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Feb
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comment Tile basement bathroom over cracks without Ditra
Is there a membrane under the wood floor?
Feb
1
comment Bought a 20 year old house last spring and it appears to be settling - when to call in experts
You need a structural engineer to tell you whether the issues in the foundation are normal settling vs something much bigger.
Feb
1
comment Stair tread damage - repairable/replaceable? (photo)
Well, you could smack it with a hammer. But sounds like it's still pretty solid. In which case, I'd leave it and go the pocket-screw route.
Feb
1
comment how to stop seeping ground lake water coming into our cottage basement at times of extrem runoff pressure from river
Run off doesn't cause up-ward pressure. Upward water pressure is coming from the water table. Sounds like your water table is higher than the bottom of your basement. Not a whole lot you can do about that.
Feb
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comment Stair tread damage - repairable/replaceable? (photo)
@seventyeightist it is loose at all? Can you see the nails?
Jan
29
comment What are the considerations for crawlspace encapsulation barriers / humidity control?
The common approach today is to completely encapsulate the crawlspace and essentially make it part of the conditioned space in your home.
Jan
27
comment Can i use a water heater as my source for the in floor Pex tubing system?
Just to clarify, you installed the pex prior to figure out how to feed it with heated water? If so, did you ensure that you used oxygen barrier pex?
Jan
27
comment Can i use a water heater as my source for the in floor Pex tubing system?
an on-demand water heater on a closed loop would essentially be the same as a boiler. Might cost the same too.
Jan
27
comment Cleaning indoor concrete floor without damaging it
is there a strong reason to keep the concrete exposed? Besides the hassle of trying to keep unsealed concrete clean, I'd be more worried about all the play elements in there. Bonking a head on bare concrete isn't fun. I'd suggest just putting new flooring on top...such as the foam gym floor tiles.
Jan
27
comment How do I identify make / model of this kitchen faucet?
unless you know that it's a high-end faucet, it's likely easier to just replace it.
Jan
27
comment How to Recharge Manlift?
even if you got them recharged, I don't know if I'd trust them. It'd be no fun being stuck up in the air. I'd consider replacing the batteries.
Jan
26
comment What type of fence posts are suitable for a wet location?
Yea, cemented galvanized pipes sounds like a good idea.
Jan
26
comment Is “hissing” sound from a water main a good indication that water is in use?
It's quite likely that you're hearing water flow through the valve, though not sure that's going to help you find the leak. Good luck, though. Looks like this one is a challenge.
Jan
25
comment 2 layers of plastic film window insulation?
Given how thin said plastic is, would there really be all that much to gain? Seems that heat transference between those thin layers would be pretty high.
Jan
25
comment Is there any problem with installing underfloor heating and wood flooring?
If the system is designed for wood floors, then you should be fine.
Jan
22
comment Can I put an outlet inside of a wall?
This will infuriate the next owner once they want to plug in a power brick, though. :)
Jan
21
comment Attic insulation problem
Are you saying that your roof is metal applied directly to wood rafters? Wht climate are you in? Is the attic floor insulated? Can you provide some photos?
Jan
20
comment 1“ pex through 3” pvc conduit?
test it! create a PVC sweeping corner and see if your pex pipe can easily be fished through it.
Jan
20
comment splitting a water heater bill
If it can be, there's a major flaw in that one side could simply flip their breaker to off. They could still share the hot water, but not have to feed it electricity.
Jan
20
comment Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?
Remember that while burglars can smash the glass on your front door, they likely won't. For starters, it makes a lot of noise. And why go through the trouble of making all that noise at the front of your house near the street? If they're willing to make that kind of noise, they'll try a more inconspicuous entry point.