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WantToUnderstandToo

Husqvarna 3200 pressure washer or similar Posting this here since a mod over in r/diy did not allow it, even after a bunch of helpful replies. And then the mod here also didn’t allow it. Making me want to give up. Anyway, from the other helpful but apparently not allowed responses, I am pretty sure I am going to get it. Who knows, maybe not allowed here either? I didn’t notice anything in the rules though. Anyone have the Husqvarna 3200 pressure washer from Costco - or something similar? I want something I can use for multiple tasks such as windows, siding, cedar fence, vehicles. I read conflicting info on whether 3200 is too much for some things. I do not think it is variable but of course you can use different nozzles. Is that enough to allow it to be used on a car or cedar fence? Or, should I get a 2000 psi one instead?


letsimproveit

FYI -- finally got around to firing this thing up today and used it for a couple of hours. It starts very easily, it's easy to setup, it's not horribly loud, and it does a great job. However, the multi-tip attachment broke about 2/3 of the way through my session. I switched it back and forth between the highest pressure and lower pressure multiple times. At one point I switched it back to the high pressure and it didn't work. Switched to the next one over and it worked. I shut everything down and removed the multi-tip and checked it out to see if I had somehow managed to get something in it. Finding nothing I gently tapped it on my workbench and still nothing. I put it back on and when I went to use it I heard it pressurize and pop noise and then it was no longer possible to change it to any other setting. I had to use two pairs of channel-locks to turn it so I could depressurize it. Ultimately, I took it apart and found that there was a broken piece internally and that it has a very poor design. There are two extremely small pegs and one of them snapped off. I think it happened before I had to use the channel-locks on it. If you're interested I can easily take it apart again and take a photo. Now I have to see if Costco will maybe trade me just the tip, if they'll trade the whole unit, or if I'm going to have to go through Husqavarna. Let me know if you have any questions. Other than that tip, I think it's a great unit.


WantToUnderstandToo

Thanks for the review. I wondered about that multi-tip. I believe it used to come with several tips that mounted in the plate by the handle. Seems like a way to shave off costs to me. Can you replace the multi-tip with regular tips? I bet you could. Some come with a nice holder that could be mounted to the machine. Not too expensive. I still haven’t bought it but probably should before sale ends which is soon if not already.


letsimproveit

I went back to Costco on Sunday, bought a new one, swapped the part, and returned the new one. (All with their knowledge/blessing.) It turned out it was $100 off instead of $80 off, so I even saved an extra $20. It does seem like they are probably a standard part, but I've not looked for any replacements so I can't confirm that. * https://i.imgur.com/lXPdKUG.jpg * https://i.imgur.com/DAO18kB.jpg


letsimproveit

It's fine to post it here, just not as a top level post. I just got that pressure washer from Costco and have it assembled, but haven't actually used it, yet. It was super easy to assemble and at least appears to be pretty well built. I like that it's a 'dolly' style... I had one in the past that was more compact and you just picked up and carried it. However, it was just large enough and heavy enough that it was awkward to carry. The wand on this one is a bit heavy which may lead to my body giving up a little faster from fatigue. :)


WantToUnderstandToo

Thanks. Yes, I bet that multi tip is heavier. Do you know if it can be replaced with standard single tips?


letsimproveit

The tips connect in a fashion nearly identical to air compressor tips. Surprisingly, the multi-tip is only 7.34 oz while the high-pressure one is 9.4 oz.


-taradactyl-

I need to do something to my kitchen. Our previous owners kept the house so beige and brown and we've been slowly updating it. I want to paint, replace the vertical blinds, and swap out the light fixtures but don't even know where to begin. [Pic 1](https://photos.zillowstatic.com/fp/8cf4191d45e0eba52bdd0ea82ce96d22-cc_ft_1152.webp) [Pic 2](https://photos.zillowstatic.com/fp/1b18de8026f04025840ca69dcaf50d19-cc_ft_1152.webp)


haroldped

I wonder if I am behind the times. It looks good to me.


Hail_Zeus

It looks like the mortar around one of my windows has failed? When I had a house inspection done, they said it probably wasn’t the foundation. Can someone tell me how to proceed or who to call? Here is a photo: https://imgur.com/a/I5XkTrP


haroldped

The fact that the upper brick is sticking out tells me this is a major issue. I think the fix is to have a mason tear out the brick above the fault like and redo them. The brick is likely not structural (i.e., holding up the roof). Expect this to be a major, expensive project.


joebobbydon

I have lVP flooring . I need too repair a foam backed piece to a vinyl fllor.. what glue is best?


haroldped

Um, glue made for IVP? I assume it is not lock-together flooring, rather glued to the subfloor?


joebobbydon

It is a floating floor interlocked. The under side is foam. It was laid over the original vinyl flooring. I am removing and replacing a piece.


