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Residential deck with I-beam construction?

Have any of the pros here done residential steel decks or know roughly what a plain-jane steel frame would cost?

We have a 50's ranch and would like to have a rear deck going the length of the...
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Update from Thoro...

Called Thoro Products and they said it's not uncommon to have joint read-through after the first coat and the second coat should hide better. However, if the wall wasn't uniformly wet or drying at...
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Thoroseal on patio wall for appearance

I have a 2-year old Ivany block patio wall that I’m looking to improve the appearance of. It was finished on both sides with a double parge coat that never dried right or looked good— joint lines...
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How best to refinish surface?

I thought it would be better to bump this topic than start another.

What would be the best coating to use assuming we're looking for a more uniform color AND that there is some water seepage into...
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Cutting scissor truss to make gable roof into "winged" gable?

About 2 years ago we had the roof completely replaced (framing and all) on an outbuilding we have. It's a gable style roof with nice architectural shingles on scissor trusses, about 30ft x 20ft.
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We have Leaf Relief gutters...

They are similar in principle to the cheap plastic ones with holes but are aluminum and seem to work much better. We have two tall pines over our front gutters (1 story) and only in the heaviest rain...
01-19-11, 11:28 PM
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Good points mentioned...

The main reason for doing this is to get more living area that feels like it's part of the house and not a basement. It would open up the main floor living room and we'd have a ton of extra space...
01-09-11, 09:05 PM
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Open stairway (no door) between finished basement and main floor?

Right now the basement stairs are behind a door. We'd like to open up the stairway going down by removing the door and replacing the stair wall with a railing and balusters. This would really...
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I shouldn't have mentioned the court angle. It...

I shouldn't have mentioned the court angle. It was out of frustration.

Regarding the points mentioned: The contractor used a low-water mixture and didn't add any after it was delivered (I watched...
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BRAND NEW Patio has Hairline Cracks -- Is this acceptable?

We had a 400sqft patio poured three months ago and in at least two spots there are hairline cracks (1/32 of an inch by 4-5 feet). The contractor was aware that cracking was a big concern and was...
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I believe the back was waterproofed but I'm not...

I believe the back was waterproofed but I'm not sure with what. There is a foundation drain installed along the base. And the electric runs though the walls and not from the back.

One thing to...
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Unhappy Masonry wall finish not looking so good

We had a masonry retaining wall built around our patio and the finish isn't what we expected. We elected masonry over other materials because we thought it would complement the concrete foundation of...
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Posted By JimR1998

A few comments...

Your questions are highly dependent on the county and township that you live in. Generally speaking, unless there have been complaints or something is precipitously unsafe, I don't think the...
09-09-10, 08:31 AM
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I can't move it...

And I can't have it sticking up in the middle of the patio.

If there's a different vent cap that's more decorative (brass or stainless) that I can keep flush with the concrete and it's safe to...
09-07-10, 06:45 PM
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I don't want to move the trap...

I just want to move the vent cap on top of it to a different location along the run. The trap would still be accessible under an access panel if the line needed to be snaked.
09-06-10, 10:32 PM
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Can I switch a sewer vent cap with a cleanout cap?

We have a 4" cast iron sewer running from the house in a J shape, about 200 feet total. There is a sewer vent cap sticking up right where I want to put a patio. I believe there is a "curb trap"...
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Is this a proper footer?

We're having a 4' block retaining wall and concrete patio built.

The contractor spec'ed a 3 foot deep by 18" wide solid concrete footer for the wall. The depth is just below the frost line. With...
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Septic to Sewer Conversion - Best Practices?

Our house has an old, failing septic tank and cesspool that requires frequent pumping and needs a lot of structural work. Rather than doing a repair, we're opting for public sewer since it's...
02-15-09, 12:06 AM
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Electric stovetop is HOT, as in 100 VAC HOT!

We have a 50ish year old GE electric stovetop with 4 genuine Calrod heating elements. Lately it's been the source of a few nasty electric shocks. If it's cheap/easy enough to fix I'd like to go that...
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Posted By JimR1998

Pictures!

Sorry Grady, I didn't mean to imply that I bought the circulator on your suggestion. I bought it right after the heater guy told me it was probably bad, but the store is far and doesn't have weekend...
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New circulator, going to clean DHW tank next...

Thanks guys for your help!

I replaced the circulator pump this weekend. Cost $70 and about 15 minutes of my time, but it doesn't seem to have fixed the problem.

Next step is to check sediment...
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Aquastat seems OK

I tested the aquastat using three glasses of water at different temperatures(60, 100, 140deg) and it's dead-on. It went on/off exactly as expected and took at most 10 seconds to respond. Should it...
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Both bad? Just my luck!

Do you think the aquastat and the circulator could have both failed? I thought they were supposed to be very reliable to begin with. The system is only 4 years old. I hope it's not falling apart that...
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Ouch! 160 degree hot water from indirect tank

Quick overview of the system:

Buderus G124X boiler with ST-150 indirect hot water tank. Two zones each with their own Grundfos circulator: one on priority for DHW and one for baseboard heat....
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