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Dec
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Nov
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comment Can I substitute two wires for one heavier-gauge wire?
In addition to not being failsafe, parallel runs that are not sufficiently parallel/twisted/braided can introduce impedance problems for AC current. I might be wrong, but I remember having a debate with someone a long time ago and back then I was convinced this was the case!
Nov
2
comment What's the most cost effective solution for repairing a slab leak?
Depending on what system/pipe type you want, you can do both options 2 and 3. I prefer PEX and I prefer the "home-run" system. You save water and energy and you have shorter wait times for hot water. It uses more pipe, however. You can do each room as money/schedule allows and you can even postpone installing the main manifold until you are sure you want to commit to a total repipe.
Nov
2
comment How can I locate an electrical fault?
If you don't know what circuit/fuse the appliance and outlet are on, then it's going to be tough. You could turn off the main breaker and look inside the toaster outlet box for something obvious, but beyond that, you'll want an electrician who will have remote current sensors, heat sensors, and long test cables that will reach from the fuse box to the trouble area.
Nov
2
comment How do we properly insulate a loft ceiling with 2“ by 4” without loosing space?
What R-value are you trying to achieve?
Nov
2
comment How can I prevent the lines from showing through when painting paneling?
epoxy based fillers will work but might be overkill. Try a setting-type joint compound or 'hot mud'. "sheetrock brand" is the brand I use.
Oct
20
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
13
comment Why is Green Glue used so much in the USA, but hardly used at all in the UK?
It's not common in my part of the Western US either
Sep
9
comment Running underground wire to a shed
Can I suggest dropping the use of ALL CAPS for emphasis? It comes across as YELLING. Also could you elaborate on your definition of "casual DIYr" or better, detail the challenges involved in this particular project.
Sep
8
answered Is there something wrong with this trap that would cause a sewer smell?
Aug
29
comment Home inspection requires exhaust to attic exterior
If the home is already sold (closed), then requirements like this should have been addressed and their resolution laid out in the contract. If you are still negotiating, I'd probably offer the cost to fix regardless if it's required by code or not since it's a minor item.
Aug
28
asked Where to locate heat tape within gutter
Aug
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Aug
19
revised Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?
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Aug
19
comment Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?
@TDHofstetter Huh. I would have figured in an area where the average winter/summer/night/day temperature is 60F and the humidity is near 100% in the colder months, they'd require vapor barrier. But it looks like insulation let alone a VB may not even be required. And for Zone 3C, there might be benefits to putting the vapor barrier on the outside. carlisleccw.com/download.aspx?id=798
Aug
19
comment Drywall Mudding Not flush to wall
Is this a tapered seam (the long edge of the sheetrock) or a butted seam? You can sometimes sand your way out of trouble if it's tapered and you have only applied primer. But more than likely you'll need to get out the topping compound again.
Aug
19
answered How can I pour a concrete floor over a particle board subfloor?
Aug
19
comment Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?
@TDHofstetter Inside. Unless you like your house at 55F. Even when it's warm outside, it's generally slightly warmer inside (averaged over day and night) due to cooking and appliances generating heat.
Aug
19
comment Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?
@TDHofstetter Relative humidity might be higher outside than inside, but absolute humidity (total water content per mass of air) is surely higher inside than outside. Unless you are running a dehumidifier in the house...
Aug
19
comment Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?
@TDHofstetter Vapor barrier always goes on the warm side of the wall. Air allowed to move to a colder portion of the wall will drop it's moisture as condensation inside the wall.