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Jul
3
comment How is a transition between drywall and wood typically handled?
You definitely don't want crown moulding...this is the wrong application for that. I'd go simple over ornate and also stick with a 1x4-ish strip of wood. Or maybe even just leave it as-is. Could we get a close up photo of the transition?
Jun
30
comment Hanging posters from wall
Another option is to sandwich the top and bottom of the poster between slats of wood. This gives you a nice straight top and bottom, plus a bit of weight to keep the poster hanging straight. Along those lines, you can also get a piece of archival (aka acid-free) foam core or matt board cut to the size of the poster and use that as a backing to keep it straight/stiff.
Jun
25
comment Using Fence as a retaining wall
@David there should be a stamp somewhere on the lumber that lists out the grade and other information. See if you can find one and add a picture. Maybe someone can figure it out from that.
Jun
25
comment Using Fence as a retaining wall
@David Well, if there's no basement, then there's no basement to keep dry, so it may not be a big deal. That said, in certain areas of CA, when it does rain, it tends to rain hard. I can't really say if this slope was created for that purpose or not.
Jun
23
comment Can I install insulation on the ceiling of an old unfinished basement?
The analogy makes sense if one is concerned about a cold basement, but often a cold basement is acceptable (if not preferred).
Jun
23
comment How to properly attach copper pipe to steel framing?
@bib oh, good call! I'll update the answer.
Jun
22
comment Diatomaceous earth use for bed bugs
The only person that can tell you if it worked is the person who posted the original question. You need to ask them that as a comment in their question.
Jun
22
comment Should I install a doorway fan or dehumidifier?
They'd each solve different problems. Hard to say which would work 'better' for your situation. A fan is cheaper, so start there.
Jun
22
comment Best way to weatherproof OSB
t1-11 can be stained with one coat, but the OSB likely needs to be primed + Painted and likely will take more than one coat. However, if you go the tyvek route (adding actual siding in the future) The OSB makes more sense now (in lieu of painting). But if you're hoping to do it 'once' and be done, I think the t1-11 may end up being quite competitive price-wise in terms of the big-picture.
Jun
22
comment Best way to weatherproof OSB
How big of a shed are we talking about? You may end up paying more for paint to paint the OSB than you would have going with t1-11. Remember to calculate the total cost in your calculations.
Jun
22
comment Best way to weatherproof OSB
Home Depot sells 4x8 sheets of 'siding' for sheds. Not sure how it compares to OSB price-wise, but is definitely going to hold up better (and will take a lot less paint to cover)
Jun
22
comment Water is seeping in garage
A drain drains water. Concrete absorbs water. These typically are very different things. Can you give us a bit more details? Can you post a picture?
Jun
22
comment Colonial Home - Bump out gutters?
You typically have gutters where you need them. A 20 square foot bump-out roof may not need them. Depends on other factors (what's underneath, the climate, etc)
Jun
21
comment Using Fence as a retaining wall
Note that there are different grates of pre-treated lumber. In this case, you need to ensure you are going with ground-contact PT.
Jun
21
comment Using Fence as a retaining wall
@David I updated my answer. I noticed you had posted photos after I had originally answered.
Jun
20
comment Pouring concrete, is it safe to add large rocks to increase volume?
This is correct assuming the earth drains well. I high-clay areas, you likely want to avoid below-grown timber all together.
Jun
20
comment Pouring concrete, is it safe to add large rocks to increase volume?
FWIW, a non-cemented a-frame supports (with screw ground anchors) is going to be much more stable than cemented vertical supports. Remember that a swingset has to take large lateral loads. I don't know how much cement you are using in the above, but you'll likely have to use quite a lot o make it stable.
Jun
16
comment How do i resurface my concrete patio?
It's the de-icing salt + freeze/thaw is often the problem. De-icing salt typically has chemicals other than salt that contributes to the problem. That said, spalling can also come from poorly set concrete. So there could be multiple root problems here.
Jun
15
comment What is the concept behind drywall studs?
wikipedia has this covered well: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_stud
Jun
15
comment Can you install a wall ontop of a travertine floor?
You can drill, or use a powder-actuated gun to drive nails in. The latter is more fun.