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DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 04-15-2012, 12:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,662
Posted By evstarr
I had one of those electronic hobby kits when I...

I had one of those electronic hobby kits when I was a kid. Building electro magnets and radios etc. one day I found a bunch of gutter spikes and lamp cord and reasoned that if a small nail wound and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 04-15-2012, 11:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,531
Posted By evstarr
Since you've pretty much destroyed it anyway, ...

Since you've pretty much destroyed it anyway, how about using a recip saw to cut it the rest of the way off?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Computers and Electronics 12-12-2011, 07:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,403
Posted By evstarr
Whoops. Sorry. Pain to read the date on my phone...

Whoops. Sorry. Pain to read the date on my phone some times.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 12-12-2011, 06:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,254
Posted By evstarr
I would look under it to make sure that some...

I would look under it to make sure that some prior idiot didn't vent the bath into that space or perhaps use pot lights that are not sealed for attic use. If the rest of it is so well put together I...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 12-12-2011, 06:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,399
Posted By evstarr
The only time to eat diet food is while you're...

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steaks to cook.
Attributed to Julia Child
DIY Home Repair Forum: Computers and Electronics 12-12-2011, 04:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,403
Posted By evstarr
Let's wait for the op to tell us what his...

Let's wait for the op to tell us what his configuration is. Might be that nothing will speed it up. Might have never been fast enough.

To the OP. Give us more info. Tell us what you have. Tell us...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-12-2011, 01:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,690
Posted By evstarr
Are you simply looking to maximize the use of...

Are you simply looking to maximize the use of truck space in a sort of OCD kind of way or are you looking at long term storage? If the latter, I prefer rubbermaid branded storage containers ( the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-12-2011, 12:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,458
Posted By evstarr
The gfci will help protect the user at the outlet...

The gfci will help protect the user at the outlet by tripping if there is a ground fault. Normally the path of least resistance would be the ground conductor back to a water pipe or ground electrode...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-11-2011, 10:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,458
Posted By evstarr
That third prong is an equipment or safety...

That third prong is an equipment or safety ground. It's purpose is to provide electricity an alternate path to ground besides thru you in the event that you are handling some appliance that suffers a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 11-21-2011, 06:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,129
Posted By evstarr
Lol. No evidence that way

Lol. No evidence that way
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 11-18-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,295
Posted By evstarr
Laser pointer! Also near a sunny window, the...

Laser pointer! Also near a sunny window, the reflection off my phone's screen
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 11-18-2011, 06:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,129
Posted By evstarr
Hungry rotweiler?

Hungry rotweiler?
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 11-18-2011, 06:19 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,676
Posted By evstarr
Hmm 3.68 just outside Chicago, rather higher in...

Hmm 3.68 just outside Chicago, rather higher in the city itself.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 11-18-2011, 06:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,021
Posted By evstarr
Honestly, I would cut it back to undamaged...

Honestly, I would cut it back to undamaged material at a joist and patch in a new sheet of drywall. You'll be much happier in the long run because no matter how well you feather the little repairs,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 11-18-2011, 05:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,183
Posted By evstarr
That's all over my house as well. 1956 Chicago....

That's all over my house as well. 1956 Chicago. It's very hard and turns to sand when wet. Seems like an early cement board skimmed with plaster. It's installed on wood furring on the brick exterior...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-16-2011, 11:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,785
Posted By evstarr
Have you been lucky enough to be able to time it...

Have you been lucky enough to be able to time it so you can actually touch the various pipes while the knocking is going on to see if it's a particular line?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-15-2011, 09:51 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,588
Posted By evstarr
You expressed a plan to patch the hole where the...

You expressed a plan to patch the hole where the existing fixture is/was. You cannot bury that box if there are any live circuits running thru it.
As far as the cans go... I actually like track...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-15-2011, 07:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,680
Posted By evstarr
I have one of those by zircon and it alerts if...

I have one of those by zircon and it alerts if you're within several feet sometimes with drywall. In my living room I have plaster and metal mesh lath and the blasted thing alerts on every inch of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Cleaning 11-15-2011, 06:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,713
Posted By evstarr
Looks like mineral salts from the lime...

Looks like mineral salts from the lime interacting with acidic ground water to me
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 11-14-2011, 10:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,030
Posted By evstarr
So insulating the knee walls and the flat ceiling...

So insulating the knee walls and the flat ceiling is fine. But you do need to allow continuous airflow through the portion of your room that is also the roof structure. If they are full 2x4 you can...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 11-14-2011, 10:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,938
Posted By evstarr
Might be that I just need to get my glasses but...

Might be that I just need to get my glasses but it looks like those rim joists are just sitting on a little piece of the welded on plate atop those posts around the perimeter. If so, might be an...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-12-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,163
Posted By evstarr
Can you get a look at the wires via an attic...

Can you get a look at the wires via an attic access? Possibly a critter has gotten to one of them. Mice seem to adore the taste of wire insulation for some reason.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-12-2011, 09:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,090
Posted By evstarr
The advice above is dead on correct imo but Since...

The advice above is dead on correct imo but Since that receptacle is backstabbed, I would suggest pulling out the conductors and nutting them together by color and adding a pigtail to reattach the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-12-2011, 09:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 584
Posted By evstarr
All splices need to be made in junction boxes. If...

All splices need to be made in junction boxes. If all the runs were cut off in one place, you could theoretically use one large enclosure for this. It must remain accessible permanently so no burying...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-11-2011, 08:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,458
Posted By evstarr
RofLmfao!!

RofLmfao!!
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