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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
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.
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
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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.