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DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 05-14-2006, 04:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 65,572
Posted By broke
Thanks for the input. What's a general...

Thanks for the input.

What's a general price comparison for FC vs. vinyl?

If the vinyl project is $100K, labor and materials, say, with Tyvek, very generally, about how much % higher would...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 05-07-2006, 11:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 65,572
Posted By broke
Yes, the result is more what I'm interested in. ...

Yes, the result is more what I'm interested in. I have heard many good things about the engineered stuff but need to research so I, hopefully, don't fall into those marketing traps. Vinyl is just...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 05-06-2006, 07:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 65,572
Posted By broke
Fiber Cement Board Siding

Hello everyone,

Trying to do a little research here. What do people think about fiber cement board? We are considering this versus vinyl.

What material do you prefer and why?

What do...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 05-06-2006, 09:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,529
Posted By broke
English Ivy

We just cut back our ivy where it was damaged and died. We love it and want it to grow back. It's about a 10' x 10' area. How long does it take to cover again?

We put down plants, mulch and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 05-06-2006, 09:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 293,980
Posted By broke
Weed & Feed -- is this environmentally and...

Weed & Feed -- is this environmentally and children/pet safe? Aren't those products poison?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-06-2006, 09:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,620
Posted By broke
oh, i see, facing down, i'll have to look in...

oh, i see, facing down, i'll have to look in there.

Thanks!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-05-2006, 07:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,620
Posted By broke
how about having the top off and no bulb in and...

how about having the top off and no bulb in and the socket getting rained and snowed on?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-04-2006, 07:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,620
Posted By broke
P.S. I'm just trying to research things a bit --...

P.S. I'm just trying to research things a bit -- not digging anything up myself.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-04-2006, 07:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,620
Posted By broke
I like your methods Jesse -- esp the...

I like your methods Jesse -- esp the documentation.

So, I guess the wiring could just be bad in some areas. They claim the lights burn out quickly because there is bad underground wiring. They...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 05-04-2006, 07:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,984
Posted By broke
Thanks everyone. This is a townhouse...

Thanks everyone.

This is a townhouse community. I'm just trying to see what other materials might be an option to run by our "Board" rather than to just keep doing what doesn't work well...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-01-2006, 11:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,620
Posted By broke
Outdoor lighting

Does cabling underground corrode over time? We have light posts that don't work and were told that the wiring was simply put in the ground 30 years ago, instead of within 'piping', and that it has...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 05-01-2006, 11:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,984
Posted By broke
Sidewalks

We have sidewalks in our development that are cracking, sinking, etc.

Some are being repaired, some are waiting.

What is a better option for sidewalk material? Something more attractive...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 04-10-2006, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,455
Posted By broke
Don't put your ideas on the web before the...

Don't put your ideas on the web before the patent! You'll be out of business before you get started when someone else steals them.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-10-2006, 02:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 23,122
Posted By broke
Replacing Stairs

I have a flight of 13 stairs in my townhouse. The first 5 have an unattractive rail/wall. I want to get away from the apartment look. I'd love to pull them out and replace them with a nice...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-10-2006, 02:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 14,356
Posted By broke
Go Soft Surfaces To Absorb noise

What's on the floors and walls?

Soft things that will absorb noise, not reflect it -- like carpet vs hard flooring, curtains vs blinds, cushioned furniture vs wood and plastic.

Cork is...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-10-2006, 02:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 10,320
Posted By broke
I also find that contractors think the concrete...

I also find that contractors think the concrete block walls will be real tough when demo'ing an adjoining unit -- as I try to tell them the walls are shaking on my newly tiled bathroom!!!
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-10-2006, 02:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 10,320
Posted By broke
Concrete Block Firewalls

I don't find a firewall will eliminate sound. As a matter of fact, sometimes I smell odors like cigarette smoke or perfume and we have block on those walls. Definitely sound transmits. I hear the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 04-06-2006, 03:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,999
Posted By broke
Thanks very much for the input. The people...

Thanks very much for the input. The people making the selections don't want black because they say it's hot. They have selected the dark blue-green instead. Doesn't seem that much lighter though. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 04-06-2006, 08:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,999
Posted By broke
Roofing Colors

We have a pending roofing project. In selecting colors, black is very hot. A new color is on the market -- a dark blue green. Would this be much better? It's not a light color.

Thanks
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 04-06-2006, 08:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,349
Posted By broke
Re-Roofing

I thought I read that when a roof is replaced, it can be re-shingled over the old ones or stripped down and started over. (Now I've searched online and see that it is an option up to two additional...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 04-06-2006, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,203
Posted By broke
Thanks everyone. Sunday is interesting. ...

Thanks everyone.

Sunday is interesting.

The townhouse is 33 years old - 1973. Started as an apartment complex (and should have remained so). I haven't checked inside the wall yet. In the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 03-14-2006, 07:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 36,257
Posted By broke
How To

So, I'm going to try this. I hear the knock and then I hear the a running noise with the toilet.

Do you mean shut off the water main and then let the water run till it's done -- from a low...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 03-12-2006, 09:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 11,097
Posted By broke
I just read that doing a roof is an easy diy job.

I just read that doing a roof is an easy diy job.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decorating and Design 03-12-2006, 08:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 11,725
Posted By broke
are you looking for an uneven kind of rolling...

are you looking for an uneven kind of rolling surface, like plaster walls?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 03-12-2006, 08:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,431
Posted By broke
Shingled Roof

What's the story with green roofing? I've seen a few go up recently. My townhouse community is planning on doing this. It's a blue green.

We have a lot of brick units, those with siding will...
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