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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
7
comment Trying to secure a 100lbs floor mirror so it doesn't tilt over. is it possible to do this without a stud?
I haven't used the new style you describe. I'll have to check them out.
Mar
6
comment How do I know if my wood front door's finish is weather proof?
What is the door made of? Wood, steel, fiberglass?
Mar
6
comment Trying to secure a 100lbs floor mirror so it doesn't tilt over. is it possible to do this without a stud?
Old fashion drywall anchors are worthless. There are lots of choices now. Personally, I'm not a fan of toggle types, they are a real pain to get out if the plan changes or you hit a hard backing. The toggle screws tend to be small and sometimes very hard to tighten if the backing spins inside the wall. I love the new corkscrews and some are rated at 50 pounds each. They are easy in and easy out.
Mar
6
comment Can I install laminate (Pergo) flooring over previous underlayment?
guess i am missing something in the question....I was thinking the new laminate described had it's own soft backing. If it is just the hard backer, then Yes, a foam underlayment layer must be put down first. Foam backer ranges from cheepie 1/8" to high density sound deadening foam. Do not use resin paper or plastic. thanks for the heads up Tester.
Mar
6
comment Can I use a transformer to power a thermostat?
Can you tell us the make and model so we can look it up? Perhaps the rechargeable batteries can be replaced with regular batteries.
Mar
4
comment Can I install a receptacle outlet below a window?
Hey guys, the inspector from Sebago Lake Maine was at a job I am subing on. I asked him about this question. he said he knew of no code violation for an outlet under a window. Ironically, he did say I was not the first to ask him about it. so it seams I had an electrician on a job that wouldn't do it in that town because he knew the inspector had a thing about it. Over the years I have run into some pretty hard headed inspectors that take glee in being difficult.
Mar
4
comment Can I install a receptacle outlet below a window?
I have an electrician coming into a job in a few days. I'm definitely gonna ask him what the scoop is here in my parts.
Mar
4
comment Can I install a receptacle outlet below a window?
It must be a local thing here. Tester is the NEC guru! If it was in the code, he would find it.
Mar
3
comment What are the pros and cons of adding a vapor barrier behind shower backer board?
Ask TOH is usually right on, but how old was the segment? A vapor barrier behind the hardi-backer or concrete board is SOP today. These walls are also insulated for sound proofing so even more important to water seal the outer layer from the inner cavity. If the plastic (6 mil min) is not large enough to cover the entire envelope in one piece, it should be installed at the bottom first, overlapped so water runs over the lap downhill, and taped at all joints.
Mar
3
comment Can I install a receptacle outlet below a window?
I am curious, I really don't know the answer. I've had close-in inspections fail for outlets under a window. might be local, I'm not the NEC expert, but we have a couple of guys on here that are well versed.
Mar
3
comment Can I install a receptacle outlet below a window?
Think we need to hear from one of the NEC gurus. MY guys won't install interior receptacles under opening windows now in new construction.
Mar
3
comment Decorative fire-retardant finish for a structural steel column in a kitchen
it is hard to keep track of local codes in the USA, I won't even try to know what the UK does! lol
Mar
2
comment Add floor framing using joist hangers?
Looks like you have a good plan so far. Everything you say is doable. I'm sure if there are any problems, your engineer will point them out. Besides the ledger boards, all joists will require beam hangers.
Mar
2
comment How to get rid of this shed?
I cannot tell a lie, I cut it up with my Sawzall ! lmao
Mar
1
comment Widening a garage door
Yes, important difference, is the door too narrow or the actual walls of the structure. If you trim 4 inches off the walls, what is going to be left to hold up the roof???? not sure what you are asking for.
Mar
1
comment Trouble removing vinyl tile and underlayment from wood flooring
If there is a possibility of asbestos in the tile, a misting of water to hold down dust is OK if you don't soak the wood. It is very unlikely that the adhesives contain asbestos, but wear your protective gear and try not to sand any tile fragments. You can also try using a heat gun to soften the tile/adhesive. Test a small area to see if that helps.
Mar
1
comment Should I use oil primer underneath oil paint?
Why are you not fond of latex primers? What are you trying to cover?
Feb
28
comment Should I use oil primer underneath oil paint?
You cannot use oil over latex, so you are stuck with latex. Oil primer will most likely raise the latex paint.
Feb
27
comment How to attach outlet box in soffit?
I should also add, that if he plans to use a duplex receptacle, it must be a GFIC since it is accessible from outdoors.
Feb
27
comment How to attach outlet box in soffit?
I like the flush mounts with the ears on the side of the box for the mounting screws in firm materials. They seem to work well.