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DIY Home Repair Forum: Painting Forum 02-19-2012, 11:33 AM
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Views: 772
Posted By Jdmrenovations
What type of paints are involved? Interior or...

What type of paints are involved? Interior or exterior, latex or oil? Inadvertently mixing and matching the two can cause problems at times, but it's less common with modern paints.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 02-19-2012, 11:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,152
Posted By Jdmrenovations
One thing you must do is look at your normal...

One thing you must do is look at your normal routine and identify your "problem" times. I used to drive 2 hrs to and from work every day down in DC, and it didn't take me long to realize that a good...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-19-2012, 11:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,685
Posted By Jdmrenovations
An outside corner over the existing bulkhead...

An outside corner over the existing bulkhead corner would be the fix for me, even if I had to make the moulding myself out of a few pieces of standard OG base trim.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 02-19-2012, 11:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,079
Posted By Jdmrenovations
What type of screws, was it glued, etc are all...

What type of screws, was it glued, etc are all big questions. The gap needed to cause a squeak is sometimes so small you can't even see it move while staring directly at it. Speaking of staring at...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decorating and Design 01-25-2012, 05:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,377
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Neal is dead on with the arches...they are tough...

Neal is dead on with the arches...they are tough to get right. First the openings need to be roughly the same size...they just look better that way. Everyone will naturally look at them...then...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 01-25-2012, 05:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,325
Posted By Jdmrenovations
My :2cents: can sort of be summed up in my...

My :2cents: can sort of be summed up in my signature line.

Definitely get a qualified engineer on it asap. Just reading through this thread made me nervous and angry at the same time

Good...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 01-25-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,675
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Holding in the $3.50 range. On another...

Holding in the $3.50 range.

On another note, I just heard on the radio today that our esteemed Governor is now going to introduce legislation to raise the gas tax by 30 cents, not the previously...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 01-25-2012, 05:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,356
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Believe me, I am doing more exercise now than I...

Believe me, I am doing more exercise now than I ever did...all aimed at my core and back muscles.

I don't necessarily need to STOP working in the field, I just need to stop working STUPID in the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-18-2012, 05:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,609
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Yeah, pre-mixed grout in a bag gives me the...

Yeah, pre-mixed grout in a bag gives me the willies...lol.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 01-18-2012, 05:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,356
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Especially in this economy, where keeping the...

Especially in this economy, where keeping the tool belt off is tougher than ever. When it was booming, I did more on the phone in my office (truck).

Now........someone's gotta do it right.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Painting Forum 01-17-2012, 10:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,700
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Yeah, the prep would be the tough part. Ductwork...

Yeah, the prep would be the tough part. Ductwork is normally galvanized, has to have the oil stripped off of it in order for paint to stick.

Other parts would have similar issues.

Got a pic of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 01-17-2012, 10:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,414
Posted By Jdmrenovations
At least around here, replacement window...

At least around here, replacement window installation "specialists" run around largely un-regulated and un-watched. They tear out the old from outside, install the new behind the casing, look at the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-17-2012, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,270
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Would duct cleaning take care of that sort of...

Would duct cleaning take care of that sort of thing? I know it's aimed at dust mainly...but maybe the cause of the smell is sticking to the crud in the ductwork??
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 01-17-2012, 10:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,356
Posted By Jdmrenovations
All of last summer was spent in a chiropractor's...

All of last summer was spent in a chiropractor's office, tending to 2 bad disks in my lower back...L3 and L4 area I believe. Now that I can walk again and not be in constant pain, my resolution...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 01-17-2012, 10:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 777
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Definitely an engineer...he will do actual calcs...

Definitely an engineer...he will do actual calcs on it...some contractors will use their intuition instead of data...not always good.
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 01-17-2012, 10:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 12,031
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Knowing replacement window contractors in this...

Knowing replacement window contractors in this area like I do...I doubt they did anything at all. Most of them cut the old out behind the casing, slide in the new, cover the exterior damage with...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 01-16-2012, 02:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,286
Posted By Jdmrenovations
I'm guessing they went up one stick at a...

I'm guessing they went up one stick at a time...thinking about doing it solo makes my back hurt, so I'm not gonna :D
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 01-16-2012, 02:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 676
Posted By Jdmrenovations
2x4 header doesn't sound right...usually 2x6 at...

2x4 header doesn't sound right...usually 2x6 at minimum.

Gable wall in this garage, maybe? People will often set small headers in gable walls when they aren't even needed...just to make it look...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 01-16-2012, 02:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,308
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Well, if you get under there and see alot of rot,...

Well, if you get under there and see alot of rot, all this info I'm about to type will be irrelevant...I'm assuming that the joists are in decent shape, just sagging from the weight of time. I'm...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 01-16-2012, 02:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 777
Posted By Jdmrenovations
A few of the first checks are relatively simple...

A few of the first checks are relatively simple for anyone to do...usually.

Find the floor joist direction, bearing walls are perpendicular to them both top and bottom.....usually.

Bearing...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 01-13-2012, 04:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,856
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Third generation company who hired a sub to do...

Third generation company who hired a sub to do the work...

IMHO, customer service lapses like that are done by people that look at their job as just a job...put their 8 hrs in and cash a check. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 01-13-2012, 03:59 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,675
Posted By Jdmrenovations
$3.49 in MD...don't even think of goin down to...

$3.49 in MD...don't even think of goin down to DC...$4.25 to $4.50 for regular unleaded. Good news is, our Gov doesn't think the state gas tax is high enough...he wants to raise it 15 cents per...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-13-2012, 03:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,609
Posted By Jdmrenovations
I'm skeptical...looks good now, what about 3 yrs...

I'm skeptical...looks good now, what about 3 yrs from now?

My guess would be cracked grout on tile sheets that aren't sticking like they used to.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 01-13-2012, 03:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,089
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Normally what we do, too. You can use an "L"...

Normally what we do, too. You can use an "L" channel after the fact, but it can be pretty time consuming.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-13-2012, 03:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,205
Posted By Jdmrenovations
Keep one thing in mind with tile sizing...larger...

Keep one thing in mind with tile sizing...larger tiles can be much harder to get correct slopes and a good look in a shower pan (unless it's a large area).
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