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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
13
answered Worth it to just clear coat a marginally beat-up wood floor?
May
13
comment rotting a roof without proper venting
Can you explain what you mean by "no air layer"? Does this building have a solid roof over exposed rafters?
May
12
comment How to get a straight line when painting wall with fillet to ceiling
It is actually quite easy to get enough tension on a chalk line to get a very strait line, even over a span of 15 to 20 feet.
May
11
comment How well does masonry blocks used in European home construction insulate compared to a well insulated American (wood) wall?
Hey Red, I'm a building contractor, not a mathematician !!!!!! lol You sound like my son the computer engineer. He lives in the metric world.
May
10
comment How well does masonry blocks used in European home construction insulate compared to a well insulated American (wood) wall?
how do the European U values translate to R values here? Excellent illustration and index list.
May
10
answered How well does masonry blocks used in European home construction insulate compared to a well insulated American (wood) wall?
May
10
comment Changing straight staircase to a turned stair with half landing, is this the Only solution to stairs cutting loft in half?
I think I understand what you want to do, but without seeing an existing and proposed floor plan it is very hard to visualize. Turned stairs with a landing are very common to change top landing locations of stairs and normally can be done with proper planning. I am not a fan of circular stairs, but they can be an option as well. if you can add some scale/visual details, we might be able to help you. A good carpenter should be able to advise you.
May
10
comment Which way do you run hardwood flooring to make the room look bigger?
We commonly use red rosin paper between subfloor layers.
May
8
comment How would I replace 4 posts and beam holding my covered patio with 2 posts?
Good work wallyk. I don't like sistered beams. The overlap can be iffy. Lots of hardware. I'd do steel myself.
May
8
comment How would I replace 4 posts and beam holding my covered patio with 2 posts?
Did anyone consult a span chart? 33 feet is huge.
May
7
comment Should I install bracing behind drywall for upper cabinets?
In the USA, 15 inch and 18 inch cabinets are very common in the whole design. At best, you might find one stud, the question is on what try? LOL. If the wall is open, block it with 2X6. Been a contractor for many years and I'd never not install them if possible.
May
7
comment Can I remove this truss cross-bracing?
Sorry, i just saw your additional pics. If that is a structural brace, it is pretty flimsy. It doesn't seem to span an area that I would expect. Can you show me a pic of the roof from outside that is supported by these trusses? there must be some architectural detail there.
May
7
comment Can I remove this truss cross-bracing?
to be perfectly honest, without seeing the entire system and how they relate to each other, I don't want to mislead you. In over 20 years of building and inspecting, I haven't seen this type of cross bracing. Maybe if you can get a few more pics showing the relationship of the members, I can evaluate it better.
May
7
answered Which way do you run hardwood flooring to make the room look bigger?
May
7
comment Which way do you run hardwood flooring to make the room look bigger?
What type of flooring? 3/4" nail down hardwood, 3/8" staple down or click lock engineered or thin veneer types? What is there for a subfloor, total thickness?
May
7
answered Can I remove this truss cross-bracing?
May
6
comment Should I install bracing behind drywall for upper cabinets?
I just happened to notice in the pics that the backers were nailed in on the front face. WRONG!! They should be screwed in, top and bottom with 2 1/2 to 3 inch screws.
May
6
comment Will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell?
You should be fine Franklin. don't worry about upvotes, I got more than I need. lol it's not about votes to me.
May
6
answered On demand water heater using a propane tank
May
6
answered Will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell?