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


Jul
25
comment Would replacing old mortar for new prevent water from seeping through brickwork?
Agree with "DA01" about "It wouldn't hurt". The secret to a good & successful repointing job is proper preparation. I have used a "brick sealant" product once, after repointing a two story exterior side (flank) wall on a house. I can't say if it worked (or was really needed), but the customer wanted it applied. After completing the work, the customer never called back to say water was coming in (as it had before).
Jul
24
comment Mold remediation in crawlspace
one recommendation, after removing all the old insulation, hire yourself an "industrial" dehumidify & run it for a week in your crawlspace.
Jul
22
comment How do I stain a pressure treated pine fence?
I've always been told, it's best to leave Pressure Treated timber (outside, exposed to the elements) a full year before applying paint or stain.
Jul
22
comment Drought-Resistant Lawn/Turf Recommendation For Area Above Septic
@Mike B, what depth of (top) soil do you have above the septic system?
Jul
21
comment Why is the small white box near my fridge's compressor making an incessant clicking sound?
I don't think I can help with your question, but I do believe a photo of the "small white box" might help others give you a more exact answer.
Jul
19
comment Installing a new exterior door into a taller existing opening
Susan, a couple of photos I feel would get you a more thorough answer (ie Exactly how much work would be involved). One inside & one outside showing the existing door (especially around & above the head area of the door).
Jul
19
comment how to clean up black paint that spilled on exterior bricks
Have you seen & read through these? diy.stackexchange.com/q/3706/3138 & diy.stackexchange.com/q/181/3138 & diy.stackexchange.com/q/3087/3138
Jul
17
comment How to improve the acoustics in my living room?
Chris's suggestion "Even an inexpensive speaker bar, or a "home theater in a box" will probably give you the best bang for the buck as far as improving the sound" is a worthwhile investment (IMHO). If you still want to make the room "warmer sounding", some well placed floor standing folding screens might make a good option in your case (not wanting to attach anything to the walls. "Generally speaking" filling an empty room with "stuff" does help improve the rooms acoustics (as "user2492" states below).
Jul
17
comment How to select a good Triangle (Speed square?)
+1 for the Japanese-Style Layout Squares, would make a nice & "unique" gift for any woodworker... Browsing through "Marking" category section on the same website (Lee Valley) might also turn up some other good gift options.
Jul
16
comment How do easements work? Who can use them?
@JohnFx, "Who would you even talk to if you wanted to find out?" Exact (country specific) terminology will be dependent upon your location in the world, but this should at least point you in the right direction - Your local Deeds/Land Registration office will hold such documents.
Jul
16
comment How do I find out what's wrong with a uPVC window where the handle turns but it doesn't open?
to remove the handle (get to the screws attaching the handle to the window frame), pop-off the two small circular plastic covers covering the screws (something like a pocket knife blade works well for this). To remove the glazing get something like a thin but sturdy decorators scrapper & work it (very) carefully between the window frame and the window (framing) beads that are holding the glazing in place (is normally easier to pop out one of longer beads first, as it hoffers "greater workability" due to its length).
Jul
15
comment What to know before installing cabinet and drawer dampers?
do you have a brand you could recommend, have had good experience with?
Jul
14
comment Are there any issues with using deicing salt on sand stone paving?
NaCl = Sodium chloride, therefore that particular deicing salt is going to be on the more corrosive end of the scale. Will it damage your sandstone paving? I honestly couldn't tell you, but sandstone is porous enough to hold a lot of liquid (as far as stone goes), therefore I would be somewhat wary of using that product...
Jul
14
comment Are there any issues with using deicing salt on sand stone paving?
but what type of salt does the "grit" contain? The type of salt will determine how corrosive it is.
Jul
14
comment How to stop fridge water line without stopping everything else?
@Brian, it will work. But when I spoke with a plumber friend, he said such a device for your situation (if used as a permanent solution) is not "strictly standards compliant", hence my earlier comment to @Tester101, see below answer: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/7624/…
Jul
14
comment Are there any issues with using deicing salt on sand stone paving?
exactly what type of deicing salt do you have access to, plan to use? eg en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deicing#Methods
Jul
14
comment Mitre Circular Saw blades for cutting Oak floorboards
Well, I guess the down-voters/commenters & I are going to have to "agree to disagree" on this :)
Jul
14
comment Local “point of use” hot water heater
Also re-reading the question, "it takes over 90 seconds to get hot water to my kitchen", does having to wait so long for hot water to come out of the kitchen faucet not point to an installed, undersized, Tankless Water Heater? I understand you don't get instant hot water in such systems, but having to wait 90 seconds for hot water to flow in a domestic system would make me think there is something wrong (undersized) with the installed system.
Jul
14
comment Local “point of use” hot water heater
@KeithS & @shirlock homes, I believe I may not have set out my initial question very well. I was wondering (I don't even know if it's possible, hence me asking), is it possible to add in a (small) Hot Water Storage tank into a Tankless Water Heater system, thus creating a Hybrid Water Heater type system?
Jul
13
comment When will drilling through wall members affect structural integrity?
please define "medium" & "large" sized holes. And are you talking about timber members?