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location Houston, TX
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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.


Oct
26
answered What are the pros and cons of soffit vents vs. roof vents?
Oct
25
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
25
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.
Oct
21
comment How do I prevent water from collecting against side of house?
Putting a skimcoat of concrete is pretty easy if you've prepped the surface well. A pretty front walkway is a pro job, but for something like this you can do a good job if you get it angled a bit and leave it alone.
Oct
21
awarded  Suffrage
Oct
20
answered Are there other advantages to using turf over grass seed besides getting instant results?
Oct
14
comment Which material should I use for a whiteboard that would erase easily?
409 works like a charm. I spray it on a dry-erase eraser and go. You really can't beat tileboard on price. I've got 70 square feet of workspace for under $25. Even pricey whiteboard doesn't come completely clean after a few months of hard use without a cleaning product.
Oct
13
comment Should a bathroom fan vent to a separate duct system?
It's entirely possible it's not vented at all. That would be a fantastic way to grow mold.
Oct
9
awarded  Commentator
Oct
9
comment Should I install baseboards before or after skimcoating?
I found I became overly protective of all my trim after I shanked a cut on a $15 piece of crown molding.
Oct
6
comment Questions about Heating/Cooling, ducting
Not an HVAC guy, but it seems like since hot air is going to expand, the vents in the middle are probably supplying the air you're feeling in the front. Alternatively, if there are more branches to the front of the house, you'd have reduced air flow at each vent, but still an aggregated amount of heat.
Oct
3
accepted How do I clean vinyl siding without a pressure washer?
Oct
3
answered How do I clean vinyl siding without a pressure washer?
Sep
29
asked How do I clean vinyl siding without a pressure washer?
Sep
25
answered How do I make a height adjustable desk?
Sep
20
comment What quick and dirty tool/method should I use for cutting scrap drywall?
That's what I'm talking about! And like any good tool, it creates a project of it's own - expanding the workshop to squeeze it in.
Sep
17
comment What quick and dirty tool/method should I use for cutting scrap drywall?
Hadn't thought of that...maybe hose em down a bit right before hand.
Sep
17
accepted What quick and dirty tool/method should I use for cutting scrap drywall?