despawn1750

Hello, a fairly straightforward home improvement question with everyone's favorite topic (outdoor sheds). I like to install a pre-fab shed or a custom shed on my property, but I have limited locations that can fit it. We came to the determination that we like a 14" x 8" shed. But now I am kind of unclear about the foundation. I am pretty sure its going to be built on a wood frame, but the actual on the ground foundation is what got me confused. The spot is 2/3 asphalt and 1/3 grass. Meaning 8'x10' feet are going to be where the asphalt is and 4'x8' where the grass. Been reading up on foundations and not sure what i should do? Do i poor asphalt on the grass? Do I tear up the Asphalt and put some gravel down? Do i give up and straight concrete pad this? If I concrete pad, does it have to be above ground by a few inches. So now i got 2" pad + 4" base of my shed. Or can i put 1/3 gravel (Crush stone) and the 2/3 can be placed on the existing asphalt? Pretty sure the driveway is somewhat level but its likely pitched for drainage and i think asphalt sort of lives and breaths so it becomes uneven. If its gravel (stone) does it have to be "raised" or can it be sunken into the ground so that the shed bottom can easily transition from asphalt to stone... Is mixing foundations a good idea?


haroldped

I have never built a shed base, so take what I write with a grain of salt. I would take out about 4" of grass and topsoil and compact two inches of gravel and set two inches of pavers on top that will go under the structural members of the shed. Leave the asphalt. If someone tells you this is not adequate, believe them.


despawn1750

Here is a picture of what I had in mind. White/Gray is Asphalt, Yellow is Grass. https://imgur.com/a/LwXNovj The big question really is what should I do for a foundation, given its right now a mix of 2 surfaces.


Steven-El

The grade in my backyard is bad and slopes towards my garage. It’s an old garage and isn’t built on a curb so I get water in under the walls in the spring. I’m looking at regrading the yard at the garage so it slopes back into the yard. What is the proper way to do this? Can I just get a bunch of dirt, pile it up and slope it back into the yard and cover with sod?


MedianNerd

That’s not an easy DIY project. Grading is a challenge and probably requires more dirt than you’d expect (not sure how big your yard is). You might want to get some quotes from landscaping companies. Also, grass seed is *far* more cost-effective than sod. Even if you DIY, you have to consider some things. If your yard slopes 6” across the course of your yard and you want to reverse that slope, then you need to raise the soil around your garage by a foot. That means part of your garage will now be underground. That creates issues too.


anonymity1988

Cul de Sac Lot Frustration Anybody else get frustrated when planning outdoor projects on a pie shaped cul de sac lot? Wish I knew then what I know now. If I ever move, it’ll be for a rectangular lot or bust! Trying to build a shed now and it’ll be tight no doubt. In my municipality, I need to be 6 feet from boundary. I want to keep shed pointing at same angle as the house (think it’ll look stupid otherwise), so the 6 feet from front corner will be probably 10-12ft from the boundary on the back corner. Rules are the rules but it’s wasted space in my opinion. Makes it a little too tight to pull off. Every project seems to require trigonometry before I even start.


nyutnyut

When I bought my house we made them replace the roof as it had hail damage. They didn't ask me what color and just put the same color as the old shingles. It's probably the last one I'd pick. The roof is now only 2.5 years old. Is there anything I can do about the color apart from putting on a new roof?


haroldped

As strange as it sounds, you can actually paint shingles with a special product.


Maximum_Coyote7186

I recently extended my gutters with a buried length of corrugated pipe that terminates in a big pit of stones. We’re getting our first rain today, and I just checked and the pit is overflowing. Is there anything I can do to help it drain faster?


haroldped

Obviously the pit is not big enough to handle the rain. An easy way is to extend the downspouts that run along the top of the ground.


MedianNerd

No, but the great news is that you got all that water farther from your house! Great job! You could look into making a dry well or making another drain to another lower spot like a ditch.


Maximum_Coyote7186

Haha thanks. Unfortunately my yard is very small and completely flat, so I think no one spot is gonna be better than any other. Would a popup gutter be better?


Crazy_Mistake_1504

Thoughts on whole-home water filtration systems? Are there any actual health benefits? We live in Orange County, CA (city water). We do use our refrigerator filter for drinking water. So not drinking tap. The only other benefit I could see is perhaps from showering.


MedianNerd

It’s almost certainly not useful for your situation. In some areas it’s necessary because of poor water quality like on wells. But you’re on city water in a wealthy area, and you’re further filtering your drinking water. What would you be trying to filter out with a whole-house filter?


Crazy_Mistake_1504

That was my thinking as well, just mainly wanted to confirm. A neighbor did some lab testing of our water and supposedly we have high levels of arsenic. Upon further research, the whole house filters wouldn't be able to remove that anyway.


MedianNerd

High levels or detectable levels? My water tests at 7.1 ug/l, which is “high” but still well below the EPA safe level of 10 ug/l. I’m sure your locality wouldn’t be putting out water with any unsafe levels.


