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Mar
4
comment Can furring strips be installed diretly to a cinderblock wall not in a basement?
@DMoore: OK, so should this wall be floating? Normally, I would frame a wall and stand it up snug and ramset it to the slab, but I've heard of concerns about the three different materials (wood, cinderblock, and poured slab) moving at different rates due to the weather and can cause "bucking" in the wall.
Mar
4
comment Can furring strips be installed diretly to a cinderblock wall not in a basement?
@DMoore: originally these houses had no wall or exterior coverings, so not really. I found that these walls have natural insulating qualities. I'm meeting an energy auditor in a couple days, I'll see what he says about that. So, you're saying instead of the cheap furring strips use normal 2x2 studs. Any thought on the moisture? Do you think the evidence is good enough not to worry about it?
Mar
4
comment Can furring strips be installed diretly to a cinderblock wall not in a basement?
@bib: I thought of that. The problem is the guy built out a bunch. For example the sink wall had a 4" chase behind it. So we wanted to reclaim space. When we tried to demo only the necessary parts we found the whole room was built like cabinetry, interlocking at the joints between the walls as well as the custom ceiling. I might have been able to do it with large amounts of time and patience; at least one of which I don't have.
Feb
27
comment How to adhere drywall to cinder block
Thanks for the very detailed answer. I have found other areas in the home with drywall nails working just fine nailed in the block so I imagine I can achieve the same results.
Feb
27
comment How to adhere drywall to cinder block
Thanks, I live in Sacramento, CA so I'm not too worried about the insulation especially considering the wall comp. It is a load bearing wall inside the house and is, for the most part - as far as I can tell, pretty much solidified with poured crete. I would rather do a furring strip as well, probably not 2x4 as you suggest but something, because it seems like the "right" thing to do, however the way the wall perpendicular to the wall creating the entry was finished it would unacceptably reduce the width of the entry.
Jan
23
comment How should I rewire this situation?
I'd probably go by the duct. It seems like the easiest and requires no additional holes. -I was just being over cautious with the EMT just to be sure, but I doubt it's necessary. Any adjustments due to ambi temp would not likely apply because the adjustments are applied to the wire's ampacity. 14 awg is 20 A, but it's limited to a 15 amp breaker; generally speaking. So before it could cause an issue on a typical resi recept it'd have to have a .75 correction factor. And that's if the circuit was maxed out. -I concur with maple's view on the contact issue.
Jan
22
comment How should I insulate behind the last floor joist that runs parallel to the foundation wall?
I'd imagine foam. Cramming R in there is pointless. I imagine the only concern would be over foaming and creating pressure on the joist from the foam expansion.
Jan
22
comment How should I rewire this situation?
Do you have access to the wire in the basement. The only issue with the vent would be in the winter due to higher ambient temperatures (probably not though). Could you squeeze a 1/2" piece of EMT to sleeve it with?
Jan
22
comment How should I rewire this situation?
@maple_shaft - he said there used to be a drop in ceiling so it was hidden.
Jan
22
comment Why won't my washer machine motor, gearbox, or inside basket free spin
The entire cycle finished as expected. The behavior I was talking about stopped. It did break but much smoother. It was like the difference between stopping as quick as possible and slamming on the breaks. That's why I was concerned about the motor and coupling. I can only guess the break is based on the speed of the basket?
Jan
22
comment Why won't my washer machine motor, gearbox, or inside basket free spin
You know I never thought about the brake. For some reason I have a faint memory of the basket continuing to spin after opening the lid but perhaps I was wrong. I just tried it again and possibly what is the issue is I have the wet load in it still and that extra weight is making it seem "jerky"? Based on your opinion I tested agitation and it's fine. I'm starting the load to see what happens. Hopefully I'll get back to you with a check mark shortly! Thanks!
Jan
21
comment Are four gang plastic boxes stackable in a wall?
Boxes can be stacked so to speak without violating code (NEC). It should be noted though that stacking, or aligning, a switch box won't work unless you have a high dollar custom switch plate. The box is not as large as the switch plate so if you put any two boxes side by side, unless it is a metal cut in box designed to do so, you'll have collision issues. Even if you used a metal cut in you'd still end up with a single box ganged to the size you determine.
Jan
21
comment How do I wire a receptacle and a light switch?
Of course, before doing any electrical work, turn the power off!