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Jan
1
comment What should I do about a crack in the concrete slab in my living room?
How thick is that slab (dig down to find out). That's important. Emecole 555 or a bottle of concrete filler will do you zero good.
Jan
1
comment What Should I Use to Seal the Concrete Slab under the Joists?
You're right to have the concern. What's on either side, can you make underfloor vents that exit to adjoining spaces?
Dec
14
comment Pre-made rain cap for plumbing vent? (Preventing rust-through of galvanized pipe in the walls)
@isherwood, that leaves four more, all buried in the attic. The run in the photo I will abandon in place and cap the top. The rest are inaccessible without major work.
Dec
10
comment Can I run 3 feet of water pipe in the attic for a rain shower?
Pipe slope also is a good idea.
Dec
9
comment What kind of jacks are used for llifting of framing in various situations?
Unfortunately, in this particular case, it's kitchen cabinets on the inside.
Dec
9
comment Switched outlet still has some power when off
Do you have a voltmeter, and can you check the voltage with switch on and off? This problem could be serious.
Dec
9
comment What kind of jacks are used for llifting of framing in various situations?
The question was about shoring/jacking, not the above.
Dec
9
comment What kind of jacks are used for llifting of framing in various situations?
The picture has been annotated. @MichaelKaras
Dec
8
comment Is a plug adapter considered an “extension cord” under the NEC?
My local fire department would flag this as "extension cord plugged into extension cord" and make us take it out.
Dec
8
comment Bathroom drainage: bath's water flooding shower
3 months old? Call whoever put that in, and get them to explain why the system is not working.
Dec
3
comment How best to cut & tie into cast iron pipe
Could you be more specific on the fittings needed to get from the 1.5 inch sink outlet, down to an appropriate model of rubber compression coupling?
Dec
3
comment How best to cut & tie into cast iron pipe
The plumbing in the middle is plastic and easily fixed. The question is about cutting and joining cast iron pipe. A new joist needs to slip in between the double header plate and the cast iron, to support the termite eaten floor joist.
Nov
19
comment How to protect exterior galvanized flashing?
Expensive? Breaknig out stucco, lapping into old paper, getting that all water tight.
Nov
13
comment Is this foundation properly supported against rotation in an earthquake?
The inside edge is a cold joint (separate pour).
Nov
12
comment Is this foundation properly supported against rotation in an earthquake?
The width is 15 inches at the slab level. It's strongly tapered on the inside, vertical on the outside.
Nov
12
comment annoying vibration, deep humming noise in home
Sewer lift station nearby? What large hatches or covers in in the roadway nearby?
Nov
12
comment Is this foundation properly supported against rotation in an earthquake?
Due to taper it's wider. Amending diagram.
Oct
14
comment What type of water pump is also a valve (e.g. will resist head pressure when off)?
I have clarified
Sep
1
comment How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?
In this case, the technician mixed the concrete powder in a small tin, and used a putty knife to put it in.
Aug
26
comment Proper boxe for surface mounting GFCI outlet for a garage/utility space?
@SpeedyPetey can you picture that, for a GFCI (since there's no center screw)?