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Apr
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comment How should I attach the cable of a cable-supported shelf?
Is the shelf system running parallel or perpendicular to the trusses? If parallel, I'm thinking that's way too much of a load on the truss.
Apr
8
comment What can I do about this painted concrete?
Not sure if 'gray' is all that horrible, but that's a matter of opinion. If the paint is adhered well, you can simply clean, prime, and apply a new coat. You'll want to use paint specially made for foot traffic and outdoor use.
Apr
8
comment Why don't people use rigid or spray foam insulation in attics?
Early implementations of spray foam insulation had problems. These days, however, it's typically regarded as the best option in a lot of cases (albeit the most expensive option).
Apr
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Apr
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answered How to fix broken brick staircase?
Apr
4
comment Concrete basement: Do I need a sealer or wax only?
Both work. Wax is more maintenance. We acid stained our basement and ended up going with a non-epoxy sealer (which worked fine, but epoxy options tend to be the longest lasting)
Apr
4
comment How can I hang a heavy frame without making holes in the walls?
+1 nice alternative ideas!
Apr
4
comment How can I hang a heavy frame without making holes in the walls?
FWIW, it's not that big of a chore to patch nail holes. I'd go with nails, then just patch/paint (if you have the paint) when you move out.
Apr
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Apr
2
comment How can I add ventilation to my basement office?
"I work 12+ hours in the office" each day!?
Apr
2
comment Why don't people use rigid or spray foam insulation in attics?
Both materials are usually used for 'hot roofs'. Since an attic is a cold roof, there really isn't a reason to spend the extra money.
Apr
2
comment Should I continue my basement subfloor under the stairs?
You're probably right on the 'as much work as rebuilding' issue. I'd still feel a bit funny having the entire stair case resting on XPS, though. I'd still maybe put something solid under each of the stringer bottoms so it's solid contact from stringer to the slab (then insulate around it).
Apr
2
comment Should I continue my basement subfloor under the stairs?
I went ahead and made that thought an answer.
Apr
2
answered Should I continue my basement subfloor under the stairs?
Apr
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comment Should I continue my basement subfloor under the stairs?
Oh, one other thought, could you simply lay down different thicknesses of plywood atop each step to 're-even-out' the riser distances? For example, the bottom stair would get something like 1.5" of plywood, the top one maybe .25" (I'd have to do the actual math, but hopefully the idea makes sense).
Apr
2
comment Should I continue my basement subfloor under the stairs?
I'm no code expert, but I'm wondering if there's a way to get around this issue without having to tear out the existing stairs...perhaps a larger one-step landing at the bottom would work?
Mar
31
comment What type of lattice should I use for a privacy screen?
It's really entirely an aesthetic decision on your part. Whatever you feel looks best is what I'd go with.
Mar
31
answered How do I reverse erosion which is lowering earth around fence posts?
Mar
31
comment Is it better to paint wood siding or replace it with vinyl?
The trade off is mainly that vinyl is less maintenance, but ugly.