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Oct
11
answered Is it OK to put hardwood flooring over 3/4“ particle board that's over 1/2” wood subfloor?
Oct
11
comment Should a curtain drain be covered/back filled?
4" of rain an hour is gonna pool no matter what, for a little while at least. If it takes 4" of rain to cause minor pooling then I'd go with covering it. The fabric will keep dirt out of the gravel, protecting it from getting clogged. With it exposed like it is, clogging with gunk is more likely than with a good fabric layer and 3-4" of top soil.
Oct
11
comment How can I fix a toilet that is backing up with sink water?
The fact that you had a smell should indicate a problem in the first place. A clean toilet properly sealed to its drain with the right fitting wax ring will not smell.
Oct
10
comment Should a curtain drain be covered/back filled?
I think the word you want is "covered" instead of "back-filled". Back filling refers to the act of piling up dirt against a vertical substance like a foundation wall or retaining wall.
Oct
10
comment Should I be concerned about my house settling?
Not so much since you moved in but before? You said this is a split level - the wall that runs from front to back - is there a similar wall beneath it in the lower level?
Oct
10
comment Should I be concerned about my house settling?
Specifically maybe some structure was removed from the lower level under this apparent load wall?
Oct
10
comment Should I be concerned about my house settling?
Has there been any major renovation work done on the house since its construction? Having bought it a year ago, any major settling should have occurred. However, if someone screwed up your structure afterwords - relatively recently - it'd show up over time.
Oct
10
comment Should I be concerned about my house settling?
If you saw prev. comment, disregard - misread "settling" as "selling".
Oct
10
comment What is this thing next to my sink?
Agree, should be split into 2 questions.
Oct
10
comment How can I fix a toilet that is backing up with sink water?
Caulking? You mean around the base of the toilet? That is something you should not do, because if there is a leak at the wax ring, the water/waste will simply be retained under the toilet and rot your floor out while you remain unaware.
Oct
8
comment How do I repair this leaking toilet supply nut?
Is that brass bolt in its original position? Is it holding the tube coming from the right in place or was it helping hold the bolt against the toilet body (ie: is it supposed to be more to the left?)
Oct
8
comment How do I slow further cracking in wood outdoors?
A pic would be very helpful in this case.
Oct
8
comment Puzzling leak in my 2nd floor tile shower
This question confuses me greatly. Please edit it, insert paragraph breaks, and read your question from the mindset of, "What will a person who has no idea what I'm talking about think I'm asking?"
Oct
8
comment How can I prevent water from getting behind the gutter?
Exactly - the idea is to put the new row of shingles under the existing row, with a proper overhang. The old shingles lay on the new shingles, water runs from the old onto the new, and then into the gutter.
Oct
8
comment How do I cover one side of a two-sided fireplace with bricks?
Well, we're not interested in this community becoming the how-to site for doing it wrong. I don't know if your particular situation is currently safe or not, but I (and I dare say we here at DIY SE) do care that answers give advice on how to do things safely and properly, not dangerously.
Oct
8
comment Should I run laminate continuously through rooms, or separate with T moulding?
The spacing questions are specific to the product you're using, and the aesthetic part is purely subjective.
Oct
8
comment How can I get my third floor radiators working?
Turning off the radiator will not accumulate water pressure, but it will ensure that it doesn't get hot. Turn it back on.
Oct
8
comment How to wire in my replacement fluorescent light fixture?
Generally true but not always. When you introduce a switch into the mix you're going to end up with wire uses not necessarily correlating to their colors. For instance, if your line comes into the switch box, and you go black to the switch, and black from the switch to the light, then black is hot, yes, but it's connected to the neutral terminal on the switch.
Oct
8
answered How can I prevent water from getting behind the gutter?
Oct
7
answered How to wire in my replacement fluorescent light fixture?