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Feb
19
comment For planning interior walls, should I get an architect or interior designer or someone else?
There are lots of codes, depending on what and where you are building. Some jurisdictions have limits on the number and amount of windows, the number and placement of outlets on a wall, the number of bedrooms allowed in a particular area or zone, the height of ceilings, even the ability to convert a basement to living space at all. OP's jurisdiction may or may not have such rules, but you are right, a knowledgeable contractor who works in the area will have that info.
Feb
18
comment Can I attach a television mount using custom drilled holes?
@jim Sounds right. Just use good strong bolts.
Feb
18
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Feb
18
answered Can I attach a television mount using custom drilled holes?
Feb
18
comment is it worth upgrading from 14 AWG to 12 AWG
+1 Also 12 AWG is harder to pull, bend and attach. It is also harder to seat switches and receptacles in boxes. Where you need it great; where not, skip it.
Feb
15
comment How to (portably) mount warped plywood artwork on apartment drywall?
Your right, I assumed the warpage was along the horizontal (not sure why). If it is only warping in the vertical dimension, run the angle stock vertically. If it is in both directions (pretty rare) you could run four bars just in from each edge.
Feb
15
comment Would connecting the downpipe to a gas boiler inlet save energy?
Perhaps if there are cows or sheep in the neighborhood, you could rig flexible hoses to each of their nether-ends to further advance your calorie conservation efforts. Of course it would only work if they are not too free-range, or the energy lost from manufacturing of overly long tubing would negate the eco-friendliness of the endeavor.
Feb
15
answered How to (portably) mount warped plywood artwork on apartment drywall?
Feb
14
comment Door newly out of plane - just winter weather or bad framing?
How well sealed (paint, varnish) is the door? Top and bottom edges as well?
Feb
13
comment Why is the neutral wire the same size as hot wire in a 3C cable?
Isn't longneck's answer below correct?
Feb
12
comment How to repair a microwave door with a broken spot weld
@Edwin Respectfully disagree. I am pretty game to try projects involving a wide range of risks. Also don't think that we have to follow a manufacturer's admonition of no user serviceable parts . Some things carry risks that just aren't worth it if an error can be catastrophic (e.g. serious gas installations by someone with no experience). Microwaves have been largely tamed, but a leak would be bad. The cost of replacement is often less than $100. I think the risk/reward ratio is poor. Also, i think that this site should not advocate activities that are high risk to a non-expert audience.
Feb
12
comment How can I locate and repair a break in a circuit?
@getterdun You should expand this into an answer. Explain how to test and why downstream outlets don't work.
Feb
12
comment How to repair a microwave door with a broken spot weld
@Edwin Warnings from health organizations have been added to the answer.
Feb
12
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Feb
11
answered How to repair a microwave door with a broken spot weld
Feb
10
comment Is frost at the far edges of my attic a concern?
And is there insulation below the frosted areas? And is there a vapor barrier anywhere?
Feb
8
comment Two Black One White in Ceiling Box Connected w/two switches
How was the old fixture wired?
Feb
7
answered Why does hot water come from the faucet when only the cold water tap is on?
Feb
7
comment Does thining wood filler make it crack when drying?
Many paintable caulks also claim to be stainable, but they will take stain very differently from wood. Do a test strip before putting it on your finished piece. Some caulk also comes in colors, such as tan, that may get you closer to your goal.