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    Fiber Cement Board Siding

    Thanks for the input. What's a general price comparison for FC vs. vinyl? If the vinyl project is $100K, labor and materials, say, with Tyvek, very generally, about how much % higher would the FC be to do? I guess one would compare it to a mid-value vinyl from CertainTeed (think...
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    Fiber Cement Board Siding

    Yes, the result is more what I'm interested in. I have heard many good things about the engineered stuff but need to research so I, hopefully, don't fall into those marketing traps. Vinyl is just unappealing to me. Fast, cheap, and easy isn't always better. I'm thinking the cement board...
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    Fiber Cement Board Siding

    Hello everyone, Trying to do a little research here. What do people think about fiber cement board? We are considering this versus vinyl. What material do you prefer and why? What do you think about Tyvek wind barriers beneath? This isn't needed with the FCB is it? Thanks.
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    English Ivy

    We just cut back our ivy where it was damaged and died. We love it and want it to grow back. It's about a 10' x 10' area. How long does it take to cover again? We put down plants, mulch and bordered the area in rocks instead of keeping it bare. Will this keep the ivy from growing back again...
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    Best way to get rid of dandelions from the yard

    Weed & Feed -- is this environmentally and children/pet safe? Aren't those products poison?
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    Outdoor lighting

    oh, i see, facing down, i'll have to look in there. Thanks!
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    Outdoor lighting

    how about having the top off and no bulb in and the socket getting rained and snowed on?
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    Outdoor lighting

    P.S. I'm just trying to research things a bit -- not digging anything up myself.
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    Outdoor lighting

    I like your methods Jesse -- esp the documentation. So, I guess the wiring could just be bad in some areas. They claim the lights burn out quickly because there is bad underground wiring. They are also using ordinary house light bulbs. I'm also wondering, leaving the top off of the...
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    Sidewalks

    Thanks everyone. This is a townhouse community. I'm just trying to see what other materials might be an option to run by our "Board" rather than to just keep doing what doesn't work well already. I thought there might be a wide variety of experiences with different walk materials here...
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    Outdoor lighting

    Does cabling underground corrode over time? We have light posts that don't work and were told that the wiring was simply put in the ground 30 years ago, instead of within 'piping', and that it has become corroded. Wouldn't there be rubber insulation around the wiring? Corrosion would...
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    Sidewalks

    We have sidewalks in our development that are cracking, sinking, etc. Some are being repaired, some are waiting. What is a better option for sidewalk material? Something more attractive that is, say, in pieces already so we don't have the continual rework and hazards. Are...
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    in wall automated beer dispenser

    Don't put your ideas on the web before the patent! You'll be out of business before you get started when someone else steals them.
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    Replacing Stairs

    I have a flight of 13 stairs in my townhouse. The first 5 have an unattractive rail/wall. I want to get away from the apartment look. I'd love to pull them out and replace them with a nice treaded and ballustraded flight. My question is, is this extremely costly? I live in suburban...
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    Cheap Noise Reduction Tips?

    What's on the floors and walls? Soft things that will absorb noise, not reflect it -- like carpet vs hard flooring, curtains vs blinds, cushioned furniture vs wood and plastic. Cork is inexpensive and is good for absorbing noise -- can be used on the floors or walls -- even just...
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