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by A. Spruce
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing under an I Beam
Replies: 4
Views: 22

Re: Framing under an I Beam

Shannon wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:36 pm
Use construction adhesive to glue a plate to bottom of beam
That's cheating! ;) :lol:
by A. Spruce
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2638
Views: 62319

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

You know it's hot in Canada when . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va5nJ-cyI5Q
by A. Spruce
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing under an I Beam
Replies: 4
Views: 22

Re: Framing under an I Beam

can you post a pic and dimensions of the beam and posts?

I've had times when I needed to frame in around steel trusses and not want to attach to or modify them to do so. With some creative encapsulation, you can get a grip on the beam and finish it off without actually attaching fasteners into it.
by A. Spruce
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: BAD Vinyl Siding Job??
Replies: 3
Views: 37

Re: BAD Vinyl Siding Job??

I'm not a vinyl siding guy, in fact, I despise the stuff. My jaded eye wants to say that it's a bad job, but honestly, it seems fairly typical of the siding installs that I've seen over the past 30 years. Shannon uses the stuff all the time, so he's the one to weigh in on the quality of the work. So...
by A. Spruce
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: retaining wall
Replies: 6
Views: 58

Re: retaining wall

Yep, makes it look almost like new!
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Looking for some help on unique negative grade/flooding issue
Replies: 9
Views: 60

Re: Looking for some help on unique negative grade/flooding issue

Seeing the lay of the backyard, the easiest thing is probably to install a drain line along the entire back fence, in front of the flowers would be fine, and another line across just the back of the house, maybe 3' away from the wall, tying both into the side yard drain. Between the two of these, yo...
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Looking for some help on unique negative grade/flooding issue
Replies: 9
Views: 60

Re: Looking for some help on unique negative grade/flooding issue

What do you mean by crown the center? Problem is to get any proper grade away from my house I would have to lower the entire yard 2+ feet. If I understand your crown idea, I would have a raised portion in the center to push the water to both sides. Is that what you mean? Still, I'd have the negativ...
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Looking for some help on unique negative grade/flooding issue
Replies: 9
Views: 60

Re: Looking for some help on unique negative grade/flooding issue

As for cutting in a swale, this isn't appropriate for the backyard, especially if you use it heavily. But, what you can do is slope the ground away from the house out to a distance of say, 10-15 feet. The dirt you move from here would move further back in the yard, which will increase the slope back...
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Looking for some help on unique negative grade/flooding issue
Replies: 9
Views: 60

Re: Looking for some help on unique negative grade/flooding issue

Check your local laws, in these parts, it is illegal to allow your property to drain onto your neighbors. If this is the case for you as well, then it's time your neighbor kicked in to help divert his water somewhere besides your yard, even if that's helping you pay to install all the drainage on yo...
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2638
Views: 62319

Re: The dog wisperer !

emtnut wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:34 pm
One thing I found out, when they get flipped on their back, they can extend their head and flip back over ... I always thought a turtle couldn't flip back like that.
Depends on the turtle, not all of them can.
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 16oc or 24oc groundlevel deck
Replies: 7
Views: 51

Re: 16oc or 24oc groundlevel deck

You could get maybe 3 to 5 years out of something like that here, and that's just from the elements. When you factor in ants, termites, powder post beetles, etc., well, let's just say it isn't a good idea for earth/wood contact. 8-)
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Seam where Hardi meets shingles
Replies: 3
Views: 43

Re: Seam where Hardi meets shingles

Alternatively you could remove that wall trim and try and get the roof step flash back behind it. Notch the back of the trim so it will sit right and re install and caulk. The roof flashing is likely short from reaching the new wall and they took a short cut here? Wouldn't hurt to try, my suspicion...
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 16oc or 24oc groundlevel deck
Replies: 7
Views: 51

Re: 16oc or 24oc groundlevel deck

If you have your heart set on a wood deck built on the ground, then build a deck on the ground. All I can do is tell you is what is going to happen if you build it in the dirt as you describe. I can't change the laws of physics, thermodynamics, or anything else. The only way you build a deck that wo...
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Tools
Topic: Cordless Tools
Replies: 35
Views: 528

Re: Cordless Tools

That was my suspicion, thanks for the wisdom.
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Hard to remove fixture?
Replies: 5
Views: 57

Re: Hard to remove fixture?

