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Home Improvement--General: HVAC repair in a home
Sarah, I live in California. Houses here don t have this type of system, the duct work is usually run through the attic. I might not be much help to you, as I probably have more questions than answers. Is your system built to code? Does the system...

Home Improvement--General: insulation
John- Yes you can, however my feeling is that it may not offer all that you hope for in limiting the heat transfer. I would do it and as well, add some venting at the top so that air can pass from soffit to peak....as it were. Your soffit vents let air in...

Home Improvement--General: Interior paint without a primer
Woody, I m a long-time user of SW paints and have had a good history with their products. One reason a painted surface will easily scuff is because it is a flat sheen, which means that flattening agents are added to the original formula. Flat paint does...

Home Improvement--General: siding
Hi Steve, I think your friend is giving you good advise. I am not sure you need the 5/8 thick siding but I am from NC where we don t usually get as many severe storms as you may in Nebraska. Cement fiber siding is a superior product, but just as...

Home Improvement--General: Mold
Trisodium phosphate, or TSP, works very well and so does an oxygen bleach cleaner. I would use a hand lawn spray to apply it. Make sure you mix it with water as instructed on the directions so as not to discolor the surface. Lots of people think making the...

Home Improvement--General: Tiger Stripes
Hi John, Cleaning tiger striping on gutters can sometimes be quiet difficult. Stains build up over time and are difficult to remove in one cleaning. Additionally, the cause of the stains varies from one area to the next. The stains may contain soot, tree...

Home Improvement--General: TRIM
Steve, In this case I would try cutting the trim from larger thin plastic sheet goods, like 4x8 or 4x10 sheets of FRP(fiberglass-reinforced plastic). This material is available in smooth or textured styles and in UV-resistant exterior formulations from...

Home Improvement--General: Backyard wall against hill
Hey Roger- Interesting indeed! OK so there are a few things I would like to know......when was that wall built? Are there records as to how it was built? It looks straight and true as it stands, but.......your concern does not go unwarranted... Let me know...

Home Improvement--General: changing halogen bulb, halogen lamps, LED lamps
halogen lamps, LED lamps, energy-efficient lighting: Hi, Christine. Thank you for sending a picture! It looks like there s a spring clip on the inside of the fixture that holds the lamp in place. I recognize the lamps. You re right, they don t have a screw base, but what we call a bayonet base. Once the clip...

Home Improvement--General: cracks inside house
I have minimal experience with HVAC, so I will be of little help with the air conditioning or dust problems. I recommend calling a well established owner operated HVAC company. In my experience they will be more likely to accurately diagnose the problem...

Home Improvement--General: installing french doors in place of bifold
HI Scott, I m sorry but I haven t encountered this situation. The only thing I can think of would be to mount the hinges directly into the casement and then fill in the opening (if it s not aesthetically acceptable) with thin strips of a handmade molding....

Home Improvement--General: RE:
Hi John, The only way to determine what is necessary to put a building in good condition is to have a professional home inspector thoroughly inspect the building and determine all that is necessary to be done, structurally, mechanically, electrically, weatherproof...

Home Improvement--General: Rehab and Flooding
Steven-The biggest problem about your flood is the wood floors. What type of wood are they? Mold will not grow without a constant moisture source so I would not worry about that. I would have the contractor put in dehumidifiers to bring the effected areas...

Home Improvement--General: Rehab Issue
There is not much I can tell you without seeing the damage. Mold is in the air so if the interior was soaked and it is above 50 degrees you are likely to have some. Since building materials are layered drying out the materials before they are damaged or...

Home Improvement--General: Tile, bathroom remodel, cement backer board
bathroom remodel, cement backer board, new bathroom tile: Hi, Robert. Thank you for asking for my opinion! I understand your thought process, and the question behind your question, i.e., if it s already there, and in good shape, why go to the effort and expense to replace it? The purpose for all remodeling...

Home Improvement--General: Asphalt?
Asphalt would be fine in this instance. However if it were me I would install crushed stone and pavers (Big ones) to aid with the drainage. Once you hard surface an area that water has to go somewhere and will cause yet another problem...... Also if you can...

Home Improvement--General: hardwood flooring over concrete slab
Hello Adrianne, My personal preference is to glue the hardwood flooring onto a concrete slab. To me the floor just feels better and is quieter. It is more expensive. Some companies do not recommend floating their floors over concrete - if you are thinking...

Home Improvement--General: Large gate?
Bud, I am not sure what kind of gate you are looking for but there are three criteria that will determine if any gate will hang properly. If you can successfully meet these three requirements the gate can be as large as you like. The first criteria...

Home Improvement--General: Tiles/bathrooms
Hi Tacy, Thanks for your question. Sounds like you and your family are in for a major building project. Building your own house can be one of the most satisfying things you can do - and also one of the most frustrating! It will also test the bonds of a...

Home Improvement--General: Wood split on stairs
Hi Mike, Are you planning on re-covering the stairs? Can you tell what kind of wood it is? Is there any way you can send me some pictures of the splits and how the tread pieces are placed on the riser. One more question: how thick are the treads and...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Window
From the photo, the window looks like a metal framed escape window installed when the house was built. Anyway, since it is built into the concrete, then I would not remove it. When a builder installs that type of window correctly into the foundation, chances...

Home Improvement--General: central air - hydronic system
Kevin, You are looking at multiple variables and quite a few different cost scenarios here. If your HVAC contractor is trustworthy they should be able to provide you with cost comparison figures for any proposed system(s). My quick take, possibly the...

Home Improvement--General: New Stucco installation
Jim, This is probably the most interesting question I ve received. I have a couple of questions/comments that might help. Frist, I m in California and things usually dry out/cure quickly. Do any of your neighbors have the same problem? - -If not,...

Home Improvement--General: pellet stove, pellet stove, pellet stove duct
pellet stove, pellet stove duct, installation instructions: Hello, Joyce. I will admit up front that I know very little about pellet stoves, and hope that other experts can fill in the blanks for you. I don t know who told you, or where you read that the pipe can simply be installed out the side of a house....

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl Siding
OK, The sheathing on your house is a soft fiberboard, and it is no surprise that mice can chew through it. Unfortunately it is too late to remedy that; a more solid alternative during the construction of the house would have been plywood or OSB (oriented...

Home Improvement--General: water heater
Wow Paul......probably the most interesting question I have had in a long time.......love it...... OK so really I would need to see the configuration of the piping to see what order of demand is on the hot and cold sides. Some questions to you.... Is the...

Home Improvement--General: basement support posts wisconsin
Hi Tom. LVLs are manufactured in different strength categories. To answer this question in truth you will need to know which category yours fits into. I will say that most LVLs are very strong and you may be able to accomplish what you are looking to do. You...

Home Improvement--General: Roof Replacement
Stephen, I ve used asphalt shingles with no problems for years. In California, shingles are usually the least expensive option. A lot of people here choose metal roofs of one kind or another. Some of these can t be walked on, so you may want to consider...

Home Improvement--General: room redesign for elderly, accessible bathroom, accessible bedroom
accessible bathroom, accessible bedroom, grab bars: Hello, Rubye. I ve created a plan for you, and have prepared perspectives, so you can see what I ve done. Thank you so much for clarifying all the information that was very helpful. I m recommending a bathroom that is a wet room, i.e., all the walls...

Home Improvement--General: Soffit installation
Hi Brad, Not having the option of securely attaching the chase framing to the wall means that most of the rigidity of the chase must come from the I-joists. I suggest attaching short pieces of 2x6 to the top and bottom edge of the I-joists with screws....

Home Improvement--General: Urine soaked subfloor
I have never had reason to use it, but there are products advertised that report removing animal smells if that remains to be part of the problem. You seem more to be saying the plywood is wet and does not smell. Is the house heated? Have you placed a spot...

Home Improvement--General: driveway mistake
Yikes! I dislike people in my industry that try and take advantage of people.....immensely..... Anyway. Contact an actual driveway repair company and get a quote and see if they can go over what was put in. My feeling is they can go right over what is there...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Remodel
Hello There are several online sources to get average costing for different projects around the home including bathrooms. One is the Cost vs Value Report produced by Remodeling magazine. I would highly recommend researching why homeowners get themselves...

Home Improvement--General: Project
Ethan, I d be happy to help you if I can, but I need to know more to determine if I can be of any help. you didn t give contact info for your instructor. Len Kroll Wood House Log Homes LLC 8346 Nubbin Ridge Rd. Knoxville, TN 37923 865-315-5450 len@woodhouseloghomes.co...

Home Improvement--General: Bi fold door installation
Kevin, Typically the drywall is installed and finished prior to installing door jambs or hanging the doors. It is important that the rough opening be sized correctly to allow for the installation of the door, for width and height. It is very difficult...

Home Improvement--General: Bi-fold door installation, Bi-fold doors
Bi-fold doors : Hi Kevin, The rough opening should be finished before doors are installed. This can be accomplished by either finishing the jamb area of the opening with drywall or installing a jamb and casing. Unless the rough opening was framed to size for a drywall...

Home Improvement--General: fix concrete steps
Paul, The substructure looks to be in really poor shape. You could remove the loose debris and build up the rotted portion with concrete and mortar. However, this would probably be a temporary fix. The bases of the iron columns are really corroded and...

Home Improvement--General: Hidden door
Brad, A couple of things. First off, when you have living space in a basement, often it can be best just to admit (from a design perspective) that you re actually in a basement. Basements have features, like pipe runs, that upper levels don t. And access...

Home Improvement--General: new house
Flash and batt is another method of insulating a building. From your problem of not having heating or cooling on the third floor the issue does not sound like anything a variation in insulation would cure. The problem you describe is common to multistory...

Home Improvement--General: repair front steps?
I would use a stiff brush and clean with TSP then Meriatec Acid. Follow with a 3 in. razor scraper to lift off any pant that wants up. Then fill hols with glass block grout. Top with two coats of a two part epoxy. You can find what you need at www.concrete-floor-coatings.com...

Home Improvement--General: Nails
Hi James, I m not sure I understand your question. Could you draw what you want to build and email it to me? I think I can be more helpful if I have a better understanding of your project. I m fairly sure that screws will work much better than nails...

Home Improvement--General: Using a ship auger bit
Hi Randy, You didn t say what size drill you are using. A 3/8 drill won t do it; you need a 1/2 drill. We drill, using a ship s auger, 1 1/8 holes from 9 to 15 deep about 20 to 70 times on every log home we build and we have built more than 3,000...

Home Improvement--General: Exterior 6 panel pro steel metal core door
You can cut it but a steel door has a core that is not intended to be exposed to the weather. If you cut it it will be exposed and the cut edge would likely rust or deteriorate over time. It also compromises the rigidity of the door since the folded edges...

Home Improvement--General: Adding insulation and replacing drywall
Samantha, I live in California, where it s easy to find a number of contractors who specialize in this type of work. I d guess things are similar there. The typical approach is to drill holes in the drywall and pump in insulation, and to blow insulation...

Home Improvement--General: exterior porch column base wood
Hi Daniel, I have made them from cypress and had them hold up well. I would think that cedar would also hold up well. Another option, to make them extremely weather resistant, would be to make them out of PVC or composite material. This a href= http://www.woodshms.com/Column%20Restoration%20Project...

Home Improvement--General: 2nd floor of home in Master is slanted, cement slab, cindy cindy
cement slab, cindy cindy, slab foundation: Cindy, I can t say if it is serious beyond the inconvenience of living on a sloped floor. If the rest of the house isn t racking or cracking it may just be the slab-on-grade. How much slope is there? Concrete pours can be out of level by 1/2 often enough...

Home Improvement--General: 2x6 redwood decking, planer molder, hand power tools
planer molder, hand power tools, flat blade: Hello Robert, For years we had a Williams and Hussey planer molder that was excellent for these projects as well as many other. Its greatest advantage was its open throat on one side which meant you could run wider material through it. We set up a custom...

Home Improvement--General: 3/4 vs 1/2 Bath, toilet waste pipe, toilet drain
toilet waste pipe, toilet drain, cocreate: hi Kevin without seeing this one it would be difficult for me to answer. however i will try my best. now depending on location of new shower, if the toilet is near you can bye a collar which you can strap round the waste pipe if any pipe is visible. this...

Home Improvement--General: 3/4 vs 1/2 Bath, toilet drain, drain pipe
toilet drain, drain pipe, plumbing: Hi Kevin, there are other ways, but they are likely more expensive and more complicated. basically you d need to install a pump for the shower drain. i don t think there is a way to run shower drain to toilet somehow without busting concrete. ...

Home Improvement--General: 3 piece tub, sealant, 3 piece
sealant, 3 piece, three piece: Hello Dana, Yes, do please use sealant and/or adhesive on all of the joints of your new 3 piece tub, per the manufacture s recommended procedures. To view the tub part of your project, we all must simply follow the manufacture s procedures. To extend their...

Home Improvement--General: 31 years old house, hot water heater, plumbing fixtures
hot water heater, plumbing fixtures, scope of work: Ibrahim, I recommend that you hire a qualified home inspector to inspect the house and give you a written report of all of his findings. You can find these inspectors listed in the Yellow Pages or get a referral from Real Estate companies, if they will...

Home Improvement--General: 39" kitchen wall cabinets, similar circumstance, wall cabinets
similar circumstance, wall cabinets, crown molding: Hi Janet, I m afraid you re in a similar circumstance to many people, regarding the height of the cabinets. Inexpensive, stock cabinetry usually only has those 3 sizes of 30, 36, & 42... without going to a custom cabinet line at a more expensive price, most...

Home Improvement--General: Can 4 in I beam support 2 floor, floor joist, safe bet
floor joist, safe bet, supporting wall: Bob: By your description I understand that the ends of the floor joist are lifting up off of the beam but obviously are still touching it somewhere. This could be due to: a- rotation (twisting) of the beam. b- a load on those joist that is pushing...

Home Improvement--General: 4 point working platform, particle board, foot storage
particle board, foot storage, thanks in advance: Ross: The sections would be 4x8 with some extension to stop the platform at the floor, on an angle keeping the boards from falling over when the platform is down. A shelf needs to be installed on the bottom of the fold down position for the particle board...

Home Improvement--General: 4x8 sheathing layout, plywood sheathing, roll roofing
plywood sheathing, roll roofing, porch roof: John: You didn t ask, but if the existing sheathing is not rotten then why cover over it and it is rotten why leave it? 4x8 plywood sheathing is to be laid out so that the 8 foot dimension runs across (perpendicular to) the joist. Stagger the 4 foot...

Home Improvement--General: 6 Panel Doors, folding closet doors, prehung doors
folding closet doors, prehung doors, solid doors: Matt, Here s my take on the situation. You have a condo your going to sell in a couple months. There are a lot of people thinking the same way you are. I m also sure there are a couple other condos in your area that area already for sale or going to hit the...

Home Improvement--General: Acrylic latex caulk, insecticide powder, butyl rubber
insecticide powder, butyl rubber, little buggers: Most latex caulks do tend to dry hard/firm. Window caulks and silicone caulks and butyl rubber caulks will be soft like and in a way, flexible. Because it is an exterior use, the latex should have had an exterior warning or approval for exterior use. It...

Home Improvement--General: Add a level?, interior carpentry, water frontage
interior carpentry, water frontage, cost per square foot: Ed: I am unable to help you with that broad of a question. Almost anything is possible if you have the resources (money). Renovation work in my area is roughly $200/SF. It will vary depending on how you contract it. You might try calling the local...

Home Improvement--General: Adding a bathroom, adding a bathroom, drainage
adding a bathroom, drainage, gasoline increases: This could be easy...it could be hard. A typical bathroom is $3000.00 in labor a materials...and that is very basic. It goes up from there. Figure $6000.00 to cover some of the unknowns. Add 20% for Gasoline increases that will be passed on VERY SOON....

Home Improvement--General: Adding Insulation, air infiltration, foam materials
air infiltration, foam materials, rigid foam: Hi Eric, Familiarity with rock wool is not a problem here. Since fiberglass is a waste of time and money in my opinion, either foam or cellulose should work. You goal is to stop the air infiltration. Rigid foam or sprayed foam does not matter as long as the...

Home Improvement--General: Adding insulation to an attic, drywall ceilings, barrier option
drywall ceilings, barrier option, vinyl siding: Dear Curt, I would favor option one if it is difficult to walk around in the attic and option two if it is easy to move around up there. If you have it done professionally, option one is more economical. Option three I don t recommend unless you are doing...

Home Improvement--General: Adding insulation or flooring, thermobreak, northen michigan
thermobreak, northen michigan, foam cup: Hello Bob, This is workable, but not by standards you are familiar with in your normal everyday living world. Let s discuss insulation and what you desire from it? You want your conditioned air to remain as close to your settings as possible for the longest...

Home Improvement--General: Adding pergola over back patio, brick facade, row of bricks
brick facade, row of bricks, lag bolts: Mark, Your question(s) have some special considerations for safety that I can not evaluate by mail so the following are only possibilities for your continued effort. ledger board: If you attach to the house a ledger board is in order to support the...

Home Improvement--General: Adjustment of rollers on sliding patio door, sliding patio doors, adjustment screws
sliding patio doors, adjustment screws, adjustment screw: Hi Glynn, First make sure the roller track is cleared of anything like dirt and sand for the entire length of the track, not just what you can see. The best way to do this is to completely remove the door from the tracks, inspect the tracks and also...

Home Improvement--General: Air Nailer, driving nails, screw type
driving nails, screw type, xmas sales: TO DIANA RE: AIR TOOLS... Your mixing up two types of air powered tools... One is for driving nails or brads...The second is for driving a screw type of fastener... For drywall and decks there are newer types of air tools that screw in fasteners,,...

Home Improvement--General: Air Vent Leakage, air vent, roof vent
air vent, roof vent, rectangular shapes: Dear Annette, There are two types of air vents. One is a pipe protruding about eight inches or so through the roof. This is called the air vent for the plumbing. These often leak. The other type is an attic vent which passes through the roof. They come...

Home Improvement--General: Alterations to a balcony, aluminium windows, construction changes
aluminium windows, construction changes, floor apartment: Kim, I do not provide structural information over the wire. But: 1) If it is an apartment you can not make construction changes to it since you do not own it. 2) It is unlikely that the balcony was designed to hold a brick wall and windows. ...

Home Improvement--General: Aluminum Shower Finsih, piece aluminum, alumimum
piece aluminum, alumimum, bottom piece: Tilex is supposed to be safe for all bath fixtures...unless the alumimum is being corroded by water or soap. If the metal is being jeapardized the Tilex could affect it. I think I would start with softscrub or similar to see if it has the desired affect...

Home Improvement--General: Anchor screws in sheetrock, drywall installation, screw hole
drywall installation, screw hole, screw driver: Hi Ellen, I must admit that I m really more a drywall installation, taping and texturing kindofguy and not so much an expert with drywall anchors. But I have placed a few anchors so if you ll take a lay-opinion rather than expert guidance :) I give it a...

Home Improvement--General: Anderson Casement window, double pane glass, anderson window
double pane glass, anderson window, outer portion: John, Yes you can replace the window glass. It takes a professional to do it because it has to be sealed properly. Most of the double pane glass is filled with a gas. Not sure if yours are but if they are becareful with who replaces it. Good luck Ro...

