48,349 reputation
257119
bio website axiomhomeservices.com
location Windham, ME
age 62
visits member for 4 years, 2 months
seen Sep 12 at 7:37

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
27
comment How do I remove a pole that's rusted into a sleeve in the ground?
are you going to replace it? Or is it gone for good? A sawzall with a hack bimetal blade will solve your problem real fast!
Mar
27
comment Should I use oil primer underneath oil paint?
Generally speaking, enamels are a hard finish, usually glossy. they tend to be a higher quality with a more durable finish. Latex is using the term enamel alot now for the harder curing paints. I like enamels in rental properties for wear resistance, but I don't like the gloss on walls and never suggest it to a normal use residential customer. I like eggshell or satin for walls.
Mar
27
comment Is it acceptable to paint kitchen walls in alkyd?
by texture, I meant gloss level. Cabinets are usually done in a full or semi gloss and walls tend to be eggshell or satin finish. That stuff is personal preference however. PVA is a latex base product, high in vinyl acrylics, dries very fast so not to soak the paper on drywall. An excellent choice of primer for new rock. Test and area with the oil based product and let it cure for 24 hours. You may get away with it, but watch carefully for small wrinkles to develop.
Mar
27
comment Should I use oil primer underneath oil paint?
acrylic is the main and most expensive component in latex paint. Latex is almost a misnomer as there is little latex or water in "latex" paint. It is water soluble, but should never be thinned with water. the higher the percentage of pigments and acrylic in the paint, the higher the quality and usually the price. glad you had success with the Bins pigmented shellac.
Mar
27
comment Should I use oil primer underneath oil paint?
In old work and over dark woods, I have had great results with pigmented shellac as a primer, sanded it is a fantastic base for latex paints. It is the best stain and odor blocker out there. We use it on burn jobs, pet urine damaged sub floors etc. It dries in no time. Clean up with denatured alcohol.
Mar
27
comment Should I use oil primer underneath oil paint?
Oil is fine if you can still find it. Due to the VOC laws, many paint companies don't offer it anymore. Getting harder to find every day. The improvement in acrylic based paints can rival oil, especially some high fill cabinet grade enamels from Sherwood Williams and Ben Moore.
Mar
26
comment I have paint over unsanded drywall compound. What is the best way to fix it?
Shame on the painter for not making you aware that the walls were not really "paint ready". Sanding down a few repaired spots is not much work, I think your painter was lazy and didn't care what his work looked like.
Mar
26
comment How can I contain epoxy while it sets up?
Seems I remember it was around $90 a gal. I got it threw a relative at Sabre Yachts at a discount.
Mar
26
comment Can I use my bathtub or shower during tiling project
Don't even think of trying to use the tub or shower during the rehab. It will end in disaster and ruin all your hard work. Find a place to bathe elsewhere for a few days. Old fashion way, galv tub in the middle of the kitchen floor!!! lolololol
Mar
25
comment Framing long walls - Lots of 8' sections or should I use longer top plates
is this new construction or a rehab? Completely different ways of framing these. How long are the longest walls?
Mar
25
comment How deep should my sump be?
Fairly easy to tell. Pump it down and look for the drain tile entering the pit. Water should flow freely from the tile to the pit for the pump to get rid of. Also, how far away from the house does the pump exit the water?? Often a problem when a pump just dumps it by the foundation just to come right back in.
Mar
24
comment Do I need to get an engineer for badly poured conctrete basement floor?
Excellent answer. Pouring concrete in freezing temps or bad weather is always risky and the addition of calcium to make it set faster can weaken the mix. The fix in this case will never be as good as a properly poured and floated floor. It will not be monolithic and at risk for surface failure.
Mar
24
comment Should we install carpet before the baseboard and door casings?
Absolutely correct Andrew
Mar
22
comment Is AC power really worth it anymore? Is it time (or almost time) to switch to DC?
small kitchen appliances, TVs, stereos, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, tools, fans, microwave ovens, coffee makers. Too many things yet to be DC friendly to go 100% DC low voltage
Mar
22
comment craftsman shop vac motor stuck on reverse
how old is it? Maybe the hose goes on the other hole on the side???
Mar
22
comment craftsman shop vac motor stuck on reverse
the cord on AC would not reverse the motor.
Mar
22
comment One of my breaker switches buzzes when I flip it on, should I replace it?
It certainly has to be tested. That is true.
Mar
22
comment How to remove dry water based urethane varnish from mirror?
nice sharp single sided razor blade in a handle works great.
Mar
22
comment removal of subfloor for exterior wall
Thanks for the edit Mike, I still haven't figured out how to condense those links.
Mar
20
comment Can I use aluminum or plastic sheeting between decking and joists to waterproof under a deck?
I really think using plastic and gutters is a very bad idea. i can see nothing but problems. I like Doresoom's idea of a separate roof under the deck.