, make sure you get one designed for that -- most spray foams will break down in a couple of years if exposed to UV rays.
Sep
7
comment How can I resheathe behind brick fascia without removing the brick?
Wow, this is an awful problem. I can't tell if your proposed solution is crazy-brilliant or just crazy. Considering the cost of supporting the exterior brick and destroying/redoing the drywall and insulation, might it not just be easier/cheaper to tear down the brick and sheathing from the outside, and then re-sheath and re-side that?
Sep
7
comment Does polybutylene plumbing require lower pressure?
Do you actually have a PRV? It would most likely be located on the main pipe where water enters your house. Higher pressure definitely increases the demands on your pipes and fittings, but I don't know enough about polybutylene specifically to know whether pressure is a common failure cause or whether PRVs are effective at reducing the likelihood of failure.
Sep
7
answered What can I do about a hole for a dryer vent that was cut too big?
Aug
25
answered Is it safe to cut a bit into a “Double Header(?)” over a closet door that supports ceiling beams?