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bio website diy.blogoverflow.com
location Houston, TX
age 33
visits member for 3 years, 8 months
seen Apr 14 at 9:54

First time homeowner. It's pretty amazing how all those - "We can fix that" problems you noticed during walkthroughs remain undone after three years.

I spent 13 summers as a kid working in my grandpas's woodshop, following around my master electrician/engineer/all-world-handyman dad, or doing random construction crew work. I've dabbled at everything except plumbing, and I'd say I'm an expert at holding. Holding the flashlight, holding the dumb end of the tape measure, and holding heavy things above my head while someone digs in a toolbox.


Feb
28
comment Is there a reasonably priced dog door that allows dogs through but stops cats?
+1 for addressing my concern. We tried something similar and the cats would just dart between his legs as the dog went through the door.
Feb
17
comment Removing stains from concrete
And this: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/2853/oil-stain-on-driveway
Feb
12
answered Fix a Leaky Faucet?
Feb
10
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
7
comment Is a sagging floor possibly detrimental?
Take a look at this question: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/4423/…. I'd get it checked out, but some sagging is normal in older homes.
Feb
5
comment What grit sandpaper should I use between coats of polyurethane?
Same here, 220 or 320, whatever is handy. I also use #000 Steel Wool at the end, rather than a 600 sandpaper. Sandpaper often gums up in places where a small area hasn't fully cured. I also feel like I can follow the grain a bit better, since I have to go slowly.
Feb
4
accepted How long can a fireplace go without cleaning/inspection if it's never used?
Feb
3
revised How bad is it to have wet insulation?
fixed spelling
Feb
3
suggested suggested edit on How bad is it to have wet insulation?
Feb
3
comment How long can a fireplace go without cleaning/inspection if it's never used?
Thanks. I just can't imagine a fire when it's 40F (avg winter low for my area)
Feb
3
asked How long can a fireplace go without cleaning/inspection if it's never used?
Jan
27
comment Should I extend my house upward or knock down and build from scratch?
I think the subjectivity of the question can be improved by removing the "what do people think" and asking for more of a pros/cons approach to the two. As-is it reads argumentatively as well (I was told this but I want the internet to back me up). I hope it can be saved though; it's an interesting question.
Jan
17
awarded  Self-Learner
Dec
11
awarded  Quorum
Nov
20
awarded  Autobiographer
Nov
19
revised Are storm windows necessary for homes in mild climates?
Incorporated good comment
Nov
19
comment Are storm windows necessary for homes in mild climates?
Good points. It's also generally cheaper to install storm windows than replace your existing ones with higher efficiency models.
Nov
19
answered Are storm windows necessary for homes in mild climates?
Nov
19
comment How do I build a French drain?
I like the idea of omitting the fabric (expensive!). Great link.
Nov
19
accepted How do I build a French drain?