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by KevP
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Question regarding wall framing
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Re: Question regarding wall framing

I believe it is orginal to the house. The confusing part is that i can see the nails on the top but not the vertical studs. I guess they did a better job filling the holes in some location. I think i need to open it up a bit more to see. Thanks
by KevP
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Question regarding wall framing
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Re: Question regarding wall framing

Hey Shannon. That is what Is suspect. It is solid wood but i do not see in filled holes except on the horizontal board on top. Yup joists are parallel to it however this is next to a staircase and there is a closet above it. It is most likely supported by some double joists and headers exactly like ...
by KevP
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Question regarding wall framing
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Question regarding wall framing

Hey guys, I have this opening between the foyer and the livingroom. I have a hard time understanding the composition of it. I think this is a load bearing wall (most likely). The joists run parallel to it but there is wall exactly on top of this, pretty much copy of it which supports the second floo...
by KevP
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Adding vapor barrier to ceiling after sheet rock
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Adding vapor barrier to ceiling after sheet rock

Fyi im in St Paul. Not as cold as the northern MN but still colder than other places
by KevP
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Adding vapor barrier to ceiling after sheet rock
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Adding vapor barrier to ceiling after sheet rock

Hey, Is the garage heated? I recently fixed my garage due to framing rot. I talked to Shannon and guys here and decided to go with my original thought of Rockwool. I pulled a permit. Here is what the inspector suggested. Garages get wet mostly. You don't want to make an air tight space in there. You...
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation

Thanks for all the responses. I think im going to stick with mineral wool. This water issue has been annoying and very hard to find
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation

@clarence. Thanks a lot for responding to the water issues. It is much appreaciated.

Hopefully someone can chime in on the insulation
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation

Thanks for the clarification. I did not see any weep holes when I was sealing the gap. I understand that it is really not a hole and more of a drainage path. Just wanted to clarify that I just not plugged any hole I saw. I see a lot or moisture around the snow hood I have. My hvac buddy will come ou...
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation

No weep holes at the bottom of the wall. The brick extends down the sidewall by anch or two. This is a solid brick exterior and not veneer. This framing sits lower than rest of house. Id say the footer are the same height. The house itself sits on the rim joists which raises the floor about 10 inche...
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Covered patio posts rotting
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Covered patio posts rotting

Oh wow. Sorry guys. I did not get any notifications. You are right. I give it 20 inches deep. In my area frost line is 42 inches so i need to go 48 for sure. I think the footings are not attached to the slab as there is about an inch space. I think the slab is only 3 inches thick. I will do work on ...
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation

Pic of wet area. This is the closer area to that vent. This is a step and there is a gap between the concerete step and the framing. Most of moisture is seen here
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation

Hey guys and gals, So here is the issue I have. Back in December I recognized that a section of drywall in the garage was wet and soaked. So i took it off to let dry. I pin pointed the issue as an old slab which was not sloped properly. All the water from the tires would pool up in that corner. I de...
by KevP
Mon May 21, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Covered patio posts rotting
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Covered patio posts rotting

Few questions, you mentioned stem on top with 1x4s but you mentioned inside the sonotube. What do you mean by that? I was thinking of having the sonotube inside the box but what you suggested is the reverse. Sorry I am pretty bad with terms. If you need a 12" sonotube for the footing, and a 4x6 box...
by KevP
Mon May 21, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Covered patio posts rotting
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Covered patio posts rotting

I also found the deck requirements in St. Paul. Minimum width is 8 inches, not 12. Tube type forms are also recommended for for top portion of pier.
by KevP
Mon May 21, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Covered patio posts rotting
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Covered patio posts rotting

Thanks Spruce. You and Shannon have always been super helpful. Yeah, the issue is that we bought the house last year and previous owners were really old and could not keep up with most things. First thing I realized was how the soil wrap around the post. Second thing was that over time they added di...
by KevP
Mon May 21, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Covered patio posts rotting
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Covered patio posts rotting

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by KevP
Mon May 21, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Covered patio posts rotting
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Covered patio posts rotting

Hey guys, Just wanted to get some ideas from you. This patio has been set in place for more than 20 years. I think they used red cedar or some sort of pressure treated lumber. The posts are buried in concerete. Not sure how deep. Some of the concerete started to crumble. However almost all of them s...
by KevP
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing nails
Replies: 12
Views: 315

Re: Framing nails

I like the hitachi one. The max nail Hitachi offers is 3.25 x 0.131. The gun accepts up to 3.5
by KevP
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing nails
Replies: 12
Views: 315

Re: Framing nails

Thanks for the reply. I though about hand nailing but everyone pretty much told me not to, citing the reason that one needs to be skilled to do it. I dont have that many walls. 3 in total. Maybe 50 feet long. I have a finish and brad nailer for trim work. I agree with good tools. I will look at the ...
by KevP
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing nails
Replies: 12
Views: 315

Re: Framing nails

Ps. Two 16d nails for end nailing studs to top and bottom plate.
by KevP
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing nails
Replies: 12
Views: 315

Framing nails

Hi Shannon, Question regarding nail sizes for basmenet walls. The local code in my city requires 16d box nails which are 3.5" x 0.131" I can see that most nail guns run up to 0.131 for shanl diameter. I also have a really harx time finding any nails around my state. I can find 3.5 x 0.131 but only f...
by KevP
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Basement framing and spray foam
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: Basement framing and spray foam

As always, thank you very much.
by KevP
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Basement framing and spray foam
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: Basement framing and spray foam

One more thing I forgot. Framing advise on one wall which rungs parallel to the joist. I have a round HVAC duct running in that space. There is really no space to add blocking unless I attached the blocking under the joists rather than in between them. I kind of dont like this. Would it be acceptabl...
by KevP
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Basement framing and spray foam
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Basement framing and spray foam

Hi Shannon, I am back with few questions. 1) I see a lot of arguments regarding framing with screws vs nails. Many argue that nails (16d) has better strengthen while screws can snap since they do not have great shear strength. Looking at GRK R4 framing screws, I can see the data sheet showing shear ...
by KevP
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Basement window framing questio
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Basement window framing questio

Thanks!
by KevP
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Basement window framing questio
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Basement window framing questio

Thanks. I thought about that. Would that cause any issues with moisture and mold under it?
by KevP
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Basement window framing questio
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Basement window framing questio

Hi Shannon, Quick question regarding framing around windows. I have 3 semi deep windows in my basment. The sills are sloped (cinder block walls) What is the best way to frame and finish them. I like the angled sills as it allows more light inside but not sure how to go about it. I am planning on hir...
by KevP
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Question on finishing basement walls
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: Question on finishing basement walls

Shannon,
You are the best. I will keep you updated on the progress in near future! Cheers
by KevP
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Question on finishing basement walls
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: Question on finishing basement walls

I looked up the code a bit more and it seems the code requires vapor barrier only if this is a newer dwelling. I ran into an interesting case which you might have some ideas on how to deal with. The right most wall has a doorway to the unfinished section of the basement. This forms a really narrow a...