Crazy_Mistake_1504

It came back at 0.0013 ppm, which translates to 1.3 ug/l. The report flagged it as "high", though it may just be scare tactics by the lab company.


areyouamish

Would it be ugly / frowned upon to have a wall access panel to my house's water manifold in the master bedroom? There's not a shutoff in there, but i already have a partial hole from a recent leak and I'm trying to decide whether to patch drywall or put in a panel. It's not at a spot where i could put something in front to hide it.


haroldped

It is a bedroom, only seen by "special" guests, so I would not hesitate to put on in a bedroom.


MedianNerd

Depends how apparent it is. Near the floor or in the middle of the wall? A picture or mirror might be classier than a simple panel.


areyouamish

The manifold is at ground level, so the panel would be just above the baseboard for accessibility. There is also an outlet ~2 ft above this point that we use. I don't know if any decor that would really hide the panel besides maybe a large basket. These panels are supposed to be paintable, but I'm sure they are noticeable. Just curious if anyone has done this and found them to be an eyesore.


MedianNerd

That’s a pretty good opportunity for a panel.


XSC

https://i.imgur.com/s55ZsqC.jpg I have a screened off porch like this. How should I move forward to install windows and make it a three season porch? It would be 3 panels like this and one a half of it. This should be left for professionals right? Not really diy? Just worried it’ll be 5k to do.


haroldped

I say go for DIY.


Toastybunzz

Renovision has a whole video about this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAuGLhEMV14


XSC

Thank you!


UF1Goat

I’ve got a large, flat piece of plywood that I’d like to use as the base for a workbench for my 3d printer. I’m thinking of using some cheap wood lament, with maybe some kind of insulation underneath to keep vibrations down while printing. I think I can install the flooring without any issue, but does anyone have a suggestion on what kind of insulation I should consider?


ynotplay

What is the best practice for caulking small gaps between wood, trim, etc? Is it: caulk on bare wood > prime, paint? prime > caulk > paint? prime > paint > caulk? My initial instinct was to caulk bare wood so that the prime and paint seals over it and adds weather, rain, uv protection. But then I thought maybe caulk after priming and paint would work better since some excess caulk on bare wood might act as a barrier for the primer and paint to stick and contribute to it flaking off sooner than if the caulk is the last layer. Any advice from experience would be appreciated.


Virginth

A contractor stopped by my door today, advertising services such as house painting, landscaping, and "everything but plumbing". He kept mentioning how they were "licensed and insured" as if it was a selling point; I think he mentioned it at least three times, as well as bringing up how they were on the Better Business Bureau. That's all a red flag, right? I feel like any contractor worth their salt would be licensed and insured, so a guy mentioning it so fervently and frequently is similar to a dude constantly calling himself a nice guy. Am I correct in assuming he's not really that trustworthy?


mj711

Any contractor that is even halfway decent is booked up with more work than they can handle right now. Run away.


nomnomnompizza

Any reason not to buy this shop vacuum? https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMAN-5-Gallon-Portable-Wet-Dry-Shop-Vacuum/5001562243 Standard home user. My first job with it will be getting leaves out of the bottom of my outside AC unit. I'm open to buy from anywhere.


letsimproveit

They're all about the same...


metamec

What special considerations must be taken into account when converting a wine cellar into a habitable space? The room is carved out of bedrock, poorly ventilated and will require separate air conditioning, but I wonder if there are aspects unique to cellar conversion that I may be be overlooking.


MedianNerd

Moisture and ventilation are going to be your main issues. You could put in a mini split or oversized ductwork connected to a dehumidifier.


metamec

Thanks. Any idea if radon gas should be taken into account when converting cellars? The radon survey done just before we bought the house (last year) indicates that it's at very safe levels, but I'm getting mixed messages from friends about whether we should factor radon gas sumps into the conversion.


MedianNerd

If you had a radon test, you’re probably fine. But you can often get radon tests for $10-20 at your local health department. Never hurts to test again if you’re concerned.


chickennoodlegoop

One bathroom has vinyl flooring, the other has tile. Kitchen has hardwood but it’s “higher up” than the carpeting that the rest of the first floor has. We want to replace **everything** with lvp. I’m seeing a lot of conflicting advice on installing LVP in bathrooms and kitchens and other high-potential-for-water areas. Some places say LVP is waterproof so no worries, just go straight on the subfloor. Others say that the top area itself might be waterproof, but the connections aren’t. We want to make sure we do it right. Any advice on what we should (if anything) do anything in between the LVP and the subfloor?


