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DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 07-06-2012, 07:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 725
Posted By Dionysia
It is my understanding that these old 4-squares...

It is my understanding that these old 4-squares were designed to be cooled by airflow. Modern insulating often defeats the old style airflow designs, but insulation is still a good thing!

I...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Pest Control 05-29-2012, 08:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 796
Posted By Dionysia
I know your question is about bats, but here...

I know your question is about bats, but here goes.

We just had an engineer look at our balloon-framed 2 story house. We don't have the written report yet, but he did tell us that in most of these...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 05-25-2012, 10:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,513
Posted By Dionysia
Unknown1 - go to the Forums page, choose the...

Unknown1 - go to the Forums page, choose the correct forum and click on it. There should be a blue button at the top that says "new thread"
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-23-2012, 09:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 728
Posted By Dionysia
Whew that's quite a post! Have you tried...

Whew that's quite a post!
Have you tried contacting a design tech at the power company? They will be able to inform you if your service line is undersized and what the requirements and costs are for...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 05-17-2012, 10:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,057
Posted By Dionysia
If you are interested just for looks and not...

If you are interested just for looks and not heat, electric fireplaces are very nice looking now, and you don't have to worry about combustion. There are some very realistic looking ones on the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 05-15-2012, 12:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 811
Posted By Dionysia
I would not be surprised if you find out there...

I would not be surprised if you find out there used to be a door centered under that gable.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 05-13-2012, 05:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,057
Posted By Dionysia
I have ventless gas fireplaces, and they were...

I have ventless gas fireplaces, and they were great at first - took the chill off of a room quickly and saved us a bunch on our gas bill. Now, the gas company has added some new kind of "stink" to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 05-11-2012, 08:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 590
Posted By Dionysia
You also need to check out your local codes. The...

You also need to check out your local codes. The towns where I live do not allow sump pumps for groundwater to discharge into the sewer systems due to system overload during storms. You should have a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-10-2012, 10:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 716
Posted By Dionysia
We put down 3 feet of plastic [the thicker the...

We put down 3 feet of plastic [the thicker the better] with 3-4 inches of rock on top when we redid our basement wall. Not a weed in sight. It is also sloped away from the house so any water that...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 05-10-2012, 09:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 555
Posted By Dionysia
That is why we always purchase materials...

That is why we always purchase materials ourselves and go through them by hand at the store. You would not believe the percentage of materials being sold that are damaged by the strapping, forklifts...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-19-2012, 06:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 808
Posted By Dionysia
Unfortunately, we live in a rural area where...

Unfortunately, we live in a rural area where permits are not required. So no mandatory inspection to fall back on. Since it is a rural area, most of the tradespeople are firmly entrenched in the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-18-2012, 08:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 808
Posted By Dionysia
There is a certain amount of lean involved - it...

There is a certain amount of lean involved - it is an old house. However, everything in the interior was gone, so the only adjustments would be made at the exterior walls. [Warning - begin rant] A...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-18-2012, 08:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 808
Posted By Dionysia
Yeah, well I should have titled my post "Ranty...

Yeah, well I should have titled my post "Ranty rant" because I am mega frustrated. :mad:

The "specification" was that the new floor joists for the attic should butt end to end above the 2x6...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-18-2012, 01:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,795
Posted By Dionysia
The fact that they are making him repair what...

The fact that they are making him repair what seems to be a relatively minor break (hard to gauge size from the photo) would suggest that the HA is pretty anal. I would read through the HA rules and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-18-2012, 12:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 808
Posted By Dionysia
Hypothetical question

Maybe I am missing something here.

If someone hires a contractor to build something, such as a wall and/or floor, does it need to be specified that the item needs to be plumb, square and straight?...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 03-11-2012, 10:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,515
Posted By Dionysia
Also the framing on a 1919 house is such that the...

Also the framing on a 1919 house is such that the blown insulation probably couldn't fill all the voids, especially around windows and in corners due to cross-bracing within the framework. Check...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 03-11-2012, 09:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 671
Posted By Dionysia
Because a pane of glass for a storm window is...

Because a pane of glass for a storm window is cheaper and easier to replace than a double pane window. We can get some pretty sizeable hail and occasional windblown debris that has cracked our storm...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 03-04-2012, 05:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,096
Posted By Dionysia
I often wonder why people don't still build the...

I often wonder why people don't still build the old-style storm cellars out in the yard. You can see them all over the place around here (NE Kansas) wherever there used to be an old house. The wooden...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 03-04-2012, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 671
Posted By Dionysia
Storm windows

Can you use storm windows with double pane windows, or will the heat trapped between the two cause the seal on the double pane windows to fail?
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 03-03-2012, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,185
Posted By Dionysia
Aargghh

Does anyone know where I can obtain a pilot tube for my stinkin Tempstar furnace? I can't seem to find one anywhere online.

Model N9MP1075B12B1

Part # is 1013077, 1012832 (I think this is...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 02-20-2012, 04:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,867
Posted By Dionysia
I saw that once on a farmhouse. The basement was...

I saw that once on a farmhouse. The basement was damp, and I think the owner was trying to block the moisture from entering the house. It didn't work - the black plastic was covered with nasty mold...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decorating and Design 02-20-2012, 04:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,538
Posted By Dionysia
I like the small diamonds - at least, in the...

I like the small diamonds - at least, in the drawing.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Appliance Discussion 02-20-2012, 04:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,443
Posted By Dionysia
are you sure it is a propane stove? natural gas...

are you sure it is a propane stove? natural gas and propane take different orifice sizes. Also make sure they aren't clogged.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 02-19-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 747
Posted By Dionysia
Glueless vinyl is pretty thick and should lay...

Glueless vinyl is pretty thick and should lay down under its own weight. Just follow the manufacturer instructions and be sure to put some trim around the edges (quarter round, baseboard, etc) so it...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 02-12-2012, 07:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,245
Posted By Dionysia
The HVAC folks know much more about this than I...

The HVAC folks know much more about this than I do I am sure. But, I'll chime in anyway. It would seem to reason that a P-trap down to the floor would not keep cold air out since cold air sinks. As...
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