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  1. Re: Drywall repair - Large patch, or remove entire sheet?

    Thank you all.
  2. Drywall repair - Large patch, or remove entire sheet?

    I have a four foot wide floor to ceiling interior wall that needs a very large patch. The hole is about two feet wide and from the floor to less than six inches below the drywall seam.

    To the left...
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    Re: Seams not taped under travertine floor

    Thanks.

    Assuming the floor meets the L/720 deflection requirement (which remains to be seen), is it going to be possible to remove the thinset well enough to do a good taping job?
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    Seams not taped under travertine floor

    I'm a DIYer dealing with a stone floor where the backer board seams were not taped. I'm also pretty sure the floor doesn't meet the required deflection standards. Predictably, the tile has cracked...
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    Certification of doors and windows

    Is there an independent and respected certification mark to look for on doors and windows?
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    Re: Advice on door shopping

    Anyone here have any experience with Paragon doors?

    Or Viwinco (previously CertainTeed) windows?

    The contractor currently at the top of my short list would be installing these brands.
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    Re: Advice on door shopping

    Thanks. Security in my neighborhood is not a big issue so it's not a critical driver to the purchase. My thinking was just that since the door is shielded from the elements I could probably get the...
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    Re: Advice on door shopping

    Thanks for your comments. Understood that there is more to the door than the thickness of the steel. It just seems to be a rule of thumb that that the higher quality components typically come on the...
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    Advice on door shopping

    Hello you wonderful knowledgeable folks.

    I am looking at a new entry door. I am considering steel or fiberglass, like most people. I am leaning towards steel, since my entry door is all but...
  10. Re: Replacing front walk - pin to concrete porch?

    Thanks very much for your advice and for your patience. I will talk to my concrete guy and have him talk me through all the steps he will be taking and I'll use your advice as a gauge.
  11. Re: Replacing front walk - pin to concrete porch?

    Can you elaborate more? I will be having the yard graded away from the house at the same time as laying the front path, and also sloping the path itself away from the house (1/4" per foot, as...
  12. Re: Replacing front walk - pin to concrete porch?

    The porch is well supported by posts, and shows no signs of going anywhere.

    We've had water problems in the basement, and I'm convinced that the root cause is the void under the porch, combined...
  13. Replacing front walk - pin to concrete porch?

    My front walk has sunk badly due to a void under my front porch. I am having the path replaced.

    I am having the front porch pressure grouted to fill the void and stop the soil washing out from...
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    Re: LIghts will not shut off

    Thanks Canuk, yes I have.

    I ask because I was in a situation recently in my basement where my best option was to have a light switch at the end of a run of lights, and this was the only way I...
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    Re: LIghts will not shut off

    Simply poor terminology on my part. I mean -

    Rather than go


    source > light > light > switch

    he needs to go
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    Re: LIghts will not shut off

    I should have said "with a single run of 14/2 cable" between each light, between the power and the first light, and between the switch and the last light.

    As far as I know that wouldn't be...
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    Re: LIghts will not shut off

    Oh I get it. I was just saying that I worked under a different set of assumed constraints than you so I got a different answer. I see no my assumptions were probably incorrect. He probably can...
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    Re: LIghts will not shut off

    If they are easy to reroute, then go for it and do that. Makes the most sense. I was assuming that rerouting wasn't an option.

    If the wiring had always been

    attic > right light > left light >...
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    Re: LIghts will not shut off

    Looked to me in the diagram that the power goes

    Attic > Right light > Left light > switch

    In which case surely this plan would require the power be re-routed? I was trying to work in the...
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    Re: LIghts will not shut off

    Note - I'm not an electrician, just a home handyman. This information is from past electronics schooling, which is not the same as being a qualified electrician. If you fry yourself following this...
  21. Re: Plugs recessed to far - how make them flush

    You can buy spacers from Lowes in the electrical isle. They are bright green and can be stacked to the required thickness.

    Personally, though, I just use anything on hand. Number 6 nuts work quite...
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    Re: Can Light to Pendant

    I assume you are just trying to install a normal pendant?

    The best way to do this is with a recessed - pendant conversion kit, since they are specially designed to cover the 6" hole. They also...
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    Re: Poor position for service panels

    Oh for sure, though I reserve the right to complain to all who'll listen, and many who won't. It's the****utic ;)

    I presume that I am in trouble with this panel replacement? I'm going to have to...
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    Re: Poor position for service panels

    Oh and to further compound the problem, the washing machine and a wall cabinet are on the adjacent wall, about 6 inches in front of the panel...

    The previous owner really abused this poor house.
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    Re: Poor position for service panels

    I need to change the panels - they are old Zinsco/Sylvania panels that are considered dangerous. That is the instigator of the problem.

    Your idea of calling the inspector in advance is a good one...
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