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by KevP
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom fan installation in inaccessible attic
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Re: Bathroom fan installation in inaccessible attic

Thanks Shannon. Yeah the R20 sounds great. I will still insulate the duct and add more the the box so i can get close to R 40 or higher. As for the bend, my joists run prallel to the side wall. So i have to make a turn. I can do 2 45s. I will use smooth round duct just for future cleaning purposes. ...
by KevP
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom fan installation in inaccessible attic
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Bathroom fan installation in inaccessible attic

hey fellas, I have a bit of a weird situation on my second floor. I have already asked about it but during my drunken night, I came up with something that kind of make sense but might be a PITA as well. Long story short, none of my bathrooms in my 1960 house has bath fans. 2 out of 3 of them have ac...
by KevP
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom fan with inaccessible attic
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Re: Bathroom fan with inaccessible attic

Thanks for all thr input. Im definitely getting an exterior vent with a damper. I believe the Panasonic fans also comes with a built in damper.
by KevP
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom fan with inaccessible attic
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Re: Bathroom fan with inaccessible attic

Thanks Shannon. I read somewhere that aside from the noise, an immediate bend can cause the air to comeback in like an obstruction. But is taking a turn and going over the joist ok? I guess thats my only option
by KevP
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom fan with inaccessible attic
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Bathroom fan with inaccessible attic

Hey guys, A portion of my second floor rooms have inaccessible attic above it (above rooms and bathroom). My second floor bathroom has no fan and this has been an issue with moisture making all walls and windows moist. We are in Minnesota so opening windows in winter is really not that an option . I...
by KevP
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Asbestos tiles
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: Asbestos tiles

My 2 cents here. I had same situation in my 30x15 family room. Asbestos tile and mastic. I had it professionally removed. However the guy doing it also mentioned that you have to do a lot to release any harmful amount in the air. One small area wont do anything. Just spray with water if you need to ...
by KevP
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Basement window installation video
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Basement window installation video

Hey Shannon, I was wondering if you guys have plans on doing a video for basement window replacement? Setting replacement window in cinder blocks for example. For example my old windows are all made out of wood so no wood buck was used. However new one can be either be placed in with a buck or direc...
by KevP
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing around sloped basement windows
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: Framing around sloped basement windows

Thank you guys. As always your guys are super helpful
by KevP
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing around sloped basement windows
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: Framing around sloped basement windows

Thanks Guys. There is only room for a single top plate. As for the sloped sill. Would it make sense to mimic the slop to allow morr light in? It is definitely easier to frame it like a normal window and have a flat sill but the slope provides better lighting. Thoughts?
by KevP
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing around sloped basement windows
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Framing around sloped basement windows

Hey Shannon, I have 3 basement windows in my family room. The family has no framing and it was tiled and all. I ripped out all of that out in order the frame the walls so it is more comfortable and nicer. However the interior sill is slanted. Any ideas on how to frame and install window jambs? I cou...
by KevP
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Question regarding wall framing
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: Question regarding wall framing

I believe it is orginal to the house. The confusing part is that i can see the nails on the top but not the vertical studs. I guess they did a better job filling the holes in some location. I think i need to open it up a bit more to see. Thanks
by KevP
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Question regarding wall framing
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: Question regarding wall framing

Hey Shannon. That is what Is suspect. It is solid wood but i do not see in filled holes except on the horizontal board on top. Yup joists are parallel to it however this is next to a staircase and there is a closet above it. It is most likely supported by some double joists and headers exactly like ...
by KevP
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Question regarding wall framing
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Question regarding wall framing

Hey guys, I have this opening between the foyer and the livingroom. I have a hard time understanding the composition of it. I think this is a load bearing wall (most likely). The joists run parallel to it but there is wall exactly on top of this, pretty much copy of it which supports the second floo...
by KevP
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Adding vapor barrier to ceiling after sheet rock
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Adding vapor barrier to ceiling after sheet rock

Fyi im in St Paul. Not as cold as the northern MN but still colder than other places
by KevP
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Adding vapor barrier to ceiling after sheet rock
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Adding vapor barrier to ceiling after sheet rock

Hey, Is the garage heated? I recently fixed my garage due to framing rot. I talked to Shannon and guys here and decided to go with my original thought of Rockwool. I pulled a permit. Here is what the inspector suggested. Garages get wet mostly. You don't want to make an air tight space in there. You...
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Replies: 10
Views: 238

Re: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation

Thanks for all the responses. I think im going to stick with mineral wool. This water issue has been annoying and very hard to find
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Replies: 10
Views: 238

Re: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation

@clarence. Thanks a lot for responding to the water issues. It is much appreaciated.

