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comment How much expansion space is need for solid oak flooring?
At the moment is still in the boxes and sitting on the concrete. Have never had moisture/water problems down there in the ~8 years we have lived here (including during the second highest flood on record). The goal is to try to have it up on the installation level for three to four days before we start installation.
Apr
10
comment How much expansion space is need for solid oak flooring?
The flooring is currently in the walkout basement, unfinished, but climate controlled. The "ceiling" of said basement is the subfloor it will be installed on. It has been there for about 10 days, and the plan is to start installation in another 8. I am working this weekend to clear the floor where it will be installed, with the intent to start moving it up over the next week. Would you expect that to allow enough acclimation time?
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asked How much expansion space is need for solid oak flooring?
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accepted Why is there open/deadspace under most wooden furniture
Feb
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comment Why is there open/deadspace under most wooden furniture
The only logical things that have come to mind are possibly to allow airflow, and/or to make it easier to deal with irregularities in the floor surface. The idea of getting some separation from unfinished floors in olden times also makes sense.
Feb
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comment Why is there open/deadspace under most wooden furniture
+ 1 for the Hitchhikers reference. :-)
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asked Why is there open/deadspace under most wooden furniture
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answered Can I use a circular saw for precise cabinet making
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comment How do I wire a new light fixture with a red wire?
With the assumption that the original fixture was switching correctly, this is absolutely the way to go. Unfortunately, if you skip this step you are left with using a meter and/or some educated guesses to figure out which wire goes where.
Jul
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comment Is it possible to smooth over these drywall imperfections?
Personally, it is on the contractor to make sure it is finished correctly. If I were doing the work, I would rather re-cut the drywall than deal with that much mud work, but I HATE mudding. With someone else supplying the labor, I would point out the areas of concern, and make it clear that I expect them to be properly finished, i.e. I should not be able to tell that there was ever a problem spot to begin with when it is all said and done. Leave it up to them to decide which way they want to go to resolve it.
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answered Is it possible to smooth over these drywall imperfections?
Jul
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answered How do I wire a new light fixture with a red wire?
Jul
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comment Outlets On a Desk
I don't think that code is likely to apply to your custom desk. However, I would recommend reading the sections that define the number of wires/amount of free space limits for a conduit of a given size, and following them as a best practice.
Jul
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comment When drywalling a room, should I do the ceiling before the walls?
Even more often, the room dimensions do not allow for full sheets to be used without cutting. Unless you have lots of experience, drywall cuts rarely come out straight, or exactly where you want them. Most people I know cut things slightly oversize, and then shave them down to fit when trying to make a visible joint. Ceiling first means such cuts are hidden above the wall panel and require less precision/effort.
Jul
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comment When drywalling a room, should I do the ceiling before the walls?
Quite often the framing members are not perfectly in line with each other, so trying to butt one sheet into another results in gaps. Depending on the severity of the gaps, they may or may not need to be filled before taping. So yes, you can end up with such gaps whichever way you do it, but it is easier to deal with them when they are on the wall side of the joint.