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General Building Contractor, Certified Home Inspector and Licensed EPA Renovator. I am winding down my years of pounding nails, building custom homes and additions, renovating kitchens and bathrooms, and converting cellars and attics into beautiful living spaces. I am doing more and more home inspections as my bones age and my back gives out. Now I find it easier to look objectively at home structures than to build them. My goal here on Stack Exchange is to help DIY'ers do it the right way and share my years of building experience with them. I may not always give the most popular answer, but I will always give my best informed advise.


Apr
2
comment Basement subfloor using p.t. sleepers and plywood?
What is the moisture situation at floor level? any history of water, or flooding? Sleeper and plywood is pretty old school, with all the new products out there. What is the finish floor material gonna be?
Mar
30
comment replacing 20 amp breaker which is the test breaker
A newbie inside a breaker box is very dangerous. Heed Jack's advice.
Mar
30
comment how to fix rotten exterior wall
Without actually seeing the extent of damage under the siding, it is very difficult to plan a course of action.
Mar
30
comment how to fix rotten exterior wall
You will have to inspect it when you take off some of the siding.. If it's rotted, you will need to jack the wall 1/4 inch and replace the sill with a PT sill. Don't put new stuff on a rotted sill.
Mar
30
answered How to prevent outdoor wall touching concrete fom getting moisture issues?
Mar
30
comment How to prevent outdoor wall touching concrete fom getting moisture issues?
the idea will be to correct the drainage so the water flows away form the building. hard to really tell from the pic.
Mar
30
comment How to remove turn-style tub overflow cover?
you may need to see it from the back side.
Mar
30
answered how to fix rotten exterior wall
Mar
30
comment How to prevent outdoor wall touching concrete fom getting moisture issues?
Drywall? looks like wood to me.
Mar
28
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
If you have the opportunity, replace the k&t wiring. It is ancient stuff and can be dangerous when degraded.
Mar
28
answered Is it safe to store an extension cord outside under a carport?
Mar
28
comment Why would a person get shocked by the front door handle?
I agree, only reason to light up a door is if a screw hit the hot wire in a cable in the wall.
Mar
27
comment How do I remove a pole that's rusted into a sleeve in the ground?
are you going to replace it? Or is it gone for good? A sawzall with a hack bimetal blade will solve your problem real fast!
Mar
27
comment Should I use oil primer underneath oil paint?
Generally speaking, enamels are a hard finish, usually glossy. they tend to be a higher quality with a more durable finish. Latex is using the term enamel alot now for the harder curing paints. I like enamels in rental properties for wear resistance, but I don't like the gloss on walls and never suggest it to a normal use residential customer. I like eggshell or satin for walls.
Mar
27
comment Is it acceptable to paint kitchen walls in alkyd?
by texture, I meant gloss level. Cabinets are usually done in a full or semi gloss and walls tend to be eggshell or satin finish. That stuff is personal preference however. PVA is a latex base product, high in vinyl acrylics, dries very fast so not to soak the paper on drywall. An excellent choice of primer for new rock. Test and area with the oil based product and let it cure for 24 hours. You may get away with it, but watch carefully for small wrinkles to develop.
Mar
27
comment Should I use oil primer underneath oil paint?
acrylic is the main and most expensive component in latex paint. Latex is almost a misnomer as there is little latex or water in "latex" paint. It is water soluble, but should never be thinned with water. the higher the percentage of pigments and acrylic in the paint, the higher the quality and usually the price. glad you had success with the Bins pigmented shellac.
Mar
27
answered Is it acceptable to paint kitchen walls in alkyd?
Mar
27
comment Should I use oil primer underneath oil paint?
In old work and over dark woods, I have had great results with pigmented shellac as a primer, sanded it is a fantastic base for latex paints. It is the best stain and odor blocker out there. We use it on burn jobs, pet urine damaged sub floors etc. It dries in no time. Clean up with denatured alcohol.
Mar
27
comment Should I use oil primer underneath oil paint?
Oil is fine if you can still find it. Due to the VOC laws, many paint companies don't offer it anymore. Getting harder to find every day. The improvement in acrylic based paints can rival oil, especially some high fill cabinet grade enamels from Sherwood Williams and Ben Moore.
Mar
27
answered Turning a mobile home with a basement into a recording studio