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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.
Jul
15
comment Is a leveled wood frame for a basement floor a good idea?
Everything depends on the how wet or dry your basement is. Perfectly dry basement? Low humidity? You can do pretty much anything.
Jul
14
comment How can I repair a bathroom fan under garage that is leaking in the winter?
General tip: Don't trust an x to do know what they are doing when it comes to y. For example, don't trust a plumber to know what they are doing when it comes to adjusting the framing to make room for plumbing. And don't trust a roofer to know how to run a bath vent. Or perhaps more accurately, it's not that they don't know the better way, they just weren't hired to care about that particular part of the job.
Jul
14
comment My timber retaining wall is tipping over
Please include a side shot. You're right...it's really impossible to judge the height here.
Jul
13
comment How to break a sheet of glass quietly?
Glued in to what? Usually it's held into place with trip. Can you take a photo for us?
Jul
9
comment Do I need Attic Fan in Garage?
attics aren't normally insulated and sheetrocked. Is this an attic (ie, empty storage) or is this actually habitable living space?
Jul
7
comment How do I run PEX to exterior plumbing?
I agree. And for just a few connections, one may just want to go with sharkbite connectors and skip the soldering.
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 How can I stop water from seeping into my 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?