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Mar
23
comment How to repair rotten plywood board under vinyl bay/bow window?
I like the molding suggestion. On painting, parts of this are so rotted that I don't think it would hold paint well. How can I know if there is structural damage or if the bottom board is just a cover?
Mar
23
comment Repair paperless drywall or tear out and install new?
There is a bit of skill/practice to good skim-coating, but you can learn to do it. If it's too ugly, you just sand and redo. Alternatively, this is a small quick job for a professional mudder.
Mar
23
comment How to repair rotten plywood board under vinyl bay/bow window?
Also, the window is not a seat - it's about 3ft off the floor. Not sure if that affects how it would be structured, but I believe this bow window replaced a casement window that was previously in this opening. Regarding examining its construction -- how can I do that when it's all covered in vinyl? Remove interior trim?
Mar
23
revised How to repair rotten plywood board under vinyl bay/bow window?
add mention that the window is vinyl
Mar
23
comment How to repair rotten plywood board under vinyl bay/bow window?
This is a vinyl window. The only part that is visibly wood is the bottom (on both the exterior and interior). There may be wood structure inside the vinyl but the trim is all vinyl. Aside from the two big bolts in the corners, there are no screws/nails visible in the bottom board. The lower piece of vinyl trim actually wraps around the edge of the bottom board, so at some point it must have been laid in from above or the vinyl was wrapped around it later.
Mar
23
asked How to repair rotten plywood board under vinyl bay/bow window?
Mar
23
comment Utility Sink and Washing Machine Drain Pipe
I'm not sure on the limit for a gas line to the dryer. On the vent piping, it is simply done with 1.5" because that's adequate, allowed by code, and cheaper. Given that you're probably not a plumber with many different fittings and pipe sizes on hand, it might well be simpler to keep it all the same size
Mar
23
comment Overlap When Painting Stripes: Can I Sand?
Good ideas. For all of them, make sure you experiment to get the technique down. With sanding in particular, the grit of the paper will affect the final texture and gloss of the paint in the sanded area, and if you're using a glossy paint it could come out looking dull.
Mar
23
comment New grout yesterday, efflorescence today - what do I do?
If your goal is to dissolve the efflorescence but not the cement, wouldn't simple vinegar do the trick? Muriatic acid seems like overkill.
Mar
23
answered Need to find out if this is a load bearing wall on my second floor
Mar
23
answered Utility Sink and Washing Machine Drain Pipe
Mar
22
answered Replaced outlet still not working
Mar
22
comment Does it make sense to work on the hardwood floor first, not last?
Why would dust convect to the ceiling? Is dust somehow always less dense than air? Why would dust attract other allergens (more than gravity or other materials)? Even if you are building for a hypersensitive resident, would painting walls/ceiling after floor finishing be superior to mopping those surfaces?
Mar
22
comment Does it make sense to work on the hardwood floor first, not last?
What's the basis for the claims that (1) floor-sanding dust is a lingering allergen and (2) painting walls is an effective way to remove that allergen from the air? Yes, floor sanding is dusty, but does it produce some dangerous allergens that linger more than those generated through normal uses of a house, like cooking or using a fireplace? Perhaps there is something about floor sanding that demands this level of caution, in which case I'd like to know more about it.
Mar
22
answered Does it make sense to work on the hardwood floor first, not last?
Mar
16
comment Rogue "flushing' water pipe
Also what does a "tanked" basement mean?
Mar
16
comment Rogue "flushing' water pipe
Can you add a picture? It sounds like it might be a sump pump, as that's the typical "pumps out the side of the house" scenario, though that water is typically somewhat dirty. How does it make a drain overflow?
Mar
16
comment What could cause radon levels to be higher on the 3rd floor than the 1st and 2nd?
Relatedly, does anyone know how stable the measurement is? If you measured the first floor again would it read the same?
Mar
16
revised What's this stud type called and how should I drill for hanging a heavy item?
added 316 characters in body
Mar
16
comment What is this stuff in the attic?
If the fans are in the walls, they may also just vent out the side wall of the house - they don't have to go through the ceiling.