Home Improvement--General: Anderson hinged patio doors, patio doors, particulars
patio doors, particulars, hinge: My suggestion would be to get some technical assistance directly from Anderson. I m not famililar with their patio doors. You are correct about checking the reveal on the sides of the doors and they should be able to help you in the particulars of adjustment....

Home Improvement--General: Angle cuts, rim joists, railing posts
rim joists, railing posts, angle cuts: Kevin, The old saying measure twice cut once. Works like a champ, so make sure that you have measured correctly before you cut. Now the best tool to use is a hand saw, or if you don t like to do all that work use a jigsaw/sabre saw with a new sharp blade....

Home Improvement--General: Angle cuts for rafters, angle cuts, mail info
angle cuts, mail info, 2x6: Chris, I believe that this is an easy cut, but unfortunately I can t envision the layout from your description. Does the 6 and 7 refer to wall heights? If so, how far apart are the walls? Are you able to provide more information, or possibly photos?...

Home Improvement--General: Angle cuts, rim joists, railing posts
rim joists, railing posts, template shape: Kevin, Nail 2x4 blocking around the railing post to support the edge of the floor plank. Install planks up to the post and then using a piece of card board or tin or other rigid easily cut material make a template to fit around the post. Mark on the...

Home Improvement--General: Antique Doorknobs, antique doorknobs, glass doorknobs
antique doorknobs, glass doorknobs, interior doors: This may not be the answer you want...find an OLD carpenter. The older you get, the more we know. We can take them apart, fix or rebuild, lube and re install with confidence. We have the tools and know how to use them. You might say that Old stuff and...

Home Improvement--General: Antique porcelain sink, porcelain sink, disposable knife
porcelain sink, disposable knife, antique porcelain: I highly recommend using a clear epoxy. Most hardware stores carry two part epoxies in a syringe type application. You squease out a teaspoon full on a piece os cardboard or such, mix with a plastic disposable knife, apply it liberally and reassemble. Hoping...

Home Improvement--General: Arbor/Pergola, lumber yard, brick patio
lumber yard, brick patio, wine barrels: Hello Paul, I havent been to a Trex site lately , so for that part I m a bad boy. Trex does have 4x4 but I would nt call it structural. The 2x2 trex would work good with nice support (Trex changes with weather impressively). For the post and beams...

Home Improvement--General: Asbestos Abatement/Removal, asbestos abatement, old furnace
asbestos abatement, old furnace, last legs: Have you had the material tested to make sure it is really asbestos? There are other products that look like asbestos but they are much less hazardous. If the test shows it is asbostos DO NOT LISTEN TO THE CONTRaCTOR ! In my opinion he is an idiot...

Home Improvement--General: Asbestos siding, maze nails, slate cutter
maze nails, slate cutter, asbestos siding: I m sorry Jim. I forgot the nails. Just spritz it with water before you start nailing to greatly reduce dust. Hi Jim: Rental stores have knifes for cutting. We drill under water streams. For added safety, we use a particle mask. This is just in case we...

Home Improvement--General: Ashphalt driveway, new asphalt driveway, sealcoat
new asphalt driveway, sealcoat, seal coat: Hi John! First of all congrats on the new driveway, they are not cheap to have installed! Unfortunately, I know that you are not satisfied with the job for how much money it cost you. By your description, it sounds like one of two things happened:...

Home Improvement--General: Ashphalt joining to Retaining wall (interlock patio), building a retaining wall, backyard gate
building a retaining wall, backyard gate, hiring a contractor: Hello Ben! My apologies on the delay in answering your question-obviously this is our busy season and I didn t realize I had a question waiting. Asphalt caulk will definitely be sufficient to seal the joint between the asphalt and the retaining wall. ...

Home Improvement--General: Asphalt Drive with Paver Borders, plate compactor, hot asphalt
plate compactor, hot asphalt, asphalt driveway: Hi Curt! As it s not common practice here in PA to do paver borders, my opinion is that it doesn t make sense if that s normal practice. Obviously the 4-5 space that was filled in was filled with cold patch , not hot asphalt. Cold patch is just as...

Home Improvement--General: Asphalt Drive Way sinking in areas, asphalt driveway, structural engineer
asphalt driveway, structural engineer, crushed stone: Hi Joel, Your problem is the improper compaction of the soil and crushed stone bed. If they use a hydrapacker roller on it now, it may be able to bring it back to where it needs to be. An engineer in your area would be able to measure/test it and figure exactly...

Home Improvement--General: Asphalt Driveway, boston suburb, asphalt driveway
boston suburb, asphalt driveway, leech: Hi Peg! The temperatures outside should be above 40 degrees to install new asphalt or the asphalt will not cure properly. If the asphalt does not cure properly, it will definitely compromise the quality and the longevity of the asphalt. Since our temperatures...

Home Improvement--General: Asphalt Driveway Sinking, asphalt driveway, record rainfalls
asphalt driveway, record rainfalls, sunken areas: Hi Nancy! You are definitely on the right track in that the earth underneath your driveway is displacing the soil underneath--and the rain has a lot to do with it. The natural progression of asphalt without the proper maintenance, is that it will become...

Home Improvement--General: Asphalt driveway, asphalt emulsion, asphalt driveway
asphalt emulsion, asphalt driveway, creek beds: I hope the painter was licensed. Your best recourse, get him back on the job. It is his responsibility. If it takes a lawsuit, so be it. You have thousands of dollars in damages. It is likely the emulsion has also bonded with the previous sealer coat....that...

Home Improvement--General: ATTIC INSULATION-ATTIC WITH FLOOR, polystyrene foam board, foamular insulation
polystyrene foam board, foamular insulation, blown insulation: Dear Ron, That s a very good question. If it were my house, I would remove all the FOAMULAR insulation from the attic. I believe it is unsafe to use in that location. This type of insulation (polystyrene foam board) can only be used safely inside a...

Home Improvement--General: Atrium door refinishing, abatron inc, atrium doors
abatron inc, atrium doors, wood filler: Charles, For small volume jobs where the wood is damaged and unsound and needs to firmed up before filling we use a product called M-Balm, then we fill with a product called E-Wood. M-Balm is a wood consolidator. You brush it on and when it cures it...

Home Improvement--General: Attaching new stucco to old, metal lath, calk
metal lath, calk, chicken wire: im in michigan,which wire do you have,theres metal lath 28 by 8ft,and wire similar to chicken wire used in some areas.usually you overlap all ends of wire 2 to keep walls from cracking,if it isnt overlaped it could pull apart at the metal joints,you...

Home Improvement--General: Attic conversion, attic conversion, budget purposes
attic conversion, budget purposes, water inflows: As you can imagine, I am starting with $200 per foot as remodeling number. YOu have a floor, and roof. That s about $55 pf. Your plumbing may be adequate or a major upgrade needed to compensate the addition of more water inflows. $35pf. Electrical...depends...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Fan, sealed bearings, attic fan
sealed bearings, attic fan, cubic feet: Dovid, 1200ft2 time 6ft high in the attic (guess on my part) would be 7200 cubic feet. So how many times do you want to turn over the air in the attic. Once every two minutes 3600cfm? every 4 minutes 1800cfm. This is up to you. I would think that you...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Floor for Storage, cellulose insulation, ceiling joists
cellulose insulation, ceiling joists, rubbermaid container: Hello Bob, I will guess that you are talking about 2x6 ceiling joists when you use the word beams. Also guessed, is that you have fiberglass blown in insulation. If so, then this could apply: You would reduce the insulation R value of your insulation when...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Floor for Storage, rubbermaid container, particle board
rubbermaid container, particle board, attic floor: This may be a bit difficult to explain, but you do have great storage area available. If you can add some spacing to the current beams to get the Plywood, not paritcle board, supported above the insulation....you can easily wall on it. It is rated for a...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Flooring, ceiling joists, roof rafters
ceiling joists, roof rafters, wall studs: hello, without looking at it what you describe sounds OK. the 2x6 ceiling joists are fairly thin compared to the floor. if they span a greater length it might cause drywall cracks and pops. this is had to estimate. if your currently sheeted area...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Flooring, ceiling joists, roof rafters
ceiling joists, roof rafters, metal braces: Sanders, IT is all right to put down the 3/4 OSB. IT is not okay to notch the joists without supporting them. Go out in the back yard and put a 1/4 X 1/4 flaw in a piece of wood. Now smack it on the ground with that flaw up. Did it break? IT wouldn...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Flooring, ceiling joists, roof rafters
ceiling joists, roof rafters, tongue and groove: There is a better option. Install 1x2 s on the joists to raise above the wires. Be sure to put a metal plate over any wires so you dont hit them with a nail or screw. It is also a good thing to use screws for the ply vs nails. If you need to get to some...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Insulation, eave vents, northern climes
eave vents, northern climes, blown in insulation: TO JEFF: RE ATTIC INSULATION NUMBER #3 ANSWER.. The answer is yes to both questions... But the problems are,, that you will create gaps under the new batt insulation... This is not good. I m guessing that the old insulation has not filled the...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Insulation, blanket insulation, attic insulation
blanket insulation, attic insulation, paint layer: Dear Joe, There are advantages of installing the insulation either parallel to the joists or perpendicular to the joists. Depending on your climate and the depth of the joists, I usually recommend filling the entire joist cavity to the top with new insulation...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Insulation, cellulose insulation, fiberglass insulation
cellulose insulation, fiberglass insulation, attic insulation: Hi Joe, I think you can safely blow some more on top of what is there, if it hasn t been packed to tightly. Cellulose or mineral fiber would be my choice. Cellulose insulation beats fiberglass insulation in energy efficiency, pollution and recycled content....

Home Improvement--General: Attic Insulation, attic insulation, climate zone
attic insulation, climate zone, temperate climate: Dear Joe, Thanks for your question. I know a lot of people will benefit from this. You can blow another layer of insulation on top of the existing insulation. The amount you add depends on your climate zone. If you are in the midsection of the country...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Insulation - Baffles vs Foam between rafters?, insulation baffles, radiant heat transfer
insulation baffles, radiant heat transfer, rafter baffles: Dear Lynn, That sounds like you have found a very nice location. Spraying foam between the rafters is still a controversial area in construction. The problem is that if the applicator does not do a perfect job, there will be air pockets in the insulation...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Insulation, cellulose insulation, mold and mildew
cellulose insulation, mold and mildew, wall cavity: Hi Ted, In only a few short years, we will see lots of problems with vapor barriers. Lawyers are really wanting another horse to ride that will be as good as the asbestos, and lead base paint issues have been. Mold and mildew are the issues now. A vapor...

Home Improvement--General: Attic insulation, fiberglass batts, attic insulation
fiberglass batts, attic insulation, ridge vent: Greg, The problem is cellulose is designed to flow & fill spaces - defeating the baffles & vents. If you could isolate air space from cellulose, maybe with Tyvek or even cardboard over baffles you might maintain ventilation. The only non-vented insulation...

Home Improvement--General: Attic reinsulattion, fiberglass batt insulation, cup of hot coffee
fiberglass batt insulation, cup of hot coffee, foam insulation: Hello Richard, According to the Dept of Energy in a report finally released this past first of the year 2005, it is much better to concern ourselves with stopping air flow than worrying about R factors. Cellulose and foam insulation are both very efficient...

Home Improvement--General: Attic stairs - pulley system, folding attic ladder, pulley system
folding attic ladder, pulley system, ladder systems: Well, you can rig something that connects to the stair up to a pulley that is intern connected to weights that will equal the weight of the stair, so when you pull down on the cord it raises the weights in the attic to counter balances the weight of the stair.Then...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Ventillation, frieze board, ice damns
frieze board, ice damns, ridge vent: Hi Bob, I m sorry to get at your question so late. I never received the email on your question from the site. Your question is one I run into often. Some builders never install soffit vents ad wonder why they get ice damns on the house. If your getting ice...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Window condensation, story queen anne, inch diameter hole
story queen anne, inch diameter hole, window condensation: Dear Bob, Thanks for your question. This is a well known problem. If you have a storm window installed, the best solution to this problem is to ventilate the space between the two windows to the outside, and do a better job of sealing up the interior...

Home Improvement--General: Avoiding frozen pipes, freezing pipes, water trickle
freezing pipes, water trickle, broken pipes: TO LISA RE: FREEZING PIPES. Lisa-- No pipes behind walls in Chicago..It sounds like you put plywood or drywall over the water lines...Bad news..!! The pipe wrapping is worthless for heating protection.. The average pipe wrap is too...

Home Improvement--General: abandoned fuel oil tank, vent pipes, oil tank
vent pipes, oil tank, change oil: TO AUSTIN RE: oil tank The prescribed method is like what you said... You bash in the top and fill with sand... After these years there probable isn t anything in it...The bottom is rusted out any oil or water has drained away.... Check by trying...

Home Improvement--General: accoutical caulking before vapor barrier, ceiling surfaces, electrical boxes
ceiling surfaces, electrical boxes, proof seal: Hi Les, To be effective a vapour barrier must be continuous. This means snaking behind electrical boxes and around rough door and window openings, and fusing seamlessly with neighboring sheets. This would be impossible if not for the all important...

Home Improvement--General: can we add a level to the raised ranch, slab foundation, floor slab
slab foundation, floor slab, growing family: Li, It is not specifically that you can not put a second floor over a slab foundation. It is that the slab foundation may not be sized to carry the additional floor. And if there is any settling it will likely crack the first floor slab. You might get...

Home Improvement--General: adding color to cement, ready mix concrete, ready mix cement
ready mix concrete, ready mix cement, 4 quarts: Keith, How do you know to mix 3 quarts of water to the color? Where did that instruction come from? Doesn t the label on the can or bag tell you how to mix it? Is the name of the manufacturer on the label? If so, go to their web site and see if you...

Home Improvement--General: adding a room, siding manufacturer, enclosing a deck
siding manufacturer, enclosing a deck, vinyl siding: Hi Chris, This is a little tricky to explain without actually being there but below is a link to a diagram of how to attach the wall to the house. As to your specific question of cutting the siding, you can cut the siding anywhere you plan to attach the...

Home Improvement--General: adding a second wc, toilet installations, plumbing
toilet installations, plumbing, tank: Hi Shaun, There is really no minimum size of the toilet itself; usually they are 19-20 across the tank, and anywhere from 26-31 in length. you can see toilet dimensions by going onto a brand s website, like kohler.com. what you need to be more aware of...

Home Improvement--General: adding a soffit, metal drip edge, rafter tails
metal drip edge, rafter tails, asphalt shingles: If I understand correctly, the drip edge just isn t long enough to come down over the fascia. This can of course easily be remedied by installing aluminum on the fascia, slipping it under the drip edge as high as it will go, leaving a 1/2 lip for your soffit...

Home Improvement--General: adding on, weather problems, foundation costs
weather problems, foundation costs, adding a second floor: Mike, There is no definitive answer to that question because there are too many variables that can affect the costs and ease of construction. All of those variables need to be known in order to analyze which would be least costly and easiest to do. For...

Home Improvement--General: adhesives, styrofoam insulation, contact cement
styrofoam insulation, contact cement, pop up camper: Frank, The easiest method is PL-300, a foam-compatible adhesive in caulk-gun form. You will need to hold the panels in place for a few hours before it sets. Another alternative is water-based contact cement, if you are comfortable with the precision...

Home Improvement--General: air circulation, yoga room, hot yoga
yoga room, hot yoga, air circulation: Dear Kat, I appreciate your question and I like yoga too. If you ll forgive me for asking, though, why do you need a heater when it s almost July? Do you practice what they call hot yoga? In general, heating and air conditioning systems area designed...

Home Improvement--General: air compressor, campbell hausfeld compressor, tank pressure
campbell hausfeld compressor, tank pressure, pressure gauge: Jack, This is pretty simple actually. The gauge closest to the tank is the tank pressure. Then the next one is the hose pressure. You can adjust the knob to increase or decrease the hose pressure. Your compressor will most likely put out 125psi. Tire...

Home Improvement--General: air vents, wood slat, little holes
wood slat, little holes, thick plastic: Ann, The vent screws should go into the holes that are on the vent duct. They should not screw into the wall, but it might seem like they do. Look around with out the vent in place and see if you can find the holes that the screws should go into. ...

Home Improvement--General: aluminum wrap over treated lumber, oil base paint, galvanized tin
oil base paint, galvanized tin, aluminum sheet: There are aluminum sheet goods that are prepainted. It would be self protected. Galvanized tin comes in pretty thin stock that can be bent on site to fit any shape. If the treated lumber were painted with oil base paint...that would also suffice...

Home Improvement--General: anderson window screen replacement, anderson window, luck steve
anderson window, luck steve, metal bars: Hi Karen, Unfortunately I have no idea without knowing which Anderson window it is. Go to: http://www.andersenwindows.com/ In addition to being one of the best (if not the best) window manufacturing company, Anderson has one of the best internet sites I...

Home Improvement--General: angles for trim pieces and crown molding, tight fist, crown molding
tight fist, crown molding, proper tool: The best attitude to have is, close is close enough. I use the idea that I want the outside corner to touch. It can be a 45.5 degree angle on each. On inside corners...44.5 As long as the face touches, what gap may be on the backside...usually small...

Home Improvement--General: anti-scald valve, spicket, american brands
spicket, american brands, landon: TO LANDON RE: ANTI-SCALD VALVE.. Landon-- this is an age old problem in older piping and houses..There is nothing better than to be in the shower,, when some clown flushes the toilet.. Lots of fun and #$@%%&$# words.. Tell DAD i said...

Home Improvement--General: asbestos ceiling, cancer in the lungs, lung problems
cancer in the lungs, lung problems, plastic sheeting: Nancy, It is not that dangerous if you do not want to breathe. Asbestos causes cancer in the lungs faster then smoking. SO if he wants to have lung problems then stay there and breathe it. It is not a problem when it is in place or when it is wet. But...

Home Improvement--General: asbestos ceiling, asbestos problem, grandparents
asbestos problem, grandparents, lungs: Nancy, I am not an expert on asbestos. What I have come to know is that not everything that looks like it might be it - is it. So first determine if you do have an asbestos problem. That may require a testing lab looking over a sample. I suppose the...

Home Improvement--General: asbestos ceiling, face mask, commercial applications
face mask, commercial applications, rarity: The asbestos is not that big of a deal. He is in the mineskual catagory. It would not even be measurable. That fact that it got wet and came down....it is not airborne. It is a rarity that it is asbestos typical, that stuff has not been used since the...

Home Improvement--General: asbestos siding, particle masks, shingle siding
particle masks, shingle siding, long sleeve shirts: Hi Theresa, Yes the siding is still made. It comes in 12 high x 24 wide pieces with a wavy bottom or straight bottom. A few regional warehouses carry it in stock. The local type lumberyard has access to the siding if they are connected to the warehouse...

Home Improvement--General: asbestos, environmental lab, textured ceiling
environmental lab, textured ceiling, popcorn ceiling: If you are referring to a textured ceiling, also known as a stippled or popcorn ceiling, then there is a small chance that it is an asbestos-containing material, and maybe a little more likely if it was installed before 1978. I think the best approach...

Home Improvement--General: ashalt driveway pothole, asphalt driveway, smile and wave
asphalt driveway, smile and wave, loose material: Thomas, The correct way? I am not sure but this is how I would do it. Take all the loose material out of the hole. Now take the edges and make them straight and enlarge the hole slightly. Get some patch material which can be found at your local home...

