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I've been doing software development since college. I do woodworking as a hobby and will tackle just about any home improvement task when the need arises. I can only imagine how difficult is used to be to learn DIY stuff before the interweb.


Aug
11
comment How can I fix my toilet valve so I can stop jiggling the handle after flushing?
Make sure the chain between the lever and flapper isn't kinked or too short. Also make sure it's not too long or it can drop under the flapper preventing a proper seal.
Aug
10
comment What is the best way to calculate the angle at which crown moulding should be cut?
I'll defer to lazoDev on the angle to cut. A 45 probably is too steep a cut. 38 probably is the better choice. I'll edit my answer.
Aug
4
comment How do you remove paint and rust from outdoor chairs?
That's what we did with our outdoor metal table and chairs. Used a wire brush to smooth the rust spots and then used the Rustoleum textured paint. The texture helps hide the imperfect spots where there's chipping or rust and the furniture looks brand new. Get a "spray grip" if you use aerosol cans. Easier to control the paint and won't fatigue your fingers.
Aug
2
comment What is the best way to shorten legs on a table and chairs?
If you remove too much of a curved chair leg, you may run into issues of the chair being unstable. The curved leg gives the chair support and you might find that it tips backwards easier.
Jul
6
comment Workarounds for single-zone HVAC? Second thermostat? Adjust vents?
@B Mitch - Ah Ha! So there IS something duct tape can't fix. I knew it! :)
Jul
6
comment Workarounds for single-zone HVAC? Second thermostat? Adjust vents?
Well, what I've heard (take this for what it's worth) is that if you cover returns but not vents, you'll increase the air pressure in the room, thereby forcing the "conditioned" air into unsealed room crevices and possibly out of the house. I've also heard people say covering vents and returns make your unit work harder. As far as whether it works, I don't really know. There's too many variables in the equation. Maybe MythBusters has the answer.
Jul
2
comment How to clean the LCD screen of the television?
I use damp paper towels to clean my flat panel monitors. I wouldn't hesitate to use the same on my TV. Cloth may be a better choice though.
Jul
1
comment What do I do with receptacles behind built-ins?
I like the idea of a box extender. I found a video on its use. I didn't know about these and this would certainly look better than just a hole in the back of the unit.
Jun
30
comment How much weight can the studs in a non load bearing wall support?
Probably a duplicate of this question: How much weight can you mount to a wall?
Jun
30
comment U-Socket USB Wallplug
I see a screw terminal very close to the metal jacket for the USB port. I wonder if the instructions discourage using the screw terminals and tell you to use push-in terminals in the back. It looks like they just attached the transformer to the side of a regular receptacle. I might be leery about using it.
Jun
30
comment Small Concrete Paver patio under BBQ
I did this exact thing last summer for my grill by the pool. Tester101 is right, do it right the first time, even for a small area such as this.
Jun
30
comment How do I run ethernet cable through a wall cavity?
Not totally necessary. I read crawlspace and assumed "open to the outside world." If it's inside, like an attic, and there's insulation covering the hole, I myself would skip the foam.
Jun
28
comment How do I run ethernet cable through a wall cavity?
@chris - Well, there's that...and the dust. My wife hates the dust.
Jun
25
comment Is there an easy way to measure the height of a tree?
I guess it was implied, but it wasn't specifically stated that your feet have to be on the same level (or close) of where the tree goes into the ground.
Jun
25
comment Running electric cables in basement shop
If this is for a basement shop, I personally wouldn't use GFCI to avoid nuisance tripping.
Jun
24
comment What latch would work best for a front/top opening chest?
Tried, but couldn't quickly find anything without a lock. You'd think someone would make one with a knob instead of a lock. You could try a window sash lock. A little bulky, but that might work.
May
4
comment What should I do with wires that are too large for back-stab terminals on a receptacles?
Just as an FYI, according to my NEC-2002 code book, you can put 15A receptacles on a 20A circuit.