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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.


Jun
8
comment What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?
Great comments Auujay. Right on!!!
Jun
8
comment What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?
@mgb: Realtors don't like me much... lololol and I don't care!
Jun
8
comment What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?
@Tester: interesting stat. We have lost apx 20% in R/E values overall in last 2 years. I am actively looking to buy more in this market, closed on LOC at 3.25% on friday, cheap money. Average rent here on a single family house is over $1000 a month. How does that compare to your area?
Jun
7
comment What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?
In the greater Portland area here, the median price for a 1000sq ft house in good condition is still around $179,000, down from $240,000 before the R/E crash. I have been looking for flips and or rentals and there is not much below $100,000. I guess the area your in biases your sense of housing value.
Jun
7
comment What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?
I know Detroit has houses pennies on the dollar. Some cities like Detroit and Vegas are really hard hit. Again, sorry to be negative, but if you can find solid, livable houses in an area that is safe and not declining, go for it. My advise pertaining to rehabbing a fix it up house stands.
Jun
6
comment methods of detecting a copper pipe in concrete floor
Maybe Nancy can give more details.
Jun
6
comment How to close a doorway between two apartments?
in most localities, doors, even 1 hour fire rated doors are not allowed between units. This rule is to eliminate any chance of an individual trying to escape a fire and running into a locked door. I have had to remove such doors in older apt houses. Get rid of the doors, Amen.
Jun
3
comment Should I run 2 regular circuits or a subpanel to my septic site?
@mgb- in Jay's case, the conduit run is probably not going to future house location, so not applicable. However, if not crossing a public way, an extra telcom conduit with pull lines would be fine if laid per utility specs. You will need a pole(riser)on your side of the street however. In most areas phone and cable will not bury cable unless it is required by local ordinance. They will supply the wire, but the expense to bury it is usually the homeowners.
Jun
3
comment Removing paint from wood: lattice
Agree totally with replace it. Consider composite materials that do not need painting. They come in a variety of colors and are much easier to work with than wood.
May
29
comment Septic Replacement: Can I Do it Myself?
sounds like that would be an entertaining show!
May
29
comment Do I need a wood hardener for worn door hinge screw holes?
I use this trick all the time when jambs are thin and holes are too worn to fill with dowels etc.
May
29
comment Can someone explain to me how this hot water recirculating system works?
Great observation on the electrical outlet directly below the PVC tubing. Couldn't find a direct reference in NEC quickly. But sure looks like a disaster waiting to happen!!!! The obvious code infraction is that a GFIC is required within 8 feet of any water supply. The receptacle in the pic is not a GFIC.
May
27
comment Septic Replacement: Can I Do it Myself?
Rather see Mike Holmes on this job! lol.
May
25
comment What extra conduit should I include in a utility trench?
stick with me buddy, you'll be a pro in no time! lol
May
24
comment My deck dies in a funny pattern — does that mean this board is upside-down?
yep. not sealed well compared to the others. not a big deal. seal it went it is dry.
May
24
comment How to tidily integrate power into an island
very good caveat longneck!!!!! gotta plan ahead for sure.
May
23
comment what is the best way to restore teak outdoor furniture?
I forgot to mention, if you are going to go the stain or Seatrol route, you can lighten the dark gray with a mixture of bleach, TSP, and water. This will bleach out most of the gray and give you a lighter starting base for your new stain color. Spray or sponge it on, let it set for a few minutes (don't let it dry), then scrub it down with a stiff brush and rinse well. You can repeat this procedure until you have lightened the teak . Experiment on the bottom or place that isn't seen easily, so you have a good idea how the rest will react. Then let it dry out well and go for the restain.
May
23
comment what is the best way to restore teak outdoor furniture?
problem is that any color stain over dark gray would not come out true as the color of the stain. Paints don't stick to teak well at all. You could use any good oil based stain and an outdoor sealer. But you may still want to look at the Seatrol I mentioned in original answer. very expensive, but works great on teak. Comes in light and dark, color and a nice semi-gloss finish in one step.
May
22
comment How to properly insulate a garage?
The R11 on 2X4 is only practicable if you are going to put storage above. If not, go for lots more. Confused cause you said in your question that overhead storage was going to be used. 3/4 Sheetrock is even worse on 24" spacing, you need grip, and the span will create a lot of stress on the screws the heavier the sheathing is, thus shorter spans. Sagging will result over time, a year or two. Strap it and be safe. 12" for 3/4 would be great.
May
22
comment Should I purchase single tools, or a tool set?
I have to refrain from commenting on the "nuts" in bed. Not my particular style. sorry again.......silly mood here.