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Apr
18
comment Will rubber pavers hold up against Wisconsin winters?
Good point about shoveling...not just leaving marks, but I wonder if it's hard to shovel in general...would the rubber 'catch' the shovel blade more often? Can it stand up to 'chopping ice' tasks? Seems like the physical act of shoveling might be a bigger enemy to rubber pavers than the snow and ice.
Apr
18
comment Will rubber pavers hold up against Wisconsin winters?
Also, if safety is the main concern, I'd perhaps consider a more temporary solution for a few years...such as a pea gravel or wood bark path instead.
Apr
18
comment Will rubber pavers hold up against Wisconsin winters?
Kids live in a world of concrete. I don't know if I'd worry too much about one walkway. FYI, I used concrete pavers in MN and they survived many winters (that said, you don't want to salt concrete if you can avoid it.)
Apr
17
comment What are these fixation claws called?
What Steven said. This is likely a proprietary system. See if you can locate a product name/logo on any of the parts. (Looks like an interesting system, btw. Let us know if you figure out what it is!)
Apr
16
comment How to remove construction adhesive from concrete?
What is your ultimate end-goal with the floor?
Apr
14
comment How much movement is normal after mounting a TV on partition wall?
I've been told that metal studs aren't always directly attached to the top-plate and sole-plate (as they just let the sheetrock hold them up). That could contribute a bit to the 'elasticity'.
Apr
12
comment Does cork flooring underlayment have to be glued down?
oh wait...I think I get it now...are you suggesting I tape the seams of the underlayment together? That makes sense! And you are right, not too much work.
Apr
12
comment Does cork flooring underlayment have to be glued down?
How would that happen with the floor on top? Think a few staples through the ends would suffice?
Apr
12
comment Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?
@BradMace thanks for the links! Not sure why I didn't even mention Building Science Corp's work as that is the source I used (via Fine Home Building).
Apr
11
comment Can I use engineered I joists as studs in a wall?
Engineered joists are engineered to act as joists. Sounds like you need engineered studs instead.
Apr
10
comment What protection is needed to access the crawlspace under the house?
It really comes down to how 'icky' you think spiders, mice and rats are. ;)
Apr
10
comment What alternate ways are there to get into a garage when you don't have the opener?
Cut a whole in the side of the garage the same size as a door. Then, when you're done, stick a door in that hole.
Apr
10
comment How to narrow a closet door opening?
"cheapest/easiest solution" = buy a fancier curtain to hang. (IMHO, bifold doors are cheap feeling and would much prefer a nice curtain)
Apr
9
comment When can I seal the picnic table I made from pressure treated lumber?
I don't know enough about composite decking but in general, you are typically eating off plates and and such so I wouldn't worry too much. But if the top is composite, I'm not sure I'd worry about sealing the PT part at all. Just leave it as is.
Apr
9
comment When can I seal the picnic table I made from pressure treated lumber?
@Tester101 I have no particular opinion on its safety. Just pointing out that the new stuff doesn't use arsenic.
Apr
9
comment When can I seal the picnic table I made from pressure treated lumber?
@Tester101 while I probably wouldn't use PT myself for a table, most PT (at least in the US) is now ACQ rather than Arsenic based.
Apr
9
comment When can I seal the picnic table I made from pressure treated lumber?
Note that you can't use plain galvanized hardware on PT lumber. You need to go with hot-dipped hardware (or hardware explicitly labeled for ACQ use). As for 'that stuff' if it says you don't have to wait, I guess you don't. The reason to wait is typically that PT lumber is sopping wet and needs plenty of time to fully dry out.
Apr
9
comment How can I fix a bathtub refinishing debacle?
If it's truly epoxy, I don't think you'll have much luck getting it off short of grinding it all out. If you have the time/energy, I suppose that's an option. At this point, it might be saner to just go find a different tub and replace it.
Apr
8
comment How should I attach the cable of a cable-supported shelf?
That's definitely a better scenario. The trouble with roofing trusses is that they're really designed to hold up just the roof and some nominal amount above and beyond that. This is just me, but I'd probably opt for a solution that uses the concrete slab as the support...perhaps using iron pipes rather than cable.
Apr
8
comment How should I attach the cable of a cable-supported shelf?
yes, the problem with the cable option is you have more 'weakest link' scenarios. The truss, the bolt, the cable, the turnbuckle, the clamp, the bolt on the shelf, etc.