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by badali
Tue May 14, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating cellar under front porch. Any do’s or don’ts?
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Insulating cellar under front porch. Any do’s or don’ts?

I will let one of the pros like Shannon provide the suggestion but my celllar was insulated by the previous owner and I found some moisture damage and spots of mold on the bottom plates after opening the drywall. Take care with untreated wood especially if the humidity of that room is high. In my ca...
by badali
Tue May 14, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Checking Floor Tile Mortar Coverage
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Checking Floor Tile Mortar Coverage

Hello, I'm installing floor tile in a small area and many of the instructional videos suggest periodically lifting tiles from the mortar bed to check for coverage. When doing this do I need to re-trowel the mortar notches or can the tile just be dropped back into the pressed down mortar? Thanks agai...
by badali
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Electrical close to dryer exhaust pipe
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Electrical close to dryer exhaust pipe

Thanks, I appreciate that!
by badali
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Very moist and damaged half foundation wall
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Very moist and damaged half foundation wall

Got 3 quotes... these guys all said different things so it's hard to know what to believe.

The main common thing they said was that the hole should definitely be plugged up.

Guess it's time to get more oppinions.
by badali
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Electrical close to dryer exhaust pipe
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Electrical close to dryer exhaust pipe

Hi,

The electrical installed for my dryer was run exactly where I want to dryer exhaust to be drilled.

The wall is plaster so it's just an open cavity and the wire will prob be 2" from the exhaust pipe. I couldn't find anything in the code book I checked

Is this anything to be concerned about?
by badali
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Very moist and damaged half foundation wall
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Very moist and damaged half foundation wall

Yes, I think it's dirt! Seems bad... do you think I can get someone to just come and rebuild it?
by badali
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Very moist and damaged half foundation wall
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Very moist and damaged half foundation wall

Hello, It just thawed out after a very long cold stretch and I discovered a very wet floor in my cold cellar. The cellar was framed and drywalled by the previous owner and I cut out the drywall to discover the lower part of the half-foundation wall to be badly damaged. Its clear someone tried to bre...
by badali
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running and strapping wires behind studs
Replies: 13
Views: 215

Re: Running and strapping wires behind studs

Oh yes to clarify, the 10/3 is for dryer and the 12/2 is for washing machine/iron.

The part I didn't understand was the high cost of using the 12/2 for both washing machine and iron with an AFCI breaker.
by badali
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running and strapping wires behind studs
Replies: 13
Views: 215

Re: Running and strapping wires behind studs

Thanks again, I am running 10/3 and 12/2 cables for the laundry room. Originally I had planned to use the 12/2 for the washing machine and a iron but an electrician told me I can't use a single wire for both of those unless I make changes to my breakers and suggested I run a third cable. Something a...
by badali
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running and strapping wires behind studs
Replies: 13
Views: 215

Re: Running and strapping wires behind studs

Thanks! Ok so I can do that, I would prefer to put the holes as far back as possible (close to the gap to the exterior wall) to minimize the risk of a screw penetrating the sheathing. The rule for the hole being at least 1-1/4" from the edge only applies to the finished side of the stud right? I wou...
by badali
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running and strapping wires behind studs
Replies: 13
Views: 215

Running and strapping wires behind studs

Hi, I'm running some 10/3 and 12/2 for my laundry room and most of the walls I am going through have 4 inches of space behind the studs because there is a half foundation wall. Is it Canadian code compliant if I make small holes in the studs and then zip tie the NM cable to the back edges? This also...
by badali
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Wall Between Cellar
Replies: 5
Views: 122

Re: Insulating Wall Between Cellar

Thanks that's a great idea. Just to confirm, I will install the vapour barrier on the warm side and wrap it around the studs then apply the roxul.

Luckily the door is an external door but it definitely needs weather stripping.
by badali
Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Wall Between Cellar
Replies: 5
Views: 122

Re: Insulating Wall Between Cellar

Thanks again Shannon! I'm happy to open up the walls but wasn't sure roxul would perform well without moisture barrier.

