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DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-10-2006, 11:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 22,050
Posted By HandyMac
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/radon/pubs/citguide.html#ho...

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/radon/pubs/citguide.html#howtotest


While I agree problems from radon exposure are a bit ambiguous, there are reasons to abate radon in a home. Resale is one reason,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 03-08-2006, 08:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,658
Posted By HandyMac
Public library. There is a world of...

Public library.

There is a world of difference between a finish carpenter and a cabinet maker. Finish carpenters install moldings, doors, waincoting, stairs, and built in shelving as well as other...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-16-2006, 09:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,184
Posted By HandyMac
Use an area rug. You should be able to find some...

Use an area rug. You should be able to find some at flea markets and just spray paint them. The heavier material will be a better insulator also.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decorating and Design 01-31-2006, 10:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,742
Posted By HandyMac
Primer is your friend. Use better tools. Get...

Primer is your friend.

Use better tools. Get a 2" tapered cutin brush, I like Purdy brand---the brush should be recommended for the type of paint being used---the dust cover on the brush will tell...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 01-31-2006, 10:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,122
Posted By HandyMac
If there is a flexible supply hose connected to...

If there is a flexible supply hose connected to the faucet for the hot water, check it for interior swelling. A very simply way to do that is to switch the hot and cold hoses and see if the cold is...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decorating and Design 01-21-2006, 10:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 29,673
Posted By HandyMac
I painted all these walls over 10 years ago. The...

I painted all these walls over 10 years ago. The original paneling was dark walnut, circa 1978. Two coats of tinted Zinsser Bullseye 123(water based) and two coats of latex enamel---15 year warranty...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 01-19-2006, 05:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,327
Posted By HandyMac
Look up the contact info for the nearest chapter...

Look up the contact info for the nearest chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

They often have Resale Stores where material is less expensive---and possibly can arrange some assistance.

There are...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 01-19-2006, 04:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,259
Posted By HandyMac
The amount of water in the pipes from the heater...

The amount of water in the pipes from the heater to the main shower/tub is the problem. Adding a circulator as Manual suggested is a fix---or adding a tankless heater in the bath will solve the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 01-19-2006, 04:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,004
Posted By HandyMac
A 30 gallon heater can be cycled in less than 20...

A 30 gallon heater can be cycled in less than 20 minutes---meaning the entire 30 gallons of hot water is used`---and the useage flow is high enough to prevent the incoming water to be heated.


If...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-16-2006, 02:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,473
Posted By HandyMac
Corian is installed by companies certified by the...

Corian is installed by companies certified by the manufacturer----that way the job is done to specs.

Tile, laminate, stone, manmade, and wood are options.

There is one more---and can be...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 01-13-2006, 02:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 41,291
Posted By HandyMac
One way to tell in a single story house is to...

One way to tell in a single story house is to look in the attic. If there are trusses, there is a good chance all interior walls are nonloadbearing. Most walls parallel to attic framing members are...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-02-2006, 10:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,666
Posted By HandyMac
Home improvement stores sell basic electrical...

Home improvement stores sell basic electrical wiring books that include installing a ceiling fan. The book will tell you each step, from which type of box to use and how to mount it to running and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-26-2005, 11:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,714
Posted By HandyMac
Look in the garage for a GFCI duplex that is...

Look in the garage for a GFCI duplex that is tripped.

Often, outside circuits are fed from a garage circuit---and a GFCI receptacle is required in the garage---except for a freezer/refrigerator...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 12-26-2005, 11:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 18,029
Posted By HandyMac
Stairs have a higher load than floors due to a...

Stairs have a higher load than floors due to a smaller area and generally less secure under structure than a floor---so stair treads have a tendency to have more noise problems than flooring.

Plus...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-12-2005, 07:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,646
Posted By HandyMac
Sounds like a seasonal framing movement problem....

Sounds like a seasonal framing movement problem. Adding more tape/mud is not going to work, as the movement of the house is much stronger than the tape/mud.

You might try waiting until the gap is...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-12-2005, 07:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 41,310
Posted By HandyMac
Measure the door width---often the bathroom doors...

Measure the door width---often the bathroom doors are the most narrow doors in a house---- and the tub dimensions. Also figure in the space outside the bathroom door---hallway or room.

Measure the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 12-12-2005, 07:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,819
Posted By HandyMac
Settling cracks in sheetrock are common, it is...

Settling cracks in sheetrock are common, it is the location of those cracks that is important. Second is the width of the crack.

Cracks starting or ending at the corner of a door/window are the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 12-05-2005, 06:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,601
Posted By HandyMac
Sealing the concrete helps prevent moisture...

Sealing the concrete helps prevent moisture wicking and condensation and is a very good idea.

The clearance is required to allow the flooring to expand/contract with temp/humidity changes.

In...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 12-02-2005, 09:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,159
Posted By HandyMac
Using a candle, find where the air is coming from...

Using a candle, find where the air is coming from around the door. It could be coming in between the door jamb and the rough framing in addition to the areas already mentioned. The best fix for that...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-22-2005, 09:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,059
Posted By HandyMac
You may need to go to a dedicated electrical...

You may need to go to a dedicated electrical supply place for the 20A receptacles/switches---although I get them at any of several local HD stores.

The basic difference between 20A and 15A...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-22-2005, 09:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 24,604
Posted By HandyMac
Treated ply topped with backer board---the...

Treated ply topped with backer board---the cement/fiber substrate material----will withstand the water best---if any gets past the tile---which should be sealed, BTW.

The walls should be backer...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 11-19-2005, 07:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,006
Posted By HandyMac
Where are you located? How old is the house? ...

Where are you located?
How old is the house?
What kind of construction/siding?
Any idea of what the subfloor material is?

Sounds as if there are some construction issues, but so many variables...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Appliance Discussion 11-16-2005, 07:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,704
Posted By HandyMac
Sounds like you have an electric heater. Usually...

Sounds like you have an electric heater. Usually when that problem happens it is caused by one of two problems. The lower heating element has stopped working due to age or sediment build up. This...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-15-2005, 03:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,873
Posted By HandyMac
Only way I know is to countersink a screw hole to...

Only way I know is to countersink a screw hole to allow a screw or two to be driven through the tread into the stringer. You can install a plug to hide the screw.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-15-2005, 03:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,611
Posted By HandyMac
You may need to replace the entire filler...

You may need to replace the entire filler apparatus. You can buy replacement parts from home improvement stores, hardware stores, and plumbing supply stores.

The newer assemblies do not have a...
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