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by DanM
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: insulating uneven wall
Replies: 15
Views: 443

Re: insulating uneven wall

I wouldn't even worry about filling in the gap between the stud wall and the rigid foam with insulation later. Just frame your walls 1/2" past the worst spot and put bats in between the studs like normal. The air gap between the stud wall and the foam won't hurt anything, in fact it will give a smal...
by DanM
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Picture molding on stairs
Replies: 38
Views: 1297

Re: Picture molding on stairs

If you don't have a protractor handy you can use a framing square to figure out angle 1. Go to the top of the stairs and find the rise/run of the stairs. Hold the square so the 12" mark on the 'run' edge (horizontal) is on some convenient to measure from edge, then see what the rise is. You can easi...
by DanM
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Basement Rim Joist Insulation
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Basement Rim Joist Insulation

You should just go with the rigid roam tight to the rimboard and put the roxul on the basement side. Roxul Safe I believe would be good enough for fire rating, I know it doesn't burn until some ridiculously high temperature. You might still want/need something on the basement side to contain the vap...
by DanM
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Paslode framing nailer
Replies: 10
Views: 856

Re: Paslode framing nailer

I find the old ones actually shoot better than the new ones when you're putting a tonne of nails through them. The new ones seem to misfire a fair amount more often once they start getting really hot. I'm not sure but it might be the way the new gas inlet is setup compared to the old one. The old on...
by DanM
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Research
Replies: 16
Views: 605

Re: Research

Mostly the internet for the majority of things. Looking up specs of the various options, googling what all those specs mean and which ones are important, figuring out what options I need to have, which ones would be nice to have but I can live without, and which ones I don't care for at all. User re...
by DanM
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Research
Replies: 16
Views: 605

Re: Research

Ya we've all definitely got a few tools like that. It doesn't bother me but god I hate having to justify them to my financial overlord aka the wife lol. Sometimes I just 'lose' the receipt and tell her it was on sale. I shouldn't feel bad she does the same thing with shoes and clothes.
by DanM
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Research
Replies: 16
Views: 605

Re: Research

Generally I research things to the Nth degree if it's remotely important. I probably spent 30 hours a week or two ago researching the hell out of various concrete board waterproofing systems, different options for those systems, etc just to figure which one would be the best combination of performan...
by DanM
Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Pet Peeves
Replies: 17
Views: 663

Re: Pet Peeves

DIY related pet peeve is shoddy work when there's no reason for it. The house we bought a few months ago has a lot of it from the previous (and maybe even previous, previous owners). They replaced a bunch of old receptacles with fancy new Decora ones, which are clearly marked that they are NOT FOR U...
by DanM
Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Weather + New Construction
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Weather + New Construction

I've framed houses for almost 15 years and we never do a damn thing about rain other than go home early if it gets really bad lol. There's really not a whole hell of a lot you can do. If it gets really bad and there's standing water on the sub-floor that looks like it might be there for awhile we mi...
by DanM
Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Code Definitions
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Re: Code Definitions

For slope it's personal preference whether you wanna go perfectly level or slope for runoff. I prefer to slope a deck away from the house just a little bit, like 1/2" over the span of the deck. Enough that things flow away from the house but not enough that you'd ever notice a slope while walking ar...
by DanM
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Code Definitions
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Re: Code Definitions

Also, 30" above grade may require a railing but you'll have to double check with your local codes. Around here 24" above grade is as high as you can go without a railing. You'll also want to look into what you can do without a permit, and potentially save yourself some money. In my city you don't ne...
by DanM
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Reuse of concrete slab
Replies: 6
Views: 272

Re: Reuse of concrete slab

In addition to what's already been said, I would track down and talk to a general contractor or two first. They'll generally know what work needs to be done, where money can be saved, and will probably be able to give you a few ideas for a rough design. Most architects draw pretty pictures for a liv...
by DanM
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Injuries
Replies: 83
Views: 2761

Re: Injuries

Not sure if it happens to you guys, but when I'm working, I often cut/scrape .... start bleeding ... You don't notice until you stop working, and see the blood ... then it hurts a bit :lol: lol, I come home all the time and my wife is like 'how the hell did you get that cut?' and I never have any i...
by DanM
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Injuries
Replies: 83
Views: 2761

