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by A. Spruce
Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Trusses
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Trusses

What is the purpose of the roof? If for a house, trusses may be warranted, otherwise, just use dimensional lumber to span the distance. A 2x12 will run you somewhere around $40 each, a truss will easily cost more to buy. Trusses are not for the novice to design on their own because they are engineer...
by A. Spruce
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Trusses
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Trusses

What is the size of the roof and span of the truss?
by A. Spruce
Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom sink plumbing
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: Bathroom sink plumbing

Home Depot is the worst thing to happen to the building industry, ever! Their employees have absolutely no clue what they're talking about and their products are over-priced crap! Dealing with drain alignment issues can be a real pain, I've run into the same problem as you have on many occasions. Th...
by A. Spruce
Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Laminate base seam prep
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: Laminate base seam prep

You want your joint to be as flush/smooth as possible, otherwise you'll have irregularities in the surface of the laminate.
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: flush mount floor vent installed with hardwood flooring
Replies: 7
Views: 703

Re: flush mount floor vent installed with hardwood flooring

You may also want to contact the manufacturer directly for installation instructions and suggestions for the flooring that you're using.
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: flush mount floor vent installed with hardwood flooring
Replies: 7
Views: 703

Re: flush mount floor vent installed with hardwood flooring

Gotcha, I was thinking the frame was the same thickness as the floor and the vent sat on top. This is the typical set up here in the States. Probably the best thing to do would be to install the floor, then route a recess into it to accommodate the grill. I would highly recommend making a jig so tha...
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Laminate Countertop Removal
Replies: 18
Views: 1699

Re: Laminate Countertop Removal

No problem. 8-)
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Pressure treated 12x16
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: Pressure treated 12x16

If the deck is now water proofed, you can use just about anything you want to cover it up, however, if it will still be subject to rain and moisture, you're going to need to treat it more like a deck surface than a "floor".
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:27 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Laminate Countertop Removal
Replies: 18
Views: 1699

Re: Laminate Countertop Removal

If you can't separate the backsplash easily, run a saw along the splash to get rid of most of the counter top before you start ripping and tearing at the splash. The smaller pieces you work with, the easier it will be to be gentle and not cause wall or tile damage. It would be fine to leave 3 or 4 i...
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Cork underlay under NAILED DOWN engineered flooring?
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: Cork underlay under NAILED DOWN engineered flooring?

That is a perfectly good reason to use an underlayment membrane of some sort then. 8-)
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: flush mount floor vent installed with hardwood flooring
Replies: 7
Views: 703

Re: flush mount floor vent installed with hardwood flooring

I would forego the mounting frame and just attach the grill directly to the flooring, in this way you can fully support the grill without need to accommodate expansion/contraction room.
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Cutting kitchen crown moulding
Replies: 50
Views: 2890

Re: Cutting kitchen crown moulding

Oh, you mean an END panel. ;) :mrgreen:

Yes, that does help. 8-)
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Laminate Countertop Removal
Replies: 18
Views: 1699

Re: Laminate Countertop Removal

In instances like this, a sawzall is your best friend. Cut down either side of the sink, separating it from the rest of the counter top, this will allow you more easily handle smaller pieces.
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:27 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Cutting kitchen crown moulding
Replies: 50
Views: 2890

Re: Cutting kitchen crown moulding

You're mocking me, aren't you? That's blatant mockage, right there! :x :lol: :lol:
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Cutting kitchen crown moulding
Replies: 50
Views: 2890

Re: Cutting kitchen crown moulding

What I find (and this is a personal choice on my part) is that because the front valance is set back because of the over hang of the doors I then will do a set back on the side as well where it is required that I return back to the wall. That is what my gut was telling me, the doors give the appear...
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Cutting kitchen crown moulding
Replies: 50
Views: 2890

Re: Cutting kitchen crown moulding

You guys have me scratching my head with all the gable talk. I've never heard the term associated with cabinets. :?
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Cork underlay under NAILED DOWN engineered flooring?
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: Cork underlay under NAILED DOWN engineered flooring?

