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DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-18-2009, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,232
Posted By Mikeman
I would suggest reconsidering the combo tub and...

I would suggest reconsidering the combo tub and shower for resale value. More people want a shower and as the population ages there is more of a concern about safety in climbing into and out of a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 12-18-2009, 01:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,799
Posted By Mikeman
The overall cost of construction with...

The overall cost of construction with manufactured structures is often the same as stick built but the time required is greatly reduced and weather not a concern. With a concrete pad in place a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 12-18-2009, 01:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,787
Posted By Mikeman
I have a similar problem and have opted to have...

I have a similar problem and have opted to have the area ground down flat and filled with an epoxy filler designed for use on concrete. The grinder can be rented for less than $50 for a day and a 7"...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-18-2009, 01:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,516
Posted By Mikeman
Easiest way to muffle the noise is to blanket the...

Easiest way to muffle the noise is to blanket the furnace or the closet with leaded foam of the type used to muffle engine compartments on boats. It is fire proof and very effective at muffling noise...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-18-2009, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,150
Posted By Mikeman
Remodel can mean adding electrical and and sinks...

Remodel can mean adding electrical and and sinks and a toilet or it mean finishing the walls and ceiling and floor. Two very different situations in terms of complexity and permits needed.

If you...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-18-2009, 01:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,328
Posted By Mikeman
Suggest checking with the association for your...

Suggest checking with the association for your complex as to what is approved in terms of modifications to the outside wall of your townhouse. If the original plans had a laundry area that was...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-18-2009, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,739
Posted By Mikeman
The furnace should be vented but cook tops do not...

The furnace should be vented but cook tops do not need to be vented at all. Microwave ovens designed for use over a cooktop all have a provision for forcing the air through a filter and then back out...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Appliance Discussion 12-18-2009, 12:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,506
Posted By Mikeman
I would also try flipping the breakers all the...

I would also try flipping the breakers all the way off and then back on. One may be tripped and not resetting all the way.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 12-18-2009, 12:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 922
Posted By Mikeman
A Nobel Peace Prize was also given to Henry...

A Nobel Peace Prize was also given to Henry Kissinger who did more to encourage the slaughter of civilians in East Timor, El Salvador, Chile, Argentina, and Vietnam than any other man alive....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 12-18-2009, 12:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,890
Posted By Mikeman
Best I have used are Vaco. Harder to find but...

Best I have used are Vaco. Harder to find but they hold up very well. Snap On also makes some great screwdrivers and you could probably buy some through your local garage.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 12-18-2009, 12:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,630
Posted By Mikeman
Every consumer test I have seen shows WD-40...

Every consumer test I have seen shows WD-40 outperforms everything else by a wide margin. Developed for use by the US Navy using your tax dollars so might as well take advantage of the investment.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 12-18-2009, 12:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,271
Posted By Mikeman
It depends upon whether the table saw needs to be...

It depends upon whether the table saw needs to be portable or not. I like my Porter Cable contractor saw but my next one will probably be a Bosch. If I was doing a home woodshop I would look for a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 12-18-2009, 12:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,067
Posted By Mikeman
Cordless drills will work a lot better with the...

Cordless drills will work a lot better with the right drill bit or hole cutter. A self feed bit that removes all the wood from the hole takes a lot more power than a big gullet hole cutter - like the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 12-18-2009, 11:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,220
Posted By Mikeman
Saw a new design for a cheap welding cart that...

Saw a new design for a cheap welding cart that used to C sections of tubing to give it a lot of rigidity. My cheap cart was a starting point and I needed to weld on reinforcing straps to keep it from...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 12-18-2009, 11:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,545
Posted By Mikeman
I saw a guy using a Hole Pro adjustable hole...

I saw a guy using a Hole Pro adjustable hole cutter in Germany and then found one in the US. It adjusts from 2" up to 12" and I use it to make holes for recessed lighting and ceiling speakers and in...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 12-18-2009, 11:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,206
Posted By Mikeman
Problem with reviews and tests is that the people...

Problem with reviews and tests is that the people doing them don't have real job site experience and seldom test the best in class from each manufacturer. Replacement battery availability is also...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 12-18-2009, 11:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,291
Posted By Mikeman
There are multiple components in a cordless drill...

There are multiple components in a cordless drill kit, the drill and its clutch, chuck, gearbox, LED light, and the charger, and the battery pack with its overload circuitry. With a cheaper drill...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 12-16-2009, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,755
Posted By Mikeman
Go with a new surface over the concrete - just be...

Go with a new surface over the concrete - just be sure it is not going to be slippery when wet. With painted concrete it will wear first at whatever spot there is the most foot traffic and moisture...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 12-16-2009, 01:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,444
Posted By Mikeman
I would run conduit along the ceiling and then do...

I would run conduit along the ceiling and then do vertical drops to where I need outlet boxes. Easy with this approach to also extend conduit along the ceiling for additional lighting at key work...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 12-16-2009, 01:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,996
Posted By Mikeman
A concrete slab, even with rebar, depends upon...

A concrete slab, even with rebar, depends upon the ground underneath for support. Lose the support and the slab will crack and rebar will snap (happened with my house after the Loma Prieta earthquake...
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