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12-03-14, 01:59 PM
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AFCI & GFCI - where?

Hi - I recently failed the final inspection of my attic renovation electrical for 2 reasons - needed more AFCI breakers & needed tamper proof outlets.

I took care of the tamper proof outlets, but...
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Views: 2,926
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UPDATE: after working at it for 3 weekends...

UPDATE: after working at it for 3 weekends straight, I'm almost happy with it - took me a weekend to finish the prep, another weekend to do most of the paint, and last weekend I worked on finishing...
10-03-14, 02:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,293
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Thanks - I don't think I'll be able to get this...

Thanks - I don't think I'll be able to get this guy back, so it's on me. I'll get to removing the mud. I'm going to try to leave 1-2" at the very edges, but get the rest off. Sponge, water and a...
10-03-14, 01:53 PM
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Views: 1,293
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drywall mud on backer board??

So, my drywall guy taped and floated the joints on the backerboard in my shower. Yes, drywall mud and mesh drywall tape on concrete backerboard.

I figure a little bit of mud is OK, where the...
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Huh, I never thought about it - price of paint...

Huh, I never thought about it - price of paint being cheaper through the painter. I guess I just am a DIY kind of guy. At least SW was having a 30% sale when I bought it, so I probably got it at a...
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I've decided I'll cut him loose after he finishes...

I've decided I'll cut him loose after he finishes sanding. I can't trust anyone who actually suggests he starts painting over dusty walls before wiping them down. So, I would be throwing good money...
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he wasn't the cheapest or even the second...

he wasn't the cheapest or even the second cheapest. cheapest was the meth head who i figured wouldn't even do the job, just rob me. he wastn' the most expensive either. I should get an OK job for the...
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He is sanding and scraping now. Lucky the rough...

He is sanding and scraping now. Lucky the rough spots in the drywall sand out easy. I am hoping I will end up w a B+ job on the paint...clearly the drywall guy is also to blame. Not sure if the sags...
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I've hired him to do primer and 2 coats of finish...

I've hired him to do primer and 2 coats of finish paint. I can do a B+ job with one coat, but almost every time I'm going back with a second coat. In this case it will require a second coat because...
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Posted By trance

He says he'll fix until I'm happy. Fingers...

He says he'll fix until I'm happy. Fingers crossed.
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I figure I'll give him some rope to sand out the...

I figure I'll give him some rope to sand out the sags. If he can't sand them out to my satisfaction, then I fire him. If he can, then I check up on him repeatedly while he rolls, if it is looking...
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Views: 2,926
Posted By trance

You might be right about the drywall guy - but...

You might be right about the drywall guy - but the main issues for me are the sags & horrid coverage of the wall. He sprayed it, and didn't back roll it, and you can tell that there's thick spots and...
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Views: 2,926
Posted By trance

should I fire my painter?

HELP!

This guy sprayed a coat of primer on my new drywall. Then sprayed a coat of paint. the paint has numerous sags and drips and horrid coverage, very spotty. There are rough spots where the...
05-13-14, 07:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,007
Posted By trance

It will get down to zero and possibly below. Yes,...

It will get down to zero and possibly below. Yes, it's my concern that the system won't work at these times too.

but I do think getting a propane company and a WIFI thermostat is the best option....
05-12-14, 06:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,007
Posted By trance

thanks

He rents the house during the off season - uses it in the summertime. The site is quite small, and has a shallow rock layer, so I don't think geothermal is an option.

ductwork is OK. I need AC. I...
05-12-14, 02:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,007
Posted By trance

Advice needed on HVAC system choice

Hello, I'm an architect and I have a client with a somewhat unusual request. He currently has a vacation home (that we are remodeling and adding onto). It is supplied by propane, because there is no...
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Views: 968
Posted By trance

am I being conned? new chimney liner?

I had a chimney sweep come to clean the chimney. By the time he was done, he had come up with $4,500 in repairs, including relining the chimney ($2,000).

I know some of his repairs aren't needed...
10-28-12, 09:40 AM
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Views: 1,028
Posted By trance

OK - CO. Thank you again!!!

OK - CO. Thank you again!!!
10-28-12, 09:35 AM
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Views: 1,028
Posted By trance

OK, will take the foil off. What is the vent...

OK, will take the foil off. What is the vent there for? I assume to let air into the vent line?
10-28-12, 09:27 AM
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Views: 1,028
Posted By trance

thanks, yes that's what it looks like. I will...

thanks, yes that's what it looks like. I will have them get the fire dept over to look. The smoke detectors do not check for co2.
10-28-12, 09:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,028
Posted By trance

Does this look right?

My parents are having trouble with their smoke detector going off. Oil furnace has this vent in the exhaust line. Is it supposed to be there? Is it letting smoke and co2 into the house? The smoke...
Replies: 4
Views: 1,680
Posted By trance

OK, I"ve finished installing the wood floor. I...

OK, I"ve finished installing the wood floor. I screwed down a layer of 3/8" plywood w/screws 6" on center (at the edges) and 12" on center in the field. I hit joists wherever I could, which means the...
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Views: 1,680
Posted By trance

OK, thanks guys. I understand what you are...

OK, thanks guys. I understand what you are saying. Here's what I'm thinking of doing - let me know if I have it wrong:

question 1: 3/8" plywood. (would OSB or another type of underlayment...
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Views: 1,680
Posted By trance

Intalling solid wood flooring - question about sub floor

Hi, I'm doing an attic renovation project. the attic currently has 1x6 subflooring, nailed to the joists.

I'd like to install solid wood flooring.

My friend (who knows what he's talking about)...
12-13-11, 03:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 18,360
Posted By trance

wood home. closet is in the middle of the house...

wood home. closet is in the middle of the house (although located on exterior wall). Upper floor.
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