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    Getting Started: Talk to General Contractors or Specific Trades?

    Thanks for the input; the list was just a few examples, not the scope of the project. Kitchen and bath remodels are in the mix, just not included in the shortened sample list. Previous owners have done enough changing and patching of the interior walls that there are different surface...
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    Getting Started: Talk to General Contractors or Specific Trades?

    Temporary lodging is one more piece of the puzzle we have to work out. I broached the idea of buying and moving into an already remodeled house, then remodeling and "flipping" or renting out this one, but with SoCal real estate prices, we could not afford to buy a replacement house without...
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    Getting Started: Talk to General Contractors or Specific Trades?

    We are contemplating a major remodel of our mostly original 1200-SF, mid-50s, So Cal tract house. I know this is a DIY forum, but I'm in my 60s with no DIY experience in some areas so some of the work will definitely be given over to professionals; "we" (my wife) are even open to the idea of...
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    Skimcoat vs New Drywall vs 1/4" Drywall over existing walls

    I have never done drywall so I would never dream of doing a skimcoat myself, it is definitely a learned skill. An excellent illustration of the difference between "Simple" and "Easy." I could do the demo and maybe put up the new drywall but would probably have a pro tape it for the same reason.
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    Skimcoat vs New Drywall vs 1/4" Drywall over existing walls

    I am taking this in small bites so right now I'm just looking at the wall issue. It makes sense that covering existing with 1/4" drywall is probably the worst option because you have a lot of the costs of new drywall without the benefits. Taking it all down to the studs is the best option...
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    Skimcoat vs New Drywall vs 1/4" Drywall over existing walls

    Looking at a major/total remodel of our 1200-SF mid-50s L.A. area home. Way past a weekend DIY project; we will have to have most of the work done professionally. We have buttonboard interior walls and stucco exterior. Walls are beat up, patched, etc. enough that I would like the walls to...
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    Hi, Brook, Thanks for the pic in your Closed Cell Insulation post; I will use it next time...

    Hi, Brook, Thanks for the pic in your Closed Cell Insulation post; I will use it next time someone says, "What is buttonboard?" It is all over CA (and in my 1956 SoCal house) but apparently a lot of people are unfamiliar with it. I call it a cross between plaster and drywall, with all their...
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    Non-destructive way to find out if walls/ceiling are insulated?

    Check with your local utility company(ies) for tools like this (FLIR cameras, etc.). In CA, the big utilities have incredibly extensive tool "libraries" they will loan out to customers for free.
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    Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100 cuts off mid-cycle

    I tested Timed Dry starting at 70 minutes and restarting immediately every time it stopped. It ran 13 min, 1 min, and 18 min. I had to leave it for 20 minutes or so, and restarted it when I got back. It ran 2 min, 2 min, 2 min, 2 min, and 30 seconds. So the knob started at 70 minutes...
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    Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100 cuts off mid-cycle

    Thanks. When I removed the lid from the lint trap I removed every bit of lint I could find from the dryer and vent. Also, it stopped frequently mid-cycle using Air-Dry mode with no heat. Would that still be consistent with the high limit cutout?
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    Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100 cuts off mid-cycle

    Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100
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    Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100 cuts off mid-cycle

    This is a follow-up to my earlier post where a jar lid fell down into the lint trap housing and was hitting the blower motor blades. I removed the lid and cleaned out all the lint I could from everywhere and the next load I did, the dryer (on Auto Dry) stopped before the cycle was finished...
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    Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100 sounds like a Model T starting up

    Thank you, Jeff. I read 100 times more than I post and your posts are always prompt and informative. I can do the R&R but I am not a great diagnostician so I have been watching all the dryer repairs I can on YouTube hoping to find one that makes the same noise as mine so I can narrow the...
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    Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100 sounds like a Model T starting up

    I put the video on YouTube in case anyone was leery of clicking the other link.
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    Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100 sounds like a Model T starting up

    This happened suddenly, put a load in and started it up and it sounds like a Model T. It doesn't shake or vibrate excessively, just a loud rattling noise. My son cleaned the lint trap before starting and the top of the dryer gets a lot of junk stacked on it so it is not impossible that...
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    2-Prong Outlet to 3-Prong Home Conversion

    Just throwing this out there, is it possible that your jurisdiction might have required them to bring the electric up to code for the remodel? If they were supposed to and didn't you might be able to go to Small Claims Court (or the RI equivalent) to recover the cost of doing what they...
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    What's the Truth about Lumens vs Watt Equivalency in LED Downlights?

    Google tells me a 100W incandescent bulb puts out about 1600 Lumens, but LED downlights that say they are "100W-equivalent" typically say they are 850-1100 Lumens. If I wanted to switch from 200W (3200 assumed Lumens) incandescent lighting to LED downlights, do I buy two "100W-equivalent"...
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    Changing Switched Outlet to Constant Power

    I think I thought of the drawback to the switch leg. If I ever want to replace the switch with a dimmer, I will probably wish I had just done what Bud 16415 said and used the hot and neutral already in the switchbox. Looks like most LED dimmers require a neutral. Thanks for being patient...
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    Changing Switched Outlet to Constant Power

    That makes sense to me, but that's not much of an endorsement! Certainly easier to run one 2-wire cable between the attic and the switchbox than two. As long as I am careful to mark the white wire black REALLY well to ID it as hot, are there any downsides to this?
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    Changing Switched Outlet to Constant Power

    If I understand, I was going to "mimic the former outlet wiring, with one cable bringing power from the attic light j-box down to the unused switch, and one cable running back up from the switch into the attic and to the new ceiling fixture, with the hots attached to the switch and the neutrals...
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