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What to do with subfloor prior to 6×24" tiling

By Jeff Hankey

I’ve been searching for stuff online about this all night and am getting incredibly frustrated and irritated with all of the conflicting info about this.

I have a ~60sqft entryway that had ceramic tile in it that I am replacing. Old tile is torn up and about 1/3 of the old thinset has been scraped off. The existing subfloor is 1″ plywood. New and old tile is the same thickness.

What, exactly, do I need to do with this? I know the tiles are 6×24″ so they will crack more easily under pressure than the smaller ones. It would be nice just to be able to put cement board over the existing floor, but I’m reasonably sure that if I did that and then tiled on top of it that the door wouldn’t be able to open because of the increase in height.

Do I need to rip out the whole subfloor and do 1/2″ ply and 1/2″ cement board? Wouldn’t that only give 1/2″ of support? Can I just tile over the plywood like it was before? The previous tiles were 8×8 and not cracked even after 30 years.

Also, if I do have to replace the subfloor, I’m assuming the edges won’t line up with the joists because the entryway goes through three doorways. What would I do with the edges that don’t end on a joist to keep them from flexing?

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Source: DoItYourself.com

How to Play Retro Atari 2600 Games on Your Nexus 7 Tablet

If any gamer knows their gaming history, one name is synonymous with starting the gaming revolution—Atari. Founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell, Bushnell helped kickstart the home video game market with their line of Video Computer Systems, or what we would call video game consoles. Old time favorites like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Pitfall made the system a success among the public and cemented itself as a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Despite two updated consoles released (Atari 5200 and 7800), they ended up lacking the same success as the original 2600 system. Stiff competition by the likes… more

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A Real Dilemma

By Dale-Dawson

Holy Bible SC A Real Dilemma

I think Christian and Jewish people of faith are faced with a real dilemma. We are commanded several places in both the Old and New Testaments to humble ourselves and pray. We are specifically told, in 1 Timothy 2:2 (GOD’S WORD® Translation) to pray: “for rulers, and for everyone who has authority over us. Pray for these people so that we can have a quiet and peaceful life always lived in a godly and reverent way.”

When I stumble across one of these verses, I will have a mental conversation with God. “Lord, surely you don’t mean I should pray for Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Durbin, McCain, Graham and their ilk.” I believe God clearly answers that expression of human frustration by reminding us that His ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts.

My pastor briefly touched on this topic in his sermon this past Sunday. He said that we are commanded to pray for all of those who are in authority over us. That goes down to the state and local levels too. The preacher reminded us that God places these people in their positions, and He can remove them.

I know, it is very hard for us to understand how He could put some of these rascals in office, and then even have some of them reelected again and again. But here’s what the Bible says in Romans 13:1 (New International Version): “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” In his sermon, my pastor said we should pray for the person in the office, and not necessarily for their actions. God will deal with those.

Heck, I have a conservative news website that blasts politicians of both political ilks on a daily basis, in my feeble human mind, because they deserve it. Does that mean I am trying to play ‘god’? I hope not; but, believe me, I pray about that one and do give serious thought to this possibility – a possibility I want to avoid.

I think, in our individual ways, if we are at all mentally challenged by all that is going on around us every minute, we must make decisions of ‘right and wrong.’ I do not believe that this means we are playing ‘god.’ I watched my step-dad mentally shut down by becoming a “couch potato zombie” when he retired. When I would go to visit my parents, my dad and I would do our ritualistic hug (“Hi, how are things going?” routine) and then he would return to his position on the corner of the couch watching whatever was on the television, and my mom and I would spend the remainder of my visit at the kitchen table, simply talking and enjoying our time together.

My reason for mentioning the occasional trips to visit my parents is simply that my mental picture of my step-dad (a man I loved) was one that made me …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

We the People

This is a troubled time in American history.