Home Improvement--General: What to ask when Hire, skill trades, contractor qualifications
skill trades, contractor qualifications, licence requirements: TO JZ: Contractor qualifications.. Please forgive this delay in getting back to you. Too much traveling... The answer about licences,,certifications Etc. all depend upon the area where you live...Does the county,,city,,or state...

Home Improvement--General: asphalt drive way, asphalt binder, asphalt surfaces
asphalt binder, asphalt surfaces, asphalt contractors: Hi Donna and thanks for your question! Here is what you should do: Call a reputable asphalt company in your area. Ask for references and insurance first and then set an appointment for them to come and meet with you. If your area is anything like mine,...

Home Improvement--General: asphalt driveway, asphalt driveway, reputable contractors
asphalt driveway, reputable contractors, warranty period: Hi Dorothy! My first suggestion would be to pull out your original agreement with your contractor and see if there is a warranty. Most reputable contractors will usually give you one year. If it s in writing that you were supposed to get 2 , and you are...

Home Improvement--General: asphalt sealer on House Brick / Concrete foundation, asphalt sealer, black stain
asphalt sealer, black stain, gazillionaire: Hi Dave! It definitely sounds like asphalt sealer! And i will tell you that if i could invent a product that would dissolve the sealer, I would be a gazillionaire! The only miracle solution that might (and that s a very strong might)cut through it...

Home Improvement--General: asphalt sealing, emulsion coatings, seal coats
emulsion coatings, seal coats, oil resistance: I have seen roof coating that required great stirring effort, but most seal coats are non stir or shake. It would probably sufficient just to invert as you transport to your location. Henry is the brand I know best...not that I really know it. It should...

Home Improvement--General: asphalt stain, dumpsters, preventative maintenance
dumpsters, preventative maintenance, perfect time: Hi Jim! Sealcoating will remedy that--just make sure they use a primer before they actually sealcoat--seeing as though it could be anything that leaked out of the dumpster. This year is also the perfect time to have your driveway sealcoated. Start now...

Home Improvement--General: attach 2x4 to concrete slab, concrete slab, nail driver
concrete slab, nail driver, gunpowder: Kathleen, HILTI They make a nail driver that is gunpowder powered and properly secures the 2X4 to a concrete slab. You most likely can rent one at a local rental shop that rents other home stuff like lawn mowers, etc. See them at http://www.us.hilti.com/holus/modules/prcat/prca_navigation.jsp?OID=-17020...

Home Improvement--General: attaching a deck ledger board, floor joist, brick layer
floor joist, brick layer, lag bolts: Park, All exterior finishes are watched very closely by all building officials. Each municipality has Federal & State guidelines that must be followed. Your best solution would be for you to ask your local building inspector. They may have certain rules and...

Home Improvement--General: attaching deck ledger, rim joist, brick facade
rim joist, brick facade, anchor bolts: set anchor bolts into your stemwall with a drill and epoxy and attatch 90 degree steel with these. Any builder s store will be able to equip you with everything you need in any configuration. Attatch your ledger to the steel using compatible hardware and...

Home Improvement--General: attaching a deck, problem thanks, joists
problem thanks, joists, sliding door: This is common back East. You lay down sleepers such as 1x4 s or 2x4 s flat on the concrete. You can glue them down with construction adhesive or use anchors. You then attach your joists of whatever size you need to get your elevation. If your sleepers...

Home Improvement--General: attaching faux wood beams to cathedral ceiling, faux wood beams, metal anchors
faux wood beams, metal anchors, truses: You may need some metal anchors attached to the rafter/truses first. If you can get a row of 2x4 s anchored to the ceiling, then any type wood of choice can be boxed around it. It may take some coping to get a good fit to the ceiling. Cardboard may be a...

Home Improvement--General: attic bedroom, mechanical ventilation system, attic vent fan
mechanical ventilation system, attic vent fan, ridge vent: Ted: Let me apologize in advance if I am short. My hard drive died last week and I am just getting back on line and rebuilidng my files. The major points to keep in mind are: 1) maintain a 2 airspace between the underside of roof and the insulation,...

Home Improvement--General: attic covers, attic ladder, century industries
attic ladder, century industries, enterance: Everything I ve seen or dealt with is located above the stairs. When I put my stairs in my own home I just trimmed it out flush to the ceiling and painted it to match the ceiling. It s quite obvious it s there but I got used to it. The problem with anything...

Home Improvement--General: attic fan, open shutter, poor ventilation
open shutter, poor ventilation, attic fan: I am curious if the green stuff is Moss. In colder climates...in wooded areas..it is common. It has nothing to do with insulation or ventilation. It has everything to do with sunlight. Attic fans are always a good thing. If you can afford the shutter...

Home Improvement--General: attic insulation, blown cellulose insulation, attic insulation
blown cellulose insulation, attic insulation, tropical climates: Hi Russell, You would need about 10.5 inches of freshly blown cellulose insulation to achieve an R value of 38. The difference in opinion probably comes in because of the calculated R value of your existing insulation. The more densely compacted...

Home Improvement--General: attic insulation, fiberglass batts, attic insulation
fiberglass batts, attic insulation, lowe s: Hello Beth, The instructions on the cellulose bags tell just what the values are equal to in inches blown into the attic. Usually about 12 plus inches in depth will be your goal for the overall depth. R 49 is about a much as is needed in the USA in attics....

Home Improvement--General: attic insulation, attic insulation, attic ventilation
attic insulation, attic ventilation, roofing material: Hello Roxanne, To reduce your electric bills, it is important to take a comprehensive approach. Attic insulation only accounts for about 15 percent of the typical total electric bill. The other important opportunities to save money come from the heating...

Home Improvement--General: attic insulation, attic insulation, intermittent operation
attic insulation, intermittent operation, probable causes: Dear Vinnie, I would definitely add the insulation, especially if you are doing it yourself. It may not help with the uneven heating but it will eventually pay for itself in the form of lower heating costs. If you are having a problem with the upstairs...

Home Improvement--General: attic insulation, bathroom exhaust fans, attic insulation
bathroom exhaust fans, attic insulation, attic ventilation: The proper way to do this is to remove the paper facing (or at least to slit it extensively with a razor knife, but it is usually just as easy to peel it off). The add approximately 6-14 inches (R-19) of unfaced fiberglass insulation on top of that. If it...

Home Improvement--General: attic insulation, blown insulation, attic insulation
blown insulation, attic insulation, insulation company: Hi Russ, Funny you should mention attic insulation, I was just watching a show on it tonight. It seems that you can save around 25% if you raise the attic insulation to at least R-38 so the savings would be well worth the cost and probably be recouped...

Home Improvement--General: attic renovation, roof rafters, span table
roof rafters, span table, attic renovation: Dear Robert, It would be a good idea, since you will not be able to do it later. It will also allow you to put more insulation in the new ceiling cavity. I am not sure 2 x 6 is the correct size, so check a span table for rafters and put in what is called...

Home Improvement--General: attic roof insulation, asphalt shingle, insulation thickness
asphalt shingle, insulation thickness, roof insulation: That depends somewhat on the climate and type of construction, but presuming you live in a temperate climate and have the most common construction where this is feasable, namely a relatively steep gable roof with 2X rafters, and asphalt shingle covering, the...

Home Improvement--General: attic stairs, attic stairs, drywall
attic stairs, drywall, remedy: Dear Milton, This is unusual. If you are confident that the stairs are installed properly, then the best remedy would probably be to add some weight, in the form of additional wood, a drywall covering, or some other heavy material, to keep it down when...

Home Improvement--General: attic structure, roof trusses, wind pressure
roof trusses, wind pressure, excess moisture: Dear Bob, To give a fair and complete answer, I would have to see the installation for myself of see a picture of it, but based on what you are describing, it is most likely temporary bracing. It is routinely left in place after the roof is complete because...

Home Improvement--General: BASEBOARD PLUMBING, radiant floor heating system, hot water heaters
radiant floor heating system, hot water heaters, pex piping: TO DMITRI RE: ADD ON FOR BASEBOARD HEATING. Dmitri--You should go all the way back to the boiler and make a connection there..The manifold is probably up to it s design limits, far as the BTU output..The hot water flow in is now equal to the flow...

Home Improvement--General: BATHROOM TILES, plywood floor, bathroom tiles
plywood floor, bathroom tiles, these patches: all ican say without actually seeing the plywood floor. is that the tiles could crack at these weak points where they have been cut out. one thing with putting tiles down on a wooden floof is to make sure the floor is solid and do s not move when walked on...

Home Improvement--General: Backsplash Tile, drywall compound, inch tiles
drywall compound, inch tiles, furring: The only problem with adding more to the wall is the depth created. If your new splash is not greatly affected by the new furring out of the wall, then that makes is simple. If you ar adding 1/4 to the wall, thay might make it really ugly to resplash the...

Home Improvement--General: Backyard flooding, drainage pipe, underground work
drainage pipe, underground work, drain pipe: i d check with the city first, they should know where the city s storm water should be going. the contractor would be an excavator, they are usually the ones who do sewers and underground utilities. usually its bigger companies that do the underground...

Home Improvement--General: Bad cement patio finish, masonry coatings, silk purse
masonry coatings, silk purse, sharon hope: Hello Sharon, Hope may just be in the shadows. Contact a concrete or masonry coatings pro. Sometimes they can turn a sow s ear into a silk purse . If they can not, get a referral from them before they leave. Some creativity does need to enter the picture...

Home Improvement--General: Bad drywall job on new house., drywall job, putty knife
drywall job, putty knife, inch blade: Karen, my first question is; did you get a warranty with your home? you may want to check with your builder on this, the drywall was not finished correctly in the first place. to repair this is pretty easy, get some drywall mud, i like to use premixed,...

Home Improvement--General: Bad slab design causes leaking, patio slab, slab design
patio slab, slab design, water seeps: Julie: There are few cheap repairs. That is why us handyman types are so much into doing it right the first time. Any solution you choose to move outside water away from the house will be a step in the right direction. Both the Fench drain and dam...

Home Improvement--General: Bad splice, rim joist, rim joists
rim joist, rim joists, deck screws: I would either break the rim joist joint directly on a joist or make it land about half way between two joists and cut a solid block of the excess rim joist material and place it as a splice between the joists behind where the joint is... and blast a half...

Home Improvement--General: Bad splice, rim joists, rim joist
rim joists, rim joist, integrety: Hi Kevin, Solid blocking out of your framing in combination with stainless or dipped galvanized cross or X iron will greatly reduce the flimsy part. If you bolt or screw an angle brace to the back side of the bean to the rim joists just below the decking...

Home Improvement--General: Balcony Floor Sealing, johnsons wax, pool decks
johnsons wax, pool decks, tank rock: I found it at Lowe s. Johnson wax s JOHNSONS FLOOR COAT. It is the original Johnsons wax. You pour it on and squeagie it around. It is acrylic and water proof. Clear. exterior rated. simple. gloosy finish. I see it used alot on pool decks and garages...

Home Improvement--General: Balcony floor, pressure treated wood, kroll
pressure treated wood, kroll, construction inc: Harbinder, You didn t say whether the balcony is inside or outside, if there is living space below that needs to be protected from weather, what the balcony is attached to, all of which I would need to know to help. Len Kroll Wood House Construction,...

Home Improvement--General: Balcony leaking water into the garage, rolled roofing, roofing supply
rolled roofing, roofing supply, kroll: Monika, There are a number of products that can be used. Not all are available everywhere. The best way to find out which to use is to find a local roofing supply store and talk to one of their representatives explaining your situation and ask them what...

Home Improvement--General: Barn Roof & Shoring Up, dear dave, concrete blocks
dear dave, concrete blocks, concrete block: You have peeked my curiosity. Most barns of that era are timber framed All solid oak. To have a column or two or more of concrete blocks tells me that it is an add or or secondary support. It may not need to be there or, it is a replacement support for...

Home Improvement--General: Base board in bedroom pulls away from wall, slab wood, concrete slab
slab wood, concrete slab, french drains: Mike, Thanks for clarifying your situation. It sounds like the baseboard is swelling due to moisture. The next step for you would be to eliminate the likely sources of moisture that are occuring. It may turn out that the baseboard itself is not the...

Home Improvement--General: Base board heating, hot water radiators, flow control valves
hot water radiators, flow control valves, hot water heat: TO CHIP RE: FIX THE HOT WATER RADIATORS If you fly me out there I can fix it for you.. A thought,, you not in CA..They don t have hot water heat there.. OK enough of that.. You didn t do your home work on hot water heating... Those big...

Home Improvement--General: Base molding, radius corners, base portion
radius corners, base portion, visual aspect: AS you can see, this is a highly visual aspect of the job. It would be difficult for me to explain just what to do....without seeing what we are working with. In some cases, you would make a 3 piece corner....22 1/2degree cuts and round off the corner. ...

Home Improvement--General: Basement bathroom installation, successful construction project, toilet flange
successful construction project, toilet flange, spray lacquer: Being so close to Cincinnati (a metropolitan area) your local municipality may require licensed plumbers and electricians to work in your home. In most cases, any work you do yourself is exempt from such restrictions. Licensed or unlicensed, you need...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Ceiling, ceiling tiles, basement ceiling
ceiling tiles, basement ceiling, drop ceiling: The T as in T-bar ceilings are suspended from the joists above. It sounds like he is installing the tiles TO the joist. That is ok too, if that is what he wants. I dont want to tell him he is doing it wrong. IT may just be the way he wants to do it....

Home Improvement--General: Basement Contractor, state attorney office, fly by night
state attorney office, fly by night, warranty problems: TO JEN RE; BASEMENT WARRANTY PROBLEMS. Jen sorry about the delay in this response,,Too much on the road... Your guy sounds like one of those fly by night characters... You should have not paid all until he put the proper papers in your hands......

Home Improvement--General: Basement ceiling insulation - acoustic, ceiling insulation, fiberglass insulation
ceiling insulation, fiberglass insulation, basement ceiling: If the basement is a finished living space that is room temperature, it doesn t matter what side the paper is on, and insulation without paper would be acceptable too. I don t know whether the foam will help, but if you have significant holes voids or...

Home Improvement--General: Basement ceiling insulation, construction insulation, ceiling insulation
construction insulation, ceiling insulation, basement ceiling: Dear Greg, I m glad you asked that question. Lots of people want to know about this. Insulation is not recommended in the ceiling of the basement unless it is part of a soundproofing construction. Insulation in the exterior walls above ground level...

Home Improvement--General: Basement cement floor, cement concrete, foundation drainage
cement concrete, foundation drainage, cement floor: the trick is finishing the concrete. if you want a smooth level finish you ll likely want to have someone else do it. it you looking to just get it pour and that is it then ya put 3-6 inches of stone and pour the concrete. you should add a sump hole if...

Home Improvement--General: Basement cleaning, carpet care company, bonding company
carpet care company, bonding company, blank paper: Stanley, I am not a lawyer, but I will offer these thoughts. I doubt that the document is a legal contract since it was represented to be an authorization to start work not as a contract and it didn t have the information required to qualify as a contract...

Home Improvement--General: Basement concrete slab strength, slab strength, concrete slab
slab strength, concrete slab, slab floor: I can t fully answer your question because it requires the expertise of a qualified structural engineer, but I can make a couple of comments. The strength of the concrete is not relevant here, since that is the ability of the concrete to resist crushing...

Home Improvement--General: Basement concrete slab, concrete slab, concrete person
concrete slab, concrete person, leveling compound: David, The Floor person will know exactly how to make the rough floor smooth for there flooring. The concrete person knows how to pour the concrete and make it sortof smooth. The floor person is the one that has to finish the job with a leveling compound...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Design, mold growth, basement design
mold growth, basement design, central ac: You are wise to be concerned about this since there are many issues with basement below ground and in many areas, I am finding builders of new homes building on the ground level rather than digging out and constructing a basement. There are significant caost...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Dilema, shelley davis, powderpost beatles
shelley davis, powderpost beatles, sistering: Sistering is the act of placing support members side by side and nailing them or bolting them together. Piggy backing is the act of putting the suppor under the beam to create depth for the stress load. This takes away from ceiling clearance, it is not...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Dilema, powderpost beatles, joists
powderpost beatles, joists, beetles: Hi Shelley, Removing joists is out of the question when considering the data you have given. Too much work would be involved. Obviously, this contractor builds new or has been little experience at dealing with this specific problem. Exterminate the beetles....

Home Improvement--General: Basement Door Sticks, wooden doors, basement bathroom
wooden doors, basement bathroom, high temperatures: Hi Duane, The only thing you can do is get a metal door that doesn t contract and expand with changes in temperature and humidity. Unfortunately, that s just the nature of wooden doors and it s worse in areas with high temperatures and humidity. I wouldn...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Drain, basement dampness, freeze thaw cycle
basement dampness, freeze thaw cycle, ft level: TO MARIE RE BASEMENT DAMPNESS.... Marie- basements at this age are usually built with concrete blocks... Blocks have two major problems... First they buckle in from the ground pressure or the freeze-thaw cycle of the dirt... For bowing testing...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Drainage, gutters and downspouts, underground drainage
gutters and downspouts, underground drainage, poor drainage: Dear Kirk, You don t have a problem! The way buildings are supposed to be constructed is with a positive grade meaning that the incline of the earth s surface immediately surrounding the structure is downhill away from the house. The ideal incline...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Finishing, brick tiles, washington my home
brick tiles, washington my home, freeze thaw cycle: TO TONY RE: BASEMENT FINISHING. Tony--- before you get too far into this project, check the outer walls...Check with a 4ft. level to see if there is any inward buckling...Basement walls at this age are usually concrete block...This type of wall is...

Home Improvement--General: Basement flooring, floor leveler, carpet man
floor leveler, carpet man, vinyl flooring: Hi Kathy, Sorry for the delay, but we had a bit of a hurricane here :) You need to find professional grade floor leveler which will go over the entire area, adhesive and all. It comes in powder mix and a premix, usually pink in color, sometimes...

Home Improvement--General: Basement framing near staircase, basement framing, concrete wall
basement framing, concrete wall, crawl space: hmmm, if the stairs is actually touching the concrete there isn t much you can do. what i would do is get 1 inch studs and frame on top and below the stairs 1.5 side runner. leaves a .5 for drywall. this puts it flush with inside of stairs but...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Installation*, heat pump systems, thermobreak
heat pump systems, thermobreak, basement interior: Hello John, The temperature of the earth on the otherside of a masonry or concrete basement wall is about 55 degrees after you are past the frost line of an area. Without a thermobreak, the earth s temperature will thermally transfer through the basement...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Installation*, regional variations, down stairs
regional variations, down stairs, basement ceiling: John: I am assuming that you are trying to save on your heating bill. Insulating the floor alone will make small difference since your major heat lose is through the ceiling and upper walls The basement is already insulated by the ground - which is why...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Insulation, rigid foam insulation, rigid foam board
rigid foam insulation, rigid foam board, foam board insulation: Jay, forgive me, I am sorry for the confusion. I wasn t looking at the pictures closely enough. Indeed, if you use a dehumidifier and you live in a climate that is moderate, then you will have a small amount of condensation in the insulation. Whether it...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Insulation, rigid foam insulation, rigid foam board
rigid foam insulation, rigid foam board, foam board insulation: TO JAY RE: basement finish.. First check the block walls for bending and bowing... Concrete block walls are notorious for buckling inward.. They also leak and get moldy.... Use a 4ft level in the vertical plane,,, see how bad the inward...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Insulation, rigid foam insulation, rigid foam board
rigid foam insulation, rigid foam board, rigid foam board insulation: Hello Jay, you ll be fine without the foam. i d add a vapour barrier between the drywall and studs. this will keep extra moisture in the basement area and not allow it in walls where it can condinsate and cause the moisture problems. Curt...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Insulation, michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert
michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert, basement insulation: Hello Well, to be honest that paper on the insulation is a fire hazard yes, but in this application its a pretty small hazard. If your kids have posters hanging on their bedroom walls you probably have the equivalent! However the correct thing to do would...

