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Jul
26
comment How do I repaint my kitchen cabinets?
You may need to strip the old paint to get proper adhesion. What is the base material?
Jul
24
answered mold problem in basement
Jul
24
comment Is sheathing required under a hybrid concrete tile roof?
As answered, it is not required for tile roofing. However, some structures require sheathing to distribute wind and seismic loads. Your house is apparently not one of these structures. Just because a building has tile roofing does not necessarily mean the building does not require sheathing, other factors may be at play. Just sayin'.
Jul
24
comment Does 2008-era drywall contain asbestos?
@DA01 - you are technically correct, but it is a dangerous and misleading statement. It is NEVER OK to expose one's self to asbestos fibers, even for one DIY job. Prolonged occupational exposure does dramatically increase the likelihood of developing a related illness. But a single fiber embedded in lung tissue has the potential to develop into an illness, a risk no one should take despite the very long odds.
Jul
23
comment How can I stop this water from entering my basement?
As DA01 said. Because any kind of sealant applied to the inside like I believe you are thinking will be ineffective. Ideally, stop the water from entering. If you can't, you have to collect it and remove it. Basically restating DA01 in generic terms because there may be more than one approach to meet a need.
Jul
23
comment What is the ideal distance between supports of a shelf?
You will need supports at every stud unless you stiffen the plywood by rabbeting it into vertical wood strips front and back. Then support every other stud should be OK. I'm thinking strips about 15mmx30mm in section, not little batten strips.
Jul
23
answered Using Window AC as Wall AC
Jul
23
comment Help me retrofit a closet in this room
I think the left wall is the only location that makes sense. A slight variation would be to run a desk/vanity from where the bookcase is shown to about where the vent is. The small space between vent and exterior wall behind the desk could again be a bookcase. You lose closet space, but gain a desk. Just a thought.
Jul
23
answered How can I trace the path of plumbing lines inside walls without cutting holes?
Jul
23
answered What is the minimum distance an electrical outlet can be from an exterior door?
Jul
22
comment Should we cover weep holes with wire mesh?
Or how about a folded or rolled scuffing or scrubbing pad? Does not retain much moisture and you may find a color that's not too obvious.
Jul
22
comment Replacing Oil Furnace with Heat Pump
In that case, then yes, all you need is a blower unit, and the proper controls so the various components work together properly.
Jul
21
comment Good looking drywall, without mud and tape?
Put a batten of trapezoidal section over each joint that works off the bevel in the drywall. Once painted over, it becomes a "design feature". Certainly not for everyone, but may not look too bad.
Jul
21
answered What kind of skylight would allow the most light and heat into my home?
Jul
21
answered Replace light fixture ceiling box between levels
Jul
21
answered Can I reasonably build a pergola on top of an 8'x12' deck?
Jul
21
answered Replacing Oil Furnace with Heat Pump
Jul
21
comment Rewiring A Ceiling Fan - Add Wall Switch
@gregmac - true, assuming the fan power is run through the switch box and OP is willing to put in a double box for both light and fan. The wireless variant works in a single box of course, but the light control on these is too fiddly if it is for the primary room light.
Jul
21
comment Testing generator output
Do you want to test that it simply works within reasonable parameters or that it can deliver up to the full 6kw of power? Do you want to test just voltage and current? Or also frequency and waveform? The more parameters to check the more equipment needed.
Jul
19
comment Sewage? Or is my dog just farting?
Neither sulfur nor sewage smells are pleasant but they are also normally rather different odors. I live near Yellowstone (volcanic vents) and work near sewage treatment facilities, I experience both on a regular basis. Are you sure the kids found all the eggs from last Easter's egg hunt? Or stashed one of their finds?