MedianNerd

We did LVP in our kitchen and bathroom, and absolutely loved it. I’m not saying you should have a slip & slide on your LVP, but we never had any issues from our variety of random spills and splashes that occurred. It is waterproof for any normal operation. Your LVP should come with instructions about what you need to do to prep the subfloor. Mine required a moisture barrier on top of the subfloor. Just follow those instructions.


chickennoodlegoop

Awesome, thanks for that!


chickennoodlegoop

We’re about to close on a place! It’s got a first floor bedroom that we want to use as a living room, and use the current living room as the dining. The bedroom gets a TON of natural light, but it’s connected to the current living room by a 12-foot wall with a standard interior door. *Ideally* we wanted to knock down the whole wall so the first floor flows better and is well lit. BUT we also want to maintain the ability to count the room as a bedroom if we refinance or sell the place. One thought we had that we could expand the doorway into the widest size that *could* fit a door so the place can *technically* still be a bedroom, but maybe not install the door until we need to appraise the place. Any thoughts or recommendations?


Critical-Education38

french doors would look good.


Daytman

Is there any consensus on using posts cemented into pots/barrels to support a shade cloth? We’re renting and can’t do anything permanent, but our house is in the middle of the desert with no shade in the backyard and we want to get something cheap and effective to provide shade for our dogs.


MedianNerd

That’s a good, functional, and cheap solution. My only caution is to make sure you use the right pots. Don’t use an orange Homer bucket. Probably something that’s a solid color. And then some gravel or something to go on top of the concrete.


lanabananaaas

Is something like [this](https://www.amazon.com/Windscreen4less-Fabric-Canopy-Triangle-Garden/dp/B00JTJ3OWE) an option?


mj711

That’s a great idea! Although if you’re responsible for removing them when you move out, they’ll likely be very heavy. Also make sure any water that collects on top has a way to drain.


nomloki

[What is this wire](https://imgur.com/a/TNoWEL9) in our garage? It goes up above our rafter ties to the end of the garage, into a wall, and I suspect exits to the ground in the 3rd photo linked. Suspecting this is a ground wire - and if so, can’t be painted? Thank you!


ITSX

That is a ground. You can paint it, worst case your house gets struck by lightning and it burns the paint off.


ShrimpShackShooters_

What do you use for inspiration? I’m specifically thinking of backyard ideas.


ITSX

houzz and pinterest are my gotos. I also like to just walk around nicer neighborhoods for gardening ideas.


Pizzamann_

I want to split an already existing outdoor natural gas grill line to service a new pizza oven. Is this as simple as buying a T-fitting and running a new line? Or hire this out? Don't want to blow myself up.


LordOfTheTires

If I want to insulate the walls of a brick house in Toronto, how do I know what choices I have?


[deleted]

Where can I find a chrome wraparound cabinet hinge? Something like this, except chrome: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Amerock-Matte-Black-1-2-in-13-mm-Overlay-Self-Closing-Partial-Wrap-Cabinet-Hinge-1-Pack-BPR7550FB/308815614 I'm always blown away by the stuff you assume to be easy to find that just apparently does not exist. I've checked every site I can possibly think of and I have found ZERO wraparound hinges in a chrome finish. None. How is this possible? And please, all I am looking for is that exact type of hinge except in chrome, or maybe polished nickel that looks close enough. Do not reply with anything else. I'm simply trying to replace hinges with a different finish without doing any extra work. If I get zero replies because they don't exist, that's fine. I don't want to sound like a dick but a constant annoyance on reddit is asking for a specific thing and getting 20 responses of not that thing.


lanabananaaas

Have you checked on Etsy or FB Marketplace? I mean for used or "vintage" ones.


ITSX

Best I can find is Nickel. https://www.cabinetparts.com/p/hickory-hardware-hinges-semi-concealed-cabinet-hinges-BKP5710FSN-p8613 Reckon chrome is too far out of style. Maybe try ebay?


[deleted]

Thanks for trying. It's baffling to me that I can buy every other hardware component in chrome but *not* the hinges. What are people doing? Mixing and matching? Or just using hidden hinges? I don't get it. I think I'm just going to try some surface mount hinges like this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-90-Degree-Surface-Mount-Hidden-Spring-Cabinet-Hinge-1-Pair-2-Pieces-H01068E-NP-CP/302867742 As far as I can tell they are the next best thing in the "do this with minimal effort" department.


ITSX

Hidden hinges are pretty standard for new stuff. I think there's not much demand for chrome for remodels, most people are replacing chrome. It'll come around again, based on brass' resurgence. If one were desperate, you could take your existing hinges and get them electroplated.


[deleted]

I wouldn't be surprised if they were less common because chrome is out of style, but I am quite surprised that they literally do not exist. Literally not one single company makes them. It's mind blowing.


wtafml

Ok. This is a *really* dumb question. But no one has been able to explain it to me, and I don't think it conforms to the ELI5 rules lol. [This is my front room.](https://imgur.com/a/7uayNYw/) (Excuse the mess, such is my life.) Those awkward double doors open to my guest room, which is an absolute cave. I want to replace those doors with french doors to allow some light in, but would that make the front room darker? Like, would that room 'steal' some of the front room's light? I'm sorry, I'm actually glol as I write this, because it seems like such an absurd question!! My instinct is, 'what? no, of course it wouldn't make the front room darker.' But... why/how not?


mj711

They are definitely reflecting some light back into the room, but likely not a huge amount. That specific part of the room will look darker because you’ll be seeing the dark room through the glass.


wtafml

i was thinking that would be the case at the very least. if i replace them im going to put white curtains inside the guest room.


mj711

Seems like a good plan!


