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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
14
comment Methods for dampening condo floor noise?
@ jack, I get similar stuff at Lumber Liquidators.
Mar
14
comment I cleaned the fridge and it still smells. What part should I clean / replace?
I have dealt with this problem many times as well. I found that Clorox Clean Up does a decent job, sometimes followed by a strong citrus acid type cleaner.
Mar
14
answered Methods for dampening condo floor noise?
Mar
14
comment Changing the wooden bathroom frame to aluminium
What kind of door are you talking about? Really don't know what you are asking.
Mar
14
comment What are the steps to cutting polyurethane?
skipping the sanding after coat one is the worst advice I can imagine. The first coat often raises the grain of the wood and if you feel it with your fingers, it almost always feels rough. Subsequent coats exaggerate the flaws. I feel sanding after all coats is necessary to remove attached dust and give you a smooth platform for the next coat. 220 is fine for the first couple of coats, but I like the ultra smooth finish 400 gives. That may just be personal preference. I have finished hundreds of cabinets, doors, bars, etc and found this technique to work well.
Mar
13
answered Make new walls match thickness of old walls
Mar
13
answered What are the benefits of a Floating Vanity over a Vanity that is secured to the floor?
Mar
13
comment What are the benefits of a Floating Vanity over a Vanity that is secured to the floor?
Is this a pretty standard box vanity? 24 to 48 inches?
Mar
13
comment How to join hardwood rows from two rooms at doorway?
yes, very slightly, the same way you would do 90 degree window and door casings. and to your edit, that would also work if it not too far from the door to the wall. Is your flooring nail down, snap lock, glue/staple down?
Mar
13
comment How to join hardwood rows from two rooms at doorway?
make the pieces slightly bevel away form the upper edge. this will assure a tight fit at the finished edge.
Mar
13
comment How to join hardwood rows from two rooms at doorway?
BTW, they do make lots of pre-finished thresholds, but they all are raised and overlap the flooring.
Mar
13
comment How to join hardwood rows from two rooms at doorway?
An actual threshold would be a bit higher than the floor. So what you described by cutting stock is a good answer. Just be sure to back cut the angle slightly ( 2 to 3 degrees) on both the transition piece and the perpendicular floor boards so they will fit nice and tight.
Mar
13
comment How to join hardwood rows from two rooms at doorway?
I think you answered your own question!
Mar
13
comment How should a water heater drain pan be installed on a concrete slab floor?
yes, I think you got it.
Mar
13
answered How should a water heater drain pan be installed on a concrete slab floor?
Mar
13
answered Can I tile over Linoleum felt paper on a concrete slab?
Mar
13
comment Fitting an ornate ceiling rose
be very helpful to see the light mounting details. What you do with the rose is totally dependent on what is required for the light support and electrical feed.
Mar
13
comment Can I dig up next to my foundation to add height below my deck for storage?
I really don't think the door is going to be a major issue when the inspector sees it. You don't need to dig it up to tell the depth, do it with a little math and measurements from the inside wall dimensions. I'm not your inspector, but i think this one can slide. Installing drains is a whole different issue. That could be a bit more complicated tieing into the drain tile. Would need to know a lot more about the existing foundation drainage system.
Mar
13
comment Can I dig up next to my foundation to add height below my deck for storage?
The pics help. the excavated area for the door isn't as deep or dramatic as I expected. Although not an optimal design, I think there is probably still a good couple of feet of concrete then a footing under the door. I'm all about practical when it comes to old houses. If you haven't experienced any serious shifting, stress cracks in the concrete close to the door etc, then there is probably enough under grade. The fact that the door area is sheltered helps with keeping water from flowing under the door. If you are going to add a deck, a permit may be required in your area.
Mar
12
comment What are the steps to cutting polyurethane?
The streaking is because of the brush, not the product. use a foam brush if the surfaces are fairly flat and a good quality china bristle brush on most anything. Don't use a nylon brush. Another hint is to not overwork the urethane. urethane is fairly self leveling, so it you brush it too much, it has a tendency to streak. Be sure to sand lightly with 400 or finer between coats, clean off all dust before the next coat.