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bio website axiomhomeservices.com
location Windham, ME
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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
25
comment How to remove old wires of utility companies
I didn't mean to say do anything illegal, but some utilities like telco and cable don't respond quickly. I have "cut them loose" many times to complete a roofing or siding job, and have never had any legal problems. The installer may give us a funny look when they come the next time, but never more than that.(chuckle and tongue in cheek!)
Apr
24
comment Best easy way to partition a room
Is the garage still going to be used for parking cars or any other machine that carries gasoline or an internal combustion engine? If so, we have a whole different conversation about safety and codes to consider.
Apr
21
comment Building a raised wall for a pond
Ya, but I love a calculator too. just this one is way too simple.
Apr
21
comment White solid drain pipe vs black flexible corrugated pipe for a french drain
Once you have buried your drain pipe, you can't really clean it unless you have intentionally made a clean out port with a street Y or something like that. If you wrap the pipe in a good silt filtering landscape cloth or pipe sock then be sure it is covered with stone before backfilling with gravel and final topsoil, you shouldn't have any cleaning requirements for many many years. you can also add a layer or cloth over the stone for double protection from silt infiltration.
Apr
21
comment Why GFCI clicks, even when turned off?
Serious note: What is the voltage at the GFI? The reading should be 117VAC +/- 5VAC. Does the trip indicator light on the GFI blink when the clicking is heard? I am interested in the voltage drop.
Apr
21
comment What is the best way to deal with wall tie failure?
is this a brick or stucco ? Can you describe the tie system?
Apr
21
comment White solid drain pipe vs black flexible corrugated pipe for a french drain
yep Niall, I made the assumption solid pipe was like conduit pipe. Any perforated pipe will work, rigid or flex. The corrugation on flexible pipe actually make it quite strong however.
Apr
20
comment What type of tile should I install in a bath/shower surround?
nice job, looks great. Congrats
Apr
20
comment Has anyone here ever rented a trencher? What was your experience?
Jay is right, dig safe only looks for utility owned obstacles. Privately installed lines/pipes are at your own risk. Thanks for adding that Jay.
Apr
18
comment 1lb of cure is worth 10 tons of mold: DIY repair of a poorly sealed window? lots of photos herein
just curious, what is the relationship with the building mgt? This is obviously a structural problem that needs attention. I bet other units above or below you have similar issues.
Apr
17
comment 1lb of cure is worth 10 tons of mold: DIY repair of a poorly sealed window? lots of photos herein
Excellent photos
Apr
16
comment What is the difference between various wood sealers?
you could add urethane, tung oil, linseed oil. spar varnish, water seal, butchers wax, food grade oil, should I stop now? lol. Would have to write a book to cover all the possibilities and differences.. Maybe a better META question.
Apr
16
comment How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes?
when possible, let the glue set up a bit before screwing into it. A 2 1/2/ or 3 in screw is an excellent idea, works 90% of the time. Follow Niall's advice and you will be all set.
Apr
15
comment Should I buy a drill or an electric screwdriver?
Get one of each.
Apr
15
comment Mystery copper pipe in basement
is it in your way? Is there any fluid still in it? where does it protrude from the floor?
Apr
15
comment What type of tile should I install in a bath/shower surround?
insulating the wall, even an interior wall helps with noise reduction. but I always recommend a vapor barrier on the studs behind the concrete board as well. Kerdi system is great stuff. Good choice.
Apr
15
comment How do I cheaply paint walls that duct tape stripped and ruined?
light weight Spackle can be smoothed out with a damn sponge or cloth. Often gives a nicer finish than sanding alone, or in place of sanding so you don't sand the good areas around your patch. I like a sponge because it is nice and flat and gives you a nice flat patch.
Apr
13
comment Alternatives to wood joists
many residential structures use light weight steel studs. However, other than using steel reinforced concrete floor panels with steel strut spans, such as in multilevel apartment buildings and commercial structures, it is very uncommon in small to moderate size homes. The reason is cost. You can design a house to these standards, but it will be much more expensive than wood, lam, or plywood I beam methods.
Apr
13
comment Reducing Attic Fire Risk
not familiar with the term "poly", could it be cellulose?
Apr
12
comment Can I run computer network wiring next to the furnace exhaust?
Yikes!!!!! that really needs to be answered by your building inspector. Canadian Codes are very strict. The plenum cable would have to have the correct stats, if allowed at all. I really have no idea of a correct answer. We should ask Mike Holmes, my mentor and great Canadian builder.