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  • In a reply to Need Help beefing up Garage structure
    DanH's picture
    8 hours 46 min ago

    Seems to me that one problem you have is that there's not much to keep it from racking.

    An X brace on the ceiling would go a long way toward making it more rigid.

  • In a reply to Septic crack in seal on tank lid...
    Meatheadagain's picture
    8 hours 50 min ago

    thank you, I thought as much after researching it. I am good at digging...

  • In a reply to Septic crack in seal on tank lid...
    mike mahan's picture
    9 hours 2 min ago

    Just dig down to uncover the top of the tank. Install a plastic riser to reach the surface of the ground with a access lid. You just set the riser on top of the tank over the opening and back fill. Throw the existing lid away. Be sure to do both compartments. Probably about a hundred bucks for both.

  • In a reply to Septic crack in seal on tank lid...
    mike mahan's picture
    9 hours 3 min ago

    Duplicate

  • In a reply to Need help installing T1-11 to block (slump) any pointers?
    Meatheadagain's picture
    10 hours 8 min ago

    Got it done. Really happy with the outcome. Brought it done to the brick patio that is cover, for critter control. The insulation was pointless, and the H.O. had purchase sealed 3" roll of fiberglass, I tore it apart and installed in where I could, 3/4" thick, and sided it. I will say the Ocume siding with Penofin seal was really nice when I finished it all, and it sure looks like it will last. I trim it with pine that I stain with oil base to seal it and make it match. I think it came out great, and the H.O. already had me do another little redwood lattice project.

  • In a reply to Supporting Living Room Floor
    DanH's picture
    10 hours 16 min ago

    Another approach would be to attach plywood to the bottom.  It could be done with plywood spanning two adjacent joists, then skipping one joist bay then spanning another pair, in order to minimize the obstruction of wires and plumbing.

  • In a reply to New Construction Weather Resistant Windows
    gfretwell's picture
    16 hours 37 min ago

    The strongest windows usually have aluminum frames.

    They are common in Florida but I know they are not that popular up north.

  • In a reply to Supporting Living Room Floor
    cussnu2's picture
    16 hours 55 min ago

    and I have had excellent success stiffening a floor using a recommendation of the guys at the tile forum.  I attached (glued and screwed) a horizontal 2x4 to the bottom of each joist which in effect creates 1/2 of an I joist.  The ability of the joist to deflect is lessened in the same way the top and bottom cords of an I joist prevent the thin plywood center from deflecting.  You would lose 1 1/2 inches of head room but it would be a lot easier than any of the other methods mentioned and a whole lot less expense and very quick as well.  Since it is only 8 2x4's, you might give that a try first.  If you are concerned it might not work and would be in the way of sistering, just forgo the glue initially, screw them in place, try it out and if you are okay with the improvement go back and glue them.  You can also add solid blocking between the joists if you like.

  • In a reply to Anyone know how this wall to door drywall detail is done?
    yojimbo2's picture
    16 hours 59 min ago

    That is so awesome, thanks so much for the drawing.  Thanks to everyone for all their indo. 

  • In a reply to New Construction Weather Resistant Windows
    sapwood's picture
    17 hours 1 min ago

    You have more than a choice between vinyl and wood. Most of the major makers offer fiberglass and/or other products that are highly weather resistant. 

  • In a reply to What Size Screw to Attach Notched 4 X 4 Mid Run Handrail Newel Post
    MarkH's picture
    1 day 10 hours ago

    I don't have a great ability to picture things in my head.  I know a lot of things most people won't ever notice glares in the eye of the enlightened.

  • In a reply to New Construction Weather Resistant Windows
    gfretwell's picture
    1 day 10 hours ago

    I have no experience with Pella but my Andersen 400 sliders are pretty nice (wood inside, vinyl outside)

    Usually they use local windows around here, WinDoor or PGT. the former being the better brand.

    I have a WinDoor corner slider that is 150 mph rated and impact but it wasn't cheap.

  • In a reply to New Construction Weather Resistant Windows
    TagNew's picture
    1 day 13 hours ago

    Thank you for your responses - I truly appreciate the help and advice.   I am not too worried about code and safety, as long as it is "storm resistant" or "impact resistant" we are fine.  I am more confused on which is the best company/brand for long term durability.  I assume all vinyl window is better than wood for the ocean air exposure?  There are so many window manufacturers.   Our builder uses Silver Line by Andersen with Storm Watch.  Has anyone had any experiences with them, good or bad?  Or Pella 350 w HurricaneShield? Encompass by Pella w HurricaneShield?   Ply Gem with storm resistance?  Andersen with StormWatch?

    Thank you!.

  • In a reply to Need help installing T1-11 to block (slump) any pointers?
    AndyEngel's picture
    1 day 17 hours ago

    Fiberglass batts 3/4 of an inch thick aren't worth the bother. Why not 3/4 in. foam? And yes, keep the critters out.

  • In a reply to Framing dilemma
    AndyEngel's picture
    1 day 18 hours ago

    It looks to me that the rim joist is acting as your header. Assuming it's continuous and there's a continuous load path below, it's entirely possible that the rim can carry the load over 3ft. doors or windows.

  • In a reply to What Size Screw to Attach Notched 4 X 4 Mid Run Handrail Newel Post
    JIMMIEM's picture
    1 day 21 hours ago

    The L Bracket Kit with trim would probably be the easiest to apply.  The other would requiring removing everything.  Seeing as how the newel has a notch overhang I'm wondering if the L Bracket with trim on only 3 sides would look funny?

  • In a reply to What Size Screw to Attach Notched 4 X 4 Mid Run Handrail Newel Post
    MarkH's picture
    1 day 21 hours ago

    Maybe one of these anchor systems would work.

    http://stairfasteners.com/s_newel.htm

  • In a reply to What Size Screw to Attach Notched 4 X 4 Mid Run Handrail Newel Post
    calvin's picture
    1 day 23 hours ago

    You could use the Kreg jig, but freehand is really just good aim in this case.  Kreg offers plugs but I've found most to be way too tight to slide  fully into the elongated hole.  Probably they grew in size by picking up moisture. The plugs can be pared down with a sharp chisel and sanded, but in Jim's situation I've had good luck free hand and a small round plug.  

    If you set the plug with a block, minimal or no sanding needed.  

  • In a reply to Using bottled water for ice maker
    gfretwell's picture
    2 days 6 hours ago

    My R/O dumps into my pool. In the grand scheme of things it is not that much water but it is not wasted.The little bit of salt that goes into the pool does not seem to show up on a salinity tester.

  • In a reply to E Prime Exterior Trim Material
    Joepw's picture
    2 days 9 hours ago

    E prime is a product of China the wood is Paulownia and is almost as light as balsa which should tell you something. The wood is highly processed meaning every knot and imperfection is filled. The "dimensional' E Prime is finger jointed like crazy. For instance a 10' piece may be made up of 14 individual pieces. Over time, even when properly painted the filler breaks down and so does the glue. 

    I have a 6,000 sq ft house that is 5 years old and the E Prime has completely failed on both sides that face the weather. I purchased the home after the initial owner built the house so the warranty does not transfer. The product is complete garbage. The finger joints seperate even if painted once a year, the filler dries and falls out of the siding, The real problem is that the individual pieces seperate. I dont know how it is made but it is possible to have a piece of E Prime that is 6' x 3' that looks good only to have a 1' x 2' rectangle that is somehow glued into the middle of it.

    The E Prime gets moist from all the thousands of imperfections and falls apart. 

     

    Stay Away.