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Oct
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comment Why is Green Glue used so match in the USA, but hardly used at all in the UK?
It's not common in my part of the Western US either
Sep
9
comment Running underground wire to a shed
Can I suggest dropping the use of ALL CAPS for emphasis? It comes across as YELLING. Also could you elaborate on your definition of "casual DIYr" or better, detail the challenges involved in this particular project.
Sep
8
answered Is there something wrong with this trap that would cause a sewer smell?
Aug
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comment Home inspection requires exhaust to attic exterior
If the home is already sold (closed), then requirements like this should have been addressed and their resolution laid out in the contract. If you are still negotiating, I'd probably offer the cost to fix regardless if it's required by code or not since it's a minor item.
Aug
28
asked Where to locate heat tape within gutter
Aug
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Aug
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revised Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?
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Aug
19
comment Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?
@TDHofstetter Huh. I would have figured in an area where the average winter/summer/night/day temperature is 60F and the humidity is near 100% in the colder months, they'd require vapor barrier. But it looks like insulation let alone a VB may not even be required. And for Zone 3C, there might be benefits to putting the vapor barrier on the outside. carlisleccw.com/download.aspx?id=798
Aug
19
comment Drywall Mudding Not flush to wall
Is this a tapered seam (the long edge of the sheetrock) or a butted seam? You can sometimes sand your way out of trouble if it's tapered and you have only applied primer. But more than likely you'll need to get out the topping compound again.
Aug
19
answered How can I pour a concrete floor over a particle board subfloor?
Aug
19
comment Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?
@TDHofstetter Inside. Unless you like your house at 55F. Even when it's warm outside, it's generally slightly warmer inside (averaged over day and night) due to cooking and appliances generating heat.
Aug
19
comment Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?
@TDHofstetter Relative humidity might be higher outside than inside, but absolute humidity (total water content per mass of air) is surely higher inside than outside. Unless you are running a dehumidifier in the house...
Aug
19
comment Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?
@TDHofstetter Vapor barrier always goes on the warm side of the wall. Air allowed to move to a colder portion of the wall will drop it's moisture as condensation inside the wall.
Aug
19
answered Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?
Aug
17
comment Why is my granite still retaining a lot of water after sealing?
It might also be that the surface is not polished very well and if you have the right tools and experience you can re-polish. Or you can "polish" with a wax, but that's just a temporary fix.
Aug
17
comment Why is my granite still retaining a lot of water after sealing?
I'm a little perplexed too. The granite grains should have zero porosity, but the grain boundaries can hold moisture in the lower-quality stuff. Here's my suspicion: The stone was treated with something to protect it during transport or manufacture and was not properly removed. That coating must be sensitive to water. Find a low-visibility test spot and scrub with acetone and a granite scotch-brite pad and then re-seal.
Aug
14
comment Sanding, Blasting, or chemical for paint removal from old metal cabinets?
The original paint type, substrate material, surface treatment are all going to have significant influences on how well the paint comes off. I can't say what will work, but I can say you should avoid standard silica sand blast/paper so as not to scratch up the metal. There are lots of blast media out there (walnut shell, plastic) that are effective at removing paint but leave the metal shiny and smooth.
Aug
14
comment Should data ground wires be attached to plumbing?
That's my point. From house-to-house, the main is non-conductive HDPE. Besides, who cares what the neighbor does with the service. The Primary Protector ground is basically just a lightning rod/overvoltage protection anyway. (see link in top comment)
Aug
14
comment Fittings for conduit passing through ceiling/floor
Reading your previous post, it looks like you'll be sheeting over the conduit eventually, but you mention stud-framed wall behind the conduit. why not run the wire/conduit inside the existing wall? Also, they make flexible conduit for data lines, sometimes called "smurf tube" because it is blue.