Home Improvement--General: Basement insulation and drywall, drywall supply, basement insulation
drywall supply, basement insulation, foam insulation: couple questions,aer you useing furring strips and foam insulation.drywall supply houses carry 1/4 flex board for this,just double up the board on the curve,if you can attach furring ont the cure,you can do the insulation and board also,jim home acres,or...

Home Improvement--General: Basement insulation and finishing, fine homebuilding article, masonry paint
fine homebuilding article, masonry paint, concrete screws: I was just reading this month s Fine Homebuilding s Built Wrong From the Start and they say that the number one blunder builders make is installing a vapor barrier on the inside of a basement wall. They recommend using extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam board...

Home Improvement--General: Basement insulation and finishing, furring strips, masonry paint
furring strips, masonry paint, concrete screws: Dave: I would not drill holes in you concrete walls to anchor furring strips. 1) You are constrained to the plumb and flat of the concrete. 2) Your anchors would need greater tension to over come the leverage that may be applied to the portion...

Home Improvement--General: Basement insulation, concrete block foundation, basement insulation
concrete block foundation, basement insulation, concrete nails: Hey Will, The best way to do this is to install furring strips on the wall. They should be nailed to the concrete using concrete nails. Takes a lot of pounding. Then attach the insulation with glue or nails to the furring strips. Gluing the insulation...

Home Improvement--General: Basement issue..what to do?, powderpost beatles, joists
powderpost beatles, joists, beetles: By end to end I mean they should match the existing joists. Powder post beetles are usually easy to control (at least in my area) and should be sprayed, but after that should pose no danger to the new joists. Method b) just seemed to me to incorporate all...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Leak, basement leaks, basement leak
basement leaks, basement leak, wet areas: Bill, It sounds like you have a crack or something that is causing the water to find its way into the room. I would call a general contractor or two and get a FREE quote from them. I would also call the experts in basement leaks and get quotes from a...

Home Improvement--General: Basement musty smell, true value hardware, gallon jug
true value hardware, gallon jug, odus: Hello Nino, We are now trying out a ? brand name from ACE. It really does not matter, because it would not be the exact same brand name you would find in your area anyway. It is never the same brand name when we go to purchase it, so why should it be any...

Home Improvement--General: Basement musty smell, box fan, exhaust fan
box fan, exhaust fan, canisters: Nino, I would suggest putting some moisture rid type canisters in the area See: http://www.campingworld.com/browse/skus/index.cfm?skunum=25687&src=SRQB They sell these at grocery stores and drug stores. Place a couple of them in the basement. ...

Home Improvement--General: Basement sealing..., little gap, moist area
little gap, moist area, concrete basement: I don t know if all cracks need to be sealed. The earwigs like drak and moist areas. thats where i d start. It doesn t sound like a big propblem yet. might want to set some traps in areas you think they might travel. look outside is there a shaded...

Home Improvement--General: Basement smell, floor drain, drain pipe
floor drain, drain pipe, bleach: First I would look for a floor drain where the water in the trap has evaporated and this would allow an odor to enter through the drain pipe. If you find a drain pour about a pitcherful of water with about a half cup of bleach added into the drain and let...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Wall Leaks, foundation waterproofing, natural drainage
foundation waterproofing, natural drainage, sinus infections: Hello Lisa, I am gathering from what you say, water runs down the slopping drive into your home. This can be remendied by installing a gutter or catch basin at the edge of your home to catch the water as it runs downhill. Drain the gutter to another area...

Home Improvement--General: Basement - Water issue, water seepage, drylock
water seepage, drylock, least expensive method: Matt, I m glad you asked. It sounds like you live near Washington because Mid Atlantic is a well known basement waterprofing company in the area. First, I agree that Drylock does nothing and is a waste of time for the type of problem you are having....

Home Improvement--General: Basement Waterproofing, basement waterproofing systems, coke bottle
basement waterproofing systems, coke bottle, sump area: Hello Jon, From a previous questioners information, I gathered that the B-Dry method was to cut holes in the walls and then install guttering to a sump area. Here is an answer that I gave to a person a couple of days ago. He seemed sold on cutting holes...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Window Replacement, concrete screw, old frame
concrete screw, old frame, basement window: It depends how the metal one is attached to the block. If you can remove the old window and frame by unscrewing it you ll be in better shape. Some of them were two part units which you could unscrew and pull out. It may also be poured into the concrete and...

Home Improvement--General: Basement walls, insulation vapor barrier, drywall installation
insulation vapor barrier, drywall installation, steel framing: Hi Larry, This is a question you should probably re-direct to a general contractor. One who has some remodelling experience if possible. I m more a drywall installation and finishing kinda guy. As such, I can t really advise on the merits of one type of...

Home Improvement--General: Basement walls, insulation vapor barrier, thermos bottle
insulation vapor barrier, thermos bottle, waterproofing materials: Hello Larry, Traditional Kraft vapor barriers in basement walls are a food source for molds. From recent conclusions on walls, constructing breathable walls are the better practice. As our homes grow tighter, we have to now be very much concerned with the...

Home Improvement--General: Basement walls, insulation vapor barrier, furring strips
insulation vapor barrier, furring strips, michael bruns: Hello There are a couple different ways to go about this, and of course everyone has a different opinion! The best and most common way I know of is to actually glue rigid sheets of the styrofoam or polystyrene right to the concrete walls. This not only...

Home Improvement--General: Basement walls, glass block windows, pvc piping
glass block windows, pvc piping, waterproofing products: Hello Gloria, It sounds as though you have the correct analysis. Your waterproofing on the outside of the wall has probably broken down. The waterproofing products originally used probably all broke down at about the same time. Moisture appears to be seeping...

Home Improvement--General: Basement walls, glass block windows, drylok paint
glass block windows, drylok paint, pvc piping: is the area peeling blow grade???,with out seeing what you have its real hard.a bubeling or peeling of plaster can be exces moisture,as this will rot the gypsum.was the lower area damped proofed before back filling.is the water from your roff,saturating the...

Home Improvement--General: Basement walls, cement block, loose materials
cement block, loose materials, basement ceiling: It goes without saying that any loose materials need to be removed. You might try Tilex or other mildew inhibiters to kill whatever mold might remain, then give it an acid wash with muratic acid and water. Approximately a 10/1 ratio. For the wood, prep...

Home Improvement--General: Basement walls, masonry screws, insulation vapor barrier
masonry screws, insulation vapor barrier, foam insulation: 2x2 s or 2x4 are typical...especially if you will be installing electrical boxes inside the walls. and ridgid foam insulation fits well between the strips. I suggest using treated wood masonry screws into predrilled holes work good to fasten the furring...

Home Improvement--General: Basement waterproofing, boris boris, gutter down spouts
boris boris, gutter down spouts, waterproofing products: Boris, First you should locate a concrete/masonry supply house. You might find them in the Yellow Pages under Concrete Accessories or Concrete Treating & Curing. They will probably carry all types of waterproofing products. We like Mira-Dri 860/861...

Home Improvement--General: Basement windows leak, copper gutters, disaster zone
copper gutters, disaster zone, drop of rain: Hi April. A buddy of mine had me over to his house just recently with the same question. Before I went over there, I told him what I m going to tell you... there s a greater issue that needs to be addressed besides the window. There s not a window out there...

Home Improvement--General: Basment Furnace/Pipes Asbestos Abatement, high efficiency boiler, boiler insulation
high efficiency boiler, boiler insulation, essex county new jersey: Dear Mary, Since pipe insulation and boiler insulation are believed to be some of the most dangerous types of asbestos, they must be evaluated by a qualified professional asbestos remediation contractor. If removal is chosen as the preferred option of abating,...

Home Improvement--General: Bath Addition, kitchen drains, bath addition
kitchen drains, bath addition, delema: Hot and cold water will probably not be a problem, but the sewar/drain lines might be. You need a 3 drain line for the toilet. Most kitchen drains are 2 so this is your first delema. A tub needs 1 1/2 and shower needs 2 drains. You need to be able...

Home Improvement--General: Bath tub in a mobile home, fiberglass walls, mobile home question
fiberglass walls, mobile home question, shower surfaces: Donna, If your walls are part of a one-piece tub unit, you could contact a company that provides re-facing of tub and shower surfaces, One is called Bath Fitter . If the walls are made of of separate panels (with joints at the tub and near the corners)...

Home Improvement--General: Bath tub surround molding, utility scissors, window sills
utility scissors, window sills, molding department: Hi Melanie, Use the scrap from cutting out the window hole in the cheap surround to make peices to cover the 4 area. Then purchase 3/4 plastic or foam outside corner molding from the molding department. Install over the exposed outside corner. You can...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom ceiling moisture damage, thin coats, vent fan
thin coats, vent fan, ceiling paint: sounds like you need a bathroom vent fan. if its not to deep or big you can use one time by red devil,or use from a bag and mix with water,usg 45 or 90,Sheetrock 90,or similar,.if you have a Lowe s or Menard s ,they carry these products or similar,the bag...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom doors off kilter, moisture intrusion, bathroom doors
moisture intrusion, bathroom doors, rough surfaces: Hi Kevin, Maybe not. Once these doors are correct, seal the top and bottoms of the doors with a couple of coats of primer and paint. If that does not do it, prime with an oil base primer, and then repaint. You may have to remove the hinges and lockset, and...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom doors off kilter, bathroom doors, warpage
bathroom doors, warpage, species of wood: Hi again Kevin, The only thing I can advise to to do in this situation that will fill the bill without much ado would be to install a larger keeper on the door jamb. You can adjust the door for fit and will lock in any season by virtue of it s expanded...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom exhaust vent, clearance holes, lag screws
clearance holes, lag screws, exhaust vent: Pat, You need to determine what that ledger is really supporting. An 8 (assumed round) hole seems really big for a bath fan. You will be removing a substantial portion of the ledger. However, if you can install a couple of lag screws into solid structure,...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Fixture Replacement, plumbing test, plumbing inspection
plumbing test, plumbing inspection, vent lines: TO NANCY... RE: PLUMBING INSPECTION Nancy in most jurisdictions that have inspections, they will require a permit for each of the things that you mentioned.... The answer to you is YES,YES,YES... To make matters worse, some areas require...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Floor:, closet flange, water leaks
closet flange, water leaks, particle board: Your biggest problem is the size of the area to be replaced, and the tools needed. It is a small job, but time consuming. Consider this, the toilet is fastened to the floor by a closet flange The closet flange is fastened to the floor. You will need...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Flooring/Tiling/Painting, mileage figure, mileage log
mileage figure, mileage log, bathroom flooring: Ana, I suppose this question has come up after the project is started or finished or your first invoice had arrived. Otherwise this should be laid out during the initial agreement and is totally between the parties to the agreement and surrounding market...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Plastering, self tapping screws, tile job
self tapping screws, tile job, cement board: some thing, i have never ran into in 32 years.they do make a course gyp to gyp screw,also self tapping screws,you could test wall to see if you could put screws into this,the cement board would work best for your tile job,long lasting.maybe a 1 1/4 or 1 1/2...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Plumbing, dresser couplings, standard plumbing
dresser couplings, standard plumbing, bathroom plumbing: Hello Kevin, I think the best way is to break the concrete up and replace the trap, and move the new location closer to under the shower drain is located. If you are setting a fiberglass shower, or shower pan, set it in a fresh bed of mortar. Once it is...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom paint, soap scum, latex paint
soap scum, latex paint, enamel surface: TO MARTHA RE:BATHROOM PAINTING Martha bathrooms have a nasty problem of coatings on the walls...The normal humidity in a bath puts a lot of moisture on the walls and ceilings..,.Then everything sticks to the walls,,,Like mold, grease, hair spray,...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Reflooring:, particle board, last option
particle board, last option, bathroom floor: I hope you have some friends you can count on. This is a large job, mostly because it is a small space. Taking fixtures out is very helpfull, but the tub....only as a last option. If the damage goes under the tub...more than 2 ....you may not have a choice....

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Remodel, drain pipes, sewer problems
drain pipes, sewer problems, concrete institute: TO ANNA RE: FLOOR CRACKING ANNA This sounds like concrete slab type of house...the drain pipes failed under the old slab ,,is this correct?.... Overall if a concrete slab cracks fast it s a function of a poor preparation of the soil...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Renovation, tile backing, cement board
tile backing, cement board, bathroom renovation: There is more than one way to do things. The first method of tiling is the more common and since the cement board is porous, it requires the application of a waterproof rubberized membrane designed for this purpose in order to keep water from weeping into...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom remodel, cement backer, backer board
cement backer, backer board, bathroom remodel: If it was my bathroom I would replace the tub and fixtures. It sounds like you are going to gut the bathroom anyway to replace the backer board. Once it is gutted then you can easily replace the tub and plumbing prior to replacing the backer board and tile....

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom remodel, rust holes, soap scum
rust holes, soap scum, shower tile: Sarah, Before I go pulling the bathtub out and going through all that hassle there are other things that you can do. If the Tub is in good shape: NO rust holes. then I would recommend just calling a tub refinisher and having them do the tub and the tiles...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom remodeling, wall sockets, electrical socket
wall sockets, electrical socket, milwaukee wi: Hello Jonathan, Thanks for writing. Good question! Congratulations on purchasing your first house. Taking care of your home can bring you many hours of enjoyment if you choose that attitude! I am a little unclear on how much of the work you want to try...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom remodeling, concrete reinforcement, concrete slab
concrete reinforcement, concrete slab, caution flag: Hello Jack, Yes, it is possible and really not that difficult, at least from our propective. It is mostly just brute labor. Seal the bath floor/wall junctions. Wet saw cut the concrete. Using an electric breaker hammer, break up the concrete into more...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Subfloor, kitchen cupboards, ceiling tiles
kitchen cupboards, ceiling tiles, kitchen ceiling: Hi Susan, Since I knew nothing and he knew everything when my son was 16, sometimes letting him figure something out how to get something accomplished helped. This does pass, because by the time he was 21, he was absolutely astounded at how much I had learned...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom sealing, nuts bolts, mold problem
nuts bolts, mold problem, plasterboard: Bonnie, Not sure what a Bodger is, that is not a common term used in the US. But I can provide you with some fixes to your problem with out knowing. First thing that you should do is get all that old wet drywall (plasterboard) and wood out and toss...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom tile grout, tile grout, bathroom tile
tile grout, bathroom tile, floor tiles: A licensed contractor has to guarantee his workmanship a minimum of 4 years. If the job was done poorly he is responsible to make it right. The State Contractors Board in your area with see too it that the job is done right at the contractors expense if...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom tile grout, tile grout, chaulking
tile grout, chaulking, bathroom tile: Rick, It is really really difficult to get grout to stick to things that are not tile. So it is not a suprise to me that the Door frame and faucet area is cracked. What I would suggest to you to prevent water from entering in that area I would use Silicon...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom tub and tile home depot, drop tools, contractors board
drop tools, contractors board, home depot: This is a no brainer...you get a new tub at the Installers expense. In fact Home Depot is not in this issue. Your installer, whom I assume you hired, and you paid, is the only recourse you have. Be sure you have a Home Depot rep come and take pictures,...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Update-Remodeling, plumbing system, floor space
plumbing system, floor space, half the time: Hi Lena, Yes, I did miss understand. You may move the toilet from one corner to the other. I had thought you were setting it at a 45 Degree angle in the corner. Rongly, I see! The Tub takes up about 32 , so room for setting should be workable for all. You...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom ventilation, bathroom ventilation, ventilation fans
bathroom ventilation, ventilation fans, piping: If you plan to use the same duct to vent all three fans, it would be wise to upsize the piping. Most cases it is 3 , but if you plan to run 3 lines into a 3 vent....it might tend to flow back into one of them vs being force to the exterior. If you have...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom ventilation, bathroom ventilation, ventilation fans
bathroom ventilation, ventilation fans, bathroom fan: A bathroom fan generally has a little flap that is supposed to flap down and block the exhaust pipe to prevent air from flowing from the outside through the fan housing and into the bathroom, but these flaps often get stuck in the full open position. If you...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Wallboard Demo, cement backer board, ceramic tile installations
cement backer board, ceramic tile installations, asbestos fibers: Dear Matt, That s a good question. There are two products that were routinely used for shower enclosures in recent times, a WR or Water Resistant gypsum board, also known as green board because it has a light green paper facing, and fiberglass-reinforced...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Wallboard Demo, bathroom wallboard, tiny fibers
bathroom wallboard, tiny fibers, bathroom remodel: In the 50 s is a bit ahead of my time, so to be certain, I am not. I will address what I believe you are dealing with in a later product, as I think you gathered, it is a green paper over a substrate that is made to deteriorate in the presence of water. ...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Window Coverings, window moisture, window sills
window moisture, window sills, air circulation: Moisture is always a problem in bathrooms... if you decide to go to blinds, i would go with a plastic, or a pressure-treated wood... but i would really suggest a lighter fabric curtain; something that breathes... cotton, for instance. that would let more air...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom walls...greenboard?, vent fan, moisture areas
vent fan, moisture areas, water proof: per code in Michigan is green brd in all moisture areas,so this includes all bathrooms,and if you are going to have a shower in it,you really need to use a fan,can it be vented outside,like a dryer. for many years regular drywall was used in bathrooms,the...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom, wall tiles, floor tiles
wall tiles, floor tiles, tile floors: In most cases the tub is smaller than the opening for it. This creates a lip the tile or wallboard has to cover. If you can fur out the walls to slightly overlap the tub...1/8 maybe, then the wallboard will be a straight line as it reaches the tub. This...

Home Improvement--General: Bathtub refinishing vs. liner, yellow cabinets, tile color
yellow cabinets, tile color, bathtub refinishing: Dear Patrick, Thanks for your question. There is no one best solution to your situation. Painting is a little bit inaccurate when describing the very intense seven-step cleaning, etching, priming, and re-coating process that professional refinishers...

Home Improvement--General: Bathtub repair, bathtub repair, crazy money
bathtub repair, crazy money, two thoughts: Two thoughts...if you are renting, it is not yours to repaint. If you caused the previous paint to come off, then you are responsible for damages. If it is purely a situation of wear....they pay and you have no say. You need to do a bit more research to...

Home Improvement--General: Bathtub surround tile, tile color, home depot
tile color, home depot, different color: Tile does not change color when wet. The bigger question is who bought the tile. If the contractor bought the tiles...made the selections for you....off the shelf...they are responsible fully for matching and dye lots . If you chose and supplied the tile...they...

