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by A. Spruce
Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 10' x 12' Garden Shed
Replies: 14
Views: 788

Re: 10' x 12' Garden Shed

Nice work! Nothing feels as good as a job well done at your own hands. And, even more important than saving money, the shed was built to YOUR standards, not the grunt who's only there for the paycheck.
by A. Spruce
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Deck rim joist
Replies: 5
Views: 483

Re: Deck rim joist

It is most aesthetically pleasing for everything to be straight, plumb, and level. If all your joist ends are square, your rim joist will be square. If you are referring to a support beam, purchase the straightest beams you can find, then get them installed before they have a chance to start warping...
by A. Spruce
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: When to varnish a new window sill?
Replies: 4
Views: 605

Re: When to varnish a new window sill?

good call. When sanding wood, you need to be sure to sand it evenly across the entire surface because wood hardens, sanding in only one spot, or vigorously in one spot but not others will result in splotchy finishing because the sealer/stain will soak into the softer sanded areas and not the harder ...
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: sliding glass door
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: sliding glass door

Glad you were able to get it out easily enough. As for roller replacement, it should be fairly obvious how the rollers are attached to the door. Usually there is at least one screw holding it to the door frame, sometimes they just slip into a slot. If you know the brand, you can go to the manufactur...
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: House Wrap
Replies: 4
Views: 421

Re: House Wrap

I've never left window wrap or house wrap uncovered for any length of time, so I can't say how it will fair over the long haul. My guess is that Tyvek will hold up ok. I can say with certainty that tar paper is going to fade, curl, and likely get blown off if it is not covered immediately. I would r...
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: When to varnish a new window sill?
Replies: 4
Views: 605

Re: When to varnish a new window sill?

If you used wet "construction" lumber, you do have to let it dry out a bit before applying a sealer. If you used kiln dried lumber, then you can finish immediately upon installation. Wood dries out and fades when exposed to light, particularly around a window where the sun is harsh and hot. I would ...
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: House Wrap
Replies: 4
Views: 421

Re: House Wrap

Tar paper will break down when exposed to the elements and will likely need to be replaced. House wrap, like Tyvek, is more like a rain jacket, it will shed water, and should hold up to the elements, however, I'd still recommend a good going over to check for damage or issues before applying siding.
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: sliding glass door
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: sliding glass door

Look for notches in the track where the rollers can pass through, also, look for blocks in the header track that prevent the door from being lifted (security feature). Sometimes the door has to be in just the right location to be able to lift it high enough and get it out, sometimes the blocks in th...
by A. Spruce
Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing new interior wall.
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: Framing new interior wall.

A single top plate will work fine, however, I would recommend lining your studs up with the floor joists so that they are taking the full bearing weight and not the plate. Even though you're not really adding any weight or stress to the wall, this is the better way to go.
by A. Spruce
Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: DMX 1-Step Underlayment?
Replies: 9
Views: 605

Re: DMX 1-Step Underlayment?

I work by myself everyday (other than the odd sub) so helping hands are not around often. A word to the wise, be creating your exit strategy now! There will come a day that either your will or your body give out, and you're going to need an alternative. Don't wait for that day to come before you've...
by A. Spruce
Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: DMX 1-Step Underlayment?
Replies: 9
Views: 605

Re: DMX 1-Step Underlayment?

As you get older, you're supposed to leave the heavy lifting to the youngsters coming up in the ranks! :P :mrgreen: I've always had great sub contractors for times when I either had too much work or not enough skill. The older I get, the more I let the subs take care of. While I'm not exactly "old",...
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Fascia thickness question!
Replies: 17
Views: 862

Re: Fascia thickness question!

diggler306 wrote:I wanted to say thank you to Shannon for your videos. I think i've watched all of them and they have allowed me to build this shed on my own!
Careful, or Shannon is gonna start farming out all his shed work to you! :o :lol: :lol:
by A. Spruce
Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: DMX 1-Step Underlayment?
Replies: 9
Views: 605

Re: DMX 1-Step Underlayment?

It is more important that you know exactly what type of floor you will be installing, then follow the manufacturer's recommended installation methods. As long as DMX conforms to the manufacturer's specs, go for it and report back your experiences with it. 8-)
by A. Spruce
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Vanity top and out of square corner
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: Vanity top and out of square corner

Typically, the top is scribed to the wall. This is the fastest and cleanest looking fix of the problem. If you do not want to do that, then you are left with building out a side splash or fixing the angle of the wall. The only method that will be aesthetically pleasing will be to fix the wall becaus...
by A. Spruce
Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Opening up a knee wall for storage
Replies: 35
Views: 1386

Re: Opening up a knee wall for storage

You can easily cut shim stock to fur out the jamb to the wall surface. Tack it in place, then install your trim as normal. With a little wood filler, you'll never know the shim is there.
by A. Spruce
Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Insulation
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Insulation

To what end? The typical aluminum shed isn't tall enough or really large enough to use as anything other than a shed. The only benefit of adding spray foam would be to keep the structure from sweating and thus prevent deterioration of paper products and the rusting of tools and equipment stored in t...
by A. Spruce
Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: shed video for 8x8 ft?
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Re: sheds

I think Shannon has at least one video on the subject. You may have to backtrack to the main site for a link. I know they're all on YouTube.

