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Oct
12
comment What mortar should I use for 8x10 and mosaic wall tile?
Flexbond and Fortified are the same thing. They're polymer-modified thinsets, generally referred to as "modified" thinsets as opposed to "unmodified" cementitious thinsets. You generally want to use modified unless you have a specific reason not to, like DITRA or KERDI or large-format tiles. For the mosiac, which is usually thinner than body tile, you'll want to tile above and below the area where you're using the mosaic and use thinset to "build up" a little bit, let it harden, and then apply the mosaic to the built up area with the same thinset.
Oct
7
answered Can two circuits' neutrals be tied together (not a single neutral wire, but two that have been connected)?
Oct
5
comment I modified a nail-in electrical box to use screws instead of nails. Is there some code that prevents that?
I agree, Tester, there's a risk of the box not meeting either 314.23(B)(1) -or- 314.43. Which is too bad. That's much nicer than the adjustable depth boxes that I've been using.
Oct
3
comment How do I wire this kitchen fluorescent ceiling fixture?
Actually, most brand new fluorescent fixtures won't even light up without a ground attached to the body of the fixture. Found that out last weekend the hard way -- someone had cut the ground that ran to the fixture at the other end of the line in the box with the switch.
Oct
3
comment Does water dripping through my soffit indicate a problem?
Yeah, the roof at the place we are renting in Houston looks just as bad -- which is how I learned about how much is wrong with the pictures you posted. We have three layers of shingles over dry-rotted cedar shingles and no decking; I would not suggest walking on the roof that's installed in our rental. :-P Not much you can do in a rental unless it damages your stuff. And not renew the lease.
Oct
2
revised Does water dripping through my soffit indicate a problem?
Added why I think the sheathing is damaged just looking at exterior pictures.
Oct
2
revised Does water dripping through my soffit indicate a problem?
s/dam/shield/g
Oct
2
answered Does water dripping through my soffit indicate a problem?
Oct
2
answered What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?
Oct
2
comment What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?
Cory, I definitely agree. One sec and I'll post the solution I came up with.
Oct
1
comment What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?
If I need one, I've got no problem with using a bonding agent... I'm just not sure if it's the right approach. I'm trying to figure out if I should fill the entire hole with a latex/portland cement product without aggregate (which I know I'll need for the crack repair); or use a bonding agent and quickrete, or something in between.
Oct
1
comment What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?
Actually, I'll be laying a layer of DITRA and then tiling with a medium-bed mortar and a lot of care. I don't think Cement board is rated for the kind of application you suggest by the NTCA; you need to affix cement board to the slab somehow (screws or another cement product) and you'll typically end up with cracks where the pieces of cement-board meet due to the differential expansion and contraction.
Oct
1
answered Do you need primer between layers of paint?
Oct
1
revised What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?
Fixed title
Oct
1
comment What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?
The red marked area is the hollow sounding area; I should note that the hole is now large enough to encompass the hollow sounding area. This picture was taken a few hours ago.
Oct
1
asked What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?
Sep
30
comment What should I use to transition from tiles to hard wood floor?
I wouldn't use sanded latex caulk; it collects dirt way too easily. I would use silicone. I personally prefer Latasil, which is made for flooring and shower applications and acts as a movement joint as well.
Sep
28
comment How do I raise light switches so my kids can't keep toggling the light?
Voted to close -- belongs on parenting.stackexchange.com
Sep
11
comment Do I have to remove the old thinset before installing new tile?
Extra upvote for MC Hammer.
Sep
9
comment How can I resheathe behind brick fascia without removing the brick?
Shimon - It would be time consuming to remove the old brick without breaking it, and it would be impossible to match the old brick with a new brick (I've tried for some other repairs I wanted to do...) -- so yes, I'm still going back and forth on the brilliant vs. crazy myself, but have yet to find a solid answer.