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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
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.
Sep
26
comment Is there anything a rotary tool can do that a oscillating multi-tool can't?
it looks like Jay changed it. Michael originally said 'Dremel MultiTool', not RotoZip.
Sep
26
answered How do I design a shed to make optimal use of building materials?
Sep
26
comment What tool and technique do I use to achieve this finish in plaster?
It's amazing how we look for complex tools to do these things, and it's something completely natural, not manufactured. It's sad that we've lost so much knowledge over the years.
Sep
26
comment Is there anything a rotary tool can do that a oscillating multi-tool can't?
I've used the smaller Dremel tools (both a corded stick & battery stylus) for etching, but are the larger models (I think he's looking at the 'Tri Multi-Tool', which is how Sears has the Trio labeled), easy enough to control for etching?
Sep
25
comment Can I erect a barrier to keep water out of my garage?
@shirlock a french drain wouldn't work, but they might be able to put in some sort of trough right at the door to take the water ... but giving it the proper slope w/out cutting into the floor of the garage is going to be tricky if there isn't already a slope to the doorway.
Sep
25
answered Is there anything a rotary tool can do that a oscillating multi-tool can't?
Sep
24
comment What tool and technique do I use to achieve this finish in plaster?
@Karl : I'm guessing that the first one is a rather large section of the wall, and the newer two have to be taken from arm's reach to be able to get the same scale, so can't take as large of an area (without a second person)