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I am a builder currently living in Oakland, CA. I have 21 years of experience in the trades. Eager to learn more!


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answered Can I install hardwood floors (not floating) on a concrete floor?
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comment How can I measure the r-value of a wall?
While I like the answer above I have to say that insofar as determining actual R-values you may be barking up the wrong tree, science-wise. R-values are assigned to building systems, but every wall/subfloor/attic has its own peculiarities that makes determining an R-value at any specific point a thorough crapshoot. For more on this subject I recommend checking out greenbuildingadvisor.com.
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comment How can I stop veggie garbage from coming out of my basement storm drain?
Agreed! Also have to say that I find storm drain and waste line to be totally incompatible. Why would you want rain water going into the sewer?
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comment Can I install hardwood floors (not floating) on a concrete floor?
Before anyone can likely answer the question some terminology needs to be cleared up. What do you mean by "hard floor?" Concrete? If so then you can install new solid wood flooring over it but it would require some fairly thick underlayment or sleepers. As far as the "reclaimed" requirement I would say that's a nice idea but insofar as wood is a renewable resource you're probably better off both aesthetically and financially with new wood flooring. Alternately there are engineered wood products that can be glued directly to a (fully cured, aka not putting off moisture) concrete slab.
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answered Should switches in a kitchen area have GFCI protection?
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answered What is the purpose of a double pole breaker for separate 15A circuits?
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comment Is there a state mandated cap for electricity use in Spain?
What is the mechanism that trips when maximum usage is exceeded? Now I'm just curious. Is it like a circuit breaker at the mains?
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answered Is it safe to have a gas stove on the same circuit as a couple lights
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answered How do I fix the cracks in my brick foundation?
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comment Is there a name for a duplex outlet that takes eight wires, plus ground?
I like the idea of using a larger box so as to avoid cable-fill violations. So long as they're all the same circuit you can mechanically connect all hots to each other and all neutrals to each other with pigtails out to the new receptacles. One thing that's unclear to me based on the photo is if the original receptacle was split or not - is the connecting tab on the hot side intact or missing? If the latter you may be dealing with two distinct circuits.
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comment How do I reduce the number of screw pops in my drywall?
Just read a heated forum conversation about this very issue: forums.finehomebuilding.com/breaktime/archives/…. My experience has never been with glued sheetrock applications, so my scheduling snarkiness may be just that.
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comment How do I reduce the number of screw pops in my drywall?
There is a significant difference between wall scheduling and ceiling scheduling. On account of the nature of gravity I presume. I'm guessing you are referring to wall scheduling.