Home Improvement--General: Bathtub tiles, non sanded grout, tile replacement
non sanded grout, tile replacement, color match: It is very easy to fix one loose or missing tile...as long as you have the old tile. It takes a bit of patience, but cleaning the old adhesive from the tile and from the wall is critical. After you have that done, you can buy small containers of tile mastic...

Home Improvement--General: Bay Window, blowing rain, knee braces
blowing rain, knee braces, low pitch: Melissa, You have the designers taste; your husband has the sage s wisdom. Only kidding! Bay windows are very attractive and have some practical advantages. But they are prone to leaking. My experience is that the window itself is not the culprit but...

Home Improvement--General: Bay Window, cat and mouse game, aluminum siding
cat and mouse game, aluminum siding, water spot: Dennis, I can probably help you but I need to understand the circumstances better. Bay windows are often problems first of all; secondly, they are often installed, flashed and shingled improperly. Finding the leaks is a cat and mouse game, but a lot...

Home Improvement--General: Bay Windows, washingtondc craigslist, air escapes
washingtondc craigslist, air escapes, residential framing: Thomas: If you are only aware of hardware stores as a source for building materials you may be in over your head. You will need general framing materials that are available through a building material supply such as Lowe s, Home Depot, or lumber yard....

Home Improvement--General: Bay window, aluminum siding, drip edge
aluminum siding, drip edge, brick veneer: Carole, Your absolutely correct on the fact of flashing being installed under the siding. Every good installer knows that there must be a drip cap of some kind under the siding before the roof is built above the bay unit. We always cut the siding back so our...

Home Improvement--General: PUTTING UP BEADBOARD, bead board, cable phone
bead board, cable phone, 4 corners: An electric saber saw is what I would recommend. If you drill out the 4 corners...then the cuts will be near perfect....fewer mistakes made that way. As for the baseboard...it is prefered to remove it...but it add a great deal of time to the job. If you...

Home Improvement--General: The BEST way to decide what to do, slump block, stone masonry
slump block, stone masonry, architecture department: Allyson, Sorry, we are a design/build firm and only interested in structural engineering and construction issues, aside from the rudimentary elevation presentation needs for our clients. Our market is exclusively log home products and have virtually...

Home Improvement--General: Beaded board, minimal wiring, double windows
minimal wiring, double windows, experience thanks: Hi Jim, Yes, you will have lots of fun and learn to have lots of patience too. Here is a link to order a hive tool; http://www.dadant.com/catalog/default.php?cPath=22_29 The hive tool is $5.30. I don t know what a Texas hive tool is. Dadant has been good...

Home Improvement--General: Beam Sizing / Wall Removal, joist hangers, concrete slab
joist hangers, concrete slab, sizing tables: JR, I do not provide structural sizing over the net. The LVL or other manufacturer provides sizing tables for their pre-engineered members - research their web site. In concept you can cut the joist back and side support them from the beam. This will...

Home Improvement--General: I-Beam Support Posts, new footing, gravel base
new footing, gravel base, support posts: Tony, Your plan should work. An issue would be if the post you are moving is purposely located directly beneath a large point load. That seems unlikely, since the posts appear to be evenly spaced (hence evenly loaded). When you are finished, the beam...

Home Improvement--General: Bedroom ceiling has been patched, texture paint, textured paint
texture paint, textured paint, bedroom ceiling: the problem is the patch has to be done nice before doing any texturing.if you can see a flaw,you will see it later also. you will probably have to try and blend it in first,but with the texture paint on it,it is much harder to do. a professional could...

Home Improvement--General: Bedroom ceiling has been patched, textured paint, close match
textured paint, close match, bedroom ceiling: If you think you have some talent, you can get a 1 gal bucket of ready mix joint compount and a 4 and 10 trowel and level that area out at least 12 beyond all the repair work. When it drys, you sand or sponge the edges, then get a can (or 2) of spray on...

Home Improvement--General: Besement musty smell, musty smell, baking soda
musty smell, baking soda, drapes: 18 yrs is not That old. I would start with a baking soda treatment in the carpets, a fabreeze treatment of drapes, and/or fabrics and lysol anything else. That will odorize the existing air...after say a week...see if it disipates enough to smell normal...

Home Improvement--General: Bifold door bottom pivet, hollow core, pivot
hollow core, pivot, home depot: Well, about all you can do is take the door completely off, set it on its side and Inject It With Epoxy. If You don t Know Already, Epoxy Is Basically A glue Made Of Two Chemicals That when Mixed Together Hardens Very Quickly. pick up a 5 minute epoxy. You...

Home Improvement--General: Black color on subflooring., backer board, subflooring
backer board, subflooring, floor fan: Jim, Undoubtedly it is fungus (mold). If the subfloor shows no signs of rot I would simply wash it with a solution of bleach and water 1/3 to 2/3. Let it dry thoroughly (use a floor fan if possible to speed drying); then apply a coat of stain blocker...

Home Improvement--General: Black Mold, bleach solution, black mold
bleach solution, black mold, water mixture: Hi Wayne, First thing is find out why the mold is growong in the first place. There must be some king of moisture getting into the walls. The mold will keep coming back as long as the conditions for its growth remain. Meanwhile, the second guy was...

Home Improvement--General: Black spots and areas on new cedar cladding, poor air circulation, mold growth
poor air circulation, mold growth, high humidity: Lynne, Although I have travelled extensively throughout the world, I never been to New Zealand, so I have little knowledge of your climate other than to guess that it varies fairly widely because its spans a lot of latitude. My best friend, however, lived...

Home Improvement--General: Saw Blade, lath and plaster, masonry blade
lath and plaster, masonry blade, wood lath: you can use your saber saw inside,but the stucco is probly portland cement with sand,very hard,a 4 angle grinder with mason blade, or a drill with the biggest masonary or cement bit you can use.mark the circle and drill every 1/2 around circle and you should...

Home Improvement--General: Blanking off a basement window, concrete block construction, fiberglass insulation
concrete block construction, fiberglass insulation, mold problem: Hello John, The better solution will be to Remove and replace the window with the same construction as the remainder of the basement wall including waterproofing. Be very detailed about the waterproofing since it is in a window well. You may have to excavate...

Home Improvement--General: Block home insulation, home insulation, cement block
home insulation, cement block, weather climate: Hello Chuck, More should be done, but if you will adhere 2 foam sheathing, leaving no cracks unsealed, to the block wall after removing the drywall, you will have a well insulated wall. Since it is closets, paint the foam sheathing with latex paint, and...

Home Improvement--General: Block wall, ready mix mortar, quikcrete
ready mix mortar, quikcrete, cement block: You dont want a Quickcrete type situation. You should be able to find a 60 or 90lb bag of ready mix mortar. One bag will easily do 20 blocks. You want to mix it heavy but fluid. It is a very hard consistence to describe. You want to be able to build...

Home Improvement--General: Blown Insulation ( Cellulose Vs Fiberglass), insulation factor, blown insulation
insulation factor, blown insulation, sound absorption: Hi Frank, When it comes to the insulation factor there s not much difference between the two products. Neither one stands out above the other. When it comes to sound transfer the Cellulose will block more noise. It s much more dense and packs tighter than...

Home Improvement--General: Blue Max Styrofoam Walls, concrete screws, plywood sheets
concrete screws, plywood sheets, garage cabinets: Hi John, My suggestion to you would be to install 1/2 plywood sheets to the wall you are going to mount cabinets with 5 concrete screws to the concrete as a rigid backer. The cabinets can then be installed with lags and lag bolts through the plywood...

Home Improvement--General: Bluestone walkway from my front door to driveway, frontdoor, walkway
frontdoor, walkway, day job: Hi Jas, I don t know how reasonable the amount of time is without actually looking at the project. Assuming that is correct the price of $3k for 4 men/ 4days materials is very reasonable. I don t think you could get it done any cheaper. As long as you...

Home Improvement--General: Board and batten siding, wet pacific northwest, roofing felts
wet pacific northwest, roofing felts, board and batten: Hi Jerry, Here is what came in the news today; http://www.buildingonline.com/news/viewnews.pl?id=3163 It is an article on Steve Easley, one of those building scientist that we were discussing. The last seminar I attended was in the first of March, this year....

Home Improvement--General: Bolting vinyl fence posts to concrete, vinyl fence posts, nuts and bolts
vinyl fence posts, nuts and bolts, dash marks: Hello Janie, The bolts are too soft to hold the fence. ACE Hardware, True Value, or local hardware will know what I am talking about too. The number of points on your anchors bolts need to be increased. As you view the top of the head of the bolt, you will...

Home Improvement--General: Bouncy floorboards and no subfloor, hardwood floorboards, oak hardwood
hardwood floorboards, oak hardwood, angle iron: You have the right idea, just reverse it. Put the sister up from the bottom, use screws at an angle up into the oak, then pull the sister down. It might be advisable to use a 1x1 angle iron with holes drilled for the screws and be able to put the screws...

Home Improvement--General: Bowed ledger board, ledger board, joining materials
ledger board, joining materials, vinyl siding: Hello Kevin, Cupping is when we find the boards have bowed widthwise. Some checking, cupping, and bowing is not going to seriously reduce the strenght of the 2x12. For the most part, it is esthetics or looks at this point in time. Although esthetics, we...

Home Improvement--General: Brick House Noises, wood lath, wall cavity
wood lath, wall cavity, brick row: Dear Ron, This sounds a little unusual, but may not too serious. I have lived in some older brick row houses, but I don t remember ever hearing a pebble noise. But based on your description of the type of noise, my guess is that you are hearing the sound...

Home Improvement--General: Brick and masonry, carbide tip, exterior brick
carbide tip, exterior brick, brick exterior: The mortar is softer for drilling...an if it was made/done correctly it will hold a sufficient amount of stress. The brick, however is stronger than the mortar, so if you have reservations about the strength....drill the brick. A carbide tip masonry bit...

Home Improvement--General: Brick mortar Repair, brick mortar repair, pointing trowel
brick mortar repair, pointing trowel, brick construction: Patrick, This is called re-pointing, and is a pretty common task in brick construction. The real trick is to mix the mortar stiff (dry) enough that is doesn t want to stick to the face of the brick. You will need three tools for this: a regular pointed...

Home Improvement--General: Brick Repair, brick repair, mini grinder
brick repair, mini grinder, diamond blade: Margie, That depends on what is making it dirty. In most cases, pressure washing is very effective. Do not use a super-sharp nozzle, as it will remove mortar. If there is mortar staining on the brick, then it can be removed using muriatic acid. --Steve...

Home Improvement--General: Brick Wall, lime plaster, tapcon screws
lime plaster, tapcon screws, lime mortar: Dear Ken, Thanks for your question. There are many aspects of this to consider. First concerning the option of plaster: it is only cost effective if you have an old historic house with lime mortar between the bricks. This is the type of mortar that can...

Home Improvement--General: Broken single hung sash window, sash window, wd 40
sash window, wd 40, window move: Cathy, My guess is that you have a broken weight on one side. These weights help the window move up and down so you do not have to lift all the weight. It is either this or your wood has swollen and you need to sand it to get it to fit properly. ...

Home Improvement--General: Broken Window Glass, double pane glass, broken window glass
double pane glass, broken window glass, wood edge: Bhavani, I assume you have a double glazed window and the interior pane broke. Without knowing what window you have it is not possible to give a replace or repair recommendation. Newer windows are not made with glass stops so replacement is supposed...

Home Improvement--General: Broken Window Springs, michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert
michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert, mobile home dealer: Hello This will really depend on the manufacturer of the windows as to if the springs can be replaced or not. Your best bet would be to check with your local mobile home dealer as usually most components in a mobile home are different than in a stick built...

Home Improvement--General: Brown coat, lath rock, rock lath
lath rock, rock lath, metal lath: brown coat is refered to first layer applied to metal lath,rock lath and blue boards.it was refered to because of the brownish apperance it made when applied. in a 2 coat brown coat,the first layer is called the scratch coat,then the brown coat is applied...

Home Improvement--General: Buckling of Hardwood Floor, prefinished hardwood floors, tongue and groove
prefinished hardwood floors, tongue and groove, floor question: Hi Paula, This kind of a repair is better done by a professional floor installer - it can get pretty tricky. If you really want to do it there is no way around pulling up the floor. You can either do it the way I mentioned before or another way is to sacrifice...

Home Improvement--General: Budgettable window blinds or Curtains?, window blinds, venetians
window blinds, venetians, kmart: Yen, I am fine thankyou! If you are looking for budget I would have to go with the curtains. You can just get a rod and some white sheets and they will look just fine. But you can also find some low cost blinds at discout stores like Walmart, Target or...

Home Improvement--General: Build round post, wood lath, pillar
wood lath, pillar, sorry for the delay: Roger, Sorry for the delay there was a problem with the site log-in. I m not trying to be cute, but your answer is to buy a round column and replace the post. Otherwise you will need a wood lath as long as the proposed pillar to start .... Thomas...

Home Improvement--General: Building a desk, width of a room, diagonal measurement
width of a room, diagonal measurement, using a compass: Hello Dan, Your best method is to use a template cut to fit where you wish the piece to fit against the walls. You can make a template out of corrugated paper board, (card board). If you do not have enough paper board, glue/laminate enough together to make...

Home Improvement--General: Building of a hillside home in Los Angeles, north south direction, soil survey
north south direction, soil survey, panelization: That is a considerable sum to work with, if the house is small enough. Engineering and Archetects are going to be the most important expenditures. Hillside construction is the most paper extensive. Material costs are edging up to $ 150 per foot in Vegas....I...

Home Improvement--General: Building your own shower floor, concrete slab, assemply
concrete slab, assemply, rubber liner: This is a simple process.....for professionals. A brief description would be, cut a hole in the floor about 10 cube. Attach a shower drain assembly to the 2 drain line, allowing th top of the assemply to be 2 above the finish floor. Pour a pre slab of...

Home Improvement--General: Building A Room, lineal foot, heighth
lineal foot, heighth, two windows: AS a rule...one stud per lineal foot. How many blocks is determined by heighth or depth of the footing. Shingles is dependant on the tie in to the house. 1.5 x the square foot of the room plus the amount to tie into the main house roof. I would just figure...

Home Improvement--General: Building a wall, masonry anchors, anchor bolt
masonry anchors, anchor bolt, flooring tile: I think i would try some masonry anchors. Drill thru the tile and into the concrete slab. Use a 3/8 or 1/2 anchor bolt. Maybe 2 or 3, and sinch it down tight. If you can use some large L brackets then to hold the studs firm to the bottom plate...You would...

Home Improvement--General: Bullnose finishing, metal corner bead, baseboard caulk
metal corner bead, baseboard caulk, flexible version: Hi Dennis, Nice to see someone got smart and got out of drywall. :) Nothing really special to the bullnose. You can buy either nail-on or tape-on, lengths are the typical 8 , 9 and 10 . There are actually two different radius dimensions, although I think...

Home Improvement--General: backyard drain, hard wood floor, concrete slab
hard wood floor, concrete slab, drainage system: I think the word is hydrologist, a professional in water movement and underground flows. Since your house may be below grade, a drainage system should have been required before construction. I would not rule out a plumbing leak, whether it be a water pipe...

Home Improvement--General: backyard hill drainage problem, drainage problem, small drain
drainage problem, small drain, large drain: Ok, this is bit more complicated. if its designed to collect the neighbours storm water, a french drain won t be big enough. Is the drain in an easement? Usually, at least now-a-days, when a storm drain is designed to collect neighbouring...

Home Improvement--General: backyard improvement question, cinder block walls, cinder block wall
cinder block walls, cinder block wall, cement coatings: Hello Richard, Yes, it is possible to paint it, but it is not that simple. That stuff soaks up paint like a sponge so a masonry filler paint would be a first suggested step. At this point, you still have another option. You can still apply a stain, but it...

Home Improvement--General: bad smells, vent stack, sewage smell
vent stack, sewage smell, sewer smell: TO JON... RE: SMELLS IN HOUSE Smells are tough to find and to locate the source.. Since you think sewer smells,,then lets follow this line.. Mobiles don t follow the plumbing codes..They use short cuts like the size of the main vent stack...Most...

Home Improvement--General: balcony addition, contractor sales, lowe s
contractor sales, lowe s, home depot: asad, Depending on how high the work is, a pressure treated balcony of simple design would cost about $15 to $20 per square foot. If you are considering a fancy complex balcony it could be considerably more expensive. There is no place to get a list...

Home Improvement--General: band joists and porch over basement, carpenter ants, wheelchair ramp
carpenter ants, wheelchair ramp, porch floor: Definitely PTL lumber would be the best here... watch out which nails and hangers you use as the old good PTL has been banned by EPA and the new stuff corrodes galvanized nails and hangers... you may need stainless steel. As far as the porch... I have...

Home Improvement--General: barn door system, dutch door, basement entry
dutch door, basement entry, internet type: Lucapsan: In my experience that type of door is a Dutch Door. Have you tried your local building supply to see what manufacturers they deal with? You can also search the internet. Type dutch door into Google. Locate manufactures and contact them to...

Home Improvement--General: baseboard, wood putty, luck steve
wood putty, luck steve, different colors: Hi Janice, This is actually a fairly common problem. I use caulking to fill in the area between the baseboard and the wall. Make sure you use a paintable caulk so that you can then paint the caulking either the color of the wall or the color of the baseboard...

Home Improvement--General: basement, mold growth, damp crawl space
mold growth, damp crawl space, friend of mind: Nino: Musty in my experience is the presence of mold. There is usually something that has absorbed water and is conducive to mold growth. A friend of mind traced that old furniture smell down to the back of his bed head board where it was pushed to...

Home Improvement--General: basement, mare mare, black mold
mare mare, black mold, correct temperature: Mare, I assure you that living in an igloo can be better than this junk.Yes, it is insane. Even the below parts of the basement should deliver about a 55 degree temp through the walls from the soil on the otherside of those blocks. Data Input: Mold has...

Home Improvement--General: basement advice!, concrete patch, touch ups
concrete patch, touch ups, leak proof: Kilz brand products are, by far the best as far as sealing concrete goes. Since basements usually have a limited amount of air flow, I would try to increase the flow of air, if your budget will allow, but if it s too complicated, I would definately suggest...

Home Improvement--General: basement ceiling problems, floor joists, basement ceiling
floor joists, basement ceiling, drop ceiling: Hi Suzanne, Boy that s a shame that the house was designed like that! Unfortunately it doesn t leave you with too many options. The best option is to use a drop ceiling and to build the ceiling around the ductwork, pipes, etc. You will still have places...

Home Improvement--General: basement concrete floor bumps, wet carpet, professional carpet
wet carpet, professional carpet, strange bumps: Dear Jane, I have never heard of or seen anything like this before. But if carpeting was installed properly, it can be safely lifted and re-installed without damaging the carpet. If you are not comfortable trying this yourself, a professional carpet installer...

Home Improvement--General: basement concrete floor, boiler feed, self leveling concrete
boiler feed, self leveling concrete, basement floor: Roy: 4 is not a small amount of settlement. I would be skeptical that there wasn t something needing remediation happening. Check your source for the found out happened upon construction of the house. You say the floor is piped for heating. Is the...

Home Improvement--General: basement condensation, metal foil tape, evenance
metal foil tape, evenance, pipe leaks: sorry i thought that part of the block was burried. i don t know? because even if the wall was warm there needs to be moisture entering to condensate on the cold vapour barrier. if there was a air leak some where near by this could be occuring....

