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Jul
20
comment Cleaning and staining a fence with segments of different color and age
"Both property owners own the fence erected between the property lines when both use it." realestate.findlaw.com/neighbors/…
Jul
19
comment Help with basement wall insulation
That said, I'm a fan of never using vapor barriers (as in plastic sheets) in basement walls. Use only foam board insulation which acts as a vapor retarder.
Jul
19
comment Help with basement wall insulation
We need pictures. As Ecnerwal points out, a footing, by definition, can't be 'above grade'.
Jul
19
comment Air Conditioner Can't Keep up
@DanielSThompson was it cooler? An AC will run much of the day on really hot days--or at least should. You don't actually want an AC that only runs a short amount of time as that won't be enough to dehumidify.
Jul
17
comment Is there a limit to the number of holes bored in a joist?
While not a practical question, I think this is a fun one. Sadly, I think @bib likely has the answer there "it's really up to the inspector"
Jul
17
comment Air Conditioner Can't Keep up
@DanielSThompson ugh. HOAs. Good luck. :) Hopefully the interior option will work. It's not nearly as effective as an exterior one, but hopefully it's enough. I also added some other suggestion in an edit.
Jul
17
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Jul
17
answered Air Conditioner Can't Keep up
Jul
17
comment Balloon architecture
I'm not an expert on this...but my understanding of balloon framing is that it was primarily for exterior walls and some load bearing walls internally. An internal wall that runs parallel to joists is likely not load bearing and likely not balloon framed.
Jul
16
comment New Construction Home - Basement
@MarekOleszczuk I'm not sure about anything. :) But in general, dimensional lumber will survive a few bouts of rain without being too much worse for the wear. It's all a matter of extremes (a few showers in 5 weeks, probably no biggie...constant monsoons and 95% humidity? Well, maybe give it a good once over first)
Jul
16
answered New Construction Home - Basement
Jul
15
comment Water Noise When Radon Fan is On
Wild theory: you have a vent stack that terminates inside the wall. To diagnose, I'd open up the wall and take a look.
Jul
15
comment Is a leveled wood frame for a basement floor a good idea?
Everything depends on the how wet or dry your basement is. Perfectly dry basement? Low humidity? You can do pretty much anything.
Jul
15
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Jul
14
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Jul
14
revised My timber retaining wall is tipping over
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Jul
14
comment How can I repair a bathroom fan under garage that is leaking in the winter?
General tip: Don't trust an x to do know what they are doing when it comes to y. For example, don't trust a plumber to know what they are doing when it comes to adjusting the framing to make room for plumbing. And don't trust a roofer to know how to run a bath vent. Or perhaps more accurately, it's not that they don't know the better way, they just weren't hired to care about that particular part of the job.
Jul
14
answered My timber retaining wall is tipping over
Jul
14
comment My timber retaining wall is tipping over
Please include a side shot. You're right...it's really impossible to judge the height here.
Jul
13
comment How to break a sheet of glass quietly?
Glued in to what? Usually it's held into place with trip. Can you take a photo for us?