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Jan
21
comment Attic insulation problem
Are you saying that your roof is metal applied directly to wood rafters? Wht climate are you in? Is the attic floor insulated? Can you provide some photos?
Jan
20
comment 1“ pex through 3” pvc conduit?
test it! create a PVC sweeping corner and see if your pex pipe can easily be fished through it.
Jan
20
comment splitting a water heater bill
If it can be, there's a major flaw in that one side could simply flip their breaker to off. They could still share the hot water, but not have to feed it electricity.
Jan
20
comment Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?
Remember that while burglars can smash the glass on your front door, they likely won't. For starters, it makes a lot of noise. And why go through the trouble of making all that noise at the front of your house near the street? If they're willing to make that kind of noise, they'll try a more inconspicuous entry point.
Jan
20
comment Asbestos in concrete foundation
It should be noted that if there is, it really isn't a hazard as it's encased in concrete.
Jan
16
comment How can I determine the date of manufacture of drywall?
I don't know, but would have to ask why...it's not like it goes bad. :)
Jan
15
comment Water in Basement - Help!
Do you know how high the water table is in your area? If it's a flood plain, there's a chance it's often above the slab or your basement...which, if true, means there's not a whole lot you can do.
Jan
12
comment How many coats of spray paint do I need?
I think this comes down to a matter of opinion. Typically, you put on as many coats as needed to pass the "this looks good to me" test.
Jan
11
comment Is stainless steel water piping more durable than copper?
Can you clarify? My understanding is galvanized steel and stainless steel are two different products. I've never heard of 'galvanized stainless steel'
Jan
11
comment How to repair water main after break
Your water main is PVC?
Jan
11
comment Backdraft issue w/bathroom exhaust and dryer connected to same air outlet
Just to be clear, you have a fan downstream from the dryer? That can be a bad idea unless it's a fan designed specifically for dryer vent lines.
Jan
11
comment Painting glass opaque black
All that said, careful spray painting should suffice.
Jan
11
comment Painting glass opaque black
As for only back-painting, note that can give you an odd reflection behind the ink (as the front surface reflects off the back surface). Sometimes that's OK, though many find that distracting.
Jan
11
comment Painting glass opaque black
Out of curiosity...would a black dry erase board work all that well? Maybe with yellow markers? But most would be too dark to be that legible.
Jan
9
comment What is the minimum thickness of foam board when insulating a basement
And to emphasize what iLike said about vapor barriers...the entire point of using foam boards in a basement is to prevent a vapor barrier. Foam is actually permeable and acts as a vapor retarder--but not barrier. As iLike state's, the main purpose is to prevent air migration so moist air doesn't come in contact with the cold concrete and condenses. But if it does...there's still enough permeability for it to eventually dry.
Jan
9
comment What is the minimum thickness of foam board when insulating a basement
I'd suggest still framing walls...metal studs preferably. Easier to attach drywall to than dealing with tapcons plus gives you a bit more freedom in terms of running mechanicals and electrical.
Jan
7
comment Why do lag screws have the unthreaded body between the head and the threads?
My understanding is that lag screw's shaft matches the threads is because they have to be pre-drilled. Since you want the hole larger than need be, the shaft is the same as the threads is the same as the hole. Structural screws on the other hand--which can be used when allowed in place of lag screws--have a consistent shaft size throughout for easier driving since they don't need to be pre-drilled.
Jan
7
comment Should I use spray foam to insulate a basement?
I know that's true in theory...but given that we had mildew growing on concrete in our old basement, I'd still be paranoid that SOMETHING was growing inside the wall :)
Jan
7
comment Should I use spray foam to insulate a basement?
@iLikeDirt...oh, true...good point about standing water. (though I think if I had standing water, I'd be paranoid and want to tear out everything below the water line anyways...)
Jan
7
comment Should I use spray foam to insulate a basement?
@EvilElf yes, sub-grade walls and floors are typically at that temp, but that temp tends to be too cold in winter (uncomfortable) and too cold in summer (allows for humid air to condense). The goal of the insulation is to separate the conditioned space from anything that is colder than the condensation point.