Home Improvement--General: basement conversion, conduit pipes, dear anne
conduit pipes, dear anne, clay content: Dear Anne, Unfortunately I can t answer all of your questions in detail but I can comment forcefully on one point: waterproofing from the inside almost never helps. Don t spend too much effort on it. The focus of keeping the cellar dry should be on the...

Home Improvement--General: basement crawlspace, dry dirt, back porch
dry dirt, back porch, plastic barrier: Hi David, About the only thing that you can do to remedy the odor caused by just old age is install a 6 mil or thicker plastic barrier (usually used in conjunction with a dampness problem) and it will cut down drastically the smells from the dry dirt....

Home Improvement--General: basement drainage, drainage pipes, drainage pipe
drainage pipes, drainage pipe, ceramic pipe: Dear Mark, I believe this is a job for an expert plumber. You could use a hose under high pressure to get the bottom end cleaned out, but it won t get you very far. The plumber must be gentle enough to not break the clay tile and patient enough not to get...

Home Improvement--General: basement finishing, wall studs, throw rugs
wall studs, throw rugs, stips: You can install 1x4 stips to the walls, either by glue or bolts and then be able to hang anything from them. The styro is a good idea on the walls to isolate the earth temp from intruding. The floor is passive temperature flow and could be reduced with...

Home Improvement--General: basement finishing, quality insulation, rigid insulation
quality insulation, rigid insulation, carpet tile: Hello Craig, Looks like you have a pretty good system laid out. If you worry about the leakage through the anchors for the 2x4, you can use ice and water dam shield. It is self healing and will seal up penetrations through the vapor seal from nails or bolts....

Home Improvement--General: basement finishing, fiberglass batts, fiberglass insulation
fiberglass batts, fiberglass insulation, metal studs: Hello Bryan, Do not use a vapor barrier. Water vapor is going to come through the wall and condense and vapor barriers will become a place for mold to grow and multiply. The fiberglass insulation will be un-faced friction batting for metal studding. (The...

Home Improvement--General: basement floor, oily mess, concrete basement
oily mess, concrete basement, soap and water: I would start with a light sanding of the area just to knock off and ridges from the glue, then a coat of Kilz. Oil based. This will seal the floor and hopefully bond to the residue. Then you can paint any color you want. You can have color mixed into the...

Home Improvement--General: basement garage ceiling insulation assembly, polystyrene board, plywood subfloor
polystyrene board, plywood subfloor, ceiling insulation: I think your reasoning is logical, but I would not use XPS (which I take to mean expanded polystyrene board) in this location because of the heightened fire risk. Depending on your climate, the foil-faced fiberglass should be perfectly satisfactory. Where...

Home Improvement--General: basement help, french drain system, down spouts
french drain system, down spouts, drainage system: Doc, It appears that the previous owner had a drainage system installed to keep the water away from the basement. If it works properly the water from your down spouts would drain to the drainage system and then away from your house. It appear by the board...

Home Improvement--General: basement help, storm drainage system, water leaks
storm drainage system, water leaks, time home buyer: There may be, or may have been a sump pump in that cavity. If ground water is leaching in from the storm drainage system, you may need to reroute that water concern to a duct system, either on the surface or underground. You may need to hire a plumber to...

Home Improvement--General: basement help, dry lok, water leaks
dry lok, water leaks, drainage system: can you send a pic,also i have changed my email so I m behind in my questions.drainage could be a problem if its draining along house,should have elbow and diverted away from basement.some put a piece of concrete pad to send water flow away from walls, there...

Home Improvement--General: basement insulation, moisture condensation, basement insulation
moisture condensation, basement insulation, fiberglass insulation: I have never heard of or seen a reference before requiring that foil-faced fiberglass insulation be covered in unfinished utility spaces, but then again I learn something new on this job every day! I can t contradict the manufacturer s advice here, but I...

Home Improvement--General: basement insulation, extruded polystyrene insulation, basement insulation
extruded polystyrene insulation, basement insulation, pressure treated lumber: John, 1) You will get little benefit from insulating solid concrete interior walls. I would skip the step. Extra insulation (especially fiberglass) is just waiting to get wet possible moldy in a basement. I recommend that anyone finishing a below grade...

Home Improvement--General: basement insulation, owens corning basement system, fiberglass batts
owens corning basement system, fiberglass batts, owens corning basement: These are good questions, because there is a procedure and order to the madness. Any plumbing, electrical, and mechanical work needs to be done or thought thru prior to any wall covering. If you have room to build the 2x3 or 4 walls...that is the best way....

Home Improvement--General: basement remodel, ceiling tiles, ceiling insulation
ceiling tiles, ceiling insulation, cielings: Ceiling tiles are not meant to carry any weight, so recessed lighting will require a framing issue to hold the light. drywall will carry a light fixture. T-bar ceilings are a nice way to go, but the prep is far more intailed to get it right. For a basement,...

Home Improvement--General: basement remodeling, gypsum wall board, blanket insulation
gypsum wall board, blanket insulation, underground side: Dear Julia, Fortunately you are not the first person to squeeze in a multi-part question. I am used to it. Answer one: yes, it just has to be coupled with improving and maintaining the exterior surface water controls. Answer two a: The only thing...

Home Improvement--General: basement replacement windows, double pane windows, novice woodworker
double pane windows, novice woodworker, metal shavings: Hello Gene, Since I have never seen an av on removing those windows, I did some searching to see what I could find for you. While homestore.com s how to section is great, it does nothing to really help you. It should not be too difficult to explain if...

Home Improvement--General: basement seepage, basement seepage, water spring
basement seepage, water spring, sealants: Water will travel through concrete. If the seam was not correctly sealed, and permanently, it will be an ongoing problem. If you can trench from below the floor and downhill, you might channel the water away. If you can get the area extremely dry for a...

Home Improvement--General: about basement wall brick, cinder blocks, cinder block
cinder blocks, cinder block, brick walls: Hi Don, The only product that I have ever used for this kind of a problem is made by Ames Research Laboratories. Here is their website: http://www.howtowaterproofbasements.com/index.htm There is a description on how to apply the product and to seal and...

Home Improvement--General: basement wall and ceiling options, drywall ceiling, acoustic isolation
drywall ceiling, acoustic isolation, ceiling tiles: Janet, Ceiling: Drywall pros - drywall is cleaner looking, easier to maintain and will make the space feel larger and it has a greater possibility for acoustic isolation. con - once it is in place it closes off any utilities you might want to get at...

Home Improvement--General: basement wall framing..., cement type, cement base
cement type, cement base, stud walls: TO MIKE RE; BASEMENT WALLS Your doing most thing right so far... A good cement type coating on the walls is always good..Helps damp proof well,,,do not use any regular paint,,like latex on basement walls,,only cement base... When this coat id dry...

Home Improvement--General: basement wall framing..., basic carpentry, stud wall
basic carpentry, stud wall, stud walls: Dear Mike, thanks for your question. I can t give enough detail in this reply, but if you can get a basic carpentry book, it will show you all the details of attaching the plate, toe-nailing the studs, anchorage to the joists, safety requirements, etc....

Home Improvement--General: basement walls..., foam boards, frost point
foam boards, frost point, basement walls: Mike, Most foam boards are imprinted with a bunch of writing including ASTM numbers and the statement: Not for use on interiors unless covered by 1/2 hour fire rated covering. or some version of that. That s because it would give of highly toxic smoke...

Home Improvement--General: basement walls, mold resistant drywall, property slopes
mold resistant drywall, property slopes, drywall compound: the drylok is good idea,are you asking me how to skim coat the blocks. as a plasterman we go directly ove the block with base coat and finish coat.but this is not for a do it yourselfer.you could either glue 1/4 board to walls directly or,skim a setting...

Home Improvement--General: basement water proofing, message subject line, thoroseal
message subject line, thoroseal, basement waterproofing: Vic: I have not done research for specifying Thoroseal. Brick is by its nature is porous and has been since it first was used. If a building is correctly detailed and built the water does not seep in to the inside. Are you sure you do not have a leak?...

Home Improvement--General: basement wet, LOL!, hydraulic cement, drylok waterproofing
hydraulic cement, drylok waterproofing, swamp land: Hello John, Gawd, A New Yorker even! LOL! El Nino gave us 28 straight days of rain in 2002. I must be digressing here... Seriously, I have successfully developed and built new homes on swamp land, prairies in IL/IN, and mountains in TN to date. Ok, let...

Home Improvement--General: basement window replacement, basement window, home depot
basement window, home depot, metal frame: It is quite simple, and difficult at the same time. The nail fins are 1 wide that hold the window in place. If you can remove 2 of siding from around the window on the exterior....pull the nails and remove. After you installthe new windows...you could...

Home Improvement--General: basement windows, visual values, basement windows
visual values, basement windows, glass area: Miller: I can t give you a blanket answer to the question. There are other variables. The basic difference is the inserts (retrofit windows installed over the origianl frame) is they will reduce glass area, raise sill height and the jambs will be...

Home Improvement--General: basement, plumbing leaks, water stains
plumbing leaks, water stains, mold growth: Nino, Your question is so broad I have no clue where to begin. A musty smell can come from so many sources in a house. Let s look at some of the common ones. Vapors entering the house from a crawl space or basement that are not properly drained, vented...

Home Improvement--General: basements, waterproof warranty, concrete foundations
waterproof warranty, concrete foundations, precast walls: Dear Bob, Although I haven t used a Superior wall yet, I am waiting for the first opportunity. I am aware of them and would be perfectly happy to use them. You should understand, with one exception, I do not promote any particular type of foundation....

Home Improvement--General: bath/plumbing, cold water line, boiler drain
cold water line, boiler drain, plumbing suppliers: The problem in the heat pipes is not lack of water but too much air. Check for bleed valves at the ends of each section of baseboard and open them until all air in the system bleeds out. If your system does not have bleed valves, attach a hose to the boiler...

Home Improvement--General: bath tub grips, scrubbing bubbles, formula 409
scrubbing bubbles, formula 409, protective film: hello, Off hand i don t know which cleaners might be silcone based. it should likely say on the container somewhere if its silcone based. silcone is an addittive the helps to keep products soft and flexible and slimey. i don t think to many house...

Home Improvement--General: bath tub grips, scrubbing bubbles, formula 409
scrubbing bubbles, formula 409, bar keeper: i believe the silicone based cleaners are ones that want to leave a protective coating once you ve used it; something like clean-shower , or bar-keeper s friend like to leave a protective layer to give shine. these you should avoid.. things like 409 are...

Home Improvement--General: bath tub grips, scrubbing bubbles, formula 409
scrubbing bubbles, formula 409, bath tub: Paul, Never heard this before, but it does make since. Silicone can be found on most beaches. It is a gritty substance that is also used in some sealers. When you make it a liquid it seals really well. So what type of cleaners have silicon? Beats...

Home Improvement--General: bath vanity top, vanity top, vanity cabinet
vanity top, vanity cabinet, bath vanity: Don, Most counter tops are held in place by clips underneath. You almost have to crawl all the wal into the cabinet to see the clips. So take a close look with a flashlight. They should look like L brackets with a screw holding the top down. ...

Home Improvement--General: bathromm ceiling, cottage cheese, paper tape
cottage cheese, paper tape, scrapes: you should use paper tape and it needs to be mudded in place and wiped tight,the gone over.use a setting drywall mud like usg 90,mix with water as needed,it will set in 90 minutes and you can go over again.also works on painted areas,the mudding will be left...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom base board heating unit covers, rust spots, zinnser
rust spots, zinnser, blah blah: Go to or call Sherwin-Williams who manufactures Rustoleum for exact procedures. Sherwin-Williams has a website, that is very helpful. If you have you surface prepared, Rustoleum oil primer would be a good choice. Spray will normally work out to produce a...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom carpet tile, indoor outdoor carpeting, carpet tile
indoor outdoor carpeting, carpet tile, bathroom carpet: Hi Ron, I would be very careful using carpeting in a high-moisture environment like a bathroom. usually indoor/outdoor carpeting can handle outdoor moisture because it will have a chance to vent and dry out, which wouldn t happen in a closed area like a bathroom....

Home Improvement--General: bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom exhaust fan, back flow
bathroom exhaust fan, back flow, mechanical code: Jeff: I have not needed to go into that part of the mechanical code and suggest you do the reading to get the details. Most public libraries have copies of the building codes. It needs to be determined: -if you can run two fans on one standard duct,...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom fan duct roof jack, broan bathroom fan, roof cement
broan bathroom fan, roof cement, roof cap: They do sell adapters to reduce the 8 inch duct to fit a 6 inch duct. Easiest way to deal with this would be to go to an old fashined building supply store (lumber yard), and I am not talking about a huge warehouse like Home Depot. Bring the fan with you...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom fan ductwork, loose bracket, loose screw
loose bracket, loose screw, bathroom fan: Rattles are irritating and usually man made. It can be a loose screw, a loose piece of duct tape, a loose bracket in the attic, a loose clip on the grill, or the motor bracket being loose and allowing movement. AS for suction....it may have a stuck plapper....

Home Improvement--General: bathroom fan, vent fan, bathroom fan
vent fan, bathroom fan, building business: Hello Fred, Per code anywhere we have ever had a building business required either a vent fan vented to the exterior of the home, not just he attic, or a window so the moisture can be vented to the exterior. Venting is necessary. This system gets all messed...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom fans, exhaust vent, exhaust duct
exhaust vent, exhaust duct, bathroom fan: Dear Kath, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I was away from my desk for a couple of weeks and I forgot to inform the all-experts staff. Concerning your new fan, I had the exact same problem myself, so I know about it firsthand. The specifications...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom floor replacement with ceramic tile, ceramic tile floor, wonderboard tile
ceramic tile floor, wonderboard tile, particle board: Paula, Tile & wood are cut with different blades. Tile on a bad subfloor comes up very easily. You didn t mention mud or wonderboard. Tile glued directly to plywood, or worse particleboard is a very poor choice for a bathroom. Replace subfloor with 3/4 sturdifloor...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom and kitchen cabinets rennovztion, new cabinets, tub reglazing
new cabinets, tub reglazing, renovation work: HI there! regarding the bathtub: i would look in your local yellow pages for tub reglazing -- it s an inexpensive alternative to having the tub torn out and buying a new one --- they can put a new glaze right on your old tub and make it look new. as for...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom pain, water marks, condensation
water marks, condensation, new construction: those water marks can be frustrating. you are still getting condensation from all of the moisture in the room, even though you have ventilation. many times the ventilation is not sized correctly for the size of the room, or the heavy moisture of the homeowner...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom remodeling, tile problem, tile man
tile problem, tile man, cement board: for the tile man to guarantee his tile,they usually want cement board.there could be a bonding of tile problem with the drywall brd,see what board he will use,i wouldnt put any tile in my shower with out durock board,it will take moisture,the drywall wont,jim...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom remodeling, cement backer board, tile backer board
cement backer board, tile backer board, sand core: Hi Lou, Chances are that the contractor is going to remove the standard gypsum core drywall and replace it with a tile backer board. He might use what s known as green board (sand core drywall), or perhaps wonder board (cement backer board) or a few...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom repair, tile replacement, bathroom repair
tile replacement, bathroom repair, backboard: Hello he likely spent around 100 for material and it d likely take 2 hours to install. if he had to go to store as well that might add some too. in most construction the owner has to approve extra work before it s done. legally you likely have...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom with shower only?, steam unit, renovation plans
steam unit, renovation plans, renovating our house: Hi there! your renovation plans sound great to me! as long as there is a tub in the house, your shouldn t have any trouble with resale. it doesn t have to be on the first floor. anyone looking at buying your house would love the idea of a beautiful master...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom shower stall wallboard behind it, bathroom shower stall, silicon caulk
bathroom shower stall, silicon caulk, cement board: unfortunately the caulk around the tub leaks .there are better tub surrounds,or installing a new one piece would be best,but most houses doesn t have the room to get one in with out tearing the wall out first. so once wet you will have to probably remove...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom subflooring, linoleum floor, particle board
linoleum floor, particle board, pergo floor: hello the best start with subfloor is 5/8 or 3/4 tougue and groove plywood. 5/8 is standard. if the previous floor has rot then there must of been some sort of leaking or water from when you come out of shower getting under linoleum. you have to...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom tile grout, tile job, tile grout
tile job, tile grout, cement board: TO JESSICA RE; TILE GROUT I think your fellow tenant is probably in error...There are a lot of grouts that will hold a wet look... Just look at most any concrete, like a sidewalk... When it gets wet it keeps that appearance for the time that...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom tile/grout, white vinegar, bathroom tile
white vinegar, bathroom tile, grout cleaner: hi Ellen yellowing of grout is a common problem after a number of years. there are a few cleaning methods, 1. this is the best solution if you feel confident enough, scrap out the old grout and replace with new. 2. there are a number of whitening dies...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom tub tile, tile job, shower tub enclosure
tile job, shower tub enclosure, cement board: cement board is best in the shower,but for years both drywall and blue board was used for many years. basically if your tile job ,stays sealed up,your okay. any gypsum board can delaminate,paper peels from core) if moisture makes it through,and cement...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom vanity, bathroom vanity, fasterners
bathroom vanity, fasterners, wall studs: Roger, Turn off the water at the wall. There should be a couple of valves. Remove the lines that go from the wall valves to the underside of the sink. Now you have to find the screws/nails that are holding the vanity in place to the wall. Look up high...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom vent, bathroom exhaust fans, fan thanks
bathroom exhaust fans, fan thanks, broan: Dear Larry, Thanks for your question. You should be able to install many kinds of bathroom exhaust fans in either the wall or the ceiling. Most of the standard, inexpensive ones have a very low profile, such as three and a half inches, which means they...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom walls, bathroom walls, wondering what type
bathroom walls, wondering what type, drywall: HI THERE! i would speak with the salesmen at the shop you get your drywall from. they have special board that is used for high moisture rooms like bathrooms. also , i definitely recommend using tile for the walls, instead of liner. it will last years longer....

Home Improvement--General: bathroom, tile dealers, squeaks
tile dealers, squeaks, thanks john: John, Mix up a stiff batch of thinset mortar (latex fortified) avialiable from tile dealers. Embed the shower base in a bed of mortar, and level it at the same time. Once the base is in position, nail it as usual, and let the assembly sit overnight. ...

Home Improvement--General: bathtub caulking, silicone caulk, bathtub caulking
silicone caulk, bathtub caulking, rubber gloves: I would remove the existing caulk by scraping it off with a putty knife (if the tub surround is plastic use a plastic scraper so you don t scratch the plastic). If the caulk is in a groove try to remove that caulk too. Wear some rubber gloves and clean...

Home Improvement--General: bathtub replacement, fiberglass tub, side benefit
fiberglass tub, side benefit, cast iron tubs: Karen, With todays technology there is really no need to buy a cast iron tub. But if you find one that you like that is in your price range I would buy it. But If they can make swimming pools that last for years outside in the ground made out of fiberglass...

Home Improvement--General: bathtub tile, rubber spatula, wet sponge
rubber spatula, wet sponge, tile work: I would hope this is within your compentency. If you can clean the back of the tile to pretty much only the tile and no remaining glue...you save a few bucks. If the wall board or whatever the substrate is, is sound, you may be able to smear some exterior...

