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bio website diy.blogoverflow.com
location Houston, TX
age 34
visits member for 4 years, 3 months
seen Oct 16 at 10:00

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.


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?
Nov
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
18
comment How should I drain fuel from my mower?
One thing to think about with that wasted gas - what were you going to do with it? You shouldn't keep it until next spring.
Nov
18
comment What are the “must do” tasks before winter hits?
Check your wipers too - old wipers will smear that road sludge all over your windshield.
Nov
17
comment What are the “must do” tasks before winter hits?
+1 Good one! Also make sure you can find your shovel. I tossed mine when clearing out the garage one summer and forgot to buy a new one. Needless to say that first snowfall left 2 foot drifts on my porch steps.
Nov
17
answered What are the “must do” tasks before winter hits?
Nov
16
revised How do I remove an oil stain from my concrete driveway?
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Nov
16
comment How do I remove an oil stain from my concrete driveway?
@Jeff - I'll take it out of my answer. I know why and how it "works", but it's really a last resort. I'm intrigued by the lime and turpentine paste.
Nov
16
asked How do I build a French drain?
Nov
15
answered How do I remove an oil stain from my concrete driveway?
Nov
15
comment What's a good general purpose light-use drill?
@merk It doesn't seem that long ago that a 12V was considered the "powerful" cordless drill. I've got one that's 11 years old and it still comes out of its semi-retirement pretty often. Don't worry about the battery voltage unless you've got a lot of screws to drive.
Nov
13
answered How do I keep my pool water clean without nasty chemicals?