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bio website twitter.com/mikeperry
location St Louis via the UK
age 43
visits member for 3 years, 2 months
seen Oct 30 '11 at 6:21

Husband, Father, Technologist, Gardener, DIYer, Runner, Tea-Drinker...


Aug
7
comment Would upgrading my basement with sandstone blocks be worthwhile?
(nearly) anything can be done if the budget is big enough. Note, that doesn't necessarily make it the right thing to do or worthwhile doing. A few photos may help people here make a better judgment on what you're asking...
Aug
7
comment How far apart should timber joists be for an MDF floor?
@BMitch, it is, it's just that in the UK "Tongued and Grooved Chipboard Flooring" is the standard cheap flooring material. OSB tends to be used as a sheathing material in the UK eg Cladding the outside of a timber frame structure, then covering the OSB with a suitable exterior finishing material (pretty much like what is done here in the US from what I know of building practises here).
Aug
7
comment What height of insulation should I use between joists in an MDF floor?
please don't use MDF as a flooring material, if you do, I can guarantee you will run into major problems, resulting in you ripping it all our. Use a "proper" flooring board material, something like Tongue & Groove Chipboard Flooring
Aug
7
comment How far apart should timber joists be for an MDF floor?
@InvertedAcceleration, MDF isn't strong enough to be used a flooring material (it wasn't designed for that sort of use), also "standard" MDF swells terribly if it comes into contact with moisture...
Aug
7
comment How far apart should timber joists be for an MDF floor?
In the UK & Ireland, Tongued and Grooved Chipboard Flooring is the "standard" cheap flooring material used in domestic situations. Also "standard" practise in the UK would be to put DPC between the concrete floor & joists (@ 400mm centres).
Aug
7
comment How do I find out what's wrong with a uPVC window where the handle turns but it doesn't open?
see if these help: youtu.be/l8HfN1C_wIk & youtu.be/xQ-_bm3QeeI -- If still no joy, you might be best contacting a window company & go from there...
Aug
6
comment What could cause condensation on a ceiling after painting with a roof sealer?
do you mean "roof" or the "ceiling" of the room? Also is this the stuff (direct link to PDF) they painted the apartment with?
Aug
5
comment How much load can a (wood) board support, if it is supported only at the ends?
@Ian Turner +1 Very! good answer.
Aug
5
comment Can I use 4x4 posts as the primary support for a deck?
@lazoDev, your answer didn't upset me & I wasn't arguing with you. I was only making a (valid) point. I could have simply "down voted" your answer, but I don't believe in doing that "blindly" eg Not leaving a valid comment, reason with a "down vote". Your answer was "valid", but dependent on the "missing" information...
Aug
5
comment Can I use 4x4 posts as the primary support for a deck?
sorry you can't conclude that from the information currently given, as I've seen may decks much taller than 6 to 8ft with 4x4 support columns, but that doesn't make it right or safe to-do-so...
Aug
5
comment Can I use 4x4 posts as the primary support for a deck?
you're missing my point, we currently don't know how high off the ground the deck is, or if something like "snow" loading needs to be taken into account... To make a blanket statement like "4x4 post will be fine" without first knowing all the "important" facts seems at best a little risky to me (IMHO).
Aug
5
comment Can I use 4x4 posts as the primary support for a deck?
"4x4 post will be fine" how can you (or anyone else) say that, when we don't know the height on the deck ie The length of columns (or if we need to take into account something "snow" loading)?
Aug
5
comment Can I use 4x4 posts as the primary support for a deck?
how high of the ground will the deck be ie How long will the supporting columns be? Do you get a lot! of snow where you are? Some worthwhile reading (IMHO): Heavy Timber Construction - WCD5 - American Wood Council <-- Direct link to PDF).
Aug
5
comment Where can I find the RAS131 dust hood for a Skil 1817 router?
have you tried contacting Skil Customer Service directly & asking them?
Aug
3
comment How do I repair a wall after mild water damage?
Ok! then you should be "golden" to proceed as per Tester101 below answer :)
Aug
3
comment How do I repair a wall after mild water damage?
before doing as Tester101 says below, have you fixed the problem that allowed the water to get in, in the first place?
Aug
1
comment What is the best way to shorten legs on a table and chairs?
+1 for the video link.
Jul
30
comment How necessary is it to put sealer on a painted dresser?
what exactly did you paint the wooden dresser with?
Jul
29
comment Why will my pilot light on the gas water heater not stay lit for more than 15 minutes?
@BMitch, thanks! Sounds about the same as the UK.
Jul
29
comment Why will my pilot light on the gas water heater not stay lit for more than 15 minutes?
@BMitch, just for my personal reference: In the USA is it legal to work with gas in a domestic dwelling without some kind of "gas professional certification"? In the UK it's illegal to do such work unless you're "Corgi Registered", though I see that recently changed slightly, Council for Registered Gas Installers.