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11-21-14, 06:35 AM
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Okay...back from the dead!!!! I've been putting...

Okay...back from the dead!!!! I've been putting a roof on this garage lately so I've spent a bunch of time thinking about options....

What about installing another electric meter? There is a...
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Wow....made it to the second page without a...

Wow....made it to the second page without a response in record time! :eek:
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Single Pipe Steam System - No Main Vents?

I've been giving my steam system a visual check and in turn reading online about proper maintenance. I read an article that made mention of how main line vents are important for the efficiency of a...
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I'm going to screw up the terminology as it has...

I'm going to screw up the terminology as it has been over a year but the color of the flame didn't look quite right....it was way too orange. He did some sort of test measuring the pressure of...
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Have Steam - Best Heating System for Future Home Resale Value????

I have a 115 year old colonial with a single pipe steam system. The boiler is about 25 years old and starting to show its age. A plumber friend recently did an inspection and said start thinking of...
11-07-14, 08:46 AM
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Views: 1,955
Posted By BigOldXJ

Right. If I were to dig the trench for the...

Right. If I were to dig the trench for the conduit, and then run the conduit.....I would leave it at that. I would leave the trench open for the electrician/inspector to measure depths, etc.

The...
11-07-14, 06:43 AM
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Views: 1,955
Posted By BigOldXJ

Good to know....thank you. I'll just run the PVC...

Good to know....thank you. I'll just run the PVC from the house to the garage and be done with it. No need to complicate things for the electrician.

I suppose unless I have a good relationship...
11-07-14, 05:52 AM
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Views: 1,955
Posted By BigOldXJ

MA is most definitely an unfriendly place for...

MA is most definitely an unfriendly place for DIY'ers. Most everything requires special licenses or a licensed professional has to do it.

Well guess what..the state is probably littered with work...
11-06-14, 12:38 PM
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Views: 1,955
Posted By BigOldXJ

15-minute finish.....Had to look that one up! I...

15-minute finish.....Had to look that one up! I hope my town doesn't require it. Its a 115 year old garage with rough cut studs that are unequally spaced and unequally dimensioned. Drywall does...
11-06-14, 12:23 PM
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Views: 1,955
Posted By BigOldXJ

Again...thanks for the replies! I'm aware of the...

Again...thanks for the replies! I'm aware of the ground rod in the garage as well as installing a separate ground bar in the panel.

The garage will be my workshop for all things automotive and...
11-06-14, 11:53 AM
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Views: 1,955
Posted By BigOldXJ

I was expecting to run about 45' of 6/3 NM-B from...

I was expecting to run about 45' of 6/3 NM-B from the existing 200A panel to the junction box where the conduit will start. Then about 25-30' of 6AWG THHN through the conduit to the new 50A...
11-06-14, 08:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,955
Posted By BigOldXJ

Ballpark Gue$$timate - Adding a Subpanel to a Detached Garage...

So I want to add electricity to my garage. My town does not allow me to do my own electrical work no matter what, even if I pull a permit and have it properly inspected. I can't even change a light...
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Views: 2,073
Posted By BigOldXJ

Thanks for the feedback everyone! So I'm...

Thanks for the feedback everyone!

So I'm learning more about rubber roofing, and I talked to the roofing buddy of mine that will be helping with the roof.

In 100% brandy new construction the...
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Posted By BigOldXJ

After doing plenty of internet reading (so then...

After doing plenty of internet reading (so then it must be true...right?) I've settled on 19/32 PLYWOOD instead of OSB. Even though it is almost going to cost me double, plywood is stiffer and will...
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Views: 2,073
Posted By BigOldXJ

Well I'm glad I asked....because I was about to...

Well I'm glad I asked....because I was about to do the exact opposite.

While we are on the topic...I'll ask two related questions.
1. I was planning on 19/32 sheathing. Although 19/32 clips...
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Views: 2,073
Posted By BigOldXJ

Proper Way to Install Roof Sheathing???

So I've been reframing my 115 year old "garage" and its time to put my attention towards the roof. In addition to replacing the rafters I will be installing new sheathing.

The roof is a slanted...
10-03-14, 07:54 AM
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Views: 909
Posted By BigOldXJ

Yeah....we are newish to the town with only a...

Yeah....we are newish to the town with only a couple years under our belt. Consequently the few close friends we've made have hardwood floors. Thats why I'm here :)
10-03-14, 06:41 AM
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Views: 909
Posted By BigOldXJ

I totally forgot about Sears...thanks for...

I totally forgot about Sears...thanks for reminding me! Looks like COIT isn't available in my area. I think I may give Sears a shot. The Yelp reviews don't give Stanley Steemer a good rating in my...
10-02-14, 01:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 909
Posted By BigOldXJ

Thanks for the advice! Pretty much what I...

Thanks for the advice! Pretty much what I assumed I would need to do. But taking a couple half days off from work to sit around and twiddle my thumbs while someone does some professional cleaning...
10-02-14, 11:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 909
Posted By BigOldXJ

Getting Carpets Professionlly Cleaned.....Oddball Questions???

I've rented a Rug Doctor a few times and it does okay. But after having a 3 year old, a bunch of house projects, and a really messy wife our carpets are just beat.

I'd like to hire a pro to come...
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Views: 991
Posted By BigOldXJ

Agreed....but there aren't a whole lot of...

Agreed....but there aren't a whole lot of manufacturers that will work with a 1.75 slope no?

And the whole point of this thing is that I'm on a tight budget....something tells me metal isn't going...
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Views: 991
Posted By BigOldXJ

So I added up all the costs if I do it myself and...

So I added up all the costs if I do it myself and purposefully go overboard to prevent leaks on this low slope roof. Nails, starter strip, Ice/water, drip edge, shingles, and tax comes to $955. ...
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Views: 991
Posted By BigOldXJ

Thank you for the advice Xsleeper. If this were...

Thank you for the advice Xsleeper. If this were a house I would be singing a completely different tune. Plywood and something other than shingles.

It is just a shed......but its a nice...
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Views: 991
Posted By BigOldXJ

If I'm going to go down this path it would...

If I'm going to go down this path it would definitely be architectural. Probably GAF Timberlines which is what is on the rest of our house.

I will be putting down new sheathing as well, 5/8 OSB. ...
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Views: 991
Posted By BigOldXJ

Low Slope Shed Roof - Can I Get Away With Shingles?!?!?

Its time to put a new roof on my shed. The shed is 20x20 and the roof measures about 21.5x21.5. It is a "slanted roof". One wall is 10' or so and the other is 6'ish.

The roof measure out to...
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