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Nov
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accepted How do I reduce height of the curb on my driveway?
Nov
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answered How can I increase the heating efficiency of a forced air system?
Nov
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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
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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
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comment How do I reduce height of the curb on my driveway?
Lots of good ideas here thanks!
Oct
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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
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asked How do I reduce height of the curb on my driveway?
Oct
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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 How do I consistently drive drywall screws to the correct depth?
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Oct
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answered How do I consistently drive drywall screws to the correct depth?
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.
Oct
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answered What are the pros and cons of soffit vents vs. roof vents?
Oct
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comment How can I keep leftover drywall mud from drying out in the box?
When I built my son's nursery I bought the 1 gal buckets (I could only work a couple hours a day and had no idea how much mud it would take - answer: ~ 15 gals ) and once I had four collected I bought the 3.5 gal box of premix and divided it up into my buckets. I recently pulled out a bucket of over a year old mud and it was fine with a little water.
Oct
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answered What consistency should drywall mud be?
Oct
23
comment Should I stop to hand-sharpen my chainsaw, or bring extra chains?
+1 for unforseen problems. The one time you need a new chain is always when you have to hike 2 miles to get it.
Oct
23
comment How do I replace missing drywall strips after an asbestos abatement?
Good answer! One addition - if this is your first time I'd have a sponge and water ready for cleaning mud where you don't want it. Also if you are unhappy with a mud coat you can come back in the first couple of hours and smooth it out a bit with the sponge.