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by DanM
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Contractor incompetency & work ethics, etc.
Replies: 35
Views: 781

Re: Contractor incompetency & work ethics, etc.

I don't think I'd hire him, I'd be too busy giggling about overcompensation every time I talked to him.
by DanM
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Arcade Cabinet Build

Well, I finally finished renovating the house a few ago and kinda got bored. I decided to plan out an arcade cabinet build, which I started this weekend. So far I have the basic cabinet built up, still a ton of stuff to do. It should keep me busy for a few weekends. I have an electrical question for...
by DanM
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Quick Question: Water Leak Test After Shower Mortar Bed Created?
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Quick Question: Water Leak Test After Shower Mortar Bed Created?

If you already tested the liner and made sure it's not leaking you're good to go. The mortar bed under the liner isn't going to shift at all once it's set, it's going to be rock hard. Cement based products are extremely strong against compression, and the added weight of the upper mortar bed isn't g...
by DanM
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Quick Question: Water Leak Test After Shower Mortar Bed Created?
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Quick Question: Water Leak Test After Shower Mortar Bed Created?

If the shower pan is done correctly (sloped) you don't need to test it after the mortar bed is done on top of the liner. You can get the mortar wet before you tile. This style of shower pan is called water in, water out. Water is constantly going to be going into the mortar bed before it goes out th...
by DanM
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Flooring transition in the Kitchen
Replies: 3
Views: 296

Re: Flooring transition in the Kitchen

IMHO hardwood in a kitchen is perfectly fine. It's not really a truly wet area like a bathroom where there's a lot of moisture in the air, you really only have to worry about spills. If you don't let spills sit on the floor for long periods of time you'll be fine. It'll also be a lot less work, basi...
by DanM
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Merivale sub-station is still down. What they did was a whole bunch of switching, to re-route power to Barrhaven and Nepean. Not sure if they have made announcements on media yet, but on their web page they are asking all residents of Ottawa to be energy conscious until they have finished repairs t...
by DanM
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Isolated Circuit Failure
Replies: 31
Views: 802

Re: Isolated Circuit Failure

I'm not an expert but I thought having two GFCIs on the same circuit makes weird things happen. You could try temporarily disconnecting the power going downstream from your first GFCI and see how it behaves then. Though I'd wait for Nutzy or Aaron before you do that, they may (will) have better sugg...
by DanM
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

They’ve actually managed to fix a big chunk of the Merivale distribution station I think. That’s where most of Nepean gets supplied from the big super high voltage lines. It’s onky a very small part of Nepean that doesn’t have power yet. There’s been a small army of sparkies working all over the cit...
by DanM
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Crazy weekend up here. We had a pair of tornados touch down yesterday and tear things up. My neighbourhood actually got directly yet. It’s crazy how things go, my house and many around me are basically completely unscathed. The attached photos are literally 200m(1/8th if a mile) down the road from m...
by DanM
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 94.5 Inch High Deck - Steps Question
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: 94.5 Inch High Deck - Steps Question

How wide are your stairs? Personally I don't go more than 2 feet between stringers. So 4' wide or less = 3 stringers, 4'-6' = 4 stringers, etc.
by DanM
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: New tool pouches!
Replies: 13
Views: 493

Re: New tool pouches!

Probably the same reason so much junk is made with cheap made in China plastic these days, price. I think the SS ones they just cast in a mold, do a little bit of work to deburr it and that's it. The forged ones take more work to make. I'm assuming they're forged by a machine, then heat treated, que...
by DanM
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: New tool pouches!
Replies: 13
Views: 493

Re: New tool pouches!

Ya the stainless steel ones are harder but a lot more brittle. They don't really deform much under stress they just break. I've seen a lot of guys at work snap the teeth off them, or break the 'wrist'. I remember one guy was trying to pry something near his face when the teeth on his bar snapped off...
by DanM
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Tools
Topic: New tool pouches!
Replies: 13
Views: 493

Re: New tool pouches!

No red bar but I have the black bar, which is 10+ years old. If you look really closely you can see how squashed out the head is. I like it because it's thicker and made of forged steel, really handy for when someone doesn't square their wall perfectly and I need to lift one end up to close the gap ...
by DanM
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Tell her to lookup mobile dog grooming on pinterest or whatever it is the kids look at these days. There might be pics of vehicles people are using that may be helpful. I don't think any of the full sized vans are going to be worth it gas wise since if she's driving all over the city. Like someone b...
by DanM
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: New tool pouches!
Replies: 13
Views: 493

Re: New tool pouches!

