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08-20-13, 04:25 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

I am not sure how I would get that much cement in...

I am not sure how I would get that much cement in my backyard. I live in the suburbs and the houses are close together. The yard is fenced in so it is hard to get anything back there. Other than bags...
08-20-13, 04:20 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

Sorry for not being clear. I plan on using a...

Sorry for not being clear. I plan on using a solid color, all in one wood stain and sealer. They have several different products that can add color and protect.

The #63 cleaner is to be used on...
08-20-13, 06:28 AM
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Posted By maximumpower

Shed foundation?

I am having a shed built. I am responsible for the foundation. The City inspector told me I can use any foundation as long as I anchor it in two spots. The shed builder recommends a base of loose...
08-20-13, 06:21 AM
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Posted By maximumpower

Treating a fence

We had a fence (pressure treated wood) installed 3 months ago. The subcontractor told me to treat in within the first week. The contractor said that was too early and wait until August (it is August...
02-28-13, 05:58 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

That door is for one of the closets. There...

That door is for one of the closets.

There is a ceiling fan. The room is only 15' x 15' (not including closets and the bathroom). The return is as far as away from the vents as possible (but...
02-27-13, 07:54 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

Thank you! I know I said I wasn't going to...

Thank you!

I know I said I wasn't going to post more about the project but after re-reading my last post, I realized I described the vent area incorrectly with respect to the insulation layers.
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02-23-13, 08:31 AM
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Posted By maximumpower

I know it has been a long time since I posted....

I know it has been a long time since I posted. And this is intended to be my last post on this subject. I really and sincerely appreciate all the help I have received on this project. It gave me the...
12-19-12, 07:50 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

Thank you! We are pushing to get this...

Thank you!

We are pushing to get this project finished up so I haven't been able to post pics but I will soon.

The stains on the chimney are there from quite awhile ago. We have had issues with...
11-11-12, 01:48 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

First, I want to say I hope all of you on the...

First, I want to say I hope all of you on the east coast made it through the storms OK. FWIW My wife and I donated some money through the Red Cross.

The stone wool insulation has not come in yet....
10-28-12, 01:25 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

I can always close it off in the winter. I have...

I can always close it off in the winter. I have never had an issue heating the room (being that its the second floor) but in the summer, it is hard to cool.

In the winter, I can keep my bedroom...
10-27-12, 05:02 AM
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Posted By maximumpower

The main part of the room, not including the...

The main part of the room, not including the bathroom, stairwell and closets, is 15' by 15' roughly. The vents are 9' apart and down low, near the floor. The return is up in the ceiling on the...
10-26-12, 10:53 AM
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Posted By maximumpower

Update Called the city inspector and he...

Update
Called the city inspector and he confirmed that I was not required to add a vapor barrier on the attic floor for cellulose.
10-25-12, 05:43 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

You have been such a great help. Thanks!!! ...

You have been such a great help. Thanks!!!



I was on the HD website today and they show sheathing that is 2" and is R13. For some reason I did not see this before. That would be easiest if I...
10-25-12, 10:50 AM
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Posted By maximumpower

I did misunderstand. It seems clear when I...

I did misunderstand. It seems clear when I re-read what you said. Plus, not sure why I didn't think of that.

I need to shop around because the large home building stores near me only sell the R5...
10-22-12, 06:10 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

Do you think it is worth all that? I would lose...

Do you think it is worth all that? I would lose another 4" of height in the room on the sloped parts. I would most definitely need to re-work doors (I.E. cut them down) to make that work. I would do...
10-10-12, 10:58 AM
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Posted By maximumpower

Sounds good and pretty easy to do.

Sounds good and pretty easy to do.
10-09-12, 06:06 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

Then the drywall would be screwed through the XPS...

Then the drywall would be screwed through the XPS and into the studs? I would only lose 1" or 2" on the inside of the walls that way. I actually moved my knee walls back so I made the room wider by...
10-05-12, 05:27 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

Sorry to go 'round in circles on this but I can...

Sorry to go 'round in circles on this but I can put rigid foam on the attic side of the knee wall. R13 (w/o vapor barrier) on this inside. This would help, would it not? Or are you thinking this just...
10-05-12, 03:20 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

Yes. I am glad you can read minds. My...

Yes. I am glad you can read minds. My communications skills are a little off ;)

Since the knee wall is going to be exposed to the outside "weather", now that I have open air coming into the attic...
10-04-12, 06:46 PM
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Posted By maximumpower

I have been traveling for business and got...

I have been traveling for business and got diverted on another big home project but I am back on finishing up the bedroom/attic. How concerned should I be about thermal bridging in the knee wall...
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Posted By maximumpower

The room is open to the downstairs when the...

The room is open to the downstairs when the bedroom door is open. The door is actually on the first floor so we mostly leave it open.

The 7" or 8" duct in the basement has been there since the 50s...
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Posted By maximumpower

No, there is no return on that floor. That...

No, there is no return on that floor. That floor/room is the whole upstairs. The duct starts in the basement. No ducts are insulated. Well, one is. It is a flexible plastic duct and I put a sleeve on...
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Views: 10,573
Posted By maximumpower

Sizing duct work for run to the upstairs

I am remodeling the top floor of my 1920's Craftsman style 1 1/2 story house. There was a 10"x6" metal duct coming from the basement all the way up in to the bedroom. It was in bad shape so I am...
09-29-12, 08:28 AM
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Views: 2,887
Posted By maximumpower

It is not ceramic. It is the real thin stuff and...

It is not ceramic. It is the real thin stuff and breaks easily. I guess it is linoleum. It was probable put down in the 50s.

Thanks!
09-24-12, 06:33 PM
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Views: 2,887
Posted By maximumpower

How smooth does the sub floor have to be for carpet with a pad?

I am remodeling the upstairs of my 1 1/2 story house. It was built in the 20s and has 1x8" planking. At some point, someone put 3/8" plywood and tile. When I moved in (17 years ago), I had carpet...
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