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Jul
13
comment Mitre Circular Saw blades for cutting Oak floorboards
@shirlock homes, I have experienced the exact opposite of you, never experienced "burn" problems with higher teeth count blades when used on types of projects the question is referring to, plus 3/4inch isn't that thick to cut with a good quality miter-saw & blade. I have never been lucky enough to be able to hide every single cut I've had to make under the skirting (base) board. Agree with the tear-out being on the bottom of the board when using a mitre-saw (due to direction of spinning blade).
Jul
13
comment Proper way to cut a 2x4 using a miter saw
@gregmac, unless Holmes gives an explanation somewhere else in the show, I would say it's just being done for show (TV), especially when cutting softwood (framing timber). I could see some benefit to the technique when cutting hardwood (reduce the chance of wood-burn & tear-out).
Jul
13
comment Local “point of use” hot water heater
instead of only taking care of the kitchen sink (yes, that is the problem area in this particular situation), would it not be better to invest the time & money into installing a small (5-10 gallon) hot water storage tank into the existing hot water system? That way the complete hot water system benefits from the upgrade (money sent).
Jul
12
comment Can I hone Silestone from a glossy finish to a matte finish?
when using the method you give above or any (other) appropriate method to achieve the look (result) "Mark" is after, should you be concerned about making the surface more susceptible to damage (eg staining)? Or is it considered a non-issue? Am asking, as it is my understanding that a matte finish is achieved by opening up the pours a little.
Jul
12
comment What's the best way to account for saw blade width (kerf) when cutting boards?
@Moshanator, not even with a finely honed block plane, then minimal hand sanding? Honestly, doesn't take anytime with a properly sharpened block plane (a few fine shavings & you're basically done). IMHO.
Jul
12
comment Water being dumped into street from basement?
@Mario, I'm not quite picturing your particular setup, but the purpose of a Bubbler (Pot) is to allow excessive water build up, a safe escape route (instead of backing up the drainage system and flooding the area it's designed to keep dry). "KeithS" answer, explanation is a good one. If you're really concerned, it wouldn't be the worst thing to call in a professional and get them to check the complete drainage system (would give you peace of mind)...
Jul
12
comment How to stop fridge water line without stopping everything else?
@Tester101, in a strictly standards compliant way, no. <-- Response is to "Tester101" comment prior to it being edited.
Jul
12
comment How to stop fridge water line without stopping everything else?
installing a (proper) shutoff valve is an easy job to do and well worth doing in your situation. Trace the flexible copper pipe (1/4inch is standard I believe for water lines into fridges) back to where it connects into the live watering carrying copper pipe (normally 3/4inch OD), at that point put in an appropriately sized "T" piece & shutoff valve (that you will connect the flexible copper back into).
Jul
11
comment How to stop fridge water line without stopping everything else?
how do you feel about doing a simple but totally worthwhile plumbing job?
Jul
11
comment How can I clean a very dirty concrete basement floor?
I know you can nowadays easily get environmentally friendly, safe (concrete, siding, etc) cleaners from the 2 big-box DIY stores here in the US.
Jul
11
comment Painting over wall with peeling paint
Only step I would add to the above answer: Last step before applying the paint to the walls, wash the walls down with warm (mild) soapy water, then rinse off with fresh clean water. Allow to dry, then paint...
Jul
10
comment How do you frame a wall around existing pipes and ducting?
then I would be very! tempted to go with my other suggestion, "boxing in with access".
Jul
10
comment How do you frame a wall around existing pipes and ducting?
An other suggestion (especially if the false ceiling doesn't full within your budget), box in those services (putting in access panels/points at appropriate places), then construct the internal walls up to the underside of the boxing in.
Jul
10
comment How do you frame a wall around existing pipes and ducting?
if it's within the budget (or the budget could be reworked to allow), I would seriously look into putting in a false (dropped) ceiling in that particular situation. Hiding those services within an accessible ceiling space I think could very! well pay for itself in the long-term. I would at least investigate the cost of doing so, before commencing with internal wall construction...
Jul
10
comment How do you frame a wall around existing pipes and ducting?
without seeing the exact situation you are dealing with it is a little difficult (at least for me) to give you exact advice (don't want to lead you down a wrong path) on how best to proceed. With that said, I would say you at least would be better off dealing with the service area by constructing around it in place, then maybe infill the remaining part of the wall using your preferred pre-fab method...
Jul
10
comment How do I get to the wall cavity above a double floor joist from below?
+1 Drilling vertical holes through the total depth of timber joists are an absolutely no, no. Unless you can access either side of the joist(s) and fix some appropriately sized and fastened steel stiffener plates to the faces of the joist(s) ie The steel plates will ensure the integrity of the timber joist(s) are not compromised due to material being removed...
Jul
10
comment How do you frame a wall around existing pipes and ducting?
are the services running horizontally along the floor, ceiling, or some height between? Or are they running vertically, floor to ceiling? Also what is the cross sectional area of the services (how much area are they taking up)?
Jul
9
comment How do I loosen latex paint to remove it?
If you live in the UK I would give "Sugar Soap" a try...
Jul
9
comment How should I prepare an all-concrete warehouse space before building out?
are you going to need to remove, redirect, or add any services (ie Electrical, Gas, Water)? Is there any damp you need to deal with? What condition is the roof in?
Jul
9
comment Should shingles have bubbles in a new roof?
@DTest, bubbles in a new (properly done) shingled roof isn't normal. Shingles should lay nice & flat on the roof. I think @BMitch could well be onto the real problem (above comment), did the weather get underneath your old shingles and soak the roof sheathing (normally OSB or Plywood)?