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DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 02-23-2013, 09:28 PM
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Views: 875
Posted By poppa
I once encountered a water heater that had been...

I once encountered a water heater that had been wired directly off the entrance cable before the fuse box. After pulling all fuses and thinking it was safe to cut the wire, I wound up with a pair of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 02-23-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 984
Posted By poppa
You can buy clear (free of knots) pine t&g that...

You can buy clear (free of knots) pine t&g that finishes very nice. The mdf is gonna give you a smoother look. I like wood myself instead of the plastic look. Call me old fashioned. The mdf will stay...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 02-23-2013, 09:06 PM
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Views: 833
Posted By poppa
In the past I've used screen molding to bend over...

In the past I've used screen molding to bend over the bottom to cover the sawed edge. Assuming that's what your talking about.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-20-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,700
Posted By poppa
Yes the finish nailer will work but be sure to...

Yes the finish nailer will work but be sure to crank up maximum air pressure and depth of nail penetration. Oak is extremely dense, which you probly already know.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 02-18-2013, 08:59 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,441
Posted By poppa
Throughout the history of mankind there have...

Throughout the history of mankind there have always been those who profit from the fears or needs of others. The Rain Man in the 1930 dust bowl comes to mind. Or the promise of saving our planet now...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 02-18-2013, 08:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,990
Posted By poppa
Your gettin plenty of good advice already. I...

Your gettin plenty of good advice already. I would only add that the best way to forego any problems is to have a good plan drawn out on paper before starting. Will save you money in the long run. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 02-18-2013, 08:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,082
Posted By poppa
I'm an old carpenter and we called those wind...

I'm an old carpenter and we called those wind braces and put one on every other set of rafters. You really should put more in you don't have enough.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 02-18-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,064
Posted By poppa
Normally with these older houses they were...

Normally with these older houses they were sheeted on the outside with 1X's on a 45% angle called storm sheeting. Then a layer of felt paper over that to help seal the cracks then exterior siding...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 02-18-2013, 10:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 960
Posted By poppa
Hate to be contrarian here but I have found that...

Hate to be contrarian here but I have found that all removal should be from the top so as to not have the lock being placed placed at proper height and location on the door.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-18-2013, 10:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 652
Posted By poppa
You will need a shellac based sealer to keep...

You will need a shellac based sealer to keep water stain from bleeding thru. Benzer 123 Bullseye works really good for this and is available in latex but if you get a mask and use the oil it works...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-17-2013, 12:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,700
Posted By poppa
I agree with fireguy. New flooring not that...

I agree with fireguy. New flooring not that expensive and can be stained to match plus T&G stronger joints. I'd also use glue so no squeak.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 02-17-2013, 12:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 960
Posted By poppa
Yes. Removing the top rail can be done in order...

Yes. Removing the top rail can be done in order to cut the panel down but you will be cutting the tenon tongue that helps the side rails hold the top rail. When reinstalling the top rail I would use...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-17-2013, 12:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 652
Posted By poppa
Old remodeler here: I have found LVL plywood...

Old remodeler here: I have found LVL plywood laminate beams to be more than equal to the task of supporting without sagging. Relatively inexpensive and easy to work with. 2 of them sandwiched equals...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 02-15-2013, 08:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,067
Posted By poppa
Yes definitely use a prestain conditioner I have...

Yes definitely use a prestain conditioner I have had good luck using poplar wood for face plates. It matches pretty good with the birch but nothing matches oak except oak. Make sure to sand...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-05-2013, 08:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,700
Posted By poppa
Been in remodeling business all my life. Best...

Been in remodeling business all my life. Best advice I can give on stairs is to always glue the risers to the back of the treads and screw or nail. 16ga nail gun works fine. The main thing is the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-02-2013, 05:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,465
Posted By poppa
What you have there is what's called a bullnose...

What you have there is what's called a bullnose tread which is common for starter step. They make a quarter round molding for those that fits that radius. Not sure but think HD has it.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 02-02-2013, 05:40 PM
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Posted By poppa
Cinder blocks do tend to be a little high for...

Cinder blocks do tend to be a little high for riser height. If you have access to a masonry saw you could cut them. Ideally step rise should not exceed 6.5" but many old steps were built with 7.5"...
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