The recent election revealed the changing face and values of the electorate, as well as stark and deep divisions among the people. Citizens everywhere are considering vital questions:

  • Should we reform/abolish the current party system? Is a new political party a viable option?We the People
  • Does the Electoral College still work for America today?
  • Would non-partisan re-districting help create better balance at election time?
  • How should we adjust our policies with regard to immigration and our borders?
  • How can we become fiscally sound and remain within budgetary restraints?
  • As America re-examines the 2nd Amendment, how can we best preserve our gun/militia rights as written and intended by our Founding Fathers? Are we capable of keeping passion and anger from deciding this issue?
  • Should America adopt term limits?
  • Are the words in our founding documents still alive and inspirational? Should we be guided by them still today, or have they become irrelevant?

Many people today fear that our rights are being eroded, and some even say our country is “broken”. Perhaps we, as caretakers of this nation, can heal the break by finding common ground amongst ourselves.

This website has one purpose: to gather the opinions and suggestions of caring citizens, and then present them to our elected officials. Write as much or as little as you wish. Come back whenever you want to contribute. Above all, speak freely, whether you are….

  • Red or Blue
  • Left or Right
  • Tea Party or Occupy
  • 99% or 1%
  • Big government or Limited government
  • Employed or out-of-work
  • Young or Old

we want your input.

Connecting NEW Ceiling fan wires to OLD light box

By rtcwell


My name is Ryan, brand new to this forum. After I read through some posts, this felt like the best place to find some good advice. Started to install a ceiling fan yesterday in the bedroom of my apartment.. Old, extremely heavy chandelier came down without too much trouble. The new ceiling fan motor and down rod attached relatively easy as well.. Then came the wiring.

I know a picture will be the most useful, and I will hopefully be able to make that happen asap. But this will be my best attempt to describe what I found.

1) the Chandelier had two wires, merged together and connected to a singular (yellow) wire hanging from the ceiling. Nothing else connected, no ground etc.

2) Also inside the light box, were two bundles of wires.
2a) one bundle has a Red wire, wrapped into 2 insulated (non-colored) wires
2b) the other bundle is 2 insulated (non-colored) wires.

3) Although the building old, it doesn’t appear to be K n B wiring. (that assessment is based off of other posts that included pics)

As I am sure you already know, a new ceiling fan (hampton bay, Glendale series with lights) comes with a black and white power, a green ground and then some additional wires to connect the light fixture..

Tried all sorts of combinations (which probably wasn’t the safest choice) out of frustration and found no solution.

and let me know what else can I describe to better assist you?

thank you

Source: DoItYourself.com

Religious Freedom And ‘Gay Marriage’ Cannot Coexist

By Matt Barber

Gay Protest SC Religious Freedom And ‘Gay Marriage’ Cannot Coexist

Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. – Psalm 73:6

“Gay pride” necessitates anti-Christian hate. It must. “Gay marriage” and other “sexual orientation”-based laws do violence to freedom and truth. They are the hammer with which the postmodern left intends to bludgeon bloody religious liberty and the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic.

According to the unequivocal moral precepts of the Judeo-Christian tradition – explicit throughout both the Old and New Testaments – homosexual behavior is sin. Sin is evil. Homosexual behavior is the central, defining characteristic of so-called “gay marriage.” Therefore, “gay marriage” is evil. Christians are obligated to avoid sin – to “do no evil.”

I know; it’s not popular to speak such simple truths in today’s politically correct world. But I’m not out to win a popularity contest.

Neither is Ms. Barronelle Stutzman. Ms. Stutzman is the Christian owner-operator of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash. She is, by all accounts, a lovely, sweet, elderly woman who both employs and regularly serves open practitioners of the homosexual lifestyle. Sadly, she has become the latest victim in a fast-growing string of secularist attacks against Christians and other morally minded people. If “same-sex marriage” becomes the law of the land, I can assure you that we will soon see a virtual explosion in the same kind of anti-Christian persecution Ms. Stutzman now suffers.

