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You don't have a trap seal, to prevent air from moving through the drain. Only the dishwasher is draining through the trap, so there's no trap to prevent air from coming up the drain. you'll have to fix the plumbing, so that both the sink and dishwasher use the trap. Instead, the plumbing should look more like this... Use a tailpiece like this, off ...


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You could put a cover over the drain box but when you do so it has to allow for free air flow so the isolation afforded by that air gap drain box still functions properly. If I was making the cover it would have a baffle design with a double wall construction. See figure below: The inner wall of the baffle cover would sit on the ground or maybe even set ...


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There should be a steel plate over that notched stud /joist to prevent the wire from being damaged when sheet rock is installed as it is less than 1-1/4" from the nailing surface. The single gang box can be moved forward on the stud to make it a flush mount. The 4x4 box is easier, a 1/2" single device mud ring can be put on the face of the 4x4 box that ...


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Ok I think I just answered my own question, I understand that an outswing door can be purchased in the local box stores. I was under the misunderstanding that they were a costly online purchase.


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It's the opposite, in fact: in terms of thermal performance, cellulose is better on the top layer. The reason for this is that compared to fiberglass, cellulose is more dense and more opaque to infrared radiation than fiberglass is. Most attic heat gain is caused by infrared radiation, and convection through the insulation plays a strong role in heat loss. ...


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Actually if you look closely, I think that I can see one potential issue. The hose might be crimped; you should check that and maybe pull the dryer away from the wall.


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Do I have anything to worry about? No. The air coming out of the dryer vent is not hot enough to ignite anything. Otherwise they would require a double walled vent pipe. Try putting your hand on the pipe while it is running. You will see it doesn't really get very hot. Good luck!


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Vented soffit below the window will allow air in, and will reduce the effectiveness of insulation. Other than that, it wouldn't cause a problem, but you're already concerned about the cold near the window. You should focus on how the water gets in, and prevent that from happening in the first place. It should be fairly easy for your contractor to tell ...


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You could. I would consider buying XPS foam and gluing it to the walls with foam board adhesive. It will let the wall breathe while insulating and not have exposed fiberglass or bare paper. Good luck!


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Most drains (in the US) vent thru a vertical pipe which prevents sewer gas from accumulating in the structure (home,apartment,etc) Part of that system should include a trap (usually a J or S shaped piece of pipe which holds a small quantity of water which prevent air or gasses from passing back into the room from the sink or toilet. If that trap was not ...


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5/8" drywall on 24-inch centers is standard practice across the industry. Unless you have some weird early-version panels with poor sag resistance, 15" of cellulose will not cause a problem. I'm with Daniel Griscom, however. R-49 is in the ballpark of what we install in new homes here in frigid Minnesota (regularly seeing -30F in the winter). It's almost ...


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Anything is possible, but why don't you just purchase an outswing door? If you flip the door frame, the threshold will slant inward instead of outward. Good luck!


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While I agree that this was assembled backwards I think the apparent lack of a vent is acceptable here. It looks like it basically goes through the wall and then into that box outside--so long as it's close enough to the sink that would suffice for venting.


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This is a common issue that is often ignored or dealt with in shoddy ways. First, yes, set a mouse trap and get rid of the mouse. Then deal with the hole. You may find an escutcheon that will fit around the gas pipe. Gas pipes may be many different sizes. To keep the mouse from pushing it up you could use a pipe clamp above it and/or glue to secure the ...


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i have about 50 55 gallon drums stacked in my basement, all filled with water. they are stacked 1 on top of the other (bottom row/top row) along our north basement wall. i have two in floor mounted fans, one pushing, one pulling, mounted in the ground floor joist cavity (from above they just look like floor mounted cold air returns). during the day, the ...


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If you're keeping the same door frame, you'll need to change the placement of the hinges, door latch and door stop; just reverse everything. Depending on the materials of the frame, you can likely putty the old holes, sand them, and refinish the surface.


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Solar load (which heats the building to 95 on a 68 degree day) is a real problem. Insulation will make things better, not worse. The #1 thing you can do is paint the roof white. Yes, I know that's hard and weird, but it really does work. Soffit and roof vents, obviously, make it a lot harder to heat a shed. Maybe the architect was concerned with ...


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If you want the open shutters to run parallel to the wall, some kind of offset hinge is needed. But creating such a hinge to mount the shutters shouldn't be too hard. The pivot point needs to be slightly outward of the midpoint of the well around the window. The lower tail of the hinge in the image can be cut off, or it can be bent to fit against the ...


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All you need is a trap on both paths like the one you have coming from the dishwasher/washing machine The trap fills with water and stops draughts although in excessively windy conditions its still possible for very strong winds to force their way through a water trap but normally there wont be enough pressure I wouldn't personally suggest swapping the ...


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Improper flushing often results from minerals clogging up the holes under the rim of the toilet. The usual cure is to clear out the buildup with a muriatic acid treatment.


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The vapor barrier may have been done correctly; it depends on several factors like temperature, whether the basement is a living area, or if is a laundry area or has other sources of moisture build up. You need to ask your local inspector.



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