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DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 05-15-2011, 06:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,588
Posted By DrHicks
You were the unfortunate recipient of a dishonest...

You were the unfortunate recipient of a dishonest man's screw job. 2x4 studs cost less than $2 each. Why anybody would jack with them, and cut them, then return them as if they were simply excess,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 05-15-2011, 06:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,318
Posted By DrHicks
Joe is right about the costs and problems. Too...

Joe is right about the costs and problems. Too much money for too little bang. For instance, the amount of self-leveling concrete you need will probably be 3-4 times what you think you need (maybe...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 05-13-2011, 06:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,687
Posted By DrHicks
There should definitely be sheeting underneath it.

There should definitely be sheeting underneath it.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-26-2011, 05:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,364
Posted By DrHicks
Sounds like you could be getting in to a good...

Sounds like you could be getting in to a good deal. I assume you're aware of closing costs, etc.

It's good to hear that you can do some of this work yourself. Honestly, a person who cannot do...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-24-2011, 08:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,364
Posted By DrHicks
The answers to your questions depend largely on...

The answers to your questions depend largely on whether you're doing the work yourself, or having it done.


I've done a lot of DIY shingling over the years. It's not terribly complicated, but...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-16-2011, 09:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,431
Posted By DrHicks
Does your city have any goofy codes or ordinances...

Does your city have any goofy codes or ordinances that specify how much of your lot you can have paved? We did where I lived in Minnesota.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-15-2011, 10:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,483
Posted By DrHicks
Holy cow, that's really bad! I can see...

Holy cow, that's really bad!

I can see some variance on the ends. But white caulk to fill the gap?

Mostly though, that sink doesn't even look like it belongs there.


Good luck!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-15-2011, 10:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,085
Posted By DrHicks
I'm confused. If it's not tied into the floor or...

I'm confused. If it's not tied into the floor or ceiling, where is it? What IS it tied into.

And, like Tangelo said, it'd be great to have a picture or two.

Thanks!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 04-15-2011, 10:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,327
Posted By DrHicks
I've had good luck with all my DeWALT tools. ...

I've had good luck with all my DeWALT tools.

On the other hand, a plumber friend of mine will use nothing but Ryobi cordless VSR drills. He beats the heck out of the things every day. They...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Garden and Lawncare 04-15-2011, 10:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,352
Posted By DrHicks
Kind of looks like Creeping Charlie. You'll need...

Kind of looks like Creeping Charlie. You'll need to use 2-4d to kill it.

Most fertilizer companies will have some fertilizer with 2-4d added. Just look for it.

On the other hand, I've had far...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-15-2011, 09:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,431
Posted By DrHicks
If the garage in the house is going to be used as...

If the garage in the house is going to be used as a garage, you'll want a driveway there. If it's going to be used for living space, add a patio and a sidewalk to the driveway that leads to the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Garden and Lawncare 04-15-2011, 07:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,872
Posted By DrHicks
Cut the root. Losing a 1-1/2 inch root is not...

Cut the root. Losing a 1-1/2 inch root is not going to kill a tree that size.

If you don't want to do that, I'd suggest re-sizing your patio.

Good luck!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Garden and Lawncare 02-04-2011, 12:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,215
Posted By DrHicks
You probably need a good carb cleaning far more...

You probably need a good carb cleaning far more than you need to adjust the high or low screws. Most likely, some tiny pieces of some junk got into the carb.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-28-2011, 03:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,714
Posted By DrHicks
If you're wanting to go turn-key, and have...

If you're wanting to go turn-key, and have everything done for you, $25,000 won't even begin to cover the remodel on a kitchen and two bathrooms.

If you're doing all the work yourself, $25,000...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-27-2011, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,080
Posted By DrHicks
My son & his wife bought a house like yours - in...

My son & his wife bought a house like yours - in Nordeast - about a year ago. Big time fixer-upper. One of the problems they faced is just knowing where to start.

Based on what you've pointed...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-27-2011, 09:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,799
Posted By DrHicks
There is no way they are supporting anything. ...

There is no way they are supporting anything. They're too light, are slack, and are all hanging at different angles.

I'd say they're one of two things. Either they are marking something under...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 01-14-2011, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,687
Posted By DrHicks
The price, thickness, and quality of this...

The price, thickness, and quality of this vertical siding varies greatly. Be sure to do your research.

Frankly, I'm not a fan of it. But if you're going to do it, what InspectorD said is spot...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-14-2011, 01:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,801
Posted By DrHicks
You need to do some serious examination of your...

You need to do some serious examination of your gutters and downspouts. Something is definitely wrong with this picture.

If it was running like that all the time, it's probably because the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-14-2011, 01:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,538
Posted By DrHicks
That's exactly what I'm thinking.

That's exactly what I'm thinking.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decorating and Design 12-16-2010, 07:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,363
Posted By DrHicks
Awesome information guys - thanks! I really...

Awesome information guys - thanks! I really appreciate it!

The project is done. I think it turned out okay.

Thanks again for the help!

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DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 11-30-2010, 02:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 14,261
Posted By DrHicks
1x lumber doesn't offer much horizontal strength...

1x lumber doesn't offer much horizontal strength - especially a lot of it that's available now. For what it's worth, if it was my project, I'd feel more comfortable ripping 3/4" plywood & veneering...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-30-2010, 01:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 773
Posted By DrHicks
I suspect that your tank is filling up with...

I suspect that your tank is filling up with enough water. Adjust your float & see what happens.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-30-2010, 01:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 791
Posted By DrHicks
They're all going to claim to be the best. Some...

They're all going to claim to be the best. Some are formulated so that they soak in a bit better, but are a bit more expensive.

The first thing you've got going for you is that it's a kitchen...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-20-2010, 07:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,747
Posted By DrHicks
Great to hear! When I had problems with my...

Great to hear!

When I had problems with my water heater, I was surprised to find that all the replacement parts (including thermostats) are readily available , they're not overly expensive, and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Garden and Lawncare 11-18-2010, 07:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,335
Posted By DrHicks
I really can't see the leaves, but the scrubby...

I really can't see the leaves, but the scrubby look of it makes me wonder if it's a volunteer mulberry. Their leaves look a little bit like a cross between Maple & Oak, and the bark is smooth like...
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