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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.


Apr
9
comment Need help with broken plastic pipe in the yard, constant stream of water
I really think you need to follow it back to the house and know for sure what the purpose for it is before you make any repairs to the break. After you know what it is then you can decide a course of action. Dumping water from a drain directly on a sidewalk may be frowned on by your local community.
Apr
8
comment Protecting a finished wood exterior door
After you find out from the manufacturer what is on there over the stain, you can decide. Ask them if a poly overcoat will be compatible with their final finish. I would go with urethane as long as it doesn't get hit with a lot of water, ie: rain. Being on the north side, you won't have to worry about UV on the urethane. I have used urethane on many north facing doors , however they are protected by a storm door.
Apr
8
answered Clothes dryer exhaust duct touching PVC pipe
Apr
8
answered Protecting a finished wood exterior door
Apr
8
comment Concrete slab at a brick wall
Adding a french drain in this gap would be a very good method to drain water. Trying to connect directly to the bricks would not be a good idea.
Apr
5
answered Should I seal my granite countertop?
Apr
5
answered Can PEX be used for the trunk
Apr
5
comment Removing knockouts in composite granite sink
Too funny, I bet you couldn't stand to watch it happen! lololol Glad it worked out well.
Apr
2
comment Installing a surface switch
what I meant was the center button/bulb contact in the light socket will be hot if switch is down stream. So even though the light is off, the center of the socket is still at 120vac potential and ready to go to ground through any path availuble.
Apr
2
answered Can a washer and dryer be next to a water heater?
Apr
1
comment Installing a surface switch
side note: any device installed on a bare concrete wall must be in a metal box with the wires in metallic conduit. Thus you do have a grounding path. Seriously Vitalik, if you don't understand what we are saying, please seek some professional help. Don't want to see you get hurt. Glad to help you out, but want to be sure you understand the answers.
Apr
1
comment Installing a surface switch
all this is true as long as the hot wire is switched BEFORE it is connected to the light fixture. If the switch is downstream, the same hazards exist as B Mitch described. The center conductor will always be hot. use a grounded switch, tie the neutrals together and be sure to switch the hot between the breaker and fixture.
Apr
1
comment Removing knockouts in composite granite sink
the instructions say on the top. . If you already have the saw, then pilot a small hole dead center from the side already drilled then finish it off from the top, using the pilot hole.
Apr
1
answered Removing knockouts in composite granite sink
Mar
30
comment Have I got Rising Damp or a leak?
Is this property on a slab, crawl space or foundation? Any evidence of a roof leak? Are there any sump pumps, well pressure tanks? need more investigative info. We are looking for sources of moisture.
Mar
29
comment Garage Fire Wall
sorry for the duplication, has some edit problems
Mar
29
comment Garage Fire Wall
you would have to cover the edges of the plywood also or make a hatch that is very tight with the drywall. There cannot be an air passage for fire to get through. I wound put up a solid, but removable 5/8' sheetrock panel over the opening to the crawl space. Then it is not unaccessible, but will meet fire codes.
Mar
28
comment Garage Fire Wall
you would have to cover the edges of the plywood also or make a hatch that is very tight with the drywall. There cannot be an air passage for fire to get through. But you can do that.
Mar
28
revised Garage Fire Wall
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Mar
28
answered Garage Fire Wall