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    Re: Vapor Barrier Sanity Check

    Ah- I see. So vapor barrier over the concrete and framing over that. And I can lay rigid foamboard in between the joists for insulation. I was thinking of using rocksil- that sounds like definitely...
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    Vapor Barrier Sanity Check

    Hi,

    I'm looking for confirmation or advice about where a vapor barrier belongs.

    I have a concrete slab floor. Underneath the slab is a 5' crawl space, open to the air. I'm in the northeast, so...
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    Re: Removing spray foam

    Hi All,

    Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up going old fashioned. It actually wasn't too bad, I used a pair of needlenose pliers to pull out clumps. A little tedious, but it worked.

    Dave
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    Removing spray foam

    Hi,

    I need to expose the ends of some carriage bolts that some time ago were buried under spray foam insulation. I was surprised to find it difficult to "pick" it away, so I'm wondering if there...
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    Ledger boards and concrete block

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    I'm rebuilding my deck (the existing deck suffered the fate of dryrot and carpenter ants). Originally, it was a one level rectangular deck with a single ledger attached with lag bolts to the...
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    Lake grass invading

    We live next to a small lake, and for the first time in years, then lake grass is popping up in the middle of my lawn. Sometimes as far as 10 or 15 feet from where the grass usually grows. Is the...
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    Building a stone post

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    I'm planning to build a stone post for a garden gate entrance. From what I'm finding, it seems that the recommended approach to doing this is to start with a solid 4" slab to go under the stone...
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    Re: Sleepers over concrete

    Thanks for the advice. I like that idea- and in fact I have a bunch of leftover trex pieces leftover from a deck project last summer.
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    Sleepers over concrete

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    I'm looking for framing advice. I'm going to create a dining room in teh back of my oversized garage. The garage floor is a concrete slab over a crawl space with a dirt floor. The crawl space is...
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    Re: Tiling a backsplash

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    Thanks for the advice! All good reasons, #3 is the one I'm most concerned about. My unevenness in the wall begins with the studs, and fixing some of those introduces issues with a few...
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    Tiling a backsplash

    Hi, this is more of a tiling question I think, maybe someone can advise me. I'm putting a tile backplash up the wall at the back of our counters and the wall is uneven. Because of this, I've decided...
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    Re: Fireplace question...

    It's about 3/8"...
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    Fireplace question...

    Not sure if this is the best forum, but I noticed on my fireplace that there is a gap between the brick and the firebox of my fireplace. It looks like there was mortar there but it appears to have...
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    How to restore marble countertop

    I have a crema marfil countertop in my bathroom that was damaged when I spilled a bit of CLR (calcium/limestone/rust) cleaner on it. The polished finish is now dull where the cleaner touched it. I...
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    Septic mainline broken...

    Hi,

    I discovered my mainline from the house to my septic tank is broken. I looks like the iron pipe was connected with about 2 feet of tar paper pipe, which then connected with blue plastic. The...
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    Re: Can an LVL beam be ripped

    Just wanted to post a quick thank you- I ripped the beams fine as needed and they work great! I love LVL. Straight and strong!
  17. Re: How do I remover black mastic from hardwood floor?

    I was looking back at my old posts and figured I'd share how things worked out for me... I was going to go for heat (hair dryer), but it was messy and I was still concerned about the bit still left...
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    Re: Deck framing question

    Thanks all! I like the bolt through idea- I hadn't thought of that. They are round steel columns- 4" diameter. I don't know if they're already filled with concrete, I'll need to check that out....
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    Re: Deck framing question

    Thanks everyone. I will have to check local codes on the cantilever. My support joists will be 2x12...

    I was hoping to avoid cutting the lally columns and supporting the joists off an end beam...
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    Deck framing question

    I will be rebuilding our deck in a few months and have a challenge. Currently, the deck is 10' deep from the house to the rail. It's constructed with joists hanging from a ledger board on the house,...
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    Can an LVL beam be ripped

    I need to place an 8' header in a space where my floor above is sagging. For max strength I want to use a double LVL, rather than the usual 2-by lumber. The room has a low ceiling, so there is only...
  22. Re: How do I remover black mastic from hardwood floor?

    I had this same question recently. I thought about using a grinder to clean the mastic from a concrete floor and was advised that the head on the grinding heads would melt the mastic and make a mess-...
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    Re: Inline power indicator?

    Thanks both! Somehow before I didn't come across the Kill-a-watt that has a remote watch capability. That's what I was angling for, and thinking that as long as I caught it on once in a while I'd...
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    Inline power indicator?

    I have an electric sump pump outside my house that helps to keep the footing drains of my house clear. My problem is that I often question whether it's running; to do that I need to go out in the...
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