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May
10
comment How can I replace a tilt up garage door, with near zero clearance, low overhead?
Seems to be a pain to weatherstrip.
May
8
comment How can I replace a tilt up garage door, with near zero clearance, low overhead?
See also normstahl.com/en/products/one-piece-doors/technology.html
Mar
17
comment Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?
And if it's asbestos, best policy is to leave it in place. Moving it, even with care, has been shown to increase the number of fibers in the air.
Mar
13
comment Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?
I slip new loom over the top of the old brittle wire. Or, modern heat shrink, and don't have to splice anything. The salvage places (Ohmega and Urban Ore near San Francisco) have the tubes.
Mar
13
comment Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?
80 years is nothing to copper. 80 year old copper is fine. And the 80 year old wood in the same house is probably better than modern wood. The wire used in knob & tube is generally 14 or 12 gauge, same as modern wire, except spaced better.
Mar
4
comment Dryer vent passing through two wooden beams. Is it safe?
@Michal no need for fire caulk, regular old caulk is fine.
Mar
4
comment Stool sounds like foghorn!
What kind of stool has a waterline?
Feb
28
comment How to protect exterior galvanized flashing?
@mike, expensive because of need to tear out stucco, as the flashing goes under the stucco. Local bid is $100/foot for that.
Feb
17
comment What's the proper procedure for replacing ungrounded circuits?
@ThreePhaseEelm a GFCI will not protect downstream outlets if there are only two wires between the points.
Feb
16
comment What could be causing AFCI breakers to keep tripping?
The "official" place to report false tripping is afcisafety.org/report.html
Feb
16
comment AFCI & GFCI nuisance tripping
AFCI false tripping reports can be made at afcisafety.org/report.html
Feb
13
comment Does XPS+OSB subfloor need to be anchored?
Plywood, straight, screwed together into a floating raft.
Feb
6
comment How much damage can a grow-op do to a house in 3 months?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not really a question, more of a statement of worry.
Jan
25
comment what to do with tall, square fireplace opening?
Could you add a picture of the rear side of those doors?
Dec
23
comment How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?
Yep, Home Depot.
Nov
30
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
Except in four western USA States: CA, OR, WA and ID, where insulation is legal after inspection. Remember that K&T with the proper fuse is equal to or better to modern wire in terms of heat dissipation. See diy.stackexchange.com/a/40489/5960 .
Nov
30
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
No sarcasm. K&T does not even need the insulation to perform, where NM cable depends on it. The K&T I happily leave in place is generally inside walls and closed ceilings where it will cause no harm, insulation or not. For where it goes into a junction box I slip new loam or shrink tube over it, and problem is solved.
Oct
24
comment Which is better indirect or tankless hotwater heater
What's your climate zone? Country? Style of heating (e.g. single pipe steam, air to air heat exchanger)?
Oct
24
comment What could be the source of dirt in attic
What kind of roof? Could it be tar instead of dirt?
Oct
24
comment What could cause faucets to spit and sputter only in the fall/winter?
The silver thing is a disconnected ultraviolet light. Dunno about the yellow handle.