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01-24-2016 08:59 PM

Ducted forced air vs multi-head mini split system? - 295 replies

We have a 768 square foot cottage here in Northern California, and have a single wall heater in the middle of the house. We heat less than we should, so have some mold issues, and have a window air conditioner that we toss in for a couple of weeks every summer. Charlene has been staying with her parents down in Fresno and is convinced that t...

11-03-2014 08:54 PM

Tile Saw: Rent or Buy? - 2 replies

So we’re going to be re-tiling the bathroom walls, with 18” tiles set diagonally, and with narrow grout lines. All recipe for “holy *&^%$# that’s gonna be hard to do”. And I haven’t done a whole lot of tile. The local rental place has a “tile saw”, no real identifying information, for $65...

05-09-2011 09:08 PM

Which Framing Nailer / Nail Gun? - 15 replies

Reading the code and drawing up the plans for my shop, I thought this was going to be fairly easy: Framing requires standard 3” nails, siding 2” nails (although I’ve got a little question about that, given that between siding and furring strips in building a drainage plane takes up at least 1½”). So, I’m n...

03-31-2011 04:57 PM

DIY Concrete slab finishing - 107 replies

I’m trying to finish up my plans for my workshop (been doing that for a few years now), and I’m starting to send things out for bid. Finding out a lot of interesting stuff about the costs of various processes that I wasn’t aware of. I’ve decided I have to build on a slab. I’m in a fairly tight residential neigh...

02-10-2009 02:23 AM

Crawl space vapor barrier: Figuring out the details - 55 replies

We’ve got a 1947 or thereabouts built on foundation and piers with a fairly low vented crawlspace. Looks like diagonal redwood or fir subfloor boards, and 5/8” oak floor. And, in the winter (rainy season) here in Northern California, we have a sump-pump and the dirt down there is pretty damp. We also have some issues with mold on ...

10-20-2008 11:44 PM

Irrigation Control Valves? - 39 replies

This may be better suited to GardenTenders (which I haven’t logged into yet), but… does anyone have suggestions for irrigation control valves? I’ve got 4 Irritrol valves and 3 Orbit valves (sold as a 3 wide manifold), and both of them seem to leak a little dribble in about half the valves, and the Orbit valves spit out water wh...

06-06-2008 08:45 PM

Sprinkler system: Things to watch out for? - 14 replies

We’ve got about 800 square feet of lawn in 3 rectangles, and I’m both getting tired of watering them, and hearing that, especially with the water issues we’re having here in California right now, that we should really be watering them at about 4AM. I’m not getting up that early for the lawn. It seems as though we’...


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