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bio website axiomhomeservices.com
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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.


Mar
24
answered Can I drill a 3 1/2" hole through 5 joists?
Mar
22
comment Is AC power really worth it anymore? Is it time (or almost time) to switch to DC?
small kitchen appliances, TVs, stereos, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, tools, fans, microwave ovens, coffee makers. Too many things yet to be DC friendly to go 100% DC low voltage
Mar
22
comment craftsman shop vac motor stuck on reverse
how old is it? Maybe the hose goes on the other hole on the side???
Mar
22
comment craftsman shop vac motor stuck on reverse
the cord on AC would not reverse the motor.
Mar
22
answered Is it ok to sister a joist to burnt joist?
Mar
22
comment One of my breaker switches buzzes when I flip it on, should I replace it?
It certainly has to be tested. That is true.
Mar
22
comment How to remove dry water based urethane varnish from mirror?
nice sharp single sided razor blade in a handle works great.
Mar
22
comment removal of subfloor for exterior wall
Thanks for the edit Mike, I still haven't figured out how to condense those links.
Mar
22
answered How deep should my sump be?
Mar
22
answered CertainTeed DiamondBack- Waterproofing needed for tile?
Mar
22
answered removal of subfloor for exterior wall
Mar
22
answered Is it OK to re-paint a gas-range grill with paint?
Mar
22
answered One of my breaker switches buzzes when I flip it on, should I replace it?
Mar
20
comment Can I use aluminum or plastic sheeting between decking and joists to waterproof under a deck?
I really think using plastic and gutters is a very bad idea. i can see nothing but problems. I like Doresoom's idea of a separate roof under the deck.
Mar
20
comment Can I dig up next to my foundation to add height below my deck for storage?
@kavisiegel glad it worked out well for ya. Congrats
Mar
19
comment pre hung doors to fit into old frame
are they split jam pre-hung doors?
Mar
18
answered Inside of Washing Machine smells horrible. How to fix?
Mar
18
comment house cracking inside and out
What some would call a crack and what I would call a failure could be inches apart. I would want to see good photos with decent spacial reference to draw any kind of opinion on this one.
Mar
16
comment Methods for dampening condo floor noise?
If the existing floors creak, be sure to tighten them up or remove them as they will creak even with carpet over them.
Mar
15
answered VOC and drying speed