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comment How do I seal a gap between a concrete step and the entrance of the house?
@user2059078 that's actually a 'foundation' (sand and gravel) as the gravel is typically (at least, should be) properly compacted to act as a foundation.
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comment Is using a thermal camera an effective method to locate mold & moisture behind finished walls in a basement?
Oh! This is related to the patio. Yea, it sounds like that's the ultimate culprit here. Fix that first! And good luck! What may be happening is water is hitting your foundation, running down to your footer, then coming under the wall at the footer. If that's the case, you may be able to just cut out the lower 1' or so of sheetrock and insulation and replace just that.
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comment Is using a thermal camera an effective method to locate mold & moisture behind finished walls in a basement?
Have you checked the usual culprits outside? (Ground sloping towards foundation, missing gutters, plugged downspouts, no splashblocks, etc). I know that won't fix the current issue but might help with future problems.
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comment What is the best position for a French drain between a wall and a patio?
@user2059078 well installed pavers should make the slope beneath irrelevant. As long as the top surface is properly sloped, with tight joints and polymeric sand, you should have nearly complete water run-off. As such, you probably only need to pull up the pavers, regrade (or add) base sand, and then re-set and compact.
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comment Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)
Thanks for the document. Looks like we're well above that.
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comment Does a plumbing vent need to penetrate the roof? (Can it penetrate a wall?)
Thanks! But why do vent stacks need to be protected from freezing? Aren't they just full of air? Or is to avoid cold air coming into the main plumbing lines? I don't think any of our vent stacks are currently insulated, so assume we don't fall into that zone. Still, curious as to why that is a rule.
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comment Is using a thermal camera an effective method to locate mold & moisture behind finished walls in a basement?
You usually smell mildew more than mold. What region are you in? Is it humid in the basement?
Jan
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comment How can I salvage the walls after painting over wallpaper?
The only proper answer is to take down the wall paper--which, alas, may be much harder to do now that it's painted. May be easier to just put up new sheetrock.
Jan
28
comment Can I install T&G Bamboo floor over a sagging subfloor?
Is it a floating floor? If so, go ahead and install it and see if it works. If not, dismantle and redo. My guess is that it will be just fine.
Jan
28
comment Installing thin slate (chalkboards) as countertops: proper method?
Great info! I know I'm asking a lot, but if you had any photos of the process or even final result, I'd love to see them added to the answer! How long have you had them installed? Any wear/tear issues yet? Did you have seams? If so, how did you handle the seams?
Jan
21
comment Would insulating a basement prevent it from passively cooling the house in the summer?
The common usage of basement is 'that room under the house where the walls are the foundation'. That usage seems to trump any technical definition.
Jan
21
comment Would insulating a basement prevent it from passively cooling the house in the summer?
FWIW, in MN, where summers are also brutally hot and humid, while our insulated basement was warmer than when it was unfinished, it was still cool and comfortable as well as a lot less humid.
Jan
21
comment What equipment could I use for digging out a basement after the house is built?
We can't possibly answer this without having a much bigger picture of the structure you're dealing with. And not to sound like a broken record, but: DO NOT DIG OUT YOUR BASEMENT YOURSELF. This requires extensive engineering and reinforcing. You are risking not only hour house, but any adjacent house, as well as your life.
Jan
21
comment wall hung toilet advice
Looking at the installation instructions, it looks like one key bit of info is the "The use of a Closet Carrier Support is required". I don't know what that is, exactly, but it looks like the instructions for the Closet Carrier Support are what you need to figure out the framing to accommodate it.
Jan
21
comment wall hung toilet advice
Is it a concrete wall? Is the wood carrying the load or the concrete? I'd personally still avoid PT inside the house but I don't always agree with code. :)
Jan
21
comment Is there a benefit to cutting a 2x4 in two passes of a mitre saw?
How does two passes load the saw less than one? Isn't the same rough area of teeth-to-wood contact the same?
Jan
21
comment wall hung toilet advice
The toilet should have structural requirements for installation in the installation guide/online. There's also no benefit to using treated lumber inside (in fact, there's likely a detriment if you're not using proper connectors rated for PT lumber).
Jan
19
comment 2 circuits connected in one box?
@Craig that sounds a little like what the electrician said, though he didn't have any plausible idea as to why they did it. He said it's rare, but not necessarily a danger. But he couldn't think of why they did it.
Jan
18
comment Why is cold water coming out of my HW OUT-TAKE pipe?
the faucets WERE open--namely the kitchen sink which is a mixer. I bet that was the culprit!
Jan
17
comment Code for elevating water heater in garages?
Thanks! This makes sense. It's all pertaining to open flame appliances.