Joe Phillips
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I added insulation to my attic rafters, but should I have left room for airflow?
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The point of allowing airflow to reach the outside is so hot air can escape. If it doesn't escape then it will heat up the roof/rafters and cause snow to melt and then turn to ice. This can damage ...

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How do I make a height adjustable desk?
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If you want to make a non-traditional desk you could have four posts fashioned together into a frame that goes high in the air. You could then "hang" the desk using an easily adjustable pulley system ...

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Why does my kitchen faucet cut out intermittently?
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I may be way off base here but have you tried removing the aerator on the faucet and letting it run on both hot and cold fully open (separately)? It's possible that the aerator could be clogging up ...

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How common are wet rooms in the US?
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Depending on the size of the space, it may end up being useful for a disabled person.

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Is there a method to transpose specific pilot holes?
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Do a rubbing of the holes. Put piece of paper up to holes Mark two reference points on the paper outside the perimeter of the board so you can see it while the board is up (perhaps use a small ...

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Should I put weather stripping on my unsealed windows and doors?
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Get a window insulator kit. It is made of a clear, plastic material that goes over the window, with double-sided tape around the edges to seal it. It's easy to set up and helps a lot with drafty ...

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Is it safe to re-use drill holes in a wall?
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One trick I've seen someone do when reusing a hole is to put a small piece of copper wire in there so the screw has something to tighten up against.

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How do I prepare my home for a power outage?
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Put your power company's phone number into your cellphone or write it on the refrigerator.

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How do I sweat pipes in an enclosed area?
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If you have any unused piece of tin ventilation or flashing you can snip out a piece of that and set it behind the pipe. My dad used to do this because it was always readily available and easy to snip ...

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Can Simpson Strong-Tie H1Z hurricane clips be installed on the inside of a wall?
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H1Z clips, per the manufacturer, belong on the outside with the "ears" facing outward (not resting on the top plate). The purpose of having the clips on the outside are twofold: So the clip is ...

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Hot water gets into cold water
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If you have a utility sink with a hose shutoff adapter on it or some other type of similar setup, if you turn on hot or cold and then block the flow out of the valve, the water pressure can force ...

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Will silicone sealant not be waterproof after 14 hours?
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Is it old silicone? I've used bottles that were expired and they simply never 'cure'.

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Is there a method to transpose specific pilot holes?
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Since you only have two pilot holes, you could put marks on the wall a specific distance from each pilot hole to form a dotted line of 4 dots (the inner two being pilot holes). Then just measure from ...

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How can I level a floor with uneven joists?
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I bought an electric planer to do this in a bathroom of mine. For really low spots I also cut strips of wood and used construction adhesive to raise them a bit. I then used a laser level to determine ...

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Calculating floor load strength
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I'm not sure of the exact formulas as I'm sure they're fairly complex but the John Bridge Deflect-o-meter is a good place to start: http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/deflecto.pl

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What is the best way to remove spray paint from a blacktop driveway?
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I'm betting that a pressure washer would remove it. It might also remove the blacktop though. It would also be very time consuming. You might be better off using a solvent.

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How do I keep the plastic window insulators sealed when the window has a sill?
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I came up with an idea earlier today. If I put the plastic over the window and then put a board over top the piece that is hanging over the sill, I can stick that down and then put a board (maybe a ...

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Furnace fan is rattling
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This is going to sound hacky as hell, as it is, but it seems to be working so far after a few heating cycles. The hub on the fan has a tiny lip that extends over the back side of the fan. This is ...

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Where can I find legitimate wood shed designs?
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I have used iCreatables shed design. I had to send in a few corrections and it was lacking in some detail but otherwise it was fine. It meets code and was designed inexpensively. They also provide a ...

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Cut wire too short when installing light fixture - now what?
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Since we can't see the whole fixture, it's hard to make a proper suggestion... but I'm willing to bet you can just replace the wire with a longer one.

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How do I add an exhaust fan to an old attic?
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This won't answer all of your questions but it may be something to think about: Consider using a solar panel to power the fan. If you only need it running when it's hot (the sun is out) then it makes ...

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