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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
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
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.