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Mar
2
comment How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?
Did I miss the 4' high part in the question? Oh...I did! I totally agree here. 3' is pretty high and likely deserves some engineering. That said, 3' is an ok height for retaining walls and should hold the patio just fine.
Mar
2
comment How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?
3/4" is typical, but ask your local landscape supplier for what is best available in your area.
Mar
2
comment How to cut a piece of 2x3 wood crossways perfectly?
That will work, but I'd use this as an excuse to get a power radial mitre saw.
Feb
26
comment How to best fill in rat holes outside?
Spreading peanut butter flavored d-con around a yard is a terrible idea for all the local animals...both wild and domestic. It's also not easily monitored (which is important when trying to figure out if one still has a rodent problem)
Feb
26
comment How to best fill in rat holes outside?
If the point is to see if the rats are alive or not, why not just fill it with dirt? I don't understand the need for concrete.
Feb
25
comment Alternatives to conventional weep screed, for stucco to the ground homes?
You may need a lot more than an angle grinder. I've tried cutting old stucco before. That stuff is seriously dense! Might have to go the concrete saw method.
Feb
25
comment How do I start making cement on my own?
Manufacturing cement is pretty simple. But it's not cheap and typically involves things like strip mining and industrial furnaces. It's not a DIY project.
Feb
25
comment Will this fence provide good wind resistance? (And is it a correctly built shiplap fence?)
@BradCook no I would not. Ship lap is actually a kind of board where the edges are formed to overlap but the board is flat--not angled.
Feb
24
comment Will this fence provide good wind resistance? (And is it a correctly built shiplap fence?)
@BradCook those 'cracks' are the wood splitting because the nails were put too close to the end of the board and/or weren't predrilled. Just not a very well crafted fence from what I can tell.
Feb
24
comment Will this fence provide good wind resistance? (And is it a correctly built shiplap fence?)
Seems like a good way to use more wood than you need to. The only reason I can think to overlap is to ensure you never have any sort of visible gap. So it likely excels as a privacy fence, but as other's have stated, it makes it worse for wind resistance.
Feb
22
comment Basement insulation w/ existing tar paper and studs
Oh! I see. Minor detail...foam board isn't considered a vapor barrier, but rather a vapor retarder. Semantics, perhaps, but to be clear, there still wouldn't be an actual vapor barrier involved.
Feb
22
comment How many lights do I need for my basement?
I dunno. What are you doing in your basement? Movies? Reading? Growing pot? I think we need a lot more details here.
Feb
22
comment Basement insulation w/ existing tar paper and studs
Also, I have to downvote for suggesting a vapor barrier. These are not recommended anymore in basements. See this question: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/8636/…
Feb
22
comment Basement insulation w/ existing tar paper and studs
I don't know so am asking: would tarpaper be a substrate that mold could grow on? If so, I'd want to remove that before putting up the insulation boards.
Feb
22
comment Where would my cable modem go based on this structured media enclosure's components?
@Craig Right. I'm not arguing with you. Just saying it's not something you see much in spec or model homes.
Feb
21
comment Is it advisable to paint interior walls with a sprayer?
This is why nearly all rooms are painted with spray in new construction (prior to windows and flooring ad trim going in) but not existing construction (way too much work to mask everything).
Feb
21
comment Where would my cable modem go based on this structured media enclosure's components?
Sure. Just saying that it seems the vast majority of people are just fine with WiFi these days.
Feb
21
comment Where would my cable modem go based on this structured media enclosure's components?
Surprised they're putting ethernet ports in every room on model homes. Lots of money for something few people actually end up using.
Feb
21
comment Is any of this plumbing work a code violation?
@Mazura I'm not sure that's true in all regions. I believe in many areas in the US you can retroactively ask for an inspection. No fines...but you do have to repair anything that is found to not meet code.
Feb
21
comment Is any of this plumbing work a code violation?
I also disagree with #3. You shouldn't have to watch a tradesperson to expect quality work. They should be doing that whether or not you are watching them.