I may start using the metal loop, but usually I had my cats paw on my backside in its own holder and the hammer on the front right. My cats paw holder doesn't fit the new bolt so it had to move. If I do switch the hammer spot to the back it'll be hard though, I know I'm gonna grab for the front righ...
by DanM
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

The van with the 5'6" ish headroom, is that a full size van? Curious, cause my daughter is looking for a work van that she can stand in. I though I'd have to go with the bigger Transit, Mercedes, or the big Dodge. Ya the GMC Savana is full sized, I think they're about 25 feet long. Suck a lot of ga...
by DanM
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: New tool pouches!
Replies: 13
Views: 493

New tool pouches!

My wife thinks I have problems, but I'm pretty giddy about my new tool pouches I bought today. I used to have a good leather set that got stolen a few years ago, then for the last few years I was making due with big box pouches. Inevitably I bust something on the big box crap every few months and I ...
by DanM
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Need help replacing closet flange
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Re: Need help replacing closet flange

The only other alternative, which is basically the same thing just no digging, would be to clean up the area and use hydraulic cement to pack it all in. Then just tapcon it down after a few days like Shannon said.
by DanM
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Probably not. They haven't been big on the whole invasion thing since Napoleon. They aren't all bad though. Great people to buy a rifle from. They've all never been fired, only dropped once :lol:
by DanM
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Ya you don't, but trust me it helps A LOT lol.
by DanM
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

lol, just get a trailer like one of the subs who works for my boss. He's got a 30ish foot trailer that's gotta be 8ft tall. Wanna know what he's got in there? One compressor, 3 guns/hoses, 1 stepladder and some nails. He doesn't want to put tools in his fancy Ford truck it might get dirty. Needless ...
by DanM
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Ya you definitely wouldn't want one to drive around in for stuff other than work. There's only 2 seats in the front and the gas mileage isn't worth it if you aren't constantly hauling tools and materials. For work IMHO they can't be beat though. It's nice that it's just basically bare metal on the i...
by DanM
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I blame all the people who buy trucks as a status symbol (and overcompensation for certain diminutive parts of their anatomy) and never use them for work, or go mudding/off-roading, or put anything in the back end like atv/dirtbike/snowmobile. I'm pretty sure it's these dummies bumping up prices sin...
by DanM
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Price USED TO BE a reflection of quality, but this is less and less true all the time, especially since Amazon started letting anyone and everyone sell products on their platform. If you truly care about quality, you have to do your own product testing and/or research and make your own decisions, y...
by DanM
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: basement wall to cold room (cellar) moisture control
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Re: basement wall to cold room (cellar) moisture control

We do these on custom homes all the time. Treat the whole thing like an exterior wall where the basement wall meets the cold storage since there tends to be a lot of moisture in there. Moisture barrier against the foundation wall, vapour barrier between the studs and drywall.
by DanM
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Deck Stairs
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Deck Stairs

1) You shouldn't need any extra beams for the stairs. I would mount directly to the posts using concealed hangers. Something like these: https://www.lowes.ca/angles-clips-straps/usp-triple-zinc-concealed-stringer-hanger_g1435880.html?searchTerm=stair-hangers 2) My opinion is NEVER set a deck post in...
by DanM
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running Wire Underground
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: Running Wire Underground

Thanks Aaron. I guess I have 50% more digging to do than I felt like but oh well.

And ya I had the yard marked for digging back in July for the deck and pool stuff. Definitely a must do, and it's free so everyone should do it just to be safe.
by DanM
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running Wire Underground
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: Running Wire Underground

Hey I'm going to be doing something similar and was wondering for a little clarification before I dig my trench. I'm going to be running a line for pool equipment. I won't be doing the actual electrical stuff right away but I need to landscape so I want to setup my conduit run first so I don't need ...
by DanM
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Also, I don't care how cold it gets I told the wife and kids they're gonna goddamn swim in the pool I don't care if it's -20 by the time its done! They're gonna swim in it and damn well enjoy it, no whining! Supposed to be nice and hot tomorrow and Wed .... you got that thing runnin' yet ??? :mrgre...
by DanM
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2701
Views: 63973

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Anyway I called the city to complain and apparently they recently passed a bylaw that every single street in the city now has a 3-hour limit, and they don't need to inform anyone by placing signs around to let them know there's a parking limit. Probably A) So they don't have to pay for signs and B)...