Recently, one of Ms. Stutzman’s frequent homosexual customers requested that she provide flower arrangements for his same-sex “wedding.” She politely declined, saying that her Christian conscience and “relationship with Jesus Christ” prevented her from any involvement with counter-Christian “same-sex marriage.” She was, quite simply, a Christian being Christian. The two hugged and parted ways.

Unfortunately, in our ever-”progressive” culture, being Christian has fast become a most dangerous proposition. As each homofascist demand is checked from liberals’ sin-centric wish list, it only gets worse.

As a result of her constitutionally guaranteed religious free exercise, Washington state’s newly elected Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed charges against Ms. Stutzman, seeking both a monetary judgment and an injunction to physically force her to violate her Christian conscience. He would compel her to either lend her artistic expression in support of counterfeit “gay marriage” – something Christianity steadfastly recognizes as mortal sin – or face further charges.

Speaking of steadfast, to her credit, Ms. Stutzman has stood firm. She has refused to cave under Ferguson’s tyrannical torment. Ferguson, on the other hand, has revealed himself to be a creep and a coward – a “progressive” bully who apparently gets off on abusing elderly women. He’s a disgrace to Washington state and should be thrown out of office and disbarred.

Still, this type of government persecution must be expected. Ferguson is a liberal. The liberal viewpoint is that any viewpoint, save the liberal viewpoint, must be criminalized and prosecuted.

Like many of us, Joseph Backholm with the Family Policy Institute of Washington has long warned about the consequences of radically deconstructing the institution of natural marriage. “Now that the law says marriage is genderless,” he recently wrote of Ms. Stutzman’s ongoing abuse, “those who

From: http://www.westernjournalism.com/religious-freedom-and-gay-marriage-cannot-coexist/

Nest / Bi-energy / Heat-Pump – Oil Furnace

By xeon82

Hi, every one, i am happy to find a forum, with a lot of information, but i can’t fin my answer, if someone can help me it will be great,

New Nest second generation, recieved, as a gift, 🙂 :thumbup:

Old thermostat :Maple Chase, 6 wire inside connected to


when i connect the new nest, i get something strange :

RH —– Red

it’s show me no power from RH, nad i will need to remove C and then the power is ok,
Heat pump work perfect, but when i call furnace oil by going for more 4 Degrees, it start and shut off quickly.

Please, help. any idea?

Thanks a lot :help:

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From: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/thermostatic-controls/493185-nest-bi-energy-heat-pump-oil-furnace.html

Problem taking out outlet on old line

By DIYslowly

Have a old run going to 2nd story… all on same run.
4 outlets on 2nd story.
2 ceiling lights with switches on 2nd story.
1 light on stairs that can be turned off or on at either end (forgot what that is called).
4 ceiling lights on main floor with switches.
1 outdoor “covered porch” light turned into duel motion detectors with switch..main floor.
2 outlets on main floor.

Took out one of the outlets on main floor, wiring ran up to 2nd floor. Ran new homerun from the can down in the basement up to the new outlet. Also put three new outlets on main floor on same run. Total 4 outlets on same run with new breakers in the can.

Problem. Cant get to old wiring up on 2nd floor to get old wire out easily. Cut bare ends off old wire and put wire nuts on both and taped both up separately and securely. Cut ground wire off at jacket. Taped both wires together and ran tape to and over jacket and back a couple times. Stuffed in wall for now.

Power on and new run is fine, but everything on Old run does Not work. Cut open all tape on old run and put outlet back on and all old run works. Most of the 2nd story is old knob and tube.. with the stairs and at least the outlet I took out newer.

Is there a simple way to fix this? I have a couple ideas… you prolly dont want to hear them.

Sorry so long. Disabled and when tired cant think very well.

Thanks much.

