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Aug
11
comment How can I prevent or remedy “bio slime” accumulation in a sink drain?
Zip-Its are great! Disgusting to use, but great. I've been using the same one for 5 years. I've gotten pretty good use out of the $3 tool.
Aug
10
comment How do I join my horizontal slat fence with my neighbor's fence (vertical fence)
@user2059078 If you're using your own post and are sure of the property line, then you don't need to talk to your neighbor. However, if you're attaching to their fence post (as you imply you're planning on doing in your question), then yes, you absolutely need to talk to them.
Aug
10
comment Mounting TV - can't find studs
What evidence do you have that there are horizontal cross pieces? Just tapping? Or did you use the nail on spots in between the red squares?
Aug
4
comment How can I get a straight line at the ceiling when painting a textured wall?
I can never seem to find the fine line between "overloaded" and "not enough paint." After a bit of trial and error, I found using a sash brush to be much easier, plus I don't have to pay for pad refills. But hey, if it works for you, great!
Aug
3
comment Is there any legitimate reason you would NOT connect the ground wire on a circuit?
This doesn't answer the question.
Aug
3
comment Is there a significant benefit to using plastic window insulation year round?
Link only answers are discouraged on Stack Exchange sites. Please summarize the relevant content.
Jul
31
comment What direction should laminate flooring be placed in?
Just a note - running a floating floor longer than the maximum recommended length without an expansion gap will void the warranty. Maybe you didn't have any buckling, but that doesn't mean someone else in a different climate won't.
Jul
31
comment How to get rid of fleas in an apartment with carpeted floors?
I certainly hope you were "bathing" your cats, and not "bashing" them. o.O
Jul
30
comment Is there a way to turn on the air conditioning only on certain days?
@Tester101 is right. A thermostat that only does weekends differently is usually referred to as a 5-2 or a 5-1-1 day programmable thermostat. Mine is a true 7 day, and I can program four different temperature time periods per 24 hour cycle for each individual day of the week. There are also quite a few WIFI thermostats out there that allow you to turn it on and off with a phone app or laptop.
Jul
29
comment What are the possible reasons I am not getting cold air from my air conditioner?
Frozen lines are usually due to a lack of coolant in the system.
Jul
23
comment Dust after staining and poly advice
@James, Boyd: I flagged it for moderator attention, and posted a question to Meta for best procedures in future similar situations. meta.diy.stackexchange.com/questions/1071/…
Jul
23
comment Dust after staining and poly advice
@James, It's on topic here, but it would probably get more answers over on woodworking.
Jul
23
comment Will returning two 1/2“ lines to 3/4” get a volume return?
@prowlercrew, Sorry, I didn't get the notification you posted on this answer. You've probably already got things all finished by now. As I stated in my answer, you should have a slight pressure drop (probably under a few PSI) if you run the two 1/2" lines. That should be an acceptable trade-off. (I'm not sure where you got the idea that I recommended running only one 1/2" line. I never said that.)
Jul
23
comment Is there a way I can make an indoor door a better sound insulator?
This doesn't really answer OP's question.
Jul
22
comment Do building codes allow smaller nails when using gun instead of manually hammering?
Almost all framing nailers have the capacity for 3.5" nails. The only difference should be full or clipped head. Specific areas of the country may have codes requiring full heads, especially in hurricane or earthquake prone areas.
Jul
22
comment How to choose the correct all purpose screw driver or drill
You don't provide any reasoning for "never use battery powered drills." The tool industry has come a long way in powerful and long lasting batteries in the last few years. The convenience of not running an extension cord is well worth it. Drilling three pilot holes is completely unnecessary in most newbie homeowner applications. Maybe that's good advice if you're drilling in metal, but the softwood construction of the trellis OP mentions will only need one size of pilot. I think your answer has some merit, but you completely missed targeting OP's demographics for this question.
Jul
20
comment What should we do with floor tiles that were applied with Type 1 Mapei mastic?
I'd say you're likely to crack quite a few tiles if you try to pull them up. Better to replace them individually if needed on down the road, rather than risk cracking a bunch now, just because they MIGHT crack later.
Jul
20
comment What size dowels to use for joints?
Instead of just posting link resources, it would help to include enough of a description of the content to be useful without depending solely on the link.
Jul
20
comment What kind of joints are best used for a loft bed?
The joist (horizontal) portions are joined to the column (vertical) portions with full lap joints. The joist portions perpendicular to each other (bed rails vs foot/head of bed) are in a butt joint configuration, but likely aren't actually joined to each other. Instead they're joined by lag bolts to the upright columns.
Jul
17
comment Can I use a standard extension cord with my refrigerator?
There are tables available for amperage requirements vs. length of extension cord. A 10 gauge cord will be major overkill for most refrigerators/freezers, which most often have an energy consumption of under 200 running watts. A brief peak at about 1200 starting watts won't be sustained long enough to cause any significant overheating either.