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Professional software developer, with several years working on industrial control and monitoring systems. Slowly remodeling parts of my house.


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awarded  Popular Question
Jan
9
answered How do I connect a WiFi thermostat to my furnace's primary control?
Jan
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comment How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?
Based on your photo from underneath, you don't even have to go through any joists, so it should not be too bad to route the lines up next to the vent (where the drain line enters the wall now). I would still cut out a rectangular section of the floor boards in this space to do the work from above (from the wall to the joist underneath), then patch it back up with a piece of OSB/plywood.
Jan
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comment How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?
You should really not be using the bathtub drain as a vent. Are you sure this comes from the bathtub? Ideally there would be a separate vent line (there should be one for the bathtub above). Any chance of tying into the vent line from the bathroom upstairs, assuming there is one?
Jan
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revised How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?
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Jan
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answered How much of a gap do I leave between the wall and the OSB I am putting down on the concrete for a subfloor?
Jan
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comment How can I modify a flooring transition so that perfectly fits the two surfaces?
I think the direct answer to your question is "Yes, you can buy/modify/create transitions between different heights of flooring." As I suspect that is not really useful to you, I think you need to ask a more specific question, and perhaps exactly explain (dare I say: with pictures) what you tried that presumably didn't work and caused you to ask in the first place.
Jan
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comment How do I install transition molding between my new hardwood and existing tile floors?
This is a very elegant fix. I particularly like that there's no additional rise above the hardwood height.
Jan
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comment How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?
You can run the lines through the joists to get into the next bay, if necessary (or even to come up in through the floor in a better place). Just keep in mind the guidelines for holes in joists, and that you might need a right-angle drill.
Jan
5
comment Temperature control when I can't affect either airflow or thermostat
Renting means it's probably not worthwhile for you to invest much money in changing what's there, if you're even allowed to (probably not). Maybe you should consider alternative means, such as an electric oil-filled heater for the bedroom, and then just turning down the main thermostat at night.
Jan
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comment wonder why my cable have this split on?
Please attach your comment using the "image" button in the editor here. You've posted a link to something that is not accessible (except to you).
Jan
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revised Do I need to remove existing drywall before framing an interior wall?
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Jan
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comment Do I need to remove existing drywall before framing an interior wall?
@bib I would definitely never do both the top plate and edge through just drywall, at least one needs solid framing to anchor to. On an exterior wall though, and if there are already joists that are easy to anchor to, this method is much simpler and the wall is as strong as any other wall in the house (well, stronger, if the rest of the house uses 3/8" drywall :) )
Jan
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answered How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?
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revised How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?
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Jan
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answered Do I need to remove existing drywall before framing an interior wall?
Jan
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comment How does one fire short staples into hard wood?
What's the application?
Jan
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comment How do I fish a wire into an existing electrical box?
"2-pole" specifically means two separate switched conductors - as in, both hot and neutral are being switched. That is extremely uncommon and thus unlikely. Since there are two switches, there is likely more than one wire now, correct? Can you explain everything coming in and going out? In most cases of having 2 switches, there will be a neutral at the switch location, which will allow you to wire your new switch. A picture (labelled, if possible) would probably help a lot.
Jan
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on led tag wiki
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on led tag wiki excerpt