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comment How can I protect my hardwood floors without sanding and refinishing?
get a rug? A top coat likely won't adhere unless you do a proper sanding first. Alternatively, let them be. Call it 'patina'.
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comment How do I slope a patio toward one of its corners?
@user2059078 I'm not following your concern. You may be over thinking this. If you screed the sand using the guides, it's a flat plane. The bricks will fit together just fine. There's no real need to lay them in any particular pattern. Also, most patio paver blocks are designed with built in spacers. It's hard to not have uniform space.
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comment How do I slope a patio toward one of its corners?
@WayfaringStranger I've used that before too. Might be a bit tricking being so close to the ground, but could work too.
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answered How do I slope a patio toward one of its corners?
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answered How can I fix a patio with drainage problems?
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comment How do I seal a gap between a concrete step and the entrance of the house?
@user2059078 that's actually a 'foundation' (sand and gravel) as the gravel is typically (at least, should be) properly compacted to act as a foundation.
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comment Is using a thermal camera an effective method to locate mold & moisture behind finished walls in a basement?
Oh! This is related to the patio. Yea, it sounds like that's the ultimate culprit here. Fix that first! And good luck! What may be happening is water is hitting your foundation, running down to your footer, then coming under the wall at the footer. If that's the case, you may be able to just cut out the lower 1' or so of sheetrock and insulation and replace just that.
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comment Is using a thermal camera an effective method to locate mold & moisture behind finished walls in a basement?
Have you checked the usual culprits outside? (Ground sloping towards foundation, missing gutters, plugged downspouts, no splashblocks, etc). I know that won't fix the current issue but might help with future problems.
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answered What is the best position for a French drain between a wall and a patio?
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comment What is the best position for a French drain between a wall and a patio?
@user2059078 well installed pavers should make the slope beneath irrelevant. As long as the top surface is properly sloped, with tight joints and polymeric sand, you should have nearly complete water run-off. As such, you probably only need to pull up the pavers, regrade (or add) base sand, and then re-set and compact.
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comment Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)
Thanks for the document. Looks like we're well above that.
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accepted Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)
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comment Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)
Thanks! But why do vent stacks need to be protected from freezing? Aren't they just full of air? Or is to avoid cold air coming into the main plumbing lines? I don't think any of our vent stacks are currently insulated, so assume we don't fall into that zone. Still, curious as to why that is a rule.
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comment Is using a thermal camera an effective method to locate mold & moisture behind finished walls in a basement?
You usually smell mildew more than mold. What region are you in? Is it humid in the basement?
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answered Would it make sense to have a bathroom without a sink?
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asked Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)
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comment How can I salvage the walls after painting over wallpaper?
The only proper answer is to take down the wall paper--which, alas, may be much harder to do now that it's painted. May be easier to just put up new sheetrock.
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answered Does there exist such a thing as mini-scaffold?