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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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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.
Mar
25
comment Why does it take my dryer 3 hours to dry a load of clothes?
Also make sure they know to clean out the lint trap ... I had some friends who got an apartment and couldn't figure out why it kept taking longer and longer for their clothes to dry. (the lint trap was stuffed)
Mar
25
comment Replacing a bathroom fan?
Dead link ... if it was from Lowes, this video has the same title : dailymotion.com/video/…
Dec
18
answered How can I replace a tilt up garage door, with near zero clearance, low overhead?
Dec
13
awarded  Taxonomist
Sep
15
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
31
comment Pipe threading tool for 15mm galvanised pipe
Is 15mm the inner or outer diameter? Dies are sold by OD, but pipe is often measured in ID. McMaster-Carr lists metric dies, but only in even mm sizes from 10 to 24mm. They also have dies for pipe, but not in metric.
Jul
25
answered What is the ideal distance between supports of a shelf?
Jul
25
comment Is there something like a P-clip but with symmetric flanges?
the metal strips are sometimes called 'plumbers tape' ... but if this is going on a vertical pipe, you might need something that's going to hold more firmly, as it's generally used for hanging pipes from other supports.
Jul
21
awarded  Yearling
Apr
29
comment What type of aluminum are squares and 72" straight-edge rulers made of?
@DMoore : tools made of aluminum alloys are still typically sold as 'aluminum', and there are lots of different types of alumninum alloys, as you have to consider not only the composition but also the way it's worked (eg, 1050-H14 or 6061-T6)
Apr
29
comment How do I paint over a textured ceiling without removing the texture?
for the removal part, see : diy.stackexchange.com/q/431/86