The only other possibilities that come to mind are set screws around the perimeter or entire fixture has a "twist lock" attachment base, both of which are unlikely. The only other thing I can think of is to do a reverse image search on Google to see if you can find the manufacturer, then go download...
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dead outlets
Replies: 17
Views: 92

Re: Dead outlets

If this is the first outlet in the chain and it was damaged, then the outlet itself could be the culprit. Start with flipping breaker off and back on, then searching for a GFCI that may be feeding it, as both of these are quick and easy to do.
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Looking for some help on unique negative grade/flooding issue
Replies: 9
Views: 60

Re: Looking for some help on unique negative grade/flooding issue

The easiest and cheapest thing will be to simply regrade the yard to create a swale (low trough) several feet out from the house. You can raise the ground level to within 1" or 2" of the siding at the house to help create the flow towards the swale. The swale would start at grade at the back corner ...
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Seam where Hardi meets shingles
Replies: 3
Views: 43

Re: Seam where Hardi meets shingles

Your contractor is an idiot! The step flashing of the roof should be behind the siding ideally, but behind the trim would suffice. At least behind the trim the wall/trim joint could be maintained and leak free. The way it is currently, no amount of sealant will ever stay in place. The fix now would ...
by A. Spruce
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 16oc or 24oc groundlevel deck
Replies: 7
Views: 51

Re: 16oc or 24oc groundlevel deck

itll be made with 2x6 no post or dekblock for support just right on the ground Not a good idea. Even treated materials will rot if put into contact with the ground or left to sit in a puddle of water, both of which you're going to have in this scenario. Additionally, without at least some elevation...
by A. Spruce
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Hard to remove fixture?
Replies: 5
Views: 57

Re: Hard to remove fixture?

Odds are the round center cap in the very middle of the fixture will pop off or unscrew, revealing a retainer nut.
by A. Spruce
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Cordless Tools
Replies: 35
Views: 528

Re: Cordless Tools

Shannon, are your red tools brushed or brushless? If brushless, do you notice any appreciable improvement to power or run time to warrant the added price? A 6 piece Dewalt set of brushless is $700, while a 10 piece of brushed is only $550. Battery makes a big difference in package price too, though,...
by A. Spruce
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck remodel problems
Replies: 4
Views: 54

Re: Deck remodel problems

I guess another option could be to use carriage bolts instead, allowing me to draw the members tight with the washer and bolt? Use regular bolts, not carriage bolts. With a regular bolt, you will always be able to tighten it. Carriage bolts like to slip, and you have no way of holding on to them to...
by A. Spruce
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: lower roof ice damming water leak problem
Replies: 16
Views: 235

Re: lower roof ice damming water leak problem

Looks like you might have gotten the problem under control. Seeing how the roof funnels into a choke point, make sure you keep this area clear of leaf debris, and it probably wouldn't hurt to shovel it often when there is snow, simply to prevent the very problem you've been combatting.

Nice work. 8-)
by A. Spruce
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: retaining wall
Replies: 6
Views: 58

Re: retaining wall

I would start with a good cleaning, pressure washing at least. I don't know how feasible sand blasting it, sounds like an expensive alternative, though possibly necessary to remove the graffiti. I would shy away from paint, simply because of the upkeep issues once you start painting something like t...
by A. Spruce
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Help finding a straight Adapter, 1/2 NPT Female x Male
Replies: 6
Views: 75

Re: Help finding a straight Adapter, 1/2 NPT Female x Male

thanks for the update, let us know how it goes. The fitting you ordered can probably be cut down ever so slightly if needed. You can't cut much because plumbing threads are tapered so that the tip of the nipple is narrower than the heel. As the fitting is tightened, a wedge affect occurs, forcing th...
by A. Spruce
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Lean-to shed
Replies: 21
Views: 201

Re: Lean-to shed

I would recommend leaving the floor gravel or pouring concrete. If you do a raised floor, you're inviting rodents and other critters and pests to come make a home, and the last thing you want is something dying under there. If you pour concrete, then your front and back walls can rest on that just f...
by A. Spruce
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck joists and posts issues
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Re: Deck joists and posts issues

The undulations is more than likely a function of ground heave and poorly done pier bases. The piers should be set below the frost line and extend up out of the ground at least a few inches, though, IMHO, as high as possible because you are getting your structural rigidity from them. The ledger actu...
by A. Spruce
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: XPS vs EPS
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: XPS vs EPS

I don't have experience with them to offer an opinion.
by A. Spruce
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck Ledger vs Freestanding - Brick Exterior
Replies: 4
Views: 37

Re: Deck Ledger vs Freestanding - Brick Exterior

An APB is fine, it's just that a wet set anchor is better structurally. Wet set will help with structural stability.