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    Re: garage a frame floor?

    You have an A Frame garage with a wooden floor that is presently sufficient to hold a car? Is the "garage" going to be used as a garage or as iiving space? If it is holding an auto now, it is...
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    Re: too much insulation

    Keith, I knew there was a dramatic diminishing of return, but am surprised it is that much! Here gain is where an energy audit, with all the variables punched in for local climate and utility rates,...
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    Re: too much insulation

    There is a law of diminishing returns. Bringing the insulation to R49 will certainly bring savings. However, the next 16 inches will cost the same, but bring less return on your investment in terms...
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    Re: Poor roof installation

    A mechanics lien placed on a house will expire after a certain time, usually about two years. The contractor has to go to court to "force the lien". It sounds like he would have a hard time...
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    Re: Choosing foundation for tiny home

    You might want to research the "tiny house" movement. Most of these are built off mobile trailer chassis. You might research how they are handling water and utilities. Also, the RV industry has what...
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    Re: Refinishing a dining room table

    Polyurethanes are definitely the best finish that is available for the do-it-yourselfer. The wipe on urethanes are literally just thinned down versions of the regular urethanes to make them apply...
  7. Thread: Vinyl shutters

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    Re: Vinyl shutters

    Acrylic house paints will do fine on the shutters. Oil paints are too brittle for the expanding and contracting plastic.
    Acrylics are generally more color fast than oil paints too.
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    Re: looking to refinish IKEA furniture

    You should never sand a veneer. The stuff is paper thin and if you penetrate the surface, you are screwed!
    I use chemical strippers when I know that I am dealing with veneers. After the initial...
  9. Re: Wood filler showing though paint on laminate cabinets

    All fillers shrink a little as they dry. Usually takes about 3 coats to get the surface totally filled in and flat. Sand with a sanding block, not just with paper in the hand.
  10. Re: Spray Insulation and preservation of my ridge vent

    The baffles are mainly to prevent accidentally blocking the eave vents, especially when blown in insulation is used. If you run the baffles all the way to the ridge vent and then seal them in with...
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    Re: Decaying wood windows

    Did you then use the Minwax Woodfiller? The hardener simply prepares the old rotted out wood for the application of the wood filler. You dig out the rotted wood until you find relatively sound wood,...
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    Re: radiant floor with steam radiator?

    Steam and hot water systems run at different temperatures. Steam is obviously at the boiling point to creat steam from water ( 212 degrees). Hot water systems run at about half the boiling point....
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    Re: Painting over old varnish or shellac

    The primer Houston Remodeler is referring to is Zinser's BIN. This is a white igmented shellac. It has treerific adhesion to slick surfaces.

    It sounds like the vabinets have old fashioned spar...
  14. Re: Am I an idiot for assuming 1x8 s would all be the same size?

    I'm not quite as cynical as Spruce about big box stores, but I have to admit that when I am doing serious trim or carpentry work, I go to the real, "old fashioned" lumber yard or fine woods store....
  15. Re: Warped siding from Sun reflection off of neighbors windows - Southeast Wisconsin

    You have discovered the down side of vinyl siding. I have seen picture of exactly what you have experienced where reflected sun from the house windows next door created an arc of permanently...
  16. Re: insulating a 30 to 40 year old house with aluminum siding

    A quick way of determining the age of a house is to look at the electrical service panel. Often the electrician or municiple building inspecter will have put a dated label in the panel signng off on...
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    Re: Make your Home More Energy Efficient

    Phil,

    You are probably right about additional heat being generated from the motors operation. However, the heat being transferred from the coils inside the fridge will be the same as that being...
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    Re: Storm Windows over Insulated Windows

    I would definitely agree that storms over plastic frame windows is a really bad idea. Plastic undergoes physical distortion at relatively low temps which can be reached behind glass. As to whether...
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    Re: Painting Kitchen Cabinets

    You cannot beat Zinser BIN white pigmented shellac based primer for sealing and bonding.

    If the existing coating is in good shape with no bare wood showing, many of the new water based alkyds will...
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    Re: Insulating on the inside of exterior wall

    You don't state much about the existing wall construction. If it is relatively new construction with either a 3 1/2 or 5 1/2 inch cavity filled with fiberglass, I doubt adding more insulation will...
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    Re: crawl space moisture

    You use the word "condensation". It is the correct word. Rather than moisture coming up from the crawl space, it is most likely relatively high hmidity in your living space meeting relatively cold...
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    Re: Covering wallpaper

    Often in an attempt to avoid a less than fun task, we take on projects that would be even less desirable. My advice: bite the bullet and take off the wallpaper! Building out the wall with some new...
  23. Re: Replacing indoor/outdoor carpet in a sunroom

    Rent a concrete grinding machine from your rental store. These look somewhat like a floor buffer, but have diamond stones which will abraid the surface of the concrete, leaving it ready for a new...
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    Re: Old Plaster is Shedding Paint

    The exposed plaster is very hard and slick. Try primeing the bare plaster with a 100% drywall/plaster primer, NOT a PVA primer. Pure acrylic has far better adhesion and is more elastomeric.

    I...
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    Re: Advice on Storm Windows

    Scarlan, It was a long time ago, but I do believe they were Larson stormwindows.
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