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    Re: Plaster Versus Efficiency

    The National Parks Service has a very helpful series of e-articles (Briefs) on Historic Preservation, several dealing with do's and do not's regarding insulation and historic plaster, paint choices,...
  2. Re: Pointy Plaster Ceiling Removal *with pic*

    From the looks of things that might be venetian plaster or modern equivelent.

    If it is, that stuff dries and is almost impossible to get off without damaging what it is adhered to. It goes on...
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    Re: cats in my gardens - help!

    Plant common rue, it will deter the cats.
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    Re: starting a vegetable garden

    Have you looked into the benefits of planting french mari****s (thick patches) near and amongst your tomatoes and a thick section of Lovage very near by (for overall production boost from the entire...
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    Re: starting a vegetable garden

    In each mound, bury a fish at about 9" deep, top with soil then plant three corn kernels at 8, 12 and 4 o'clock, three squash seeds at 10, 2 and six (or cucumber or melons). Plant three bean plants...
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    Re: good vanity source?

    Freestanding corner unit could also bring plumbing through the bottom, for example go to http://www.lowes.com

    and type in the item number: 78090 should bring up a woodgate 24" Reedsport White...
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    Re: good vanity source?

    Have you ever seen the euro style vitreous china sink/tops? Just about every bath/vanity retail resource has some version of them.

    I've also seen these up to 37-40" wide with a set of drawers only...
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    Re: Rewiring chandelier - what kind of wire?

    Well UL 62 is for lamps not light fixtures/luminaires.
    UL 1598 applies.

    400.4 at least applies to a flexible cable from ceiling to the clusterbody if used instead of twisting the conductors. ...
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    Re: What's wrong with this picture?

    True that! A contractor, especially a painter that doesn't respect his own property, equipment, tools and person (clean) certainly won't respect your property and do a clean professional job!...
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    Re: Paint job estimating

    chaulking. :D

    Anyone can slap on a coat of crappy paint, its the PREP that costs and counts the most, followed by quality materials and skillful application.

    I like the 2.23 finish...sounds so...
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    Re: Furnace Odor

    Often part of a visit includes installation of a new air filter. Since the paper towel issue already, any chance the tech didn't remove all of the plastic film that protected the new air filter, or...
  12. Re: Buried treasure: Find anything interesting during your last move or demo?

    Long story short:

    Background: 100+ y.o. home. Originally coal stoves, then coal fired FA furnace, later converted to NG. Year 2 decided to demo old partially bricked up coal chute and prepare...
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    Re: Rewiring chandelier - what kind of wire?

    Just curious, since when is a hard wired light fixture or luminaire considered to be a lamp, or household appliance (cord and plug)?

    Its a UL 1598 vs. UL 153 issue. Seems to me 400.4 is the...
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    Re: Wireless Internet

    All you need to know including links and articles on how to secure, MAC addys etc. And specifics on 3rd degree felony in Fla, similar laws passed in other states, and expansion on Fed statutes in...
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    Re: Air Conditioner Enclosure

    It would also have to be removable for service, (washing down clearing clogged fins for example) and nothing interfering with access to the shut off box/lock-out sub panel. As mentioned restricting...
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    Re: Wireless Internet

    Nice try in justifying but you're wrong. There is no implied consent by a victim of your taking it must be expressed authorization to not be a taking/converstion. There must also be authority for...
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    Re: Wireless Internet

    Unless its your router (or your leased router) and your service provider, without permission, its conversion. Interstate connectivity makes it a federal crime. Planning and how-to info shared...
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    Re: Wireless Internet

    Those folks are lucky they were charged with a local ordinance lesser included charge and not conversion, a crime which applies.

    Justifying the vicimization of someone too stupid prevent being a...
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    Re: Which Size Makes The Space Look Bigger?

    Sometimes laying the tile on a 45 makes narrow small square or rectangle fields look bigger. Experiment with placement dry and see if that might work for you.

    Agree that small areas look better...
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    Re: uneven cabinets

    Prior poster covered most, just a few things to check before you start modifying the countertops or cabinet carcasses:

    Are you sure that whole one-inch difference is between the countertops in...
  21. Re: Steam is escaping through the radiator Air Vent

    http://www.heatinghelp.com/steam_airventsmakenoise.cfm

    Not enough other information was supplied to offer much else. the main site offers many links to more information about steam systems you...
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    Re: Construction contract help please.

    The phrase "time is of the essence" and a date certain stated, with penalties against quantum merit, in the same paragraph/section bonuses for early completion that has been approved and signed off...
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    Re: Wall Niche

    Perhaps a receptacle for power.

    If the flat screen TV idea wouldn't work (too narrow?) or a tamber door for a flat screen computer monitor, if the location for a desk (you could create a window...
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    Re: Basement Stairwell Cover

    Hi Dick,

    Sure can help you out with the information you asked for! Tom installed a ClamDoor. The show you're remembering was Season 3, Episode 309 of Ask This Old House. Here is the link to the...
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    Re: Help with insulating exterior walls

    Mold, mildew, wood rot, rust are still active at freezing temperatures.

    Water expands when frozen. Water-logged materials (foundation plate, wood, fastener materials, etc.) when frozen/heaving...
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