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comment Do I need a permit to renovate a porch in NYC?
Most jurisdictions have something like a certificate of existing use for structures built before Cs of O were required. When you try to sell you may need a cursory inspection to make sure it's not a deathtrap, but nothing like a full blown C of O inspection. You may need a C of O for any new work done post building code.
Jul
21
comment Automated/Controlled Lighting - Options?
This is basically spam. If you posted a generic answer and then made a passing reference to your company, among others, providing materials, including disclosure, it might pas muster.
Jul
21
comment Convert light socket to plug socket for LED lighting strip
Can you post an image of the socket?
Jul
21
comment What kind of insulation should we put under new tin roof?
2x4 rafters? That seems undersized for a roof
Jul
18
comment What is a good technique for cutting in when painting?
Probably one of the most significant issue contributing to fatigue is we amateurs holding onto our brushes with a deathgrip. It takes a pro (or a lot of conscious effort by the less-than-pros) to hold gently and let the stroke and paint flow.
Jul
18
comment Do silent door latches exist?
No problem. Please continue to ask questions.
Jul
18
comment Do silent door latches exist?
Duplicate of this question.
Jul
17
comment How do I change a switched outlet to a half-hot outlet?
The reason being you need two hot lines (two blacks, two reds, or one black one red) at a half-hot outlet, one switched and one always hot. If it is switched now, you don't have an always-hot wire in the box.
Jul
17
comment Block view, but allow sunlight from windows
@DMoore If I got a nickel for every product I linked or illustrated, I could buy this site! (And think how rich Tester101 would be!!)
Jul
15
comment Ceiling fan fixture lights flicker then whole unit fails completely
Using a non-contact tester, can you read power on the hot lead to the fan, or remote control, when the wall switch is on? (If you do not know how to do this safely, as @keshlam suggests, you probably should call in a pro.)
Jul
15
comment How to untangle spring for kitchen faucet hose?
The upper half has to be pushed down below the lower half. Try it as it is configured now (as it appears in the picture). If that doesn't work, rotate the upper half 90 degrees clockwise and try again.
Jul
13
comment Is a special circular saw blade needed to cut plastic?
Your first link doesn't seem to work.
Jul
13
comment How can I set up a timer for my motorized blinds?
Good point. How does the current one work? Is it a double throw switch, that you hold for up and it stops when you let go? Is down in the same direction or opposite on the switch?
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
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
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