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Aug
29
comment Suggestions on finishing a concrete vault
We just had toys stored in there, so no big deal, but firearms and art sound a bit more valuable.
Aug
29
comment Suggestions on finishing a concrete vault
But note: even with the system I suggest, you will have humidity issues. We essentially had the same setup--we had a 'vault' like closet under the front porch. We turned it into a closet with a door and a transom vent above it. We also heated the basement and had a dehumidifier. However, if we left that closet door closed for extended periods, you'd still end up with a slight musty smell. I'd strongly suggest making it part of the conditioned space if you can (by dropping an HVAC vent and return in the room if you can)
Aug
29
comment Suggestions on finishing a concrete vault
My stock answer for how to finish a basement properly: diy.stackexchange.com/a/8644/1209
Aug
29
answered How can you open the top part of a double-hung window when you are old and short?
Aug
29
comment How do I prevent flood waters from entering my house?
unfortunately, if the water is at your door, you've somewhat lost the battle already. If that is the ONLY point of water entry, and you can prep ahead of time, I'd suggest a rubber pond liner laid up against the outside of the door with sand bags stacked on top.
Aug
28
comment Suggestions on finishing a concrete vault
You'd want the space to be conditioned--so humidity controlled on some level. You could simply put a dehumidifier in there, but you'd have to rely on it always running. You likely don't want the vents to vent to the outside either. The outside air is typically much more humid and you don't want the humid air entering the much cooler basement space and condensing.
Aug
28
comment Suggestions on finishing a concrete vault
I'd be worried about excessive humidity. Neither guns nor art are particular fond of it. Will this vault be part of the conditioned space?
Aug
28
comment Cold water entering hot water circuit?
Quite a bit...essentially as much cold water as I send down the drain. This sink has separate hot/cold valves, so that's the confusing part.
Aug
28
comment Cold water entering hot water circuit?
What is actually happening in that case? How does opening the cold tap, send water through the hot tap elsewhere? (This is a sink with two separate taps)
Aug
26
accepted Can you disconnect and reconnect a gas flex pipe?
Aug
26
comment Can you disconnect and reconnect a gas flex pipe?
So now I need to post a question about craft ideas for re-using decommissioned flex pipes.
Aug
26
comment How can I insulate my basement on a budget?
Are you talking about a literal stream of water? If that's the case, there are much bigger problems than heating issues.
Aug
26
comment How can I insulate my basement on a budget?
Also some confusion about water and heat conductivity. Touching water isn't necessarily 'wicking heat' away from air anymore than a dry wall. It just feels that way due to the evaporation effect on your skin.
Aug
26
comment How can I insulate my basement on a budget?
Yes, ben makes a good point. If this is intended as a bedroom you need to make sure egress is to code.
Aug
25
comment Can you disconnect and reconnect a gas flex pipe?
The last paragraph makes a lot of sense...old ones shoudld always be replaced. I just feel bad having to replace one that is only 3 days old. So, in general, it is fair to say that whenever an appliance person disconnects a gas appliance to service it, they always put on a new flex hose? I better plan ahead so I'm only disconnecting this once. This could get expensive. :)
Aug
25
comment Can you disconnect and reconnect a gas flex pipe?
@diceless ah, yes! That's maybe a clearer way to ask it: Are flexpipe flared fittings only effective once and once tightened, if they are to be disconnected you need to replace the entire pipe?
Aug
25
comment Can you disconnect and reconnect a gas flex pipe?
@diceless yes, that's the somewhat vague wording I'm hung up on. Is there a difference between 'reusing old flex pipe to connect a new appliance' vs. 'disconnect and reconnect a new flex pipe to make adjustments to appliance location'?
Aug
25
asked Can you disconnect and reconnect a gas flex pipe?
Aug
25
comment How realistic is lowering a concrete floor?
I would not buy ownership in a building where the majority owner tells people 'sure do whatever you want' to things like foundations. :)
Aug
25
comment How can I insulate my basement on a budget?
"Best" and "Cheapest" are rarely descriptors for the same product.