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by Mastercarpentry
Sat May 13, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Tools
Topic: New Milwaukee batteries
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: New Milwaukee batteries

There are a few aftermarket battery companies that sell good stuff at good prices, but most are just cheap junk. If you're doing the heavy-duty work of a contractor stay with the factory stuff. For tools and uses that aren't hard on batteries you can sometimes do better aftermarket. My old gas-power...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat May 13, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Insulate basement ceiling under a cement garage floor
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: Insulate basement ceiling under a cement garage floor

Closed-cell foam only for this. Concrete always has moisture content and this is the only truly waterproof insulation which can resist that much possible moisture. I'd also use moisture-resistant sheetrock for the ceiling just in case some humidity gets past the foam.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Sat May 13, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Sewer Line Blockage?
Replies: 3
Views: 328

Re: Sewer Line Blockage?

Something wasn't done right with the new lines and I'll bet a box of donuts that Shannon is right about improper sloping. The slope must be continuous, a 'dip' along the route will collect water and act like a trap, facilitating a clog. I've seen that happen more times than I can count when the soil...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat May 13, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Small leak between faucet hose and water hose
Replies: 13
Views: 629

Re: Small leak between faucet hose and water hose

Length is always a problem. In my truck are always some 30" gray PEX supply tubes which always reach and can be easily cut shorter. They do require you use the truncated-cone compression seals which they come with; anything else will leak. Done right, these have never given me a problem and I much p...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat May 13, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall for ceiling, 5/8 fire rated or ultra light 1/2?
Replies: 16
Views: 1771

Re: Drywall for ceiling, 5/8 fire rated or ultra light 1/2?

The new lightweight rock seems to do well on ceilings so that's my choice now. Sound deadening is mostly in the insulation, but much sound is directly transferred so here's a trick which can help with that: apply a layer of cheap thin foam double-stick tape to the studs and plates before drywall ins...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat May 13, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Damaged floating laminate wood floor options
Replies: 11
Views: 290

Re: Damaged floating laminate wood floor options

As I've done more than a few restoration jobs or had to do my work around those, the first thing the owner or contractor makes clear is that I will be responsible for anything I damage and that such things don't come cheap. So you don't let mistakes happen no excuses accepted period. If you can iden...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat May 13, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Laundry Detergent + bare drywall = ??
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Laundry Detergent + bare drywall = ??

I'd try to clean a sample spot on the wall then see if an oil-based stain-blocking primer will adhere OK before I demo'ed the whole thing. You might get lucky and even if you don't at least you tried. The concrete may be a tougher nut to crack if it wasn't sealed. Wet it then sponge up what you can ...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat May 13, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: How to remove brass nut on bathroom faucet
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Re: How to remove brass nut on bathroom faucet

Many times the faucet will be installed onto the sink, then the whole assembly dropped into place causing the problem you have. You can sometimes use "Plumber's sockets" like these http://www.homedepot.com/p/Eastman-5-Piece-Plumber-s-Socket-Set-with-Bar-Handle-45041/205807861?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cTHD%7...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat May 13, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Installing shower control valves
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: Installing shower control valves

Having said that, single lever valves come with a plastic depth gauge screwed to the front of the valve, you set the depth of the valve so that the plastic gauge is flush with the surface of the drywall . Actually that should be "flush or just slightly below where the finished surface inside the fi...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat May 13, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Selecting a Replacement Shower Valve
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Re: Selecting a Replacement Shower Valve

During construction, the riser with the flanged showerhead 'ell' (and the tub spout drop if it has one) is screwed into the valve then that whole assembly is placed into the uncovered wall from behind. That's simple and easy until the valve needs replacement, because now you usually can't unscrew th...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: First saw for DIY projects
Replies: 4
Views: 591

Re: First saw for DIY projects

For plug-in skilsaws I prefer Porter Cable but DeWalt's are good as are Makita's. And for your first saw I'd get a plug-in model as it has enough power for everything and you won't have the hassles of keeping batteries charged or their expense, and it will last you a lifetime. Later on as your job s...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2646
Views: 62440

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

And I thought you'd just gone senile and forgot about us :lol: Hurry back here rascal, we been missin ya :D

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: downspout into and under a new patio
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: downspout into and under a new patio

If you have somewhere that the water can exit the pipe above ground level, I'd pipe under the patio with smooth PVC. Let the downspout enter the adapter about an inch (25mm), and if it ever needs cleaning simply unstrapping the downspout and lifting it to one side will give you full access. Don't us...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: overhang sagging 2 inches
Replies: 9
Views: 385

Re: overhang sagging 2 inches

No matter the roofing, that is a LOT of overhang. It looks like the ends of the roof trusses are unsupported, which might be where the sag developed. I'd begin with asking the local building codes department if they have the house plans. If so those should list the truss manufacturer who should have...
by Mastercarpentry
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom Fan replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 373

Re: Bathroom Fan replacement

The 150cfm will not meet that spec with the smaller duct and will likely be noisy with the reducer creating back-pressure too, so I'd go with the 110cfm model.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Picture Frame framing mess up. Spacing Is wrong. Do I need to start over?
Replies: 7
Views: 255

Re: Picture Frame framing mess up. Spacing Is wrong. Do I need to start over?

