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by RCGA
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall crack: Plaster, Spackle, Caulking, something esle?
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Drywall crack: Plaster, Spackle, Caulking, something esle?

I have a few of these cracks around the house, all of them under windows. I'm planning on selling it and don't have to have to deal with a big plaster job. Just need something that will "fix" the problem for a few months.
by RCGA
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Wood fireplace - How to insulate opening?
Replies: 1
Views: 81

Wood fireplace - How to insulate opening?

I have a couple of wood fireplaces in my house. Both are older 1960s styles that are original to the home. They're both "open" (no glass), but with a closed damper and unused. For the past few years, I've shoved a half of a fiberglass bat up against each closed damper. But now with a newborn, I'm tr...
by RCGA
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: New slider window leaks
Replies: 2
Views: 106

New slider window leaks

I installed a new horizontal slider window and it leaks, or more specifically, it's not weeping the water. From what I can gather, the outside sash is filling up with water and then it seeping through to the inside sash. For the life of me I can understand what's going on. It's a new window and the ...
by RCGA
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: How can I insulate plumbing against my foundation
Replies: 2
Views: 145

How can I insulate plumbing against my foundation

I'm finishing a laundry room in my basement. It's framed out with 2x6 and have pex water lines running down the studs. Is it okay is insulate normally? I can't get any XPS behind the water lines so I'll most likely have to use batts. Am I okay if I wrap the water lines in fiberglass and use a VB? I'...
by RCGA
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?
Replies: 14
Views: 839

Re: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?

Any guess on what an exterior repair would cost? Repair meaning excavation along the back wall, weeping tile install, maybe 2" xps and then button it back up. It's hard to get anyone to even take a look at it because I don't own the place and because the drywall is up. My rough guess is $20k, but I ...
by RCGA
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?
Replies: 14
Views: 839

Re: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?

Now, one thing that just occurred to me.... My guess is that the foundation is insulated simply with R20 fiberglass right up against the foundation and a 6mil VB. From my basic understanding of how-to-insulate-a-basement-wall this is about as s***ty as it gets. Could it be that, because the HRV isn...
by RCGA
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?
Replies: 14
Views: 839

Re: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?

UPDATE: Went back again yesterday after a good rain. We found more water, and in new places all along the backside of the foundation. Any updated guesses as to what might be the cause? A few more notes, too: - The house has an air exchanger/HRV. I can only assume it's not running and hasn't been for...
by RCGA
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?
Replies: 14
Views: 839

Re: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?

Hmmm, the house has no sump pump as far as I can tell
by RCGA
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall strapping in basement - With 3/4 pipes
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: Drywall strapping in basement - With 3/4 pipes

Clarence wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:54 am
You could use the metal Hat - Shaped framing component to fur out the ceiling they come in dept of 7/8 " & 1 1/2 " channels which size will clear the pipes.
Link to somewhere I could purchase them in Canada?
by RCGA
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall strapping in basement - With 3/4 pipes
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Drywall strapping in basement - With 3/4 pipes

I need to install drywall to my ceiling in the basement. I have 3/4 hot water pipes (heating) running right up against the joists.

What's my best course of action here? Strap out the ceiling with 2x4?

What kind of spacing can I get away with?
by RCGA
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?
Replies: 14
Views: 839

Re: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?

Is there anyway to tell if the weeping tile is clogged without digging?

Im assuming the pipe has to discharge somewhere
by RCGA
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?
Replies: 14
Views: 839

Re: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?

johnbrown86 wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:34 am
My be the sewer line under the floor got leakage. You can do basement waterproofing for this.
Any way to tell if that's the case before buying?
by RCGA
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?
Replies: 14
Views: 839

Can you guess why this foundation is leaking?

I'm considering buying a home that was built in 2010. It's on well and septic, something I've never had. The house looks good inside and out. But the garage floor is wet by the back exterior wall, and it hasn't rained heavily in a few weeks. I've included a few photos of what I'm seeing. The agent t...
by RCGA
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Copper to Pex - Low flow on exterior spigot
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Re: Copper to Pex - Low flow on exterior spigot

I have a frost free on the exterior of my home and don't notice anything. Be sure your frost free does not have a reduction in diameter ,that is all I could see that would reduce water flow. Any way to tell this? I have this one, but in pex, not solder https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.non-freeze-...
by RCGA
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Copper to Pex - Low flow on exterior spigot
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Copper to Pex - Low flow on exterior spigot

Recently went from 1/2 copper to 1/2 pex Also added a frost-free exterior spigot (was 1/2 copper old school style from the 70s) The pressure at the faucet is around 62PSI and around 60 at the end of the 50ft hose. But the water flow is absolutely brutal. I could barely wash my car and my sprinkler h...
by RCGA
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Double Gate - Initial Thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: Double Gate - Initial Thoughts

I agree with the other guys here. Some points I might add are I have found that wider wood gates will tend to sag towards each other because they bend the post slightly if the posts are “stand alone” corner posts . What I mean by that is that the corner posts do not have fence on the other side of ...
by RCGA
Thu May 31, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Double Gate - Initial Thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Double Gate - Initial Thoughts

I have a 10ft space between my house and my neighbor's property that I'd like to gate off. He has a metal gate and fence on his side, but I'd like to do mine out of PT wood. Before I get too ahead of myself, can I do a double opening gate that spans ~10ft total; so each gate would be ~4.25ft after s...
by RCGA
Thu May 31, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Window leak - Did I install the wrong window?
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Window leak - Did I install the wrong window?

