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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
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 What should I use to wire a 220v electric baseboard heater and thermostat? 12/2 or 12/3
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
Apr
28
answered fixing tornado damage
Apr
28
comment Repair Hole in Concrete Foundation
hydraulic cement is the right product to use, by a long run. you can buy it in small quantities as a powder and just mix with water. It is also pretty cheap.
Apr
28
comment DIYer to skilled tradesperson
Forgot to mention, anyone that works on a house built before 1978 and needs to do any demo, replace windows, scrape any paint, needs by Federal Law, an EPA lead certificate.
Apr
28
comment How hard is stamping concrete?
what size stamp do you intend to use?
Apr
28
answered Wall Painting Equipment / material
Apr
28
answered How much weight can you mount to a wall?
Apr
28
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