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  • Planning To Build A Deck

    DIY Questions and Answer March 20, 2017 Sonia

    Q: I’m planning to build a deck attached to the rear of the house. It will be about 2 feet high. Is it necessary to connect the deck to the house ledger using the lateral load hold-down anchors that I’ve seen in your magazine? A: Always consult your municipal building department to determine local code requirements, but the lateral load […]

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  • How Do I Fix A Furnace Fan?

    DIY Questions and Answer March 20, 2017 Sonia

    Q: The fan to my furnace/AC system stays on after the furnace has finished its heating cycle. This causes it to blow unheated air non-stop, using up a lot of electricity unnecessarily. How do I fix it? A: A faulty thermostat might be the problem. While the fan is stuck running after the furnace has shut off, remove the face […]

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  • Adding a Ceiling Fan

    DIY Questions and Answer March 17, 2017 Sonia

    Q: I’d like to add a ceiling fan in my bedroom, but the center of the room (where I’d like to locate it) falls right on a ceiling joist. I was hoping to install between the joists from the attic side, but now I’ve found an obstacle. How do I mount the fan? A: Try using a PVC saddle box. […]

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  • Problems Replacing Floor Tile in Bathroom

    DIY Questions and Answer March 17, 2017 Sonia

    Q: I replaced the floor tile in a bathroom. The new tile isn’t nearly as thick as the old tile, and now my toilet sits 3/4-in. too high. How do I fix this? A: The old tile may have been installed in a thick mortar bed, whereas today’s tile is generally installed on a thinner bed of adhesive. Now that […]

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  • Best Type of Screen Material for a Screened Porch

    DIY Questions and Answer January 16, 2017 Sonia

    Q: What is the best type of screen material for a screened porch? A: Fiberglass and aluminum are the two main choices for a screen porch material. The holes in both types of screens are small enough to keep insects out. Some builders believe fiberglass is a better choice for most projects (the exception being when you want to match […]

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  • Staining a New Pressure-Treated Deck

    DIY Questions and Answer January 16, 2017 Sonia

    Q: Why is it necessary to wait a few weeks before staining a new pressure-treated deck? A: Treatment with waterborne preservatives leaves moisture in the wood that can impede penetration and drying of stains and paints. In fact, a freshly treated piece of lumber might contain as much as 2 to 4 gallons of water per cubic foot. For the […]

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  • Method of Extracting a Broken Fence Post

    DIY Questions and Answer January 16, 2017 Sonia

    Q: Is there any easier method of extracting a broken fence post than digging up the entire concrete base? A: After removing the fence rails from each side, loosen the post and footing by rocking it from side to side. Dig out some of the dirt around the post and lean it back and forth. If it’s too heavy or firmly […]

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  • Interior Wooden Curtains

    DIY Questions and Answer January 16, 2017 Sonia

    Q: I saw a photo online of what looked like interior wooden curtains that slid together on an overhead track to cover a window. How is this accomplished? A: The wood curtains were probably mounted using rolling door hardware. An interior rolling “barn door “can add to the décor and also make efficient use of available space. Companies such as […]

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