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    Re: Sound proof basement room

    The answers can be expensive and depend upon headroom. You do need to insulate, but you'll also need to build a free-standing ceiling that is not attached to the floor beams above. It is better if...
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    cleaning fireplace mantle

    Hi,

    We've got a 1950s Cape Cod style home, with that gray skinny long stone used to build the fireplace. I guess the face of the stone is about 3 inches by 24 inches, and I have typically seen...
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    pool drainage repair

    The previous owner of the home retiled the lanai, and in doing so he tiled over the pool overflow drain. This ran the length of the lanai and looks to be a concrete gutter a couple of inches wide...
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    heating/cooling/potable water/pool

    Moving into a central Florida all-electric home and I'm examining efficent ways to both go green, and improve operating costs.

    The overall needs are heating and cooling of the home
    a pool heater...
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    Re: Two Prong Outlets in A Three Prong World

    The ground wire and the white wire are bonded together in your service box at the grounding bar/s, making a single connection. Their path from that point on back to the transformer is through a...
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    Florida, LP gas

    Trying to decide if it is worth it or not:

    two of us moving to a home in Florida, currently all electric. We are considering adding a 250 gallon LP tank for hot water, cooking, and drying...
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    Re: Design Software Recommendations

    I found the Home and Garden product to be quite frustrating.

    Several years ago I bought some $39 program which did exactly what I want now... allowed one to easily build rooms, walls, floor...
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    Re: cooling for a computer room

    Depending upon the number of units, a computer cooling system using a liquid coolant might be a sensible solution. Certainty is quieter. Probably cost about $250 a machine.

    I opted to replace...
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    Re: Two Prong Outlets in A Three Prong World

    If the hot to plate screw gives you 120 volts, then the plate screw must be grounded. I would feel safe using a 3 to 2 adapter with a grounding screw that attaches to the plate. Is it through...
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    Re: speaker wires ubder the wooden floor

    Few non-professionals realize this, but the power available at the speakers is a function of the distance from the amp and the wire diameter. The larger the wire diameter, the better. I use ten...
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    replace cabs, leave counter

    Moving into a new home with great quartz countertops. Super. But we don't like the cabinets. Can one DIY the removal and replacement of the countertops, or does one need pros for this project? ...
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    lp gas in florida

    Hey, I don't know where to post this question, so I thought I would take a shot at this section.

    I live in the north, but am moving to Florida for retirement. Buying a nice little house, and...
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    Re: Heating a humid home

    Forced air will dry out the house. I have a humdifier running constantly to keep the humidity in our home at around 50% during the winter.
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    Re: Laminate vs. Hardwood Flooring

    I see so many horrible laminate install jobs.

    I also hate the layout that has more than one picture of a board on a piece of laminate. When you lay a real wood floor, you never end two adjacent...
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    meeting rail sweep replacement

    I've got some Traco double hung windows to repair. The grey broom-like fiber that seals the space between the top and bottom window is coming off (and has come off) of some of our windows.

    I went...
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    Re: soundproof windows

    I've been in the recording instudtry for a long time. You cannot insulate a pane of glass, and windows are usually big leaks when it comes to audio. Dead air and mass can help, so thicker windows...
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    Re: How safe is old wiring?

    You have to determine what you wan tot change,, and what you want to leave alone, then look at it from a practical standpoint... what CAN you change without creating boatloads of work?

    My last...
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    Re: 90 year old house with knob and tube

    Adding outlets is not hard, just home-run them to the basement. Warning... do not cut any knob and tube wiring. You may end up killing other outlets or fixtures, because of the way that knob and...
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    adding a sub-panel

    Hi,

    First post here.

    What I think is a simple question, probably not unusual.

    House built in the 1950s. Over the years, various owners have added to the electrical system. But the mains...
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