ryanwinchester
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Why do builders say that wet concrete/mortar is not as strong?
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My only guess is that a watery mix will have the layers settle in their different sedimentary layers with the fine cement settling to the bottom... One reason is that the aggregate can settle to ...

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Is there a case where nails are better than screws, from an engineering/structural standpoint?
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Nails are used in almost all framing and structural applications. Most code books are designed with nails in mind and will have specific minimum nailing requirements and patterns for different ...

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How do I easily separate unglued PVC pipe from joints?
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The best lubrication I've found is some good ol' Elbow Grease™. Actually, you should measure the proper lengths and just cut. Then glue it up and install. You can mark on the PVC how far it should go ...

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What is the minimum roof slope to accommodate rainwater drainage?
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"What is considered an acceptable angle for a roof to ensure that there will be sufficient run-off during rain conditions?" Generally, minimum slope for water to run off is 1% (1/8" per 1'). However, ...

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How should I build the concrete footings for my deck?
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Burying the wood post will cause it to rot prematurely. Even ground-contact rated Pressure Treated lumber won't last forever. The only benefit of burying the post (besides it being easier to do) is ...

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How can I attach a ledger board to my house?
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First off let me quote the American Wood Council PRESCRIPTIVE RESIDENTIAL WOOD DECK CONSTRUCTION GUIDE (which I recommend looking through). MANUFACTURED WOOD I-JOIST: Many new homes constructed ...

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How do I properly nail two 2x4's at a 90 degree angle?
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Nails are generally put in at 90 degrees to the wood (i.e. straight in), unless you are "toe-nailing". (see picture) It all really depends on the application. As opposed to just nailing straight in, ...

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Do I need to sand my entire deck before staining?
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Already stained deck For a deck that has already been stained it would be better to use chemicals and a pressure washer than sanding. New, unstained deck For a new deck, you can use a pressure ...

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What is a good strategy to support this deck?
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Blue Dashed Line: Your 3-2x12 Beam RED X: 6x6 Posts D.Fir 2x10 @ 16" O.C. spanning 14' + 2' overhang past beam: 16' joists Solid 2x10 Blocking mid-span 6x6 posts @ 12' O.C. **post edited to match ...

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What are the codes for electrical wiring in attics?
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"Can you just have electrical wires exposed with all the junctions, in junction boxes, provided all the exposed wiring is anchored to the wood studs? What about insulation that comes in contact with ...

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Is there code that states there must be a sheet of plastic between vinyl siding and the house sheathing?
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The actual code requirements depend on your municipality/authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). Also, keep in mind the requirements in lots of places were different several years ago. Some places vinyl ...

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Proper way to install double-layer of subfloor?
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Fasten your first layer plywood subfloor as you normally should. The second (top) layer of plywood joints should not coincide with the joists and the second layer should not be fastened to the joists....

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What kind of wood is around this fireplace?
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It is called Casing and is mainly used around doors and windows.

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How can I secure these inadequate/leaning deck supports?
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There are lots of different types of post to beam connectors. Like this: However, the real weird thing is that you don't really have beams. They are just supporting the joists with a bunch of random ...

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In a multi-gang box, are neutral wires paired with specific hot wires?
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All of the neutral wires that are connected together should belong to a single circuit. You can generally tell if it is a single circuit if you only have to turn off 1 breaker. If this is the case, ...

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How should I attach a deck on the corner of my house?
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You do not need to attach it to the side under the door. You could also make it free-standing but remember where you are putting footings might be too close to the house to avoid undisturbed soil (...

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What are the drawbacks of putting down pavers for an alley without a sub-surface?
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No tips other than doing it properly. Otherwise the pavers will be all wonky and wavy within 1-2 years in most cases. You could try digging down the height of paver, compacting a little, putting ...

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Should I use self-leveling concrete or mortar to level a patched area of concrete prior to tiling it?
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Check the manufacturer's specs on the thinset you are using (or just call their tech support to verify). Generally, if the variation in the floor is 1/4" or more then using your thinset mortar is ...

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How do I cut bamboo flooring with only a hand miter saw and a circular saw available?
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Rent a mitre saw. It is the quickest way. You will very quickly regret attempting to hand saw a hardwood flooring installation. Especially when you need to do a rip cut. "If hand-sawing is out, ...

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Will this moisture problem persist after drywall is installed?
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You need vapour barrier (the plastic you put up before drywall) and air barrier. To count as an air barrier you stop air flow by using sheathing tape on: OSB joints and edges Vapour Barrier (this is ...

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How can I prepare uneven concrete basement floor for vinyl planks?
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Type of flooring dictates how "perfect" it needs to be, carpet being the least work. Vinyl is flexible so just no real drastic changes. Below are the basic steps to fixing uneven concrete floors. ...

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How to fix a deck railing that is falling off?
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Forget angle brackets, they aren't designed for that direction of force. The images are mine and how I do it, and I'll tell you they are solid railings. Bolt your railing to the rim board and bolt ...

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Can I use Mason Sand under Pavers?
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Coarser sand is better. Concrete sand would work much better than mason sand. When I used to do pavers we would use crusher dust. That being said, it's a patio and not a driveway or a road, so I ...

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How do I improve the soundproofing between two rooms?
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You could cut some holes in the drywall and use some blow in insulation. Something like dense-pack cellulose. What helps even more is to then glue another layer of drywall with something like green ...

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How can I repeatedly cut the same pattern using a router?
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You can buy one of the many available adjustable router templates or make your own. Retail Template Example Shop-made Template Example Using Templates There are lots of ways to use templates, like ...

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Can I store unused hardwood floor and base trim in a shed (or garage)?
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I store flooring in my shed/garage all the time. However, the humidity isn't very high where I live. You should find out the max humidty recommended by manufacturer and verify that it won't exceed ...

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Should I use Tyvek or tar paper on basement walls?
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"Should I use Tyvek or tar paper on basement walls?" Neither. No building paper or wrap against the foundation. Just use foam it is not really all that difficult to cut. The best practice really is ...

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How do I replace a wooden fence post that was set in concrete?
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I would break up the concrete and redo. It'll be a lot easier to take out of the hole in chunks, or re-use as backfill.

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Can I re-use a roller tray liner?
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There is a good chance that you will be perfectly fine. I've rolled out of trays I've let paint dry in with perfectly fine results when I got lazy and it was an area I wasn't concerned about (like a ...

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What material can I use for this custom corner desk?
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Particle board with laminate. Cut laminate so it's a little larger, glue it on with contact cement and trim the edges with a router. Cheap and durable. + =

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