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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.
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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
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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.
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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 DIYers - Unknowingly used wrong product! - Type 1 Mapei used for 12X12 tiles
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.
Jul
16
comment How can I fix a stripped hole in an aluminum piece?
Link only answers are discouraged. Please edit your answer to include a description of the fix.
Jul
13
comment Should I buy a drill or an electric screwdriver?
I your drill is loosening up while operating in reverse, you've got a bad chuck. Drills operating correctly shouldn't have this problem.
Jul
10
comment Why don't they make wood cutoff blades for 4.5" grinder?
That sounds horribly unsafe. Please tell me you at least use a guard with it!
Jul
10
comment Why don't they make wood cutoff blades for 4.5" grinder?
RPM is a good point, but then again biscuit joiners spin at 10K RPM as well, and they've got a similarly sized blade. 7-14" blades have a much higher tip speed (proportional to radius), and therefore much higher internal forces at the same RPM.
Jul
10
comment What will happen if I try to apply paint/stain to damp wood?
Joe, welcome to the site! For future reference, you can edit your own posts (even at 1 reputation) by clicking the "edit" button below it. As you gain more reputation, you can even edit others' posts to clarify and improve them, as I did for incorporating your clarification.
Jul
7
comment Can I replace an electric smoke detector with a combo smoke and carbon monoxide detector?
@NiallC. is right, CO is lighter than air. I'm pretty sure the only reason CO detectors are sometimes placed down low is because the plug-in models need to be at outlet height for power reasons. Maybe you should do some research before calling manufacturers out as incompetent.