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  1. Electrical
    Hey guys I have this Lithonia Gimbal CE1 fixture in some unknown can. I would like to use a flush LED bezel and neaten this up. The can has a ring and holder and a small plastic box up in the ceiling which is not easily accessible. The romex goes to a small box and there is a short run of BX...
  2. Building & Construction
    I've got a new project for the new year: restoring an old Victorian home in Southern California. First thing on the list is addressing the foundation, or lack of one. The home is in great shape for its age but the foundation consists of some rock pony walls and simple pier and beam. The lot is...
  3. Electrical
    Hello - I have a light fixture (3 actually) in the ceiling of my garage. The hole in the ceiling is 3.5" diameter. I purchased LED light bars to replace the fixtures but the light bar has a 3 pronged plug. The existing boxes mount to the joists. Does anyone have any ideas on how to...
  4. Project Showcase
    In this video I'll show you how I removed some old 1984 can lights and replaced them with the new LED retrofit can light kit that I bought at Home Depot. It's very simple to do. Even for a DIYer! You can remove the old can lights and also install the new LED can light in less than five...
  5. Electrical
    I recently went to Home Depot and picked up the only timer switch they had (Leviton 6161T), and they guy confirmed it was the only option. Unfortunately, after installing it I've learned it's meant only for incandescent lights and is not to be used with a bathroom fan. It seems to be working...
  6. Insulation
    Hi Everyone, I have an existing early 20th century wood frame home on rubble foundation and no insulation in the roof space. The roof is a low slope flat roof with the touch-on-roof still having about 10 years of life left. As I'm in climate zone 6, my heating bill over winter are very high...
  7. Insulation
    Hi, I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in a bungalow built in 1967. I have received a quote to install 1" of rigid foam over the existing stucco and then vinyl siding over the foam. The quote came in around $12000. So of course I am considering DIY. How difficult is this job? I am searching for...
  8. Electrical
    The lights are in my kitchen and living area and all have a 4-pin base. I would like to convert to LED. Big Orange has these: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&R=202753463&catEntryId=202753463#.URfgDlqLyd8 I bought one and...
  9. Building & Construction
    I may be buying an old victorian house that has a riverrock foundation, unfortunately I live in california and we are prone to earthquakes. I somewhat understand the basics of retrofiting a new concrete foundation to the existing river rock foundation, but I do not understand all of it. I know...
  10. Insulation
    I have had several contractors give estimates and tell me stories about my house I know to be untrue. I may be a 60 year old widow, and look vulnerable, but I worked for quite a few years in theater construction (professionally), so i know my way around a few tools and ladders. Here is the...
  11. Insulation
    Hi all, first post and hoping for lots of great advice! When the master suite was added to our house, it was constructed with a flat roof. Later some misguided remodeler sprayed popcorn stuff on the (very low - 7') ceiling. Here is what I want to do: remove the dry wall (and existing pink batt...
  12. Building & Construction
    Well, they say getting started is 90% of hte work, and finishing is the other 90%. I'm in the finishing 90% now. Here's my situation - We are trying to insulate our post-war bungalow's walk-out basement because our 8 inches of concrete provide about the same r-value as a sheet of paper. Because...
  13. Building & Construction
    I have a drive in garage (basement level) with slab cement floor and walls (top few feet of walls are wood framed with brick exterior). My living room sits directly over the garage (about the same size too) with hardwood floors. The living room floors are noticably cold, due to the unheated...
  14. Building & Construction
    Hi, I'm a new forum member as of today so please be nice. :) I recently purchased a 1940 craftsman in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle) and have a very cold finished attic room. When the attic room was originally finshed, the previous homeowners framed in the room (sloped ceiling, with about...
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