Based on your suggestions I will put roxul between the studs and then foam against the studs on the cold side and then drywall right against the foam board.
by badali
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Wall Between Cellar
Replies: 5
Views: 122

Insulating Wall Between Cellar

Hi, I have a framed 2x4 wall between a cold cellar in and a conditioned kitchen area in the basement. What is the appropriate way to insulate something like this? Here is a pic (cellar has the window). IMG_20190125_221725-01.jpeg Ideally I would use rigid foam on the cellar side to provide a good th...
by badali
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing Window in Front of Half Foundation Wall
Replies: 1
Views: 82

Framing Window in Front of Half Foundation Wall

Hi, For framing the window in the wall below are there any special steps I need to take to frame the window opening? If I just frame a standard wall in front there will be a 3.5" gap from window sill to the framing. Is it acceptable to have a plywood board resting on the concrete ledge as a window s...
by badali
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Romex running along basement floor
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Romex running along basement floor

Hi,

I've found some existing electrical which is parged in and running along the floor in the basement.
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This can't possibly be in line with building code right? Seems dangerous.

I am redoing the wall and am thinking of running the wire from above.
by badali
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall

Thanks for all the feedback! The window is above grade bit I don't think I can do anything practical on the exterior (check it out). IMG_20190105_143633-01.jpeg Redoing the framing isn't too much work so I can easily do that. That mold was very concerning to me as well - I checked carefully it's iso...
by badali
Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall

Probably shouldn't be too much of a suprise but after removing that insulation the wall doesn't appear to be in the best shape. Here is a pic for context, IMG_20190105_000646.jpg The concrete below the window is cracking, I think this window was added recently and poorly cut. The sill is also framed...
by badali
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall

I finally took down the drywall on one of the walls mentioned above and it's really something else...
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I removed the drywall carefully and this is exactly how it was...Just thought I would share for entertainment purposes.

Thanks again for all the help!
by badali
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Tile install thickness calculation
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Tile install thickness calculation

I am replacing the flooring between the kitchen and living area and am trying to get the new tile to be 1" thick including the underlayment. Subfloor is 3/4" plywood so I can use Ditra or cement board underlayment. I've asked a few people and am getting mixed answers. Can someone please tell me if t...
by badali
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall

So it looks like my basement is incorrectly insulated in several areas... Spray foam is starting to make more sense. In my case the studs are so far in front of the wall that I will need to just foam the whole concrete wall behind the studs. I was advised to vapour barrier from floor to ceiling in f...
by badali
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Replacing Diagonal Plank Sub floor for Tile Job
Replies: 5
Views: 333

Re: Replacing Diagonal Plank Sub floor for Tile Job

Just following up and the combination of blocking and then cut plywood where blocking isn't feasible worked great. The 3/4 plywood boards screwed and glued are almost as rigid as blocking and a massive improvement over the ship lap.
by badali
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall

Thanks, I checked out your spray foam video and it didn't look as hard as I expected! Spray foaming the area above the concrete ledge will not lead to high moisture/mold risk? Does the thick rigid foam need to be removed before spray foaming or can I keep that for extra R-value? On another note, the...
by badali
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall

Any mold issues to be concerned about if I only insulate the upper part? And should I add vapor barrier all the way to the floor (over the concrete)?
by badali
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Replacing Diagonal Plank Sub floor for Tile Job
Replies: 5
Views: 333

Re: Replacing Diagonal Plank Sub floor for Tile Job

So I cut the diagonal plank out between joists and re-enforce the subfloor from below where it's left hanging?

The floor joists are 16" OC and thanks again for your help!
by badali
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall

Thanks again for all the advice! There is another finished area of my basement which is unusually cold and it looks like the external wall there is only insulated with a black felt (moisture barrier?) and half-inch rigid foam. The interior wall is framed right on the 6" x 18" concrete ledge at the b...
by badali
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Replacing Diagonal Plank Sub floor for Tile Job
Replies: 5
Views: 333

Replacing Diagonal Plank Sub floor for Tile Job

My home was constructed in the 50s with 3/4" diagonal plank sub floor which I was told is not acceptable for tile. I've attached a picture of the floor and would like to install tile out until the blue line and as far as the doorway. A section of the sub-floor has already been replaced and my plan i...
by badali
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall

Thanks Shannon, will one of the canned single component foams on the bottom portion or are those not dense enough?
by badali
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall

Thanks for the detailed reply! Can I put roxul between the upper part of the studs without any moisture barrier behind it? One thing I didn't mention is that a cold cellar was added behind this wall so it's no longer external. I don't have any moisture issues but this area and the floor above it hav...
by badali
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating Protruding Basement Wall
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Insulating Protruding Basement Wall

Hello, My basement has been underpinned and the lower 2 feet of the wall protrude a few inches. IMG_20181210_072026.jpg What's the best way to add moisture barrier on this wall? The wall was previously made with no insulation so it's already framed, I can remove and rebuild if needed but if there is...