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bio website jaredharley.com
location Greeley, CO
age 32
visits member for 4 years, 2 months
seen Aug 29 at 1:56

Sep
10
comment How soon can I use my shower that I recently grouted and tiled? Should it cure first?
We only have the single bathroom, and ended up hanging 0.9mil sheeting (the thinnest plastic painter's dropcloth we could find) over the walls with regular painter's tape. It was a little annoying to have all of that extra plastic hanging around you while you showered (the worst part was turning the shower knobs). It's been a year and a half and we've had no problems with the grout at all.
Jun
15
comment How can I get rid of ants in an environmently friendly way?
@eidylon Glad to hear it worked - our mailman stopped delivering our mail on trash days because the trashmen kept putting the empty bins right in front of our mailbox (which is not where we left them full of trash). We kept getting passive-aggressive notes left for us by our carrier, so now the trash is on the other side of the driveway.
Jun
7
comment What's the best way to protect myself from a rental house?
That's what we did when we used to rent an apartment - we took pictures before we moved in, burned them to a CD and stuck it in a kitchen cabinet, and forgot about it until we moved out, and there it was.
Jun
6
comment Why does water come from toilet supply when water to house is shut off?
This is the case with my house (single-level slab) as well - I have to open the tub spout and it takes forever to drain the standing water. I'm not clear on the mechanics of it, but I have to shut off the out valve for the water heater as well as the water main. The plumber who installed our water heater a few years back got tired of waiting for the water to drain and plugged the dripping pipe he was working on with a chunk of bread. It stopped the water long enough to solder a joint, and when the water was back on, the pressure broke it up with no problem.
Jun
6
comment Gap in sealant round edge of bath, mould underneath, what to replace with
They can stink, but always use silicone-based caulking, not the latex stuff. I can't figure for the life of me the point of latex caulking - it seems to be inferior in every way to silicone.
Jun
6
comment How do I fix a leaky toilet that only leaks from underneath?
Thank you for this - we're going to tile our bathroom floor soon, and I was very nervous about having to remove the toilet.
Apr
11
comment Is it worth spending extra to get a nicer circular saw?
Yet another vote for Ryobi - I bought their "cheap" circular saw for $40 at Home Depot, and the thing is a champ. Sure, it doesn't have a laser-guided sight, but it had no problem cutting concrete wetboard with a concrete blade. I own several different Ryobi-brand tools and have had no problems with any.
Apr
6
comment Building a sunken tiled bath
Here's the site translated into English by Google Translate
Mar
6
comment How soon can I use my shower that I recently grouted and tiled? Should it cure first?
You've convinced me - up goes the plastic! It's definitely been an experience. The only thing left now is to seal the tub with caulk. Thanks!
Mar
6
comment Will my pocket door affect my installation of a tub surround?
We actually ended up tearing out all of the old drywall and retiling the whole surround instead. You can check out the finished product at this question. Thanks for the advice!
Nov
12
comment What projects should never be DIY?
The lady (yeah, a girl!) who replaced my busted spring last winter showed me how the tools she had worked for tightening down the spring, and then told me about a guy she worked with who had his arm broken in 8 places when the leverage bar slipped and the spring unwound. Yikes
Nov
11
comment The pilot light won't ignite on my boiler — what I should check?
@Jeff done, as requested, and thanks! I added it as a comment at first, since I've never seen a boiler and had no idea if it would apply
Nov
11
comment Why are there so many different types of screws (phillps/flat/hex/star/etc)?
I like to turn all of my flathead screws on my outlet covers so that they are all straight across. My wife thinks I'm slightly neurotic (she might be right)
Nov
11
comment Why are there so many different types of screws (phillps/flat/hex/star/etc)?
Another example - look at the screws next time you're in a public bathroom stall. They're usually driven in by what looks like a normal flathead, but the "reverse" side is smoothed down so they can't be removed by some unruly teenagers looking to cause mayhem (not that they ever do that...)
Nov
11
comment Why are there so many different types of screws (phillps/flat/hex/star/etc)?
For what it's worth, we used Robertson-head (square bit) wood screws when working with decking, and I was in love. I didn't cam out of them once, they can take a huge load of torque. Also, don't forget some newer power drills have a torque setting on them that disengages the drive before you mess up your nice-looking phillips head.
Nov
11
comment Can I close the garage vent on my furnace?
@Steve I would go with metal vents, if you end up replacing them. They last longer, and those magnetic pads stick to them :)
Nov
11
comment Why won't my bathroom light fixture work?
@Jay and I found out the hard (zapped) way that my GFCI was NOT on the same circuit as the lights. Now I have an outlet tester that lights up.
Oct
25
comment How do I uninstall a receptacle when the wires are stuck?
they are, but that shouldn't really be a problem, unless you're grabbing the outlet without shutting off the breaker first (I would hope not!)
Oct
11
comment How do I uninstall a receptacle when the wires are stuck?
This is why I always use the screws on the side - bend your wire in a loop, put it around the screw, and tighten down. I always have problems with those holes in the back...
Aug
24
comment Suds accumulating at the base of a tree
Do you know what kind of a tree this is?