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When using it on new construction, I have seen it put on over open window frames. Then a big X is cut corner to corner and the edges folded in over the framing. After the excess is cut off, the window is installed over it. I don't think they did that in this case as the windows seems to remain in place before and after Tyvek installation.

Tyvek was also used in the old days of 5 1/4 inch floppy discs. Some disc sleeves were paper, but most of the good ones were Tyvek.

Red Barn Renovation: What The Heck Is Tyvek? WoodWise | Apartment Therapy New York
3/31/10 02:12 PM

Ah! I missed that bit. Good hack.

Mailbox Extender Made From Server Racking Look! | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
3/16/10 02:52 PM

That is going to work fine for a season, but it will rust badly and be a bear to slide next season.

Mailbox Extender Made From Server Racking Look! | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
3/15/10 04:10 PM

I have always heard, in the offices of Mad Magazine in NYC, they kept a Christmas tree up and decorated 11 months out of the year. They put it up January 1st and took it down November 30th. Yes, December was the only month without a Christmas tree.

Stretching the Holidays: Is Your Christmas Tree Still Up? | Apartment Therapy Boston
3/12/10 11:09 AM

I have a blue rope light that the lights in the middle died. I put it under the edge of my couch and put a loop in the middle to disguise the missing lights. Now my couch has a low-rider glow to it.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | 7 Ways to Use Rope Light
10/14/09 02:39 PM

At work, I have two 22" screens side by side and mounted horizontally, but at home, I have my two 22" screens side by side and mounted vertically, not horizontally. Each setup is appropriate for what I do at each location. I can't see any situation where having 2 horizontal screens mounted on top of each other being appropriate, unless desk space is a severe problem.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Why Not Go Vertical With Dual Monitors?
9/11/09 02:29 PM

If your house is truly tiny and has a correspondingly small bedroom, look into turning the full wall separating the bedroom from the stairs into a half wall and getting the feel of more space in both areas. Make sure the wall is not load bearing. Even if it is, you might be able to get a contractor to leave a post at the top of the stairs and put in a beam to support the ceiling.

Apartment Therapy New York | Suggestions for a Tiny Landing? Good Questions
7/30/09 03:19 PM

My Ikea has a "discount area" which is basically just broken crap. There is no FREE anything, anywhere.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | DIY Project: Cheaply Assemble Entertainment Center
7/8/09 12:58 PM

The only can I don't use a liner for is the recycle bin. I just dump the small bin into the large bin outside. I do that just because I don't know if the standard plastic garbage bags are recyclable.

BTW - for dumping cat litter, I use the dry cat food bags to dump the used litter in. They are going to get thrown out anyway, so I reuse them to store the waste.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Survey: Do You Line Your Trash Cans?
7/8/09 12:56 PM

Finally - a daybed for the homeless - the only ones who should be proud of such an atrocity.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | DIY Project: Pallet Daybed
7/8/09 12:46 PM

One week of combining all of your shopping trips into a single mapped out trip instead of continually popping out to go to this store or that saves more energy than unplugging all of your "stand-by" electronics every time they aren't in use for an entire year.

The "Every little bit" concept is annoying and much more trouble than it is worth.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Does Every Little Bit Count?
6/11/09 03:09 PM

LEDs are much safer than CFLs without the deadly mercury that requires a hazmat suit to dispose of properly if accidental breakage occurs.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Are LEDs or CFLs the Wave of the Future for Lighting?
5/6/09 12:30 PM

The "when everyone buys the player, the media price will drop" argument is a complete falacy. That's what was said when CDs came out in the 80s. It didn't happen. CD prices didn't drop until very late in the format's lifespan. I didn't see any large DVD price drops after it was adopted either. It is when demand for a particular movie slows down and supply is still high that the price drops.

Yes, Blu-ray is more advanced that DVD. The difference is not even close to as much as that between DVD and VHS, though. BR will never be more than a blip in the progression from DVD to streaming / downloading. (This blip is very similar to the blip caused by Laser Disc between VHS and DVD.) Most people prefer convenience and price to high-quality. If this was not the case, CDs and MP3s would never have overtaken vinyl records.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Survey: Are DVDs Still Better Than Blu-rays?
3/23/09 03:04 PM

I think you must only talk on the phone and never turn on a TV. You can't go an hour on any channel without seeing Verizon's ads about their family plan.

One thing to be aware of is special plans that you can get grandfathered into. I have been without a land line phone for about seven years. About 5 years ago, I was working from home and needed to increase my minutes, so I lucked into 1000 minutes for $49 (500 minutes plan doubled actually). Even though I only use 200-300 minutes nowadays, I don't want to switch from my grandfathered plan, since they are unlikely to offer it again.

Verizon obviously doesn't like me having this plan, because I have been told that I will have to change plans (and pay more money for less minutes) if I want to get a new phone. So, I limp along with my 4 year old phone, while holding on to my good plan.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Warning: When Changing Phone Plans, Beware of Extra Charges
3/23/09 02:50 PM

One month is only enough time for people who don't cook. Many of the tools I have (including the pasta fork this guy is holding) get used many times, but sometimes not for many months at a time.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Peter Walsh's One Month Cardboard Box Test Via Oprah
3/23/09 02:42 PM

download and stream via XBox

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Survey: How Do You Watch Movies These Days?
3/3/09 04:00 PM

another use for needlenose pliers. All of the Monks can just pluck each toothpick from the box with the (steam sanitized) pliers and insert them into the 'Pine

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | PickURPine Toothpick Holder
2/12/09 12:52 PM

Another vote for needlenose pliers - 20 seconds and boom, you're done. Ok, hopefully not boom.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | How To: Safely Remove A Broken Lightbulb via Instructables
2/12/09 12:42 PM

I always get started without reading the instructions, but if I get stuck or wonder what a piece is for, then I go back to the instructions. Just like with technology - when in doubt - RTFM!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Question: Forgo Instructions, or Follow to the Letter? Austin
2/12/09 12:33 PM

I love it, but I can't see it being extremely useful.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | A Curiously Strong DIY Project... Do You See It?
2/5/09 12:37 PM