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DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 10-08-2008, 09:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 993
Posted By ALPS
You are right, Glenn. It is the sill I'm...

You are right, Glenn. It is the sill I'm refering to.

Thanks for both the replies.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 10-04-2008, 09:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 993
Posted By ALPS
replacing threasthold

is it possible to replace just the threashold on an entrance door? The door is newer (steel) than the 100 year-old house. Current T.H. is plastic and broken and I really don't want to replace the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 08-25-2007, 11:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,244
Posted By ALPS
plastic over insulation?

Any benefit to putting up plastic over the insulation before hanging dry wall? Aside from time and minimal cost, any drawbacks?

The insulation does have a moisture barrier, but someone told be...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 08-25-2007, 10:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,348
Posted By ALPS
What kind of wasps are they? Some wasps, like...

What kind of wasps are they? Some wasps, like paper wasps, are pretty passive and won't bother you. They are also considered beneficial insects and feed on insects that cause you more problems.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 08-25-2007, 10:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,402
Posted By ALPS
I have the same problem with the neighbor's...

I have the same problem with the neighbor's cat(s). I tried talking to them about it, but they insisted their cats can't possibly stay inside all the time; besides, I was told, they don't ever leave...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 03-28-2007, 10:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,277
Posted By ALPS
Finally the snow is gone and the garden has been...

Finally the snow is gone and the garden has been looked over a bit. The soil looks good and black and the earth worms look plentiful. 2007 will only be the 5th year that this spot has been...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 03-28-2007, 10:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,433
Posted By ALPS
These are looking good! At least 90% of them are...

These are looking good! At least 90% of them are up, some only 1/2", some 4". All are green and healthy. Could be a good year for garlc!

As for the '06 harvest, I think we are down to the last...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 03-28-2007, 10:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,395
Posted By ALPS
Proof that more fuel is consumed...

Proof that more fuel is consumed...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 03-28-2007, 10:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,395
Posted By ALPS
shovelshort-- good tips, this would be going into...

shovelshort-- good tips, this would be going into the basement.

Yes, a tax break is always good. I got a $360 tax credit(out of a possible $500) last week for the new windows and door.

And...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-30-2007, 11:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,121
Posted By ALPS
I suppose that's a possibility... ...

I suppose that's a possibility...



Maybe 1/16".
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 01-30-2007, 03:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,556
Posted By ALPS
I think concrete would be the way to go to avoid...

I think concrete would be the way to go to avoid any problems in the future. An access hole from the basement would be ideal, but the only poured wall under the porch is the exterior one. The other...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-30-2007, 03:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,121
Posted By ALPS
recaulking the tub

Once again, the caulk has started to separate from the surround. This happened about 18 months ago, wasn't caught in time and turned into a huge project (new surround,new drywall behind the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 01-26-2007, 04:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,556
Posted By ALPS
enclosing porch over earth "floor"

Currently, my 6'x10' back porch sits 3' above the ground and shares it's foundation on two sides with the house, a third side is poured and the fourth totally open. The porch floor is slats (like a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 01-26-2007, 03:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,395
Posted By ALPS
pros/cons for tankless water heater

I'm planning to replace the 40 gallon, 12-year-old,LP water heater that came with the house and want to learn more about the "tankless" type.

Aside from the obvious pro (endless hot water) and con...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 10-08-2006, 12:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,433
Posted By ALPS
Garlic!

Along with winterizing the garden, I planted my garlic. Maybe it was a week or two early, but it's the last chance I'll have until mid November.

I planted 10 rows with 7 in each and one row of 6....
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 10-08-2006, 12:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,277
Posted By ALPS
How do you winterize your garden?

This weekend we pulled up all the old plants and put them in the compost bin. We hoe'd down the built up rows that the plants were growing in so the soil was kinda level. Over this we spread out...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Green Energy and Sustenance Living 10-08-2006, 12:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,368
Posted By ALPS
Hot composting does require some maintainance,...

Hot composting does require some maintainance, how much depends on how quickly you want it to finish. You could always pile a bunch of organic material up and leave it alone for a couple of years. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Green Energy and Sustenance Living 10-07-2006, 04:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,368
Posted By ALPS
I put all I can into the compost, I'd rather see...

I put all I can into the compost, I'd rather see stuff be "recyled" than thrown in the trash. All kitcken scraps (exept meat and dairy) go in, as well as paper towels, dryer lint, and floor...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 07-30-2006, 06:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,379
Posted By ALPS
So at the end of the long horizontal run the pipe...

So at the end of the long horizontal run the pipe should 90 back up vertically and end at ground level? Wouldn't this act like the trap in your sink drain and never be complety drained and dry? I'd...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 07-28-2006, 07:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,379
Posted By ALPS
uderground downspout extensions

I need new gutters and was considering running extensions off the downspuots underground to discharge the runoff even further from the foundation.

what should I use underground? PVC? How deep...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-18-2006, 07:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,243
Posted By ALPS
Here ya go Tex: ...

Here ya go Tex:

http://www.showcaseofcitrus.com/tree.asp
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-11-2006, 04:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,556
Posted By ALPS
Sorry, Jesse, but that is not true. Water vapor...

Sorry, Jesse, but that is not true. Water vapor is less dense than air so it rises above the cooler, drier air. Need proof? Go out side and look up. You'll see clouds (water vapor) in the sky,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 06-11-2006, 03:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,214
Posted By ALPS
That may be possible, but it sound like a lot of...

That may be possible, but it sound like a lot of work. It is an option.

I was told I'd still need to vent the soffits even with gable vents. I realize that the heat would be let of of those...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 06-10-2006, 09:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,214
Posted By ALPS
attic needs vents!

Didn't see any subtopic for attics but this one had the most posts, so...

A year before I bought this house (it's 100 years-old this year), it had a new roof installed. That was 3(?) years ago. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-10-2006, 01:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,243
Posted By ALPS
Oh, I'm not saying they are bad at all. In fact,...

Oh, I'm not saying they are bad at all. In fact, I bet yours will be way better than the ones you buy at the store.

Most of my researching apple trees was for cider production. All the great...
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