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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.


Jun
4
answered How do I remove stickers and residue from a wooden door?
Nov
30
comment Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?
One additional suggestion -- if you're paranoid, and think there's a chance of water again, leave a significant gap between the wallboard and floor, and then cover it with baseboard. Even if you don't splurge for the plastic baseboards, it's so much easier to replace the baseboards than deal with stripping the walls down.
Nov
30
comment Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?
cheap to replace only works if you don't count labor ... once you add that into the equation, unless you're really tight on funds right now, it's typically better to go with something that's rated for moisture, even if it's just the lower sections.
Nov
28
comment Are there any tricks for using an oscillating multitool?
Agreed w/ auujay and Evil Greebo -- old wood can be almost petrified; I burn through drillbits, saw blades, etc, for a house that was ~60 years old when I bought it. (2x4s are ~1.75"x3.75", except for two additions)
Nov
28
comment How do I stop my vacuum belt from making a noise and smelling when using it?
@TheEvilGreebo : 6 months? Some of us don't even vaccuum that often.
Nov
28
comment How do I stop my vacuum belt from making a noise and smelling when using it?
I can't explain the thwapping noise, but when I've had the burned rubber smell, it came from there being something keeping the roller from spinning freely (hair, string, or similar wrapped on the roller), so the belt was rubbing rather than turning. So, look at the parts that the belt is transfering power to, not just the belt itself.
Nov
28
answered How can I light picture frames from the floor?
Nov
28
comment How can I protect my hands when using power tools?
The new principal that we got my senior year insisted that male teachers had to wear ties ... including the shop teachers. Most were a lab coat over top so it'd stay down, but it just seemed like an accident waiting to happen to me. (lathes, drill press, printing presses, etc.)
Nov
28
answered How do I draft proof a “drop down” loft hatch
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.