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Oct
12
comment Particular wood filler suitable for oil finish?
@paperstreet I suppose I should have mentioned that! It's going to be the top of a built-in credenza spanning the length of one wall. About 12' long at 15" deep.
Oct
12
comment Particular wood filler suitable for oil finish?
Thanks! So it sounds like there's nothing in particular with an oil finish vs. type of filler...use what works, eh?
Oct
10
comment How can I stop my basement from filling with water?
If you've already tried all the solutions, then I think the next option is to move.
Oct
3
comment Radon test results came back as 1.7 pCi/L, is it safe to exercise in my basement?
Though...while you may only be there for a few ours, you'd be breathing really hard as you're exercising. And that's the danger of radon.
Sep
27
comment Can I replace a bit of a cinder block wall with wood post to support a deck?
What is the purpose of that wall?
Sep
27
comment Floating workbench
Related question: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/49153/…
Sep
27
comment Floating workbench
can you include a sketch/drawing? Much easier to picture what you are aiming for.
Sep
25
comment How can I insulate my basement on a budget?
I should note that their opinion of permeability has changed a bit over the years. They now don't consider permeability of the insulation a requirement. However, they still recommend XPS or EPS foam boards.
Sep
25
comment How can I insulate my basement on a budget?
Here's what Building Science recommends: buildingscience.com/documents/bareports/…
Sep
25
comment How can I insulate my basement on a budget?
Actually, some of this goes against modern building science recommendations. Namely that insulation is NOT meant to block all moisture. In fact, they actually recommend EPS and XPS because it does allow for some moisture permeability.
Sep
24
comment Custom pocket door with insulation, water pipes and tile!
well, what's the difference between building a really fat pocket door wall vs. a normal wall with an exterior barn door? I suppose in your situation, you're really building two walls sandwiched together. If that works for your needs, I suppose it works. That said, I really don't think the insulation will gain you any benefit here. Might just want to skip that part.
Sep
24
comment Custom pocket door with insulation, water pipes and tile!
Insulation won't do much for sound in this situation. You can barely run electrical in a typical pocket door frame--I don't see how you'd be able to run plumbing at all. If you want to put mechanicals in the wall, then consider not putting the door in the wall and use a barn door instead.
Sep
23
comment How can I support a desk without legs or brackets
those appear to be for aerials. You need something like this: dropforyou.com/Metal-T-Bracket.html (but bigger)
Sep
23
comment How can I support a desk without legs or brackets
A 'T' bracket is a piece of plate steel in the shape of a 'T'. Quite common at any hardware store--but not likely at the size you'd need. For the size you need, you will likely need to go to a local fabricator/welder to have them made for you.
Sep
23
comment Using PEX for a water heating system
I agree with most all of this, but one exception: the Sharkbite connectors--at least thus far--seem to be holding their own reliability-wise in the industry. I don't know that there's any evidence that they leak any more than soldered copper joints.
Sep
23
comment How can I support a desk without legs or brackets
"On Center"--meaning there should be 16" from the center of one stud to the center of the next.
Sep
23
comment How can I support a desk without legs or brackets
I'm not an engineer so would likely overbuild. I'd use t-brackets 16" OC (to match the stud wall). Maybe 1/8" steel with 18" stems.
Sep
23
comment How can I get warm water from my garden hose?
"Opening valves halfway" to mix hot/cold is how plumbing has worked for well over a hundred years already.
Sep
23
comment How can I support a desk without legs or brackets
Yes, it can be hidden...a wall is typically the easiest way to hide it. You could possibly attach a t-bracket to the existing concrete, but that would potentially be more difficult than just building out a stud wall in the first place.
Sep
23
comment Do I need a vapor barrier in an exterior basement wall if I use purple drywall?
This is not recommended in basements anymore. See iLikeDirt's link to building science.