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


Sep
11
comment Is running ethernet cable through an air return allowed under US code?
If wireless isn't an option, why not use powerline networking?
Sep
8
comment How do I retrieve a detached plunger from a bathtub drain?
@BMitch Thanks for the suggestion. Creative too. =)
Sep
8
comment How do I retrieve a detached plunger from a bathtub drain?
Thanks. Yeah, I tried valiantly for another 40 - 50 minutes and still no luck.
Sep
7
comment How can I repair a section of carpet that a cat scratched up?
Do you have a picture? I would think that the answer would depend on the extent of the damage and where exactly it is.
Feb
22
comment What primer and paint should I used for a solid-core wooden front door?
Hi Shirlock. I'm curious -- why is it a bad idea to remove the door from frame before installation?
Jan
20
comment Which home improvement projects produce the highest return on investment when selling?
+1 I agree with @Doresoom. There's a big difference between updating the look of something and fixing known problems. The latter is pretty much expected and doesn't necessarily translate into extra $$$ (but is absolutely necessary).
Jan
11
comment How do I wire an old house with Cat6?
Yup. I agree with Jay. It's a bad idea to have network cabling next to power. Shielded twisted pair cabling can be a little more resistant but I'd simply avoid placing the cables in close proximity at all.
Jan
11
comment How do I wire an old house with Cat6?
Just out of curiosity, why CAT 5 and not something newer like CAT 6? Or at least CAT 5E... If you're going to go to a lot of work, might as well make sure it lasts. =)
Dec
31
comment Should I switch from propane to electric heat?
Great ideas! It's also cheaper too. =)
Dec
30
comment Changing the window in an exterior door
Might want to also check with the manufacturer -- some can be really REALLY picky on servicing and you don't want to prematurely void any warranties.
Dec
30
comment What's the best method and product to use for patching cracks in plaster walls?
@niall c - Thanks. I'll update the answer.
Dec
9
comment Does it make sense for a freezer to work , but the refrigerator to not work?
+1 for mentioning a block in the air vent. Our old refrigerator had a faulty defroster so ice would build up in the air passage between the freezer and fridge.
Dec
8
comment Where can I find a cheap diamond stone-cutting blade for my Dremel Multi-Max?
oOoOh! I didn't know angle grinders were that inexpensive. NICE! Thanks.
Dec
8
comment Where can I find a cheap diamond stone-cutting blade for my Dremel Multi-Max?
@shirlock Thanks for the heads up. Good to know. Yea, I have about 8 feet of brick to cut into about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
Dec
7
comment Is this insulation supposed to be there?
Can you provide a picture? I'm still confused on where you're seeing the insulation. As per inspectionnews.net: "Some metal fireboxes with a metal smoke chamber require insulation in this area to allow for expansion and sealing of the transition between the vitreous clay flue tiles and the metal smoke chamber flue tile receiver."
Dec
7
comment Product recommendations for clearing a drain connected to a septic system?
Cool tip. Thanks.
Dec
6
comment Where can I find a cheap diamond stone-cutting blade for my Dremel Multi-Max?
I noticed the vote to close. Sorry -- in retrospect, I can see how this question could be a little off-topic. I'll be more vigilant in the future and appreciate the answer!
Dec
6
comment Where can I find a cheap diamond stone-cutting blade for my Dremel Multi-Max?
Perfect, thanks!
Dec
6
comment What are the pros and cons of LED vs CFL vs incandescent bulbs for outdoor lighting?
@oKtosiTe Equivalent to $12?!?! That's it. I'm moving to Sweden. =D
Dec
5
comment How do I determine the “hand” of the door?
If that's the case, then I would likely want a right-handed door handle. Because on the hinge side, the hinges are on the right and the old door knob is on the left. This would seem to conflict with the first diagram. Mike = confused.