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bio website diy.blogoverflow.com
location Houston, TX
age 33
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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.


Nov
9
accepted How do I repair a drywall ceiling when there is blown in insulation above?
Nov
8
comment What can I use to drill dowel holes down the end of a long piece of wood?
I was going to suggest this too, but the doweling jig is a better answer. Just watched someone build a butcher block type top using one of these and then bolting through all the pieces.
Nov
6
revised How do I repair a drywall ceiling when there is blown in insulation above?
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Nov
6
asked How do I repair a drywall ceiling when there is blown in insulation above?
Nov
6
comment Is it worth spending extra to get a nicer circular saw?
One more vote for ryobi. I love my dewalt tools but didn't have the cash when I needed a new saw. The Ryobi has done very well over 5 years and hundreds of cuts.
Nov
3
accepted How do I reduce height of the curb on my driveway?
Nov
2
answered How can I increase the heating efficiency of a forced air system?
Nov
2
comment How can I increase the heating efficiency of a forced air system?
It was originally duck tape, because it sheds water. At least that's what my grandpa taught me. Wikipedia isn't so sure: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duct_tape
Nov
2
comment Why should I use advanced nails instead of wood screws for strength?
@Eric - I had no idea that's why they used glue, I just figured it was cheap and easy.
Oct
31
comment How do I reduce height of the curb on my driveway?
Lots of good ideas here thanks!
Oct
31
comment How do I reduce height of the curb on my driveway?
This is pretty close to what I was thinking. Now I just need to find a stackexchange site that can answer a question of how to actually get in touch with anyone in the permits office for my county. I'm up to 7 unanswered VMs over three weeks for another issue.
Oct
31
comment How do I reduce height of the curb on my driveway?
I built a wheelchair ramp for the house, but I'm not sure how it would work at the curb or driveway. The driveway is cut at the curb line - so any ramp would extend into the street at least a bit. Pretty sure my HOA would be unhappy and we're already on uneasy terms over other accessibility compromises. The ramp would have to be left in place most of the time (I can't run out there and move it around as needed) so anything built on the driveway is also going to get driven on by someone at some point. Not sure how to compromise between sturdy and nonobtrusive with a wood ramp.
Oct
31
asked How do I reduce height of the curb on my driveway?
Oct
30
comment Should I install tamper resistant receptacles
+1 The cost difference is negligible. I replaced all my downstairs outlets last year (plugs were falling out anyway). My 14 month old can pull out the plastic inserts on the nearly new "normal" outlets in my upstairs office - no sweat.
Oct
28
revised Is there a technique or tool for consistently placing drywall screws correctly?
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Oct
28
answered Is there a technique or tool for consistently placing drywall screws correctly?
Oct
28
comment Can quick-drying mud be used on the same drywall joints where slow-drying mud was used?
I honestly don't know if this will work (seems like it would). However, you'd introduce a new learning curve when using quick dry - might not actually save any "actively working" time on the project. Each coat of mud is applied a little different, so you could do a dozen seams all the way using the normal stuff and if you've mastered that do the rest with quick dry. Last comment: The final coat is the one I spend the most time futzing with, so doing the tape coat with normal mud and the final coat with quick dry seems backwards to me.
Oct
27
comment Are standard light bulb bases being phased out?
This is a travesty! What will happen to all the "How many x does it take to screw in a lightbulb jokes?"
Oct
27
comment How best can I discover what is up with my electrical bill?
This looks pretty interesting - any experience with it?
Oct
26
comment What are the pros and cons of soffit vents vs. roof vents?
@Joe I wouldn't worry about the snow thing in most cases, but my brother tells me some states require an install above the roof snow line. May or may not affect the placement and make a soffit vent an alternative. Also can't really speak for places that live under feet of snow, I know they've got exchangers for stoves and whatnot, not sure how bathroom exhausts are handled.