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Technology Enthusiast, Gamer, Sci-Fi Addict, and DIY-er in training. =)


Sep
6
comment Where exactly does backer board need to reside in a bathroom?
Sorry - one more question: does backer board go ON TOP of drywall? Or just over the bare walls with a moisture barrier in between?
Sep
6
comment Where exactly does backer board need to reside in a bathroom?
So conversely, in areas where I'm NOT tiling, I don't necessarily need to put backer board down... right?
Sep
6
comment What is the proper way to remove plywood subfloor?
Interesting - I wonder if the terminology is a regional thing? Several sources seem to use the term "subfloor" to indicate the first floor placed on the joists. Sources: renohardwoodfloors.com/your-sub-floor-and-you-what-lies-beneath en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floor#Subfloor_construction hgtvremodels.com/interiors/anatomy-of-a-floor/index.html
Sep
6
comment Why is plywood with tongue and groove preferred for flooring?
Hehe I wasn't confused but clearly had a typo there. :-)
Sep
5
comment Do subfloors in bathrooms require any special sealant or moisture barrier prior to adding standard floor covering (like tile)?
Thanks. It was more of a general question so you answered it.
Aug
7
comment How can I protect my fingers while using a band saw?
cough dremel cough
May
26
comment What specific fitting do I need to connect a 1/4“ copper refrigerator water tube to a 3/4” steel water line that's already in use?
I found the following while perusing at home depot: homedepot.com/p/… Would something like this work? Both output connections appear designed for compression threads so I wonder if the connection to the sink would have issues?
May
25
comment What specific fitting do I need to connect a 1/4“ copper refrigerator water tube to a 3/4” steel water line that's already in use?
So essentially a tee fitting and then two separate valves connected to that? One valve going to the sink faucet and one compression valve going to the refrigerator supply?
Apr
26
comment How should I fill in decorative “gashes” in wood siding?
Thanks @user21234! I didn't know there was a specific name for it.
Dec
27
comment Is it “normal” for a vacuum cleaner to trigger an arc fault breaker?
The vacuum is a Dyson DC14 (about 4 years old). The cord is in good shape. It plugs sniggly in the receptacle. I'm not sure what to check for to determine the reason for the trip - can you please elaborate? The vacuum is rated for 12 Amps.
Oct
3
comment Can I run a 50 amp circuit underground?
@Tester101 I'm confused - I thought some regions require conduit no matter how deep the line is buried and even if it's UF. That's not the case?
Sep
17
comment Why is it good practice to remove sheathing from NM wire when going through conduit?
Sorry... I'm still confused. I (now) understand that NM-cable cannot be used for outdoor conduit at all. But what about UF cable? Does the sheathing for that need to be stripped? prior to routing the wiring through the conduit? Or is it just best to leave the sheathing on any/all times that UF wire is going through outdoor conduit?
Sep
4
comment Is there any reason why I should have a contractor get a permit himself instead of getting it on my own?
Just thinking of the worst case scenario - let's say I hire an electrician to do the work and he flakes. Do I need to get a completely new permit if another electrician will do the same work?
Aug
19
comment Why did an HVAC installer add this PVC pipe?
@DMoore lol I know right? It doesn't make sense to me. The only thing I can think of would be stricter requirements on ventilation tubes... but still.... Good news is that it passed inspection. So as ugly as it is, at least it's code-compliant.
Aug
7
comment How many concrete piers do I need to support a 10 x 10 wooden floor supporting a 1600 lb shed?
So... would it be worth me elaborating more on the design, structure, and measurements? I'd be happy to if that would be helpful in clarifying.
Aug
6
comment What is the official name for this metal bracket that sits on top of a concrete pier?
Why the down vote? Is this not an appropriate question to ask?
Aug
5
comment What kind of foundation should I use for this garden shed site location?
@bib Dually noted. Thankfully my area doesn't have strict permit conditions on foundations for shed. Concrete is OK (as long as the location of the shed complies with setback requirements and isn't habitable). But you're right - codes are different in every area.
Aug
5
comment What kind of foundation should I use for this garden shed site location?
Thanks. I think permanent is the way I'm headed. I'm planning for it to be around at LEAST 5-10 years (hopefully longer) so durability is a must.
Aug
5
comment What kind of foundation should I use for this garden shed site location?
@HenryJackson Updated the post to include climate information. I agree that a poured pad is a little much. I don't want the shed to move but budget is also a concern so I'd like to be as cost efficient as possible. I'd like to shed to be there for the long term - at LEAST 5-10 years.
Aug
5
comment Does water-based paint expire?
How was the paint stored through the 6 years? Did it experience high heat or freezing temperatures? What are you planning to use it for?