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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
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?
May
5
comment Do I need to install a sump pump?
You would need to line the bottom of the pit with brick, patio block or crushed stone so the pump won't suck up mud and foul the impellers in the pump.
May
4
answered Do I need to install a sump pump?
May
4
comment How do you wire multiple outlets between three way switches?
are the outlets switched now?
May
4
comment What are these two drains for?
+1 :unless the third line is there out of the pic, the 2" line with the black cover could be used for a vanity sink. the black cover is probably covering a larger hole in the concrete to facilitate an offset.
May
3
answered Should I use self leveling concrete to repair settlement cracked concrete slabs?
May
3
answered What kind of damp do we have?
May
2
answered Should I install bracing behind drywall for upper cabinets?
May
2
comment Wall load bearing or not?
BTW, if your contractor couldn't figure this out, get a new contractor!!