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DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 04-22-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,634
Posted By KatyE
Actually, the glass is still in a crate in my...

Actually, the glass is still in a crate in my basement, and I appreciate the suggestion, Frank.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 01-16-2012, 06:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 747
Posted By KatyE
Okay. Who do I call? Contractor? Architect? ...

Okay. Who do I call? Contractor? Architect? Structural engineer?
Thank you for your help!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 01-15-2012, 11:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 747
Posted By KatyE
Question about removing some walls

We live in a house built in 1890. Our kitchen is small and badly set up. There was a large set of windows on one wall, which kept us from adding cupboards, as the windows started low, just like the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 10-18-2010, 02:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,024
Posted By KatyE
We have not paid for it yet. We're having this...

We have not paid for it yet. We're having this done through a city program called Get the Lead Out. We have a representative from the city who will inspect all work, and anything that doesn't cut...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 10-18-2010, 07:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,024
Posted By KatyE
For your reading enjoyment

Okay, so technically this isn't about DIY, though maybe it will serve as some encouragement to those who wonder if the money they are saving by DIY is worth it.

Our house is currently being sided...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 08-17-2010, 02:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,634
Posted By KatyE
Who buys wavy glass?

Does anyone know where I should go or who I should contact to sell the wavy glass from my windows?
I know, I know. I'm crazy for getting rid of it. But the sad fact is that we can not afford the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Cleaning 06-30-2010, 10:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 10,711
Posted By KatyE
Huh. I normally use shower gels. I wonder if...

Huh. I normally use shower gels. I wonder if those are soap or detergent. I suppose I could just as easily use Dawn. The trick will be to get my husband to switch. I'll give it a try! Thanks!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Cleaning 06-30-2010, 10:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,758
Posted By KatyE
My husband and I both had the same thought while...

My husband and I both had the same thought while reading your replies. You are the Alton Brown of cleaning. ;)
DIY Home Repair Forum: Cleaning 06-29-2010, 08:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,758
Posted By KatyE
Oh, my! What a difference the oven cleaner made!...

Oh, my! What a difference the oven cleaner made! It's enough that I wish I had "before" pictures so that I could compare it.
Now, this tub is a hard case, so there are still some light stains,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Cleaning 06-28-2010, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,758
Posted By KatyE
Wow. Good information. Thank you so much! I...

Wow. Good information. Thank you so much! I think I have oven cleaner around here, but I'm not positive, since we have had a self-cleaning oven for a few years now. If I do, I'll try that first. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Cleaning 06-27-2010, 10:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,758
Posted By KatyE
Tub cleaning last resort

Hi all. I have a very old cast iron tub on which the finish (porcelain?) is worn off in one spot that has been dripped on for years, and worn flat all over. Because it's lost all shine, the stains...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Painting Forum 10-24-2009, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,457
Posted By KatyE
Thank you, Nestor. I searched for lead paint...

Thank you, Nestor. I searched for lead paint removal, and your answer was exactly the info I was looking for. One more thing, though....
Tomorrow, I will start stripping a door and some trim that...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 10-24-2009, 07:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,443
Posted By KatyE
Recessed dome in ceiling?

We are renovating our home's entry. It is a small room (4.5'x5') with both an exterior door and interior door. The exterior door opens into the room.
The problem that I have is that I have a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decorating and Design 09-22-2009, 10:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,225
Posted By KatyE
Yes, I used a big bucket of premixed joint...

Yes, I used a big bucket of premixed joint compound, and no, I did not thin it out. You'll go through a ton of it, so be prepared. It's pretty fun when you get into it, though.
I usually have more...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decorating and Design 09-08-2009, 03:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,225
Posted By KatyE
I actually have done this. It was in my...

I actually have done this. It was in my daughter's room, and we had three different wall surfaces when I tore the wallpaper off, so it was either new drywall or this.
It's very easy--if I can do...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 09-08-2009, 10:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,311
Posted By KatyE
Ha! Yes, will the last one to leave Michigan...

Ha! Yes, will the last one to leave Michigan please turn the lights off? Unfortunately, we recently exported our long-term depression to the rest of the country, so I'm not sure how much good it'll...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 09-07-2009, 10:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,123
Posted By KatyE
Stripping trim

I am getting ready to strip several layers of paint and stain from some original wood trim in our 1890 house. I already have it off the walls, as I had to repair some water damage in our front...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 09-07-2009, 10:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,311
Posted By KatyE
How do you know how much is too much?

I have a dilemma about renovating our 1890 house. It was once a fine home. However, the city it skirted has grown, a freeway has been built right by it, and the neighborhood, while not bad, is not...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 09-07-2009, 03:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,558
Posted By KatyE
Thank You

Well, sanity restored. :o
I wasn't quite sure what to do with the line, "Sounds like the damage has already been done," :eek: but the rest went on to reassure me. I'm not generally alarmist...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 09-04-2009, 11:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,558
Posted By KatyE
Looking for sanity re:asbestos

I've recently begun researching asbestos because I think that our siding is the old asbestos shingles. No problem there, I know it's pretty safe. However, I tend to freak out, and I've started...
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