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Jul
7
comment How can I reseal a shower drain on a pre-formed shower base?
More often than not, rebuilding is quicker, easier and better than fixing. I'm with Alex. Cut the pipe, and replace it. It's PVC. It's fairly cheap. And working with the new stuff will be SO much easier.
Jul
7
answered Are there any differences in the quality of products sold at contractor's supply store vs. big box hardware stores?
Jul
7
revised Is it possible to convert a truss attic into living space?
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Jul
7
comment Is it possible to convert a truss attic into living space?
@bcworkz that's a good question. I'd assume the exterior walls, but one would definitely want an engineer to take a look.
Jul
6
comment How can I tell whether this roofing material is hazardous to tear down?
a) get it tested first and b) it's outside--if you wear a decent mask and wet it down, the bit of dust it will create is hardly worth worrying about.
Jul
6
comment How can I determine if there is asbestos in something?
#3 is a bit controversial though. Many believe (as do I and several local building codes) that it's not always necessary to bring in a full abatement team. Also, it's not always necessary to even remove the asbestos.
Jul
6
comment How to stop a circular saw from locking?
The Saw Stop is an amazing and great invention. Alas, it's being sold in a market where we tend to prioritize things via short term economics. ;) As for the follow up question, are you tightening the nut while the blade is locked? There's usually a way (such as a push-button) to lock the axle manually so you can tighten the nut properly.
Jul
5
comment Is there any reason to not tape this vent over?
You probably want at least one vent down there, but yea, probably not there. Also note that duct tape is (ironically) not designed for ducts.
Jul
5
comment How to stop a circular saw from locking?
Yea, the SawStop has an interesting history. Since the SawStop destroys the blade and saw itself, I'm guessing this isn't what's happening in this case. Sounds like a broken saw and/or it is binding on the substrate.
Jul
5
comment How to stop a circular saw from locking?
@Bmitch the only safety stop I know of is the SawStop and that works by completely destroying your saw. Are there others on the market now?
Jul
3
comment Are there any dangers associated with rigid foam insulation?
the stuff if pretty nasty if it burns, but is a common insulation material for all sorts of approved uses. BTW, you don't want to use foam insulation AND a vapor barrier. Foam insulation is typically considered the vapor barrier.
Jul
3
comment Should I install a vapour barrier if I'm using rigid foam insulation?
Sorry, completely missed the fact that you are using foam insulation. Foam boards are typically considered a form of vapor barrier (especially with the foil face) by default. So, as long as you have a tight seal, you shouldn't need any other barrier.
Jul
3
comment Should I install a vapour barrier if I'm using rigid foam insulation?
Airflow is really about the house wrap. You don't want outside air coming in. The VB is more about moisture, the idea that you don't want moist interior air condensing in the colder wall cavity. A good place to read up on VBs is Building Science's web site: buildingscience.com/documents/digests/…
Jul
3
answered Can I put rigid foam on studs to prevent thermal bridging?
Jul
3
comment Should I install a vapour barrier if I'm using rigid foam insulation?
You definitely don't want double barriers. Also, many believe that older houses 'breath' a lot naturally and don't necessarily need the VB at all. (VB's are always a slightly controversial topic in the trades anyways...)
Jul
3
comment What are our options for carpeting the basement of a split-level house?
I'd also pair this with a good dehumidifier. If you live in a humid climate, a dehumidifier is pretty much a necessity for the basement.
Jul
2
comment What can I do about lead paint on fieldstone foundation walls?
I've never heard of paint disintegrating rock. What kind of rock? If it's something like limestone, it's perhaps more of a water issue than a paint issue. Either way, if it's all crumbling, might be best to bring in a structural engineer/foundation expert.
Jul
1
comment Can I build a deck close to the ground?
You can buy the pre-cast concrete pier's with a built in bolt/bracket and bolt the wood to it that way. Otherwise, the ones with the 'cross' on the top would work. The wood wouldn't fall over as it'd be attached to the deck structure.
Jun
30
answered Can I build a deck close to the ground?
Jun
30
comment How do outdoor mist-cooling A\C units fare in real-world usage?
Interesting question. Most window units work that way. The catch is it's using water from the air, rather than a well, so isn't coming along with the mineral deposit issue.