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Thanks very much for the advice and reassurance. ...

Thanks very much for the advice and reassurance. I used real silicone (can't recall the brand- maybe GE). I thought the new "3 hour shower ready" specification was a great idea until I found how...
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Thanks for the quick responses. I'm not...

Thanks for the quick responses. I'm not explaining very well, so will try with diagrams and photos. Photo 1 is the failed joint (outside bottom). Photo 2 is the problem in terms of replacement and...
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failing silicone- how to repair

Hello,

Installed corner shower (three piece plus doors). It is a higher end kit and the panels attach to each other with one inch flanges. Installation called for silicone in vertical joint...
01-01-13, 03:38 PM
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no ignition spark

Sears 5 burner stove. Two back burners, no spark when I try to ignite. Interestingly (for me anyway), when I try to ignite one of these burners, the front burner on that side Sparks, a does the...
09-20-12, 11:27 PM
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splicing a cut wire

I managed to dril through an existing wire while running a new one. To splice the cut wire, can I use one box and simply splice the cut ends together with short pieces of new wire inside the box? or...
10-18-11, 07:29 PM
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Are you insulating the sloped part of the...

Are you insulating the sloped part of the ceiling? If so, just run whatever insulation you are using right to the peak, leaving a ventilation channel open to the ridge vent of course. In essence...
10-18-11, 07:16 PM
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Actually, here the foil is cheaper than the...

Actually, here the foil is cheaper than the non-foil - not sure why, and the foil adds a slight increae in R value as it supposedly slows offgassing of the foam. I don't think there is any issue...
12-29-10, 06:54 PM
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I wouldn't bother taking it all out unless you...

I wouldn't bother taking it all out unless you have some other reason than increasing your insulation. Just blow cellulose over top. It will be qicker and more effective than batts. You only need...
12-17-10, 03:54 PM
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Posted By hironomous

I live in Southern Canada and to reiterate what...

I live in Southern Canada and to reiterate what airman said. 40% is too high if it is cold outside (ie. Northern Canada in December) even in a well sealed house (there is no way to perfectly seal a...
12-01-10, 04:01 PM
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Good point on the foam. I didn't know that. ...

Good point on the foam. I didn't know that. Kind of strange, given that you can use the foam channels to ensure venting in that same space.

Yes, Yyvek is made of woven plastic fibres, I was...
11-30-10, 03:57 PM
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Tyvek is not plastic and it is an air barrier,...

Tyvek is not plastic and it is an air barrier, but not a moisture barrier. It is vapour permeable. A moisture barrier such as vapour impermeable plastic would be a problem, but not Tyvek or otehr...
11-22-10, 12:10 PM
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There are reasons to be concerned about virtually...

There are reasons to be concerned about virtually anything, especialliy if you read too much on the internet, but I think you are worrying too much. Retrofit insulation of old homes has been going...
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one other thing I find is that when dipping the...

one other thing I find is that when dipping the brush for edging, you often get paint only on the oustide bristles and then when you scrape the brush, you take most of this off. I like to jab the end...
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...and vice versa for me mitch17, and comments...

...and vice versa for me mitch17, and comments like yours do nothing to change my mind. :rolleyes:
11-05-10, 10:13 PM
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Thanks for the advice. Strangely, it dried quite...

Thanks for the advice. Strangely, it dried quite glossy. I'm off to buy the poly. I'll let you know how it turns out.
10-30-10, 10:50 PM
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reducing gloss of gel stain finish

Hello,

I am trying to simulate the finish of old stained fir trim on crown moldings previously pained white. I think I have a pretty good approximation using a colored paint base with gel stain...
10-21-10, 08:53 PM
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Posted By hironomous

THough it makes me sad :(, thanks for the info...

THough it makes me sad :(, thanks for the info Furd.
10-21-10, 08:44 PM
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If I were you, I would read up a lot about...

If I were you, I would read up a lot about removing asbestos before you tackle it. It will not all be alarmist but much of it will be, and from my perspective, I would rather hear the alarmist...
10-20-10, 07:16 PM
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Posted By hironomous

You could also slide sheets of foam down the...

You could also slide sheets of foam down the space behind the drywall from the top or side attic, leaving an inch or more of vent space between the insulation and roof decking. Another option is to...
10-17-10, 05:29 PM
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Posted By hironomous

electrical floor heat alteration

I have in floor electical heat in my bathroom and wish to change my shower layout such that it might overlap the heating element slightly (maybe 3 or 4 inches). I realize I am not supposed to have a...
10-15-10, 10:35 AM
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Posted By hironomous

you could also slide panels of foam down into the...

you could also slide panels of foam down into the spaces, leaving 1.5 inches above for venting. THere would be some convection as you cannot seal the edges, but it might be made up for by the...
10-15-10, 10:28 AM
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Posted By hironomous

you could also slide panels of styrofoam down...

you could also slide panels of styrofoam down into the spaces, leaving 1.5 inches above for venting. THere would be some convection as you cannot seal the edges, but it might be made up for by the...
10-15-10, 09:36 AM
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Posted By hironomous

It is also fine to use the R-19 and have it stick...

It is also fine to use the R-19 and have it stick out beyond the studs a couple of inches to the outside. You can just anchor the wrap (don't use plastic - you want an air barrier but not a vapour...
09-29-10, 07:34 PM
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Posted By hironomous

I have done this and used a lot of cans of spray...

I have done this and used a lot of cans of spray foam. I'm sorry, but I can't even begin to estimate how many cans because I purchased as I went and didn't really track it. It also depends a lot on...
09-24-10, 04:10 PM
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Posted By hironomous

housewrap under foil polyiso

I have a neighbor retrofitting an old house in a cold climate with polyiso insulation. He ripped off the stucco leaving the sheathing boards and then on instruction from the building supply store,...
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