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by Mastercarpentry
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2871
Views: 71975

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

emtnut wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:57 pm
Now I guess it's time for the cold weather :(
Yeah, bring it on. Working in 90+ degrees all day long just kills my whole old [email protected] body anymore, but the cold just makes my fingers and toes hurt- quite an improvement :D

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: How much can I hang from a ceiling?
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: How much can I hang from a ceiling?

Most hooks do not have sharp points and are a pain to screw into framing. I cheat by driving a sheetrock screw in, then backing it out to create threads for the hook to get a grip on. Use pliers to twist the hook into place with a few layers of rag over the hook to protect the paint or finish on it....
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Well Pump
Replies: 11
Views: 392

Re: Well Pump

Thanks folks. I'll switch over to a more appropriate forum after this reply, as stains and plumbing shouldn't be used in the same sentence :lol: Got a handle on the brands and application Spruce. And that's the color emtnut, but wanting more contrast like on the shelving unit(?) at the far right. I'...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Well Pump
Replies: 11
Views: 392

Re: Well Pump

Good to hear you're still alive and kickin' .... You should hear some of the things Sprucy was saying about you !!! :lol: Hey now, I thought we agreed we weren't going to talk about that! :shock: :? :| :lol: :lol: :lol: Good to see you back, Phil, if only for a minute. 8-) Good to be back my friend...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Well Pump
Replies: 11
Views: 392

Re: Well Pump

Thanks folks :D I did remember Grundfoss but I knew there were others, and being out of the loop for so long I needed current info. She's got a pressure tank (I could replace that much for her later if needed) but I've never heard of a"stop cycle switch". It's been a great well with water which make...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Well Pump
Replies: 11
Views: 392

Well Pump

Rumors of my death are premature except for my mind which has gone AWOL :lol: I've got a friend whose old well pump of unknown type and vintage (at least 25 years old) seems to have a bad foot valve. She wants to put in a new pump while she can afford it. At 250ft down, I'm not touching it (that's a...
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Circular saw making guide failing
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: Circular saw making guide failing

Spruce's #3 answer of the mis-aligned plate for the win. You can test for this by cutting from the opposite end and seeing if the sawcut veers the other way.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Knipex pliers
Replies: 14
Views: 742

Re: Knipex pliers

Knipex is top-quality and worth the cost. I have only one slip-joint plier but I've seen many others in use and all the owners agree with them being as good as it gets.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: ceiling tile tight clearance
Replies: 3
Views: 199

Re: ceiling tile tight clearance

If you have better access a few spaces over, remove those tiles by slipping them across the top then slide in the new ones where you have room to insert them. Don't let the tiles rub the aluminum runners or you'll leave black marks on the tiles. Alternately you can unsnap the cross-pieces of the gri...
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: painted caulk still sticky
Replies: 5
Views: 756

Re: painted caulk still sticky

If you leave it alone long enough the caulking will cure through the wall surface instead of the front as intended. That may take as much as month if the caulking is thick :shock: and if you used butyl caulk (which is uncommon these days) that could take a year as the oil paint vehicle will actually...
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: When is a finished basement technically a "finished basement"?
Replies: 13
Views: 593

Re: When is a finished basement technically a "finished basement"?

Around here it is popular to finish the space above the garage and call it a "Bonus Room" which then relegates it to 'storage' space instead of 'habitable' space. Almost always it gets used as a bedroom anyway which is semi-legal since it meets code requirements for bedrooms even though it isn't bei...
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: What type of plywood, etc to replace sink cabinet floor?
Replies: 7
Views: 1289

Re: What type of plywood, etc to replace sink cabinet floor?

In the rentals I do, too many people don't report leaks so I see a lot of this in move-outs. If there is adequate support left I remove the rotted parts and do an overlay with advantek across that entire cabinet bottom. Not a "proper" repair but it's cheap, easy, water-resistant, and durable and I'v...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Brainstorm! How to level concrete floor over cleanouts
Replies: 9
Views: 480

Re: Brainstorm! How to level concrete floor over cleanouts

Plumbing (especially commercial) isn't my forte', but I've seen cast brass clean-out access covers before and I've poured the concrete floors around them ages ago. The lids are meant to support weight and are flat so that you could set it where you want it then use floor leveling compound around it,...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Prime before texture ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3367

Re: Prime before texture ?

