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03-03-13, 06:06 AM
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Figured it out. The filter had not been cleaned...

Figured it out. The filter had not been cleaned for a long time. It actually turned out to be a re-usable filter, so I took it out, vacuumed the gunk off of both sides, put it back and I now have a...
02-27-13, 09:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 37,537
Posted By dsw

Thermostat set at 80, internal house temp set at 67???

For some reason, no matter what temperature we set on our thermostat, we can't seem to get our house to get warmer than 67 degrees. I've tested the thermostat so that I know when I shift the...
Replies: 3
Views: 2,047
Posted By dsw

Are chimney liners necessary?

We just moved into a ranch style, 1950s era house that has a four woodburning fireplaces. Our inspector recommended we get the chimneys inspected to make sure they are safe to use. We've had two...
Replies: 6
Views: 4,788
Posted By dsw

Thanks. I'll give it a shot. Some additional...

Thanks. I'll give it a shot. Some additional questions: When using a jig saw for something like in the photos, how do I make sure the lines are nice and straight? Whenever I use a jigsaw, I find...
Replies: 6
Views: 4,788
Posted By dsw

Need help building bookshelves

My wife has challenged me to build some bookshelves in our den. The shelf design comes from the store 'Design Within Reach" and they run over $1900 each, and we need at least 3. I would prefer to...
09-25-12, 07:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 975
Posted By dsw

Thanks. I'll give that a shot. I'm using a...

Thanks. I'll give that a shot. I'm using a snake that i hooked up to my drill -- seems to twist around a lot, but not really catch anything...
09-25-12, 05:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 975
Posted By dsw

clogged drain

Just moved into a new house and have found that the bathroom tub drains very slowly. I used a snake in the drain and got nothing. Then I went down to the basement and began cutting away at the pvc...
10-10-10, 06:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 11,660
Posted By dsw

getting smooth lacquer, painted finish on bare wood

I just built a couple of simple bookcases out of pine and want to paint them so that they have a nice glossy (lacquer?) finish. I don't want the wood grain or texture to show through at all -- I'd...
01-26-08, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,606
Posted By dsw

Thanks for the responses. For whatever reason,...

Thanks for the responses. For whatever reason, the hot water line starting working last night. Then, I pointed a very warm construction lamp at the wall were I knew the cold was running and this...
01-25-08, 08:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,606
Posted By dsw

Angry Help! Inaccessible frozen pipes

I recently renovated my basement. Unfortunately the pipes to my washing machine (placed in a laundry room in the corner of the basement -- along an outside wall) have frozen and I am not sure what to...
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Views: 2,707
Posted By dsw

Adding moulding to stairs?

I'm finishing my basement and need some help with the stairs.

The stairs are solid and in good shape, but in some areas on one side the treads and/or risers are separated from the two side walls....
10-05-07, 08:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 995
Posted By dsw

I have this problem. So I break out the bumped up...

I have this problem. So I break out the bumped up concrete and patch it --but what would you recommend I use to patch the area? And any special site prep to make sure I get a good bond?
Replies: 7
Views: 21,726
Posted By dsw

Most hardwood is laid with a little bit of a gap...

Most hardwood is laid with a little bit of a gap next to the wall to allow for room to expand. When I yanked up my floor, the walls were not much of an issue -- the strips just came up at an angle....
07-05-07, 12:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,001
Posted By dsw

Wood vs. Metal framing

I'm framing out some rooms in my basement -- can I use metal 2x4s?
07-05-07, 11:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,106
Posted By dsw

Question finishing basement -what,where,size of wood?

I'm preparing to remodel/finish my basement and have been going through all the posts in this forum. They have been incredibly helpful. However, they have also raised some fundamental questions about...
05-31-07, 07:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,140
Posted By dsw

wood size for roof framing?

I've built a 6x6 clubhouse in my backyard that is about 7 feet off the ground. I've used 2x6's for the floor joists and 2x4s for the wall framing.

Can I use 2x4s for the roof framing as well,...
05-24-07, 01:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,317
Posted By dsw

rim joist hanger alternative?

There is no "treehouse" forum, so I'm trying this one:

I'm building a sandbox/clubhouse for my daughter and the plans I'm using call for a "rim joist hanger" for the outside joists. It holds two...
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Views: 1,657
Posted By dsw

rim joist hanger alternative?

I'm building a sandbox/clubhouse for my daughter and the plans I'm using call for a "rim joist hanger" for the outside joists. It holds two 2x6s with an inner flange (since it will attach to an...
09-06-06, 08:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 20,788
Posted By dsw

I'm not planning to do any of the structural work...

I'm not planning to do any of the structural work myself. I would do the interior work (framing for rooms, electrical, etc.)once the space had been set up.

My question relates to whether or not...
09-05-06, 05:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 20,788
Posted By dsw

Hope this clarifies: The house occupies 1/2...

Hope this clarifies:

The house occupies 1/2 of the property lot.

The basement is a full basement under the house. (So the basement also occupies 1/2 of the property lot.)

The basement floor...
09-05-06, 01:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 20,788
Posted By dsw

I'm not sure if my first message was very clear....

I'm not sure if my first message was very clear. We would remove one basement/foundation wall -- the wall that sat in the middle of our property -- and replace it with a steel beam to support the...
09-05-06, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 20,788
Posted By dsw

Expanding basement next to house?

My house sits on about one half of a double lot and we have an unfinished basement that is about 1/2 below ground. We're considering ways to use/improve the basement. In order to make it useable,...
Replies: 2
Views: 938
Posted By dsw

Question breaking/removing concrete around stairs

I'm busting up a concrete patio to lay new pavers. I've been using a sledgehammer and whole bunch of sweat. A problem I'm about to encounter is that the wooden staircase from my back porch rests on...
05-24-06, 05:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 12,945
Posted By dsw

great response! thanks for all the info. i think...

great response! thanks for all the info. i think I may give it a try this weekend. i'll let you know how it goes -- or in a worst case scenario i'll email the forum again on saturday night with...
05-23-06, 07:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 12,945
Posted By dsw

thanks sashacat. the thread you reference is very...

thanks sashacat. the thread you reference is very helpful. i do have a couple of follow-up questions:
1) it sounds like it is recommended that i use sand and/or gravel underneath the cement molds. ...
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