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Jun
22
comment Do bump outs on colonial homes typically have gutters?
You typically have gutters where you need them. A 20 square foot bump-out roof may not need them. Depends on other factors (what's underneath, the climate, etc)
Jun
21
comment Using Fence as a retaining wall
Note that there are different grates of pre-treated lumber. In this case, you need to ensure you are going with ground-contact PT.
Jun
21
comment Using Fence as a retaining wall
@David I updated my answer. I noticed you had posted photos after I had originally answered.
Jun
20
comment Pouring concrete, is it safe to add large rocks to increase volume?
This is correct assuming the earth drains well. I high-clay areas, you likely want to avoid below-grown timber all together.
Jun
20
comment Pouring concrete, is it safe to add large rocks to increase volume?
FWIW, a non-cemented a-frame supports (with screw ground anchors) is going to be much more stable than cemented vertical supports. Remember that a swingset has to take large lateral loads. I don't know how much cement you are using in the above, but you'll likely have to use quite a lot o make it stable.
Jun
16
comment How do i resurface my concrete patio?
It's the de-icing salt + freeze/thaw is often the problem. De-icing salt typically has chemicals other than salt that contributes to the problem. That said, spalling can also come from poorly set concrete. So there could be multiple root problems here.
Jun
15
comment What is the concept behind drywall studs?
wikipedia has this covered well: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_stud
Jun
15
comment Can you install a wall ontop of a travertine floor?
You can drill, or use a powder-actuated gun to drive nails in. The latter is more fun.
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.