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General Building Contractor, Certified Home Inspector and Licensed EPA Renovator. I am winding down my years of pounding nails, building custom homes and additions, renovating kitchens and bathrooms, and converting cellars and attics into beautiful living spaces. I am doing more and more home inspections as my bones age and my back gives out. Now I find it easier to look objectively at home structures than to build them. My goal here on Stack Exchange is to help DIY'ers do it the right way and share my years of building experience with them. I may not always give the most popular answer, but I will always give my best informed advise.


Mar
11
comment Why is the finish coming off while sanding between coats of polyurethane on glazed cabinets?
If you used a latex based urethane, it is very thin coat and you can't sand it with course paper. Try 400 very, very lightly as Jack recommended.
Mar
11
comment Circuit breaker does not trip - but produces no voltage under load
First reaction sounds like a cross feed of source voltage from another circuit. Try turning off breakers, one at a time until the voltage goes to 0. There is a starting point to help troubleshoot.
Mar
9
comment Why isn't my refrigerator getting cold?
That smoke was the refrigerant. it is toast!
Mar
9
comment Why isn't my refrigerator getting cold?
use a bigger hammer to fix it!
Mar
9
comment What should I do about this unfinished corner?
could you add a pic of the upper corner where the top of the door meets the wall?
Mar
9
comment What should I do about this unfinished corner?
also, what type of molding is around the top and striker side of the door?
Mar
9
comment What should I do about this unfinished corner?
is that exposed concrete or foam next to the door jam?
Mar
9
comment How do I fit a solid wood mantle to an existing stone surface?
Is this going to sit on a smaller stone mantle or fit perpendicular to the vertical stone flue with no stone support under it?
Mar
9
comment What is the purpose of this piece of a toilet fill valve?
Yep, that was so long ago, I had forgotten all that banter on that question. Looks like some valves do us a flow restrictor. Lucky guess, huh? lol
Mar
9
comment What is the purpose of this piece of a toilet fill valve?
The only reason I can think of that the valve would have a flow restrictor like this thing is to keep the valve from squirting water out wildly during the fill. design flaw????
Mar
9
comment What is the purpose of this piece of a toilet fill valve?
@Jack: you may absolutely correct. Just a strange place to find this part right under the valve. I cannot find any specs on this part number that might give is a clue. You are right in that A separate flow restrictor on a toilet valve is probably unlikely, but anything is possible. I think it would be fun to look at a new one in the box and see if this part belongs to the valve set.
Mar
9
comment What backer board should I use in shower ceiling?
Always use MR (moisture resistant) drywall in the shower area. I'd take DMoore's advise and cut it so it will fit in your car. Of course, cut it large enough to do the job if possible so you don't have extra joints to deal with if possible.
Mar
9
comment Is it against code to splice wires inside of the load center?
It's fine and common practice.
Mar
9
comment What is the purpose of this piece of a toilet fill valve?
Now knowing it is about 1/2 inch in diameter, I think it is an inline flow restrictor that was installed in the base of the ballcock assembly. The purpose would be to slow the flow of water in areas of high pressure that could act like a water hammer on the shut off valve at the top of the unit. I bit of a guess without the make and model of the unit installed so we could look it up.
Mar
8
comment Cheap solution for underside of barn overhang (soffit, siding, something else?)
would be great to see a pic so we can estimate the dimensions and what the rafter ends look like.
Mar
8
comment Is it okay to staple romex to a floor joist when running it perpendicular behind a finished basement ceiling?
Thanks for the NEC reference Petey.
Mar
8
comment Is it okay to staple romex to a floor joist when running it perpendicular behind a finished basement ceiling?
The pic shows a wire Cross beaming, which is not permitted in a finished or unfinished ceiling. I will defer to Tester for the NEC reference. I do not have the current text to quote from.
Mar
8
comment What type of insulation can I use to insulate around my furnace exhaust?
Mineral or rock fiber comes in several forms. It can be found in batts, panels, ropes, and inbedded in some high temp foams.
Mar
8
comment What is the purpose of this piece of a toilet fill valve?
what are the dimemsions of this part?
Mar
7
comment Trying to secure a 100lbs floor mirror so it doesn't tilt over. is it possible to do this without a stud?
@bib the cork screw ones they sell at Lowes are kinda a hybrid. they twist in etc, but when you install the screw, the end of the devise splits open like a toggle. Now we got a corkscrew/toggle! lol