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    My bride, an engineer, usually says, “I don’t...

    My bride, an engineer, usually says, “I don’t really care.” It is kind of frustrating since I want her buy in on big purchases. We just remodeled the first floor and she didn’t see the range (gas...
  2. According to the IRC an electrical disconnect is...

    According to the IRC an electrical disconnect is required. This is usually a simple switch mounted nearby. From what I understand it is required so the power can be disconnected easily for any...
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    While I have never used one I heard induction can...

    While I have never used one I heard induction can boil water faster than gas. But unlike gas you lose the visual aspect when adjusting the heat. The smooth top of induction is very easy to clean.
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  4. Sure Dan. Pressure reducing valves create a...

    Sure Dan. Pressure reducing valves create a closed system where water can not flow back past the PRV toward the meter or main water supply. When the water is actively heated it expands creating...
  5. As a home inspector we are required by the state...

    As a home inspector we are required by the state to mark as deficient static water pressure less than 40 psi and more than 80 psi. For most new construction the cities tell builders to set the...
  6. Cabinets to replace shelves for storage. Bought...

    Cabinets to replace shelves for storage. Bought the Sauder HD Classics from Sams. So much cleaner, better looking and various plans notes etc can be stuck to the doors with magnets
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    Long ago I was introduced to Oil Eater. It was...

    Long ago I was introduced to Oil Eater. It was sold at Costco and could get ball point pen and sharpie marker out of shirts. I think you can buy it online, in fact I think I am going to order some...
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    I, too, have a Graco X5 and think it is perfect...

    I, too, have a Graco X5 and think it is perfect for small jobs. It did all the priming and painting for a flip including doors and trim. Just finishing up a remodel and it did the same. I had a...
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    When my daughter was 5 or 6, she thought every...

    When my daughter was 5 or 6, she thought every brown spider she saw was a brown recluse. Then one day I explained the definition of “recluse” and she stopped worrying about them. I guess she figure...
  10. Palacios which is west of Galveston got 7” of...

    Palacios which is west of Galveston got 7” of rain Wednesday. I was down there volunteering to help turn the old “Palacios Colored School” into a community center. I felt awful as I drove out of...
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    As someone who rarely drinks anything besides...

    As someone who rarely drinks anything besides water and unsweet tea, I’d welcome a place with good food and a wider non-alcoholic beverage list. On occasion, I like a good N/A beer with dinner but...
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    Wax paper, when I am done I just roll it up and...

    Wax paper, when I am done I just roll it up and throw it away.
  13. Thanks for the article. I finished the...

    Thanks for the article. I finished the countertop but have several other products to complete including stairs and a mantle.
  14. Thanks for the advice. It is a knockdown...

    Thanks for the advice. It is a knockdown textured ceiling and walls. There will be some drywall patches done by a professional. Any tips on how to get the paint sheen to match. It seems that I...
  15. Question for the Painters -- Spraying Walls, Ceiling and Crown

    We are gutting the first floor of our house and removing all doors, cabinets, trim (except crown), flooring, furniture etc. The house will be empty. I will need to paint the walls, ceilings and...
  16. How Many Coats of Waterlox for Walnut Countertop?

    Built an edge grain walnut countertop for the laundry room. After two light coats of garnet shellac to enhance the depth I have started applying thin coats of Waterlox Orginial Sealer using the blue...
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    What I like about Costco is that they keep track...

    What I like about Costco is that they keep track of the purchase date if you have a failure during the warranty period. They are truly no hassle. The last time they refunded me cash for the battery...
  18. I just finished a edge grain walnut countertop...

    I just finished a edge grain walnut countertop and topped it with two light coats of garnet shellac. Just a touch of Transtint dark walnut dye was added to darken it a little and to my wife’s...
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    I bought the Byrd from Holbren for my 735. I...

    I bought the Byrd from Holbren for my 735. I don’t have a compliant. When considering price the Byrd cutters are four sided and you only have to replace a few cutters if something nasty is hidden...
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    Seville Classics Ultra HD. They are sold at Sams...

    Seville Classics Ultra HD. They are sold at Sams club. Google the brand and look if they make what you are looking for. The quality is pretty good and the price is great. I have 6 pieces from...
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    Could there be a trigger switch to prevent people...

    Could there be a trigger switch to prevent people from using the sander without the bag in place?
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    I don’t know much about cottonwood as lumber but...

    I don’t know much about cottonwood as lumber but in West Texas people will use small, straight limbs as fence posts. They will sprout roots and regenerate and grow into trees.
  23. Never mind about the Emerald Urethane, just read...

    Never mind about the Emerald Urethane, just read it is oil based.
  24. Thank you so much. I need a new 515 and my...

    Thank you so much. I need a new 515 and my sprayer can handle fine fine finish tips so I will pick one up. I didn’t think a sprayer could push through an 08 orifice but I’ll get a 308 since half...
  25. Best Interior Paint for an Airless Sprayer

    We are gutting the entire first floor of the house. The plan is to spray the new doors and trim before install and the walls as well. Any one have a favorite paint for airless spraying. I have the...
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