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Lighting advice covering the different types, cost of ownership, where to buy the cool/latest/interesting stuff that the big boxes don't carry and their best uses for different rooms.
My wife and I have been planning our deck renovation for quite some time. Just when we thought the decking material choice had been made, we started hearing whispers about a product called thermally modified wood.
Some claim this material has hit the decking trifecta--an affordable, durable product that is environmentally friendly. Others say thermally modified wood is no better than pressure treated lumber or cedar, fades quickly and is not durable.
I'm only building this deck once and I want to use the best decking I can. What's the scoop on this material?
I would like to know more about mudding and taping drywall and texturing it.
Plaster vs. drywall.
Keep and repair cracked or loose plaster vs. remove it, keep the lathe and dry wall over the lathe.
My house was built in 1895. I'm updating electrical and plumbing and the plaster is good is some places to terrible and fallen off in others. Signs of previous repairs vary from barely noticeable to hideous.
Finding someone who really knows how to plaster has also been a challenge. I'm considering finding a school to learn, work and teach it myself.
One more thing regarding plaster. Any one know why a cellar ceiling would be plastered? It's an unfinished cellar and only the ceiling beneath the north side of the house is plastered. They must have had a reason. Everything else they did here was for a reason.
Please discuss options for replacing the traditional domestic water heater: small tank point-of-use, tankless, whole-house tankless, solar drainback, solar evacuated tubes, others?
I'd love to know the best and least costly way to replace or resurface my kitchen countertops! :o They are in dire need of replacement all around and also the center island. There is currently stained and damaged formica from the previous owners. The island has nice Corian but it is very outdated. We have been remodeling a 150 year old house so we really need to save $$ in all areas! Thanks Tom! :)
Please help Tom! Our 150 year old house has lovely old original doors and hinges. However, all of them have settled over time so they lose heat and air conditional year round! Is there an easy fix to make these doors fit their door frames better or is there a way to insulate these? We'd like to keep all of the original woodwork for the house but we're also freezing! :confused:
We'd like to know how to extend our central heat and air conditioning to the upstairs of our house! The house is 150 years old and is a two story. The downstairs stays warm and cool but the upstairs is a different story! (No pun intended) :) Can we rework the vents in some way? We're totally at a loss for ideas! :)
How about a review of gypsum wall board products? There is a lot of new stuff....Light weight board, purple mold resistant, plus fire resistant, sound deadening, low dusting spackling compounds, and on and on. Also, some is now really "green" using synthetic gypsum from power plant scrubbers and all have recycled fiber for the paper front and back. Where to use each one, etc.
What is the best power washer for use around the home? Brand, PSI, easy to get repaired, easy on the budget. Clean deck, concrete,stone trim on brick house etc. Thanks, GVH