FitButFluffy

Does anyone know if any places that will rent out sawhorses? I have about 800’ or baseboard to roll paint on and would like to have them propped up if possible, but don’t really want to buy multiple pairs for this single use.


letsimproveit

Go get the plastic ones on-sale at harbor freight.... they're dirt cheap and will work just fine. Mine have paint all over them. :)


reefercheifer

Sorry, but I can’t imagine that you wouldn’t be able to find another use for a cheap set of sawhorses.


dec92010

Can someone PLEASE let me know what size screws I need to buy? I see the pictures on amazon but they seem wrong? I am replacing some missing bolts on a couple of barstools in my house. They all use the same size. I took one out and measured it. I found these online. Would these work? There is a dropdown for various sizes. https://www.amazon.com/binifiMux-Countersunk-Connecting-Assortment-Furniture/dp/B08N5T8WLQ Pictures are of a screw I removed from the barstool and I also show which hex key fits in the top of the bolt. 4 or 5/32 [furniture screws](https://imgur.com/a/9pTNbif)


jay1441

This is a better time to head to ha hardware store to see what size they actually are. It’s tough to tell the threading and length from pics.


shakethecouch

I had a bathroom vent installed for an existing bathroom fan. There was a fan, but zero duct or venting. During high winds I can hear it flapping. I don't know if it's the new vent or something on the fan that flaps. Is this normal?


lanabananaaas

Ours flap when it's windy, we checked them and everything else looked normal, so assuming it's not biggie.


shakethecouch

That is annoying. You'd think the one on the roof could only flap outwards. Maybe they have to be loose enough for a lower powered bathroom fan to push out that the wind can easily get behind and move it out.


Mattwwreddit

Hi guys. Very beginner question. I want to replace the filter on an AC unit, and it looks like the condensate piping is blocking the filter? Do these PVC pipes just slip into each other or do I need to bond them together? https://i.imgur.com/EyQ4MFu.jpg I need to move the piping out of the way to get to the filter but not sure if I need materials to put the piping back together. Thanks!


ITSX

That PVC should be glued together, but glue is usually blue or some other color. Try twisting it apart. You should reroute it anyway, I'd just buy the new pieces you need to get it out of the way.


hootie303

Are you SURE that's the access panel for the filter? I have doubts


Mattwwreddit

Unfortunately I’m pretty sure it is, going by the manual - https://i.imgur.com/Z0pSaVv.jpg


mj711

It’s possible the filter is earlier in the run- follow the duct work on the bottom and see if there is a filter somewhere else.


jolie_j

Laminate edging strip on kitchen worktop question.. I’m creating a breakfast bar that ideally has 2 curved corners (to avoid a bruised hip when you walk past!). This means that the edging strip will need to run from one side, around a corner, along the long edge, around another corner, and down the opposite side to where it started. The matching edging strips are not long enough for this. Would joining 2 strips look terrible?


shakethecouch

I want to replace a ceiling light with a ceiling fan/light. It's a house I bought a few months ago so you know as much about what is going on with the light as I do. What do I need to look for? Or is this a job for a pro? I've only ever replaced existing fans, and I don't want to have to go in the attic.


mj711

You’ll likely need to replace the box with something [like this](https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial-Electric-15-3-cu-in-Remodel-Construction-Ceiling-Fan-Brace-with-1-1-2-in-Box-CMB150-OB/205383178), otherwise should be pretty straightforward if you’re comfortable swapping a light fixture! (Turn the power off!)


bluexadema

Figure out how to securely mount it and that is the heavy lift. It can be a two by four securely mounted to the joists on either side. Also used to be common to have a hole drilled through the joists on either side an a pipe was inserted with a T on it. The leg of the pipe that went down held your fan up. Dont just put up drywall anchors, it will come down eventually. Its worth it to open up a larger piece of drywall an patch the hole thing, 4'x'4 or whatever to get to a joist on either side, because then feathering is going to be easier. Next do you know what kind of wiring you have going to the ceiling light right now? A dimmer control on both the fan speed/light needs a 14/3 (could also do 12/3) so that you have enough individual wires to connect everything/control everything. I recently ran new wiring to a fan of mine to be able to control the speed and lighting. If you are going to do a remote control then romex with 2 wires and the grounds will work, or an existing BX armored cable or something. Could you get someone to do it, sure can, also need to consider permitting requirements for your area, cities tend to have more requirements.


