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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
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
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
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
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
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).
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
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
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
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
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?