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09-28-17, 05:41 AM
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Ok it's actually a relief if that's the problem....

Ok it's actually a relief if that's the problem. I haven't noticed false readings before with this DMM. The reviews say it's as accurate as a Fluke for some things but I wouldn't know. Maybe I will...
09-27-17, 10:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 886
Posted By psommerfeld

Question 20V AC present even with light switch off!

I had a flood from washing machine in the upstairs floor. I removed the main floor ceiling light fixture and found 120V at the light fixture wiring, with the wall light switch on. BUT I also found...
Replies: 7
Views: 1,423
Posted By psommerfeld

Smile Slippery stair steps when snowing

I have an outside staircase made of pressure-treated lumber. It get VERY slippery when snow/ice is on it.

What are some good options to give them grip, but will still allow for easy snow/ice...
07-21-14, 05:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 65,705
Posted By psommerfeld

Sylvania panel - what breaker types can I use?

Hi, Sylvania panel. What new breakers will work on this panel?
ie. Will this Eaton Cutler-Hammer work?:
Eaton Cutler-Hammer | Plug-In Duplex/Quad Replacement Breaker - 2-1P 15A & 1-2P 40A | Home...
Replies: 2
Views: 598
Posted By psommerfeld

How are these different than dust bunnies? ...

How are these different than dust bunnies?

Dust bunny - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_bunny)

I had them all over my old house. I guess I never considered...
02-06-14, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,957
Posted By psommerfeld

How to butt up a tile floor to a hardwood floor

My porcelain kitchen tile will be butting up against my ends of oak hardwood rows in my living room floor. The oak floor is 12' wide. Most people seem to use a a transition piece that overlaps a bit...
02-06-14, 06:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 751
Posted By psommerfeld

I've had it done on 3 houses. I suppose you can...

I've had it done on 3 houses. I suppose you can find a way to do it yourself. It's just a big fan drawing air out the front door. I don't remember how the cfm flow is measured.

My oldest house...
Replies: 9
Views: 2,820
Posted By psommerfeld

I'm guessing since you've walked around up there,...

I'm guessing since you've walked around up there, you are sure no plumbing stack, dryer venting, bathroom venting, etc is exhausting into the attic right? I guess that's probably the first thing you...
01-30-14, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 848
Posted By psommerfeld

Hi Jaz, Joist span is ~ 12'. So can I use...

Hi Jaz,

Joist span is ~ 12'. So can I use uncoupling membrane? What about mesh?
I'm trying to avoid raising the floor any higher because the neighboring floor will have quite a step then. Here's...
01-29-14, 05:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 848
Posted By psommerfeld

Ahh .. ya you're right. Looks like 1/4" ply that...

Ahh .. ya you're right. Looks like 1/4" ply that the vinyl is attached too. Sitting on 3/4" ply. That's resting on 2x10 joists 16" O/c.

Do I still need tile backer with 3/4" ply on those joists?...
01-29-14, 05:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 15,784
Posted By psommerfeld

Just get one of these. I've used these more than...

Just get one of these. I've used these more than once. What a time saver.
01-29-14, 04:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 848
Posted By psommerfeld

Pulled up linoleum but glue stayed. Can I tile?

The linoleum in my kitchen pulled off easy, but left a grey paper-ish sheet stuck to the plywood. What problems will I run into if I mortar porcelain tile to this? If I can't tile, what's the fastest...
Replies: 1
Views: 815
Posted By psommerfeld

Re-painting kitchen cabinets

I have a new set of maple cabinets, stained red-brown, that I would like to paint black.

I'm interested in opinions from someone who's had experience with this.

Is it as simple as scuffing the...
01-22-14, 05:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 992
Posted By psommerfeld

Hey, thanks so much for your input! I think...

Hey, thanks so much for your input!

I think I will move the d/w like you say. Thank you.
01-17-14, 06:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 992
Posted By psommerfeld

Smile Need ideas for kitchen design (especially island)

Hi guys, I am putting in an island, kitchen cabinets, countertops, lighting etc into my kitchen. I have complete freedom on island design and placement.

Here's a model of what I've been thinking...
08-02-13, 08:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,146
Posted By psommerfeld

Thanks Pulpo. What size drain is required for a...

Thanks Pulpo. What size drain is required for a full-size washing machine? If I have a laundry tub to drain into first, that should avoid the flow issue, correct?
07-31-13, 11:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,146
Posted By psommerfeld

Installing a washer away from vent stack and main drain

I want to install a full-size washer in a room next to kitchen. Can I connect the washer drain to the drain of the kitchen sink, or will there be a sizing/capacity/flow issue? And I understand draw...
06-10-13, 06:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,791
Posted By psommerfeld

I appreciate the replies guys. I updated my...

I appreciate the replies guys. I updated my profile and will see if the same method meets CEC.
06-08-13, 07:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,791
Posted By psommerfeld

Removing baseboard heaters and their controls?

I'm converting an electric baseboard-heated house to gas heat. As I remove each baseboard, what should I be doing with the wiring feeding the baseboard? Ideally the wiring should be put in accessible...
06-08-13, 07:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,791
Posted By psommerfeld

How do I remove baseboard heaters?

I'm converting an electric baseboard-heated house to gas heat. As I remove each baseboard, what should I be doing with the wiring feeding the baseboard? Ideally the wiring should be put in accessible...
Replies: 10
Views: 21,707
Posted By psommerfeld

@Shane If your going to put down plywood, then...

@Shane
If your going to put down plywood, then here's what I did at another house.

First put down Platon membrane.Asphalt-caulk overlapping pieces.Then tongue and groove. Then normal foam. Then...
Replies: 10
Views: 21,707
Posted By psommerfeld

I had 8mm laminate installed on vapour barrier...

I had 8mm laminate installed on vapour barrier over bare concrete 1.5 yrs ago in a basement. Basement has flooded over the floor a small amount, leaving it wet for a week, stuff has been spilt on it,...
Replies: 2
Views: 582
Posted By psommerfeld

Installing oak hardwood in different humidities

I installed half of my hardwood in low humidity (last Nov, wintertime). Now I want to do the rest. House is at higher humidity, maybe 40-50% (I can find out exactly). Flooring to be installed has...
05-18-13, 07:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 986
Posted By psommerfeld

Simple question: Replace old plank floor with plywood T&G 5/8"?

Pretty simple question ...
~ 1950's house has plank T&G flooring (planks are ~ 4" wide, not sure how thick).
Can I remove planks, replace with 5/8" T&G plywood, put laminate over top and be happy?...
Replies: 2
Views: 1,818
Posted By psommerfeld

My hardwood floor is out of square! Help!

My longest run is a 17' hallway that runs into an 11' bedroom. I had an installer help me, and we chalked a line down the middle of the hallway, tried to reference off it, and starting installing...
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