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by rchesterton
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Structural Question
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Structural Question

I am running a 3 inch PVC pipe as a riser from my basement up to my second floor. You can see in this picture that there’s an addition behind the wall that they riser is going to be going up into. There used to be two entrances into this addition and the previous owners removed one of them. They lef...
by rchesterton
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Rough Drain/Vent Plumbing In Upstairs Laundry/Bathroom
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: Rough Drain/Vent Plumbing In Upstairs Laundry/Bathroom

Thanks for that input - it was very helpful and at least gets me started thinking the right way. I have a stack very easily accessible once I get through the floor downstairs. I'll go straight down and then over to the stack. There are no obstacles in the wall or downstairs that are going to limit t...
by rchesterton
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running Electric for Dryer
Replies: 4
Views: 103

Re: Running Electric for Dryer

Gotcha. So I would just go with the orange (10 g) nm cable, I assume. I ran that same thing out to my garage with 30amp double pole breakers. Is that the standard for a typical dryer (it's only about 3 years old not sure the exact draw but it is running on this now and is fine).
by rchesterton
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running Electric for Dryer
Replies: 4
Views: 103

Running Electric for Dryer

Is there a particular type of romex that I would use to run 220 up to a new laundry room? The one that goes to my dryer now (in the basement) looks different than any others I have - even the 220 that I ran out to my garage is orange...but this is like a beige, rounder line that goes to the outlet f...
by rchesterton
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Rough Drain/Vent Plumbing In Upstairs Laundry/Bathroom
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Rough Drain/Vent Plumbing In Upstairs Laundry/Bathroom

I am putting a second floor laundry/bathroom on the second floor of my house. Running supply lines is simple, but I am looking for direction for plumbing in the drainage for toilet, sink, laundry and tub. I am wondering if I should run one main drain pipe down through the first floor and straight in...
by rchesterton
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 289

Re: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

Directly below is a solid exterior wall - the opening to the addition (downstairs) is way to the right - there are no doors or windows in line with this window below.
by rchesterton
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 289

Re: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

So far, here's what I've done. Not the best picture because you cannot see the bottom but it gives you the idea. I used a 2x6 for the header and doubled the jacks. What do you mean by blocks or blocking?
by rchesterton
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 289

Re: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

Thanks! Just didn't want to run into any rules for walls that were "more" load bearing than others. But it seems that all external walls are created and treated equally! I appreciate it.
by rchesterton
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 289

Re: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

I'll have to cut 3 studs to fit
by rchesterton
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 289

Re: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

I cannot use that old framed out window space because there is now an addition with vaulted ceilings which caused the peak of the roof to intrude on the window that used to be there. I will be framing it completely new where (in my picture) you see there is a square cut out. I just did not know if t...
by rchesterton
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 289

Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

Last year I installed a window on first floor of the gable end of my house. Now, I am going to put another window in but this time it will be on the second floor and on the eave side (I think that is the opposite of gable, right?). I am wondering if there are any load-bearing specifics that I need t...
by rchesterton
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: What is this?

Looks like a piece of thin metal they may have used to prevent the insulation from ripping through the head of the fastener to me.
by rchesterton
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 228

Re: Safe to Remove Wall??

Yes, that is what I meant...going from the exterior (supporting) wall to the middle wall (over the I beam) is what I would do.
by rchesterton
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 228

Re: Safe to Remove Wall??

Given there is no wall underneath and my house was built with 2x8 joists - I am thinking I need to reinforce the floor before installing washer/dryer bathtub, etc. If I take the subfloor off and sister additional joists across the entire area will that help to ensure it is properly supported? Is tha...
by rchesterton
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 228

Re: Safe to Remove Wall??

I figured, just wanted to be sure. There is no wall below the one that I am looking to remove. I'll check the attic tonight. If there is no wall below (and not even close - it is right over the middle of the kitchen below) then is it even possible that it is load bearing? Probably not, right? Is tha...
by rchesterton
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 228

Re: Safe to Remove Wall??

