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Thought I replied at lunch, guess I forgot to...

Thought I replied at lunch, guess I forgot to submit it.

Was wondering, how do you ensure your Ridgeline is straight typically, sleeper? Or was that it, going off a wall or the block spacer and...
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I have never seen someone build both girders and...

I have never seen someone build both girders and then work from that. It would be very hard for hand setting method to do that. With a lift I see setting the trusses one at a time lifting over the...
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These are ordered exact length with the overhang...

These are ordered exact length with the overhang specified but I'm not partial to a specific measurement.

Been stringlining the wall to make it straight but just not getting it perfect off by an...
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Sorry, did leave out details. It's a regular hip...

Sorry, did leave out details. It's a regular hip style roof meaning sloped on all four sides of the building. There is a second hip that ties into it on one side but that just looks like a few valley...
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Setting roof trusses

When installing a hip roof truss package, what is the best truss to start with? I know that it's common to set the doubled bridge/girder truss that Jack's tie into, but wondering if there is an...
09-05-17, 08:59 AM
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Optimal switch height near horizontal drywall seam?

What would be a good height to have switch boxes for when it comes time to mud the horizontal drywall joints? Switch centered between the two sheets, or have it so that the top sheet rests on top of...
09-05-17, 08:56 AM
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Optimal switch height?

What is the optimal height to set the *BOTTOM* of the switch box when it comes to drywall mudding? I have seen multiple answers but am not sure which option is best for when it comes time to mud the...
07-06-17, 07:32 AM
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Sorry - should have added more clarification. ...

Sorry - should have added more clarification. This is on interior of house, and an oversized piece of plywood is necessary because the stringers hang down for the first step, making it so that the...
07-06-17, 07:05 AM
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Rim Board for hanging stair stringers from

I'm trying to find notes on rim board strength but not having much luck. I need to hang my stair stringers on plywood and then fasten the plywood to a piece of wood running perpendicular to my i...
06-14-17, 07:43 AM
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Ray, that is clean and effective. I definitely...

Ray, that is clean and effective. I definitely want the panel in the basement (I am talking the 200Amp Main and then all the individual circuits) It will be really handy for future wiring and it's...
06-13-17, 09:55 PM
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Main Electric service entry point on new construction

I am getting ready to sleeve for my main service entry. I always had the perfect spot for it to come in, but after a recent design change...I'm not so sure anymore.

It will be 2" conduit coming...
05-24-17, 01:36 PM
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Replying late here. They are 16" OC not 19.2". ...

Replying late here. They are 16" OC not 19.2".

The 3/4" T&G OSB SturdiFloor subfloor seems very beefy. I would add 1/2" Ply if it is necessary, but if the OSB alone is considered sturdy enough,...
05-19-17, 07:21 AM
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Tile underlayment- new construction

New construction, 11-7/8" I-Joists 16" O.C. 3/4" T&G OSB Subfloor Kitchen floor spans 14' between floor joist supports.

I want to prep for general tile, probably ceramic due to budget. 12 x 12...
04-22-17, 08:30 AM
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I will GC my own build. My two concrete sub...

I will GC my own build. My two concrete sub options 1 rents 8' forms 1 owns them. Both are offering discount if I go with 8 because at this time both are using 9 for the next couple jobs where 8 is...
04-22-17, 07:46 AM
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Why else do people do this? I see it in about 1/4...

Why else do people do this? I see it in about 1/4 of builds I follow online or watch.

It cost a lot more to raise the basement wall a foot (because it's poured in forms). 8' forms are cheaper to...
04-21-17, 10:22 PM
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Double sill plate

Anyone done this before? P.T. sill plate like normal, and then another 2x6 or 2x8 regular lumber on top of that to gain a little more basement headroom? Anchor bolts sticking out of foundation need...
03-03-17, 11:45 AM
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9-1/2" or 11-7/8" I Joists?

I will be purchasing 28' I-Joists for a build. If the support LVL is dead center, so 14' span....would 9-1/2" I-Joists be substantial, or will they feel a bit spongy? This is assuming just 3/4" T&G...
01-11-17, 10:15 AM
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Shelf Life of Joint Compound

I read a post from a long time ago and can't see the post anymore. Why are threads appearing to be deleted or un-searchable?

Anyways...how long would the 3.5Gal bucket of USG Joint Compound last...
11-22-16, 04:00 PM
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Contractor Talk was the site I read first with...

Contractor Talk was the site I read first with the discussion of Ditra and whether or not to use it.

The price is what gets me, and since it's a new product surely people did something else...
11-22-16, 12:56 PM
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This is in a bathroom. I don't think I want to...

This is in a bathroom. I don't think I want to attempt tiling the shower pan. I will probably use a fiberglass pan for the shower. There will be water from kids in the shower and since it's a...
11-22-16, 07:56 AM
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Tile over basement concrete in bathroom

Quick question. Tiling a basement bathroom. Concrete slab currently. Any membrane required? I have read to use Ditra but also read that it can cause mold issues too because it holds water. But...
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Concrete Block retaining wall

Looking to build a concrete block (standard 8x8x16 hollow cores) retaining wall. I have everything down in my mind on how the build will be, but I started wondering about the ability it would have...
02-14-16, 09:47 PM
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Since this is called the glueless kind I think...

Since this is called the glueless kind I think that will be okay then. I filled all the seams today with the DAP product, but now I have to sand all the lines made from my putty knife. I am...
02-14-16, 09:59 AM
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I figured staples every 3" or even 4" on the edge...

I figured staples every 3" or even 4" on the edge would make the ply weak and likely to split? If not, I'll gladly staple a tighter pattern and worry about the excess staples when its demo time.
02-13-16, 10:49 PM
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chandler, so with the 11 7/8" I Joists, 3/4" T&G...

chandler, so with the 11 7/8" I Joists, 3/4" T&G Subfloor, and 1/4" Ply Underlayment I wouldn't be able to use a thin (1/4" or 5/16") concrete backer board for tile (likely ceramic as it's...
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