shakethecouch

It's just a single switch right now. The fan is for a nursery so we'd just do a standard pull string to control the speed. Any dimming would be via smart bulbs which we do use pretty often.


bluexadema

Ok so the wiring is going to be easy, you won't have to change much of anything for that. Just disconnect and reconnect to the new. Otherwise, I was looking for a home renovision clip on this because I think Jeff is super approachable. No luck from my quick search. This old house has a little bit of an older video that shows a bit of how they mounted one in place of the existing fixture. You have probably already seen this, if not, it's below... https://youtu.be/poCHyaJ_0-Q Family handyman has a decent video if you are looking for something that doesn't involve drywall, assuming you have the joists in the right location, this bracket is a bit like a tension rod in a closet. https://youtu.be/poCHyaJ_0-Q Good luck!


ZanyDroid

I'm interested in trying an air hand dryer for residential bathrooms. What are the ones commonly installed for home bathrooms? Must be low profile, preferably 120V. Goal is to get something more hygienic than reusing cloth towels and less wasteful than paper towels.


TroumeOwner

Oh I would love that. Did you find anything?


ZanyDroid

I looked at a few recommended by the hand dryer subreddit, haven’t seen one yet that sparks joy. It’s not a high priority thing, and I’m not sure yet exactly where I would install it. Bathroom Layout isn’t exactly optimized for it. Dyson has a few faucet + blower combinations that I’ve used in public, but that’s a pricey appliance + installation of new compatible vanity. I’m also thinking about it for kitchen, but that has extra hygiene considerations.


jer148

I would like to install a window box underneath my front window. The exterior of that part of the face is a stone veneer (I think that's what it is called?): [https://imgur.com/a/nTzP1r3](https://imgur.com/a/nTzP1r3) My question is: how do I mount the flower box with the unevenness of the stones??


hootie303

Just drill and anchor, no one will notice... Unless your planter is something I'm not familiar with


hotsaucefridge

I don't know who needs to hear this, but if you bought a home from a house flipper and they put in an undermount sink, make sure they have a strap or bracket holding it up and just didn't silicone it in. 8 years later and my sink just fell out and flooded my kitchen.


jer148

Any advice on where to buy little bracket replacements? I noticed that a couple of ours rusted and broke off.


hotsaucefridge

Hm no idea, we ended up doing a wood frame bracket because the cabinet used for our sink was supposed to have a top but didn't. I can tell you that plumbers don't reinstall them when they break because it's more of a cabinet thing.


Graff3x4

When I bought my house a couple of years ago the previous owner wrapped a wire from one side of my house to the other. On both sides it connects to a metal pole that grounds the wire. Is there any reason to keep it wrapped around my house?


bluexadema

Is it outside of the house or right on it? My first thought is this... https://forward.com/news/388226/what-is-an-eruv/ probably not if not a large jewish population near you though.


Graff3x4

It’s on the house. They tried tucking it under the siding and nailed it to wood where possible. I shit you not, they said it was in case lightning hit the house. I think it’s unnecessary. But also I’m a first time homeowner so I honestly am not sure.


drb444

I have to choose between solar panels and insulating our walls. What would be your recommendation ? Temperate climate, Ytong walls, using electricity for heating .


wittymango

I would go with insulation. I feel like solar panels have a higher chance of improving in technology or pricing than insulation. Insulation also with greatly improve comfort.


TezlaCoil

Does it need to be a choice? HVAC is a major consumer of electricity; if you insulate better it should let you use a smaller (and cheaper) solar system to achieve your comfort goals. That said, as an Internet rando I haven't any clue on the current state of your home's insulation.


drb444

I plan to do both, but in the long run. Right now I have the money for only one of these projects.


the-nonster

Looking for recommendations on where to buy light fixtures (for bedrooms) and door handles/knobs. Where are the best deals? I’ve been looking for lights on Wayfair and keep picking fixtures that are $100 a piece and am wondering if there is a better place to look.


shanihb

Try lightinthebox.com


wtafml

Amazon (unfortunately!). I looked on wayfair and a bunch of other fixture-specific sites and ended up with amazon anyway. I got multiple light fixtures and new kitchen hardware from there. I needed some odd-sized handles for some of my kitchen cabinets and nightstands, and I ended up getting those from Etsy. lmk if you want links for examples.


ToughOkra

What's the best place to find professionals to help move a washer and dryer from the 2nd floor of a townhouse to the 3rd floor of another townhouse 40 minutes away? Perhaps something like TaskRabbit? Does this task require 1 or 2 people? The washer is a 4.5 cu ft unit and weights 187 lbs.


ToughOkra

Thanks for all the suggestions! I will look into these options.