From: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/electrical-c-d-c/493086-problem-taking-out-outlet-old-line.html

Webcamoid 5.0.0a1 (Plasmoid Binary)

Webcamoid 5.0.0a1
(Plasmoid Binary)
Webcamoid, the full webcam and multimedia suite.

VERY IMPORTANT: this is an ALPHA version! (this can contains a lot of bugs)

If you want to see some nice screenshots go here:


Remember that webcamoid is not a Python plasmoid anymore, you need to compile it.


– Take pictures with the webcam.
– Record videos.
– Manages multiple webcams.
– Play/Stop capture, this saves resources while the plasmoid is not in use.
– Written in C++.
– 100% Qt based software, for KDE/Qt purists.
– Custom controls for each webcam.
– Popup applet support (you can embed Webcamoid in the panel).
– Add funny effects to the webcam (requires Frei0r plugins and QImageBlitz).
– +50 effects available.
– Effects with live previews.
– Translated to many languages.
– Stand alone installation mode (use it as a normal program).
– Use custom network and local files as capture devices.
– Capture from desktop.

Installation and development

For the full installation and development guide go to:


Webcamoid 5.0.0a1:

Alpha version.
– Added live preview for effects.
– Added custom streams, including videos (local and remote) and IP cameras (mms, rtsp, etc.).
– Added desktop recording.
– Ported to C++.
– Switched from GStramer to FFmpeg.
– 100% Qt based software (GTK Free).
– Remember size of the plasmoid on close.

Webcamoid 4.0.0:

– Failed release.

Webcamoid 3.2.0:

– Stand alone installation mode improved (recommended).
– Fixed stylesheets.
– Fixed translations.
– Many internal changes.

Webcamoid 3.1.0:

– Added stand alone installation mode (Experimental).
– Fixed some bugs.

Webcamoid 3.0.0:

– Removed FFmpeg from dependencies, now it is based on GStreamer.
– Added video record.
– Added video effects.
– Added Catalan and Galician.

Webcamoid 2.2.0:

– Added new languages:

– Chinese (Simplified)
– Chinese (Traditional)
– French
– German
– Greek
– Italian
– Japanese
– Korean
– Portuguese
– Russian
– Spanish

Translations provided by Google translator, not me, except for Spanish (native) and Japanese.

Webcamoid 2.1.3:

– Bug fix. Pipe file is no needed anymore.

Webcamoid 2.1.2:

– Removed stdin, stderr and stdout pipes. Added -loglevel quiet. Apparently, suppress the output using pipes is a very bad idea.

Webcamoid 2.1.1:

Fixed Popen pipe limit.

Webcamoid 2.1.0:

New Github repository.
GUI based on Qt Designer forms.
Added Popup applet support, thanks to user nik3nt3.

Webcamoid 2.0.0:

– Removed OpenCV from dependencies, now it is based on FFmpeg + v4l2 Python wrappers.

Webcamoid 1.x.x:

Old version based on OpenCV.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at KDE Apps

Configure LVM to gain access to the data on disks

By prvnrk

Hello friends,

We had to upgrade RHEL 4.x to 5.7 so we took complete backup. Since DIRECT UPGRADE not possible, we rebuilt 5.7 from scratch.

We had lvm configuration on DATA disks in previous OS and now we need to configure such that we should be able to have same old LVM configuration (like VGs and LVs etc.) so that we could access the data on those volumes.

Could any kind soul provide me step-by-step on how to do this? (Yes, I have backup of /etc/lvm etc. of previous OS).

I thought of just copying Old /etc/lvm into new one and start lvm daemon. will it work?


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Source: FULL ARTICLE at The UNIX and Linux Forums

Old killing remains mysterious near trial's end

Prosecutors are close to wrapping up the murder trial of a Rockefeller impostor accused in the 1985 killing of a Southern California man.

The trial that resumes Tuesday mainly rests on circumstantial evidence, the strange behavior of the defendant and a bag of bones.

