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by MindBender
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Small Drywall Niche
Replies: 8
Views: 95

Re: Small Drywall Niche

I just had a go at bending an old 6" knife - guess it was brittle because it snapped in half at handle. I have a 6" spreader at least :) Will give it a go tomorrow!
by MindBender
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Basement rim joist insulation
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Basement rim joist insulation

What is the purpose of horizontal rigid foam?

I used regular fiber insulation and vapor barrier sealed all round with staples and tuck tape.

Always looking for better way.
by MindBender
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Small Drywall Niche
Replies: 8
Views: 95

Re: Small Drywall Niche

The width is dictated by stud spacing - height was limited by wires etc. I would have made them bigger if I could but cutting studs seemed overkill at the time. Next time I might try using an inside corner bead - I just feel like there must be an easier way to get quality and quick finish. Time to c...
by MindBender
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Small Drywall Niche
Replies: 8
Views: 95

Re: Small Drywall Niche

A. Spruce wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:46 pm
It will be easiest to buy a cheap knife and cut the handle off of it, that will give you a tool small enough to fit the space, yet capable of doing the job at hand. 8-)
Good idea - I do have an old knife to hand!

Is this what pros do?
by MindBender
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Small Drywall Niche
Replies: 8
Views: 95

Small Drywall Niche

I made some small 13" x 13" x 3 1/2" (deep) niches between studs from drywall. Finished with outside corner bead and paper tape on inside corners. All was well up to this point. When it comes to finish coat of mud, it's a super pain to run knife as handle is always hitting one side or scraping too m...
by MindBender
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall Mudding Confined Area
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Drywall Mudding Confined Area

I have a bunch of drywall niches 13" x 13" x 3" deep to finish. It was okay to put on a tape, but I'm having hard time applying finish coat because I can't lay knife flat to finish a nice smooth coat (hits sides).

Any tips on best approach to lay down smooth finish coat in such a confined area?
by MindBender
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall Inside Corner - Major Headache!
Replies: 8
Views: 140

Re: Drywall Inside Corner - Major Headache!

Are you sure the corner is dry. Sometimes inside corners on an outside wall will take much longer to dry this time of year because they are colder. I have had exterior inside corners take more then overnight to dry completely. They look dry but only on the very surface. I think you are right Shanno...
by MindBender
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall Inside Corner - Major Headache!
Replies: 8
Views: 140

Re: Drywall Inside Corner - Major Headache!

A. Spruce wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:17 pm
Trying a different type and brand of compound may be helpful
MindBender wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:52 pm
I may even consider getting a corner trowel, if I can get professional results with that.
I never had any luck with one.
In that case - I will try switching out compounds before anything else.
by MindBender
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall Inside Corner - Major Headache!
Replies: 8
Views: 140

Re: Drywall Inside Corner - Major Headache!

Taping was fine - stuck real nice. Let is dry for a day, added second coat next day on one side of joint - all good up to this point. Day three when putting on other side of joint is when I get a lot of trouble. When I put put on other side, level it out, and flatten it out a bit, the very corner (j...
by MindBender
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall Inside Corner - Major Headache!
Replies: 8
Views: 140

Drywall Inside Corner - Major Headache!

I must be doing something wrong on my inside corner finishing. Mudding and taping went well, but the second coat is giving me major headache! I opted to do the one side first, let it dry and then do other side next day. One side goes on great, but when I come back next day to do other side, the prev...
by MindBender
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck Ledger Flashing Ends?
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Deck Ledger Flashing Ends?

Do it just like you would a window or door. Have a sheet metal shop make an end cap out or the same material as the Z flashing install end cap with peel & stick under it & make sure the water barrier under the Stucco & peel & Stick are in the correct order same as for the Window. After the end cap ...
by MindBender
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck Ledger Flashing Ends?
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Deck Ledger Flashing Ends?

Hi Shannon Building inspector requires ledger for a deck to be installed on sheathing. I therefore have to cut out the stucco and z flash bottom and top to keep water out, which is fine. However, I'm a little confused on how to handle the ends. One end is on a corner, so once I cut out the stucco - ...
by MindBender
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Aluminium J Channel (inside/outside 90 turn)
Replies: 2
Views: 118

Re: Aluminium J Channel (inside/outside 90 turn)

Thanks Shannon - I will try to figure out how to post pics here.
by MindBender
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Aluminium J Channel (inside/outside 90 turn)
Replies: 2
Views: 118

Aluminium J Channel (inside/outside 90 turn)

I used regular duct shears to try and make a mitered 90 bend and I don't think I'm doing it right because it does not look very good. Is there a special way of cutting the channel to make the 90 inside outside turn look good? I need it to look pretty neat as it is covering some beams and is just a c...
by MindBender
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Installing Windows Before Housewrap
Replies: 1
Views: 114

Installing Windows Before Housewrap

The plan is to install an apron below window sill rough opening, install flex wrap on top of that and finally windows on top of that. Should I also install a 1 foot wide bit of housewrap on side of windows? I was also wondering how I can integrate the above details into 10ft house wrap. All the stan...
by MindBender
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Moisture behind vapor barrier!
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: Moisture behind vapor barrier!

