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Sep
14
comment Does the smell of paint linger or penetrate other materials?
If you get a low-VOC (or specifically-labelled "low odour") paint, that will greatly reduce the paint smell. There are other benefits (and challenges) to using low-VOC paints, and lots of differences between "truly zero-VOC" and "meets the labelling requirements to say low-VOC" so you should do some research if you're interested in this route.
Sep
14
comment What type of subflooring should I use for a basement?
I used DeltaFL in my last basement, although I didn't have any moisture issues like you're describing. DeltaFL is a vapour barrier between the cement and your actual floor, whereas dricore is vapour-permeable. I don't have time for a detailed answer, but BuildingScience has some great articles: eg, buildingscience.com/documents/reports/… and buildingscience.com/documents/reports/…
Sep
14
comment Can I run electrical cable and sound cable in the same conduit?
Keeping power and speaker ~6" apart is generally fine. If they have to cross, make them cross at right angles. If they do run along side each other for short distances you probably won't notice anything, but I would definitely not want to do it for the length of a room unless it was shielded cable. If you have a powered sub (eg you run line-level signal to it) then usually that is done with coaxial, and I am not sure if that would be affected in the same way by mains or not -- anyone know?
Sep
11
comment Can an external light fixture and an external receptacle share a circuit?
@JeremyW.Sherman ..and even then, you can still combine the bathroom lights with half the receptacles in the dining room and the light in the crawlspace, if you really wanted to. But if you do this, beware: someone might mistake you for a licensed electrician.
Sep
11
comment Troubleshooting a leaking exterior door
Holmes would definitely not advocate covering up a problem like a leaking exterior door by putting a storm door in front. He would do anything from replacing the door to rebuilding the entire front entrance and installing a new weeping system around the whole foundation.. and then he'd put a storm door on. :)
Sep
10
accepted Why does it seem all new faucets are using braided hose instead of stainless steel?
Sep
7
comment can you glue tile to plywood?
When you say "picked up" do you mean the entire tile came off in one piece? A properly installed tile will pretty much always crack and be a real pain in the ass to remove and take lots of back-breaking scraping to get rid of the thinset from the subfloor. If you can (if you wanted to) rip all the tiles out in less than 20 minutes, it wasn't done right.
Sep
6
comment How to make this electrical main safe
@MatthewPK The contractor should always be the one to pull the permit. If they won't it's a major warning sign that you should not be using them (eg, maybe they have no license/insurance so can't get a permit themselves). Ref articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-10-23/entertainment/…
Sep
4
comment What is the most efficient way to dig a hole in a slope?
Not digging by hand would avoid a lot of work...
Sep
4
revised What is the most efficient way to dig a hole in a slope?
assuming you mean "efficient", not "effective". If it results in a hole, the method can be considered effective
Sep
2
asked Why does it seem all new faucets are using braided hose instead of stainless steel?
Aug
31
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Aug
31
comment What could cause this ceiling fan and light issue?
Do you have brand/model numbers for the fan and/or switch? There are many different ways different fans are controlled so this will help so we know what we're dealing with.
Aug
30
answered Can I run electrical cable in old unused heating ducts?
Aug
27
comment How can I repair marred veneer polish?
A picture would help
Aug
24
comment What could cause smelly water in the bathroom sink only?
When you take the water out as @BMitch suggests, get someone else with an objective nose (who hasn't been in the bathroom) to smell it - otherwise you may not notice it because you're used to it.
Aug
24
comment How can I remove styrofoam bits from my equipment?
@BMitch So, you use the air gun to blow them off that too. What, you have better things to do with your weekend?
Aug
22
accepted What is the best kind of weatherstripping (door set) to use?
Aug
22
accepted How do I size this wall to make tiles look right?
Aug
22
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