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Apr
22
comment Does UV exposure cause deterioration to PVC pipe which can lead to catastrophic failure?
Out of curiosity, where would you typically have large amounts of PVC exposed to sunlight?
Apr
22
comment Can I have an office in my basement without egress?
"Check with local code" is really the only answer we can give online. But yes, in my experience (which is only local to one area and one set of code), what triggered an egress window in a sub-level room was whether or not it had a built in closet. If it did, then it was flagges as a potential bedroom (now or in the future) and, as such, needed egress. An office--as long as there were no closet--wouldn't trigger that.
Apr
22
comment Bracing a rain barrel platform
Are those posts in concrete or buried several feet? If so, that might be what's providing the lateral bracing. But It wouldn't take anything to add a few diagonal braces so might as well do that.
Apr
22
comment how can I check to see if a 4" slab of concrete was actually poured?
4" of concrete doesn't really 'settle'. So what was poured is the thickness you'd be left with. As for the edges, that may not necessarily be the overall thickness depending on how well the base was prepared. As for cracking, that happens. There should have been expansion joints in the driveway that would control the cracking. If there weren't, that's a different issue than the thickness. It could also be that there was a poorly prepared based, settling out of their control, bad rebar, or all sorts of other issues. As for checking the actual depth, probably best to drill a hole in the center.
Apr
21
comment Time estimate for flooring, painting, closets, trim of 1500 SF home
We can't tell you what is reasonable or not without a whole lot of details.
Apr
21
comment Sanding screen vs Sandpaper for hardwood floor
Screens are usually for really fine grits where the residue would normally clog up sandpaper quickly (like sheetrock sanding). So, in general, you'd go with screens the finer your sanding is.
Apr
21
comment Best way to build floor above blacktop
Depends on the age/type/condition of the blacktop, but sometimes a pick or shovel can make quick work of blacktop.
Apr
21
comment Best way to build floor above blacktop
What are the walls sitting on? Is there an actual foundation around the perimeter of this carport?
Apr
21
comment Why can't some light bulbs be used with timers?
@longneck is that talking about timers or dimmers?
Apr
21
comment Why can't some light bulbs be used with timers?
I've never heard of a bulb that can't be used on a timer. Do you have an example?
Apr
10
comment Can I vent my dryer 'up'?
@Ecnerwal that's really the best solution. Make sure the dryer is backed up against an external wall. It's like that has to be taught to architects or something. :)
Apr
10
comment Can I vent my dryer 'up'?
(though...I do have to wonder why appliance manufacturers haven't come up with a better solution to the lint issue than the plastic screens in the dryer yet...)
Apr
10
comment Can I vent my dryer 'up'?
@Ecnerwal yea, I'm fine with cleaning. And with it in the attic, it's a whole lot easier to get to to clean than in the crawlspace. I did give it a slight down-slope towards the outside vent.
Apr
10
comment Can I vent my dryer 'up'?
I never thought of using a secondary trap. That's a good idea. Any particular type to look for?
Apr
9
comment Cost to replace “wall of glass” with sliding doors?
BTW, it's a gorgeous house. Looking at the top photo closer, I see handles on the glass already. I think those are large sliding glass doors. You'll need to likely get those custom built if you're replacing them. You'll need to talk to a window/door manufacturer to get some quotes.
Apr
9
comment Cost to replace “wall of glass” with sliding doors?
This is impossible to answer for a whole number of reasons...but assuming you're not going to Home Depot for off-the shelf options (as I think you really want to preserve the lines of this house) your'e likely looking at something closer to 50K for custom fabrication and installation.
Apr
8
comment Wainscoting a wall that has windows without casings. Is there a typical trim method?
I think this is great advice and pretty much agree with it in general. Alas, we ended up not casing the windows completely (see my answer elsewhere). We opted to do less rather than more (both in terms of decoration and labor :)
Apr
3
comment Bamboo floors with cats and dogs
We used a snap-lock engineered floating floor. The joints are amazingly tight. Our puppy peed and barfed more than a few times on it and it is (surprisingly) no worse for wear.
Apr
2
comment Can i use decrative tile board in my shower?
If you prefer sheet material, consider synthetic countertop surfaces like corian. Most of the companies sell in dimensions suitable for shower enclosures. Other options could include sheet metal (industrial looking) or glass (backpainted is nice).
Apr
1
comment Proper way to repaint aluminum rails
not with aluminum, but I've used the etching primer on galvanized materials. Based on that, don't expect 10 years on anything that will be used (ie, touched). I had to retouch annually. If you truly want a durable coating, you likely need to powder coat, which may or may not be a viable option.