Re: Injuries

I'm usually super careful, but I've made accidental cuts to my fingers or hands many times with blades that've slipped. Nothing too horrifying that First Aid couldn't put right. There's this relatively new product I highly recommend called Liquid Bandage. Comes in a bottle like nail polish, with a ...
by DanM
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:03 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Injuries
Replies: 83
Views: 2761

Re: Injuries

I turned to the dude next to me and said 'Hey Guy, can you go get the first aid kit please'. He's like 'What for?'. So I flipped him the bird with the oozy stuff coming out of it and he starts freaking out looking it at. He starts running for the truck but it's like running in a horror story. He ca...
by DanM
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Injuries
Replies: 83
Views: 2761

Re: Injuries

I don't have any pics but a few years ago I messed my middle finger on my left hand up pretty good. I had to cement a beam pocket, and the pocket was at an outside corner in the foundation wall so in order to make sure the cement didn't slide out I had to nail two pieces of osb onto the foundation w...
by DanM
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: What to do at top edge of concrete wall board with drywall ceiling?
Replies: 2
Views: 318

What to do at top edge of concrete wall board with drywall ceiling?

Hey, I'm just wondering what to do my tub area where the concrete board on the wall meets the drywall on the ceiling, here's what the plan so far (aka, what I know lol). -I'll be tiling the walls, and painting the ceiling. -The walls of the tub area will be concrete board, and the ceiling will be dr...
by DanM
Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Basement ceiling sound insulation
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: Basement ceiling sound insulation

You won't need vapour barrier, that is only needed on insulated exterior walls/ceiling.
by DanM
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: OSB vs Plywood
Replies: 3
Views: 352

Re: OSB vs Plywood

I would say it depends on what you're doing. For sub-floor I really like the good 3/4" OSB we use at work all the time. Basically I would break sub-floor boards down into 3 categories: Cheap OSB, Good OSB, Plywood. The good OSB is imho the best overall, and it's a little less expensive than plywood....
by DanM
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Holes in framing members
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Re: Holes in framing members

Depends on your codes, you'd really need to check them. I know where I am you cannot put an 1 5/8" hole in a 2x4 stud that's in a load bearing wall without reinforcing it by making an L by attaching an additional 2x4 (and even then, there are inspectors who won't pass it). Is there any way to go ver...
by DanM
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Framing Basement Walls that have a French Drain
Replies: 14
Views: 553

Re: Framing Basement Walls that have a French Drain

I would also throw in some L blocks after your walls are framed to give the bottom some extra support from moving in or out over time. Take a pair of 12" (ish, doesn't have to be precise) 2x4's or 2x6's and nail them together to form an L. Nail one part of the L to the foundation wall a few inches u...
by DanM
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Hard dishwasher to aluminum house wiring
Replies: 18
Views: 1100

Re: Hard dishwasher to aluminum house wiring

I'd setup a junction box (either in the wall behind the dishwasher or in the floor underneath it, whichever is easier to access).Cut-off the excess aluminum wire and connect it to copper in the junction box, then run the copper wire to the dishwasher. I wouldn't recommend using the purple wire nuts....
by DanM
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: New deck posts
Replies: 13
Views: 400

Re: New deck posts

Well it's quite possible you won't even need new posts. It's hard to tell exactly from the pics, but if your new deck is going to be right above the bricks you could simply lag screw a ledger board to the exterior wall studs and/or rim board. Just make sure you aren't going to be sinking the lag scr...
by DanM
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom vent fans - can I run two to the same exhaust vent?
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Bathroom vent fans - can I run two to the same exhaust vent?

Could be worse, I could be from Toronto!
by DanM
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom vent fans - can I run two to the same exhaust vent?
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Bathroom vent fans - can I run two to the same exhaust vent?

First off, I wanted to say thanks for making all these videos. We bought a fixer upper a few weeks ago and they've been a huge help doing my own electrical and plumbing, which I've never done before. Passed my electrical inspections thanks to you guys! So it's a pretty simple question but it's hard ...