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by A. Spruce
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1422
Views: 16598

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

So Nutzy asked me to help him with the tile in the bathroom he's remodeling, no problem. He want's wet set mortar and tile, no problem. I get the mud mixed, no problem. I get the walls prepped, no problem.

I send Nutzy out to get me a bucket of mud . . .
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by A. Spruce
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck beams
Replies: 1
Views: 4

Re: Deck beams

Spans are determined by the structural integrity of the species of lumber you're using, douglas fir and southern yellow pine are the two most common structural species, the size of the lumber being used, and the load that will be placed upon them. What is the dimensions of your deck? Will you be att...
by A. Spruce
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Attic and garage ceiling insulation
Replies: 6
Views: 42

Re: Attic and garage ceiling insulation

What are the properties between cellulose and fiberglass that makes them a good insulating materials? Do they have individual properties that is good for a certain season? Cellulose is paper pulp, usually made from ground up newspaper (recycled paper ). Fiberglass is spun glass, similar to cotton c...
by A. Spruce
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Rotten boards at the top of foundation.
Replies: 2
Views: 17

Re: Rotten boards at the top of foundation.

I think I'd have a stucco guy come and have a look at it. There should be a weep screed at the bottom of the wall, which is probably why you have a crisp line, thing is, that screed should be below any wood so that there is nothing exposed at the bottom of the wall.
by A. Spruce
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Need help installing shower column
Replies: 4
Views: 43

Re: Need help installing shower column

Yeah, says right on the box that it is a shower head replacement, not a valve replacement. Yes, you should be able to find the unit you have with a valve, or a similar styled one. You're probably going to have to go to a specialty plumbing supply, such as Ferguson's . You'll pay a whole lot more tha...
by A. Spruce
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck Framing
Replies: 9
Views: 134

Re: Deck Framing

Sorry I forgot to mention the dimensions, the top tier will be about 12x8 so the joist span will be roughly 11' 6", and the bottom tier will be about 12x10, so those joists will be roughly the same spam. So with that being said, I am over the total length of the beam with 2x8, and if I am reading t...
by A. Spruce
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck Framing
Replies: 9
Views: 134

Re: Deck Framing

Personally, I'm not a fan of notching weather exposed members, all this does is introduce more surface area for moisture to collect, rot to set in, and more difficulty in repairing rot damage in a few years. I would place posts directly under beams and use a Simpson Strong-tie bracket to hold the tw...
by A. Spruce
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck Framing
Replies: 9
Views: 134

Re: Deck Framing

As long as the links pertains to the conversation, yes, you may post links.
by A. Spruce
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Tube through basement wall?
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: Tube through basement wall?

A dehumidifier sounds plausible, but there's really no telling what the previous owner(s) may have done. If it were me, I'd probably cut it off nearly flush with the wall and put a plug in it so that if it is a drain, it can't back-drain or leak. Is there a nearby bathroom or laundry room where you ...
by A. Spruce
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: backing for tiles
Replies: 9
Views: 84

Re: backing for tiles

There was a time when you could stick tile directly to green board, but I don't think that's allowed anymore, at least here in the states. I've never used Kerdi board before, so can't offer any recommendations there.
by A. Spruce
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck Help!
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: Deck Help!

3" of overhang is fine.
by A. Spruce
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outlets inside vanity cabinet
Replies: 32
Views: 163

Re: Outlets inside vanity cabinet

emtnut wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:33 am
Now, Is that darn receptacle in yet Sprucy ?? :mrgreen:
Well, if I can't put a toaster in my vanity cabinet, what's the point of the receptacle? :cry: :mrgreen:
by A. Spruce
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1422
Views: 16598

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Is that some sort of golf reference, 'cause I thought we were done with those . . . :| ;) :mrgreen:

At least you survived. Time to saddle up to the bar and decompress until the next one. 8-) :mrgreen:
by A. Spruce
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outlets inside vanity cabinet
Replies: 32
Views: 163

Re: Outlets inside vanity cabinet

Well I am in favor of building standards and municipal zoning. As am I, but the problem is the level of "code" enforcement has to do with the level of anality of the individual inspector and the needs of the municipal coffers, neither of which have anything to do with public safety or common sense....
by A. Spruce
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outlets inside vanity cabinet
Replies: 32
Views: 163

Re: Outlets inside vanity cabinet

Funny (i.e. annoying ) story: I once tried to pull a permit only for regulated items on a job, framing, plumbing, electrical, etc., and left the finish work items, paint, flooring, things of that nature, off the cost of the job. The bureaucrat on the other side of the counter immediately stated, "oh...
by A. Spruce
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Best Window Treatment for Room Darkening?
Replies: 4
Views: 46

Re: Best Window Treatment for Room Darkening?

