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09-20-22, 01:26 PM
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Rim joists (vapor barrier?)

Had condensation and insect issues in the basement with our home. Turned out that the builder just put pink insulation into the rim joists and there were a ton of gaps in the sill as well. So, I...
09-13-22, 07:50 PM
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Views: 124
Posted By xroxer

Resilient Channel needed?

Any point in using these sound isolation channels when there are a ton of ducting/vents/air returns that are cross beam and need boxing? Currently will be putting safe-n-sound everywhere. Not...
09-13-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By xroxer

Job done. Used 8 cans of it to fill entire...

Job done. Used 8 cans of it to fill entire length of sill, and around foam board in all rim joists. The extension tube idea turned into a disaster though LOL. The extra pressure needed caused the...
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Views: 114
Posted By xroxer

DIY foundation crack sealing

Our foundation has 2 structural cracks that were sealed and stabilized with epoxy over 16 years ago by the builder. No movement or leakage since. However, they only filled the cracks up to ground...
09-09-22, 10:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By xroxer

No actually. Greatly appreciate all the...

No actually. Greatly appreciate all the responses and my last post was only to clarify the materials, as one of the posters believed it was open cell. Before posting here, I reached out to Dupont...
09-08-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By xroxer

Just to clarify, the Great Stuff products I am...

Just to clarify, the Great Stuff products I am talking about are the one part - closed cell polyurethane foams in a can. They contain isocyanates which are highly toxic.

Here is the safety info...
09-07-22, 09:18 PM
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Views: 294
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Great Stuff foam in a can (safety question)

Wanted to use this stuff to seal all the gaps in the sill plate and rim joists in our unfinished basement. I have a respirator which maybe overkill for this material but I was actually wondering...
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Views: 667
Posted By xroxer

Well, I found an extra shower tile in the...

Well, I found an extra shower tile in the basement and it is ceramic (not porcelain) and about 3mm thick. The backside (unglazed) absorbs water as good as a sponge (actually really incredible) and...
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Views: 667
Posted By xroxer

Looks to be glazed but not super glossy. It is...

Looks to be glazed but not super glossy. It is also very thin (~3mm).
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Looks like you have similar spots to me. Are...

Looks like you have similar spots to me. Are they all on the lower row of tiles? In your case, it looks like the tile has a crazing pattern of hairliine cracks that has allowed moisture to...
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Views: 667
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I think it is called a "toe-tester" to check the...

I think it is called a "toe-tester" to check the temp before starting the shower. All the builders around here install them. I've never used it as intended.

As for the spots, what do you mean by...
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Views: 667
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Is this mold? (walk in shower)

I'm thinking that I may have black mold behind the procelain tile in our walk in shower. The grout and silicone are still good (no visible cracks or leaks) and looks clean and white all over....
10-20-20, 06:42 PM
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Views: 876
Posted By xroxer

Yes, that is why I said we have the option of...

Yes, that is why I said we have the option of adding it later if we can't make the marble tile work. I'd rather delete the 4" countertop backspalsh if possible as it is antiquated IMO. But if the...
10-20-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 876
Posted By xroxer

Thanks all, The pics are with the old...

Thanks all,

The pics are with the old countertop. New counters will not come with a 4" backsplash (will be flush). But we have the option of retrofitting a piece later if we can't make the marble...
10-20-20, 08:01 AM
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Views: 876
Posted By xroxer

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10-19-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 876
Posted By xroxer

Changing countertops. What to do with the current marble backsplash?

We are changing our kitchen counters from builder laminate to Quartz. The builder laminate counters have a 4" built-in backsplash and then the rest of the wall is tiled with expensive marble tiling. ...
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Views: 412
Posted By xroxer

Pilot Dane, I was thinking a dry look sealer...

Pilot Dane,

I was thinking a dry look sealer too. Not a fan of the wet look. You mention the hydrophobicity. Does it do the same on the polymeric joints, or does the water soak in as usual?
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Views: 412
Posted By xroxer

Thanks. Yeah, I do like the new look a little...

Thanks. Yeah, I do like the new look a little too much. Do you seal yours?
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Views: 412
Posted By xroxer

I use the polymeric sand because it really helps...

I use the polymeric sand because it really helps with ants and weeds that are a huge problem in our area and climate.

I've tried cleaning to no avail. Even bleach or acid does nothing.

I've...
Replies: 7
Views: 412
Posted By xroxer

Patio sealing question

Our patio was installed over 10 years ago and looks great still. Never been sealed. The problem is that in order to keep it looking great I have to change the polymeric sand every year because it...
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Views: 759
Posted By xroxer

Single home with 3 levels (basement, ground...

Single home with 3 levels (basement, ground floor, upper floor). The bathroom fan and laundry room fan on the ground floor share the same crawl space (1 foot) for ductwork. Sometimes the smell comes...
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Views: 759
Posted By xroxer

I thought that as well but then it is absent for...

I thought that as well but then it is absent for months at a time so I doubt that explanation at this point. Also against that explanation is the fact that it sometimes comes from the bathroom and...
Replies: 11
Views: 759
Posted By xroxer

Why would it only last for about an hour and then...

Why would it only last for about an hour and then dissapear?
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Views: 759
Posted By xroxer

Actually a better way to describe it would be...

Actually a better way to describe it would be that the ceiling in the bathroom and adjacent laundry room is 1ft lower than the rest of the ceilings on the main floor. I assume to make room for fan...
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Views: 759
Posted By xroxer

There is no crawl space as it is in between...

There is no crawl space as it is in between floors. There is a 1 foot space to allow venting though. Also, why would the smell only happen in short intervals over long periods of time? I may have...
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