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May
13
comment How can I install a new lighting circuit in my kitchen?
The difficulty is that there are alternative possible wiring schemes for the existing lights. Is the line power coming through the switch and then to the lights or directly to the lights with a switch loop (or a combination among the existing lights)? Pictures of the wiring in the existing switch boxes and the boxes holding the lights may give us enough info to help.
May
7
comment What are the pros and cons of sash vs. tilt and turn windows?
Also, sash windows do not intrude into the room when open, allowing more flexibility in the positioning of furniture and walkspace
May
6
comment Cut the skirting in around my new fireplace, scribing, fixing etc
There is construction adhesive, such as PL, which is very strong. Many other brands. Just make sure you don't plan to remove it (can be done but often destructive).
May
4
comment Cut the skirting in around my new fireplace, scribing, fixing etc
A drill press could do it fairly easily. If you don't have access to that equipment, you could use a coping saw. Or you could glue a small patch of the same thickness to the bottom edge that is bigger than the hold, drill the hole and then trim off the added patch.
May
2
comment Cut the skirting in around my new fireplace, scribing, fixing etc
Good point. If you don't have access, plan as close as possible, then fill the gap on the fireplace side with caulking.
Apr
28
comment Can you support a 20ft 2x6 only at the ends?
@Tester101 Not if you wrap them with nice cedar planks.
Apr
20
comment Placement of romex
Growing up in NYC where nothing but armored was allowed, and then Long Island where everyone knows (?) you can't have exposed NM (and raceways were the only surface treatment allowed), this is an eye opener. I think I agree with @DMoore that the building inspectors I have met would insist on NM being behind the walls except in unfinished space. But, as you say, the code does not seem to explicitly require it.
Apr
20
comment Placement of romex
@DMoore Sounds like an answer (and an important one).
Apr
12
comment Reverse sloped driveway questions
Getting the car out becomes much harder.
Apr
8
comment What is the silicone-like coating on CREE LED light bulbs?
+1 Obviously I posted not seeing that you had already (a minute before?) covered the answer. A year and a half later, the truth comes out!
Apr
1
comment Broken cabinet hinge?
Not likely. Looks like a pot metal casting, and a very thin body at that point. Seems to be held in place by pressure pins. Theoretically the pressure pins could be forced out and a new arm inserted, but much more trouble than the hinge is worth. @Paulster2 's comment seems the best approach.
Mar
25
comment Nicely mounting 2x4s to wall
@ChrisCudmore The so-called french cleat gone thin, metal and modern.
Mar
17
comment What's the strongest anchor for something heavy in double drywall?
Possible duplicate. See this answer. Especially consider the plastic legged "toggler" type.
Mar
11
comment Ceiling lights running dim
Can you tell if the lights dim when the fridge compressor cycles on?
Mar
11
comment Ceiling lights running dim
Is there something with a heavy motor on the same circuit, such as an air conditioner or a refrigerator?
Mar
9
comment Seal crack between brick wall and drywall
@Ecnerwal sounds like an answer.
Mar
8
comment What dehumidification options don't require a lot of electricity?
Thousands of pounds of silica gel?
Mar
8
comment How do I remove painted knockdown texture?
The molding is meant to make a frame on the ceiling to surround a new thin drywall application. It doesn't even have to go exactly to the edge, just serve as a transition from the thicker middle to the old level.
Mar
8
comment How do I remove painted knockdown texture?
Think about a small tapered edge molding for the ceiling with the thin edge toward the walls, and then 1/4" drywall overall.
Mar
8
comment Replacing bathroom switch from single to double switch
Can we get pictures of the wires in the ceiling box and the switch box?