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Jul
29
comment Close Garage Door?
There are minimum code requirements to aim for and then there is the ideal to aim for. We hope for the latter, but the reality is that it's often the former.
Jul
28
comment Close Garage Door?
Ideally it shouldn't matter if the connection between house and garage is properly insulated.
Jul
28
comment Licensing Requirements
Very first link result when googling "What is requirements for obtaining a license for locksmith in California?": bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/locksmith_fact.shtml
Jul
24
comment Must all firewood sheds have airflow?
ha! Yes, fair enough. Tarps are usually on the tacky side. :)
Jul
23
comment Must all firewood sheds have airflow?
@BenjaminR I wouldn't say you need an enclosed shed for tidiness, though. Example: small-cabin.com/forum/shared_files/uploaded/1403/19368_1_o.jpg
Jul
23
comment Must all firewood sheds have airflow?
@BenjaminR ah, then a shed would be fine, but still seems like overkill. ALl you need is a roof above--even if that roof is just a tarp. Once firewood is dry, it's dry. At that point, you really only need to keep rain off of the top.
Jul
22
comment Is ivy bad for your walls?
I agree with this answer (given it's a duplicate of mine) :)
Jul
21
comment Concerns with washer and dryer in walk in closet
Well, let's step back a minute. What kind of washer are we talking about? Is this a high-efficiency front loader? If so, look at the specs and see if the manufacturer even recommends it be placed on a wood-framed floor. If it does, then you need to have the contractor come in and reinforce the floor to minimize vibration issues.
Jul
21
comment Concerns with washer and dryer in walk in closet
@keshlam slabs are usually 4" thick, but the bigger issue is that slabs are on-grade. You can't just pour 4" of concrete over the subfloor and expect it to work the same way. It may help, but there's other issues here (is the subfloor glued and screwed, are the joist sufficient, is there enough cross-bracing, what's the finished floor surface, etc.)
Jul
21
comment Spackling issues
you did nothing wrong other than haven't waited long enough.
Jul
21
comment Does anyone have the name of a liquid that bonds to rust and produces a hard black finish?
@keshlam I think this more than a primer. Sounds like a rust neutralizer (which can act as a primer, but it's more than just a painted coating): loctiteproducts.com/p/s_trmt_extend/overview/…
Jul
20
comment Cleaning and staining a fence with segments of different color and age
"Both property owners own the fence erected between the property lines when both use it." realestate.findlaw.com/neighbors/…
Jul
19
comment Help with basement wall insulation
That said, I'm a fan of never using vapor barriers (as in plastic sheets) in basement walls. Use only foam board insulation which acts as a vapor retarder.
Jul
19
comment Help with basement wall insulation
We need pictures. As Ecnerwal points out, a footing, by definition, can't be 'above grade'.
Jul
19
comment Air Conditioner Can't Keep up
@DanielSThompson was it cooler? An AC will run much of the day on really hot days--or at least should. You don't actually want an AC that only runs a short amount of time as that won't be enough to dehumidify.
Jul
17
comment Is there a limit to the number of holes bored in a joist?
While not a practical question, I think this is a fun one. Sadly, I think @bib likely has the answer there "it's really up to the inspector"
Jul
17
comment Air Conditioner Can't Keep up
@DanielSThompson ugh. HOAs. Good luck. :) Hopefully the interior option will work. It's not nearly as effective as an exterior one, but hopefully it's enough. I also added some other suggestion in an edit.
Jul
17
comment Balloon architecture
I'm not an expert on this...but my understanding of balloon framing is that it was primarily for exterior walls and some load bearing walls internally. An internal wall that runs parallel to joists is likely not load bearing and likely not balloon framed.
Jul
16
comment New Construction Home - Basement
@MarekOleszczuk I'm not sure about anything. :) But in general, dimensional lumber will survive a few bouts of rain without being too much worse for the wear. It's all a matter of extremes (a few showers in 5 weeks, probably no biggie...constant monsoons and 95% humidity? Well, maybe give it a good once over first)
Jul
15
comment Water Noise When Radon Fan is On
Wild theory: you have a vent stack that terminates inside the wall. To diagnose, I'd open up the wall and take a look.