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Oct
27
comment Is it safe to use Greenboard drywall in a shower?
I think it'd be easier to traverse the Amazon, cross the Panama Canal, fight off the Mexican drug cartel, and then find a Home Depot in Texas to pick up some cement board than to deal with hot tar in a bathroom. But maybe that's just me. ;)
Oct
27
comment Is it safe to use Greenboard drywall in a shower?
that sounds like a rubber or asphalt based membrane. Common for roofs. Not sure it's used that much for interior tiles. For interior tiling, the Schluter range of products has become really popular. They are waterproof membranes designed specifically for baths and kitchens: schluter.com
Oct
27
comment Is it safe to use Greenboard drywall in a shower?
That's pretty much what Redgard is. So you likely have comparable products down there. Note that tiles + grout is not waterproof. Grout will suck up water. You can seal it, which you should, but even then, there's no guarantee that you'll get it 100% waterproof. That's why you really need to waterproof the substrate the tile is being attached to--especially with sheetrock, as once the sheetrock gets wet, then you're tile will basically just fall right off.
Oct
27
comment What do I need to do to raise a subfloor?
I think he means it's a floating floor (because it's an engineered floor) so don't have to worry about glue/nails.
Oct
27
comment What do I need to do to raise a subfloor?
that's an interesting option! I'll need to look into that.
Oct
27
comment Step up converter for TV and home cinema set
I'm not sure European audio systems are compatible with Geddy Lee
Oct
23
comment Is it a good idea to put 1/4" XPS under engineered floors?
No info in their instructions and no reply to my email yet, but you're probably right. Will attempt to call next.
Oct
22
comment What is the proper deck footing depth in Connecticut?
Call the local building codes office. They'll let you know.
Oct
22
comment Can I store unused hardwood floor and base trim in a shed (or garage)?
Engineered floors typically have a 'max humidity' level that they tolerate, but I think that's based on it being installed. So, it may have no effect on flooring that hasn't been installed yet (aside from maple's valid point that regardless of where you store it, you need to acclimate it to the installation space prior to final installation).
Oct
22
comment Is it a good idea to put 1/4" XPS under engineered floors?
They do make it--at least I think do. I know I've used really thin XPS before (mainly as a thermal break between metal framing and concrete)
Oct
22
comment How to address mold/moss on newer roof?
Around here, mossy spots are rare. It's typically a full green carpet. I admittedly don't know how much damage it really does. On bad roofs, though, the moss is acting more as a 'net' for other organic material to built up and you sometimes can find full plants growing amongst the moss on a roof.
Oct
22
comment Is it a good idea to put 1/4" XPS under engineered floors?
I guess that could be the case, but XPS, under the distributed load of flooring seems extremely sturdy.
Oct
21
comment Where can I store outdoor patio or deck furniture over the winter?
it's a trade off. But during the winter, the air is extremely dry, so very little moisture in the air. Take the tarp off after snow melt.
Oct
21
comment Where can I store outdoor patio or deck furniture over the winter?
throw a tarp over it?
Oct
21
comment What should I build a bench out of?
indoor or outdoor?
Oct
21
comment Door replacement - will door still be solid after cutting?
I'm sure that's true. Just saying the original intent of hollow core doors is that they simply are cheaper to make.
Oct
21
comment Door replacement - will door still be solid after cutting?
"in order to make it lighter/easier to open and close" = it's mainly just to make it cheaper and easier to install (therefore, cheaper to install). I loathe them myself, though will admit these days there are 'tolerable' hollow core options out there. ;)
Oct
16
comment How should I remove the texture from the ceiling *without* tearing it out?
Well, if you're only debating sanding vs. skim coating, I'd just go right to skim coating, as you'd have to do that after sanding anyways. Might as well skip one of the two steps. I suppose one other option would be to apply yet-another texture on top of that. Would save a bit of time, but you'd still be left with a texture (though perhaps one easier to live with)
Oct
16
comment How can I build and install kitchen cabinets?
Sometimes the toeplate is integrated, sometimes it's a separate base. In either case, it's typically made of the same material as the cabinets...wood, ply or a laminate. Perhaps we North Americans don't wash our floors as good as we should. ;)
Oct
16
comment Are cheap electric brad nail guns worth it for fixing mouldings?
@bib to be nit-picky, pneumatic guns, by definition, are air powered. The compressor providing the air may be (and often is) electric powered, but doesn't have to be.