BrianK
  • Member for 11 years, 4 months
  • Last seen more than a month ago
6 answers
6 votes
33k views
Can I use 2x4s to extend studs so I can mount my TV?
2 votes

I would use plywood and paint it to match the wall. But - if you drill your own holes in the mount, can't you hit at least two studs no matter where you put it?

View answer
5 answers
5 votes
19k views
What are the proper materials and method to hang heavy-duty shelves in a garage for storage?
2 votes

I would use 3/4 inch plywood. Its lighter and stronger than mdf. You may want to put an 1x2 on the front edge of each shelf for extra strenght. I would go every other stud with the brackets.

View answer
4 answers
3 votes
14k views
Can I support a granite countertop overhang with embedded steel bars?
2 votes

How much of an overhand do you plan on having? The spec I saw was that 10 inches were allowed with no supports. When the granite guy came to measure mine he told me I didn't really need them even at ...

View answer
2 answers
2 votes
5k views
Where is the best place to store cardboard?
2 votes

I once stored a bunch of boxes in the loft of a barn. Black ants got to them and chewed on them. Otherwise, no problem with temp or humidity. Use caution when piling too many on top of roof joists. ...

View answer
2 answers
0 votes
19k views
How do I troubleshoot my Kenmore dryer that doesn't heat up?
2 votes

Some dryers have an in line thermal protection device that can go bad. Trace the wires to the element, or better yet refer to a wiring diagram. You would need an ohm meter to check for continuitiy.

View answer
5 answers
3 votes
91k views
How to run an interior gas (LP) line
2 votes

Daniel, I will also add to the suggestions of hiring a professional. Run solid pipe though the walls. It will have to be cut the right lenght, threaded, and then assembled in place. The threads need ...

View answer
5 answers
7 votes
28k views
Why is my 3-prong dryer outlet showing 240V between hot and neutral/ground 'L' prong?
2 votes

This answer was based on a prior version of the question The readings don't make sense to me either. You might want to borrow another meter to verify it. What led to this investigation in the first ...

View answer
4 answers
5 votes
15k views
What can I do to a chain link fence to make it dog proof?
2 votes

You could put an electric fence wire at the top. They make kits that contain a single wire and are powered by a battery and possibly have a solar charger. They do not harm animals and are usually put ...

View answer
2 answers
4 votes
3k views
How to re-anchor banister to plaster wall?
2 votes

Another option is to run a board up the wall in line where the mounts go. The board can be attached to studs and then the rail mounts to the board. This allows the mounts to be slightly off of the ...

View answer
4 answers
8 votes
447 views
What is this and can it be used to stop the flow of water?
2 votes

Might be a pressure regulator. Looks like it has an adjustment bolt on top.

View answer
2 answers
3 votes
215 views
What's the best way to attach a hook to the back of my metal gutters?
2 votes

Not sure where you want to put the hook. Insn't the back of the gutter toward the house? Do you mean inside the gutter? Why would you put lights there. You can get plastic clips that go over the ...

View answer
5 answers
7 votes
62k views
How can I fill small holes in drywall without painting?
2 votes

I would just get a small container of vinyl spacking and go for it. Maybe open one in the store and see if its too white. You could check the mistake bin for some off white paint to mix in.

View answer
2 answers
5 votes
2k views
What size of lumber should I use for the mounting rail for shelves and cabinets?
2 votes

From what you have described, I'd probably use a 1x4.

View answer
2 answers
1 votes
1k views
How should I terminate a black plastic drain pipe?
2 votes

I'm not sure exactly what kind of pipe that is, but they make runner plugs that you put inside the pipe, and then tighten a wing nut to expand it to seal. After you cut it off, try that. If that doesn'...

View answer
2 answers
3 votes
2k views
How do I remove water marks / stains from a marble countertop?
2 votes

If its a stain, you could try oxygen bleach: www.stainsolver.com. Acorrding to the FAQ, its safe to use on marble.

