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Mechanical Engineer from Huntsville, AL.

New homeowner since 3/5/10

Major projects include:

  • Scraping popcorn ceiling and refinishing smooth

  • Replacing 8 sheets of drywall on ceiling after tornado damage

  • Laminate flooring installation


9h
comment Determine depth of laminate flooring
Great point! I didn't think of that option since I'm on a slab. I hope you don't mind that I added your suggestion to the body of my answer.
Mar
23
comment Should I remove baseboards prior to installing laminate or wood floors?
So how do you finish the last row? There won't be clearance to tilt and click it into place. Plus you won't be able to fit a pull bar in the gap either. Have you done this method, or are you just armchair quarterbacking it?
Mar
13
comment Why does my washing machine leak only during the spin cycle?
Please clarify your answer with complete sentences and better descriptions.
Mar
13
comment Do I need 3/4 inch plywood subfloor?
I 110% agree with you. :D
Mar
12
comment How should I store my new Torx screwdriver set?
@Paulster2 That link sounds like a risky click.
Mar
12
comment How should I store my new Torx screwdriver set?
This was the first thing that came to my mind. If you want to go the DIY route, a strip of 1x material with holes drilled in it would be really easy to make...as I just realized @ratchet freak suggested in his answer.
Mar
12
comment How should I store my new Torx screwdriver set?
That picture of the tool chest with all the drawers open makes me cringe. Good way to end up with all your tools crushing you while you lie on your garage floor trapped under the cabinet.
Mar
11
comment Do I need 3/4 inch plywood subfloor?
The "much" more quantity is the cube of the thickness increase. For area moment of inertia of a rectangular cross section, I = w*t^3/12. So a 3/4" sheet of plywood will deflect 3.4X less than a 1/2" sheet of plywood, and 3X less than stacked 1/2" + 1/4" sheets.
Mar
10
comment How can I fill small holes in drywall without painting?
You may want to describe how it works, and why it's different from spackle.
Feb
27
comment Stubborn laminate boards that won't lock, can I glue
Does tapping from the end close the gap temporarily? If not, I don't see how glue is going to help.
Feb
26
comment How can I make sure my portable toolbox hasn't got any tools missing?
@Tester101, your RFID suggestion is actually catching on in the aviation maintenance industry, where leaving a $5 tool on aircraft can cause $1000's in serious damage.
Feb
24
comment How much weight will a 4“x8”x20ft oak beam support?
A 4"x8"x20' oak beam is worth thousands of dollars. There's nothing comparable on Woodworker's Source, but the equivalent volume in 2"x2" blanks comes out to $1120. Sell the lumber and buy some I beams ($260 for a 6"x6"x20')!
Feb
24
comment Which way is up? (electric outlet)
Welcome to the site. Please refrain from link only answers that make no attempt to summarize the content of the link.
Feb
24
comment What tools and techniques are required to bend wood?
Tage Frid's veneer book is a great resource too:
Feb
24
comment What tools and techniques are required to bend wood?
You're going to have problems cutting kerfs with a miter saw. A table saw, radial arm saw, or circular saw would work though.
Feb
18
comment Should I run laminate continuously through rooms, or separate with T moulding?
Going backwards isn't that big of a deal. I managed just fine while running continuous laminate from a room to a closet.
Feb
18
comment Can I install laminate next to tile without using T-moulding?
Very good point about the manufacturer warranty! It's something I hadn't considered, but I ultimately decided to accept the small risk of buckling. I figure I can always shave off a bit of the first plank and install a T molding if it does buckle. I was planning on uploading an answer after a year of issue-free installation, since the most expansion I'll see will probably occur in the summer.
Feb
17
comment Is there a way to thaw a frozen pipe, if you can't access the pipe?
@Tester is absolutely right. Air is easily compressible, water not so much.
Feb
17
comment Which side of a two-wire cable should be used for “hot”?
I can't tell if you're asking or answering due to your inclusion of "Sound correct?"
Feb
17
comment Ceiling fan install - orientation of mounting bracket to slope of ceiling
I'd sister a short length of 2x4 on either side of the existing joist. That way you don't have to make a new hole, and you can face the gap in the bracket uphill.