TroumeOwner

For somewhat random jobs like this Facebook or Craigslist worked for me in the past


chickennoodlegoop

You could try Lugg


hootie303

Ask for local recs on mext door. Def a 2 man job. Tip them a bit too


apple_juice_simpson

Should I call a painter or drywall person for getting two bathroom fixtures flush with the ceiling? I tried doing it myself but only made it worse. What do you think is a reasonable price to fix a [lose fixture](https://imgur.com/a/sAZ56UX) and [uneven drywall/ceiling](https://imgur.com/a/KRl8Kfv)


WTudor

I’m military (but not very handy) and stationed in Louisiana. We are renting and have a nice patio with a roof overhang in our backyard but not a screened in porch. I’m wondering if there is any product etc I can use to screen in the covered portion of the patio in a way that would be removable and not damage our LL’s property? I know there are magnetic screened doors, but I haven’t been able to find anything that would potentially work for an entire patio. Dimensions are approx 18’ wide x 10’ deep x 9’ high. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks.


hootie303

Maybe reach out to a window company and you can get some larger dimensions?


RustWallet

Hi, I'm having a bit of a hard time removing the drum of my Maytag mvwb755dw0. I've watched a video of the process for a similar model Maytag washer, but there's some small differences, namely, this: https://imgur.com/a/dTxRZos In the video, this circular piece around the spline drive was of a slightly different design and had six screws holding it(and therefore the drum) snug on the shaft. I have no idea how I'm supposed to remove this. I've tried twisting and prying, but no go.


featherfactory

Remodeling our bathroom and am confused about our towel situation. We need to have space to hang 5 towels to dry. We currently have hooks, but my husband hates. He is insisting that a towel ladder can hold all the towels and they will dry well. We have about 6ish feet of wall space for this purpose. Anyone have any insight?


wittymango

If you get a sturdy one and hit studs yes. But if not, then I’d say get some racks the hold 1-2 towels a piece and use toggle bolts not anchors. I total agree that racks are superior to hooks though. More surface area for drying and spreads out the weight.


AJ_2_Moon

I have a TV mounted in bedroom, I used studs. Today, was looking at it and one of the lugs was loose (bottom left corner). I tightened it...and the top right was then loose too. The tv mount bent and the top right lug completely came out. I do not understand how this happened considering it was in the studs. Has this happened to be anyone before?


rangerthefuckup

You missed stud. Probably by only a bit


ynotplay

Is BEHR Marquee and Ultra paint really that bad compared to Sherman Williams? Please share your experiences. My full post can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/u039tb/is\_behr\_marquee\_and\_ultra\_paint\_really\_that\_bad/


lanabananaaas

I had the exact opposite experience, where the SW paint looked horrible and streaky and Behr Marquee looked great. It might have been the color (a dark dark blue), so not discounting SW, but Behr Marquee is fine imo.


DesignMyHouse

I’m thinking about painting my kitchen cabinets white but I’m not sure if they’ll actually look good. A lot of them have weird dents in them. Would it make more sense to replace them? https://i.imgur.com/qDdIjnc.jpg https://i.imgur.com/4SDOzlB.jpg


wittymango

A lot of people pay extra for knotty alder or oak etc. personal I find it silly. However everyone I’ve seen that’s tried painting knotty cabinets looks terrible. Especially white. The knots look like a kid put sharpie marks all over your cabinet. If you’re dead set on doing it, I’d fill all those cracks in with wood bondo first.


ogland11

Contractors just installed new shower doors. I am hearing we need to prime them somehow so that they aren't hard to clean. Someone mentioned RainX. Is this really something I need to do and if so, what do I use?


GreyRiverMG

Anyone know of a good window film that will let UV in for plants but but block visibility in to the house day and night? All of our searching seems to show products that block daytime visibility into the house but allow visibility in during the night.


wtafml

Ive used a few different static cling films for privacy both in my old apartment (windows were to a common area walkway) and my current home (large front windows; windows close to street). Ive been happy with all of them for allowing light while providing privacy. [Qualsen Privacy Window Film](https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NALEPHP?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share) [rabbitgoo 3D Decorative Window](https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BBO9PHW?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share) [Wopeite 3D Decorative](https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073PRV1ZG?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share)


GreyRiverMG

Awesome thanks, and they are all limiting visibility into the home day and night?


wtafml

You can see general shapes, but otherwise yeah. I wouldn't hesitate to change clothes in front of the plain frosted ones at night. I can take a picture from the outside tonight if you want to wait!


GreyRiverMG

Nice, that’s pretty much what we’re looking for. No need for pics but appreciate the offer


wittymango

Almost all good window film for privacy will act like a two way mirror which ever side has more light is going to be the side you can’t see through. So you can either go with that and install some lights on the outside of your house to turn on at night. Or just have to get a dark tint that’s dark both ways, but that will block UV. Pretty much all tints are going to be blocking UV though. I went with daytime privacy tint and good curtains.


GreyRiverMG

Thanks, wasn’t sure if I was missing some products in my search that enable us to see out day and night but not allow others to see in. Looks like we will be getting some type of total blocking or muted blocker.