If you have any specific questions, we'd be happy to offer assistance here. 8-)
by A. Spruce
Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Garage door forcefully opens
Replies: 7
Views: 359

Re: Garage door forcefully opens

Thanks for the update, glad you got if figured out. 8-)
by A. Spruce
Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Sub floor?
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: Sub floor?

You can lay directly over the concrete, you do not need plywood. I would suggest a floating floor, as it would be the easiest for a DIY'r to lay. You could glue if you wanted to, but it takes special clamps and you can only lay a few feet at a time.
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Stock vinyl siding
Replies: 8
Views: 507

Re: Stock vinyl siding

Agreed. With this knowledge, if you use natural horizontal "breaks" in the house as your start/stop point, any fading difference should be unnoticeable. So, going from one corner to another, completely, you will not see any difference once you turn the corner with new material. Unfortunately, you wo...
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:27 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Sliding glass shower door
Replies: 2
Views: 478

Re: Sliding glass shower door

Agreed. Rarely does wall framing line up with shower doors, unless you remodeled the space and put backers in there yourself. The hardware kit with your door will come with hollow wall anchors, using these will be sufficient, because the screws really only hold the door in place while the caulking d...
by A. Spruce
Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Sliding Closet Door Repair. I need Help!
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: Sliding Closet Door Repair. I need Help!

It is not uncommon for the mirror to slip out of the frame. There is usually a U-shaped rubber gasket that fits over the edge of the mirror, that then slides into a groove in the frame. The gasket creates pressure and friction which holds the mirror in place. Slip the gasket out of the frame and bac...
by A. Spruce
Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Pitch roof rise/run
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: Pitch roof rise/run

Pitch is determined by the amount of rise for a given run. You have 2' of rise for 6' of run, which does equate to 4' of rise in 12' of run, or a 4/12 pitch. To show the math, 12 divided by 6 is two, so you multiply both the rise of 2' and the run of 6' by two to find your answer. The same would be ...
by A. Spruce
Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 10' x 12' Garden Shed
Replies: 14
Views: 788

Re: 10' x 12' Garden Shed

I suppose I should've just watched the video on vent installation before posting that question. From that vid I understand the rule of thumb is 300 sq ft of interior space should have 1 sq ft of vent. So, in relation to my shed, 1 sq ft of vent would do the trick. So, a couple of 8"x8" vents on eit...
by A. Spruce
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Recessed lighting with access from above
Replies: 40
Views: 1854

Re: Recessed lighting with access from above

I would also go and screw all of the sub flooring that was not removed to tighten it all up before the new flooring install. Good call, I'd also recommend smacking every nail to make sure that they're all down tight. The last thing you want is a squeak to develop after installing hardwood or tile, ...
by A. Spruce
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: suspended ceiling grid question
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Re: suspended ceiling grid question

The main Ts are larger, heavier, and stronger, so it is likely that they are more expensive than 4' cross Ts. In addition main T's also have to be strapped (hung with hook and wire ), adding time and expense to the job. Other than that, there isn't much reason you can't use main T's set on 2' center...
by A. Spruce
Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Recessed lighting with access from above
Replies: 40
Views: 1854

Re: Recessed lighting with access from above

If you're pulling the flooring upstairs anyway, then going through the floor to access/add to the lighting is the way to go. I've done this a number of times, it saves damage and repair of the ceiling to run the wires. Now, pulling the floor does have some disadvantages, if it's glued, it can be a b...
by A. Spruce
Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 10' x 12' Garden Shed
Replies: 14
Views: 788

Re: 10' x 12' Garden Shed

The framing and sheathing getting wet is no problem, it happens all the time when building homes. The lumber itself is probably no wetter now than when you first cut and assembled it, as lumber has a very high moisture content for ease of milling. The sheathing, while not ideal to be wet, can withst...
by A. Spruce
Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Installing tack strips for carpet
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Re: Installing tack strips for carpet

The reason for the gap between the tack strip and the wall is so that you can tuck the edge of the carpet down, which further captures it on the tack strip, especially with the base board in place. Floor vents do not get tack strip, unless they are huge, like a floor return, then it will get tack st...
by A. Spruce
Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: soffit ladders
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Re: soffit ladders

does the bulkhead go tight against my exterior wall frame and if so do I need a 2x4 where the bulkhead meets the wall like a inside corner so when drywall is installed on both will it fit together on the wall and bulkhead like a inside corner as my 16 inch on centre does not match up with the bulkh...