I needed to install a window in my basement and didn't have time to wait for a custom order. I saw this window at Home Depot and it fit well enough within the space I had to work with. https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.18-inch-x-30-inch-vinyl-single-hung-window-with-3-14-inch-frame-and-integrated-b...
by RCGA
Wed May 09, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Pressure relief valve leaking slightly
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: Pressure relief valve leaking slightly

I gave it another half turn with the pipe wrench. I don't think I can physically turn it anymore without risking damage to the copper pipe below (even while using two wrenches)

Fingers crossed this works!
by RCGA
Wed May 09, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Pressure relief valve leaking slightly
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: Pressure relief valve leaking slightly

Okay I have two pipe clamps that really grip

How should I do this? One on the copper adapter below the teflon and one on that first ring of brass?

And am I twisting the brass clockwise?
by RCGA
Tue May 08, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Pressure relief valve leaking slightly
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Pressure relief valve leaking slightly

I had a pressure relief valve installed in my home two days ago. I've called the plumber back who did the work twice now and it still hasn't resolved the issue. The problem is that the pressure relief valve is leaking very slightly along the teflon tape. It was a drip, now it just gets sorta moist a...
by RCGA
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: A few dryer vent questions
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: A few dryer vent questions

Thanks - a few follow-up points - I had no choice but to screw the portion of the pipe the transitions from the outside to the inside as there'd be nothing to support it. The two screws go in from the inside of the pipe, so it's just the screw head showing. Should I tape over them with foil just in ...
by RCGA
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: A few dryer vent questions
Replies: 4
Views: 221

A few dryer vent questions

A few questions about dryer vents (it's never straight-forward, is it?) - I'm going from old flex pipe to 30g steel. With the added weight, how do I support the pipe going down? Can I have a stud right up against the pipe? Will metal pipe strapping suffice? A the bottom of the run, I'm using a produ...
by RCGA
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Drain Cleanout - How far from a stud?
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Drain Cleanout - How far from a stud?

I have a cleanout in my basement for my kitchen (above), basement utility skink and laundry. I'm studing out the wall; how much space do I need to allow for the cleanout? It's angled toward the (would be) stud (rather than facing directly forward)
by RCGA
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Are push-in connectors code in Canada?
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Re: Are push-in connectors code in Canada?

Yep, they're CSA certified, so you can definitely use them. Also, if you have another, unused ground bond screw in the box, you can just run a pigtail from that screw to your device. And bypass the grounds coming into the box? For example, two 14/2 wires coming into the box. Those grounds are bonde...
by RCGA
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Are push-in connectors code in Canada?
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Are push-in connectors code in Canada?

Are these things okay to use vs. wire nuts? https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.assorted-push-in-wire-connectors-10pkg.1000511478.html I was trying to find wago lever nuts but I can't find a Canadian source. These from HD were the best I've seen. The reason why I want to use these is that I have a 19...
by RCGA
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Dishwasher hose - How tight to wrench it down?
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: Dishwasher hose - How tight to wrench it down?

Okay I removed the clamp and wrapped a layer of electrical tape around the house, just as a protective layer from the stainless clamp.

When I installed in a second time, I hand tightened the nut, then gave it one more spin. Hopefully it's okay
by RCGA
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Dishwasher hose - How tight to wrench it down?
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Dishwasher hose - How tight to wrench it down?

I had a dishwasher hose give way because the stock clip they used wasn't on tight enough. It leaked it bit, but luckily someone was home to turn the dishwasher off before it turned into a disaster. I've replaced the clip with a type that you can manually clamp down. But I have no idea how tight to c...
by RCGA
Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: New-ish window leaking from drip cap?
Replies: 1
Views: 147

New-ish window leaking from drip cap?

I had this window installed about 3 years ago. It's never given me any issues. Now out of nowhere it's leaking really bad when it rains. There was no caulking behind the drip cap so I applied some polyurethane caulk today. But I'm not totally confident that'll stop the water. Could something else be...
by RCGA
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Bathroom fan - how to seal from attic?
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Bathroom fan - how to seal from attic?

I have a 1960s bungalow. The upper floor bathroom has a fan/vent. There's no vapour barrier in my attic, so right now moisture can get around the edges of the fan's casing. I was thinking of sealing this gap with GreatStuff spray foam. Is that the best solution? If I needed to replace the fan, I'm n...