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  1. Green Home Improvement
    Not sure if this is the right category to post this: Even if it exists it's probably too late for my roof, and too cost prohibitive but, does 'green' insulation exist? If so, is it easily attainable, sustainable, safe, etc?
  2. Tractors & Mowers
    Hello all, I have a '94 John Deere LX176 that I have recently "tuned up". Did the oil and filter, air filter, and fuel filter. I am having troubles with the throttle cable so I bought a universal throttle cable to replace it, but I can't seem to get the old on off. Any suggestions? Also, I...
  3. Gardening Forum
    Hi All, I recently took a few minutes to build a home composter. I blogged about it here, but I've run into a problem. We live in the Bay Area, in a shaded community, and rarely does it get warm enough to bring the compost pile to an acceptable temperature. Does anyone have a suggestion as to...
  4. Electrical
    I looked at the NEC 2014 draft, section 200.6 and it says that grounded conductors should have either a gray or white finish. Yet all over the Internet it says ground wires are green, plus ground screws for appliances are green.
  5. Insulation
    Hello, We are renovating our 1600 sq ft. house. It is stripped to the studs and joists. There was no insulation at all anywhere in the house. The question is what is the best quality and most cost affective insulation to go back with. I was thinking just bat the walls and blow in the attic...
  6. Painting
    We have been working on adding a new walkway in our home. I am trying to determine if painting our brick home would be wise. The only reason I hate it is because of the stucco in between the windows. We tried painting it to match the brick but it still bothers me (it used to be white). I had...
  7. Remodeling
    Can some of you pros out there give me some insight on how to prep shower walls to be tiled? I always read that a cement backer board is the way to go. But yet every time I walk into a new home under construction by a variety of builders, they are using green board or blue board under the...
  8. Building & Construction
    A tiled Kitchen Island Counter with 10" - 12" projection. Tile Prep. Know How. We are getting ready to finish our Kitchen Tiling and need to lay some backer material for my 4"x4" white tile. We have a chair rail detail for the edge and need to build up a base 1 1/2" thick. I have thought...
  9. Building & Construction
    What is the best way to build a fire rated wall assembly? Good question... I have been looking into just this the past 36 hours and have found many options. Which one is the best? Looking for answers...
  10. Flooring
    I am in a green building class and we are building a straw bale shed (for garden tools). I am looking to use NY Bluestone and either crushed stone or stone dust instead of a mortar mix. We will not be using a cement slab for the floor so I was wondering what the best way to do the flooring would...
  11. Flooring
    I'm just about ready to refinish a red oak hardwood floor. I'm going to sand off the old finish and use Osmo Polyx Oil to condition the wood, then top it with Safecoat Polyureseal Satin finish. Does anyone have experience with these types of products? I read in an earlier forum than water-based...
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