We all learned like this so don't feel bad about it. Looking forward to some finished pics, I'm sure it will be a job you're proud of when you're done!

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Pouring concrete patio against house
Replies: 3
Views: 756

Re: Pouring concrete patio against house

Such a large slab is going to expand faster than the house in full summer sun so I'd prefer the slab be isolated from the foundation by 1/2" styrofoam or 'celotex' fiber-board. Even with doweling, this will allow some lateral movement without either one stressing the other causing cracks. Once the s...
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: soffit restoration
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: soffit restoration

I it's mold or mildew, a bleach solution and a brush-scrubbing should remove it, but the scope and pattern of the spots seems unlike any of that I've ever encountered before. Can't tell from the pics but if it's metal soffit it can be painted if it won't clean up.

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Pre-hung door Right or left
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Pre-hung door Right or left

Though I'm unlikely to need it now, I finally bought my own hinge routering jig when one came up cheap on Craigslist. I've used them a-plenty in the past like you have. Sad to say but my back can't handle work like that anymore though I can still do a few each day so I'm still good with residential ...
by Mastercarpentry
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Picture Frame framing mess up. Spacing Is wrong. Do I need to start over?
Replies: 7
Views: 255

Re: Picture Frame framing mess up. Spacing Is wrong. Do I need to start over?

Never trust that materials will always be parallel-edged or their lengths be exactly the same. If it won't upset your design too much, instead of doubled edges and fillers, how about tripling them? Then your track saw will have enough length to work with since you can't make the boards longer. Other...
by Mastercarpentry
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Pre-hung door Right or left
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Pre-hung door Right or left

"Butts" are also numbered in pairs, so a heavy door needing 3 hinges for exterior security use would be listed as needing: "1 1/2 pr NRP BB Butts" which translates to 3 ball bearing hinges with non-removable pins. There's a "Door Schedule" section which accompanies the blueprints that tells you the ...
by Mastercarpentry
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: how can I stop my Water Heater T&P Valve from leaking
Replies: 7
Views: 542

Re: Another Leaking T&R Valve

A friend had a leaky T&P on a ten-year old house and replaced it. A month later it was leaking again, so he put another new one on. Two months later same thing. In the interim he also had a toilet fill valve refuse to shut of so he replaced that. Finally he checked the incoming pressure from the met...
by Mastercarpentry
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Shed Floor Design
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: Shed Floor Design

As a general rule, 2X4 is not considered adequate for any joisting purposes; 2X6 is the usual minimum. Planned usage bears on this, but I always keep in mind that this can change so it's better to build in any possibly needed strength now while it's easy than to try to add that later. Should you sel...
by Mastercarpentry
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Ledger Board Obstruction
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Re: Ledger Board Obstruction

Based on what the vent is for, it might be wiser to relocate the vent so as to not interfere with it's functioning. Ditto for what appears to be the outlets or cents on the right if you're going that far. You're probably OK with the cantilever, however you do not want to add any substantial load the...
by Mastercarpentry
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Stucco matching
Replies: 19
Views: 850

Re: Stucco matching

Clarence is my go-to guy for stucco, plaster, and old masonry questions. He's like an encyclopedia with thus stuff :D

Phil
by Mastercarpentry
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Pre-hung door Right or left
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Pre-hung door Right or left

In US commercial work, hinges are called "butts", and to find which 'hand' a door is, you stand in the opening butt (yours) to butt (the hinges) then your arm becomes the door swinging either left handed or right handed. Determining "reverse" handing can be tricky. In commercial work all doors inher...
by Mastercarpentry
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Hardwood flooring in lower level of split-level home
Replies: 8
Views: 1138

Re: Hardwood flooring in lower level of split-level home

I'll second the floating LVP for sub-grade over concrete. These aren't totally 'sealed' but will allow enough air-transfer to let any moisture wicking into the concrete to evaporate. Another advantage is that should the area flood or get wet, it won't hurt the flooring. It's also softer under-foot t...
by Mastercarpentry
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 20' deck joist/railings
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: 20' deck joist/railings

More than 1 beam I hope- otherwise you'll have a trampoline instead of a deck! Beams can be sized down when they're carrying less with a shorter joist span, and I prefer to not exceed 10" between beams with 8" joists even when code allows that. I would have use 2 center beams and 3 runs of 8' joists...
by Mastercarpentry
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywalling over Mop Ceiling
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: Drywalling over Mop Ceiling

Ceilings are always 1/2" or thicker to prevent sag between joists, and also because the material itself is far less susceptible to fastener pull-through than the thinner stuff. 3/8" works good on walls as will 1'4" if you glue it between the studs. In your case the 'overlay' is probably the best app...
by Mastercarpentry
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Tile or Enclosure More Durable?
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: Tile or Enclosure More Durable?

The top-of-the-line enclosures are really good, lesser ones are questionable at best and junk at worst. One thing all these need is exactness in the walls. Dimensions must be correct and the rest must be square, plumb; and level as appropriate. If anything is much off getting a good install can be a...