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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 What are some tips for tamping gravel?
Well Jay, it would have been easier if you had tamped the gravel every 6" or so as you went along. Also curious why with a nice deep hole like you had, you didn't use sauna tubes or porch posts? Regardless, you can water soak the gravel to help it settle. Hand tamping 24" of gravel is tough, if not impracticable. I thought if you had a loader, you can hang a porch post from the bucket and use it as a tamp. Let the machine do all the work.
May
7
answered What are some tips for tamping gravel?
May
7
answered Repair wood floor damage
May
5
answered Can a toilet be moved 6 inch to the right?
May
5
comment Garbage Disposal
great answer Jim. The plug in the disposals is a gotcha!
May
5
answered What are some good resources books/websites for learning basic home wiring?
May
4
comment Humming Ceiling Fans
Greg is probably right, assuming the gen put out a modifided Sine wave. You may also want to check the operating freq of the gen. It is common for gen sets to be way off calibration for 60HZ but still be close to 120VAC.
May
4
comment How to remove a stuck flexible installer bit?
Thanks for the compliment, sorry I got no magic bullet for ya. I'll try harder next time.
May
3
answered How to remove a stuck flexible installer bit?
May
3
comment Should I use 12/2 or 12/3 to wire a 220V electric baseboard heater and thermostat?
I have to take issue with using 12/3. The heaters need 12/2wg. If 12/3 were used, convention requires that the black and red conductors are used to carry voltage 120/240vac and the white shall be neutral and bonded to the bare ground at the panel. When the white is used for a primary voltage leg (12/2wg) it must be painted or marked black to designate it as a primary. I totally disagree with using 12/3 and especially bonding red to ground, which is NEVER done. Your solution would certainly work OK, but not a good practice. Sorry down vote.
May
1
comment Is American Cherry wood flooring durable enough for a kitchen and living room?
often the retailer will have samples. Take a piece and test it with a few sharp hits from various items to see how dent resistant it actually is. Running and pushing hard on the edge of a coil on the finish is a good test. I actually think you will be fine.
Apr
30
answered Is American Cherry wood flooring durable enough for a kitchen and living room?
Apr
29
answered Replacing damaged shingles
Apr
29
comment Vented vs unvented crawl space
I read the article, I can understand the theory. The main point is obviously that the crawl has to be air and moisture tight for including it in the HVAC system. The real advantage seems to be lowering the humidity in the crawl and treating it like a full basement. Actually, not many full unfinished basements are heated and cooled. I can see some advantages, but not sure how they weigh against the cost of construction and added energy costs. Still a toss up in my mind. Not convinced yet.
Apr
28
comment 60 degree corner molding
My son is a computer engineer, so he talks the same language as you! I just do houses. Got your passport? LOL
Apr
28
comment 60 degree corner molding
HD or Lowes will not rip materials. they will cut to length, but not custom cuts like you need. Sorry. But if your in the neighborhood, stop by and I'll cut it for ya!
Apr
28
answered Vented vs unvented crawl space
Apr
28
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is there any alternate of conventional Air Conditioner?
Apr
28
comment 60 degree corner molding
Sorry guy. you might be able to fudge in some crown molding. there would be less obvious edge gaps.
Apr
28
answered 60 degree corner molding