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Forum: Water Heaters
09-18-20, 12:47 PM
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Posted By jstluise

Thanks all for the advice. I'll let her be and be...

Thanks all for the advice. I'll let her be and be ready for a replacement, or go the preventative route and replace it soon before something happens.
Forum: Water Heaters
09-18-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 102
Posted By jstluise

14 years, No Maintenance...Start Now?

My water heater is a 2006 and I admit I haven't touched it in the 7 years I've owned it (shame on me, I know). There's a good chance the previous owners didn't touch it as well. The unit is a 50 gal...
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Views: 454
Posted By jstluise

After many months of putting off this project I...

After many months of putting off this project I finally got around to finishing it, so I thought I would post an update. I constructed the deck much like I described in my last post. The ledger is...
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Views: 214
Posted By jstluise

I ended up ripping filler strips like XSleeper...

I ended up ripping filler strips like XSleeper suggested and it worked really well. They gave the overhang the extra support I was looking for. One thing I noticed, at least with the batch of boards...
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Views: 214
Posted By jstluise

I've seen that as an option and that makes sense,...

I've seen that as an option and that makes sense, but then I why would they make solid-edged boards with lobes on the bottom in the first place if you're going to cover up the edges. I suppose if...
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Views: 214
Posted By jstluise

Composite Deck Overhang with Lobed Bottom Boards?

I'm planning to use the Deckorators Tropics composite boards for my deck, but I failed to consider that the boards have lobes on the bottom rather than being solid. This kind of throws a wrench in my...
05-11-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By jstluise

Good point. I realized that when searching...

Good point. I realized that when searching around. Here's a good page explaining killers vs. removers.
https://homeguides.sfgate.com/stump-killing-products-76254.html

The Bonide Stump-Out...
05-11-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By jstluise

I thought the potassium nitrate (or similar)...

I thought the potassium nitrate (or similar) treatment speeds up the decomposition of the stump so it is easier to dig out/remove. Maybe I misunderstood?
05-11-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By jstluise

Thanks for the reply. My county (WA, King) says...

Thanks for the reply. My county (WA, King) says 24" minimum for a water line, but not sure what it was back in '91 when the house was built. My meter is close by (other side of the fence, stump is...
05-11-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By jstluise

Killing stump, proximity to other tree

I had a ~25 yr old doug fir cut down a few years ago and I'm finally going to do something about the stump. My water main is very close to the tree, so I wanted to avoid grinding. I was going to go...
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Views: 129
Posted By jstluise

Thanks for the link! Indeed the #1 size looks...

Thanks for the link! Indeed the #1 size looks like the correct dimensions. The one characteristic of the old hose that I will still want/need is that it collapses/expands (in the pic of my first...
Replies: 2
Views: 129
Posted By jstluise

Universal Replacement Hose for Shark Vacuum?

I have a Shark Navigator NV370 and the upper hose that connects the handle to the main unit needs to be replaced. However, the only replacement hoses I've found include the plastic fitting on one end...
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Views: 454
Posted By jstluise

After thinking about this some more, I feel like...

After thinking about this some more, I feel like the option presented above with the short beam would best fall in line with code. So I would have one ledger, lagged to the house rim joist with...
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Views: 454
Posted By jstluise

I just checked and found that the top of the...

I just checked and found that the top of the current ledger is within 1" of the top of the the 2x10 house rim joist (best I could gauge from the crawl space), so that is good news. I'll be able to...
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Views: 454
Posted By jstluise

Thank everyone for your input. After further...

Thank everyone for your input. After further consideration I'm going to tear it out and start fresh. Besides the poor construction, another reason for this is I realized the upper level rim joist is...
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By jstluise

Salvaging Deck Structure, Supports

What I continue to discover on my '91 spec home never ceases to amaze me. My front porch is no different. Here's a shot of it from last year when I repainted the house (railing and fascia removed).
...
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Views: 205
Posted By jstluise

Material for small parts bins/boxes

(Mods, please move this post if there is a better suited forum)

I'm looking for ideas for making small, sturdy parts bins that I can use to make a parts organizer. The cabinet I have has 30 deep...
09-13-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 360
Posted By jstluise

Chase Cover Support - Cedar or Fir?

I'm finishing up my house re-paint and one thing on my list is the replace the 5' x 2.5' box at the top of my chimney chase. It is made up of 2x12s and the chase cover/cap fits over top of it. One...
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By jstluise

Garage Door - 2 or 3 layer?

I was initially set on a 3-layer door, but after considering the other options I'm wondering if a 2-layer will be adequate. For the doors I'm looking at, the primary difference is just the 2-layer...
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Views: 619
Posted By jstluise

Having never used their peel bonding primer, I'm...

Having never used their peel bonding primer, I'm unsure how much I can get away with when prepping the siding. Feels like I'm spending a lot of time scraping beyond just getting the obvious loose...
Replies: 5
Views: 619
Posted By jstluise

Thanks for the reply. For the most part all...

Thanks for the reply.

For the most part all the siding will be fine without any sanding. There are pieces here and there that come out a little more rough than others but likely won't be noticable...
Replies: 5
Views: 619
Posted By jstluise

Prepping cedar siding - flaking old paint

Hi all! I'm looking for any advice, dos/don't, things to consider, and anything else I missed as I get my house prepped for painting.

Here's a great example of a small job turning into a big job!...
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Views: 1,540
Posted By jstluise

Because I'm dealing with the pavers and have to...

Because I'm dealing with the pavers and have to put the top of the footing just below the bottom of the pavers, the bottom of the post will be buried, albeit in sand that is underneath the pavers. ...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,540
Posted By jstluise

Sounds good, thank everyone for the replies. ...

Sounds good, thank everyone for the replies.

Since the end of the post will be buried, should I consider treating/sealing the end of the post with anything? The posts will be cedar.
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