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by Mastercarpentry
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Install large frameless windows
Replies: 12
Views: 963

Re: Install large frameless windows

This can be done but one thing which may put the brakes on it is height above floor- any glazing which is less than 24" above the finished floor at any point must be tempered glass and permanently marked as such. Another stopper is if your area requires certification for wind loads. If you clear tho...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Ideas needed on how to connect two buildings
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Ideas needed on how to connect two buildings

Pics are often a better choice than vids as I don't have 4+ minutes to give freely to everybody with a question. You've got a few problems here the main one being whether you can legally tie the two buildings together with an enclosed area (or even just a roof) as that might make them legally one bu...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Stucco upside down?
Replies: 5
Views: 286

Re: Stucco upside down?

Normally a galvanized or aluminum "Stop bead" with a mesh edge is slid under the existing stucco and attacked to the house with screws, the the new stucco added and finished to those beads. They are made in several thicknesses so you can find one which matches close enough.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Medicine cabinet
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: Medicine cabinet

I've discovered that more often than not, if there is not already a hole for a inset medicine cabinet, you're going to find that the plumber has used that space for the sink drain vent pipe, so plan for that ahead of time by having some pipe of the right size and type along with 4 elbows on hand rea...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Favorite Tools
Replies: 30
Views: 1187

Re: Favorite Tools

Mine is a cheap 5-in-1 painters knife. It's a pseudo-chisel, a pseudo-screwdriver (use the pointed part for Phillips heads), a small pry tool for moldings, a pseudo-nail set (turned sideways, point on nail and hammer the flat), a scraper, and a putty knife/paint roller scraper. They make good ones b...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Painting New Drywall - options
Replies: 12
Views: 482

Re: Painting New Drywall - options

My go-to drywall primer is Kilz2 slightly thinned with water. But TBH in non-humid areas I've never had any problem using any decent flat latex as a drywall primer and that lets me use up leftover paint too, so as long as the color is OK I usually mix what I've got with enough Kilz2 to do the job. T...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Stair Railings and Codes
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: Stair Railings and Codes

Spruce is right, and all I can add is to remind you that there's no getting around code- even if you don't meet it now you'll have to do it when the house is sold. Plus your homeowners insurance won't cover you if it doesn't meet code and someone falls on the stairs. And don't forget to fireblock th...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to make this ceiling smooth like drywall?
Replies: 47
Views: 2192

Re: How to make this ceiling smooth like drywall?

A glossy surface highlights imperfections while a matte finish tends to obscure them. Most of the Pro's around here have switched to the round sanders; their larger size both bridges the low spots better plus there's more sanding area so less work is needed. On thing I recommend is what you've achie...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Joint Tape Blistering
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: Joint Tape Blistering

Either the compound was too dry or you pressed too hard and squeezed the compound out from under the tape. In either case you're probably going to find more areas behaving similarly over time. The fix is to cut out the bubbled areas (remove all the tape if you can) then retape the bad areas and refi...
by Mastercarpentry
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Demise of TOH
Replies: 30
Views: 1052

Re: The Demise of TOH

Thanks for the warm welcome :D Oddly enough, the TOH advice forum almost never saw anyone from the TV show- from the start the questions were answered by those of us in the business instead. Which is probably a good thing as that allows location-specific responses and alternative techniques to be di...
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Drop ceiling rivets
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: Drop ceiling rivets

Commercial fire-rated ones have the main runners riveted by code, not normally needed or done elsewhere- just cut to a tight fit and the parts will stay in place.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: adding a window to a block house
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Re: adding a window to a block house

A brick and block supplier will have your lintels and sills. The general procedure us to create the opening, line it with pressure-treated 2X8 (for 8" block) which is secured with construction adhesive and Tapcons, then set the window into that opening. 2 'caveats' here: no aluminum in contact with ...
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: screwing into corrugated metal in a cold cellar
Replies: 5
Views: 211

Re: screwing into corrugated metal in a cold cellar

Screw into the high part of the corrugations; any moisture will run to the low part anyway so you'll be fine.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Code for Finishing Bedroom in Basement
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: Code for Finishing Bedroom in Basement

I think the latest code requires 7'-0" or 7'-2" as a minimum ceiling height in a habitable space now. Hard to keep up with as I work in 5 different building code districts and no 2 are quite the same; only one uses the very latest codes :o And I used to work in 2 other code districts as well- Ya got...
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Backsplash on drywall
Replies: 3
Views: 568

Re: Backsplash on drywall

I'll be the odd-man-out; I often am but never without a good reason :D In cases like this I prefer to prime with an oil-based primer first as it will help keep the sheetrock dry should water ever get back that far. Wet sheetrock doesn't last very long and it takes whatever is on top of it with it wh...
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Kitchen faucet hose making noise
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Re: Kitchen faucet hose making noise

Cast iron sinks are quieter- especially with faucet-sprayers. I like them for top-mount only, and only on solid truly flat countertops. Otherwise I'm a stainless guy too ;) @ the OP, a single 'thunk" when starting or stopping the sprayer isn't unusual but if it's sounding like a machine-gun the dive...
by Mastercarpentry
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Hanging drywall - horizontal vs vertical
Replies: 13
Views: 1138

Re: Hanging drywall - horizontal vs vertical

Here in the SE US horizontal is the norm. With more than one person working it's faster, has less waste, and is faster and easier to finish because most of the joints are easier to get at when standing. Also 54" rock is available to use horizontally for 9" ceilings. And horizontal helps resist stud ...