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  1. zepper

    Which of these is main water shutoff...?

    Hey guys, On our plumber's advice, I've obtained a replacement for our leaking shower diverter cartridge that I'll replace myself. Thing is, I'm not sure where our house's main water shutoff is. We haven't had the place that long—and unfortunately I wasn't watching when the plumber turned the...
  2. zepper

    Post your amazingly tidied-up garage your wife/husband/partner still can't believe!

    I've been remodeling our house for the last few years, and our garage became a chaotic pile of building materials, tools, supplies, parts, scraps, missing bodies, and so on. It got so bad, I ended up spending almost as much time looking for stuff as using it, and feared for my life a few times...
  3. zepper

    3-way switch puzzle

    Hey guys, I can't be the first person who's done this, so I'm sorry if I'm asking something that's been asked (many times?) before. My wife wanted to replace our existing dining room ceiling light—a three-bulb mini-spot, off to the side—with a pendant light directly over the dining table. So...
  4. zepper

    Diamond drill bits

    Hey guys – I'm installing a quartz countertop for our bathroom vanity. I had the countertop made and the openings cut (the sink opening, according to its template). I must now drill 4 holes in the counter's underside for the brackets that came with our ceramic undermount sink. I'll then epoxy...
  5. zepper

    Simple wireless control for three lights?

    Hey guys—I don't know if this the particular type of thing you deal with, but thought I'd ask anyway. We have three exterior lights across our lower deck, controlled by switches in three different rooms. They face the pathway that goes around our house and up to the main entrance, so we often...
  6. zepper

    Does glue cure better with or without clamps?

    Hey guys – I've just applied Titebond II to some wood and clamped it. The bottle says it should be clamped for 30 minutes, then allowed to set for 24 hours before it's subjected to stress. Are they just saying that 30 minutes is the minimum time you should clamp anything? Or are they...
  7. zepper

    Varathane over tung oil?

    Hey guys, We have a teak table my wife's been keeping on our covered patio. Because it'd be exposed to humidity, I treated it with some of this Circa 1850 Tung 'n' Teak Oil: Since the table appeared to be bare (unfinished) wood, I figured this would make it look best, while offering some...
  8. zepper

    Right way to caulk kitchen counter?

    Hey guys, Sorry if this is in the wrong section—if so, feel free to move it. The caulking has split where one of our kitchen counters meets the wall. Unlike the other counters, which are against a tile backsplash, this one's against a painted wall, and I'm wondering what the best way to...
  9. zepper

    Used wrong caulk in bathroom...?

    Hope this is the right section for this... If not, feel free to move it. I made a real amateur mistake, caulk-wise. I'm replacing all the baseboards and door trim in our house. I started with a silicone-based caulk. Then a friend pointed out this stuff: "Why mess with silicone when you don't...
  10. zepper

    Prying off splash guard w/minimal damage?

    Hey guys – A quick (and possibly noob-ish question) for yuz: I'm replacing a bathroom vanity. The cabinet itself is just screwed to the studs, but the one-by-four wood backsplash is cemented to the wall. Is there a way to pry it off without taking out a whole whack of drywall? Maybe some...
  11. zepper

    Attaching base molding to plastic door?

    Hey guys, I'm putting some quarter-round molding between our "floating" wood floor and the bottoms of our patio doors. Obviously I don't want to go driving nails or brads into the door. What sort of adhesive can I use that'll stick to... Er, what is that door frame, anyway? Vinyl?
  12. zepper

    Riving knife question

    Hey guys, I understand how a table saw's riving knife makes cutting safer by holding the cut open behind the blade, preventing the wood from pivoting, contacting the side of the blade and kicking back. However, I don't understand why it has two positions—above the blade, for through...
  13. zepper

    Truly round baseboard corners?

    Hey guys, Now that I have our new floor in, I'm ready to install our new baseboards. The molding I'm using has this profile: (We have some unusually long runs of hardwood, so I've left some expansion gaps a bit wider than usual to be on the safe side. We decided this staggered profile...
  14. zepper

    Removing odd shelf brackets?

    Hey guys, Have any of you ever seen brackets like these? They're from a small glass shelf I'm removing in one of our bathrooms. I can't figure out how they're attached. Rather than the usual hex screw underneath, each one has a 1/4" square opening through which I can see two small metal...
  15. zepper

    Dishwasher drain hose slightly too big...

    Hey guys – I've just installed a new kitchen sink. Unfortunately, I didn't notice that the dishwasher drain "Y" connector the guy at the hardware store gave was about 1/8" too small for our hose, and the clamp doesn't seal it. The "Y" is cemented in, and I'm not really up to replacing the...
  16. zepper

    Tricky floorplan—where do I start?

    Hey guys, I'm about to install an engineered hardwood floor in our home's main level. It's a tongue-in-groove floating floor (boards glued to each other) with foam underlayment over a wood sub-floor. The thing is, it's a pretty open plan, and I'm not sure where to start so everything will line...
  17. zepper

    Bulleted lists don't work?

    BTW, has anyone noticed that the editor's bulleted list function isn't working? I've tried clicking the toolbar button, then entering the list items as instructed, ending with a blank entry to end the list. It should come out like this:• Item 1 • Item 2 • Item 3 ...but it...
  18. zepper

    Banister update (thanks for input!)

    Hey guys, We're doing some remodeling, and I'd like to update our turned-wood banister and routed stair rail: (Apologies to any members who may still consider this style fashionable, BTW. :?) I'm pretty handy, but I've never done this type of project, and can't find anything...
  19. zepper

    Moving a switch; now light doesn't work?

    Hey guys, I've just removed a partial wall (also known as a "pony wall") that separated our living room and dining room. It contained an outlet, and the switch for our living room's overhead light. I'm going to relocate them in the wall the partial wall was attached to. Before I fed the...
  20. zepper

    Add wireless light control to existing circuit?

    Hi guys, I'd like to add a second light to our dark downstairs hallway. Because of how the hall's laid out, I'd have to run the wiring up through the wall, across the attic, and down into the 2nd light's wall. I know how to wire in the new fixture; I'm just not sure how to get the wiring from...
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