Hi Shannon I hope it is a nothing burger and dries to outside! However, on closer inspection I can see balls of small water droplets form here and there... I took off a bit of the vapor barrier and the whole bay is dry and the bulk of the insulation is dry, but I can feel wetness on the face of the ...
by MindBender
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Moisture behind vapor barrier!
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Moisture behind vapor barrier!

Gable end wall has stucco outside and I noticed a bit of a moisture mist on vapor barrier as soon as weather got hot. No rain or leaks. This must be from stucco drying off... As there is no other explanation... On the sun side of house... This is second story of home, so no concrete moisture either....
by MindBender
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Rough In for Wall Supply Elbow
Replies: 6
Views: 293

Re: Rough In for Wall Supply Elbow

Thank you for the explanation - are these drop ear and nipple threads tapered or straight, so I can play with depth a bit? Always thought plumbing threads were tapered but maybe these are not...
by MindBender
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Rough In for Wall Supply Elbow
Replies: 6
Views: 293

Re: Rough In for Wall Supply Elbow

So with the nipple, do you put that in before or after tiling/drywall? Just wondering how you tighten it up after tiling, as it only protrudes a fraction of an inch.
by MindBender
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Rough In for Wall Supply Elbow
Replies: 6
Views: 293

Rough In for Wall Supply Elbow

I'm installing a flush 90 degree elbow to supply an adjustable sliding shower. The instructions require the pipe or 3/4 thread to stick out about 3/4" from finish wall. My first thought was to just create a copper 90 degree stub and cut it to required depth. However, I thought this approach was very...
by MindBender
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: AFCI in BC, Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 371

AFCI in BC, Canada

When you read the 2015 AFCI requirements it reads like you need AFCI on almost all 120V circuits except kitchen countertop. That would be killer expensive! Would I be right in thinking you don't need AFCI on lighting only circuits without receptacles? What about the following circuits? 1) Exterior r...
by MindBender
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Counter Receptacle per Circuit
Replies: 10
Views: 523

Re: Kitchen Counter Receptacle per Circuit

This is a U shaped kitchen and there is a lot of counter area - approx 11 ft + 8ft + 12ft including range and kit sink. I just followed the CEC requirements for countertop plug spacing and placement.
by MindBender
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Phone/Cable Service Weatherhead Embedded in Wall
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Phone/Cable Service Weatherhead Embedded in Wall

I need to put a weather head up on a wall for bringing in a phone/cable service. I was trying to figure out how to run conduit in stud bay and how you angle the conduit to make the weather head stick out the wall. The weather head seems to be designed to be put straight on top of the conduit but the...
by MindBender
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Window Replacement in Stucco
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Re: Window Replacement in Stucco

Appreciate input - went with 3/4" deep x 1/2" wide rabbet. Went generous on the caulk on the cut stucco and then let wood trim sink into it.

Looks good from the curb!
by MindBender
Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Glass Stair Railing
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: Glass Stair Railing

No question it has to be tempered glass - I will ask local glass company if they know where I can get the hardware so they can come install glass.
by MindBender
Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Window Replacement in Stucco
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Re: Window Replacement in Stucco

No matter what you do you need a good quality exterior caulk to make the seal. Watch my video and see if you still have questions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w090QFJ2A7Q Thnx Shannon - it's exactly this scenario except I have a regular flange window so I need to add a trim board to hide flange...
by MindBender
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Glass Stair Railing
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Glass Stair Railing

I would like to add a railing to a stairway using tampered glass and metal railing. I have no idea where to start on this project as I don't even know who supplies the railing. I have seen glass railing systems for decks at big stores, but not sure if the same is used on internal stairways. Any good...
by MindBender
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Window Replacement in Stucco
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Window Replacement in Stucco

I have replaced retrofit windows in the past by cutting out the aluminium frame and inserting a retrofit window. I did not like it because it relies too much on caulk for sealing. I have seen people put a nice wood frame around window and replace with flange window. I would like to try this out - I ...
by MindBender
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Mounting CCTV Camera
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: Mounting CCTV Camera

Thanks Aaron - yes, the camera base is small enough to mount on a 4" round cover. I like your idea - only reason I was considering other avenues is that the siding maybe changed in a year or two and it would be nice to not have to disturb camera, although thinking about it, I probably would have to ...
by MindBender
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Mounting CCTV Camera
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Mounting CCTV Camera

I want to mount CCTV cameras on an exterior wall covered by mortar based stucco. I have full access to stud bays inside. What is best practice for mounting CCTV cameras? My own ideas are: The simplest will be to drill hole through stucco push wires through and mount CCTV camera on stucco directly (m...