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Removing Epoxy Pebble Flooring
I have a concrete patio that was overlaid with epoxy pebble or aggregate several years ago. The epoxy is slowly disintegrating so I want to remove it. What is the best method of doing this? call your...
10 years ago 4
 
insulation after drywall for ceiling? or before?
I am about to drywall and insulate my detached garage ceiling. Instead of stapling the kraft faced pink fiberglass insulation to the ceiling joists, I was thinking I could save a step by sheetrocking...
14 years ago 14
 
Paint - ?enamel over latex?
Most of the information you're probably reading has to do with painting with latex over oil-based enamel. That's a tough one. If you're talking about painting over latex with latex enamel,...
12 years ago 18
 
strapping ceilings?
question of the day..... before strapping ceilings would it be prudent to put up the plastic vapor barrier first? can it be put on just before the finished ceiling? M wrote: There are pro's and...
13 years ago 8
 
12x16 shed roof ridge beam
I'm putting together plans for 12'x16' shed. I'm planning on using an end supported 16' long ridge beam to avoid using rafter ties. Will a 16' 2x12 be sufficient, or should I...
13 years ago 52
 
Will Thompson's Water Seal protect OSB during framing or make it worse?
My builder sayd he applies Thompson's Water Seal to the floor decks in case there is rain prior to roofing. Does that help? It occurred to me it might make it worse. If he applies it to the...
14 years ago 54
 
what to coat wood with so cement won't stick
I need to buils some small forms ( 2X 6 size). What is good to coat the wood so the cement won't stick to it when I take it a part. If you are trying to protect the concrete you poured probably...
13 years ago 30
 
door frame first or flooring?
I'm building (and contracting some of the work) my own house. This is my second house and learned a bunch from the first. One thing that I'd really like to know is that after putting up...
13 years ago 10
 
Beeping from attic
Beeping from attic We recently moved into a used house and a few months ago noticed a high pitched beeping sound which seemed to originate from a particular location of the ceiling in the hallway....
14 years ago 15
 
check valve for tankless water heater
I have an installation guide for a tankless hot water heater. It says to put a check valve between the water heater and water shutoff valve. Why? I know what the valve does since I have one, but am...
13 years ago 28
 
Siding Nails in a Roofing nailer?
I need to shoot 1 3/4" siding nails. I have a coil roofing nailer that shoots up to 1 3/4" nails. Can I shoot siding nails (small head) in a roofing nailer (big heads)? Do I need to buy another nail...
13 years ago 10
 
P2R phillips bit -- what is it?
Found these among my 1/4-inch driver bits. Tried to use them for #2 phillips screws and snapped off a couple. What are these for? Thanks, FBt on 4/7/2008 10:45 AM Esther & Fester Bestertester said the...
12 years ago 58
 
trenching after a rain?
Hey Folks, I'm running a 1000' trench for electrical primary to a new home. I'm in a bit of a time crunch, and got half of it done already. I was going to do the other half this weekend,...
12 years ago 18
 
Attaching light fixure to a mirror?
I have a 7 ft x 4 ft mirror in my bathroom we want to replace the light fixtures on. Currently it has the Rectangular 4 bulb fixture that is easily glued on using silicone sealant and double sided...
13 years ago 12
 
Which to build first? Walls or floors?
I saw on some tv show that they put basement walls OFF the floor for various reasons. Then cover the gap with moulding or something. If that's the case, what's the diff? Finishing my full...
12 years ago 10
 
How quick can I jack up a floor structure?
We're planning to gut and rebuild my in-laws bathroom this summer, which will include rebuilding the old back porch so we can expand into the space (the basement actually extends 8 feet out past...
13 years ago 26
 
headers in gable end walls? what do you engineers think?
i am framing a superinsulated house in northern minnesota (40 psf snow load). the specs call for no headers in non-load bearing exterior walls (gable walls). i'm not entirely trusting this...
13 years ago 30
 
Framing on Slab - Out of Square
We have just started framing on our home and the framer indicates the slab is not square on the corners. Not too bad, but still 1.5" out of square in 2 places. The framer has the bottom plate (2x4)...
13 years ago 40
 
Beam in garage supporting upstairs room
My house (built in '86) has a family room (size 16' x 26') above a two-car garage. All that's supporting the floor across the span of the garage are 2x8 floor joists running across the...
13 years ago 26
 
UNIONS ON GAS PIPE
I have never heard more different opinions on anything. Can you use unions to connect gas pipe? Or rather, is it LEGAL to use unions to connect gas pipe? Some say YEAH BUT HIDE THEM, some say NO WAY,...
11 years ago 7