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DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-25-2009, 09:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 696
Posted By RyanBruner
Saving money (electricity) isn't working out...

Last year I "finished" my basement. (Well, put up insulation and actual walls with drywall, and new wiring throughout, etc.)

This room is basically one big play room for the kids, with two...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 09-24-2009, 06:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 34,374
Posted By RyanBruner
Ah. That makes sense. This means that I'll have...

Ah. That makes sense. This means that I'll have to move the fresh-air vent then, rather than simply close it off. A bit of a bummer, but it is what it is.

I appreciate the help on...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 09-23-2009, 08:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 34,374
Posted By RyanBruner
Um. Neither? There is a single metal vent that...

Um. Neither? There is a single metal vent that goes out from the furnace to the outside of the house out the wall. The water heater actually vents to this same outside vent. Is that what you are...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 09-23-2009, 02:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 34,374
Posted By RyanBruner
But doesn't the cold air that comes in from the...

But doesn't the cold air that comes in from the fresh-air intake that is attached to the cold-air return duct work lead directly to the furnace? It seems like it should suck in the cold air from...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 09-23-2009, 11:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 34,374
Posted By RyanBruner
Fresh-air intake question

Two years ago, we moved into a brand new house. In the basement, there is a fresh-air pipe. It simply dumps air from the outside into the basement.

In the infinite wisdom of the builders, they...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 11-11-2008, 07:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,965
Posted By RyanBruner
Just a note. If you DO end up going to Lowe's or...

Just a note. If you DO end up going to Lowe's or Home Depot, I suggest forgetting Lowe's. While framing my basement, I started out buying some lumber at Lowe's. Big mistake. Their lumber was...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-10-2008, 12:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,728
Posted By RyanBruner
Thanks, all, for the input.

Thanks, all, for the input.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-07-2008, 02:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,728
Posted By RyanBruner
Recessed lighting question

I'm debating between using recessed lighting in my basement versus the long fluorescent tubes. Recessed looks nicer, but provides less light. The primary use of my basement is a "kid hangout" and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 11-03-2008, 04:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,511
Posted By RyanBruner
Smaller doors

Anyone know what kind of door I can buy at Home Depot that I can cut down?

My basement is only about 7'. After ceiling is put in, I have very little clearance, and an 80" door is too big. I'm...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 10-25-2008, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,215
Posted By RyanBruner
Thanks. Anchoring directly into the wall didn't...

Thanks. Anchoring directly into the wall didn't occur to me. (Duh!) I have Tapcons, which I'm using to attach the baseplate to the floor, so I can use the same in the walls. I wasn't planning on...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 10-25-2008, 07:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,215
Posted By RyanBruner
Joe: I'm not sure I totally understand, but...

Joe:

I'm not sure I totally understand, but I'll study your pictures more and see if I can figure it out.

Your last picture there looks closest to what I'm trying to accomplish in that there is...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 10-24-2008, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,215
Posted By RyanBruner
Here. I'm attaching a picture that I whipped up...

Here. I'm attaching a picture that I whipped up to try to illustrate better. This is looking at the basement wall in question. The gray bit along the top is the duct work that is IN FRONT OF the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 10-24-2008, 11:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,215
Posted By RyanBruner
New basement wall issue

Hello, everyone. Thanks for the help in my previous question a while back.

I've been working on framing walls, and making slow but steady progress. I'm a tad perplexed at how to handle the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 09-19-2008, 10:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,476
Posted By RyanBruner
I read the links provided, so thanks there. ...

I read the links provided, so thanks there.

I'm confused about a few things, though. I read on one site that talked about Fiberglass and how it does NOT wick moisture, which makes it ideal for...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 09-17-2008, 11:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,476
Posted By RyanBruner
I just did a bit of investigation in the area of...

I just did a bit of investigation in the area of insulation, and the price difference between batting, fiberglass, and just using foam sheathing is practically nil. For the wall area I have to cover...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-17-2008, 10:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,962
Posted By RyanBruner
Well, not exactly what you're asking for, but we...

Well, not exactly what you're asking for, but we recently had AT&T's U-verse installed in our home, and installation was free. They send out a professional installer. I've heard of a few cases...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 09-17-2008, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,476
Posted By RyanBruner
Thanks, all, for the advice. I definitely...

Thanks, all, for the advice.

I definitely want to use some kind of insulation. Would a 2x3 framed wall be enough thickness for some batting? (I haven't checked to see what thicknesses are...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 09-16-2008, 10:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,730
Posted By RyanBruner
Replacing a garbage disposal is fairly easy. ...

Replacing a garbage disposal is fairly easy. I've done it twice.

But before you consider replacing it, it is possible that the fuse (or whatever) on it has trigger. The GD's I've seen have a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 09-16-2008, 08:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,476
Posted By RyanBruner
Basement advice

Hello, everyone. I'm new here. I've browsed around a bit, and some nice information. So, hopefully I can get some useful advice.

Right now, we have an unfinished basement that I'm hoping to...
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