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Jul
11
revised Can I stud out a wall without removing the plaster
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Jul
11
comment How can I finish a hole in the wall?
+1 If you search the web for images of round flange, you will find lots of possibilities. If you could get away with 2.5", high speed heating vents come in a wide variety of finishes. You also should consider using a short section of pipe (plastic or metal) lining the hole in the wall itself to reduce dust and airflow.
Jul
11
comment Replacing window
It looks like a slider.
Jul
10
answered How many dimmer switches do I need?
Jul
10
comment Am I required to have a doorknob lock on my exterior door?
While in-knob locks are almost always self locking, so are many auxiliary latches. But I guess that would just perpetuate the problem of being locked out. Usually you can turn off the self-latching feature and just rely on the deadbolt.
Jul
10
revised Am I required to have a doorknob lock on my exterior door?
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Jul
10
answered Am I required to have a doorknob lock on my exterior door?
Jul
9
answered Moving a light switch without moving it
Jul
9
comment What should we do about stained hardwood floors that are still wet after three days?
Was it stain or a stain/polyurethane combination?
Jul
9
comment Rule of thumb for prefilling drywall vs. recutting a piece of new drywall
If you need more than about 1/2 inch, use a piece of board, either a 1x2, furring strip or a scrap of trim molding. The precision leveling is best done with shims, tapered flat boards about 2 inches wide, 6 - 8 inches long and tapered from about 1/32 inch to about 1/4. They are sold in a pack. By laying a pair of them with their tapers facing in opposite directions, you have a flat surface that can be varied in thickness.
Jul
9
comment Where can I buy elbow grease?
I think there is a plume of it emitted by the La Brea Tar Pits.
Jul
9
comment Importance of Following Procedure
+1 The reason a router is used to remove the notched out material is the difficulty in cutting the end of a post with a circular saw - not enough balancing surface to be safe. Also the cut is about 5 1/2 inches deep. If the post were chocked upright in a brace, a hand saw might be an alternate approach
Jul
9
comment Why does dirt kill saw blades?
@Mark That's exactly what I was going to say (if I knew any science).
Jul
9
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Jul
9
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Jul
8
revised Why does dirt kill saw blades?
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Jul
8
answered Why does dirt kill saw blades?
Jul
8
comment FPE panels replaced
Who warned you?
Jul
8
comment Rule of thumb for prefilling drywall vs. recutting a piece of new drywall
@gregmac That is the method that pros have always used when the joint is not on framing. It's been taken to the next level by commercial backer boards claiming to work for butt joints on on full sheets better than an on-stud joint.
Jul
8
answered Rule of thumb for prefilling drywall vs. recutting a piece of new drywall