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Sep
10
comment How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?
I love how this went from a negative score to the top answer. :P
Sep
10
comment How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?
Go to the pet store, buy Koi, stock puddle. Fish will eat mosquito larvae. Resume drinking margaritas.
Sep
9
comment How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?
It's asphalt, you can break it out with a pick, but you don't need to - the water will drain off it into the well by itself.
Sep
9
comment How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?
That tire track is a clue - cars are making that area depressed and impermeable - so a natural basin for water to pool in.
Sep
9
comment How do I deal with a wasp nest?
Just walk around your house every once in a while, and take care of these things before they get out of control.
Sep
9
comment How can I air-condition a garage without modifying it?
Not gonna work - door moves away from the wall as soon as it starts to open.
Sep
8
comment How can I air-condition a garage without modifying it?
I thought you wrote "under the garage FLOOR" until I read it more closely... :) - but the problem with having the garage door partly open is that there will be a huge gap at the top.
Sep
7
comment Should I use concrete, or some other method to fix this entry area?
Oops - I take it back - there is mortar in the picture - it's just cracked.
Sep
7
comment Should I use concrete, or some other method to fix this entry area?
There's no foundation :) - but it is on rock, below all the sand and dirt. The walls are built on stacked CMU's (probably 1 layer).
Sep
7
comment Should I use concrete, or some other method to fix this entry area?
Adding more to the answer instead of here - see above.
Sep
7
comment Should I use concrete, or some other method to fix this entry area?
Is suspect is it basically outside...
Sep
7
comment What can I do about a hole for a dryer vent that was cut too big?
@JeremyW.Sherman - I think he/she is "starting from square one" here. In any case, as Jeremy says, spray foam is fine - but it won't look great, and it will last maybe 10-15 years. If that's OK, then go for it.
Sep
7
comment What can I do about a hole for a dryer vent that was cut too big?
Dryer vent is usually 4", so that would make your hole twice as wide as the vent pipe? Is that the case? That would be really strange. Can you measure the hole and the pipe and post the numbers?
Sep
7
comment How can I pass cables vertically through walls that contain fire blocking?
I'm in Cal with a single story ranch and I have blocking, at least in my external walls. Knock with your fist up and down the wall, and you can hear the sound change in the middle if you have it.
Sep
6
comment How to make this electrical main safe
Hey, I'm dropping by PK's house later. Do you guys think it's OK to touch those lines?
Sep
6
comment How to make this electrical main safe
The most likely danger is that a wire will short, it will scare you, and you'll fall off the roof.
Sep
6
comment How to make this electrical main safe
The black cuddled up against the neutral is a bit scary if the insulation has failed there also. Air is a dandy insulator. I might be tempted to stick a wooden wedge between the black and white near the peckerhead (sorry weatherhead) and then leave it for your electrician.
Sep
5
comment How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?
Try OSHA and Cal-OSHA (EPA probably won't do anything, and FDA has no involvement here).
Sep
5
comment How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?
That's such an awesome statement of the building industry status quo. "Yea, we're supposed to suck. Pay me." Unfortunately, since you did pay them already, you will probably get ignored unless you affect their future business, like the EG says in the above comment.
Sep
4
comment What is the most efficient way to dig a hole in a slope?
Wow - 780 cubic feet of soil, or about 32 tons.