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by Mastercarpentry
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Pocket door & light switch box
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: Pocket door & light switch box

Depth isn't the only issue here. You have to secure the romex in place 6" from the box and at intervals thereafter and t has to be covered with sheetrock etal on both sides, not just one. Or the wire can be changed out and conduit used but it (and the box) still need to be secured. Plus this "wall" ...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Cordless Impact Driver - options to evaluate
Replies: 52
Views: 2345

Re: Cordless Impact Driver - options to evaluate

1/4" driver. I broke them loose first but the threads are very tight all the way to the end of the dually-length studs. With a regular length 3/8" ratchet you can barely turn them and with a long-handled one it's a 5 minute job just getting all 8 of them off. Using power it's under a minute. I lubed...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Cordless Impact Driver - options to evaluate
Replies: 52
Views: 2345

Re: Cordless Impact Driver - options to evaluate

Just picked up a battered and well-used 18V DeWalt 1/4" impact and a 1/2" drill kit in much better shape (with 2 usable batteries!) for $60 last week. Had to do some brakework on my van today and the impact driver with a socket adapter got all 8 lugs off like a champ, perhaps as good as my Porter-Ca...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Collated nails/screws question
Replies: 6
Views: 480

Re: Collated nails/screws question

Go backwards here- first find the fastener availability (including prices) then find the gun they need. I love Hitachi coil framers- they seem to work forever without problems. Collated screwguns might be a bigger problem as the US-spec ones are designed for [email protected] and you don't have that over ...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Circuit Tracers: What do you recommend?
Replies: 7
Views: 426

Re: Circuit Tracers: What do you recommend?

Mapping the 120V side of a panel is easy. First get a light socket to plug outlet adapter and a loud plug-in radio. Turn all but the main breaker off, plug in the radio, then start checking breakers one at a time till the radio plays. Mark on a notepad then go to the next outlet and repeat the proce...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Hanging something on a hollow interior door
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: Hanging something on a hollow interior door

Unless you fasten into the solid outer rails, these doors won't hold much, and even then won't last long before falling apart when used this way. A small clothes hanger rack hooked over the top is about the max for these kind of doors.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Built In Bookshelves
Replies: 1
Views: 148

Re: Built In Bookshelves

These are normally built and installed like kitchen cabinets. The back is part of the bookcase carcass, butting against the drywall or plaster wall behind it.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Quick Poll: Choose 1 of 4 Slogans
Replies: 23
Views: 1045

Re: Quick Poll: Choose 1 of 4 Slogans

I chose "expert advice" because not everything is simple or easy, but everything is possible when given enough time, money, effort, and know-how. I think it sounds better too.

Won hower eggo I cuddn't spel "expert" n naugh eye r 1 :mrgreen:

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: How To Build A Shed - Part 3 Building & Installing Rafters
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Re: How To Build A Shed - Part 3 Building & Installing Rafters

When laying out my pattern rafters, I mark at full length then measure back 3/4" perpendicular to the top cut, then re-mark and cut it there. Works perfectly on every pitch without math. On some of the cheaper old houses which used 1X6 roof slats instead of sheathing, the ridgeboard was omitted sinc...
by Mastercarpentry
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom lights
Replies: 4
Views: 316

Re: Bathroom lights

With LED lights, it's usually the driver that dies instead of the emitters. If you can calculate the LED load or find the specs, you can get a generic replacement but it's cheaper and faster to replace the whole thing instead. The cheap LED lights from 'big-box' stores are know for this problem.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Stuck shower drain
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: Stuck shower drain

You can dremel out the fitting from the top by grinding away where horizontal and vertical meet. On quality drains there's a fair amount of metal there; on cheap stuff it's kind of thin. If you can borrow an end grinder from a pipe welder it will go a lot faster- those tools are like a dremel on ste...
by Mastercarpentry
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Dishwasher Tee - compression ring use
Replies: 4
Views: 539

Re: Dishwasher Tee - compression ring use

Knurled ends are usually fitted with o-rings- a look inside will verify that. If you don't see an o-ring, look at the nut for a tapered section inside- those will be compression fittings. To go from the valve shown to the tee I think will be a compression fitting; again look for a tapered section. I...
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Garage stabilization?
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Re: Garage stabilization?

With garage slabs I begin to worry only when the cracks are more than about 1/8" wide or when one side of the crack is raised higher than about 1/4" from the other side. Less than that bears some thinking about the cause and monitoring it, more than that might need some work according to the locatio...
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Damaged Floor Joist
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: Damaged Floor Joist

If you don't sister the full span that the cut-away area at the sister's end will be receiving all the stress so it will likely crack there in time. The "plumbers box' will help some but it only transfers the load to the adjacent joists and I think those got notched too so then they might crack in t...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall questions
Replies: 20
Views: 773

Re: Drywall questions

Thank God it's only that one place- I've never seen it or anything close to it elsewhere and I've worked all over the US. I'll go to work at McDonalds if that disease becomes systemic. The word I use for any of the government people in that town has a relation to a rectum and it is a very fitting wo...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Collapsing concrete roof awening
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Collapsing concrete roof awening

There are screws and washers meant for re-tightening loose plaster that would likely work here too but you've got to refinish over them and any cracks too so that may not be ideal. I see two approaches to get you a "best" solution. First is remove and re-do everything; a lot of work that might not b...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: 5" Hickory Solid hardwood flooring - glue/nail or both?
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: 5" Hickory Solid hardwood flooring - glue/nail or both?

