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by VanTry2DIY
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to make these stairs safer?
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: How to make these stairs safer?

There are "RETURNS" that can be added to the ends of the hand rail that will curve the end back against the wall leaving no open end to catch on clothes. Also I notice the hand rails do not reach the top of the stairs and they really should. Thanks Shannon--I have considered adding a return and als...
by VanTry2DIY
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to make these stairs safer?
Replies: 3
Views: 97

How to make these stairs safer?

My wife and I love most everything about our 1970 house except the stairs. They are steep, the treads are short such that your heel hangs off the back when walking up, and the handrail halfway up can sometimes snag clothing or anything you're carrying. We will be replacing the carpet with hardwood w...
by VanTry2DIY
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Tools
Topic: Miter saw recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 425

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 ...
by VanTry2DIY
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Miter saw recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Miter saw recommendations

prices vary all over so that is hard to say for your area. Stay with a quality saw brand like Dewalt,Milwaukee,Mikita,Bosch. The less moving parts the better the accuracy IMO. So for what you are doing I would get a standard mitre saw, if you want a more versatile saw you could go to a sliding comp...
by VanTry2DIY
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Miter saw recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Miter saw recommendations

Hi all, After spending entirely too much time trying to get our borrowed Harbor Freight special Chicago Electric 10" miter saw's fence to cut a perfect square (and stay there), my wife and I have resigned to upgrading to a better quality saw. It will be used for cutting 3/4" hardwood flooring into a...
by VanTry2DIY
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Securing subfloor planks to floor joists
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: Securing subfloor planks to floor joists

Many thanks Shannon and Spruce for your input. If each plank should be secured at every joist, it seems they were woefully under-secured when the house was built. Most planks are blind nailed at the ends only. Someone previously added screws in some places, but because they did not countersink the h...
by VanTry2DIY
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Securing subfloor planks to floor joists
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Securing subfloor planks to floor joists

Hi all, We are almost done securing and leveling the subfloor in the first room of a second story hardwood flooring project. The subfloor planks are varying lengths of 1.5" x 5" tongue and groove. Since some planks were loose, we secured them to the joists as needed with 3" decking screws. My questi...
by VanTry2DIY
Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Seam where Hardi meets shingles
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Re: Seam where Hardi meets shingles

Thank you both for the confirmation. I'll first try sorting it with the contractor but have unfortunately already paid them. Not sure why they did it this way--my guess is Shannon is right about the flashing not being long enough to reach behind the trim in which case a second trim board stacked on ...
by VanTry2DIY
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Getting ahead of repairs while upstairs subfloor is accessible
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: Getting ahead of repairs while upstairs subfloor is accessible

Update here: I've removed the carpet and baseboards in the first room we will tackle and am now prepping the subfloor which is a series of tongue and groove planks ran perpendicular to the floor joists. Many of my original ideas now feel more difficult since these do NOT seem easy to remove--they ar...
by VanTry2DIY
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom fan installation in inaccessible attic
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Bathroom fan installation in inaccessible attic

A one-way louver in your duct (blocking airflow from outside to the bathroom) might also be a good idea, if you were not already planning on it. Any bath fan I have ever installed came with this . True--my thought was the cold drafts from outside could either be stopped close to the roof vent or ri...
by VanTry2DIY
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Seam where Hardi meets shingles
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Seam where Hardi meets shingles

We had our house's plywood siding replaced with Hardiplank a couple months ago, and there is one area where Hardi meets the shingles of a roofed section below that has never looked right to me. If I look closely between the metal flashing and Hardi, I can see straight to what I think is the roof dec...
by VanTry2DIY
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom fan installation in inaccessible attic
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Bathroom fan installation in inaccessible attic

A one-way louver in your duct (blocking airflow from outside to the bathroom) might also be a good idea, if you were not already planning on it.
by VanTry2DIY
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Sewage smell when showering after installing new toilet?
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: Sewage smell when showering after installing new toilet?

What prompted you to install a new toilet?
by VanTry2DIY
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank
Replies: 10
Views: 321

Re: What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank

Very interesting--thanks all for the replies. For what it's worth, the inside of this toilet tank is completely lined with orange rust/deposit despite the magic of the magnet. 50 year old toilet aside, I can't see how these magnets would work if all of the water does not circulate through them, and ...
by VanTry2DIY
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank
Replies: 10
Views: 321

Re: What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank

That is the dynamic flow oscillator, it regulates ionic flux to prevent hard water stains . . . or . . . it's a random piece of junk someone left behind. My money is on the latter. :wink: :mrgreen: It looks like a foreign object to me. I've never seen any toilet parts like that. 8-) Ha! That would ...
by VanTry2DIY
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank
Replies: 10
Views: 321

