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DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 05-13-2006, 07:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,585
Posted By BillsCatz
Unless you own a tile saw and grout floats -- or...

Unless you own a tile saw and grout floats -- or are willing to buy these for a one-time project -- and learn how to use them, this isn't a DIY thing.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 03-17-2006, 07:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 41,446
Posted By BillsCatz
MinCost & Inspector D, Pardon my forgetting...

MinCost & Inspector D,

Pardon my forgetting that many people really don't understand the theory behind a load-bearing wall. I've been doing this for a long time and such things just seem like...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 03-16-2006, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,546
Posted By BillsCatz
The epoxy-based paints from HD and Lowes work...

The epoxy-based paints from HD and Lowes work just fine, as long as you clean and rinse the concrete well and let it dry. Hey Darryl, Nanook of BC,,,
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DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 03-16-2006, 05:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,121
Posted By BillsCatz
Agreed, paint doesn't adhere to 100% silicone...

Agreed, paint doesn't adhere to 100% silicone caulk. There are, however, many paintable caulks -- it'll say "paintable" right on the tube -- that contain silicone as well as good non-silicone...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 03-16-2006, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,328
Posted By BillsCatz
Understand that some slate tiles need to be...

Understand that some slate tiles need to be leveled as they're set because they're not flat to begin with -- not all, but some. I agree with sealing the tiles as that's what many mfrs recommend --...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 03-16-2006, 05:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 41,446
Posted By BillsCatz
Lets get a grip there, Inspector D. A few of us...

Lets get a grip there, Inspector D. A few of us here are licensed contractors and finding a load-bearing wall is not brain surgery. Rules of thumb: A. All outside walls are load-bearing. B. The...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 03-16-2006, 05:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,829
Posted By BillsCatz
Unfortunately, there's no was to restore or...

Unfortunately, there's no was to restore or repair the baked-on glaze on a ceramic tile. That shine is a result of the tiles being heated until the colored pigments melted and fused with the clay...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 03-16-2006, 05:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 66,831
Posted By BillsCatz
May or may not be asbestos, tho it was more...

May or may not be asbestos, tho it was more common in the 60s than the 70s. Might be plain old linoleum, too. Is it glued down, is the main question in my mind. If so, it's almost impossible to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 03-16-2006, 04:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,678
Posted By BillsCatz
Cheap cabinets?

I've run across various refacing projects where beautiful oak doors and drawer fronts had been put on tired particleboard cabinets. I mean CHEAP cabinets, like bargain basement quality. Everything...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 01-24-2006, 05:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,979
Posted By BillsCatz
Folks have pretty much covered it in these posts....

Folks have pretty much covered it in these posts. This isn't a job for the faint of heart. To begin with it's physically a lot of work and the measurements need to be right-on in order to get the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 01-24-2006, 05:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 40,163
Posted By BillsCatz
$500? Add another zero to that and you're off to...

$500? Add another zero to that and you're off to a good start! Understand that leveling a house is a major undertaking. I'd suggest you get a good structural engineer to take a look then take it...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-23-2005, 04:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 41,450
Posted By BillsCatz
+200 lbs too

These guys have said it all, this really isn't a job for Joe DIY unless he plans to spend several days at it along with a couple strong pals. This is no joke. =) It's a lot of heavy work and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 12-17-2005, 12:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 9,609
Posted By BillsCatz
Careful

MikMar about said it all. Tub liners are vinyl and scratch easily --can't just scrub them with Comet if stains build up and every tub needs cleaning. The same can be said for tub refinishing,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-17-2005, 12:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,796
Posted By BillsCatz
Installer

Suggest you get the people who installed the opener to come back and fix it. If the door opens freely by hand, they obviously mounted something wrong.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-09-2005, 06:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,014
Posted By BillsCatz
Electrician

Tankless HWH draw a lot of amperage, but much depends on how much electricity is being used by other things in your home. Electric dryer or stove, central air and electric heat all use up a great...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-09-2005, 04:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,937
Posted By BillsCatz
Hire a licensed electrician. A basic point to...

Hire a licensed electrician. A basic point to keep in mind is that you need 100A PER UNIT-- not 100A going to the house then getting split up to power an apartment, too. This is based on the idea...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-04-2005, 08:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,259
Posted By BillsCatz
Trex, Fiberon, Weatherbest

I've installed miles of both PT and composite decking in New England. The upside of composite decking is that it doesn't require oiling or staining every few years, in fact it doesn't require...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-04-2005, 08:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,749
Posted By BillsCatz
Don't hire unlicensed builders.

Unlicensed builders can't even get builders insurance around here (Mass). If something goes wrong, you're stuck. Hire a licensed contractor and get what you pay for.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-04-2005, 08:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,319
Posted By BillsCatz
Refinish?

Depends what's on there now -- paint? stain? wood sealer? What do you plan to put on? If it's paint, scrape off the loose stuff, wash off the dirt and then prime and paint it. If it's stain,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-04-2005, 08:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,589
Posted By BillsCatz
Average

About $250.00 for an inspection with a written report. Of course, that's here in Boston and it may vary from place to place.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 12-04-2005, 08:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 34,843
Posted By BillsCatz
Symmons shower valve

The most practical thing to do is have a plumber install a Symmons tub/shower valve. Yes, he'll make a hole in the tiles and cover it with a repair plate specifically made for this shower valve.
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DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 12-04-2005, 08:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,240
Posted By BillsCatz
Takagi HWH

Takagi makes tankless hotwater heaters in both gas and electirc, relaible with a good warranty.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 12-03-2005, 07:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,277
Posted By BillsCatz
Water pressure

You'll be okay with the waterfall type shower head if you have enough water pressure. I've had folks insist on those big sunflower style shower heads, then look real sad when the water just sort of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 12-03-2005, 07:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,302
Posted By BillsCatz
Toto toilets

Despite some misguided opinion to the contrary, Toto makes the best low-flo toilet and all the major mfrs (Kohler, American Standard, etc) have come up with efficient designs.

Bill
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 12-03-2005, 07:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,678
Posted By BillsCatz
Refacing cabinets

What you describe is also called 'refacing' the cabinets. The cabinet bodies are kept, and then new face frames, doors and drawer fronts are installed on them. This generally goes along with new...
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