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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.


May
21
comment How should I finish the area around the gas line for my range?
By code, the valve must be on the exterior of the wall.
May
21
comment Filling deep gaps at corners of maple flooring
Sure sounds like a sloppy job. there are caulks especially for matching wood floor colors. you could use them, but I would be screaming to have it done right. Guess you learned that you normally get what you pay for. sorry.
May
21
comment Is this vertical gap in the concrete block foundation something to worry about?
small cracks in block foundations are pretty common on a house that age. I always look at both sides if possible and especially look for how much the blocks have displaced. Usually not a big deal if there is little to no displacement.
May
21
answered How to remove wires from doorbell
May
21
answered Should I expect a level ceiling when my kitchen was completely gutted?
May
21
answered Where do I attach the earth conductor on a plastic fixture?
May
21
comment How do I remove this exterior Water Valve cap?
Jack is right, don't mess with it. Even though it is on your property, it is owned by the water company and they will hold you responsible if you damage it. The piece you are prying on actually screws on and off with a special wrench.
May
21
comment Is this vertical gap in the concrete block foundation something to worry about?
before i could comment, i'd want to see the crack from the inside. Cracks from settling are common, so age, displacement of the crack, and other factors effect the diagnosis.
May
20
answered Is it code-compliant to attach a patio to the roof like this?
May
19
comment How can I correct a plywood cabinet door that bowed after painting?
highly unlikely that a top coat of latex paint over a sealed plywood slab would cause this bow. I find it hard to believe that latex paint drying is strong enough to bow 3/4 inch plywood. I suspect the general humidity of the room or some other influence exists.
May
19
comment Enamel Canned Spray Paint on interior trim?
He can also spray some of the paint into a small paper cup and use an artist brush to touch up.
May
19
comment Enamel Canned Spray Paint on interior trim?
Kilz is an oil based primer. most lacquers should work OK on it. Still test a small piece to be sure.
May
18
answered Enamel Canned Spray Paint on interior trim?
May
17
comment How to flatten the sagging OSB subfloor?
you do no thave to seal the subfloor unless is it spoiled with pet urine of something smelly. No brand names on the compound, they all work fine for what you need to do. Just make sure it is embossing filler, not leveler. Leveler is hard as stone and very difficult to cut off ridges and sand. Makes a mess, dust. If you are careful, just a knife off of ridges and you are ready to lay floor.
May
17
comment Why is there tar leaking into my attic?
Sure looks a pitch pocket to me too.
May
17
comment What would cause the mortar to crack across a number of bricks?
This is a case of classic settling. Diagonal cracks from windows or lentils are so common on older structures. See them all the time. Jack is right on, if there is no displacement, or bricks coming loose, a simple repointing is probably your only reasonable fix. If internal trim, doors, windows etc are not effected, I would not get too excited.
May
17
answered How to flatten the sagging OSB subfloor?
May
14
comment How to attach ledger board to under-roof siding?
is this going on a house or a garage? Do you have access to the inside where you can find a stud?
May
13
comment How to increase height of existing concrete slab?
Adding 1 inch over existing can be successful with the advise you received from Sakrete. The key step you didn't mention is the etching of any exposed old concrete. A good bond is dependent on a properly prepped base. I would always recommend etching the old base with muratic acid, neutralize and be sure to flush completely. Then do the bonding steps and re-pour. Ever good bonding agents will not adhere well to dirty or efflorent concrete.
May
13
answered Worth it to just clear coat a marginally beat-up wood floor?