Home Improvement--General: bathtub tile, grout sealant, side gap
grout sealant, side gap, tile work: Margaret, It is easy to repair what you have done. Now that the tiles are off just go and get some tile cement. Look in the tile section of your local home center. Get as most of the old cement off the back of the tile, place some cement on the back...

Home Improvement--General: bathtub, live radio show, building sciences
live radio show, building sciences, left margin: Hello L. Carlson, You are welcome. I use this as a tool to make sure I am communicating with my customers, as I should. We also do a live radio show where people can call in from anywhere with their questions on their homes. The show is Home Solutions Radio,...

Home Improvement--General: I -beam span lentgh, span length, maximum span
span length, maximum span, dead loads: Hi Joe, load refers to both dead loads and live loads , dead loads are contents and construction, live loads are occupancy and use. removing the post is possible, adding a beam to strengthen exisitng is possible. you need a local to know for...

Home Improvement--General: I beams and Holes, inch diameter holes, sliding closet doors
inch diameter holes, sliding closet doors, diameter screws: Nick: It still applies that I do not have a reference to the allowed penetrations into a steel beam flange. I have seen wood head plates shot nailed into steel but do not know the limitations. You might ask someone else to see if they have been there....

Home Improvement--General: bearing walls, dutch gable, bearing wall
dutch gable, bearing wall, attic space: First way to tell if you have a bearing wall, Does the roof line change right above this wall? If yes, then it is probably a bearing wall. If you can see into the attic space above the wall, is best way to see if it s a bearing wall. Look for a doubled truss...

Home Improvement--General: bedroom door, michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert
michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert, loose screws: Hello Sounds like the door has settled a little. First you may want to make sure all the screws on the hinges are tight, as loose screws could cause the door to sag enough to cause a misalignment between the latch and the strike. If this isnt the case,...

Home Improvement--General: where to begin on home renovation..too many questions too little time!, floor sheathing, mortgage banks
floor sheathing, mortgage banks, floor framing: Hey RLJ, Just following up a little... For financing this project, think seriously about doing it on a letter of credit and then financing it permanently. Or, just refinance you home for the extra amount needed if the lending institution will allow you the...

Home Improvement--General: where do I begin???, maintenance issues, abilene texas
maintenance issues, abilene texas, log homes: Rae, If I could find the time to finish my book on how to maintain log homes, I d simply send you a copy; but I just can t find time. We do what you are asking about 50 times per year and have been doing so for the past 11 years. I can walk you through...

Home Improvement--General: Which is better? Stucco or vinyl siding?, stucco exterior, vinyl siding
stucco exterior, vinyl siding, shutters: Penny: I vote for stucco. You will need to talk to a real estate agent to see if what people are buying is vinyl siding over stucco. Do not confuse what people are buying with a better product. I haven t seen your house so I can t give any opinion...

Home Improvement--General: big time drywall repair, formal dining room, drywall repair
formal dining room, drywall repair, sanding pads: you can use 120 ,then finish up with 150. i would use usg 45,or 90 light weight,this will work good for all coats,but only mix what you can put on,last coat fairly wet and skimmed tight.do not over build up.small thin layers feathered in,use wide knifes,10...

Home Improvement--General: black residue, electric radiant heat, plastic bins
electric radiant heat, plastic bins, toilet seat: As winter approaches the static in homes increases. If you have a atatic buildup, then metalic dust will collect on most plastics. If you remove the debris, clean the cupboards and use a vacuum cleaner to suck or blow out the remaining dust...give it a week...

Home Improvement--General: black residue, electric radiant heat, wool insulation
electric radiant heat, wool insulation, roofing work: Hi Karen, If I take a hypothetical guess, I d relate it to your roofing work. If they opened up your attic to vent more efficiently it probably has stirred the old wool insulation. Most of the houses in the 50 s & 60 s were insulated with a Rock Wool type...

Home Improvement--General: black residue, chemical engineering department, electric radiant heat
chemical engineering department, electric radiant heat, roofing job: Hi Karen, Boy, that s a tough one. I have no idea, although I suspect it is related to the roofing job. I would suggest having the residue analyzed. That way you can be sure where it is coming from and also make sure it is not something that could be potentially...

Home Improvement--General: "blind door" installation, touch latch, type of architecture
touch latch, type of architecture, luck steve: Hi Paul, I am going to be no help on this one. I haven t even heard of this type of architecture - I live in the Southeast so maybe it hasn t reached down here yet?? Sorry. Maybe you could ask one of the Architecture experts. You can reach them at: http://www.allexperts.com/el/Architecture/...

Home Improvement--General: blinds, metal corner bead, screw driver
metal corner bead, screw driver, nail head: You can have a couple of problems. You may hit a nail head, a metal corner bead that is doubled, if it is plaster, it is cemetuous and may need a masonry bit to get a hole. You may have an unknown peice of metal for support that is 1/16 thick...very ridged...

Home Improvement--General: blocked gutter, down spout, heat tape
down spout, heat tape, frozen ice: It sounds like you have an ice damn problem. If it was me I would sprinkler some snow melt chemical over the frozen ice in the gutter. If the temperature is fairly warm this should help the ice to melt faster. A quicker fix would be to take a length...

Home Improvement--General: blown in cellulose, cellulose insulation, wall cavity
cellulose insulation, wall cavity, vinyl siding: Hello Gadget, We use an installer who has drills a 1 1/2 hole in the sideing or interior drywall. Then, they insert a one inch dia tube down to as far as it will travel to install the cellulose pulling it out as it is blown into the wall cavity. It seems...

Home Improvement--General: board and batten siding, aluminum siding, board and batten
aluminum siding, board and batten, board and batten siding: You will need to remove the aluminum siding to give a solid wall to fasten to. It could take a whole week, with 3 good men and a small learning curve. There is a metal corner for most applications. It can be done with wood as well. A good carpenter can...

Home Improvement--General: bonding agent, rock lath, veneer plaster
rock lath, veneer plaster, scratch coat: rock lath is 16 x4ft,and 3/8 or 1/2 .most supply places dosent even carry it,. blue board or kal board comes in 4x8ft,4x10ft,4x12ft.both 1/2 and5/8 here you use veneer plaster,usg dimond base,or usg imperial base coat.fiberglass all joints. why dont...

Home Improvement--General: bouncy floor, structural engineer, bedroom wall
structural engineer, bedroom wall, thin layers: It is NOT typically the joist movement. It usually is a plywood movement. In many cases the plywood itself is delaminating and becoming several separate thin layers...with limited individual strength. It may not be a shoring issue as much as a replacement...

Home Improvement--General: bowing, expert carpenter, load binders
expert carpenter, load binders, time hardware: The weak point is always the means of attachment to the wood structure. The wood itself may not be strong enough to hold 3000 lbs. If your fasteners and attachments have a high enough rating, then the other elements appear more than adequate. I have no...

Home Improvement--General: brick repair, brick repair, pastry chef
brick repair, pastry chef, temp solution: Ed, Most home stores (lowes, home depot, true value) sells a crack sealer in a tube. Or you can just mix up some runny motar and put it in a trash bag to make your own. Cut a small hole in one corner and squeeze it out just like a pastry chef. This is...

Home Improvement--General: brick wall opening, laminated veneer lumber, floor joists
laminated veneer lumber, floor joists, brick wall: Tony, If the beam is supporting one floor and a roof, the triple 2x8 may be enough. It all depends on HOW MUCH of the roof and floor are being supported - in other words, what is the distance of the span of the floor joists and rafters/trusses that are...

Home Improvement--General: bricks, silicone caulk, crushed brick
silicone caulk, crushed brick, brick dust: Hello Patricia, Some epoxy cement will reattach the brick. Get the kind for reattaching masonry. It will need to be the kind that is for porous materials. Just a little bit of brick the same color crushed with a hammer will serve as filler to hide the crack....

Home Improvement--General: broken shower downspout, head pipes, clean break
head pipes, clean break, showerhead: Les, This is a tough job. I have done this by using a narrow hacksaw-type blade and cutting a section out of the pipe. Once you do this, you can pry the pipe closed and extract it. This really only works if the pipe is soft, like brass. Most shower...

Home Improvement--General: broken stairs, wall suggestions, brady bunch
wall suggestions, brady bunch, accurate advice: Marsha, Quite a coincidence that Marsha is back living in the Brady Bunch house. I really need to see photos of this to give the most accurate advice. If you are able, please send them to info@majordesigngroup.com Let me know ASAP, I ll do my...

Home Improvement--General: broken vinyl siding corner, auto body filler, vinyl siding
auto body filler, vinyl siding, inch hole: If you have the piece that came out...you might be able to epoxy it back in. If the piece is gone...you might try using BONDO. Auto body filler. It is paintable and sandable....should stick to the vinyl. Replacement may not be an option...availability...

Home Improvement--General: brown water, hot water tank, tub spout
hot water tank, tub spout, wall plaster: TO HEIDI. RE: BROWN WATER Brown water is almost always caused by a bad plumbing mistake... Some dumbbell put a piece of galvanized pipe in the system some place...For a tub it is usually the short nipple that goes to the tub spout to the first elbow,,,,...

Home Improvement--General: bubbling paint on ceiling, ridge vent, kitchen ceiling
ridge vent, kitchen ceiling, little water: is it first layer plaster or primer paint,if its water,moisture,then you usually get a little flaking bubling of the finish coat,so it depends if its the plaster you are talking about or peeling paint. if its paint,put a little kills on it,and skim smooth...

Home Improvement--General: buckling garage door, garage door opener, metal brace
garage door opener, metal brace, wood doors: This is a common problem we see daily. It s usually caused by an improperly mounted garage door opener. If the arm that pulls the door open, isn t set to vertically pull the door, it will pull horizontally and bend the panel. The top support strut takes the...

Home Improvement--General: buckling hardwood floor, concrete slab, hardwood flooring
concrete slab, hardwood flooring, sparce: Hello Victor, It sounds like you have a very beautiful floor. I love Brazilian Cherry and normally this is a very durable and long lasting floor. After reading your note I have several questions: 1. Do you know if the installer treated the concrete for...

Home Improvement--General: building stairs (indoor), exterior stairs, building stairs
exterior stairs, building stairs, degree pitch: Hello Stephen, You can do either one. I personally prefer to use the dado method because it produces a nicer looking stair. Done properly it is as good, structurally, as the butt joint/stringer method. The rise and run measurements will yield a 42 degree...

Home Improvement--General: A burst water pipe upstairs..., loose nails, wood strips
loose nails, wood strips, subflooring: Charles: From your description it sounds like the wood swelled an pulled the nails loose a bit. Squeaking is due to wood rubbing on wood or loose nails that have backed out and squeak each time the wood they are attached to push them back into their hole....

Home Improvement--General: butting joist ends to joist sides, bolts and nuts, clearance holes
bolts and nuts, clearance holes, lag screws: TO TONY RE: NO 2 response. Tony--The way to connect two joists at right angles is to use steel U shaped joist hangars.. Use the proper joist hangar nails.. The existing joist must have good solid support under it..Like the outside wall...

Home Improvement--General: Cabin walls, cedar planks, lap siding
cedar planks, lap siding, water infiltration: J, The structures strength comes from the corners. This should be plywood at least, with tuff-r in between the corners, then use the house wrap. If you can remove the lap siding and do this one wall at a time, it would help your structural integrity and...

Home Improvement--General: Capping windows, windowsills, kraft paper
windowsills, kraft paper, tiny bit: I would suggest getting a roll of aluminum flashing and cut to the desired form and mold it to your sill. It may take a tiny bit of sanding to scare the surface, but you can paint the aluminum and it is now permanently protected. You might start with some...

Home Improvement--General: Casement window repair, wood molding, marvin windows
wood molding, marvin windows, thin blade: Without seeing the window I would only be shooting into the dark. On my Marvin windows the opener and slides and window support are all the same hardware. The window will come out when the slides are removed. If your window is like mine the actual opener...

Home Improvement--General: Casement windows, upstairs bathroom, casement windows
upstairs bathroom, casement windows, casements: Hi There! without knowing the brand of windows, it s hard to tell if there are any optional handles for your windows... i would check out the brand s website (pella, or andersen, etc) and check under optional accessories, or see if they have an 800# you can...

Home Improvement--General: Cathdral Ceiling/moisture problem, washable paint, high humidity
washable paint, high humidity, post and beam home: with out knowing the construction process im not sure how to answer that. yes i would use green board,is there any ventilation in the truss system,im wondering if your lack of vetilation isnt helping.also do you have moisture barrier on ceiling???? ...

Home Improvement--General: Cathedral ceiling/moisture problem, washable paint, humid weather
washable paint, humid weather, high humidity: Hi Robin, There should not be mildew on the sheet rock unless it is too cold during humid weather or is getting wet. Is there an air conditioner duct leak there? The other possible cause is water dripping off the cold water pipes. I think it is more important...

Home Improvement--General: Cathedral ceiling under a hip roof, ceiling joists, collar ties
ceiling joists, collar ties, drywall ceiling: Larry: I can not add much to your current observations. The end of a hip roof rests on the gable portion behind it IF there are no structural hip beams and structured truss. Past that it gets into details I would need to see. If you are going to get...

Home Improvement--General: Caulk for shower, ge silicone, tub spout
ge silicone, tub spout, soap dishes: Inspect all grout lines...all corners...all fixtures..including soap dishes, the shower head, the tub spout, shower door corners.... If it appears loose or missing, it may require a minor regrout job. Dont use caulk in place of grout. The shower valve is...

Home Improvement--General: Caulking, least five years, plumbing connections
least five years, plumbing connections, abrasive cleanser: Dear Candice, In the long run, the solution is to level your tub. It is a fairly major repair that requires the removal of one or more rows of tile, shimming up the corners of the tub, and re-tiling, and in some cases new plumbing connections. In the...

Home Improvement--General: Caulking around tubs, grout joints, calgary alberta canada
grout joints, calgary alberta canada, tile grout: Hello Danny, Your problem is from moisture entrusion. Moisture intrusion is causing the odor. This means the tile is not sealed above the water line in the shower. Does the water bead up when it hits the grout joints? Probably not. If this is true, you need...

Home Improvement--General: Caulking, backer rod, shoe mold
backer rod, shoe mold, vanity top: Bob, Depending in how large the gap is and how it varies in width from one end to the other you can use a shoe mold or 3/8x3/8 quarter round. Then apply a very small caulk bead to seal the seams. You are right, however, if using only caulk. Caulk should...

Home Improvement--General: CEDAR SIDING FINISH, perma chink systems, ugly stains
perma chink systems, ugly stains, cedar siding: John, I am not a fan of linseed oil. There are too many circumstances were the oil can leech out of the wood leaving ugly stains on the surface of the wood. All of the many varieties of linseed oil concoctions for wood applications developed at a time...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling beams starting to lower?, drywall job, retirement development
drywall job, retirement development, roof trusses: Dear Jonathan, It sounds like it might be a case of the rising truss phenomenon in reverse. If so, it is a non-structural (cosmetic) problem only. This would result in tiny amounts of breakage of the drywall in a wall oriented perpendicular to the roof...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling board Cover?, plaster board, chalk lines
plaster board, chalk lines, wallboard: you can shim out wall board to right thickness,you can also board over exsisting ceiling,use construction glue and long enough screws to get into joist.mark out joist and chalk lines so you know were joist runs,and always go across the joist not with the...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling Crack, hairline crack, drywall compound
hairline crack, drywall compound, drywall repairs: Tony, Odd that a new house is already cracking. Have you determined why it cracked to begin with? Something in the attic over the ceiling? Something heavy on the floor above? An unsupported joint? When I do drywall repairs I do as you suggest and...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling Cracks, ceiling cracks, chris answer
ceiling cracks, chris answer, wind resistance: TO CHRIS NO.2 RE: CEILING CRACK. Chris--I think you hit the nail on your crack..Those clowns were banging the whole house instead of trying to be slow and careful... Take some pictures of the crack and start a good diary of the events.. You...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling cracked, ceiling cracks, water supply line
ceiling cracks, water supply line, water stains: Pamela, Roof leaks seem to find all sorts of spots to leak in. I ve seen them leak between walls and down a floor, I ve seen them leak above an exterior wall and down between the siding to find its way in. I m never amazed at some of the things I see. I always...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling cracking very fast, sponge finger, air furnace
sponge finger, air furnace, bedroom ceiling: TO MIKE RE: CRACKING CEILING I m guessing that your ceiling is one where the heating wires are buried in the plaster..It s a so called radiant heating.. These ceilings are quite delicate and don t like a lot of their environmental changing.....

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling cracks, ceiling cracks, structural engineer
ceiling cracks, structural engineer, floor structure: Tony, It is next to impossible to judge a structural problem through the net. Cracking top to bottom and through the finish does not sound good. Can you provide the following? Do you know for a fact the floor structure above the living room and below...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling drywall installation, hanging drywall, drywall installation
hanging drywall, drywall installation, doodoo: Randy, Yes because how are you going to put the next sheet in place? If there is nothing on the end to nail or screw it too it will sag. Making the ceiling look like doodoo. They do nto have to be right in the middle but you do have to have enough space...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling Fan Installation, ceiling fan installation, little holes
ceiling fan installation, little holes, metal bracket: Peter, I have had great success using a bracket like this: http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=31790-1571-22200-CC&lpage=none http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=116046-1571-33310-CC&lpage=none...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling Fans - structural alterations, ceiling joist, fan blades
ceiling joist, fan blades, tall person: Mike, Sorry I don t give structural information out over the wire. You can modify ceiling joist/bottom cord of truss (?) but the how is specific. Most people just get a fan without a pendant so unless your wife is seven feet tall she should clear it....

