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by DanM
Wed May 15, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2485
Views: 56524

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I can't stand paying for grocery bags, it drives me nuts. The government enacted that a few years ago and IMHO it's just stupid. They say it's for environmental reasons but that doesn't make any sense. I get it that plastic bags are bad because they don't break down and end up all over the place, bu...
by DanM
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Wall stud spacing
Replies: 8
Views: 119

Re: Wall stud spacing

I use 24" centers on sheds, no real reason to do any less. Whoa. Controversial. Seriously. I think I'd do 16. Just to maintain standards. As long as you're using 2x4s, anyway... The standard is whatever something is engineered or designed for. At work exterior walls are usually 2x6 @ 24" OC because...
by DanM
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2485
Views: 56524

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Washington DC was really cool IMHO. If you like museums it's got a lot of different branches of the Smithsonian, and they were all free admission. Great places to take the kids and not have to spend money. My personal favourite was the air and space museum. They had a space shuttle, an SR-71 Blackbi...
by DanM
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Attaching second story deck ledger board when no sill plate is present.
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Attaching second story deck ledger board when no sill plate is present.

My suggestion my really be inadequate since those TGI type joists are normally 19.25" O.C. ( I think that's what it is?) that is really pretty far apart for ledger board fasteners. Depends on the manufacturer and how the builder wants to spec the floor (ie: is it a cheap ass company who wants to sa...
by DanM
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Attaching second story deck ledger board when no sill plate is present.
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Attaching second story deck ledger board when no sill plate is present.

Firstly let me clarify, that is not a sill plate. The sill plate is the 2x4 (or 2x6) sitting underneath the joists (they're either the top plates of a framed wall, or sitting on top of the foundation wall depending which floor you're looking at. What that is is a rim board (often called a rim joist)...
by DanM
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Shower Drain/Mortar Bed
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Shower Drain/Mortar Bed

Hopefully it's ok to post links to other youtube channels. For how to videos with regards to tiling Sal Diblasi's has everything. There's multiple videos just on doing the mortar bed stages (videos about different combinations of products, different types of sub-floor, or just different types of tec...
by DanM
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Best cement mix to patch dips?
Replies: 12
Views: 158

Re: Best cement mix to patch dips?

For a few flat spots I wouldn't even bother with more leveller or fancy concrete/cement products since it's just finishing a few little dips. I'd just use either thinset or sand mix mortar.
by DanM
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Fiberglass Mesh Tape
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: Fiberglass Mesh Tape

The kerdi band won't really work. The Mapei stuff will stick to it but it won't properly bond and seal the tub/shower enclosure. You need to make sure you're getting the wide roll of fiber mesh (6" or so), not the 2.5" fiber tape (which is identical to the mesh tape used for drywall joints, just alk...
by DanM
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: need ideas for exterior
Replies: 6
Views: 120

Re: need ideas for exterior

Cheapeast and easiest way to de-tan the exterior would be to paint it. I can't tell what material the siding is (probably vinyl but it could be aluminium), and there's paint out there that will adhere to it.
by DanM
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Very moist and damaged half foundation wall
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Very moist and damaged half foundation wall

It's possible to fix it but it's not gonna be easy, and of course that means it ain't gonna be cheap. All that dirt needs to get dug out, then new footings need to get poured, and a proper foundation wall needs to go from the new footings to that old foundation wall. If they dug the whole basement d...
by DanM
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2485
Views: 56524

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Nah, I like my hours how they are. I start and finish early enough that I avoid the traffic. If I started work at 8 it takes me 3x as long to drive to work.
by DanM
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2485
Views: 56524

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Personally I like daylight savings time. Being further north we have less sunlight in general. I work 7:00am-3:15pm. It's a real pain to work without light and the time changes in fall and spring keep sunrise happening around 7:00am so I can actually see what I'm doing. A lot of the arguments saying...
by DanM
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Cordless Tools
Replies: 32
Views: 401

Re: Cordless Tools

18v and 20v are basically the same thing assuming they're both Lithium Ion cells. The difference is how they 'report' the voltage. As for tools, really anything lithium from a respected brand is going to be good.There's some differences between individual tools here and there but I doubt it's anythi...
by DanM
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2485
Views: 56524

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I am snow weary. My city is having its sixth snow emergency plowing in the last 5 weeks. Now we're going to have record cold temps starting Sunday. It's relentless. I need a vacation. Feeling the same here. My backyard is basically a 4ft deep box of snow surrounded by fences. My driveway is a disas...
by DanM
Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2485
Views: 56524