It’s a tough case to prove with no witnesses to the crime, little forensic evidence and no explanation why the German man masquerading as Clark Rockefeller would have killed his landlady’s son.

It was chance that provided the biggest break in the case against the suspect, whose real name is Christian Gerhartsreiter.

About a decade after the landlady had died and her son and the suspect had disappeared, the new home owner was digging up the yard for a swimming pool and unearthed the bones of victim John Sohus.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox US News

Will the Old and New Evil Deads Collide?

Actor Bruce Campbell, star of the original Evil Dead trilogy, and Fede Alvarez, director of the new Evil Dead, chatted about the possibility of a crossover between the two takes on the horror franchise.

Campbell was coy about whether he made a cameo in the new Evil Dead, but he did say “yes” when asked if he would appear in a future sequel to the new Evil Dead.

The actor also said his dream is for there to be four original Evil Deads featuring his character Ash — yes, he still hopes that he and director Sam Raimi will make Evil Dead 4 in the future — and three installments of the new Evil Dead because seven is a good number.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Movies

BlackBerry Chief Heins Says Apple iPhone 'Old,' No Longer Innovative

By Connie Guglielmo, Forbes Staff

It’s not exactly a huge surprise that Thorsten Heins, CEO of Blackberry, is taking potshots at one of his biggest rivals – especially in the days before his company is about to release new products in the U.S. vital to the success of BlackBerry. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Leaf Peeping Season Colors In Tasmania

By The Huffington Post News Editors

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is on its way out. But, as we look forward to the spring flowers, bunnies, puppies and all that, our friends south of the equator are wading into autumn. Still, fall is not without its attractions, and chief among them is the opportunity to head out on leaf peeping trips and watch the landscape turn technicolor. The absolute best destination anywhere south of the Mediterranean? Tasmania, Australia‘s Hawaii.

To say that Tasmania is at its best in autumn is to sell the 26,410-square-mile island short. The most temperate part of Australia, Tasmania is coated in thick forests and vineyards that blush as cold air trickles up from Antarctica. The island is also home to the Fagus tree: Instead of talking about foliage, Tasmanian’s refer to the “Turning of the Fagus,” when the small, spiky leaves on this tree turn riotous shades of orange and red.

Were Tasmania’s sole asset its foliage, travelers probably wouldn’t want to make the considerable trek to Hobart. But the small city has an outsized personality and the coast there is an attraction unto itself. The current hot spot is the Museum of Old and New Art, the creation of an eccentric gambling genius and arguably the most buzzed about gallery on Earth. The museum is just down the coast from Seven Mile Beach, which is exactly what it sounds like but with more birds.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

For Cambodia, worries that death may beat justice

Decades after Cambodia‘s brutal Khmer Rouge movement oversaw the deaths of 1.7 million people by starvation, overwork and execution, the regime’s imprisoned top leaders are escaping justice one by one. How? Old age.

Thursday’s death of 87-year-old Ieng Sary, foreign minister under the Khmer Rouge, is fueling urgent calls among survivors and rights groups for the country’s U.N.-backed tribunal to expedite proceedings against the increasingly frail and aging leaders of the radical communist group, which ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979.

Ieng Sary‘s wife, former Social Affairs Minister Ieng Thirith, was ruled unfit to stand trial last year because she suffered from a degenerative mental illness consistent with Alzheimer’s disease. Now, only two people — ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, who is 81, and the movement’s former chief ideologist Nuon Chea, who is 86 — remain on trial for their alleged roles in some of the 20th century’s most horrific crimes.

There are growing fears that both men could die before a verdict is rendered. Both are frail with high blood pressure, and have suffered strokes.

“The defendants are getting old, and the survivors are getting old,” said Bou Meng, one of the few Cambodians to survive Tuol Sleng prison, known as S-21, where up to 16,000 people were tortured and killed during the Khmer Rouge era. “The court needs to speed up its work.”

“I have been waiting for justice for nearly 40 years,” Bou Meng, who is 70, told The Associated Press. “I never thought it would take so long.”

