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Sep
12
comment What kind of tool is used to stir paint in a can?
+1 If I'm getting more paint for the project I've also asked the paint desk to shake my old cans for me. Sometimes they will.
Sep
12
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Sep
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awarded  Nice Question
Sep
11
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Sep
11
comment Is it normal to find cracks in new concrete?
I agree that the pour looks bad, but to answer your title question: it depends. Cracking in concrete surfaces can be perfectly normal depending on the type of concrete and climate. Here in Northern Nevada, for example we have two types of concrete: concrete that is cracked, and concrete that is going to crack.
Sep
11
comment Can an external light fixture and an external receptacle share a circuit?
+1 Particularly in the OP's case for exterior fixtures. While we did the electrical in the house to keep lights and outlets separate I kept them together for the outdoor GFCI circuit so that I would know if the breaker tripped.
Sep
11
answered How can you reverse a sliding glass door?
Sep
10
comment What's the standard height for an outlet?
While there is a "standard height" between 12" and 18" to center (or 16" to the top), I would measure your existing outlets and match them.
Sep
10
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Sep
10
comment How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?
-1 This is more appropriate as a comment than an answer.
Sep
10
revised Do I have to remove the old thinset before installing new tile?
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Sep
10
comment How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?
The puddle doesn't "not drain" because of the road. The problem is that the soil at the surface is saturated or less penetrable by the water. Drilling holes in the asphalt will not resolve this problem. You need to provide a way for the water to penetrate the soil, and that means digging.
Sep
10
comment How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?
@JamesHackett you would dig up your grass, then replant it over the well.
Sep
10
revised How can I build an insert on a desk that adjusts the height of a sewing machine?
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Sep
10
comment What is involved in sizing and designing ducts and ductwork?
That depends on your attic space or bulkhead though, to be fair. double 12s occupy a 12x24 space. If you were trying to fit into a bulkhead, this may be preferable to the 18x18 space... though just using a 12x24 rectangular would be even better and could meet spec... though this did not apply to my particular circumstance.
Sep
10
answered How can I build an insert on a desk that adjusts the height of a sewing machine?
Sep
10
comment What is involved in sizing and designing ducts and ductwork?
@TheEvilGreebo... you'd be surprised. The plan called for an 18" round and we happen to walk in on him installing two 12's because he didn't have the elbow he needed for the 18. We tried to explain it to him for like 15 minutes by doing the math on paper, etc... only to have to say "you're not getting paid unless you use an 18 or double 14s"
Sep
10
comment What is involved in sizing and designing ducts and ductwork?
Why do you want to run new ducts? What problem are you addressing?
Sep
10
comment What is involved in sizing and designing ducts and ductwork?
+1, it also helps to know how to calculate cross-sectional areas. (width * length for rectangles, Pi * radius^2 for circles). I once had a "professional" HVAC installer tell me than two 12" rounds were "way bigger" than an 18" round...
Sep
10
comment How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?
You don't want to regrade, nor do you want to put in a drain? Well, those are the two options for correcting this correctly. You could, otherwise, dig a trench and fill with drain rock. This give water more surface area in which to percolate.