If you do not prime before texturing, then at least add primer or paint to the texture. If you don't and the texture gets wet it will lose it's bond and simply fall off. It doesn't help the texture bond to prime over it- that only helps the finish coating to adhere. On new construction I texture wit...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Need replacement handles for tub faucets
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: Need replacement handles for tub faucets

Ditto on the plumbing supply for two reasons. First is that will have high-quality parts which will last while the big-box stores just have cheap junk that looks pretty. Second is that the plumbing supply will have an exact-fit replacement, not something which is intended to fit as many faucets as p...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Tools
Topic: Electrical fitting locknut wrenches
Replies: 6
Views: 486

Re: Electrical fitting locknut wrenches

BTW, smacking a screwdriver with a hammer is in direct violation of the tool use code of ethics! :shock: :mrgreen: True. Everyone knows that you're supposed to smack them with pliers or a crescent wrench; hammers are only to be used for pounding on nails and helpers with :lol: These are known as "S...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Tools
Topic: Milwaukee 9.0 Battery pack warning
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: Milwaukee 9.0 Battery pack warning

All LiIon cells have an aversion to water- even clean water. If they get water inside they can all 'vent with flames' like you have seen happen with hoverboard vids. A good pack design will be at least somewhat rain-proof but reality makes it tough to make them truly waterproof. Worst of all here is...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fads
Replies: 28
Views: 1001

Re: Fads

I still watch an old fashioned TV hooked up to an outside antenna. I get enough channels to keep me happy and I'm not hooked on watching or talking about anything which comes from it. And I also watch stuff online with the computer too. "Boob tube" had an entirely different meaning when I grew up an...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Who's To Blame?
Replies: 11
Views: 595

Re: Who's To Blame?

There's plenty of blame to go around, but almost all of it can be traced back to money. There's nothing wrong with being frugal, but there is a minimum level of which dropping below will bite you in the butt eventually. And that minimum level is often well above 'code' requirements. I'm quite a trad...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Kinda electrical, but kinda misc !
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Kinda electrical, but kinda misc !

Taking an afternoon break outside with a helper last summer doing a remodel across town. No wind, no disturbances at all. The NMT from the meter box just pops loose at the top of the house and it all comes crashing down across the driveway in front of our eyes :shock: Only sheer luck that I wasn't p...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Happy 150th Canada!
Replies: 18
Views: 744

Re: Happy 150th Canada!

Congrats to the best neighbors any nation could ever have, and may you have peace and prosperity in abundance for the next 150 :D

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Sink Stink
Replies: 36
Views: 1687

Re: Sink Stink

I think the reason you're getting foul odor is because you don't have a sealed drain, and likely because the dishwasher is discharging at a point higher than the AAV. Also what is the deal with that CPVC piece (the "U" shape) that your dishwasher's discharge hose is clamped to? And the wye fitting ...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: remote locking gate
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Re: remote locking gate

There are exterior rated electric door strikes made for commercial use but you will not like the price. And most of these tend to need replacing every 5 years or so due to water ingression and rusting. An alternative might be one of the new standard deadbolt locks which are wifi operated from a smar...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: interior door do not close
Replies: 6
Views: 306

Re: interior door do not close

I'm betting the beveled edge was installed on the hinge side and the long edge is binding at the center of the frame. It's only 3 degrees and will look square at a glance which has caught out lots of folks who didn't know doors were made this way. If I'm right, then you can remove the hinges and res...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Tools
Topic: Paslode framing nailer
Replies: 10
Views: 876

Re: Paslode framing nailer

You pay for the convenience of not having a compressor involved, but it's usually a good deal to make. If you plan to expand into more air-tools like finish nailers and what, then a pneumatic nailer may be a better choice but the up-front costs will be higher. I don't do full framing jobs anymore an...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Cutting laminate counter top
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: Laminate counter top

It needs to be as perfectly flat as you can make it. If you do well with the saw or if it's an undamaged factory end that will be good enough. End caps are either glued on with contact cement or ironed on with a clothes iron. After that and before setting the top in place, trim the excess laminate w...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Vinyl Siding vs. Stone - What to do with my house?
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Vinyl Siding vs. Stone - What to do with my house?

Go with stone- it will endure and add value to the house whereas vinyl won't.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Valley Sleeper
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Valley Sleeper

Are you just extending and flattening the roof to the right of the existing ridge (aka 'Split Gable')? That's what I'd do here. I can't see putting in a valley since that will require tying in a roof on the wall from the ridge all the way across which will cover some windows. Also keep on mind that ...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Deflection
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: Deflection

What exactly is deflecting and where? It might be nothing or it might be a sign of a serious problem.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: drywall mud talk
Replies: 52
Views: 1704

Re: drywall mud talk

What, me like Behr paints? Well some of them yes, but not all. Same goes for S-W. Abut the only brand of paint where i like all of them is Benjamin Moore and sadly almost nobody I work for will spend for that :( While I'm not really a good finisher I've been around some of the best. Yes on scraping ...