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Jan
19
comment Do I need to brace joists after removing basement ceiling?
On top of that, plaster and lathe ceilings are HEAVY, so you're actually reducing the load by removing it. FWIW, when I took down the laths and plaster ceiling in our last basement, all the joists were still properly cross braced underneath.
Jan
17
comment How can I deep clean grout in my kitchen?
might be easier to scrape them out and just regrout.
Jan
17
comment How would I go about building this bed frame myself?
any change you have a larger picture? Without knowing more, odd are you build that like you would a table, albeit with a possible center support and a slatted top rather than solid. FYI, an easy way to implement the slats is to buy the slats from Ikea.
Jan
17
comment Should I cut-in the whole room at once, or only the portion I'm working on?
Maybe it's regional, but 'cutting in' refers to using a brush to paint a clean line along the edges of the painted surface (wall borders, window frames, etc.) before painting 'the field' with a roller. This is opposed to using masking tape for everything.
Jan
15
comment How can I vent moisture from a small pump house?
What is the concern with moisture in this situation? Given you have a tank of water in the room, the room will alway be naturally humid to some extent. As for the insulation, having air vents into/out of the shed will negate the insulation to some extent (akin to keeping a window open in an insulated house)
Jan
14
comment How should I handle old wallpaper over top of lead paint?
If it were a 100 year old plaster wall, I'd consider trying to keep it, but in this case, I agree with bib. New sheetrock on top is likely the easiest route to take. It will require extending our outlet boxes (not a big deal, you can find extenders for those) and possibly tweaking your window and door casings (that might take a bit more work, but certainly doable)
Jan
14
comment How can I vent moisture from a small pump house?
Can you draw a diagram? I'm having trouble piecing all this info together. Why r-30 insulation on a shed you are planning to put an air in take into? Also, if it's storing water, there's no real way to get rid of moisture.
Jan
14
comment Is this wall load bearing?
to be fair, I think it's holding up the shower curtain rod as well.
Jan
14
comment Is this wall load bearing?
Are you asking about the wall that does not connect to the ceiling? If so, it can't be load bearing...as there's no load to bear.
Jan
14
comment Does Pex tubing have any advantages over copper?
I'm a huge fan of SharkBites--at least for DIY repairs. I don't know if I'd do a whole house in it (due to the cost) but they are absolutely the best thing for small projects--as well as connecting PEX to existing copper.
Jan
11
comment Why is a single walled pipe not used for wood stove exhaust pipe on upper floors?
In double-high great rooms where you often see a wood stove with a two story vent pipe, would those ever be single walled or are those likely also double walled?
Jan
11
comment Why is a single walled pipe not used for wood stove exhaust pipe on upper floors?
'doh. I need to start looking at dates more often so I'm not responding to a post from 3 years ago. :)
Jan
11
comment Why is a single walled pipe not used for wood stove exhaust pipe on upper floors?
I'm thinking that could easily be prevented, though @BMitch. For example, via a perforated outer pipe.
Jan
10
comment How to tell if carpet is destroyed after a flood?
If it's clean water, and it wasn't wet for very long, and you can fully dry it, you might be OK. But if it was gray water, I'd toss it all.
Jan
10
comment I have an old house (100 yrs) up off the ground and in the past year the wood floors have began to sag where the boards meet
What do you mean 'where the boards meet'?
Jan
7
comment Using PEX for baseboard run
I believe you can. Check with the manufacturer first, of course, but it should work fine. It's likely just overkill for domestic hot/cold water.
Jan
6
comment Installing wall shelves- Crumbling walls
Those look like they'd handle vertical loads well, but not so sure about lateral/pull-out loads that a shelf may add (depending on the type of shelf, of course).
Jan
6
comment wonder why my cable have this split on?
and, FWIW, if the cable is spliced PRIOR to the cable modem, odds are they aren't 'hacking' via that method.
Jan
6
comment Installing wall shelves- Crumbling walls
given the era, my guess is they are either concrete or concrete block walls. Any chance you could post a photo?
Jan
5
comment Do I have to replace backerboard before tiling a floor?
If the glue is spread out quite a bit, you'll have issues getting the tile to adhere to the backer board. If it's just spots here and there, you're probably OK.