On a second story floor where there is absolutely no possibility of moisture intrusion, no underlayment will be necessary, other than it voiding the warranty not to have one. When I've installed wood on first floors, whether post/pier or slab construction, 6mil plastic is laid first as a moisture ba...
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Cutting kitchen crown moulding
Replies: 50
Views: 2890

Re: Cutting kitchen crown moulding

Well, the first thing is, you can't believe anything you read on any other construction forum! ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) When it comes to aesthetics, I can only tell you what looks pleasing to my eye and why. That is the best that anyone can really do, then it is up to you to decide what looks best to yo...
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Cutting kitchen crown moulding
Replies: 50
Views: 2890

Re: Cutting kitchen crown moulding

I think I see what you're getting at, to end the light valance at the cabinet edge or at the filler edge? Definitely the filler edge. If this is what you mean, the valance is part of the cabinet, so it should extend to full length, including the filler.
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Cutting kitchen crown moulding
Replies: 50
Views: 2890

Re: Cutting kitchen crown moulding

I don't follow. Under cabinet lighting, correct? And you're asking if the light string should stop at edge of cabinet or against fridge? If this is what you're asking, it isn't going to matter, 3" between the end of the light string and the side of the fridge is nothing to worry about. If you're tal...
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Cutting kitchen crown moulding
Replies: 50
Views: 2890

Re: Cutting kitchen crown moulding

If you want to see if it works well enough before caulking, put a piece of electrical tape or duct tape over the back of the joint, see if it's still something to worry about.
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Cutting kitchen crown moulding
Replies: 50
Views: 2890

Re: Cutting kitchen crown moulding

Yes, start with caulking from the back, preferably with a dark caulk to resist light penetration.
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Installation options for LVT Plank Flooring
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: Installation options for LVT Plank Flooring

My opinion is, because it's vinyl, you're better off gluing than floating it, otherwise the joints can separate, hence the flooring place wanting to go this route. If vinyl plank is anything like typical sheet goods or VCT tile, then you're going to want the floor to be a smooth as possible, because...
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Replacing two insane outlets??
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Re: Replacing two insane outlets??

I would recommend that you pick up a copy of Wiring Simplified, as it is probably THE best book on explaining wiring techniques. It is updated every time electrical codes change.
by A. Spruce
Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: New kitchen floor tile grouting prep
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Re: New kitchen floor tile grouting prep

In addition to what Shannon offered, DO NOT pour dirty grout water down the drain, take it outside, as the sand will clog and harden in the drain pipes, causing you big headaches later on. A little clarification on the sponge as well, there are large tile sponges in the tile section of any place tha...
by A. Spruce
Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: tools you never thought you would buy or cant live without !
Replies: 42
Views: 2984

Re: tools you never thought you would buy or cant live without !

I always wanted one, never bought one though. If I were still active in the trades I'd have a whole lot more stuff these days than I did back then. Partly, this is due to so much more cool stuff being available and affordable, partly because I LOVE having the right tools to make my life easier. My m...
by A. Spruce
Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Cutting vertical cast iron pipe
Replies: 8
Views: 1100

Re: Cutting vertical cast iron pipe

Glad to have helped. 8-)
by A. Spruce
Sun Aug 21, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Laminate Countertop Removal
Replies: 18
Views: 1699

Re: Laminate Countertop Removal

Good plan, but don't fight working in a cramped space. Pull the refrigerator out of the way. If you've got vinyl or wood floors, put down some 1/4" plywood to protect the floor from the fridge rollers.
by A. Spruce
Sun Aug 21, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Cracked drywall ceiling
Replies: 5
Views: 383

Re: Cracked drywall ceiling

Yes I would agree those patches are a little thick for a good job. Hhhheeeeyyyyyy! I thought you were supposed to be camping?!?!?! ;) :mrgreen: Addendum to my earlier post, those patches are actually meant for repairing door knob holes, where there is nothing supporting the patch, hence the aluminu...
by A. Spruce
Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: best type of pipe for main line from meter to house
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: best type of pipe for main line from meter to house

I would recommend consulting with local plumbers and the water supplier to see what is commonly used. I personally feel copper is best for everything because plastics in contact with potable water is not a good combination. There are those who would disagree, as evidenced by the proliferation of CPV...