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Software Engineer. Fish out of water.


Dec
3
comment Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?
@JohnSmith Drywall mud. I am curious as well!
Oct
30
comment Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?
An update, since I know you're all dying for one: for ceilings we pulled some down where electrical or plumbing work needed to be done, and for the rest laminated with 1/2" drywall. For the walls we skim coated. Because there were so many to do we hired a drywall company to do the work. It was very messy, but since we're not living in the house yet it wasn't an imposition. We're very happy with the results so far.
Oct
3
comment Can 18/2 CL2 barostat cable be used for speakers?
I can think of a practical difference in braided versus solid wire: a much better connection when fitting the wire into banana plugs. I think I'll re-run the wire with 16 gauge stranded... I originally went with 18 because the speakers I got have comically small spring clips, but I think I can make 16 work. The run is about 30 feet for the farther speaker. Thanks for the great description.
Oct
3
comment Can 18/2 CL2 barostat cable be used for speakers?
The kitchen is a total gut job, and the electricians ran the speaker wire for us while they were doing the heavier duty work.
Sep
30
comment How best can I seal up an old coal door?
I like the idea, but unfortunately this is right against our driveway (hence the asphalt) and I'm not sure I can spare the space for a window well there. The grading is pretty good and there certainly isn't a rush of water in that way, but there is some daylight and water making it through the top part of the door.
Sep
11
comment What's the most common cause of AC coolant lines freezing?
+1 for the link to Principles of Air Conditioning. A great explanation of how the system works.
Sep
3
comment How best can I seal up an old coal door?
I'd rather not at this point... the asphalt driveway was just re-sealed before we bought the house. But if that's the only option, I'd consider it.
Aug
30
comment Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?
Correct, just placing the bottom of the drywall on the top of the baseboards and against the trim. Putting drywall over the existing plaster would change the size of the walls and the baseboards wouldn't fit back together.
Aug
30
comment What are these vents in the foundation mortar for?
Just posted an update to the question, but having pulled a couple out there is just mortar behind them.
Aug
26
comment Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?
We did a test run with drywall over the existing plaster and it looks terrible with our trim, so we're probably going to go the skimcoat route, with more serious plaster repair where needed first.
Aug
1
comment What are these vents in the foundation mortar for?
In our case only the foundation is brick, the rest of the house is wood frame and shingles. So in this case I don't think the rot concern applies?
Aug
1
comment What are these vents in the foundation mortar for?
@BMitch Correct, these are on the interior, all around the foundation, and also in the brick chimney.
Jul
25
comment Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?
I do prefer plaster, and a lot of the original character of older homes in general and this home in particular, just... not these walls. I am leaning toward the plaster repair for these reasons, however. Still, I am glad people are weighing in. Thanks.
Jul
24
comment What are these vents in the foundation mortar for?
@JacobS - Yes, I'm sure that it is brick. There is a moisture problem in the basement, though. Until recently the gutters did not run away from the house much, there is some grading work to be done, and the basement has uncovered window wells.
Jul
24
comment What are these vents in the foundation mortar for?
I'll have to get back to you on that next week... don't want to remove any until I close on the house!