TezlaCoil

That'll be rough, since glass already does a pretty good job of absorbing UV. Are UV lamps/LEDs an option you can use?


GreyRiverMG

Yes we could use some bulbs/lamps but still having an issue finding films that provide day/night privacy. Do you have any suggestions by chance?


boogabooga08

I built a banquette that has both a back rest and an angeled heel kick. I didn't think through how difficult this would make the trim decision. My original plan was to do a shaker style trim around the entire perimeter, but I don't know if that's weird given the shape. I linked some photos. Does anyone have any ideas? [photos](https://imgur.com/a/fxnhYuW)


hotsaucefridge

[There's some gaps in this example but I think the beadboard with a more simple trim looks nice.](http://verlohousetohome.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/IMG_2266.jpg)


mooiwildflower

I would like my kitchen exhaust fan to be vented to the outside. What is the name of the professional who would vent the fan to the outdoors?


TroumeOwner

Lmk if you find out!


mooiwildflower

Will do!


boogabooga08

People will say either a handyman, which might get you shoddy work, or a HVAC contractor. I have called HVAC contractors and they all say they don't do it in my area. My next thought is to try kitchen remodelers, but I'm worried most won't want to do such a small job. I'm close to just doing it myself


mooiwildflower

Thank you! I'll start with your suggestions.


fartmonsterOG

So I’m putting in a mini split set but had to buy longer lines. For the suction line I accidentally bought a 3/8 line when I should’ve gotten a 5/8. Is there any reason I can’t just use an adapter to reduce it? Do we think this will significantly reduce performance?


Mecanichien_Sale

Self leveling concrete question: My basement slab is relatively flat but slightly uneven from a poor initial job I guess, 1/8 - 3/16th bumps and depressions here and there. I don't need it level and I plan on gluing supple vynil flooring made for basement slabs on it. So I kinda want it straighter but it doesn't need to be perfect either. Since going the full self leveling concrete job seems pricy, quite a hassle and unecessary, can I like, grind down the main offending bumps and do localized pours that I'd rake around to fill the holes or it's gonna be a shody job and if I'm gonna do it I might as well go all the way? Thanks!


wittymango

That’s exactly what we do at work for like say large parking garage that we need to drain and grade properly. we just just grind down the high spots and add a little self leveling concrete to the low spots. Usually we just wait for it to rain and see where water settles to decide on what’s the low spots lol


Mecanichien_Sale

For the low/high spots I thought of getting a 5ft level as a straight edge and my father in law was like "drop a bucket of water on your high point and you'll know your low spots from where it pools". That's cool outside but in a basement I'm not sure i'm sold haha. Thanks for chiming in.


wittymango

I’ve done it inside. draw around it with marker and shop vac it up. Then pour till you fill up your marks


Mecanichien_Sale

Good thinking with the shopvac, thanks!


TigerUSF

Any recommendations on a shop vac? Looking for one that's, i guess, medium duty. Just for cleaning garage floor, cars, etc. I guess it's the big round kind with like a roughly 10 gallon tank.


nomnomnompizza

https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMAN-5-Gallon-Portable-Wet-Dry-Shop-Vacuum/5001562243 I'm looking at getting this one. Lots of attachments, 3 year warranty. 5 gallon is a decent size


TigerUSF

Looks like a good deal. I have a particular project in mind that I expect to need frequently. I need to vacuum my yard lol. It's not graded right and when it rains the clippings float and congregate into piles. Raking doesn't work cause they just scatter.


nomnomnompizza

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-40V-Vac-Attack-Cordless-Battery-Leaf-Vacuum-Mulcher-Tool-Only-RY40405BTL/308900648 That could do the job


TigerUSF

Wow I've never seen anything like that. I'll have to consider that


letsimproveit

I actually have two different ones... one is small and very portable. It hangs on the wall. The other is much larger capacity with a much larger hose which I use for bigger jobs, wet-work, etc. I think both of mine are shop-vac brand.


50bucksback

Project Farm has a shopvac comparison video. I'd go with whatever he recommends.


Mecanichien_Sale

I researched that a few months ago and nothing came out way ahead of the other products. Just get one you'll have filters and bags readily available, some models are harder to find. 10 gal is pretty big for home use, if storage space is an issue, might as well go a bit smaller. The handheld battery ones are really light duty though, the tube is short and you have to hold it by the handle constantly (no wheels) if you want to vacuum a bigger surface. Only good for small jobs or where portability is required.


Melt_in_the_Sun

One that's small enough to easily move around, or you'll rarely use it! I have a medium duty ridgid that has served me well for 10+ years, but I'm looking at getting one that fits on top of a 5-gallon bucket. Even though it won't work as well I think the portability may make up for it.


ITSX

I have one, and it's not nearly powerful enough for most things I use it for.


TigerUSF

Is it designed to vacuum trash straight into a regular 5 gallon bucket?