What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank

Found this object in the tank while replacing all the internals in our house's 1969 Gerber commode. It doesn't look to have been doing anything so curious if it serves some toilet related purpose or was left in by mistake?
by VanTry2DIY
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Stair Tread for Carpet
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: Stair Tread for Carpet

Our house's stairs came carpeted with no noses and are very slippery. In doing some research on our plans to replace the carpet with hardwood, I found accidents are significantly less likely on stairs with noses up to a little over 1/2". So in addition to looking better as Shannon mentioned, the bul...
by VanTry2DIY
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Getting ahead of repairs while upstairs subfloor is accessible
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: Getting ahead of repairs while upstairs subfloor is accessible

Thank you Shannon and Spruce--I really appreciate the feedback; this has given me a lot to think about. Our house sounds very similar in layout to Spruce's old house with all bedrooms upstairs and the kitchen/living areas downstairs. Here are the things I plan on: -The lighting in our kitchen is flu...
by VanTry2DIY
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Getting ahead of repairs while upstairs subfloor is accessible
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Getting ahead of repairs while upstairs subfloor is accessible

Hi all, We will soon be removing the carpet across our entire upstairs, stairs, and two rooms downstairs and replacing it with hardwood. This is in a 2-story 1970 Houston house with galvanized pipes and aluminum wiring. Since we plan on living on these floors forever, I assume the next time I'll hav...
by VanTry2DIY
Fri May 31, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Unclogging Blocked Drains.
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: Unclogging Blocked Drains.

My house's drains are also sensitive. A few things that have helped, all centered around only letting water down the drain: Hair catches on all showers/bathtubs (the Tubshroom product has worked well for us). A hair removal tool for periodic use on those same drains (a flexible snake tool with a fuz...
by VanTry2DIY
Wed May 15, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: well water smelling like metal...
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: well water smelling like metal...

Before full on replacement of the resin, you could try cleaning it with ResCare RK41N All-Purpose Water Softener Cleaner or an equivalent product. You'll add 1/2c of cleaner per 1lb of resin to the brine well or salt storage tank then initiate a manual regeneration on the softener (your owner's manu...
by VanTry2DIY
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Sealing and insect-proofing house
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Sealing and insect-proofing house

Hi all, I am seeking any advice on a project we are undertaking to keep stinging insects from entering our house--we have consistently had issues since moving in 2.5 years ago with finding wasps and bees inside, and my wife is highly allergic. Would also like to see a reduction in our electric bills...
by VanTry2DIY
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple
Replies: 19
Views: 371

Re: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple

The cap seems to have worked! It was 1/2" galvanized pipe after all. I also invested in some heavier duty grey teflon tape as the white stuff seemed to be getting shredded by the fittings. No signs of leakage for about 30 minutes now. I'll be officially be out of the woods once I can confirm it stay...
by VanTry2DIY
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple
Replies: 19
Views: 371

Re: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple

One question Spruce and all, should I be allowing any cure time for the fittings before testing?
by VanTry2DIY
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple
Replies: 19
Views: 371

Re: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple

You guys were right--with some coercing I was able to get the angle valve on; I could feel the threads recontouring as it tightened. Still a slow leak with teflon/sealant and tightening it across all the remaining threads. Hopefully I can get it sorted tomorrow with a few more wraps of teflon and a ...
by VanTry2DIY
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple
Replies: 19
Views: 371

Re: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple

Since I get the old valve back on, is this a viable tool to tap the pipe?

https://m.harborfreight.com/6-piece-pip ... 20provided
by VanTry2DIY
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple
Replies: 19
Views: 371

Re: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple

I completely understand and should add a disclaimer that I am not up on plumbing terminology. As a test, I tried screwing on the old valve without success. I'm fairly certain there are breaks and collapsed portions in the nipples threads.
by VanTry2DIY
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple
Replies: 19
Views: 371

Re: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple

Here are the exact parts I attempted to use, very open to suggestions. Correction on the valve, it is a 1/2" compatible angle valve.
by VanTry2DIY
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple
Replies: 19
Views: 371

Re: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple

Thank you Spruce and Shannon for the input. After hacksawing off the worst of the unevenness, I've tried a 5/8" brass cap, a 5/8" flared brass cap, and a 5/8" steel ball valve (could not find steel caps at my Home Depot). Of those, only the flared brass cap would thread, and even with teflon plus pi...
by VanTry2DIY
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple
Replies: 19
Views: 371

Re: Capping unused galvanized pipe nipple

Here's a couple shots of the left side nipple. Hard to tell from the pics, but the face of it is uneven. I'm wondering I can hacksaw it to be even while still having enough thread left for a cap.