When in doubt, read the instructions then follow them. If you've got an unusual situation get the manufacturer's recommendation in writing and follow that. This is the only way you'll retain any warranties and hopefully they know their products well enough to give you the best advice. While I agree ...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Vibrating main floor when washing machine spins
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Vibrating main floor when washing machine spins

I'll bet this is a front-load washer, they're all the rage these days but they have inherent problems like this which the manufacturers and sales folks are not going to mention. Add the blocking (fitted tightly) and try the rubber matting- hopefully that will be enough. You could add a 6" concrete p...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall questions
Replies: 20
Views: 773

Re: Drywall questions

The code differences I deal with are more because some places still use older codes, not the latest ones that one would hope are an improvement over the old. And one is a city where it seems they add stuff only to justify the existence of their code department instead of applying the county approved...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating/Framing Basement Wall with French drain
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: Insulating/Framing Basement Wall with French drain

That's an interesting layout of the existing space with the drain so much higher than the main floor surface. If it's purpose is only to ventilate and drain what will become the wall cavity then it will work OK being covered, but unless there's another way for water to get out you could end up with ...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Painting New Drywall - options
Replies: 12
Views: 504

Re: Painting New Drywall - options

A high-build primer isn't necessary but it could work OK. The idea of a drywall primer is to seal the paper and mud while providing a surface that the finish coatings will bond to. That primer finish should be as smooth as what's under it. A primer with 'build' won't give you the smoothness without ...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: new vanity plumbing
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Re: new vanity plumbing

Yes, those are what I was referring to and they are a 'last resort only' item. Novice DIY'ers may not be up to going into the wall and reworking the drain and vent system to make things work, and while far from ideal they can be useful for that. Even a properly constructed PVC drain system has niche...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: MDF trim in bathroom
Replies: 2
Views: 291

Re: MDF trim in bathroom

Since it's done now just go with it. It will last awhile regardless, but MDF really shouldn't be used in any wet locations like bathrooms or kitchens. When I'm forced to use it in these areas I space it at least 1/8" or 3mm above the floor. For baseboards I cover that gap with PVC shoe molding and f...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing
Replies: 6
Views: 1101

Re: Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

The 'sticky paint' can be caused by a few things. Most common is the paint itself; water-based paints never fully harden compared to oil-based enamels which is one reason why I prefer those on cabinets. Heat can also soften paints; cabinets above stoves are the first to exhibit this problem. And the...
by Mastercarpentry
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Foundation cracking
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: Foundation cracking

I'd have a few General Contractors take a look and offer their opinions about the severity of the issue. If it's pretty bad you'll want either a really good GC with local soil knowledge or an Engineer to formulate the best solution. If it's minor any decent contractor can handle it. Have them evalua...
by Mastercarpentry
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Vinyl siding on masonite house
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: Vinyl siding on masonite house

You can generally leave it if it's in good shape, but do check how J-channel will work around the door and window trim. Usually it protrudes too far in which case you pull the siding or pack out the trim everywhere. I despise masonite siding so I'd pull it, stomp on it, then burn it to ashes just be...
by Mastercarpentry
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall questions
Replies: 20
Views: 773

Re: Drywall questions

In 2 of the 5 different building code districts I currently work in you have to use MR sheetrock (Greenboard) throughout the whole bathroom, and in small or average-sized bathrooms I do that anyway since the additional cost is so little. Generally it's hung horizontally so that you can buy lengths t...
by Mastercarpentry
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: vinyl plank floating floor
Replies: 15
Views: 704

Re: vinyl plank floating floor

With the adhesive kind you get one chance to align it correctly but that's not hard to do if you're diligent. It doesn't pull apart or move if you get it wrong. It's also not waterproof- if you study how it joints together there's a gap where the bottom layers 'meet' at the ends. Some water can get ...
by Mastercarpentry
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Laminate Wood Flooring Higher than Cove Tile
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: Laminate Wood Flooring Higher than Cove Tile

Wood (or preferably PVC) cove molding might solve this dilemma. It can be stuck to the tile with a good adhesive caulking like this: http://www.siroflexinc.com/duo-sil.php . Before sticking it, wash the area with a TSP/water solution as that removes the inevitable soapy film that gets on everything ...
by Mastercarpentry
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Anyone used Fluidmaster's "Better than Wax" ring for a toilet Install?
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Re: Anyone used Fluidmaster's "Better than Wax" ring for a toilet Install?

I've heard good things about them so with my latest bathroom tile job I figured I'd try one. The flange was ABS which is the softest and most flexible of all and when I tightened the bowl bolts they popped out long before the seal was fully compressed. I re-checked everything; flange flat on the til...