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling fan, celing fan, air circulation
celing fan, air circulation, maximum air: The installation can be on a beam or divided between two. Depending on the mount you need. If you currently have a light with a switch, you can install any fan you want. If you plan and fan and a light, then you need to decide if you want a pull chain choice,...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling HELP, n95 dust mask, professional contractor
n95 dust mask, professional contractor, celing: Terry, I can t really say from your description what the material is that you want to remove. Have you tried scraping it off? The dust from any powdery building material can be irritating or harmful to your respiratory system. You should wear an N95 dust...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling joists, cape cod style, ceiling joists
cape cod style, ceiling joists, shims: John, The new joist best sit on the beams and bearing walls or be prepared to do some engineering. Blocking up the new joist would be the most expeditious approach. I have put down a 2x4 on top of the existing top plate to lift the new material above the...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling mold?, roof leaks, sheetrocking
roof leaks, sheetrocking, visible water: Gavin, When a roof leaks and the result is visible water problems inside the living space it is almost always true that the cavity between the living space and the outside roofing has been wet. This is a place for deterioration and mold to grow. This...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling Remodeling, ceiling joists, initial costs
ceiling joists, initial costs, rafter: Hello Jaci, If you are not changing the structure, it will not harm the structure. Your question does not indicate that you are changing the structural part of the home. (This is a do as I say, and it works. Do otherwise, and you suffer great heat in the...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling redo, bath brick, smooth patch
bath brick, smooth patch, brick ranch: It might be cheaper to install another layer of sheetrock over it and have a new clean surface to work with. If you know the locations of the joists, screws and mud/tape give a quick refreshment to the old house. At $8.00 per sheet...$50 per room and its...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling repair, plaster ceilings, upstairs bedroom
plaster ceilings, upstairs bedroom, bedroom ceiling: If you can work over your head with confidence, you can stipple the ceiling. Get a gallon of paint, put it into a 5 gallon bucket. Get some ready mix joint compound, and add to the paint. When the paint is stiff enough that it wont drip...fairly stiff,...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling stain, plaster ceiling, slate roof
plaster ceiling, slate roof, kilz: Oil base KILZ is the best I know of. It has not failed in any application I have heard of. It is one of the few oil base products that you can paint over with latex. I wish I had all the knowledge you have stored over the years. You should enlist yourself...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling Tiles, armstrong ceiling tiles, crown moulding
armstrong ceiling tiles, crown moulding, eras: Hi Nancy, Ok, go ahead and slay me now with your ratings... These sound like they are Armstrong Ceiling Tiles from circa 1980-1970,1960s eras. [Perhaps Armstrong was the original maker?] If you are really particular and demanding with your results, you...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling tiles, acoustic ceiling tile, tile surface
acoustic ceiling tile, tile surface, ceiling tiles: Dear Ted, Thanks for writing back with the explanation. If you are using the most common type of acoustic ceiling tile, which is a nine to twelve inch square made of recycled paper and has a tan or gray color, then it sounds like the tile is bad. This...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling/Wall Repairs, drywall supply, seam tape
drywall supply, seam tape, texture paint: some times you can use drywall 1 1/4 screws to tighten the board back up.stay 2 from the nail.you might have to then drive nail in some. in a area were you have to retape ,you are going to have to scrape 6 to 8 past tape to feather in.depending on texture,if...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling/Wall repairs, seam tape, sand texture
seam tape, sand texture, david flowers: Hello BJ, 1. Do you know if the product for my ceiling is a simple technique? What steps should I take? The sand texture mix sold at most hardware store comes in fine, medium, and coarse. It is simple to repaint. Sometimes a little feathering is necessary...

Home Improvement--General: Ceiling, wood slats, couple suggestions
wood slats, couple suggestions, bedroom ceiling: Michelle, Not knowing what the construction of your ceiling is I am going to give you a couple suggestions. First you can go with the rustic look and put up some wood slats. The size will be dependent on your taste. You could do a couple 2 wides...

Home Improvement--General: Ceilings and asbestos, asbestos cement, asbestos content
asbestos cement, asbestos content, popcorn ceilings: Dear Yvonne, Testing for asbestos in a popcorn ceiling is not a bad idea if you think the ceiling finish was put on before 1978. The standard method is to wet a small area with a spray bottle, pinch off a rice-grain-sized piece with a tweezer, put it in...

Home Improvement--General: Cellulose attic insulation, cellulose attic insulation, roof leakage
cellulose attic insulation, roof leakage, thanks in advance: Sarah, If there is room in the rafters to leave it in place and it is not wet I would just go ahead and leave it for the extra insulation. Be careful to not go with too much of it in one spot as it might (slim chance but could) overload the ceiling boards...

Home Improvement--General: Cement board and tub lip, cement board, inch gap
cement board, inch gap, backerboard: install up to flange,you can install a thinner piece of cement board over lip,1/2 walls.5/16 over lip,then fill with tile mud and let set up,screen over joint. this is best way to do it,some have filled the the void with tile cement,and screen over it,but...

Home Improvement--General: Cement expansion joint - caulking, cement slabs, backer rod
cement slabs, backer rod, contractor sales: Jo, A specific caulk is made for this purpose. You can get it from any of the big box stores like Home Depot, Lowes, etc. It is carried in the concrete products department. Go to the pro sales or contractor sales desk and ask them to point it out to...

Home Improvement--General: Cement/Stucco walls and rain, cement stucco, hairline cracks
cement stucco, hairline cracks, roofing job: It is very possible for the walls to be leaking....tho it would take a great deal of rain to start a drip. The cement/stucco is going to absorb the water for a time before it saturates and starts to leak. The roof on the other hand....flat tops are notorious...

Home Improvement--General: Ceramic Floor Tiling, roof nails, cement board
roof nails, cement board, inch grid: Kristin, For floor applications it is pretty much essential to bond the cement board to the substrate. Cement board doesn t have a lot of structural integrity by itself, especially in a floor installation. We normally use 1/4 Durock or Wonderboard, set...

Home Improvement--General: Ceramic tile backsplash, wear safety glasses, tile backsplash
wear safety glasses, tile backsplash, deg angle: Wayne, No, you should not put new tile over the old tile. It should not be that hard to get the old tile off. Just start at on take a hammer and nail and break the tile in the middle. Wear safety glasses and gloves during this project. Now once that first...

Home Improvement--General: Changing garage door steel roller wheels w/ nylon wheels, nylon wheels, steel wheel
nylon wheels, steel wheel, new wheels: Andy, This is a lot of work to make a garage door quieter. He is how you should proceed. You are going to have to take each panel off the track in order to install the new wheels. So first you have to remove the tension from the spring that helps...

Home Improvement--General: Changing the texture on my drywall, knockdown texture, durabond products
knockdown texture, durabond products, knockdown finish: Charlie, If the knock-down is painted, which is almost certainly is, it is very difficult to sand down. If you really want to make it smooth, I would skim coat first with a setting-type mud, such as one of the Durabond products. This will not shrink very...

Home Improvement--General: Chimney's, lineal feet, lintel
lineal feet, lintel, good shape: Hello Melissa, Here it costs about 7000.00 to build a one-story tall fireplace. It all depends on how tall the fireplace must be; hence how many brick it will take and thus the labor and materials necessary to do the job It does not appear from the information...

Home Improvement--General: Chipped cast iron pipe on my old toilet floor base, cast iron pipe, plumbing pipe
cast iron pipe, plumbing pipe, wax ring: TO RONALD RE: PLUMBING PIPE CRACK. Ron-- I really need to know more about the size of the chip.. Things like that can usually can be repaired with good plumbers epoxy or a bigger and better wax ring... Give me some idea about the size of the...

Home Improvement--General: Choosing vinyl replacement windows, vinyl replacement windows, draining water
vinyl replacement windows, draining water, diffent: it hard to say. i haven t work with either window so i don t know much about them. most important i d look at their warranties. i d then look at there design, what type of glass? gas filled is better, how do then colour them, some are just painted,...

Home Improvement--General: Cinder Bloack foundations, cinder block, cinder blocks
cinder block, cinder blocks, drainage system: John: DeltaMS - a drainage mat by a quick look at the web site. For some reason it sounded like you were doing this on the inside of the wall - I suppose because you have an existing house. If it s a drainage mat then the sealing of nail holes is irrelevant...

Home Improvement--General: CLEANING WOOD SIDING, pressure washing equipment, bleach solution
pressure washing equipment, bleach solution, psi pressure: Alan, The fact is that there are a lot of products on the market that are effective for cleaning wood siding. We clean and preserve about 30 homes per year, both new construction and existing buildings and have been doing this for 12 years. We use...

Home Improvement--General: CLEANING, vitreous china, framing members
vitreous china, framing members, bathroom tile: Angie, The best cleaning products depend on where the mold is. Different substrates require different cleaning products. A mixture of bleach and water is effective on many areas but can damage others. The best way to approach your situation is...

Home Improvement--General: Claw Foot Tub, porcelain tile floor, claw foot tub
porcelain tile floor, claw foot tub, cast iron claw foot tub: There is a reason for the pictures showing it on Ceramic or porcelain tiles. That is pretty much the only flooring that will hold the weight and not pit under it. The problem is the installation of a ceramic or porcelain tile floor. Not many tile installers...do...

Home Improvement--General: Clean pet urine on wooden deck then seal, deck stains, bleach solution
deck stains, bleach solution, water repellents: Toni, This is not really my area of expertise but I will offer the following. When we do restoration work that involves the possibility of stains bleeding through new finishes, or odors emitting from old materials still in place we apply Kilz, a stain...

Home Improvement--General: Cleaning concrete from aluminum, concrete driveway, abrasion
concrete driveway, abrasion, thanks in advance: Hi Mike, Unfortunately no....the removal of concrete from any surface usually includes the use of chemicals and/or abrasion, either will damage the aluminum and/or paint. I wish I had better news for you :/ ...

Home Improvement--General: Cleaning Deck, lowes stores, bristle brush
lowes stores, bristle brush, pressure washers: Normally, all we do to clean decks is pressure wash. All of our pressure washers are 3000 psi or more. Most of the light duty pressure washers are in the 1600-2200 range and may not take off all of the stains and graying from UV light. Occasionally we...

Home Improvement--General: Cleaning Exterior Siding & Trim, exterior siding, vinyl siding
exterior siding, vinyl siding, power washer: Hello First off let me apologise for the delay. Ive been having server problems and havnt been able to access my email all week! They make a prepackaged house and siding cleaner that should do a really good job for you with this. They make it both in a...

Home Improvement--General: Cleaning stucco off of cement, metal lath, cement base
metal lath, cement base, eifs: there are two kinds of stucco.there the synthectic,or eifs,and finish is acyrliic,and there is cement base,usually over metal lath. the synthetic will not come off with acid,and the cement base should be scrape off,and can be cleaned somewhat with it.if...

Home Improvement--General: Cleaning of vinyl siding., pressure washers, paint stores
pressure washers, paint stores, home depot: You can get vinyl cleaner products at any building supply store or many paint stores. Follow the manufacturer s instructions and use a pressure washer to rinse off the dirt and debris. You can rent pressure washers from tool rental centers, including Home...

Home Improvement--General: Cleaning a wooden exterior deck and stair, high pressure washer, deck oil
high pressure washer, deck oil, exterior surfaces: Art, The best way to clean a pressure treated deck is to use a good cleaning agent and pressure wash with a high pressure washer. There are several good cleaning agents available at any of the big box stores (Home Depot). We use a product called Wood...

Home Improvement--General: Clear span beam, laminated beam, lumber yard
laminated beam, lumber yard, overhead storage: Raymond: You will also need to attend to what supports the ends of the new beam (is the wall or existing post strong enough and supported adequately?) and confirm the foundation will take the new point load. TB --------- Raymond: Sorry for the delay....

Home Improvement--General: Closet repair, wood panel doors, drywall screws
wood panel doors, drywall screws, staples: you can do the 2x4,do as long as possible. in my closets i have a 1x3 that holds shelf and rods.the 1x4 should go corner to corner,and you should hit the studs in the corner with probably one in between.the drywall has to be screwed or nailed in the corner.try...

Home Improvement--General: CONCRETE-BRICK PLANTER REMOVAL, solid wood flooring, brick planters
solid wood flooring, brick planters, terrazzo flooring: Part of the demolition cost is the proximity to the exterior and ability to remove from the house. Another cost venture is the disposal fees. I would say that $1000 to $1500 could be reasonable....for removal. Installing the new floor....$ 500 to $1000....

Home Improvement--General: CONCRETE/ MORTAR FASTENERS, hanger bolts, mortar joints
hanger bolts, mortar joints, hurricane shutters: You may have a good option in this area. If you drill a 3/8 hole....use an anchorage epoxy, you can put the 5/16 all thread bolt into the epoxy and then cut to the length desired. Get all your holes drilled, cut the allthread bolt to the desired lengths,...

Home Improvement--General: CONCRETE, concrete expert, concrete color
concrete expert, concrete color, concrete patio: Louis, This is a little out of my expertise but I will take a guess at a couple of things. Considering that I do not know how long ago that the patio was laid. My first guess is that it is not completely dry yet. They tend to be darker when they...

Home Improvement--General: Cobcrete Driveway Maintainance, freeze thaw, chemmasters
freeze thaw, chemmasters, expansion joints: Hi Derek! Your question can be answered simply by a resounding YES, it s worth the money. What surprises me is that the contractor who installed your driveway (unless you did it yourself) didn t do this for you. Both of these processes are to deter...

Home Improvement--General: Code for Piers under posts on covered patio, corner posts, weight doesn
corner posts, weight doesn, covered patio: Richard, First - new constuction does not mean anything in regards to quality. Neither 20 or 30 feet is a small span. What is the cover made of? No - it is not code to have piers under a patio. Yes - it is code to have piers under posts especially...

Home Improvement--General: Compressor & Nailer, campbell hausfeld air compressor, fastener
campbell hausfeld air compressor, fastener, fastening: Hello Ray, The compressor sounds weak if you wish to expand with another nailer/fastener. Since they are mated, it could work. The compressor is much too under capacity for framing, or heavier fastening. I really do not have an opinion since I do not...

Home Improvement--General: Compressor & Nailer, campbell hausfeld air compressor, roofing nailer
campbell hausfeld air compressor, roofing nailer, gun stapler: Ray, Yes the compressor is sufficient for the job. You shouldn t need more air then that unless you are a rapid worker and moving at a good clip. That compressor will work great with air tools but it may not be enough to run an air paint sprayer. ...

Home Improvement--General: Compressors and Nail Guns, framing nailers, finish nailers
framing nailers, finish nailers, nail guns: Hello Gary, The compressor would have a minimum of 90-120 PSIs per. Many msy state 40 PSIs per, but do not purchase these. The most successful way we now know to approach this is use good base and expensive equipment. Framing and specialized nailers...

Home Improvement--General: Concerning water in basement, foundation drainage system, gutters and downspouts
foundation drainage system, gutters and downspouts, rain gutters: Dear Sandra, There are only two effective ways to control the moisture 1.) Improve the exterior drainage 2.) excavate the exterior backfill and install an exterior perimeter foundation drainage system. Method 1 costs about $200-$2,000. Method...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete, entrance point, concrete floor
entrance point, concrete floor, bare minimum: Hi Kathy, It will work if first you treat the existing with acid to etch the surface so the next layer of concrete will bond securely. The thinnest slope should be no thinner than one inch in thickness and that would be bare minimum. It is possible to...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete anchors, stainless steel bolts, wrought iron handrail
stainless steel bolts, wrought iron handrail, cement anchors: Hi Randy, Interesting question you have. I will vote for your anchors being stronger. Definitely more forgiving to work with next time they need to be tightened. If the screws and hydraulic latex cement anchors are perfectly snug fitting, they will work...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete anchors, wrought iron handrail, concrete screws
wrought iron handrail, concrete screws, concrete anchors: Randy, Both ways will work. I used the concrete in the tube method for putting the anchors in concrete for my deck. The concrete was already there and I just drilled the hole and set the bolts in. The method that you are using will also work and might...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete Curing, concrete cure, chemical reaction
concrete cure, chemical reaction, freezes: FYI...I did a small sidewalk for a higher altitude...It went to 28 degrees within 6 hrs of the pour. The top one inch popped off the slab. I was shocked, thinking that the heat caused by the chemical reaction would be sufficient. Wrong. With out additives....it...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete (cement), steel wire mesh, concrete cement
steel wire mesh, concrete cement, products details: sure, i would be confident in the durabiltiy of it though. i d need to be at least 1 thick to be durable. if you placed a steel wire mesh that would help. http://www.metalcorpsteel.com.au/products/details.cfm?GroupID=4&ProductLineID=36&ProductID=71...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete coating / leveler, apoxy, polite phone
apoxy, polite phone, concrete coating: Go back to your contract and see if the contractor was to give a finished floor. If so....get them back to make the corrections. If a licensed contractor does a poor job....they are required to make it right. Make a polite phone call expressing the desire...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete Driveway, concrete slump, asphalt driveway
concrete slump, asphalt driveway, proper drainage: Hello Mike, A good base properly compacted with proper drainage will cure the settling caused from heaving from freezing and thawing. A good crushed rock base designed for your area will allow drainage too. Grade adjacent driveway areas to drain away from...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete Driveway Discoloration, ready mix inc, villa rica ga
ready mix inc, villa rica ga, steve nolan: Hello CL, Your best professional opinion will come from representatives of ready mix companies who sell their product to builders and finishers. For the ATL area, I recommend calling the USA Ready Mix, Inc plants at one of these locations; Ready Mix USA...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete Driveway, cement workers, asphalt driveway
cement workers, asphalt driveway, wire mesh: If your current driveway sunk I would say that the problem is that the soils weren t compacted enough to support the weight of the concrete. I would suggest having someone remove the old concrete and prepare the base under the driveway properly to prevent...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete Driveways, concrete driveways, steel reinforcement
concrete driveways, steel reinforcement, cul de sac: Most building codes permit UP to 1/8 crack to be acceptable. In most concrete work I do...I guarantee it to crack. Steel reinforcement will reduce the size and movement of cracks, but depending on the amount of water in the pour...shrinkage will cause...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete Floor, light grey color, michael bruns
light grey color, michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert: Hello Well you have several choices. First you could use one the latex based cement crack fillers that are available. These come in either premixed or powder form with you would mix with water yourself, then work it into the crack and trowel smooth. The...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete Footers, auto mechanic shop, concrete footers
auto mechanic shop, concrete footers, concrete slab: Most of the lifts I have seen are at least a 6 point contact. A car can weigh 3000 lbs or so. 500 lbs per point is nothing. Concrete is 3500 lbs per foot compressed load. If you have 2 anchors of 1/2 bolts....just for stability...You should be in good...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete floor repair, glaring defect, concrete floor
glaring defect, concrete floor, dries: There are two good choices, depending on your access to them. Pourstone is a dry mix that you can mix as needed and work into the crack. It dries rapidly but takes 5 days or so to cure Hard. The other is epoxy. Specifally the epoxy used for setting...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete floor, ready mix plants, dry masonry
ready mix plants, dry masonry, glaring defect: Hello Larry, This will be difficult and will require some trial and error test. To match, you must duplicate the original. Ideally, you would cut out the crack no less than an inch wide in a dovetail shape meaning it is one inch wide on top and wider on the...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete Grinding, concrete grinder, looking job
concrete grinder, looking job, concrete grinding: I would suggest that if you have to do much grinding to smooth off the edge that you go to a tool rental place and rent a professional concrete grinder. The rent you would pay for the rental would be money well spent and also it would make this job much...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete installation, thanx david, contrete
thanx david, contrete, brick wall: David, Yes you are going to have to use expansion material on both sides. Do not want the walk to crack when it expands. Plus you do not want to possibly damage the brick wall. So I would use expansion material anywhere it comes in contact with stuff...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete leveler / finisher, leveling compound, contractor prices
leveling compound, contractor prices, pock marks: David, You can rent a concrete sander and just sand the area the way that you like it. This also depends on how deep some of the places are. It could make it worse. You can also get some leveling compound and it just pour over the old concrete...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete Paint removal, michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert
michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert, concrete paint: Hello Unfortunatly your going to have to remove this paint. Muratic acid and water is what your going to use to etch or roughen up the concrete, but it wont remove the paint that is already there. And if you dont remove the paint and just paint over it...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete Patio, patio slab, slab on grade
patio slab, slab on grade, cinder block: Ricky, Highways are glorified patios. The stability is dependent on the base, drainage of the base, and adequate reinforcing for the base conditions. Putting a footing around the patio may help keep water from getting under it and freezing but it is...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete Patio, patio slab, cinder block
patio slab, cinder block, frost depth: I could venture a guess but first I want to ask of you have asked your local building inspector about what should be needed. These projects are so dependent on local conditions such as frost depth and type of reinforcement that I feel the local inspector...