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Mar
4
comment What are the pros and cons of adding a vapor barrier behind shower backer board?
@DMoore not all backer boards are the same and they're not all rated to be moisture barriers. Whether one should have a separate moisture barrier is highly debatable, of course, and is why I tend to vote for the 'inside' method ala Redgard to get around the whole debate.
Mar
4
comment Black Holes Appearing in Oak Floor
call it patina. :)
Mar
4
comment What are the pros and cons of adding a vapor barrier behind shower backer board?
@virtualxtc it depends on the system you are installing, but most modern tubs have a lip that the plastic and cement board would overlap. Whether or not to caulk that spot is debatable. Some say that you want any water behind to eventually drain. Other's say that water should never get there to begin with and the plastic is just a last line of defense. (FWIW, I push Redgard as a better alternative, as the waterproofing is now closer to the water)
Mar
4
comment What are the pros and cons of adding a vapor barrier behind shower backer board?
While I agree the waterproofing should be on the inside as much as possible (I've used Redgard and like it) the use of plastic sheeting behind the cement board has been common practice (at least in the US) for a long time and may even be code in places (if you're not using the alternatives you've listed)
Mar
1
comment What direction should laminate flooring be placed in?
the reason floors are typically done in one direction rather than another is a) aesthetics (most say it looks best going the long dimension) and b) labor (there's fewer cuts that have to be made if you lay it in the long direction)
Mar
1
comment Widening a garage door
Garage DOOR width or is that the entire width of your garage? If the latter, I'd say that's not a garage designed for a car. That's more of a storage shed or bike garage.
Feb
23
comment How do I season wood on my own?
If it's teak, I sure hope it's not for firewood! :)
Feb
22
comment Should a timer switch 'reduce' load?
Update: Kudos to Home Depot. They let me exchange it even though I bought it about a year ago.
Feb
17
comment What materials and spacing should I use for ceiling joists/strapping in this conversion?
spacing would likely be 16" OC. As for what to use for strapping (studs are for walls) it would depend on the spacing between joists.
Feb
17
comment How should I prepare a plywood subfloor for floating vinyl plank flooring?
FWIW, plywood should only swell if it's soaked in water and even then, it's mainly on the exposed edges. Particle board, on the other hand...
Feb
13
comment How safe is having my boiler in my daughter's bedroom?
In addition to all of the above, they're also just plain noisy. I can't think of a worse place to put it than a bedroom. Any chance you can repurpose the bedroom and move her to another room?
Feb
11
comment What to do first in a house with poor thermal performance and high energy bills
Fix the air leaks first.
Feb
5
comment Where to locate moisture barrier in engineered hardwood floor sandwich placed over insulation board?
while R-value is always nice, the floor isn't really a major source of heat loss (compared to walls, windows and ceilings). Underfoot, it's less about R-value and really just about creating a thermal break between your stocking feet and the slab. So if space is a concern, I don't think you need to overdue it regardless of the insulated board type.
Feb
5
comment Where to locate moisture barrier in engineered hardwood floor sandwich placed over insulation board?
I'd consider XPS, and I believe, if the seams are taped, that will act as your barrier (not technically a barrier as much as a retarder, but essentially serving the same purpose in this particular instance). I'm never a fan of true moisture barriers in basements.
Jan
31
comment Should I remove, or work around dividing basement walls?
@mikebabcock it's a very valid concern. Conceret is essentially a sponge. If the wood is treated, you might be OK, but if you don't know, I'd definitely yank it out and do it right.
Jan
31
comment Should I remove, or work around dividing basement walls?
My preferred method of finishing basements: diy.stackexchange.com/a/8644/1209 In your case, if the wood studs touch the brick/concrete walls and floor with nothing in between, and especially if they're not treated, I'd be more worried about moisture wicking than insulation. If they are properly separated from direct contact via a membrane and/or they are treated studs, it's probably OK to leave them.
Jan
29
comment Is a hexagonal house feasible?
@FiascoLabs definitely. And the bigger ones can even be divided up into separate rooms (although you still have the issue of very few 90 degree corners...)
Jan
28
comment Is a hexagonal house feasible?
(That said, if you're looking to build inexpensively, and like the idea of round-ish dwellings, perhaps consider a yurt.)
Jan
28
comment Is a hexagonal house feasible?
I'm not sure I follow how those 'obvious' advantages are different than via a square house. But yes, the reason people don't build them is that 90 degree corners are cheaper to build.
Jan
24
comment Any ideas on hiding a TV in a coffee table?
"is the only way to enjoy all the pixels" = perhaps...but can you enjoy the actual movie like that? :)