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Civil engineering undergrad who ended up a computer programmer and did nothing with the degree.

House built in 1930 w/ all of the plaster walls, poor insulation and single paned windows that entails. I've done a number of projects (yard drainage, attic insulation, rebuild a garage) and have helped others w/ their projects. Still have a ways to go on the home, though.


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Jun
17
comment Unplugging vs running an empty refrigerator
The jugs of water trick is for when you're going to be opening the fridge alot -- so you have thermal mass and less air that exchanges each time you open the door.
Jun
10
answered Do I install my green board before I install my shower pan?
May
25
comment What is the weight limit on pergo flooring?
I'm guessing that the company my neighbor had redo their kitchen had no clue -- they insisted we put the floor down, then put the cabinets on top of it. I'm starting to wonder if the damage to the floor is caused by that, rather than our assumption that the time one of his kids decided to 'mop' the floor and left standing water for at least an hour before an adult realized.
May
25
answered What is the weight limit on pergo flooring?
May
25
comment Projector ceiling mounting using 2 screws instead of 4: risky?
Do you have an old house, with small children? If so, the shaking from the kids jumping on the couch (no matter how many times you've told them not to) could be a problem w/ a less than ideally mounted projector.
May
24
comment What is the weight limit on pergo flooring?
As floating floors expand/contract with temperature & humidity, I'd suspect that a heavy object near a wall, that might pin down a given a section and not allow it to move is going to be more problematic than one in the middle of the room. Two heavy objects would also be problematic.
May
15
answered Key card door lock?
May
13
comment GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it
If it had been an exterior wall on a warm day, that alone can explain it -- as the electrical box means there's less insulation in that location.
May
7
comment How to get a straight line when painting wall with fillet to ceiling
how much 'not perfectly straight' is it? Is the ceiling level, if so, you might be able to get away w/ a laser level to give you a line that you can then mask.
May
7
comment mesh net to help keep crawlspace insulation from sagging
What @OrganicLawnDIY said ... they're just wires w/ sharpened points that you shove into the joists every couple feet, and they'll support the fiberglass. If it's still continuing to sag, add one in between where you have 'em.
Apr
22
revised How much maintenance should I budget for a historic home?
see 'update' message.
Apr
17
comment How much maintenance should I budget for a historic home?
@glenviewjeff : frequency of the painting depends on lots of things; the north side will take less wear from sunlight, but could run into issues of mold developing in wet weather. It's possible that better quality paint will last longer; I'm not an expert on that one. I'm overdue for painting my garage (painted in a hurry 14 years ago to meet the 'continuous surface of paint' for the mortgage company), so 10-15 years might be a fair estimate. (and painting it BEFORE you need to scrape / sand means a lot less work)
Apr
17
answered How much maintenance should I budget for a historic home?
Apr
16
comment Hanging up blackboard adhesive over a rough textured wall
There's also blackboard paint (although most companies call it 'chalkboard paint')
Apr
16
comment What basic safety equipment should everyone have?
@Pacerier : you test it against a known hot circuit first, such as down at the panel when you're slipping off a circuit. Then you know it's functioning before you rely on it.
Apr
16
comment What basic safety equipment should everyone have?
@Pacerier : it detects if there's AC power near the tip ... so it'll light up if there's still power going to a line you're planning on working on. (ie, if you didn't flip the right switch or circuit breaker)
Apr
16
comment What basic safety equipment should everyone have?
@Pacerier : it's cheaper than most power tools. You can often find good ones for $50. I got a pink pair for a co-worker for under $40.
Apr
8
comment propane torch question
My propane torch doesn't need to be upright -- I use it for burning holes in weed prevention fabric when I'm planting. (which means I've got it upside down, or pretty close). It's just your generic screw-onto-a-propane-cylinder type torch.
Apr
8
comment What kind of screws are used for the door knob of an interior door?
Find another doorknobin your house from the same manufacturer, borrow one of the screws from there, make sure it fits the lost screw doorknob, then take it to your hardware store to match replacements.