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

My car (2012 Mazda 3) uses synthetic, and my previous car (200x Mazda 3) used conventional. Cost-wise it's basically the same but I prefer the synthetic because it's lazier. Oil changes cost twice as much, but I only have to do them half as often. IIRC it was every 5k KM or 3 months on the old car, ...
by DanM
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Tool Safety
Replies: 7
Views: 185

Re: Tool Safety

It's an interesting concept and definitely has merit, especially for people who don't frequently use a skillsaw. For me kickback isn't really an issue, as I figure it isn't for anyone who uses a saw to make a living. You learn how and when kickback might happen, and don't do things that cause it. Th...
by DanM
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 226

Re: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

It's definitely not going to collapse or anything, but it can still sag there and crack the drywall below the window. Around here every window needs to be supported all the way to the foundation, even tiny little 2ft wide windows on the gable side that are barely holding any weight. If you don't it'...
by DanM
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 226

Re: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

One thing to add, don't forget that load points need to be transferred all the way to the foundation. So you'll need to open up the wall and ceiling on the first floor and basement directly below that window to add blocks and studs. Usually what I do is put a pair of nails through the sub-floor a fe...
by DanM
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Beam splicing
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Beam splicing

I just sit them on the post and make sure each beam is properly fastened to said post.
by DanM
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2485
Views: 56524

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Hey, first off buddy, we're talking about the weather now ... keep it on topic :lol: And weren't you shopping for a truck a month ago? .... buy one already !!! :shock: :mrgreen: It's not cold here, what are you guys complaining about?!?!?! ;) :mrgreen: Yes, it's been a month on the truck, it's been...
by DanM
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Electric nail guns
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: Electric nail guns

One bonus about these electric guns that I learned today is that they don't freeze up when it's really cold out. The Paslode gas will freeze up and they don't shoot. I've constantly got one gas in the gun, one somewhere warm, and I have to swap between them (way too often when it's -30 out). So that...
by DanM
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2485
Views: 56524

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

A. Spruce wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:22 am
emtnut wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:47 am
This was Sprucey's first hammer !! :mrgreen:
At least my hammer had a handle! :mrgreen:
Nutzy didn't even NEED a hammer, he just used his forehead. This may explain a few things... lol
by DanM
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2485
Views: 56524

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

A. Spruce wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:47 pm
Aaron wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:42 pm
Makes me think of that Ratatoulli movie, which was quite good.
Makes sense, rats aren't half bad if you cook 'em right. :mrgreen:
Flashbacks to your harder times during the great depression? lol
by DanM
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 205

Re: Safe to Remove Wall??

You wouldn't necessarily need to sister up joists to support the washer and dryer. Generally floors are designed to support at least 40 pounds per square foot live load (ie: stuff on the floor) + 10 pounds per sqaure foot of dead load (weight of structure itself). Let's say you're putting the washer...
by DanM
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Shed floor
Replies: 10
Views: 185

Re: Shed floor

The rigid foam keeps moisture from the ground from making its way up into the floor slab / pavers.
by DanM
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Shed floor
Replies: 10
Views: 185

Re: Shed floor

One possible solution may be to rip up the pavers, dig down the dirt a bit, put down a layer of rigid foam, then put back the pavers (or pour a slab) on top of the foam. It wouldn't stop moisture coming up in the foundation itself though. Also, if the drainage is bad you'd need to do something aroun...
by DanM
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: First time installing factory built trusses on garage
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: First time installing factory built trusses on garage

IMHO you need to contact the truss manufacturer ASAP and clarify a few things with them. The picture below shows the end of a truss. -The heel is the bottom of the L-shaped connection. -The top chord is the angled piece of wood at the top that you'll be attaching plywood to. -The bottom chord is the...
by DanM
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Electric nail guns
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: Electric nail guns

It's about the same as a Paslode, you have to wait a sec between nails. Definitely nowhere as fast as an airgun but good enough for most situations.
by DanM
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Electric nail guns
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: Electric nail guns

One of the guys at work had the Dewalt one which I tried out a few times. It seemed to work just fine but I have no idea how longer the batteries last on them. I'd imagine they need a fair amount more charging than the Padlodes would.
by DanM
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2485
Views: 56524

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

You know it was a cold day when you look like this at break time.

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