The easiest thing to do will be to put up light blocking curtains. There are many styles to choose from to suit your styling needs.

Another option is to go to a fabric store and purchase a piece of heavy black fabric and attach it over the window.
by A. Spruce
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Chimney Framing
Replies: 4
Views: 43

Re: Chimney Framing

Posting some pictures would help too. Use the attachment feature below the response box where you type your messages.
by A. Spruce
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Chimney Framing
Replies: 4
Views: 43

Re: Chimney Framing

The first thing you have to do is determine the source of the problem, simply replacing bad materials for new isn't necessarily going to cut it. If the damage is only a foot or so above the deck, then the deck may be the cause. The repair would include flashing the ledger and installing the material...
by A. Spruce
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outlets inside vanity cabinet
Replies: 32
Views: 163

Re: Outlets inside vanity cabinet

But a lot of these things just really boil down to common sense and good workmanship, you can't really develop code for that! And yet, here we are in a nanny-state, where common sense has been banned from of the equation. I swear, most of these codes are written by people who have absolutely no kno...
by A. Spruce
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outlets inside vanity cabinet
Replies: 32
Views: 163

Re: Outlets inside vanity cabinet

I think you mean anti-Darwinisms.
by A. Spruce
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: cottage attic crawlspace rebuild 1 1/2 story
Replies: 5
Views: 49

Re: cottage attic crawlspace rebuild 1 1/2 story

If you want a crawlspace/storage area above this room, put the plywood on top of the ceiling joists, insulate the bays, then hang drywall underneath. If this is NOT going to be a crawl/storage space, meaning unused attic space, then omit the plywood.
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outlets inside vanity cabinet
Replies: 32
Views: 163

Re: Outlets inside vanity cabinet

I've not heard of any restriction, but then I'm also not an electrician.
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outlets inside vanity cabinet
Replies: 32
Views: 163

Re: Outlets inside vanity cabinet

emtnut wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:22 am
(h)(ii) shall be de-energized unless the enclosure door is in the fully opened position;
Anyone care to guess as to the reasoning behind why the door has to be open? I guess if the door isn't open, how else would you know that your toast is done? :roll:
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outlets inside vanity cabinet
Replies: 32
Views: 163

Re: Outlets inside vanity cabinet

Ya like Emtnut says in Canada no receptacle could be placed inside a closed vanity like you want. It could however be cut into the end gable as long as it is exposed outward . There is an allowance for it, if you put a door switch on the cabinet ! Sounds ridiculous, but that is sometimes used for a...
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Large Window as Shower Partition Wall
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: Large Window as Shower Partition Wall

If you use a shower enclosure, the frame of the enclosure is self supporting. I won't offer any advice on wood framing where a standard glass window is involved.
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Floor refinishing sequence
Replies: 5
Views: 142

Re: Floor refinishing sequence

plunk21 wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:58 pm
Hi,

One of my friends is looking for floor refinishing. He also wants to have a wall painting. Should he first go for floor refinishing or wall painting??

Thanks
Walls first, floors last
by A. Spruce
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1422
Views: 16598

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Side note regarding Aaron's sweater talk: We have this really dumb summer kid at work who wears a thick long sleeve shirt, winter gloves, and has this toque-like flappy thing attached to his hardhat. He wonders why he's borderline heat exhaustion all the time. This one is for you, Dan. Make sure yo...
by A. Spruce
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck Help!
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: Deck Help!

Post some pics using the "attachment" button below the reply box.

You may need to notch the bottom of the post to fit around the beam or blocking, or simply bolt it to the outside of the beam. Without seeing your framing and proposed post locations, it will be hard to offer specific advice. 8-)
by A. Spruce
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outlets inside vanity cabinet
Replies: 32
Views: 163

Re: Outlets inside vanity cabinet

Well, this is also a double wide trailer, so normal codes don't apply anyway! LOL No, seriously, quite literally, there is a different set of codes for trailers than stick framed homes. All of the original outlet in the house are a "stab" style, and I'm not talking about back-stabbed outlets. You kn...
by A. Spruce
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Installing backsplash
Replies: 6
Views: 62

Re: Installing backsplash

To get old and new drywall/wall surfaces to plane level, use firring strips on the studs to shim the new to the correct height.