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Jun
15
comment Can you install a wall ontop of a travertine floor?
You certainly can. You may really annoy the next owner that decides to remove the tile, but that's their problem. :)
Jun
15
comment How do i resurface my concrete patio?
@user379468 probably. De-icing salt is bad for concrete. Avoid using it if you can. As for drainage, they are raised and designed to easily drain, but what will mostly matter is that your concrete is properly sloped in the first place.
Jun
4
comment Amperage required for new sub panel
I'd hope one doesn't use the hot tub and welder at the same time. That's a recipe for disaster. :)
Jun
4
comment Paint adherence on fiberglass door. Does it need time to 'cure'? Can I top-coat it?
"This paint has a 4 week cure" = wow! That could be the issue. We took the storm door off when we installed the door and replaced with a plain screen door, so that's not the issue. We did paint both sides. The inside is a different paint, but does seem a bit 'harder' than the exterior paint.
Jun
4
comment Does the law require sheetrock on interior walls in a house?
Sheetrock is cheap. If he doesn't want to pay for the labor of proper installation, just put up the sheetrock sans tape/mud and put the panelling over it.
Jun
3
comment How to hang very heavy (marble, granite, quartz, etc.) shelves on drywall and studs?
@user24147's link is what I'd suggest using as well--assuming you want 'hidden' brackets. You're going to have to open up the wall to attach them to the wide-side of the stud. And if you're opening up the wall, you might as well beef up the wall by adding sistered studs. How many shelves per wall are you wanting to add?
Jun
2
comment Paint adherence on fiberglass door. Does it need time to 'cure'? Can I top-coat it?
@AloysiusDefenestrate I can confirm that it's just the paint...the primer is adhering fine.
Jun
2
comment Is Solar Heating of Pool worth it? Especially after Time of Use (TOU) electric rates are introduced?
I like @Ecnerwal's idea. If you're heating with solar, might as well power the pump with solar. The bonus is that the pump will be powered exactly when the sun is out to heat it. (Plus, not sure of local rules, but if you put a big enough panel on the roof, you may get to sell back power at the TOU rate...)
Jun
1
comment While vacationing, is it worth augmenting AC with a dehumifier?
An air conditioning unit and a dehumidifier are pretty much the same thing. The only difference is that one ejects the hot air to the outside.
May
29
comment Bathroom Sink Doesn't Drain (It ISN'T Blocked)
What do you mean 'changed the seal'? Did you change the plumbing under the sink? Was it a p-trap? Do you have pictures?
May
29
comment How can I level and finish a slanted deck that was enclosed?
FWIW, linoleum is still widely available and used (and preferred in a lot of cases)
May
28
comment how to carry 20ft lumbers to home
Yes, I agree...as a rafter tie, it's not much an issue vs. it being a load bearing beam.
May
28
comment how to carry 20ft lumbers to home
I am not any sort of structural engineer. However, I believe what you are looking at there are 2x4s acting as rafter ties. What's actually supporting your roof are the walls of your garage. These rafter ties are there to 'pull' the walls together so they don't bow out. The load they are under is via their length laterally. They are being 'pulled' along their horizontal length rather than being pushed down perpendicularly. I don't think adding a long 2X4 will do anything in this situation.
May
28
comment deck post design
When you say 'posts' are you actually referring to the concrete footers? Those are typically called 'piers'. You'll want to use option #1, as there's no easy way--especially DIY--to get the piers all perfectly level with each other. As for concrete being stronger...that may be true in compression, but you'd have very little lateral strength with tall concrete piers.
May
28
comment how to carry 20ft lumbers to home
Though I would never consider a 2x4 a beam, you certainly don't want to split beams unless you also put a support column under the joint (and/or use some engineered steel plates)
May
28
comment how to carry 20ft lumbers to home
Beams don't usually support roofs. The walls do. Can you share a picture?
May
25
comment Are steel exterior doors reversible?
To clarify, I meant flipping left opening to right opening. Not the direction it opens. In the end, though I decided it was easier to just buy a new door.
May
25
comment Are steel exterior doors reversible?
Sorry, I meant reversing the swing--from left to right--not from inward to outward. In the end, though, I realized that it just wan't worth the hassle. I just bought a new double hung that opens the way we prefer. :)
May
22
comment 3" conduit with many bends - is it worth to build it?
Are the bends inside the wall? If so, how do you plan to install? are you opening up the wall?
May
20
comment Open appliance which has a flat round disk as a screw head, no recess at all
looks like a rivet of some sort. Might be able to drill them out.