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19h
comment Do acrylic glu-up tub surrounds require backer boards, waterproof membrane underneath?
Greenboard is typically not an acceptable shower back. I don't know if it's allowed when adhering a PVC surround.
19h
comment How can I determine what grade air filter is appropriate?
I tend to use the highest grade filter I can find in a traditional hardware store. This is a relatively inexpensive item that prolongs the life of my ductwork and equipment. A few extra bucks a year.
Dec
8
comment What could be causing my kitchen drawers to be sliding out?
So your tracks weren't actually level. They were vertically level but they were sloped in like this: / \ .. the tighter screw pulled back of the track outward which encourages the drawer out. Adjusting the screw gives you tracks more like | |
Dec
8
comment What could be causing my kitchen drawers to be sliding out?
+1, it isn't the drawer that is unlevel. It is the track!
Dec
8
comment How to tell that projector needs bulb replacement?
@Joe The pixels are not stuck. It's not an LCD. It's a DLP projector and these are dead mirrors on his DMD :(
Dec
8
comment How to tell that projector needs bulb replacement?
@amphibient yours is a DLP projector, then. This part may be user-servicable but be very careful working around the light engine.
Dec
8
comment How to tell that projector needs bulb replacement?
It depends on the projector. You may be able to replace it or it may be under extended warranty.
Dec
5
comment splicing a 25 pair telephone riser
So you're going to cut the wires, then. I strongly suggest you do this with two blocks in accessible locations and not with "beans" in the walls.
Dec
5
comment splicing a 25 pair telephone riser
@Johnny he has to move the block. The wires just aren't long enough to put it where he wants... So what can he do except to hide the existing block and run jumpers between it and a second block?
Nov
25
comment How wide can a sliding door be open, before it becomes a security risk?
I'd suggest that your device will not stop a determined person with malicious intent. Just to test this out, I've personally defeated the "piece of wood in the track" option with bent wire. Instead, consider whether they'll be able to defeat the device without waking you.
Nov
25
comment How can I hook up my dishwasher drain properly?
@Mazura an airgap helps prevent backflow of contaminated water into the supply in the unlikely event of pressure inversion in the pipes.
Nov
25
comment Can a 61-lb speaker sit on a shelf screwed to pine wood paneling mounted directly over masonry?
Is there a reason you can't drill into the masonry and use masonry anchors?
Nov
24
comment What are the pros and cons of adding a vapor barrier behind shower backer board?
If he uses a product like durock, he must apply a barrier to protect the studs. This could be something like kerdi (in your example) or redgard or a traditional barrier but never more than one of these.
Nov
24
comment How would I connect several speakers to an amplifier for multi room sound?
@chegov Your amplifier has a max rating per channel. A splitter won't increase this power, it will just match the impedance as needed. I'd suggest that you amp with 2 channels likely doesn't have sufficient power for six speakers but I would be more certain if you gave me the model number
Nov
13
comment How do I winterize this sprinkler system
When you tried blowing them out did you remember to manually open the solenoid valves and close the relief valve in the manifold box?
Nov
7
comment Can insulation batts run on top of wall studs?
@TheEvilGreebo I wouldn't use bungee cords but I would use steel springs that will tolerate the attic environment.
Sep
19
comment Does the estimated cost of this plumbing repair seem excessive?
A plumber is not a structural engineer and he cannot give you viable advice on how you properly support an excavated foundation. Even if you were to allow the work he recommended you must seek approval from an engineer.
Sep
18
comment Strange smell in August only
Do you have carpets?
Sep
10
comment How can I mount a TV when I can't find studs inside my wall?
@Doresoom by jove that's brilliant!!
Sep
2
comment What are the pros and cons of medium-density fibreboard (MDF)?
MDF is actually preferred in situations where moisture is likely. MDF resins are more water resistance than you would find in any particle, LDF or even OSB.