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Apr
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answered Sealing Ceiling holes
Apr
21
comment Why mate two boards instead of using one thicker board?
The main reasons to select 2x instead of 4x lumber are that it's cheaper, lighter weight, and easier to cut. According to engineeringtoolbox.com/… a PT 4x6 at 12ft weighs 84 lbs. Not light, but plausible to handle even as a solo worker.
Apr
21
comment How to properly fix these cracks in exterior window sill
Good advice. For the larger horizontal cracks, a self-leveling polyurethane masonry sealer (e.g. lowes.com/pd_332520-286-866031_0__?productId=3231696) may be a bit easier to use, as it will flow into the horizontal cracks. You may still want to tool it a bit for appearance. Something like OSI Quad is more general purpose and probably the best bet if you only need one tube.
Apr
19
answered How to remove excess nail hole filler
Apr
19
comment How do I remove old drylok?
What's your goal here? If you just want a fresh coat and the existing waterproofing is working well, you can apply latex paint over drylok. If you need to patch areas first, hydraulic cement and new drylok makes sense. As @isherwood said, there's no point to removing well-bonded areas of existing waterproofer.
Apr
7
answered When re-roofing and doing a tear-off do I have replace the roof deck with plywood?
Apr
7
answered I have a light fixture with a green a white and a black wire. What is the green for?
Apr
7
reviewed Approve When re-roofing and doing a tear-off do I have replace the roof deck with plywood?
Apr
5
revised Wall plastering in Taiwan: Plaster sets VERY fast (10-15min). What can I do?
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Apr
5
comment What should I do with misaligned sink pipes
New question. If you adjust the gray nut, can you lower the upper plastic piece down and then retighten it in a lower position around the tailpiece (coming down from the sink drain)? If so, then you have some flexibility on the height of the upper piece, and you can cut & re-attach the pipe that rises from the floor to reduce its height, then adjust this around the tailpiece to match it.
Apr
4
answered Wall plastering in Taiwan: Plaster sets VERY fast (10-15min). What can I do?
Apr
4
comment What should I do with misaligned sink pipes
I mean the white plastic part -- if you cut that down could you still attach it to the tail piece? But also, metal tailpieces are also designed to be cut to length (with a hacksaw).
Apr
4
comment What should I do with misaligned sink pipes
Normally the tailpiece coming down from the sink drain can be adjusted or cut to length. If you loosen the white plastic nut (below the gray nut, below the sink drain) can you remove the pipe that goes down from the drain and cut it to length?
Apr
4
revised Hydronic heat radiators not used for long time - should they be drained?
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Apr
4
answered Hydronic heat radiators not used for long time - should they be drained?
Apr
4
comment What kind of board can span 16 ft for a wall pergola
@ChrisCudmore I agree with you. Question about the insurance comment - are ill-conceived building projects executed by homeowners routinely cause for cancellation of homeowners insurance policies or denial of claims? I hear this type of statement often but as far as I know the thing that gets you in trouble is malice, not incompetence.
Apr
4
comment What kind of board can span 16 ft for a wall pergola
You say you've placed 2 6x6 beams, but do you mean columns? Beams are horizontal members (perhaps you've cantilevered them out from a building?) but it sounds like you mean placed columns, similar in function to the stone columns in your picture.
Mar
31
answered Can I use a single insulated wire to upgrade knob-and-tube?
Mar
29
answered 3 zone boiler heat, one zone is too hot
Mar
24
comment How to repair rotten plywood board under vinyl bay/bow window?
The plywood is not recessed at all... it just looks recessed because the rot around the edges is dark and creates a shadow effect. The white edge is just a piece of extruded-L-shaped molding that wraps the side/bottom of the rotting plywood board. There have been plants and some interior drips perhaps, but nowhere near the sort of consistent rate of them that would create this type of rot (and the interior window sill is in OK shape).