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by A. Spruce
Sun May 20, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior Door Shim Fail? How Can I Fix?
Replies: 8
Views: 37

Re: Exterior Door Shim Fail? How Can I Fix?

Tightening the screws at the bottom hinge is going to pull the strike side of the door down, which if I'm seeing your pix correctly, is the side you're having sweep issues with. The reveal between your door and door frame look good, so you're very very close to a perfect install. What you probably h...
by A. Spruce
Sun May 20, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior Door Shim Fail? How Can I Fix?
Replies: 8
Views: 37

Re: Exterior Door Shim Fail? How Can I Fix?

Ok cool, thanks. So you do use 2 screws per 'location' in the door though like you said, right? So like 12 screws in all? (And more if you need to tweak the frame to make it plumb? Thanks again! Yes, for 3 hinge doors, that is correct. For two hinge doors you don't need the center screws in either ...
by A. Spruce
Sun May 20, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior Door Shim Fail? How Can I Fix?
Replies: 8
Views: 37

Re: Exterior Door Shim Fail? How Can I Fix?

I just thought it was odd that in Shannon's video he put screws in around the hinges, THEN also put the hinge screws in... why not only use the hinge screws? That's a question for Shannon to answer. I've never bought a door with supplied screws, so I use the method I stated earlier. Personally, I d...
by A. Spruce
Sun May 20, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: How to remove vine remnants off sofets/siding
Replies: 3
Views: 15

Re: How to remove vine remnants off sofets/siding

It's amazing how tenacious those vines are! I do not know of any solvent or solution that will remove those "suckers". The downspout is easy enough to just replace, the rest of it you will probably be relegated to using a palm sander and sanding the surfaces smooth. You don't have to buff all the pa...
by A. Spruce
Sun May 20, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Sliding screen door
Replies: 8
Views: 78

Re: Sliding screen door

Then you probably have enough space there for a door. The screen door itself is adjustable, it will depend on the door how this is accomplished, but usually there are adjustment screws on the bottom rollers at least, some have a sleeve on the top edge of the door or rollers that can be adjusted to s...
by A. Spruce
Sun May 20, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior Door Shim Fail? How Can I Fix?
Replies: 8
Views: 37

Re: Exterior Door Shim Fail? How Can I Fix?

Sounds to me like your rough opening isn't plumb or wide enough. One of the things you can do is to CAREFULLY smack the top of the closest side with a hammer to push the top of the stud back into the wall a little bit. You do this carefully so that you don't damage drywall or exterior wall. You'd be...
by A. Spruce
Sat May 19, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1221
Views: 12463

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

emtnut wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 7:08 pm
Thanks for the idea buddy :lol:
I think I can use that :twisted: I'll just add a cable to each of his hands :mrgreen:
Not so fast there, sport! I got one for you too! :twisted: :lol:
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by A. Spruce
Sat May 19, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Options to frame this wall
Replies: 2
Views: 15

Re: Options to frame this wall

It looks like it's about 4" from the face of the wall to the ceiling joist in front of it. By the time you put 2" of foam on the wall, your top plate should be well over the joist, simply attach the top plate to that joist. If this is an optical illusion and that gap is wider than what it looks like...
by A. Spruce
Sat May 19, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1221
Views: 12463

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

A little something special Shannon likes to do when he builds a deck. :mrgreen: ;)

The only downside is not being there when the next person finds it. :lol:
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by A. Spruce
Fri May 18, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Drilling piles or putting post blocks down
Replies: 2
Views: 19

Re: Drilling piles or putting post blocks down

If you go with posts, the key is to get below the frost line so that it can't be heaved out of the ground. I would recommend encasing the post in concrete well above the ground level so that as the ground moves around the post, it can never come into contact with the wood post, that is how rot and p...
by A. Spruce
Fri May 18, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Hanging cabinets on a cinder block (plastered) wall
Replies: 7
Views: 26

Re: Hanging cabinets on a cinder block (plastered) wall

I agree with Shannon, Tapcons will work fine.

Plaster should be repaired using plaster products. Keep an eye out for Clarence, he's the resident plaster guy.
by A. Spruce
Fri May 18, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: LED Lighting Conversion
Replies: 72
Views: 723

Re: LED Lighting Conversion

If you look about half way down page two of this thread, you'll see the pix I posted of the diagrams on the tubes, which make determining what the tube is and how it should be wired as clear as mud . . . in the middle of the night . . . to a blind man.
by A. Spruce
Fri May 18, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: LED Lighting Conversion
Replies: 72
Views: 723

Re: LED Lighting Conversion

No, I said I talked to a different guy, he assured me that the bulbs are dual use and explained the diagram on the tube itself, which basically, if you wire one end with L/N you do nothing with the other, but the better way is to Line one end and Neutral the other. I will start with the fixture that...
by A. Spruce
Fri May 18, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: No flooring under old vanity
Replies: 6
Views: 53

Re: No flooring under old vanity

I would pop the cut tiles and install new, even if it doesn't match. It will be easier to remove the cuts and patch in the hole than it will be to redo the entire floor. Short of that, you'll be doing exactly what you don't want to do, and that's hacking it together with boards, fillers, caulk, rock...
by A. Spruce
Thu May 17, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: LED Lighting Conversion
Replies: 72
Views: 723

Re: LED Lighting Conversion

Ok, minor update: Was finally able to make it back to the bulb store today to figure out the light issues. According to the markings on the lights, me and my good buddy electrician, determined that the lights I was sold were NOT dual use, as I had asked. The bulb guy is telling me that they are. I s...
by A. Spruce
Thu May 17, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: No flooring under old vanity
Replies: 6
Views: 53

Re: No flooring under old vanity

can you post a pic?
by A. Spruce
Thu May 17, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: What am i looking at?
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: What am i looking at?

