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Feb
22
revised Should I install my own electrical service panel or hire an electrician?
clarify question
Feb
22
comment Should I install my own electrical service panel or hire an electrician?
Thanks. I have the document from the power company. Note that this is permanent service to a remote location (a post) not permanent service.
Feb
22
comment Should I install my own electrical service panel or hire an electrician?
@shirlockhomes: It's a private street, vacated by statute, but not privately owned. Anyway, that part I've already vetted with the power company and the county.
Feb
22
comment How can I efficiently dig small footing holes?
FYI, I rented a gas-powered 2-person auger with the largest drill they had, 12" diameter. It worked really well except when it hit a rock it couldn't move, and it struggled with roots a bit. But now I still have a lot of hand digging to finish the holes. They also had a Toro Dingo with a 24" auger; I may rent that and re-drill the holes.
Feb
22
asked Should I install my own electrical service panel or hire an electrician?
Feb
19
comment What are some routine home maintenance tips?
The inspection is a good idea when buying a house, so you know what you're getting, but do you think owners should get a regular inspection, say every year or 5?
Feb
19
revised What are some routine home maintenance tips?
formatting, clarification
Feb
19
comment What are some routine home maintenance tips?
I think the question can be confined slightly by asking about preventative maintenance. That is, the work that if you don't do you, will cause more damage down the road. Also, I suggest confining further to the kinds of things you won't notice day-to-day. So, a sink P-trap that leaks is likely to get noticed because you'll see that things are wet, but if you don't know to clean the air filter on a furnace you'll be surprised when the furnace fails early. Similarly, caulking around windows isn't preventative and so wouldn't go on this list.
Feb
16
comment How can I efficiently dig small footing holes?
@Tester101 I imagine an excavator making a longer hole than I want, which will mean more filling later. Am I wrong?
Feb
16
comment How can I efficiently dig small footing holes?
I tried a digging bar today. We hit a few really big rocks and it was perfect for prying them out. It also works well for loosening the bottom of the hole where the mattock can't reach.
Feb
15
comment How can I efficiently dig small footing holes?
Thanks for your answer. For this soil there are too many rocks for a post holer. For the gas auger, I worry that with all the work of squaring, cleaning out the hole, and shoveling away the spoils, that I won't save much. Maybe I'll give one a try, though.
Feb
14
asked How can I efficiently dig small footing holes?
Feb
12
comment Is there a good way to lay out a right angle?
I'm worried that I've made a lot of assumptions about the normal way to do this work that aren't actually normal, thus making my question nonsensical. Please let me know what details are missing.
Feb
12
asked Is there a good way to lay out a right angle?
Feb
12
comment What is a good way to cat-proof (or child-proof) kitchen cabinets?
I will tell you #4 if you pay me enough.
Feb
10
answered What is a good way to cat-proof (or child-proof) kitchen cabinets?
Feb
10
comment Why is my bath tub plug hole bubbling?
At least in my part of the world, code requires a vent in all waste plumbing. The P-trap is supposed to stop sewer gases from coming in your home, so the vent allows pressure to equalize.
Feb
10
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Feb
10
comment Fire Extinguisher In Unheated Garage & Shed
Remember to put your fire extinguisher where you can reach it if there's a fire. For example, if it's over the stove and there's a stove fire, it's out of reach. Try near a doorway, so you can get it without entering the burning room.
Feb
10
comment How can I keep a rug from moving?
I have these and they help, but things still move. I have a rug with a built-in non-slip pad and it stays put really well.