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bio website axiomhomeservices.com
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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
7
comment Can I remove this truss cross-bracing?
to be perfectly honest, without seeing the entire system and how they relate to each other, I don't want to mislead you. In over 20 years of building and inspecting, I haven't seen this type of cross bracing. Maybe if you can get a few more pics showing the relationship of the members, I can evaluate it better.
May
7
comment Which way do you run hardwood flooring to make the room look bigger?
What type of flooring? 3/4" nail down hardwood, 3/8" staple down or click lock engineered or thin veneer types? What is there for a subfloor, total thickness?
May
6
comment Should I install bracing behind drywall for upper cabinets?
I just happened to notice in the pics that the backers were nailed in on the front face. WRONG!! They should be screwed in, top and bottom with 2 1/2 to 3 inch screws.
May
6
comment Will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell?
You should be fine Franklin. don't worry about upvotes, I got more than I need. lol it's not about votes to me.
May
5
comment Do I need to install a sump pump?
You would need to line the bottom of the pit with brick, patio block or crushed stone so the pump won't suck up mud and foul the impellers in the pump.
May
4
comment How do you wire multiple outlets between three way switches?
are the outlets switched now?
May
4
comment What are these two drains for?
+1 :unless the third line is there out of the pic, the 2" line with the black cover could be used for a vanity sink. the black cover is probably covering a larger hole in the concrete to facilitate an offset.
May
2
comment Wall load bearing or not?
BTW, if your contractor couldn't figure this out, get a new contractor!!
May
2
comment Wall load bearing or not?
In your pic, are we looking at the ends of the three corner studs coming up through the ceiling? If so, so doesn't look like a supporting wall as the stud ends are not holding any load. In fact, it looks like the joist may be holding the corner of the stud wall in place.
May
2
comment Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers
This is actually an important question. As many of you here on SE know, I am a home inspector. We have known for over 15 years that FPE breakers posed a serious safety hazard. I ALWAYS write up pre 2000 FPE panel equipment as a SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARD on my inspections. I advise potential buyers, lenders etc to insist that they be removed/replaced prior to closing on any property. Even insurance companies that do inspections will take note and demand replacement. Do not sell them, destroy them so they do not find their way back into a panel to harm someone else.
Apr
30
comment What causes uneven floors and can they be fixed?
@ Celeritas: much easier said than done. the self leveling products are not as easy as they sound. Depending on how deep the dip is, it may be possible to level it with surfacing mortar, but since we have little detailed info, hard to say how extensive the repair would be. Sorry, you aren't gonna get an easy out on this one.
Apr
30
comment Would painting the underside of plywood serve as a vapor barrier to protect the plywood from absorbing moisture?
are you experiencing moisture problems now?
Apr
29
comment Cracks in asphalt driveway
+1 for filling the cracks with a caulking style filler before applying the overcoat sealer. Up north, driveway sealer rarely lasts more than a few years, even the good stuff.
Apr
29
comment Cracks in asphalt driveway
there are lots of sealers in 5 gal buckets, they are rated by years, 2 to 10 yrs.
Apr
24
comment Is there anything I can use to remove gorilla glue from hardwood?
Good pick-up. Thanks for the correction on the web reference.
Apr
23
comment 1“ x 2” Furring Strips for Drywall Ceiling
yep, that's the plan. Make sure you got a good backer at the joints.
Apr
23
comment 1“ x 2” Furring Strips for Drywall Ceiling
You are right, I meant chalk line.. my bad.. if you put a pencil mark or some painters tape on the wall where the strapping is, you can use that as a reference for a chalk line after you raise the sheet and grab it with a few screws. Also the measure and mark before it goes up works well too. Drywall glue is a great idea on ceilings as well.
Apr
19
comment What is the weight limit on pergo flooring?
There are no weight limits on flooring that I have heard of. I don't think there is any furniture that is too heavy for Pergo flooring.
Apr
19
comment Can I glue a second layer of drywall?
I just got done gutting a manufactured house with glue and screws. That glue works well and is very strong. I think they used it to place the rock before screwing it off. Definitely made demo a lot harder.
Apr
18
comment Is there a more rugged finish than Polyurethane for a heavy use table?
I have never been a fan of water base urethane. Not impressed with it.