Reputation
7,241
Top tag
Next privilege 10,000 Rep.
Access moderator tools
Badges
3 17 32
Impact
~611k people reached

  • 0 posts edited
  • 17 helpful flags
  • 188 votes cast
Jul
25
comment Woodflooring protection needed near fireplace?
@KrisKrause: If it's a factory-made firebox you will need to find out the requirements from the manufacturer. They may be different than the IRC dimensions for masonry fireplaces. It's possible you won't need a hearth extension at all, in which case you can just do whatever you think looks good.
Jul
25
comment Woodflooring protection needed near fireplace?
@KrisKrause: as long as you provide a hearth extension that meets the IRC (material, dimensions, thickness), you will be "up to code". That will require cutting away the hardwood floor. What other questions do you have?
Jul
24
answered Woodflooring protection needed near fireplace?
Jul
22
comment What are the small white ants in my apartment and how do I get rid of them?
According to wikipedia, termites are called "white ants" in Australia (though I have never heard that term used).
Jul
20
comment Damp carpet and pad in two areas of basement
Have you made any changes to the gutters / water drainage on your property? Any major landscaping? Any new construction nearby?
Jul
20
comment How can I make a 240 volt 4 wire to 3 wire extension/adapter cord?
Note that the chart @ThreePhaseEel posted shows the receptacle layout—the plug on the appliance will have the opposite configuration.
Jul
14
answered Is the material encasing a steam heating system asbestos? How can i determine this?
Jul
13
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
10
answered Is there any advantage to using a weather resistant GFCI in a bathroom?
Jul
10
revised 2 prong to 3 prong outlet help
added 155 characters in body
Jul
8
answered How should I cut odd angle miters when working with molding?
Jul
5
comment Connect 1/2“ supply line to 3/8” outer diameter faucet line
"Iron Pipe" sizes are also called National Pipe Taper (NPT), and male / female may be labeled MPT or FPT, respectively.
Jul
1
comment Need to fix the grading of my backyard: remove the sod or turn it over?
I just don't see what the grass has anything to do with it. I'm skeptical that you will be able to use a rototiller to do any meaningful movement of soil. If you are moving 2' of soil you will need heavy machinery or a huge amount of labor. No matter how you do this you will destroy the yard... just get it done and then reseed.
Jun
30
comment Need to fix the grading of my backyard: remove the sod or turn it over?
Can you elaborate on what you mean by "fix the grading", including the area (acres), the magnitude of the grading, and whether you are removing soil, adding soil, or just moving it around? A rototiller is really a gardening tool, it won't really help you with moving earth around (other than maybe smoothing out ruts from a lawnmower). My general advice would be to ignore the grass and concentrate on the grading, then repair the grass (with seed or sod) when you're done.
Jun
29
comment How can I safely increase the size of a door bolt?
There are two major differences from a door chain: 1) people expect door locking mechanisms to be near the door handle, not on the ground. 2) if the door is wedged closed and you pull hard on it, you may make the door hard to open at all. As for the alarm: I've never seen those but it looks like it's not designed to keep the door closed, just make a noise.
Jun
29
comment How can I safely increase the size of a door bolt?
I would be a little wary of wedging closed an emergency exit like that. If there were a fire it would be easy for you or a guest to forget and be trapped.
Jun
27
comment 1960s bomb shelter a safe place to wait out a tornado?
@paul: yes, that's right. NOAA tornado warnings are typically at least 10 minutes in advance. Tornados are somewhat unpredictable but do not just appear out of the blue the way an earthquake might, for example. But as I said in my answer, a tornado is a relatively low-risk event.
Jun
26
answered 1960s bomb shelter a safe place to wait out a tornado?
Jun
25
comment How can I combine two outlets into one output using OR logic?
You set this up with most home automation systems, e.g. Belkin's line of WeMo products. You can have an outlet (either a replacement for an in-wall unit or a little inline plug) controlled by a timer and by a switch.