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I ask way too many questions of my friends, family, and people in my general vicinity so I thought I'd take it to the next level and unintentionally harass people online.


Jul
26
comment How do I widen a hole in wood for flex tube?
I tried preparing a scrap 2x4" as @BMitch suggested but found it difficult. The bit would catch and kick back on the drill. It worked better when I repeatedly plunged the drill through the hole than when I applied constant down pressure. On the real thing, I ended up using a rasp bit to eat away at the hole then used the 1 3/8" bit to do the rest. Once I got the bit in the hole it went through quickly. I don't know why it was easier to drill through the floor than the scrap 2x4". I was able to push the tube through, but then ran into a strange diagonal support beam. But that's another story.
Jul
22
comment How do I widen a hole in wood for flex tube?
Chosen as the answer since it sounds like it would work and is also the easiest. :) Thanks!
Jul
21
comment How do I get to the wall cavity above a double floor joist from below?
I wound up drilling diagonally up from the crawl space starting at the corner where the floor joist met the floor. The drilling angle enabled me to avoid going through the button board. Essentially, I was wrong in saying "I have no room underneath...to drill up into the cavity."
May
21
comment How can I effectively use Google Sketchup to render walls, doors, and windows?
At sweethome3d.com/importModels.jsp it says "For Google 3D Warehouse models available only in SKP/SketchUp format, it is possible to easily convert them to DAE/Collada format by choosing File > Export > 3D Model... out of the menu in the free version of SketchUp." I did this a long time ago with a design of an ikea desk found in a SketchUp library.
May
21
comment Potential wall socket fault
So all of your testing equipment says that the outlet is fine but the surge suppressor indicates that it is not? Does your testing equipment work on intentionally bad wiring? Does your surge strip trip on known good wiring?
Mar
27
comment How do I find out if Air Admittance Valves (AAVs) are allowed in my municipality?
@dbracey: I'd need to move my washer about 8 feet laterally but the two plumbers who gave me estimates said that they'd have to run a new vent line up and out instead. That added a lot to the labor costs which is why I'm considering the AAV. One said he wasn't certain that the current vent pipe was actually venting, even after going up into the attic. They were highly rated contractors (on yelp) so I'm not sure what to believe.
Mar
27
comment How do I find out if Air Admittance Valves (AAVs) are allowed in my municipality?
Thanks auujay, thanks make a lot of sense. At first I thought you meant a department of my local home center (in which cased I'd be SOL) but then I realized you were talking about my city.
Feb
8
comment Where to find drawer box components?
Thanks Tester. Do you know of a source for detailed instructions on doing it the old fashioned way? A lot of carpentry instructions I've come across throw out terminology for cuts and tools that make it seem like you have to be a carpenter to understand.
Feb
8
comment Where to find drawer box components?
Thanks again shirlock. I suspect that my cabinets were custom made at least 30 years ago so I don't think I could get boxes from the manufacturer. I'm not averse to building my own (heck, I took woodshop in 8th grade ;) but the notion of doing it without the right tools seems daunting. It seems that I'd have to spend about $300 to get something that will last though that could pay for itself over time.
Oct
31
comment How should I go about fixing a holey laundry room?
I hadn't thought of the humid air going into the crawl space! What if I were to close off that intake vent and just rely on the others around my foundation? Would you still favor the roof vent?
Oct
31
comment How should I go about fixing a holey laundry room?
Its a protective cover for the crawl space. I presume it is for crawl space ventilation and to also block rodents. The vent itself has a flap which I think would deter them as well.
Jul
10
comment How do I get to the wall cavity above a double floor joist from below?
Dang it, okay. Thanks for your insight!
Jul
10
comment How do I get to the wall cavity above a double floor joist from below?
shirlock: Originally, outlet wiring in those rooms went through the fixture wiring and came from the attic. I didn't like that so was going to come from the crawl space for the outlets.
Jul
3
comment Can I (and should I) remove old unused electrical wiring?
:) I did drop a pretty good paint scraper back there once. Oh well.
Jun
5
comment What should I do about this fixture brace?
I think I'll go with your first suggestion since it wouldn't require any drywall work. See my response to B Mitch. :)
Jun
5
comment What should I do about this fixture brace?
I actually hate installing drywall patches. I'm terrible at taping and feathering and all that, plus the surface of the ceiling has some texture to it which I'd just mess up. But thanks for the suggestion!
Jun
5
comment What should I do about this fixture brace?
I have a Roto-Zip from a previous home project. I was hoping I wouldn't have to go that route but I suppose it makes sense. The fan mfr suggests a 4" x 2 1/8" deep box. I had planned on fastening a box to a 2"x4" and then screwing the board between the joists. Like link The ceiling actually isn't drywall. Its an older kind of plasterboard that's a bit harder than drywall. It also has some sort of metal lath inside. When I used my roto-zip to carve out space for a medicine cabinet it would sometimes generate sparks.
Nov
18
comment How do I close and seal an old external vent?
I like your idea about the spray foam insulation holding the rigid insulation in place. It is metal plating on the inside of the box. What do you think about putting plywood over the metal? Would that help against heat transfer? I'm just worried about creating a huge mess by ripping out the current plates. I pulled off the trim last night. I'll have to figure out how to get rid of the louvres. The bottom 3 or so are open to the outside while the ones at the top are obscured by the back of the rain gutters. How would one protect the plywood from moisture? Some sort of rubber material?
Nov
18
comment How do I close and seal an old external vent?
Thanks Chris, I actually did damage the wall somewhat ripping off the frame but it wasn't too bad. They had used really big nails when they attached it originally. I like using FixAll/FixItAll for deeper pits in plaster/drywall and I think it worked well for repairing what I did yesterday.
Nov
1
comment Should I install baseboards before or after skimcoating?
I ended up doing as you and others suggested and had him fix the really low spots before doing the baseboards. It worked out better I think and I'm glad I checked here first. He used a piece of aluminum, something you'd put around a window or door to hold drywall sheets, to check for gaps. The walls were completed over a week ago now and I primed and painted them. I've started cutting the baseboards with a friend's miter saw. Thanks for the free help offer. I'll try not to abuse your generosity. :)