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bio website mikeberggren.com
location California
age 29
visits member for 3 years, 7 months
seen Apr 15 at 1:15

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


Sep
16
comment Can oscillating “multi-tools” sand vertical surfaces?
Awesome. Thanks!
Sep
16
comment What is the difference between dimmable and non-dimmable CFL bulbs?
I don't know the answer but you may want to check out the following links:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_fluorescent_lamp#Components | dimmablecflblog.com
Sep
16
comment Is the vermiculite found in my popcorn ceiling toxic? Can I remove it myself?
Awesome. A LOT better than the pro-labs one I used... 10 bucks for the test... then 15 for processing that could take a week or 30 for "rush" processing.
Sep
16
comment Is the vermiculite found in my popcorn ceiling toxic? Can I remove it myself?
@markd As always, GREAT info. Just out of curiosity, what was the turn around time for that?
Sep
16
comment Is the vermiculite found in my popcorn ceiling toxic? Can I remove it myself?
Thanks Mark. As per advice from Scott, I contacted the labs (VP of lab actually) and verified that the Vermiculite is "pure" without any traces of asbestos. I still plan to test again prior to removing the ceiling but at least I feel a lot better now. I'm getting an early preview of the "joys" of being a home owner! =D
Sep
15
comment Is the vermiculite found in my popcorn ceiling toxic? Can I remove it myself?
Thanks Scott, I'll do that.
Sep
14
comment What direction should laminate flooring be placed in?
Great info, thanks!
Sep
14
comment Tips and advice for repairing front yard stairs cheaply?
Well said, good sir. Not the answer that I wanted to hear, but the answer I NEEDED to hear. =/
Sep
13
comment How often do septic tanks typically need to be pumped?
LOL!!! Thanks John. I appreciate the feedback and tips. Yea, if everything goes through, I'll be a first-time home buyer and a first-time owner of a septic system so it's great to hear various perspectives from "veterans".
Sep
12
comment Small amounts of moss on asphalt shingles?
Thanks Chris. Appreciate the prompt response. Would I need to add any cleanser after physically removing it?
Sep
11
comment How do I repair loose ductwork?
On a side note, be vigilant in checking for asbestos duct insulation before proceeding with duct work. It was prevalent in older homes.
Sep
11
comment Doors are sticky and noisy when opened?
Agreed. We had a similar issue in the home we were renting where the door space gap wasn't large enough. This was compounded by a fault hinge that caused one side to rub against the frame more closely too. In our case, tightening the hinges made the situation better (but didn't completely solve the issue).
Sep
11
comment Is it unsafe if some three prong outlets don't properly test as grounded?
Thanks for info -- that's quite helpful. Quick question: the assessor rated the house as being 48 years old. From the information I've found, it seems like knob and tube stopped being used in the 1930's. Does that mean that it may be less likely house itself was built with it?
Sep
11
comment Is it unsafe if some three prong outlets don't properly test as grounded?
Thank you very much for the prompt feedback -- I plan to do some more testing next week and will examine it in detail. The report implies that only a couple outlets are experiencing the issue so I hoping that it's a loose connection.
Sep
10
comment How best can I discover what is up with my electrical bill?
I agree! I LOVE my kill-a-watt device -- VERY helpful.
Sep
10
comment How often do septic tanks typically need to be pumped?
While I'm at it -- what are your thoughts on Rid-x? Worth it?
Sep
10
comment How often do septic tanks typically need to be pumped?
Another BRILLIANT response. Thanks Mark. REALLY appreciate your time and patience with the newbie questions. =)
Sep
10
comment How much should replacing septic tank lids cost, and what is involved?
Thank you for the excellent and thorough response.
Sep
10
comment Tips To Inspect/ Popcorn ceilings
Thanks Mark -- Yea, I realized this after I opened the kit and saw the somewhat dismal contents.
Sep
8
comment Tips To Inspect/ Popcorn ceilings
Thanks! Got the kit!