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DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 10-29-2005, 08:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,992
Posted By FirTrader
IMHO, it's far more important that the substrate...

IMHO, it's far more important that the substrate is solid than particularly flat or uniform. A tile setter can make up some variance with thinset, and in fact, all tilesetters do this routinely, to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 10-26-2005, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,079
Posted By FirTrader
You can successfully "float" tiles on a thicker...

You can successfully "float" tiles on a thicker bed of mastic if you need too... or you could try the kerdi-cloth from schluter, with thinset cement, and put a bit more cement in certain places. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 10-16-2005, 07:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,093
Posted By FirTrader
I have no experience with that. Some of the new...

I have no experience with that. Some of the new products are miracles, and some are snake oil... hard to tell without about 20 years behind...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 10-16-2005, 07:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,135
Posted By FirTrader
Especially with the underlays available, tile is...

Especially with the underlays available, tile is a better and better option. It's not hard for the DIY crowd to do a creditable job, and it is more easily repairable than hardwood. Combined with in...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 10-16-2005, 03:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,990
Posted By FirTrader
Very easily done - windows and doors are framed...

Very easily done - windows and doors are framed so that the hole is supported by the beam - that is, the studs on the side are doing all the supporting work... so if you pull out that door, and frame...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 10-15-2005, 08:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,352
Posted By FirTrader
Those tubs rule. I've made a LOT of shelves to...

Those tubs rule. I've made a LOT of shelves to fit those tubs.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 10-15-2005, 07:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,899
Posted By FirTrader
Shinier finishes, gloss or semi-gloss, tend to be...

Shinier finishes, gloss or semi-gloss, tend to be best durability wise, but show up imperfections quite a bit.. so lower glosses tend to be used. I agree with the others- brand is not so important...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 10-14-2005, 08:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,253
Posted By FirTrader
No offense sonof, but why on earth would you...

No offense sonof, but why on earth would you plane a 2x4 even if they are marginally different from one another? We're talking about a shed here, not a piano.

I build big sheds like tiny houses...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 10-14-2005, 08:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,151
Posted By FirTrader
If you are leasing, chopping some new electrical...

If you are leasing, chopping some new electrical into the ceiling is just not really an option. What you need is some kind of light fixture that you can plug in but suspend from the ceiling. IKEA...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 10-14-2005, 08:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,864
Posted By FirTrader
The best way to do this properly is to put a...

The best way to do this properly is to put a piece of wood between the ceiling joists, (connected with screws) and then you can screw the box for the chandelier (same for ceiling fans) right to it.
...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 10-14-2005, 08:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,636
Posted By FirTrader
If you mean those little moonbeams or whatever...

If you mean those little moonbeams or whatever they're called, I don't think they're very hard at all. The whole string of lights is the "appliance" so code doesn't even come into it. Just stick em...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 10-14-2005, 08:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,978
Posted By FirTrader
The thing I'm most impressed with is Milwaukee's...

The thing I'm most impressed with is Milwaukee's support. You can email them, and ... they respond!! It's amazing.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 10-13-2005, 05:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,978
Posted By FirTrader
Agreed... Crafstman has really gone from almost...

Agreed... Crafstman has really gone from almost top-of-the-line to almost bottom-of-the-barrel. The "Home Handyman" dominates the market, I guess, which is to say that Sears is happy to sell a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 10-11-2005, 10:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,469
Posted By FirTrader
I'm from Canada - right now I'm eating some...

I'm from Canada - right now I'm eating some frozen fish and watching the whale-races live on black and white TV. ;)
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 10-11-2005, 10:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,936
Posted By FirTrader
For me, a security door is a big hunk of steel,...

For me, a security door is a big hunk of steel, in a steel frame. Anything other than that, I can kick down unless some or other miracle-device is employed.

Commercial-grade prehung doors are not...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 10-11-2005, 09:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,978
Posted By FirTrader
Favorite/Least Favorite tools?

What's everybody's favorite tool? What makes your heart pound?

What turned into a huge disappointment?

For me, my favorite tool, after many years, is a Makita Framing saw... that thing has...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 10-11-2005, 09:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,421
Posted By FirTrader
It also lets your shingles live about 10 years...

It also lets your shingles live about 10 years longer. Shingles fail much faster if there's no air-space below the sheeting on the roof to provide some cooling.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 10-11-2005, 09:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,686
Posted By FirTrader
That would scratch up in about 5 minutes, and...

That would scratch up in about 5 minutes, and just look terrible. You'll do WAY better to find the cheapest laminate floor available (like, under $1 per square foot) and throw that down. There are...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 10-10-2005, 08:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,135
Posted By FirTrader
I would not call genuine hardwood a real great...

I would not call genuine hardwood a real great choice for most kitchens. Anything dropped will mar it, you'll have to refinish it every couple of years for the wear, god help you if you manage to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 10-09-2005, 04:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 45,030
Posted By FirTrader
Heheh.... well... you can get a stump-grinder in,...

Heheh.... well... you can get a stump-grinder in, you can attack it with a chainsaw... I don't know if there is a chemical that will break down wood without doing ridiculous harm to other things...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 10-08-2005, 09:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,911
Posted By FirTrader
Hard to tell the scale, but most likely, that is...

Hard to tell the scale, but most likely, that is b-vent from a furnace and or water heater. IE it's your chimney. Could also be bathroom fan type vents, or from an otr microwave, etc. At any rate,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 10-05-2005, 09:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,261
Posted By FirTrader
Tile is forever in a bathroom, if it goes down...

Tile is forever in a bathroom, if it goes down right the first time. Check out Shluter's Ditra underlay... it's a miracle.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 10-05-2005, 08:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,267
Posted By FirTrader
Sounds like the grout is stained, if it doesn't...

Sounds like the grout is stained, if it doesn't change back in 1 day...
If so, you just have to pick the old stuff out, and mix up new. It's pretty easy. You can't go too far wrong!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 10-05-2005, 08:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,352
Posted By FirTrader
Go get about 10 sheets of 3/4 inch ply, and about...

Go get about 10 sheets of 3/4 inch ply, and about 50 8 foot 2x4. Call a local handyman, and tell him you want shelves everywhere, and he's got 1 day to do it, material on site. Not the cheapest. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 10-05-2005, 08:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,887
Posted By FirTrader
Get rid of things you don't need. Get a...

Get rid of things you don't need.

Get a bunch of those big Rubbermaid tubs with lids. They stack. Build a bunch of shelves to fit said tubs. THen everything goes away (a) organized (b) labelled...
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