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Jan
21
asked How can I stop Lego bricks from falling in to a register?
Jan
20
comment Which home improvement projects produce the highest return on investment when selling?
Are you thinking about improvements solely as a way to earn a profit, or are you wanting to benefit from them directly?
Jan
19
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
18
comment How exactly does a 3-way switch work?
To extend your answer: a 4-way switch has two connections (red + black) on each side. You can wire as many of them in a row as you want. If you keep a 4-way switch on hand, you use it as a drop-in replacement for a broken 2- or 3-way switch, by jumpering screws together.
Jan
18
revised how to install pre-finished hardwood floors?
spelling, grammar
Jan
18
comment What do I do with a leaky roof in the middle of January?
A picture is nice.
Jan
17
comment Can I build a garbage chute that connects the garage for residential use?
Most of the stinky in my kitchen is from rotting food scraps. The humanure folks use sawdust to control smell. So: get a 5 gallon bucket, and put 2" of sawdust on the bottom. Whenever you have food scraps, dump them in, then add a handful of sawdust. This goes in the compost pile when it's full.
Jan
17
comment How high should I make my yurt platform?
Why does anyone build anything? Lots of people live in these yurts, for example. They're charming.
Jan
16
comment How do I put up a roof ladder?
Wow, I totally didn't get that you wanted to put a ladder on the roof! Feeling a little clueless now. :-)
Jan
16
revised How do I secure wiring in an exterior electrical box?
add picture
Jan
16
answered How do I put up a roof ladder?
Jan
16
asked How high should I make my yurt platform?
Jan
15
comment How do I put up a roof ladder?
How many stories to the roof? What's the roof pitch?
Jan
14
comment Should I replace my roof or just fix it?
They already did that (diy.stackexchange.com/q/3185/80) and picked up a lot of nails, but we still find some occasionally. We don't walk around barefoot in the grass any more, and miss it. :-(
Jan
13
answered How do I level a pipe with the ground?
Jan
13
comment How do I level a pipe with the ground?
The original is the Fein MultiMaster, which sells for $300-$400. I used one when the schooner Adventuress was getting new bunks in the fo'c'sl, and it was a very sweet tool. For anyone who will use it often, it's great! According to wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fein_Multimaster) the patent expired in 2008, and now there are many clones. Even Harbor Freight has them for $35 (harborfreight.com/multifunction-power-tool-67256.html) but it will probably turn to trash quickly.
Jan
13
comment How do I level a pipe with the ground?
Around here, drain pipes are usually 4" diameter. Sewer pipe is likely to be plugged, as there's nasty stuff in there (duh). Since it doesn't have a cap, I would guess it's a gutter drain.
Jan
13
answered Should I replace my roof or just fix it?
Jan
13
revised How do I wire an old house with Cat6?
expand, especially pulling through attic
Jan
13
comment What's the best way to terminate plastic water supply pipe?
I've decided that I'm happy with the valve, because it makes it easier to drain the plumbing completely for winter, or flush the plumbing to sanitize.