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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...
Nov
29
answered replaced ceiling light wont turn off
Nov
24
comment How do I tile over a leveled floor with a feathered edge?
If you measure the out-of-levelness, you can find some online tables that will suggest tile size. If it were for a bathroom, I'd probably go to the effort to do bigger tile, but for a laundry room, I'd probably stick with something like 6x6 to make it easier.
Nov
24
answered What could cause a temperature variance between our kitchen and the rest of the house?
Nov
24
comment Are there span tables published for repairing a cut roof joist?
I don't think that your repair is sufficient; I don't think you have enough strength under compression nor do I think that your fastening is enough. I agree with the structural engineer; you want at least 12" of overlap. If you can't get that, then I want to see the old 2x4 attached to the new one by a couple of 3/8 bolts at both ends.
Nov
23
comment Can I leave drywall floating in the corners of my basement ceiling?
It is okay to leave it floating if you use clips. However, you would generally only do that on the top floor; you leave it floating so that truss lift doesn't crack the drywall joint. This is a basement so truss lift is not an issue.
Nov
23
answered How do I tile over a leveled floor with a feathered edge?
Nov
8
answered How to build disassemblable structure?
Oct
26
answered Is a2x8x10' enough support as a ridge beam for a 14'x10' shed roof?