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Jan
28
answered Will dark gutters stay ice free better than light colored gutters?
Jan
28
comment Installing thin slate (chalkboards) as countertops: proper method?
Great info! I know I'm asking a lot, but if you had any photos of the process or even final result, I'd love to see them added to the answer! How long have you had them installed? Any wear/tear issues yet? Did you have seams? If so, how did you handle the seams?
Jan
27
answered Fix a copper pipe leak
Jan
21
comment Would insulating a basement prevent it from passively cooling the house in the summer?
The common usage of basement is 'that room under the house where the walls are the foundation'. That usage seems to trump any technical definition.
Jan
21
comment Would insulating a basement prevent it from passively cooling the house in the summer?
FWIW, in MN, where summers are also brutally hot and humid, while our insulated basement was warmer than when it was unfinished, it was still cool and comfortable as well as a lot less humid.
Jan
21
comment What equipment could I use for digging out a basement after the house is built?
We can't possibly answer this without having a much bigger picture of the structure you're dealing with. And not to sound like a broken record, but: DO NOT DIG OUT YOUR BASEMENT YOURSELF. This requires extensive engineering and reinforcing. You are risking not only hour house, but any adjacent house, as well as your life.
Jan
21
comment wall hung toilet advice
Looking at the installation instructions, it looks like one key bit of info is the "The use of a Closet Carrier Support is required". I don't know what that is, exactly, but it looks like the instructions for the Closet Carrier Support are what you need to figure out the framing to accommodate it.
Jan
21
comment wall hung toilet advice
Is it a concrete wall? Is the wood carrying the load or the concrete? I'd personally still avoid PT inside the house but I don't always agree with code. :)
Jan
21
comment Is there a benefit to cutting a 2x4 in two passes of a mitre saw?
How does two passes load the saw less than one? Isn't the same rough area of teeth-to-wood contact the same?
Jan
21
comment wall hung toilet advice
The toilet should have structural requirements for installation in the installation guide/online. There's also no benefit to using treated lumber inside (in fact, there's likely a detriment if you're not using proper connectors rated for PT lumber).
Jan
19
comment 2 circuits connected in one box?
@Craig that sounds a little like what the electrician said, though he didn't have any plausible idea as to why they did it. He said it's rare, but not necessarily a danger. But he couldn't think of why they did it.
Jan
18
comment Why is cold water coming out of my HW OUT-TAKE pipe?
the faucets WERE open--namely the kitchen sink which is a mixer. I bet that was the culprit!
Jan
18
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Jan
18
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18
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Jan
17
asked Why is cold water coming out of my HW OUT-TAKE pipe?
Jan
17
comment Code for elevating water heater in garages?
Thanks! This makes sense. It's all pertaining to open flame appliances.
Jan
17
accepted Code for elevating water heater in garages?
Jan
17
asked Code for elevating water heater in garages?
Jan
16
comment How can I locate the leak in my roof?
If it's in several places, I'd say this isn't something you just want to patch. Sounds like an overall failure of the roofing system. Might come down to a full tear-off and redo, unfortunately.