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Is my attic floor over my garage strong enough to use it for storage and maybe as a small work area?
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You have 2x6 joists 16" o.c. and lets assume #2 fir- the MAXIMUM spam (where they are supported underneath - bearing the weight) for a 20 lb dead load is 9'10" and for 10 lb dead load: 13' 2" You show ...

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Foam insulation in interior walls
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The space does not have to be filled but should not be between the two foam layers. The required R value does have to be met. To find your total R value: add the specified ratings for both foams. Why ...

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Can I install a light between two three-way switches?
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If you tap into the existing light box: Yes There you will have the switched power and neutral. If you try to tap into the triplex running from one of the switches: NO. There you will only have the ...

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How to support the subfloor around a toilet between I joists
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It is possible to do this, although I think it might be easier to cut the waste line on the horizontal run and plumb up another pipe upon which to install a toilet flange after the new floor is ...

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How does this 50 year old shower valve work?
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In one hole, and if the seat is open, out the other. If it doesn't seal well even though you have replace the 'washer' at the end of the stem, a seat grinder will smooth the seat out. Go find a 75 ...

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Can I repair a shower without pulling everything out?
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Since I can see holes in the pan that look like they were used for installation purposes - nail holes. - An absolute certainty of failure - Tear the whole shower out. Save yourself money in the long ...

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Tile over Luan which is glued to a cement floor
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Can you do it: yes. Will it come back to bite you: probably yes. Trapping wood between two cement building layers, in my opinion is asking for problems. If there is any moisture wicking through ...

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Exterior Fire-rated Wall Assembly?
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Short answer: Find out what the Head inspector will accept and get it in writing. For exterior gypsum, I use Densglass Gold as a backer for siding in Wildland areas that require fire rating. This ...

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range hood with an offset
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Never seen one like this - BUT have installed many a hood in cabinets where the vent did not end up exiting the center of the cabinet. a combination of adjustable elbows will offset the vent if you ...

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Receptacles in Kitchen Cabinets
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My preferred method for prepping electrical boxes that will be in cabinets is to leave the wire hanging out of the wall, finish drywall, hang cabinets then use a remodel box secured to the installed ...

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What sizes of DWV pipe are commonly used for (very) small residential homes?
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The issue is not 'what is in favor' but what the building code requires. Here is a general rule: toilet: 3" or 4" washing machine and shower: 2" sinks: 1 1/2" nothing smaller. combined vent through ...

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How do I insulate a crawl space?
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The answer to this question depends upon the climate condition in which it is located. Moderate climate: insulate between floor joists and vent crawl space to promote air circulation and mitigate mold ...

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building garage what is proper way to frame an 8 ft garage door
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I assume you are wondering what size header to use for the framing and how to support that header. You should: consult your local building department they can tell you. The old rule of thumb is 1" ...

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Do acrylic glu-up tub surrounds require backer boards, waterproof membrane underneath?
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One disadvantage of direct to stud stalls is the lip at the outer edge over which the drywall will be applied - this causes a hump in the drywall surface. I usually fir out the studs with drywall ...

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Wires barely fit in gang box, is this okay? If not, where to get deeper boxes?
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One option is to use a single gang mud ring for double gang box. you can get metal or plastic ones.

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Why does my circuit breaker keep tripping?
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First choice: Call a licensed electrician. Second choice: Find all the outlets and lights which are affected by the breaker. Start with the one closest to the panel. Open them all up and visually ...

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how to repair large, uneven crack in concrete floor
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When I come up against this issue when laying floating floors I grind down the higher area. I use my 5" angle grinder and a grinder like this: turbo grinding cup for granite You will generate ALOT of ...

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Wainscoting a wall that has windows without casings. Is there a typical trim method?
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I didn't have pics of how I did the window area but here is pic which shows one method of edging: I would make an apron for under the window sill and for beside the window - experiment with widths ...

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What is correct vapour barrier method for bathroom ceiling in a bungalow in Canada
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I keep seeing your question has not been answered. I do not build in the type of climate you describe but here are my thoughts: Do not trap moisture within the wall/ceiling structure- so one side ...

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was in attic for an hour without mask. could this cause issue?
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Many variables here but for most people this would not be a problem. I have been working on old homes for 30 years and have popped up into attics without proper gear countless times. Sometimes there ...

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Very low water pressure in house
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in that short run: size of pipe has little effect on pressure. You say the tank is overhead - Is this gravity feed? In that case pressure is a result of gravity (height of water column) not size of ...

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How do I bring a recessed wall outlet flush with newly installed paneling?
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There are box extenders which can be screwed onto the existing box. They can be screwed directly on top of the old box. Just do a search for "electrical box extenders" and you will find plenty.

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where is safe to step on in attic
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yes - these are elements of the truss system which holds up your roof. Usually, any 2x4 you find in an attic is safe to step on - except for small pieces uses to mount vent pipes.

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Dishwasher: Can my ground wire be exposed?
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grounding in a home IS exposed. Consider every metal water line, gas line - in older homes those were used as the grounding mechanism. The ground is connected to the metal body of appliances, tools ...

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Can I connect 12ga wire for a gas range to 10ga wire from the service panel?
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I am guessing that you removed an electric range and installed a gas range and wish to magically transform the 220V outlet into a 110V outlet for the new range? Only if you do the following: change ...

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Can I splice grounding wires together to reach an old outlet that needs a ground?
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As long as the wire is sound and is joined old and new properly, i.e., not just twisted together but secured with a twist lock or crimp connector it meets code and is fine. Consider that the hot and ...

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How do I prevent water from leaking into my basement?
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Call Mike Holmes. But seriously, he had a great show in which he has a very similar problem - we are talking 8 foot by 3' trenches around entire basement, waterproof cladding, rock, dirt barrier ...

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Can I run 3 feet of water pipe in the attic for a rain shower?
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where is the home? he most important question: Does it freeze in your attic? Even if it freezes - if the pipe is beneath ample insulation it is ok - Unless you are on an extended vacation - in which ...

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What could cause a digital circuit breaker finder to not find a breaker?
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I can not help you with that particular tool. But a word of advice. Sometimes I have to put down my induction testor, or magnetic resonance testor and grab the radio. plug in radio to outlet in that ...

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Is it safe to remove 2 "extra" jack studs to make a 60" wide door opening wider?
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Generally speaking up to 72" opening only a single jack stud is required. If there was a point load over the door the contractor may have added the extra support. Other wise - code does not require ...

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