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by A. Spruce
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Cargo Trailer
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Re: Cargo Trailer

I'm trying to avoid going over 12' in length, just because that starts getting to be a lot of trailer to lug around and have to navigate through parking lots and tight driveways. The Burb is supposedly rated to tow 8K, but I wouldn't want to push her that hard. The trailers I've been looking at weig...
by A. Spruce
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: What is the minimum depth of slab on grade
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: What is the minimum depth of slab on grade

I wouldn't think so, but I'm not a basement guy. Why would you lower the grade by 5", and are you absolutely certain that by doing so that you're not creating a negative grade that will cause water to pool at the house?
by A. Spruce
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Cargo Trailer
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Re: Cargo Trailer

Ah I got ya convinced! LOL Less "convinced", more budgetary necessity. :mrgreen: A trailer is cheaper than a truck and I'm not ready to give up the Burb just yet. If I had my way, I'd be buying a utility or dump trailer, preferably a dump trailer, but I gotta have a secure and watertight way to sto...
by A. Spruce
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Under sink Switched Receptacle
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: Under sink Switched Receptacle

What are the other wires in the box?
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: What is the minimum depth of slab on grade
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: What is the minimum depth of slab on grade

Yup, so long as the slab cannot be undermined by natural runoff, it can sit directly on top of grade.
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Space drywall and trim
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: Space drywall and trim

Oof! I think you're gonna have to strip that wall to bare studs and start over! :? :| ;) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: It looks like the gap is less than 1/4", just caulk and paint it and be done with it. If you really want it covered with drywall, then fill the gap with drywall mud and then flat tape it, the...
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Lean-to shed
Replies: 29
Views: 413

Re: Lean-to shed

I take that last statement back, if you added a raised floor over the slab for the bathroom area, then yes, you could add the plumbing after the fact. But, again, you're getting into strange weirdness that is ultimately going to cost more money, time, and hassle than just doing it right and putting ...
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Lean-to shed
Replies: 29
Views: 413

Re: Lean-to shed

That's why I also suggested U-cart, if you have more than a few miles, find a company with the motorized hopper trailers to keep the concrete from settling. If you can't tow it with your vehicle, ask a friend or rent a truck, but by the time you start renting equipment to tow a trailer, you're getti...
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Cargo Trailer
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Cargo Trailer

Hey guys, I'm in the market for an enclosed work trailer, 6x12 with at least 6' interior height. Budget dictates buying a used trailer. 1 - What are good brands/manufacturers to look for, and why? 2 - What are the ones to stay away from, and why? 3 - Torsion axle or leaf spring? My opinion is spring...
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Lean-to shed
Replies: 29
Views: 413

Re: Lean-to shed

Can you pour the concrete yourself, absolutely! Can you do it with an electric mixer? Meh, probably, but do you really want to? Typical homeowner mixers are 1 to 2 cubic feet, you've got about 42 cubic feet, or about 1.5 yards. While this is not a huge amount, doing it 1 or 2 cubic feet at a time wo...
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Installing new siding
Replies: 19
Views: 353

Re: Installing new siding

Shannon will have to step in for this one. 8-)
by A. Spruce
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Installing new siding
Replies: 19
Views: 353

Re: Installing new siding

What are you using for siding and trim? T1-11, vinyl, masonite lap, cement lap, wood lap?
by A. Spruce
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Installing new siding
Replies: 19
Views: 353

Re: Installing new siding

Post a pic or two of the problem area.
by A. Spruce
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Repairing holes ductwork/small crawlspace
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: Repairing holes ductwork/small crawlspace

Rule #1 NEVER put yourself in a situation of getting stuck, if you don't easily fit, DON'T GO IN! This includes loose fitting clothing that will allow you to move in one direction, but get hung up when you try to back up. Just don't even go there and you'll be fine. If the space is too tight for you...
by A. Spruce
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 66508

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I was noticing the same thing, did Admin change some site settings or something?
by A. Spruce
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck joists - waterproofing
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Deck joists - waterproofing