When the Khmer Rouge captured Phnom Penh in April 1975, they began moving an estimated 1 million people — even hospital patients — from the capital into the countryside in an effort to create a communist agrarian utopia.

By the time the bizarre experiment ended in 1979 with an invasion by advancing Vietnamese troops, an estimated 1.7 million people had died in Cambodia, which had only about 7 million people at the time. Most of the dead were victims of starvation, medical neglect, slave-like working conditions and execution under the Maoist regime. Their bodies were dumped in shallow mass graves that still dot the countryside.

The tribunal, officially known as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, was tasked with seeking justice for crimes committed during that era.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox World News

Old, Sick, and Poor: Health Care's Most Expensive Patients

By Brandy Betz, The Motley Fool

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Health care is about to change for a patient population called “the poorest and the sickest” by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Spend enough time reading about Medicare or Medicaid and you will see the term “dual-eligible,” which refers to people who qualify for both programs due to low income combined with chronic illness or disability. Dual-eligible patients represent a small percentage of both programs but amount to a much higher chunk of overall costs.

The Affordable Care Act has provisions aimed at streamlining this system and some trial programs to begin next month. But profits still await private insurers — if they’re willing and able to take the risk.

Finding footing
Dual-eligible patients typically have Medicare as the primary payer for general health care costs, which include doctor and hospital visits and prescription drugs. Medicaid steps in to help cover Medicare costs and plug any gaps in that primary coverage. The costs of treating dual-eligible patients are disproportionately high. While only 15% of Medicaid patients qualify for Medicare, those patients represent 36% of total Medicaid spending, according to the KFF.

The higher costs offer an opportunity for insurer profits, assuming the company doesn’t mind taking on a patient population known for poorer health.

Private insurers need a presence in the Medicare and Medicaid markets to benefit fully from dual-eligible patients. The first checkmark is easier to mark off; most of the leading insurers have a Medicare Advantage or Part D program kicking around. But fewer have a strong Medicaid program already in place.

An exception to the rule is UnitedHealth . The company’s Medicare & Retirement segment included 2.6 million Medicare Advantage members, which helped contribute to $39 billion in revenues in its Medicare & Retirement segment last year. Community & State had 3.8 million Medicaid beneficiaries and revenues of $16.4 billion. According to UnitedHealth, these patient numbers include about 250,000 with dual eligibility.

UnitedHealth’s current strength came from its 2012 acquisition of XLHealth — a leader in Medicare Advantage that primarily focused on dual-eligible patients. Other insurers have also tried to secure stronger footing through acquisitions or partnerships.

Humana had $25 billion in premium revenues for individual Medicare Advantage beneficiaries from about 2.2 million members. The company’s Medicaid presence was lacking before collaborating with CareSource, a provider with around 900,000 enrollees in Ohio and Michigan.

WellPoint spent $800 million on CareMore Health Group, which owned a number of health care clinics tailored to older patients and maintained Medicare Advantage plans. But it was WellPoint’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of Amerigroup last year that boosted the company’s Medicaid enrollment to 4.5 million patients across 20 states. WellPoint affiliates also announced an expansion of its Medicare offerings last year to increase coverage in eight states.

UnitedHealth and WellPoint are better mobilized going toward the ACA-affiliated changes next year. But all three companies will play a role in test programs coming soon.

Coming changes
In 2011, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation awarded million-dollar contracts to 15 …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

10 Things Every Leader Should Challenge

By Mike Myatt, Contributor

News Flash – innovation, growth and development cannot occur by pretending we live in a world that has long since passed us by. Leading in the 21st Century affords no safe haven for 20th Century thinkers. Old, static, institutionalized thinking will gate the pace of forward progress faster than just about anything. If you want to expose yourself as an out of touch, dated leader, keep trying to address today’s issues and opportunities with yesterday’s thinking. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest