Helgafjell4Me t1_j9zf7x8 wrote

But Win11 isn't a paid service, so what are you saying? I haven't paid for Windows at all since Win7. Win10 and 11 have both been basically free upgrades on existing computers, although I have yet to actually upgrade any of mine to 11. I'm holding out as long as I can, plus it's said all my machines don't meet the requirements anyways.

Edit: basically new computers for a while now had their windows licensing tied to the computer itself as long as it wasn't a custom built machine. That license works for newer version upgrades or at least has for me for the last 8 years or so.


Helgafjell4Me t1_j1xxvta wrote

That's just joint compound someone stamped on the ceiling and failed to knock it down like they're supposed to. Normally you stamp it, let it dry for a short time, then come back and knock it down with light pressure using a circular motion to blend the texture a bit and make it look good.

I had a room in my basement like this. I used my 10" mud knife to just scrape across it and flatten all the really pointy parts off so it was close to how texture is supposed to look. Then I used a wet rag to soften the edges, let it dry and then repainted it and it looked a lot better.


Helgafjell4Me t1_iye2plb wrote

I'm curious what types of flooring you do use over slab then? I did tile over ditra in my master bath, there weren't any cracks in the slab, so I'm not worried about it cracking in there, did it mostly for waterproofing and a tiny bit of thermal insulation. I do still have about 1200 sft of slab floor that will need to be redone in my kitchen/dining/laundry/living area. I know I don't want to tile all of it, maybe none of it, but the best I can come up with is luxury vinyl planks (it needs to be waterproof, not just water resistant). Problem is the floor needs to be relatively flat and I can't use any underlayment with that stuff apparently. I'm confused why LVP doesn't allow underlayment when laminate planks do. I could just do LVP in the kitchen area and stick with carpet in the living area, but really would like to ditch the carpet. Large area over a likely unlevel and cracked slab is a problem though. I'm surprise there doesn't seem to be better options.


Helgafjell4Me t1_iybv5l9 wrote

You can prevent that by properly leveling the floor and then using an isolating or "decoupling" underlayment like Ditra over the concrete. Any major movements are likely done happening for a 30 year old slab. Minor movements can still happen and Ditra helps protect the tiles by providing some level of elasticity underneath the tile. Where I think you can about guarantee cracks is over a relatively fresh slab that's not done settling, especially if you don't use the protective underlayment.