Hopefully someone can chime in on the insulation
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Replies: 10
Views: 238

Re: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation

Thanks for the clarification. I did not see any weep holes when I was sealing the gap. I understand that it is really not a hole and more of a drainage path. Just wanted to clarify that I just not plugged any hole I saw. I see a lot or moisture around the snow hood I have. My hvac buddy will come ou...
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Replies: 10
Views: 238

Re: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation

No weep holes at the bottom of the wall. The brick extends down the sidewall by anch or two. This is a solid brick exterior and not veneer. This framing sits lower than rest of house. Id say the footer are the same height. The house itself sits on the rim joists which raises the floor about 10 inche...
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Covered patio posts rotting
Replies: 12
Views: 360

Re: Covered patio posts rotting

Oh wow. Sorry guys. I did not get any notifications. You are right. I give it 20 inches deep. In my area frost line is 42 inches so i need to go 48 for sure. I think the footings are not attached to the slab as there is about an inch space. I think the slab is only 3 inches thick. I will do work on ...
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Replies: 10
Views: 238

Re: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation

Pic of wet area. This is the closer area to that vent. This is a step and there is a gap between the concerete step and the framing. Most of moisture is seen here
by KevP
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Replies: 10
Views: 238

Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation

Hey guys and gals, So here is the issue I have. Back in December I recognized that a section of drywall in the garage was wet and soaked. So i took it off to let dry. I pin pointed the issue as an old slab which was not sloped properly. All the water from the tires would pool up in that corner. I de...
by KevP
Mon May 21, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Covered patio posts rotting
Replies: 12
Views: 360

Re: Covered patio posts rotting

Few questions, you mentioned stem on top with 1x4s but you mentioned inside the sonotube. What do you mean by that? I was thinking of having the sonotube inside the box but what you suggested is the reverse. Sorry I am pretty bad with terms. If you need a 12" sonotube for the footing, and a 4x6 box...
by KevP
Mon May 21, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Covered patio posts rotting
Replies: 12
Views: 360

Re: Covered patio posts rotting

I also found the deck requirements in St. Paul. Minimum width is 8 inches, not 12. Tube type forms are also recommended for for top portion of pier.
by KevP
Mon May 21, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Covered patio posts rotting
Replies: 12
Views: 360

Re: Covered patio posts rotting

Thanks Spruce. You and Shannon have always been super helpful. Yeah, the issue is that we bought the house last year and previous owners were really old and could not keep up with most things. First thing I realized was how the soil wrap around the post. Second thing was that over time they added di...
by KevP
Mon May 21, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Covered patio posts rotting
Replies: 12
Views: 360

Re: Covered patio posts rotting

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by KevP
Mon May 21, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Covered patio posts rotting
Replies: 12
Views: 360

Covered patio posts rotting

Hey guys, Just wanted to get some ideas from you. This patio has been set in place for more than 20 years. I think they used red cedar or some sort of pressure treated lumber. The posts are buried in concerete. Not sure how deep. Some of the concerete started to crumble. However almost all of them s...
by KevP
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing nails
Replies: 12
Views: 449

Re: Framing nails

I like the hitachi one. The max nail Hitachi offers is 3.25 x 0.131. The gun accepts up to 3.5
by KevP
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing nails
Replies: 12
Views: 449

Re: Framing nails

Thanks for the reply. I though about hand nailing but everyone pretty much told me not to, citing the reason that one needs to be skilled to do it. I dont have that many walls. 3 in total. Maybe 50 feet long. I have a finish and brad nailer for trim work. I agree with good tools. I will look at the ...