View answer
9 answers
6 votes
140k views
How do I cover large gaps in drywall?
2 votes

I'd probably cut a small sliver of drywall and put it in the crack. Have to cut because it would be hard to snap a piece that small.

View answer
9 answers
18 votes
110k views
How big a hole in drywall can be fixed by spackle alone?
2 votes

For a hole the size of a coax cable, I would just spackle. Any larger and I would use drywall compound. It make take a couple of coats. If its up to the size of a nickle (3/4 of an inch), I would put ...

View answer
2 answers
4 votes
763 views
How to diminish the appearance of a stain on hardwood floor?
2 votes

I would carefully try some oxygen bleach. By carefully, I mean not very long. Its not that caustic. If it looks like its going in the right direction, go a little longer. The kind I use is called ...

View answer
5 answers
7 votes
656 views
Should I stop to hand-sharpen my chainsaw, or bring extra chains?
2 votes

I'd carry a file to hit the chain every once in a while. It doesn't take long. Another option is a battery powered dremel tool with a round stone to sharpen blades. You have to be careful to not grind ...

View answer
4 answers
7 votes
12k views
What should I do with a double gang box if I no longer need two separate switches?
2 votes

Take out the switch, wire nut the wires together, and get a cover with one switch hole and one blank.

View answer
6 answers
11 votes
3k views
What are my gutter guard options?
2 votes

I have the caps that rely on surface tension to wrap the water around and get in the gutter. They work OK, but not all that great. If they edge gets dirty, they loose the surface tension and the water ...

View answer
3 answers
20 votes
4k views
What types of home radon mitigation systems have you used, and how well do they work?
2 votes

I have also heard of putting the suction pipe into the sump (above the water level, where it can draw air) and sealing the sump. Works well if there is drain pipe connected into the sump pump.

View answer
15 answers
19 votes
2k views
What do you do/ask when hiring a contractor
2 votes

If he's the lowest bidder, watch out. If he (or she) promises too much, watch out. I agree with the post above that said "Get it in writing". Get changes in writing too. If you make the deal with the ...

View answer
2 answers
2 votes
4k views
Cable Signal Testers
2 votes

I'm afraid any stand alone meters are going to be pricey. There are two types to measure RF signal level. One that you set on a frequency and read the power level at that frequency. The other is ...

View answer
10 answers
6 votes
18k views
How do I sweat pipes in an enclosed area?
2 votes

I usually use a piece or two of aluminum flashing to sheild the areas behind the pipes. Its cheap, easily bent and dissipates heat well.

View answer
2 answers
1 votes
139 views
Can a hot tub be placed over composite decking?
1 votes

To me, its more a question of the deck structure supporting it. If the posts, beams, joists, etc, are up to it, then your good. The decking itself doesn't have much to do with it, the hot tub spans ...

View answer
2 answers
1 votes
448 views
meshed tape exposed on sanding
1 votes

Welcome jav roy. Doesn't look too bad for newbie. I have been patching for years and I still have to work at it (and work at having patience) to make it look decent. The other answers and comments are ...

View answer
12 answers
5 votes
2k views
Are wooden pallets decent wood?
1 votes

I'd say no. One Halloween we were going all out and making a lot of decorations. My wife brought home some pallets. "Look what I got - free wood", she said. Well, sometimes free is a high ...

View answer
6 answers
2 votes
38k views
Should I set deck post footings deeply or use concrete footings?
1 votes

I have seen decks built as you described, with the posts in concrete. Very recently I saw where concrete was poured in the bottom of the hole for a footer, and then the post was put on top of that ...

View answer
3 answers
1 votes
3k views
How high should the tops of concrete piers be above grade?
1 votes

I like to put bring the footers 6-8 inches above grade. I go on the higher side if its on a slope. Much more than that and you are buying a lot of concrete.

View answer
1 2
3
4 5
8