Shannon wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:29 am
Look for ceiling joist members coming from both direction and lapping over that wall. Also look on the main door below for another wall or beam in the same position .
Did you mean to say main "floor"?
by rchesterton
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 228

Re: Safe to Remove Wall??

What would I be looking for? I can see just rafters sitting on top of the top plate (there is a little space I can see through where the dry wall was removed). Perhaps I will cut a new attic access point in that room. I will need to get up there easily anyway to install the venting needed for the ba...
by rchesterton
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 228

Safe to Remove Wall??

I am planning to remove this wall to make a larger room for a bathroom/laundry room on the second floor of my house. This used to be a large closet off of a bedroom. That back wall is the exterior wall. The joists run perpendicular to this wall. Where I am standing to take the picture is at the top ...
by rchesterton
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Furnace Mounted Humidifier Won't Shut Off
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: Furnace Mounted Humidifier Won't Shut Off

Meant to include the other side of the instructions. Sorry for the multiple posts on this.
by rchesterton
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Furnace Mounted Humidifier Won't Shut Off
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: Furnace Mounted Humidifier Won't Shut Off

My pics didn't upload - here they are.
by rchesterton
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Furnace Mounted Humidifier Won't Shut Off
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Furnace Mounted Humidifier Won't Shut Off

I installed a Aprilaire 500M this weekend according to the instructions provided. It works fine but will not shut off. There's probably something in the instructions that I didn't understand completely. It came with a transformer to be mounted near the furnace to supply the power to the humidistat. ...
by rchesterton
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Converting Switches to Outlets
Replies: 19
Views: 259

Re: Converting Switches to Outlets

when I test for power I shut everything for that circuit off, disconnect all devices (so that each conductor is isolated), turn the breaker back on, and see what one is hot. I am going to be looking for the conductor that carries power either into one of the two switch boxes or the light fixture ab...
by rchesterton
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Converting Switches to Outlets
Replies: 19
Views: 259

Re: Converting Switches to Outlets

This is probably a 101 electricity question, but when I test for power I shut everything for that circuit off, disconnect all devices (so that each conductor is isolated), turn the breaker back on, and see what one is hot. Of course, I do this when no one is around! But I am guessing the pros do it ...
by rchesterton
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Pool Cover/Ice
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: Pool Cover/Ice

So the pool was completely empty before this? I thought people usually left the pools half full? I guess I’m wrong. I do leave the pool level just under the skimmer, but I thought the cover kept the ice from forming right out to the walls - although - I guess the water underneath is freezing as wel...
by rchesterton
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Pool Cover/Ice
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Pool Cover/Ice

My above ground pool cover couldn't handle the weight of the snow and ice on top and finally caved into the pool. There's leaves in the ice but I am not worried about that as much as I am the ice expanding and pushing the walls out. Anyone ever dealt with this before? What did you do?
by rchesterton
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Ice Dam
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Ice Dam

Looks like I will be using a hammer like you suggested. Wasted my $20! That ice is still up there with no melted channels through it. Sometimes you win sometimes you lose.
by rchesterton
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Ice Dam
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Ice Dam

Thanks - I found some compressed, cakes of some type of ice melter designed for roofs - supposed to not damage shingles or siding, etc. They are supposed to melt a trough into the ice so the water above can channel through. We'll see how it works. I can see my next project...insulating my garage (at...
by rchesterton
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Ice Dam
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Ice Dam

I did some additional reading and looking online - found a few helpful diagrams to learn more about the destruction ice dams can cause. My question becomes- what is the most effective way to deal with an ice dam - do not want to hire and do not want to buy a steamer!
by rchesterton
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Ice Dam
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Ice Dam

I have created a bit of a problem for myself. I installed a heater in my garage and have left it on (low, but on) through the snow storms we have had. It caused melting and probably the worst ice damming I have ever seen. There's ice overfilling my gutters and a few feet right up the roof. But also ...
by rchesterton
Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Converting Switches to Outlets
Replies: 19
Views: 259

Re: Converting Switches to Outlets

What I am trying to avoid is rewiring. If I put in outlets AND change the dimmers to single pole then I could cap the reds and just use the 12:3 as 12:2. Correct?

There is no three way wiring going into any of the lights.