A better question is, what are WE looking at? Where is this located?

At first blush, it looks like spray foam around a mouse hole, though with a star located that close, it could be a black hole and stellar dust that's being pulled into it's gravity well.
by A. Spruce
Wed May 16, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Decks beams and joist
Replies: 3
Views: 61

Re: Decks beams and joist

Ok . . .

Is there a question in there, comment, concern?!?!?!!?
by A. Spruce
Wed May 16, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Protect ground level sheathing & bottom plate.
Replies: 10
Views: 88

Re: Protect ground level sheathing & bottom plate.

I would then suggest that the I&W be installed above your average snow line.
by A. Spruce
Wed May 16, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Protect ground level sheathing & bottom plate.
Replies: 10
Views: 88

Re: Protect ground level sheathing & bottom plate.

Thanks again @A.Spruce. My bottom-most course of siding will be the PVC band-board. That won't wick moisture at all. The bottom edge of the plywood sheathing, even though it is PT, "could" wick moisture though couldn't it? Also, the existing bottom plate has no barrier between it and the concrete s...
by A. Spruce
Wed May 16, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Protect ground level sheathing & bottom plate.
Replies: 10
Views: 88

Re: Protect ground level sheathing & bottom plate.

In addition to concern about splash from the driveway, I was also concerned about "wicking" moisture that would have no way to dry out if I used a membrane that didn't breathe. With the membrane in place, there could be no wicking, other than by the siding, which would be minimal and would dry out....
by A. Spruce
Tue May 15, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Protect ground level sheathing & bottom plate.
Replies: 10
Views: 88

Re: Protect ground level sheathing & bottom plate.

I think you're on the right track with the pressure treated materials for the plate and sheathing. I think that using IWS to protect the plate and lower section of wall will be fine, because water shouldn't be getting into there anyway, it's certainly going to seal that area from water backsplashing...
by A. Spruce
Tue May 15, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1221
Views: 12463

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Well, if we were speaking in person, you'd have the added benefit of wild hand gestures that would render the words moot. :mrgreen: :lol:
by A. Spruce
Tue May 15, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Replacement window, how to cut back interior sill, tile, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 68

Re: Replacement window, how to cut back interior sill, tile, etc.

You're really only limited by the tools you have and your ingenuity. If you're willing to buy a tool for the job, that could work in your favor, for instance, an oscillating tool would probably be your best friend here. When I've replaced windows as you are doing, I've just used a utility knife, dry...
by A. Spruce
Tue May 15, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1221
Views: 12463

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Not gonna lie, the quicktips post got skimmed as they were tldr at that moment, but you're giving quicktips for some valve type you're not recommending? Cheeky! Also, after basic Google research, I've decided that there are too many valve types and plumbing parts in this life. Yeah, I get kinda wor...
by A. Spruce
Tue May 15, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Replacement window, how to cut back interior sill, tile, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 68

Re: Replacement window, how to cut back interior sill, tile, etc.

I would say that a mixture of a rotary style tool, such as a 4" angle grinder and/or a dremel, for the tile and and an oscillating tool for the drywall. I would order windows to fit the framed opening and cut back the interior side materials. If you order them to fit inside the interior materials, t...
by A. Spruce
Tue May 15, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to fix sound issue when walking on the floor
Replies: 55
Views: 362

Re: How to fix sound issue when walking on the floor

Any standard framing lumber is going to be fine, you don't need kiln dried, pressure treated, gilded, plated, organic, freeze dried, or whatever other silly thing you can come up with. Bugs are not going to get into those members unless they come from the existing beam or subfloor, and neither of th...
by A. Spruce
Mon May 14, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Removing plate on non load bearing wall
Replies: 6
Views: 71

Re: Removing plate on non load bearing wall

I would recommend opening the walls and ceiling back one bay from the wall because the drywall will be much thicker in the corners than anywhere else due to the taping of the joints. Because of this, if you try to simply fill in the 4" wide trench in the drywall, you're going to have a noticeable lu...
by A. Spruce
Mon May 14, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to install drywall in Basement Wall
Replies: 4
Views: 64

Re: How to install drywall in Basement Wall

You start by hanging the ceiling, which is typically 5/8" thick. You can probably get away with 1/2" because of your 16" joist spacing, this leaves you an inch difference. In all honesty, the floor gap isn't that big a deal because you will have some sort of floor covering and a baseboard. The drywa...
by A. Spruce
Mon May 14, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Removing plate on non load bearing wall
Replies: 6
Views: 71

Re: Removing plate on non load bearing wall

Cut it flush with the mating wall.