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  1. Painting
    Hello all I am new here and hoping to benefit from your DIY guidance if you'll be so kind. First, I am not a painter. I purchased a foreclosed home that has a broken A/C unit - It needs a new condenser and coil. I am working with my contractor to help us in remodeling the home to make it fit to...
  2. HVAC
    Hi, I'm building a new house that has a room with a therapy tub. The round tub is 7 feet wide and 5 feet deep. We plan to use it an hour a day and cover it when not in use. It will be in a room that is 23' x 13'. How do I remove the humidity from this room and keep the "pool smell" from...
  3. HVAC
    I recently built a garage, slowly learning a few mistakes along the way. Having humidity issues and when it is cold getting the large drywall seam cracking (assuming from humidity as well). The garage is heated by a natural gas radiant heater. lately been keeping the garage at about 14 degrees...
  4. HVAC
    Good afternoon... Here is the back story / history... The home is 2100 sq.ft. under HVAC located in Florida near Tampa. In 2012 - I had new windows put in - insulated, Laminated and Low-E... I told my HVAC contractor, that I was upgrading my windows and to take that into consideration when...
  5. HVAC
    Hi all! I'm not entirely sure if this is the right category, but not sure where else to post it. I only saw one other post matching what I'm asking, but there were no answers, so hopefully I'll have better luck. :p House in central Florida, so outside humidity is generally always real high...
  6. HVAC
    How long do books and clothes have in a detached garage in the Midwest? I read that humidity can destroy them with mold or milden. For a few days, they'll be ok. But when should I assume they are destroyed?
  7. HVAC
    Hello, I just bought an ecobee3 thermostat for my condo that I am renting. It previously had a Venstar T2800 Thermostat. I have a FHP Bosch EC024- Unit, and I believe it’s a geothermal since there is water connections going in and out and that’s seems to be what I found after doing some...
  8. Electrical
    Installing a bathroom fan with Auto Humidity Sensor AND Timer Hello, I am trying to install a bathroom fan/light with the following features and was wondering the best way to do it. 1. Only the fan goes on automatically with high humidity (no light) 2. Can't turn off the fan. Only Auto and Off...
  9. Painting
    I am having problems with interior paint starting to come away from the wall. The interior wall was painted a few years back and recently I noticed some slight bubbling happening and not thinking too much about it...only that I would need to be doing some painting in the future. The area has...
  10. Drywall & Plaster
    Hey - so I'm new here and have a bit of an odd question. I grow tropical fruit plants in my apartment in Iceland (I've got ~5 meter ceilings in my plant room, it's converted industrial space). One persistent problem to indoor growers is spider mites - almost-invisible plant-eating spider...
  11. Drywall & Plaster
    I remodeled a basement about a year ago. I used insulation R-19 and I think 1/2 inch drywall. This year there has been a lot of rain (no flooding in basement). I have two spots on the drywall where it looks like humidity got into the sheet rock and turned it soft and breaks easy with the touch...
  12. Roofing/Siding
    I purchased a house in Feb '12. During the inspection, the inspector noticed a lot of mold on the roof deck. He suggested it was inadequate ventilation. We had the sellers bring in a mold remediation company and install soffit baffles. Upon reinspection the mold was gone and 7 soffit baffles had...
  13. Remodeling
    Hi, My wife and I just bought a house ~6 months ago in Hudson Valley, NY. It is a split level built ~1987, and has a finished basement (that is semi- below grade) and has a thin layer of old carpet on the floor. We are having some issues with humidity/moisture in the basement and are trying to...
  14. HVAC
    In June ‘12, I replaced my 10 yr old compressor and handler and always seem to be sweating in my house since the change. I've had the new AC contractor come out 3 times since the install and I just don't understand why I "feel" so hot when all the temp settings are the same as with the old...
  15. HVAC
    Hi All, I have a crawlspace foundation in a renovation that I'm debating what to do with. I currently have it vented with automatic foundation vents and have spread 6mil poly on the ground. There does not appear to be any sort of moisture problem now. There was in the past since there was...
  16. Painting
    Hi! I sanded and primed an old dresser of mine yesterday afternoon. I used 100 and 150 grit sandpaper and a Zinsser oil-based spray primer. (Cover Stain) It was a very humid day in DC when I was working on the project. Much to my disappointment, when I checked on the dresser today I noticed...
  17. Flooring
    My house is over 40 years old. We live in Upstate NY and have a full, unfinished basement. About 10 years ago, we remodeled our kitchen, and a couple of years later, our hardwood floor in our family room (off the kitchen) began to buckle in the summer. It returns to normal in the winter. On...
  18. General DIY Discussions
    I'm trying to lower the humidity in my house and can't seem to keep it under 61%. I have a humidifier attached to my furnace. The knob is turned to the off position and the damper is closed. We run the bathroom fan when someone is using the shower. I've opened the windows and can get it down...
  19. General DIY Discussions
    Okay, first let me start by saying that I live in south central Pennsylvania. From all the reading I have done so far on this site I know the recommended way to insulate a basement is to attach foam insulation directly to the cinderblock walls and tape the seems, then leave a 1inch space between...
  20. HVAC
    We bought a house (new construction) and moved in mid July. The house was an inventory home finished in Nov '08 and served as an open house until we bought it. Within the first week, we noticed something was not right with the AC. The house felt stuffy/clammy and vent air flow was minimal. When...
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