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answered How should I use fiberglass batts to insulate between floor joists over a stone basement?
Apr
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comment What type of lattice should I use for a privacy screen?
Sounds like you're already quite far along, but to throw out an alternative: a friend of mine built a louvered top privacy screen on his deck, and I'm a huge fan. It's very functional since you can open/close it to control/block the breeze, sun and amount of privacy, and IMHO it looks much nicer than the typical diamond-pattern privacy lattice most people use.
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Feb
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comment How can I tell if the sagging in my plaster ceiling is getting worse?
Yes ok, don't use sharpies and pens and other permanent markers that require repainting the whole wall, unless you want to repaint the whole wall :) Actually I often use a piece of painter's tape and then put my marks on that to avoid having to erase as well, since eraser will sometimes scuff the paint (especially if it was painted in the last day or two -- speaking from experience). Electrical or other tape works too but it's easier to draw a precise mark than it is to place tape precisely.
Feb
19
comment How can I tell if the sagging in my plaster ceiling is getting worse?
To make this measurement as accurate as possible, you should measure not to the floor which would require curving the measuring tape and making it too hard to read accurately, but to some known point where the tape can go past it easily. Use a piece of furniture, or a piece of scrap wood and mark it off a few inches from the floor, so you can measure from the ceiling down to that mark very accurately. Use 1/16th inches or millimeters to be most precise. See wikihow.com/Make-Accurate-Inside-Measurements-Between-Walls for a similar example of what I'm talking about.
Feb
19
comment What size rubber grommet will a 3/4" PVC pipe fit (water tight) through?
Searching for "bulkhead PVC fitting" finds dozens of places to buy.
Feb
19
comment How can I wire this three-way circuit between two buildings with only 3 conductors?
Yeah, that's what I would do in this situation. ZWave, Insteon, or UPB and just link them together. With all of those automation/smart switches, it's possible to create N-way circuits without any extra wiring. With the right sensors you can go even further, for example I have my outside lights turn on to 50% at dusk, off at midnight, and if you open the garage door any time at night they go to 100%, and then a couple minutes after closing go back to their previous level. You can of course manually override using the wall switches as well, but generally we never need to touch it.
Feb
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answered How should I mount a TV to a wall that slants inwards 8 degrees?
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Feb
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comment How can I neatly install temperature probes in my ductwork?
@Craig good point, I hadn't thought of that. If the thread pitch is right it may be possible to just screw it in, but I have doubts that work work really well with sheet metal. Perhaps it would work combined with some silicone to seal it (rather than a gasket). Ideally of course, you have access to the other side to put the nut on it.
Feb
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answered How can I neatly install temperature probes in my ductwork?
Jan
24
comment How to connect multiple light fixtures to one switch?
Light fixtures don't plug in with power bars.
Jan
23
comment How can I remove this toilet shutoff valve?
When you replace the valve, I'd highly recommend replacing it with a quarter-turn ball valve. They're slightly more expensive, but much easier to shut-off (and when you need to shut off a toilet, you NEED to shut off a toilet) and way more reliable long-term.
Jan
23
comment Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?
I had a thermostatic valve in my last house, and it worked amazingly well -- even flushing the toilet, which came off the same branch line (after the shower, if that makes a difference), did not cause any real change in temperature. If the dishwasher or washing machine was using water, you could notice a reduction in overall pressure, but not temperature. I'm looking forward to demoing the bath in my new house, at which point I'll definitely be putting a thermostatic mixing valve in the new shower.
Jan
21
comment Can I install a light between two three-way switches?
The other option is to go to "smart" switches, such as Insteon, Z-wave, or UPB. With these, the switches communicate to each other using a separate carrier signal (either wireless or over existing 120V lines). Effectively any "smart" switch/keypad can control any other "smart" switch/bulb/module from anywhere in the house. If you go this way, you'd have to replace both switches with smart switches, and your 3-conductors between the two become hot, neutral and switched.
Jan
21
comment Can I install a light between two three-way switches?
The trouble is basically all 3-way circuits use a 3-conductor wire (take a look at some 3-way circuit diagrams). You always need 2 travellers, and so the other wire is either a neutral or the switched hot (and in the case of the light between the two switches, on one side it's switched hot, the other side it's neutral). The only way it would be possible is if you have a 4-conductor wire between the two switches or run a new 2-conductor wire (either between switches or to the new light).