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New homeowner and aspiring handyperson.


Aug
7
comment Do I need soffit vents and can I add them without taking the roof apart?
Is your "true attic area" actually connected to the soffits? I'm not sure if that's what you mean by "connected by about a foot depth of air space up the roof". Is that your rafter cavity? If so, then you could add soffit ventilation. As for whether you need it, your new metal roof may benefit from it if you get cold weather. Depends on how well your living space is insulated. If you have a cold winter and your space leaks warm moist air to the underside of a poorly-vented metal roof, moisture will condense on the cold metal - bad. If your insulation is really good that's not a concern.
Nov
30
comment Can I restore a bathroom sink with automotive filler and spray on enamel?
There are sink/tub resurfacing products (usually epoxies) that are designed for this and will probably perform significantly better than enamel.
Nov
30
comment Can a water heater be installed overhead?
I'm not sure about the code constraints, but a few things to keep in mind: you'll need access to the tank for maintenance, and the P&T relief valve needs a discharge pipe that terminates within a foot of the floor.
Nov
30
comment Why did our kitchen faucet stop working?
Are you sure there isn't some other valve upstream of your sink that is closed? It's very odd for the faucet to suddenly completely stop flowing or at least leaking unless it has been worked on recently.
Nov
19
comment Installing a shower flange in a subfloor
+1, you don't need that area sealed, and the shower pan will hold it in place. Also, if you add a bunch of sealant before attaching the drain to the shower pan, you're reducing your ability to adjust it into place once attached to the shower.
Sep
10
comment Can I add a pendant fixture to ceiling fan?
Good point, @bib. Added that.
Aug
8
comment Dryer vent pipes touching copper hot water pipe
@MarkPhillips, thanks. If this answers your question please click the checkmark to the left of my answer to accept this answer.
Aug
8
comment Dryer vent pipes touching copper hot water pipe
@mike, the plumbing should be grounded, as should the dryer's housing. So contact between them shouldn't be problematic.
May
24
comment Can I convert a window A/C unit in to a pool-water cooled system?
Doing all this work with a window unit is crazy. At least upgrade to a mini-split and then you have an external condenser to work with. Plus a quieter interior.
May
5
comment How can I trim around an electrical outlet?
Looks pretty good angled. If you're comfortable with the electrical work, though, it's probably about the same amount of work to simply remove the box (probably involves destroying it) and reinstalling a bit higher. This assumes you have slack in the cable too, so your approach is safer.
Apr
28
comment How should I mount external hardware to a Greenboard/EPS exterior wall?
Sure, you could mount the hose reel on a post instead of directly on the house. A single 4x4 post should be more than adequate if properly set in concrete.
Apr
2
comment How do I install a bathroom exhaust system?
You're right -- if hiring out, you'd want an electrician to install and wire up the fan, and a roofer to install the vent penetration in the roof.
Mar
30
comment How do I locate a dryer exhaust vent?
Have you checked your attic? Sometimes dryers are (incorrectly) vented there.
Mar
26
comment How does one typically do “Old Work” with metal junction boxes?
Do you need an in-ceiling box? Metal surface mount pancake boxes are easy to find and install and may work depending on your desired fixture.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.