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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.


Nov
8
comment Can you use an outdoor paving stone for indoors?
I have a friend who had their concrete floor colored, then had a patio made to match. That might be an option, but I don't know what the minimum depth of an indoor concrete floor is. (and it might be less of a DIY type job than tiles or pavers)
Nov
8
comment First time home owner - books to introduce different systems and things to know (Closing in another 2 weeks)
That's a good one. I also have an earlier (now out of print) edition of Black and Decker's Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair‌​. They have another one on home improvement for those times when you time to actually do advance planning.
Nov
7
comment Why would plastic anchors pull out of the wall?
One more -- using the wrong size screw for the anchor. If it's too small, it won't force the anchor to bite; too large, and it can break the material or the anchor.
Nov
6
answered Need a gas cooker but have no gas supply
Nov
4
comment How can I remove just one tongue-and-groove subfloor board?
And now that I look at it -- as it's subfloor tongue & groove, you might be able to just screw it right down to the joists then put your new floor over top, as you won't have the issues with hiding screw heads.
Nov
4
comment How can I remove just one tongue-and-groove subfloor board?
@ChrisF : maybe by the title, but the last paragraph makes me think it's an XY problem (asking a question that they think will solve the problem, but they should be asking about the problem itself). I'd instead look at : diy.stackexchange.com/questions/8047 ; diy.stackexchange.com/questions/392 ; or even though it's about new construction, some of the answers apply in diy.stackexchange.com/questions/4323
Nov
3
answered What materials do I need to install pantry shelving?
Nov
2
comment Has anyone ever used IdeaPaint?
I've seen it in the US. Not for sale specifically, but my neighbor had brought a pack in from his office that he had found when cleaning up that they were no longer using.
Oct
30
comment Simple construction for trunk-or-treat
As I've actually attached a large mast to a car (specifically, an antenna to get geostationary satellite data that wasn't designed for car mounting) ... go to Radio Shack, and get the largest magnetic base that you can for an antenna, then slip a piece of PVC pipe over it. If you have to, a little bungie cord 'rigging' will keep it held down. You can use u-clamps to attach crossbars, as I don't think anyone makes 'X' connectors for PVC ... you could always double up 'T', though. Oh, and make sure to get stiff PVC. I like the grey stuff for electrical conduit.
Oct
27
comment Should I powerwash and waterseal a pressure treated deck?
I've been reluctant to power wash my deck, as if done incorrectly (too much pressure, wrong nozzle), you can damage the wood. Unfortunately, scrub brushes and/or a lot of time w/ a belt sander mean I don't end up doing anything. (so I'd love to hear if there are other alternatives)
Oct
25
comment How can I stop birds from hitting my sunroom windows?
@Tester : growing up, my parents put an addition on the house, but it was connected via sliding glass door ... as a kid there were many times running through the house right after it had been washed, and I took it to the face. My mom had to put things at each of the kids' eye level on the moving part of the door.
Oct
24
comment How do I adjust a door so it doesn't swing on its own?
I assume the reason to bend the hinge pin is to cause friction. If that's the case, you need to bend it so it'll rub, but not so much that the door won't move or you can't get the pin back in. (ie, trial and error, most likely)
Oct
24
comment Are there any simple electronic door locks available?
define 'low cost'. Something like this is going to be in the $100-200 range. There are radio controlled ones (although, check the features, many are deadbolts that you'd have to re-lock, defeating the purpose), and Schlage has a line that can be opened from anywhere via an iPhone app.
Oct
18
comment What are the most important things to check/do after buying a home?
Ah yes ... and the 'try to figure out what this light switch does' game ... I still have two I'm not sure of, 10 years later. I'm not sure if testing the rest of the individual water shutoff valves is something to test now, or wait 'til you need them. (the one time we needed one, we had to drive to the 24hr Home Depot, as it was after 8pm on a Sunday when we tried replacing my neighbor's sink, and his wife wasn't too happy we had the whole house shut off.
Oct
18
answered How do I use an air speed meter to measure air flow volume?
Oct
17
comment Is there a way to mark/label a special use switch?
The problem with the embossing ones is that they're a firm plastic, but curled, so if the glue does loosen (which I think they do from heat), they'll pop off. I've had good luck with the laminated Brother TZ line of tapes outside, but I've never tried them in a wet location.
Oct
14
comment What is the best way to cut metal siding for soffit vents accurately?
And then, after I posted this, I was thinking that as it's only aluminum, it's possible that an oscillating tool might work ... but I'm not as experienced with them, so I'm not sure. Anyone else?
Oct
14
answered What is the best way to cut metal siding for soffit vents accurately?
Oct
13
comment How do I remove baseboard that has been tiled over?
One of the various "oscillating tools" might be a better option, as they're designed for this sort of flush cutting, and for going through wood (or wood w/ occasional nails). Still probably wouldn't hurt to keep the fire extinguisher on hand, though.
Oct
10
comment Recommended web sites that help pick out interior wall colors?
And don't forget to look at different times of the day -- it might look great in the middle of the day, but crap in the morning / evening under low-light or artificial light.