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    Re: Insulating the basement ceiling

    I didn't say it made sense. The idea here really comes down to insulating the complete conditioned space. So, if you say that you're not heating your basement (regardless of what heat comes off your...
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    Re: Insulating the basement ceiling

    Here in NH a basement must be insulated in one of two ways in order to pass the current energy code. You either need to insulate the basement ceiling/first floor or you need to insulate all the...
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    Re: Garage Floor

    Without seeing a sketch of what you're trying to do I'm making some assumptions here. Sounds to me that you might be creating a space where mold could grow out of control. Does this space have any...
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    Re: Need Help Stiffening Joists

    I also agree with the other responses. However, for future reference, you wouldn't need a 15' long piece of OSB because the center 8' of the span is really the important area for stiffness. If you...
  5. Re: TOH Editors want to know: Any renovation/relationship disasters?

    My wife and I recently built a new home. At the time our son was only a year old, we had sold our home, moved to another state, living in a very small apartment, 80% of our belongings were in storage...
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    Re: Sill Plate Replacement

    That's a big project. Basically you need to temporarily jack up the floor joists along the wall, cut out the sill plate and replace it. I'd recommend asking around and finding a friend or co-worker...
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    Re: Window Condensation, A/C & Mold??

    You need to keep your humidity down around 35 to 40%. You also have windows that are 20 yrs old and don't have the insulation value of modern windows. Condensation is a matter of dew point. You need...
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    Re: Old house, new drywall, lots of cracks

    You can buy special drywall tape that my drywall guy uses on angled ceiling intersections. I think the stuff is called "no mud" or something like that. It's flexible and allows for movement at the...
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    Re: plywood or mdf

    I have to agree that plywood is stronger, lighter and more durable than MDF. I would however like to disagree a bit with the comments about Kraftmaid cabinets.

    You can customize quite a few...
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    Re: iLevel Engineered Lumber

    I have two suggestions:

    1. If you're new to these type of calculations I suggest you visit your local building official. They can give you all of the appropriate building code loads for your area....
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    Re: 2"x8" joists 20' span

    Good idea on talking to a professional. There may be a cheaper solution however and this is something that you'd have to run by an engineer as well. But you might be able to install one large beam...
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    Re: Putting in a concrete front porch

    I would definitely not pour a 21" thick slab. Pouring concrete that thick has a whole list of technical issues that are above this board, shrinkage, thermal, etc. Your best bet is to either pour some...
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    Re: What's in the Soffit?

    Typically there isn't much behind that soffit....typically....but thats not to say there isn't anything in yours. I would cut a small hole in it in a couple of places and check things out. Typically...
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