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Husband, Father, Technologist, Gardener, DIYer, Runner, Tea-Drinker...


Jul
5
comment How can I attach normal framed walls in between concrete columns?
Not necessarily, just a different approach taken to achieve a good fixing for the frame if you ask me. How was the collar/strap attached to the concrete columns? If you're not comfortable with concrete anchors then I guess you need a solution that does make you comfortable...
Jul
4
comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
@sebf, "I have never heard of someone dieing as a direct result of poor DIY.", then you are very! lucky. Please don't ask me to go into gory details here, I will ignore such requests.
Jul
4
comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
@sebf, my comment was not meant to cause offence (or be confrontational), nor was I taken aback by your comment. I was only stating my personal opinion.
Jul
4
comment Does this 2x4 support my gable ridge?
@Ben, I'm not being sarcastic when I say this (I mean no offence), it sounds like you know what you are talking about, therefore I would say you really know in your heart of hearts what the proper cause of action is. I have also added an additional thought to my answer...
Jul
4
comment How do I render over a DPC (damp proof course)?
@Walker, I wouldn't recommend using a "Render Expansion Joint" over the DPC. Why? The DPC acts as a natural horizontal movement joint, a "Render Expansion Joint" in your particular situation will only allow movement vertically, thus you greatly increase the risk of cracking in your render around that joint area. Also by using an "External Bellcast Bead" you will gain the benefit of forming a drip edge (do not underestimate the effectiveness of such simple feature).
Jul
4
comment How do I render over a DPC (damp proof course)?
@Walker, done! please see here: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/3796/…
Jul
3
comment How do I render over a DPC (damp proof course)?
@Walker Bridging the DPC is just asking for problems (IMHO). One possible solution might be applying "External Bellcast Bead" just above the DPC (this will form a drip edge) and applying "External Render Stop Bead" just below the DPC (this will allow you to render a plinth from just below external ground level, up to just below the DPC), thus not actually bridging the DPC. Regardless of the rendering solution implemented you really need to address the high external ground level in relationship to the PDC.
Jul
3
comment How do I render over a DPC (damp proof course)?
@ChrisF I believe you are referring to "External Render Stop Bead" or "External Bellcast Bead", please correct me if I am wrong on this.
Jul
3
comment Wood knots showing through gloss paint on knotty pine doors despite applying knotting solution prior to painting
honest answer I don't know. When painting new wood I have always used the procedure I outlined in my initial comment (plus used a knotting solution prior to painting) and have never experienced the problem you are currently experiencing (touch-wood)...
Jul
3
comment How do I render over a DPC (damp proof course)?
how far past (down over) the DPC does the render go? Personally if it was me, I would lower the paving so the top of paving is 150mm (min) below the DPC & the paving falls away from the house (structure).
Jul
3
comment How do I ventilate a bathroom through a small window?
this won't solve your real problem (the need to adequate ventilation), but it may provide some help, have you looked at "trickle vents"? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trickle_vent
Jul
3
comment How do I ventilate a bathroom through a small window?
seeing as the condo are being so unaccommodating to such a reasonable (& proper) request, do they have a workable solution they recommend and allow?
Jul
3
comment How do I ventilate a bathroom through a small window?
is that because of a condo rule or some other reason? Just wanting to fully understand what you can't take that approach.
Jul
3
comment Wood knots showing through gloss paint on knotty pine doors despite applying knotting solution prior to painting
after applying the knot sealer solution did you then paint the doors with wood primer (1 coat), undercoat (1 coat), then finally gloss (normally 2 coats)?
Jul
3
comment How do I ventilate a bathroom through a small window?
seeing as you have a window, why can't you install a standard fan that extracts through the outside (window) wall?
Jul
3
comment Where to find glass 'support' requirements?
@sebf, no offence to yourself or anyone else that might read this, but the average Joe on the street is not in the right position (have the necessary education/experience) to fully comprehend such a document and everything else that is associated with it. If an average Joe used said document to design a piece of glass and got it wrong (because they don't fully understand what is truly involved) the ramification could be very! damaging. That is why I fully stand by my initial answer/suggestion that a qualified structural engineer should be employed to perform such a professional task.
Jul
3
comment How can I repair my vinyl skirting?
@Bobnix, "held in place by .5"x6" spikes" does that mean 1/2inch long nails @ 6inch centres? Can you see or workout where the vertical timber wall studs are (normally on 16inch centers)?
Jul
2
comment Best way to flash an EPDM rubber roof on a concrete roof deck?
@Shimon, good to hear you got the rubber roof installed. Would it be possible to amend your original question (or answer it) so that the community can learn from your experience? Thank you :)
Jul
2
comment Crawlspace Drainage
@Kenneth, when I said "their product is only for "external" property use" I meant it was my understanding their product was designed/meant as a prevention barrier to water entering a building space (not as a means of getting water out of a building space, but if NDS say differently I stand corrected. Also, will NDS not answer your installation question? If no, I must say that represents terrible customer service from them...