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DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 04-09-2007, 12:01 PM
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Views: 1,626
Posted By WestBentley
Relative efficiency of hydronic baseboard?

I'm not talking about a full on hot water system, but the individually sold baseboards that come with water (oil?) sealed inside them to retain the heat after the electric part of the heatin unit has...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 03-27-2007, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,104
Posted By WestBentley
Follow up question to this - how do we know...

Follow up question to this - how do we know which type of plugs to buy? We were browsing the electrical section and there were about 3 types of plugs that appeared to be the same on the surface - 3...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 03-23-2007, 06:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 939
Posted By WestBentley
Ok, so if I get CFL's that are higher than 27w...

Ok, so if I get CFL's that are higher than 27w and made for enclosed fixtures, I'm good to go? These are still dim even after powering up. I thought we had the right bulbs for enclosed fixtures...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 03-22-2007, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 939
Posted By WestBentley
Wattage question?

If you are using the Energy Star flourescent lights, can you put in a light that is lower wattage than the max for your fixture, but is "equivalent" to a higher wattage in conventional bulbs?

The...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 03-05-2007, 01:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,896
Posted By WestBentley
Um, how do I know if my walls are in line?

Um, how do I know if my walls are in line?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 03-05-2007, 06:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,896
Posted By WestBentley
Warped doors and doorways?

So it turns out the task that Aaron and I chose for last week - cleaning and painting the doors, so that we could re-hang them - may have been a complete waste. The doors are seriously warped and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 03-02-2007, 10:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 13,050
Posted By WestBentley
Aaron is concerned that metal pipe will be much...

Aaron is concerned that metal pipe will be much harder to work with and much more expensive... do you have any thoughts/input? He's most likely the one to do it, so difficulty matters to him. We...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 03-01-2007, 09:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,233
Posted By WestBentley
I don't have pics of the old vanity.. we haven't...

I don't have pics of the old vanity.. we haven't purchased the new stuff at all yet (we're going to Lowes this weekend to stock up on some stuff).

I think the sink is separate from the cabinet,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 03-01-2007, 09:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 13,050
Posted By WestBentley
We aren't changing any sizes, just using the old...

We aren't changing any sizes, just using the old "box" type and new but same sized hose to connect it to a different spot. It's for the AC only, as AC was added later.

BTW, how big of an issue do...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 03-01-2007, 08:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,960
Posted By WestBentley
Replacing shower parts?

I was wondering how easy or hard it would be to replace things like the drain cover, or the spout (where it comes out if you want a bath instead), or drain switch in a one piece plastic tub? They...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 03-01-2007, 08:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,516
Posted By WestBentley
Wallpaper removal behind a toilet??

Is there a way to take the top part off a toilet (I know it came in two parts, I saw them install it) so that I can reach behind the toilet and peel off old wallpaper, then repaint? Somehow the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 03-01-2007, 08:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,233
Posted By WestBentley
Replacing a vanity?

How easy or hard is it to remove a vanity w/sink and replace it? Is it just a matter of turning off water and unhooked pipes? What about putting in a recessed/inserted type medicine cabinet? Just...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 02-28-2007, 12:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 13,050
Posted By WestBentley
I'm not that worried about that heater's...

I'm not that worried about that heater's performance, as it's a baseboard heater on an interior (??) wall, kinda unneccessary. I also thought that rather than having a potential draft by our...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 02-28-2007, 10:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 13,050
Posted By WestBentley
Moving a cold air return?

Currently, the cold air return for our system is right next to the edge of our counter where the kitchen meets the dining room. It's really awkward and I can just see us dropping small items down...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 02-26-2007, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,740
Posted By WestBentley
Removing vinyl sheet flooring

Aaron and I are definitely going to pull up the old vinyl flooring in our kitchen.. it's original, so no multilayers. I was wondering what tools/materials we need to take it up and any...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 02-22-2007, 12:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,880
Posted By WestBentley
That was my thought too, but the house was built...

That was my thought too, but the house was built in '88... I guess if the insulation was original, it could have gotten on there while the sap was still wet...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 02-22-2007, 09:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,880
Posted By WestBentley
Odd stuff on floor joists

Aaron and I are replacing the insulation in the crawl space of our new home... when I pulled down on section of old insulation, we found this very funky looking spot. It's black/brown and shiny,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 02-19-2007, 11:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,104
Posted By WestBentley
The house was only built in '88, so I'm pretty...

The house was only built in '88, so I'm pretty sure the wiring is standard. Glad to hear it might be easy. Aaron is the big picture guy, but I want the details to be right!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 02-19-2007, 08:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,104
Posted By WestBentley
How hard is it to switch plugs?

How hard would it be to unhook and replace the plugs in the walls - not the whole box, but the part you see through the cover? Our plugs may have once been white but are definitely yellowed looking...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 02-02-2007, 12:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,688
Posted By WestBentley
Cool test, I might have to try that!!

Cool test, I might have to try that!!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 02-01-2007, 07:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,688
Posted By WestBentley
So you don't think there would be a problem with...

So you don't think there would be a problem with sealing the leaks around the edge of the window frames, as long as the sill/windows themselves and doors in the house are letting air in? We have...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 01-31-2007, 08:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,688
Posted By WestBentley
Sealing all the cracks?

As I may have mentioned, we pulled down all the trim in our house, including around the windows. Aaron has noticed some slight air leaks and wanted to fill them in with "Great Stuff" foam to make...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 01-22-2007, 01:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,245
Posted By WestBentley
Well after talking to sales people from various...

Well after talking to sales people from various stores locally over the weekend, it looks like we are skipping hardwood altogether. With at least one sizable (60 lb) dog that is prone to doing the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 01-18-2007, 10:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,245
Posted By WestBentley
Hmm, now I'm getting conflicting info (from my...

Hmm, now I'm getting conflicting info (from my previous info, not yours) that prefinished is better because they treat it with aluminum oxide so it's impossible to scratch, and water can sink in even...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 01-17-2007, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,245
Posted By WestBentley
LOL.. well we've gotten a lead on some really...

LOL.. well we've gotten a lead on some really nice red oak from a local supplier. It's the locking grooved kind. Aaron's parents put it into a room roughly the same size as our dining room...
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