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by DanM
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Basement reno
Replies: 8
Views: 294

Re: Basement reno

I wouldn't go the cheaper route with 2x2's, stick with 2x4s. 2x2s love to bend, twist, and warp and the drywall will end up wavy. The waviness will only get worse with time. As for skipping the batts I would say it depends on your climate. The further south you are the more likely I would say skip i...
by DanM
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Da 'Burb
Replies: 220
Views: 3322

Re: Da 'Burb

Yeah, subs like that rarely make it onto one of my jobs and they sure as heck won't be sticking around for a second chance if they do. I get that the industry is going nuts in your area and finding good labor or subs is a tough thing to do, but if the quality of worker isn't there, then your boss n...
by DanM
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Da 'Burb
Replies: 220
Views: 3322

Re: Da 'Burb

Subs are the bane of my existence these days. For the past year probably 75% of what I do has been being the fix'it guy. The subdivision we work in has so many houses on the go that my boss had no choice but to bring some in. Some are better than others but most of them are sub-par. Did I ever menti...
by DanM
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Miter saw recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: Miter saw recommendations

Personally I would get a sliding saw, even if you don't need it for this project it adds so much versatility to the mitre saw for the price. It gives you a massive increase to the size of wood you can cut. A long time ago I had a Dewalt 10" non-sliding saw and it couldn't cut all the way through a 2...
by DanM
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Absolute best way to properly level a ceiling?
Replies: 21
Views: 409

Re: HELP... this gal needs to know fast...

Personally I would rip down all the drywall, install strapping (1x4s) 16" on center going perpendicular to the trusses. The strapping can be shimmed (the shims go between the truss and the 1x4) to make everything nice and flat. Then the drywall gets attached to the strapping. If you aren't doing it ...
by DanM
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing under an I Beam
Replies: 10
Views: 231

Re: Framing under an I Beam

If you can borrow or rent a ramset I would do basically what Shannon said but also throw some ramset nails in every 4ft or so. You can ramset to the bottom flange of the beam no problem, just don't put any nails where the vertical part of the I-beam is (since that's thicker your nails will mess up a...
by DanM
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Treeless Treehouse or Elevated Platform
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: Treeless Treehouse or Elevated Platform

Personally for each tower I would do one of the posts buried in concrete (with a domed top above ground like spruce described) for added stability and the other three sitting on concrete piers. I'd still add some cross bracing to help stabilize each tower as well, but that one buried post goes a lon...
by DanM
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 66065

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Nah, it's probably handy but I ain't buying anything for a work vehicle I don't own lol, and I only ask my boss for 'extra' stuff that helps me work better or maintains tools. Stuff like that is an easy sell. The front of houses we're building which tend to be pretty clear most of the time. I've got...
by DanM
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 66065

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Ya lol, in most parking lots it takes up one and a half parking spaces. I usually park as far from the stores as possible so I don't look like a giant d-bag. Took a little while to get used to it that's for sure. The first week I had it backed into garbage can at work and I'll never live that down n...
by DanM
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 66065

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Ah the old car game. 1980-something - Hyundai Excel - technically not my car. It was my mom's old one and became a field car for us to learn how to drive. For city folks that's a car that sits in the damn field with no plates and you drive her till she dies. '90ish Plymouth Sundance - it was a hand ...
by DanM
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Da 'Burb
Replies: 220
Views: 3322

Re: Da 'Burb

I always heard it was Found On Road Dead
by DanM
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 66065

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Ya it's funnier when it sounds like I have no body control though lol.
by DanM
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 66065

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Usually it's brutally humid around here in the summer because we're in a valley surrounded by loads of lakes and rivers so all the moisture in the air gets trapped. Thankfully it's been pretty mild this summer thus far so I haven't had to deal with it yet. I can't stand working when it's hot and hum...
by DanM
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Power Timer - for pool equipment
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Power Timer - for pool equipment

Thanks Aaron. That's weird that the 20A one is available at home depot. I asked the bums there about such a device yesterday and all they could find was the weak chrismas lights ones. Told me they've never seen a bigger one.
by DanM
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Power Timer - for pool equipment
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Power Timer - for pool equipment

Hey do you any of you electrically talented folks have any recommendations for a simple timer, or possibly a programmable timer that has a couple of outlets? I basically just need something I can set in the morning to run the pool equipment for a few hours and then cut the power off. It doesn't need...
by DanM
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Da 'Burb
Replies: 220
Views: 3322

Re: Da 'Burb

You are really pushing it Wayne! Should not surprise me, you would be used to pushing it if you are driving fords! :lol: :lol: :lol: Could be worse, could be a dodge lol. My boss got a Ram Rebel maybe a year and a half ago and it's in the shop every 2 months (not including the time he got out of th...
by DanM
Fri May 24, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck posts
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: Deck posts

If you're planning on supporting a roof pier blocks are not good enough, you need to dig down and pour proper footings in the ground. The blocks can't support much weight, and they really don't offer much stability for a deck + roof. Also, spend the extra money to make your posts PT lumber. You live...
by DanM
Wed May 15, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 66065

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: 164

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: 2754
Views: 66065

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: 138

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: 138

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: 292

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: 265

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: 13
Views: 452

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: 152

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: 151

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: 2754
Views: 66065

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: 2754
Views: 66065

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: 35
Views: 671

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...