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May
10
comment Flexible LED light strips falling from cabinet
I'd use clear silicone for something like this. put it on, tape it up, and then remove the tape after it's sat overnight.
Apr
10
comment How should I deal with old black mastic before installing floor tiles?
Call up the thinset manufacturer; they will tell you what they recommend.
Mar
9
comment Running underground wire to a shed
The answer to questions like this is almost always, "find your local permitting authority, and ask somebody there".
Feb
23
comment Do I really need a newel post at every change in direction in a banister?
Henry is correct on the force required. that is a lot of force, and I don't think you'll be able to do it just nailing on the spindles
Feb
21
comment How should I run stripped cable through conduits?
If you are running NM-B wire through conduit, you need to derate it because of heat concerns.
Jan
16
comment Adding electrical service to detached garage
Pull a permit from whatever jurisdiction has authority and then ask them these questions. They will tell you what is required in your area.
Jan
8
comment Attic Moisture frost forming
I like HerrBag's answer. It is the most likely cause of the situation.
Dec
29
comment How do I wire receptacles for a washer and dryer on a new circuit?
What sort of dryer are you going to run with 20 amps? Most driers are 220/30 amp
Dec
22
comment What should I look for in a Whole House Fan
To expand a bit, there are two kinds of whole-house fans. There are the big ones with, say, an 18" fan. They are loud, but move a ton of air. They are typically not insulated. Fine for areas without much of a heating season. The second type typically use big computer-style fans, have automated louvers, and are insulated. They are good choices if you heat during winter.
Nov
12
comment How do I correctly install ceramic floor tile?
A few comments... First off, you may or may not need plywood on top the subfloor; it depends on the support of the subfloor, how much deflection in the floor, what size tile, whether you are using an isolation membrane, etc. Second, the screws for cement board are definitely made of metal, though they are coated. Third, there are other types of backer board other than cement board.
Nov
12
comment How do I correctly install ceramic floor tile?
It's a huge topic, and not something you can really cover in a single post. Things change based upon the size of the room, the use of the room, the support underneath the floor, the kind of subfloor, the kind of tile, adjacent flooring types, etc. I like the books that Taunton puts out (Tiling complete or working with tile).
Sep
6
comment When installing hardwood floor which room should I start with?
I like this approach. I would start with a room that I didn't care too much about to get used to the technique.
Sep
6
comment When installing hardwood floor which room should I start with?
I also think those floors are probably savable.
Sep
6
comment What is the proper way to remove plywood subfloor?
In the US, "subfloor" means the floor that is directly on top of the joists. If there is additional sheet goods on top of that floor, it may also be called "subfloor". The finish floor then goes on top of it.
Jul
27
comment How do I replace a wooden fence post that was set in concrete?
I also took this approach. After I drilled the post, I used a chisel to remove the remainder of the wood. I ended up having to lengthen the handle of the chisel to reach to the bottom. In my case, the bottom was rotted out so it wasn't that bad. If I needed to burn it out, I'd use a propane weed torch to do it. Make sure you don't burn out a pressure-treated wood post; the fumes will be toxic.
Jul
3
comment How to install LED strip where before I had a fluorescent tube?
Philips makes a bulb called "instant fit" which does not require rewiring.
May
26
comment Insulation of Basement Block Wall and Framing
Vapor barriers are a complex subject. The best source I know is BuildingScience.com; you will find good advice there.
May
18
comment Should I add a vapor barrier when re-siding?
A great resource for questions like this is BuildingScience.com. You will be able to find a lot of information there.
Apr
19
comment what size wood to use for garage loft
If the 2x12s are too tall, you could look at using LVL lumber. It's more expensive but can carry more load.
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.