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Apr
14
comment Free standing shed with single plane roof
I like comintern's answer. If you are going to pour the slab, the best way to attach the base is with bolts embedded in the concrete. If the concrete is already poured, you can use tapcon screws or powder-fired nails (tapcon are easier). If the shed is sheathed in panels (I used T-111 panels on mine), I don't think you need the rafter tie.
Apr
4
comment How can I safely cut the cable on a broken garage door?
If you are careful, you can do this. Note that you should not use steel pipe, you should use solid steel bar. When I did mine I think it was 1/2" tubular steel. You basically unwind the tension one little bit at a time.
Mar
16
answered What is a proper high-quality sub-floor preparation for porcelain tile floor installation
Mar
10
comment Is it against code to splice wires inside of the load center?
And, in fact, they aren't uncommon during box replacement, when getting a clean layout may require a few splices.
Feb
27
answered Add blown in insulation by hand
Feb
17
comment How to apply wallpaper over styrofoam?
+1 on what Steven said. Styrofoam needs to be covered with a non-flammable material such as drywall.
Feb
17
answered How can I repair the structure of this floor?
Feb
3
answered How can I correct a crowned floor joist?
Jan
29
comment Why little holes/dots when I apply joint compound?
+1 on adding a little water and mixing it thoroughly.
Jan
21
comment How to poke coaxial cables out of a wall nicely?
Honestly, I'd just put in the old-work ring, shove the wire back into the wall, and cover it with a blank plate.
Jan
6
comment Is a porch just a deck with a roof?
This is a great answer. To expand a bit on one part, in most places a low deck can be built without permits (though it typically still must conform to code), and building departments may provide standard designs for decks in general. Because porches are rarer, they are going to require more design work and take longer to permit. Having said that, my wife and I did a big (9'x24') second floor covered porch a year or so ago, and we love it.
Jan
6
answered Do I have to replace backerboard before tiling a floor?
Jan
6
answered Can the blanket Insulation in my basement be left in place when refinishing?
Dec
29
answered How to keep my air conditioner from freezing when it is cool outside?
Dec
29
answered How do I pre-wire for in-ceiling speakers and give a clean finished look without installing speakers for several months?
Dec
27
answered Should I build risers and treads out of hard wood floor pieces
Dec
27
answered How to tell if a carpeted floor is level enough for laminate flooring?
Dec
14
answered Why do my LED Christmas lights glow when plugged into a light fixture via an adapter?
Dec
5
answered Why does this switch throw the breaker when turned on?
Dec
1
comment replaced ceiling light wont turn off
Glad I was right. I had a switch that did nothing in my house because of the same issue...