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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.


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.
Oct
7
comment How can I figure out where squirrels are entering my attic?
related : diy.stackexchange.com/questions/6106/…
Oct
7
answered How do I choose between ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms?
Oct
5
comment Should we sand and prime holes in our walls or pay someone to do it?
Invest in a palm sander, and it might be even less than 5 min per hole. (assuming you already have the area cleared out, so you don't have to worry about dust containment, and just a simple drop cloth for the paint)
Oct
5
comment Why does my smoke detector chirp when my bathroom lights are turned on?
agreed on the chirp normally being low battery ... but it was mentioned that this was a hard wired detector.
Oct
4
comment What is involved in DIY swimming pool maintenance?
I've never had to maintain a pool, but I know there's different types, as my uncle has a salt water pool, which he said is trickier to get set up initially, but easier to maintain in the long run. I don't know if there's other types, so this might not as easy to give a simple answer without knowing more.
Oct
4
comment How do you determine the slope of a floor?
he said " over 6' " not ' over 6" ' (but the quotes around the whole thing muddies it) ... it might've been a 1:144 slope if that first measurement was 1/2 an inch
Oct
3
comment What should I keep in mind for attic storage solutions for a small home with 14" rafter spacing?
I'll also add that the roof isn't designed to support a concentrated load, either. (I've seen some plans that call for hanging shelves from chains ... which might work okay right up 'til you get a heavy snow load). I only use my attic for lightweight things, in part because I have to take it all up a ladder to get it in there.
Oct
3
answered is there such a thing as a pipe brush?
Sep
27
answered How to mount hooks into concrete ceiling that must be able to support several times bodyweight?
Sep
27
answered Why are my smoke detectors going off when I cook?
Sep
26
comment How do I design a shed to make optimal use of building materials?
I could've sworn I've seen a book on it before ... but not all of the books on shed design at Amazon have 'search within this book' so I can see if they have a section on their methodology for the designs. Back when I lived in Lexington, Ky, I'd browse the section at Joseph-Beth, but all of the bookstores near me don't have as great a selection.