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I ask way too many questions of my friends, family, and people in my general vicinity so I thought I'd take it to the next level and unintentionally harass people online.


Jun
5
accepted What should I do about this fixture brace?
Jun
5
comment What should I do about this fixture brace?
I think I'll go with your first suggestion since it wouldn't require any drywall work. See my response to B Mitch. :)
Jun
5
comment What should I do about this fixture brace?
I actually hate installing drywall patches. I'm terrible at taping and feathering and all that, plus the surface of the ceiling has some texture to it which I'd just mess up. But thanks for the suggestion!
Jun
5
comment What should I do about this fixture brace?
I have a Roto-Zip from a previous home project. I was hoping I wouldn't have to go that route but I suppose it makes sense. The fan mfr suggests a 4" x 2 1/8" deep box. I had planned on fastening a box to a 2"x4" and then screwing the board between the joists. Like link The ceiling actually isn't drywall. Its an older kind of plasterboard that's a bit harder than drywall. It also has some sort of metal lath inside. When I used my roto-zip to carve out space for a medicine cabinet it would sometimes generate sparks.
Jun
5
answered “Attic stairs” equivelent in an attic “hatch” size hole?
Jun
5
asked What should I do about this fixture brace?
Nov
22
answered Why won't my bathroom light fixture work?
Nov
18
accepted How do I close and seal an old external vent?
Nov
18
awarded  Commentator
Nov
18
comment How do I close and seal an old external vent?
I like your idea about the spray foam insulation holding the rigid insulation in place. It is metal plating on the inside of the box. What do you think about putting plywood over the metal? Would that help against heat transfer? I'm just worried about creating a huge mess by ripping out the current plates. I pulled off the trim last night. I'll have to figure out how to get rid of the louvres. The bottom 3 or so are open to the outside while the ones at the top are obscured by the back of the rain gutters. How would one protect the plywood from moisture? Some sort of rubber material?
Nov
18
comment How do I close and seal an old external vent?
Thanks Chris, I actually did damage the wall somewhat ripping off the frame but it wasn't too bad. They had used really big nails when they attached it originally. I like using FixAll/FixItAll for deeper pits in plaster/drywall and I think it worked well for repairing what I did yesterday.
Nov
18
awarded  Supporter
Nov
17
asked How do I close and seal an old external vent?
Nov
1
comment Should I install baseboards before or after skimcoating?
I ended up doing as you and others suggested and had him fix the really low spots before doing the baseboards. It worked out better I think and I'm glad I checked here first. He used a piece of aluminum, something you'd put around a window or door to hold drywall sheets, to check for gaps. The walls were completed over a week ago now and I primed and painted them. I've started cutting the baseboards with a friend's miter saw. Thanks for the free help offer. I'll try not to abuse your generosity. :)
Oct
19
comment Should I install baseboards before or after skimcoating?
Actually, they're not 1". More like 1/2" when the board is held firm to the wall.
Oct
19
comment Should I install baseboards before or after skimcoating?
Thanks very much Shirlock. I hadn't visited in a while so I missed your recent response. I like your idea about using a scrap to check for gaps though the drywaller really wanted the baseboards in place. He said if they weren't there it'd make his job harder. I guess I'll have to push back. What is "1X piece of stock" ? Should the trim or stock be tacked in place? If not and if it should just be held in place, I'd be worried about it bowing and then not having a straight line to fill against. If it should be tacked, I'd be worried about the trim/stock getting stuck to the drywall fill.
Oct
8
awarded  Teacher
Oct
7
answered What do you do/ask when hiring a contractor
Oct
7
comment Should I install baseboards before or after skimcoating?
I asked the drywall guy several times about whether he was sure the baseboards should be installed first and he said yes, though the straight edge seems most logical to me. I wish I had succeeded with my skimcoating attempts but as it turns out the compound I used was too thick.
Oct
7
comment Should I install baseboards before or after skimcoating?
I agree with you Scott, though I also feel there is a certain irony in protecting baseboards from getting scuffed. :)