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Jul
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answered How should I fill these large cracks/voids in this brick porch?
Jul
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answered How can I stop this window from sliding down?
Jul
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answered Hotpoint Washing machine slowly fills with water while not in use, what is wrong?
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Jun
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comment Deck diagonal bracing alternatives
As Craig pointed out, you could install diagonal bracing on the underside of your deck joists. It still wouldn't be fully up to code, but it would address the potential to twist about as well as redecking with diagonal boards.
Jan
23
answered Should a twisted copper pipe be replaced?
Jan
21
answered When ordering lumber what percentage of waste should be expected?
Jan
17
comment Why is are the lights in my 60 year old house flickering?
Or one of those paranormal investigators... :-p
Jan
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answered Stuck building craftsman style coffee table
Dec
12
comment How can I add joists to an existing trussed ceiling?
I vote for method "A", revised: 1x4's at right angles to the trusses, then glue and screw plywood or drywall or whatever into them.
Nov
11
comment How do I identify the hot, neutral wires in a light fixture?
Using a multimeter and a very long test lead plugged into a known ground? I've had the voltage detectors refuse to work (low battery, etc.) but I've never seen one misidentify a hot as neutral or vice-versa.
Nov
11
comment Is it ok to use a rotary hammer to make a hole in the sub dirt wall of my basement?
Go for it. Use hydraulic cement around the pipe to seal it back up.
Nov
11
answered What is “sealing compound” for attaching a sink
Nov
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answered How do I identify the hot, neutral wires in a light fixture?
Oct
26
answered Can I knock down this wall without the whole place collapsing?
Oct
9
answered Fixing an offset pilot hole in steel?
Oct
7
answered Is it safe to use a 100 watt LED bulb in a 3-way lamp that specifies using incandescent bulbs only?
Oct
7
answered How can I get a reasonable plaster finish in an awkward recess?
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Mar
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comment How do I remove a pole that's rusted into a sleeve in the ground?
Upvote for the overall approach. I'd add this: 1. Use PB Blaster instead of WD-40. It's way better at breaking free rusted parts. 2. If you absolutely cannot get it to move, use heating and cooling to break the rust bonds: Heat the base of the pole with a torch (preferably acetylene, but propane if that's all you have) and then blast it with a can of compressed air duster held upside down, so that liquid comes out. (The liquid is -67 degrees F) Repeat that process a few times to break the bonds between the metals, then re-treat with PB Blaster.