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C# and C++ developer at a software company. On the weekends I spend a lot of time fixing and remodeling my 2.5 story 1926 foursquare house.


Sep
10
comment How can I level sistered floor joists?
A picture or diagram would really help me visualize the problem here. If you don't have the rep to add it yourself provide a link and someone else can edit your post with the picture.
Jul
30
comment How would I go about identifying and matching this wood stain color?
+1 for pointing out this is not oak.
Jul
9
comment What can I do to a chain link fence to make it dog proof?
You can make a DIY version of this with PVC pipes suspended on wire run along the top of the fence. I did this with a wooden fence by installing the wire/pipes between the tops of the wooden fence posts. Not sure on the best way to secure it with a chain-link fence.
Jul
9
comment Are old work electrical boxes acceptable for roughing in?
@Paul Your comment sounds like an answer.
Jun
24
comment Can I build 11' x 5.5' loft with 2x2x8 beam and 2x4 joist?
If you have a 2x8 around the parameter, why are you using 2x6 for the floor joists? From your plans it looks like you are already 8" deep so why not make each joist 2x8?
Jun
16
comment Voltage fluctuations and GFCI ripping drivng me crazy
I have you tried replacing the GFCI unit yet?
May
30
comment What's the recommended drainage groove on stone counter top in kitchen?
If this is to handle runoff from a dish drying rack, look at the size of a normal dish rack and make it about that big.
May
23
comment Should I expect a level ceiling when my kitchen was completely gutted?
I didn't mean to imply that you had to change the joists to level a ceiling. I was trying to get at the "blame" side of this question. My point was if they were doing any work on those joists you should expect the end result to be level. If all they did was take down drywall (or maybe just put holes in it for wiring and leaving the rest up), then it really depends on how for "off" it is.
May
20
comment Should I expect a level ceiling when my kitchen was completely gutted?
Pictures would help us see how "unlevel" it is and suggest workarounds.
May
9
comment ceiling fan rotate slowly in my bedroom only
How is the speed controlled? Does it use a switch on the wall or a pull chain? Did the fan ever work correctly (fast) for you?
Apr
23
comment How to clean spots/stains from marble?
You say it "feels weird on your fingers", this is a good sign as it means the stuff is on top of the marble and should be able to scrub it off. If it gets absorbed into it you would not feel anything on the surface but still see a stain. Try the soapy water scrub as already suggested and let us know how it worked.
Apr
18
comment Why are my floor tiles cracked and how can I lay them again so they won't crack
I guess I can't argue with that point. I just don't believe the OP really knows why the tiles are cracking.
Apr
17
comment Why are my floor tiles cracked and how can I lay them again so they won't crack
1/2 CBU does not help with deflection for tiles (try picking up a 1/2 CBU board and notice how much it flexes). If the floor needs to be made stiffer adding CBU will not do it, you need to sister the joists or reinforce the subfloor with more/thicker layers of plywood/OSB.
Mar
20
comment Installing tile over hardiboard
@SpeedyPetey, I believe they suggest laying it on thinset (as well as screwing) so the thinset fills any voids in the sub-floor. This way you don't get flex in the hardibard when you have a small low spot in the floor.
Jan
6
comment How can I remove a receptacle and abandon the electrical outlet?
The NEC 210-52(a) "Dwelling Unit Receptacle Outlet Requirements" has this requirement.
Jan
6
comment Will blown in insulation help in this situation?
@FiascoLabs, I don't understand how this would be against code. Can you please cite a code that prohibits this? Is it because it would be between the "old roof" and not really inside the house?
Jan
2
comment Can I paint over RedGard waterproof membrane?
I just tiled it and it looks good and seems to work well.
Dec
17
comment I have a very humid room in the house, should I isolate it?
The big problem in a grow house (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grow_house) is the humidity that results from it.
Dec
17
comment How should I install a thermostat for a baseboard heater?
Does it have a thermostat on the actual heater now? The goal is to replace that with one on the wall?
Dec
17
comment How should I install a thermostat for a baseboard heater?
Good idea for tracing the wire. I agree that it seems unlikely that there is already enough slack in the wire to add your thermostat. You will probably need to run a new line somewhere to give you enough slack.