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I am a software engineer in Pittsburgh, PA with a focus on architecture, design and development of solutions in both Java and .NET technologies.

I recently helped a friend build a website for a business he is starting. http://www.championkitchens.com


Apr
9
answered Can I use engineered I joists as studs in a wall?
Apr
4
answered Can my drywall act as an air barrier?
Apr
4
comment Will this moisture problem persist after drywall is installed?
@ReinierTorenbeek We are both correct for different scenarios. Think of a cold glass of water on a summer day, the condensation forms on the outside of the glass. Same principle, if you live in a warm humid climate then it makes sense to put vapor barrier between drywall and insulation as the cold inside will form condensation on the drywall because of the hot outside. If you live farther north however then it is colder outside and warmer in, so the condensation forms on the outside wall. The best situation is putting a vapor barrier on both sides for volatile climates.
Apr
3
comment How can I attach a ledger board to my house?
So I guess then it is still considered acceptable to toenail joists in? I personally would feel more comfortable with hurricane clips or other strong ties. Delays in the landscaping mean that I won't be able to start this project until probably summer, but I should get a chance to talk with my old project manager about the type of rim board used (manufacturer, thickness, etc...) to determine my options. It will be a month or two but I will be sure to report back and let you know what I find out.
Apr
3
comment How can I attach a ledger board to my house?
@decker I didn't set up the scaffolding in this picture, this was the work of the masonry subcontractor while the house was still being built. They were all Mexican, probably here illegally, and probably didn't have any kind of insurance if they would have gotten hurt to make matters even worse.
Apr
3
comment How can I attach a ledger board to my house?
Thank you this is a great answer! I worried about splitting studs as well but this laglok product seems good for this.
Apr
3
accepted How can I attach a ledger board to my house?
Apr
1
comment How can I attach a ledger board to my house?
@MichaelKaras That seems far more expensive and time consuming, especially since this new construction and the ground is disturbed near the house. I would have to dig down VERY FAR. It seems that everybody is bound and determined to make this more complicated and expensive than it needs to be, so I am just going to pay somebody else to do this. Thank for the load of disappointment.
Apr
1
comment How can I attach a ledger board to my house?
@shirlockhomes I am not sure... but I guess I will have to call the builder and find out the specs and manufacturer. The manufacturer would definitely know best. I am still not sure if you think joists on top of a ledger is a fundamentally bad idea or not, I imagine you think it is a bad idea or you wouldn't be exploring every other conceivable option.
Apr
1
comment How can I attach a ledger board to my house?
@shirlockhomes sorry for the confusion but it is not an I joist just the same engineered osb that the I joist is made out of. Perhaps if I doubled or tripled the ledger?
Apr
1
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Apr
1
comment How can I attach a ledger board to my house?
@shirlockhomes My father in law will refuse to help me if I try to go through the rim joist. Are one of the IRC compliant options setting the deck ledger board below the rim joist and setting joists on top the ledger with special ties? One second on the picture...
Apr
1
asked How can I attach a ledger board to my house?
Mar
29
comment How can I build a privacy fence?
@HerrBag Can you clarify what you mean by "vice concrete"? Are you saying not to use concrete?
Mar
28
comment How can I build a privacy fence?
I planned on building a fence for my basset hound as well ;-) I am interested to see the answers here.
Mar
28
comment Is this water heater drain configuration safe?
On top of it not being a good idea, it don't believe it meets minimum code requirements for plumbing in many regions. The code where I live requires washing machines and water heaters to have a seperate drain for both the appliance and the overflow.
Mar
26
comment How do I install kitchen cabinets?
Great answer but you forgot that the hardest part IMHO is the trim! Proper measuring and cutting of the trim pieces (crown moulding, quarter round, etc...) makes the difference between a beautiful kitchen and a hacky looking DIY job.
Mar
25
answered What type of paint should I use to paint a block foundation wall?
Mar
25
comment How can I replace cast iron sewer drain that goes through the basement wall?
@bcworkz is right, you should just leave enough of the cast iron extending from the wall to get a Fernco type coupler on it or work on grinding away enough of the wall to completely remove the cast iron altogether. What kind of wall is this, cement block, concrete, brick?
Mar
22
answered Do shower water supply line covers need to be sealed or caulked?