As far as toxicity, it will be fine, borax is non-toxic to most things. It is an excellent mold/mildew and wood destroying pest inhibitor. As far as a preservative for the wood against the ground, I don't think so, but even PT doesn't hold up all that well against the ground, at least not in my area...
by A. Spruce
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck joists - waterproofing
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Deck joists - waterproofing

Personally, I think it's a good idea that isn't used enough. You can buy the tape or you can buy 15# or 30# roof felt and cut that into strips for the same effect. Even with PT wood, it will help keep water from pooling between the joist and deck board, saving the framing from damage. Today's PT isn...
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Da 'Burb
Replies: 220
Views: 3465

Re: Da 'Burb

Yeah, subs like that rarely make it onto one of my jobs and they sure as heck won't be sticking around for a second chance if they do. I get that the industry is going nuts in your area and finding good labor or subs is a tough thing to do, but if the quality of worker isn't there, then your boss ne...
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Miter saw recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 270

Re: Miter saw recommendations

I think its called a tri-square, it doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a good quality one that is square and will hold it's squareness over time. I think the one I have is a Stanley, wood and brass handle with steel rule.
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Recessed light new vs remodel cans
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Recessed light new vs remodel cans

The lights we installed were not harsh or direct, they had a nice flood effect to them as you'd get from a normal can.

Yup, strapping is used to level a surface. Space them as you wish
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Garage Door -> Framed Wall with Door
Replies: 14
Views: 893

Re: Garage Door -> Framed Wall with Door

Looks great! You certainly have an eye for design details. 8-)
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: DECK - Glass panels - adding privacy
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: DECK - Glass panels - adding privacy

You tint the inside of the window, so it should fair pretty well, if not, you can always remove/replace it with automotive grade tint, which will stand up to the heat and direct sun.
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom Remodel
Replies: 58
Views: 1693

Re: Bathroom Remodel

Since you're not doing the work, it doesn't really matter what is used. My suspicion is that your guy simply hasn't seen or experienced Kerdi yet. It's well worth the time to look through their website and watch their YT vids. This alone sold me on it, then actually using it REALLY sold me on it!
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Need help with roof/sideboard
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Need help with roof/sideboard

You won't know if there's rot until you get up there and take a look. If the wood is punky, you can easily push a screwdriver into it, then there's rot that needs to be addressed. If the wood is firm and solid, then you may be able to reattach the trim. Part of the reason for failure is the manner i...
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Need help with roof/sideboard
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Need help with roof/sideboard

Hopefully, you'll get lucky and not have any rot. My suspicion is that with the trim failing like this is that you're going to find rot in your rafter tails. Assuming it's just trim failure, it may be possible to simply reattach the trim, if it's in good condition. If you have to replace the trim, t...
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Freezing Bathtub Drain -- how to improve exterior insulation
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: Freezing Bathtub Drain -- how to improve exterior insulation

Not surprising that you'd only have trouble with the tub drain, and this is due to design. A sink drain has the trap, the curvy part of the pipe that holds water to seal the pipe against backflow of sewer gas. A tub has this same trap, only it's under the tub and exposed to exterior ambient temps, s...
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Recessed light new vs remodel cans
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Recessed light new vs remodel cans

As for your uneven joists, attach 1x4 perpendicular to the joists and level them with shims. A laser level is a must here.
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Recessed light new vs remodel cans
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Recessed light new vs remodel cans

I recently installed remodel LED lights, which just need a wire poked out the ceiling where you want them located. You then cut the hole, hook up the wires in the light's self contained junction box, and stick it up into the hole. Super easy to do and super accessible if you need to make future repa...
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: DECK - Glass panels - adding privacy
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: DECK - Glass panels - adding privacy

You can buy just about any kind of window film you want. Apply to the inside of the window. We're using this on a bathroom remodel we're finishing up to add privacy to the glass doors.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Artscape-Ri ... /301840198
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom Remodel
Replies: 58
Views: 1693

Re: Bathroom Remodel

Yup, just like any other tinting, except it's white. We wanted to order the doors with obscure glass, but it would be 8 weeks and $1000 more per door. Windo tint only adds time and materials, probably around $200 when all is said and done https://www.homedepot.com/p/Artscape-Rice-Paper-36-in-x-72-in...