My project (lots of pics)

Step 1: Buy house.

Step 2: Get annoyed with quality of basement finish.

Step 3: Gut it

Step 4: Go from Colorado to Florida for work for 2 weeks. Have a problem with furnace and get whole house to freeze. Have 4 pipes burst and get to come back and fix the problem. Luckily my house didn’t flood. In these pics, you can see where the piping originally ran along the front edge of the house where it can get freeze the easiest. Since it burst there anyways, I rerouted the piping straight into the middle of the house then over to the center so there was minimum piping along the front.

Cutting board for slicing meat and veggies?

I’d like to pick up some nice knives because my Faberwares are pretty shitty. The problem is that I use a glass cutting board. Should I switch over to that hard white plastic or wood? Is wood bad to use because of bacteria?
I don’t use wood for raw meat and especially not for chicken. Those plastic boards are not expensive so definately switch over to them instead of glass. They are worlds easier on knife blades over glass. In fact, don’t use those glass boards for any cutting.

If you have the money, then I’d also get a nice hardwood cutting board for veggies and cooked food. Some people also will do red meat on them, and to be honest, I end up doing it sometimes as well. But never with poultry.

Question for the plumbing inclined

So I bought a apartment-turned-condo a while back, and once I moved in I noticed something wrong with the faucet in the bathtub. It’s one of those pull out to turn on, twist to adjust temperature ones. I noticed sometimes when I’d push it to turn off the flow, I’d still get a trickle of water coming out. Upon closer inspection, I noticed the metal surround thing around the knob was quite a bit bent … at that point I had a limited home warranty, and called in a plumber. He took things apart, hmm’ing and ah’ing the entire time. Turns out, the contractors who refurnished the tub had used a valve (I guess that’s what it’s called, the metal part that connects to the pipe in the wall that controls the water flow) that was too short for the depth of the wall/tub. So to counteract this, they banged on the surround to try and get the knob to recess as far as possible to make it not leak. At one point I bought a new knob and surround to try and fix things, but noticed that if I installed it by the instructions and screwed the knob in all the way, the water was on like half-way all the time. Instead of being flush with the surround just outside the wall, it’s like it needed to be flush with like half an inch into the wall.

How to Apply Drywall Corner Bead?

I bought some vinyl drywall corner bead and was wondering how to apply it.

Do I nail it? Plaster under and over it or just over?
A thin layer of joint compound is put down first. Then the corner bead is pressed into place. More joint compound is spread over the top, and feathered out from the corner.
I guess vinyl is different, but the metal stuff in Vegas is nailed or stapled and then textured over.
I’m kinda waiting to hear how this turns out, as I’ve always nailed vinyl beading. The metal beading I set with a clinching tool and rubber mallet, and the vinyl with preattached paper is the only stuff I install with mud alone.

Thinking about all-clad but…

Most of my frying pans and Saute pans are non-stick. I don’t like to cook with tons of olive oil and butter. With this be a huge problem if I switch to all-clad stainless? Does pam do the trick in stainless steel?

no, you will never recreate the "non stick" with something like pam, each pan has their own purpose.

Need help stocking a kitchen (Cutlery,Cookware, etc)

I will be moving into a new place soon and I want to get some nice kitchenware. I want to buy quality stuff that I will only need to buy ONCE. I am thinking that I atleast need:

Knife set w/ Steak knives – What is good?
Pot/pan set – What metals? Nonstick?
Quality cutting board – Wood or Plastic?
Blender – Cuisinart?
Mixer – Kitchenaid (artisan or pro?)
Kitchen Tools (shears, and other utensils)
Baking Tools (trays and such) – silicone stuff?

Load Bearing Wall?

How do I know if a wall is a load bearing wall? I have a wall that splits the family room from the kitchen. I have been thinking about tearing it down to open up the kitchen some bit.

How do I find out if the wall is ok to remove it or not?
take it out and see what happens?

check down in the basement directly under that wall. If there is a wall or a beam or a jack post directly underneath it, then it is more than likely a load bearing wall.

Load bearing walls are usually down the center, or near the center of the house, running the length of the house, perpendicular to the floor joists/rafters.