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Feb
22
answered Should a timer switch 'reduce' load?
Feb
22
asked Should a timer switch 'reduce' load?
Feb
17
revised What materials and spacing should I use for ceiling joists/strapping in this conversion?
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Feb
17
comment What materials and spacing should I use for ceiling joists/strapping in this conversion?
spacing would likely be 16" OC. As for what to use for strapping (studs are for walls) it would depend on the spacing between joists.
Feb
17
answered How should I prepare a plywood subfloor for floating vinyl plank flooring?
Feb
17
comment How should I prepare a plywood subfloor for floating vinyl plank flooring?
FWIW, plywood should only swell if it's soaked in water and even then, it's mainly on the exposed edges. Particle board, on the other hand...
Feb
17
answered How to project basement level of humidity before building?
Feb
13
comment How safe is having my boiler in my daughter's bedroom?
In addition to all of the above, they're also just plain noisy. I can't think of a worse place to put it than a bedroom. Any chance you can repurpose the bedroom and move her to another room?
Feb
11
comment What to do first in a house with poor thermal performance and high energy bills
Fix the air leaks first.
Feb
5
answered How to prepare for a home service call from my DSL provider?
Feb
5
comment Where to locate moisture barrier in engineered hardwood floor sandwich placed over insulation board?
while R-value is always nice, the floor isn't really a major source of heat loss (compared to walls, windows and ceilings). Underfoot, it's less about R-value and really just about creating a thermal break between your stocking feet and the slab. So if space is a concern, I don't think you need to overdue it regardless of the insulated board type.
Feb
5
comment Where to locate moisture barrier in engineered hardwood floor sandwich placed over insulation board?
I'd consider XPS, and I believe, if the seams are taped, that will act as your barrier (not technically a barrier as much as a retarder, but essentially serving the same purpose in this particular instance). I'm never a fan of true moisture barriers in basements.
Jan
31
comment Should I remove, or work around dividing basement walls?
@mikebabcock it's a very valid concern. Conceret is essentially a sponge. If the wood is treated, you might be OK, but if you don't know, I'd definitely yank it out and do it right.
Jan
31
comment Should I remove, or work around dividing basement walls?
My preferred method of finishing basements: diy.stackexchange.com/a/8644/1209 In your case, if the wood studs touch the brick/concrete walls and floor with nothing in between, and especially if they're not treated, I'd be more worried about moisture wicking than insulation. If they are properly separated from direct contact via a membrane and/or they are treated studs, it's probably OK to leave them.
Jan
29
comment Is a hexagonal house feasible?
@FiascoLabs definitely. And the bigger ones can even be divided up into separate rooms (although you still have the issue of very few 90 degree corners...)
Jan
28
comment Is a hexagonal house feasible?
(That said, if you're looking to build inexpensively, and like the idea of round-ish dwellings, perhaps consider a yurt.)
Jan
28
comment Is a hexagonal house feasible?
I'm not sure I follow how those 'obvious' advantages are different than via a square house. But yes, the reason people don't build them is that 90 degree corners are cheaper to build.
Jan
27
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Jan
26
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Jan
24
revised Any ideas on hiding a TV in a coffee table?
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