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06-22-15, 05:56 PM
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How to break 2.5 inch steam pipe

I am trying to remove a oil-fired boiler and I can't break the 2.5 inch steam pipe joint made of steel using a 36 inch pipe wrench. Any ideas?
06-08-15, 09:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 559
Posted By dschneid20

Not yet. Do you mean tightening the bonnet nut...

Not yet. Do you mean tightening the bonnet nut as pictured here?

packing nut for stem - Bing Images...
06-08-15, 07:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 559
Posted By dschneid20

Leaking Outside Faucet when turned off

I have an outside faucet. The outside faucet is connected to a hose with a handle. When the outside faucet is on everything works great. The faucet does not leak at all. When I go to turn the...
09-09-14, 06:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 947
Posted By dschneid20

Plaster Repair - Which Primer on Wooden Laths?

I'm new to plaster repair. On all the youtube videos, the expert gently removes the plaster that has torn away from the wooden laths and then coats the laths with a primer so the new plaster adheres...
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Views: 905
Posted By dschneid20

Thank you! I misspoke--I used white cedar, not...

Thank you! I misspoke--I used white cedar, not maple. I don't really like the idea of wasting so much wood, so I might go back to my original plan of staggering the cedar boards at 6' and 12'.
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Views: 905
Posted By dschneid20

I would need a few extra "joists" or blocks...

I would need a few extra "joists" or blocks between the joists in order to screw the deck boards into something to secure them. The extra joists would mainly be needed for the miter cut border...
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Views: 905
Posted By dschneid20

I need advice on laying support joists for my decking!

I just completed the joists for my 10' x 24' deck. The joists are spaced 16" at center and I used 2x10s for the ledger board and joists. There are four equally spaced footers at the 8' mark and I...
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Views: 988
Posted By dschneid20

Do I need to seal notched deck posts?

I just finished notching my 6x6 deck posts (pressure treated). Should I apply any kind of sealer to newly exposed notches to preserve them?
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Views: 855
Posted By dschneid20

White Cedar or Red Cedar?

I'm trying to decide whether to use white cedar or red cedar for a 12 x 24 deck. Red cedar has sound tight knots at $1.35 lf. Port Orford white cedar is $1.53 lf.

Any experiences with either?
Replies: 3
Views: 805
Posted By dschneid20

New Roof is Staining White House

I recently had a new roof installed. I noticed that a black colored stain is visible on the white drip cap underneath the new roof. Does this eventually go away or does it need to be wiped off?
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Views: 882
Posted By dschneid20

How to Make 24' Rim Joist for 10 x 24 deck

First deck builder here and general novice.

I am building a 10 x 24 deck using four 6x6 posts (at the 8 foot mark) and 2x10 joists and 4x10 beam (by doubling up 2 x10s).

I get that I should use...
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Views: 8,111
Posted By dschneid20

I might also use a cedar because it eventually...

I might also use a cedar because it eventually turns to a grayish tint.
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Posted By dschneid20

Based on my search in my area, it's either...

Based on my search in my area, it's either pressure treated southern yellow pine or composite. I don't really like the way composite looks, so I am leaning towards PT southern yellow pine. I also...
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Views: 8,111
Posted By dschneid20

Please recommend deck color or stain for white house

We live in a 1940s cape house with white vinyl siding in Maine. I am building a 10 x 24 deck in the back of my house. My question is what kind of wood should I use for the deck boards? What kind...
07-09-13, 01:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 612
Posted By dschneid20

Re-paint Interior Cement Blocks

The previous owners of my house painted the interior cement blocks white. 75% of the cement blocks walls are covered by the wall wrap that diverts any moisture into the perimeter drain.

I'd...
Replies: 1
Views: 671
Posted By dschneid20

I Need Your Opinion on Deck Size (10.5 x 25)

I plan on building a deck that is 10.5 feet by 25 feet. The 10.5 feet is extending away from my house and the 25 feet is the length of a part of my house. Is 10.5 feet too narrow to be able to...
Replies: 6
Views: 6,443
Posted By dschneid20

Thank you. So I'll power wash, dry, seal any...

Thank you. So I'll power wash, dry, seal any cracks, dry, then finally paint.

What should I use to repair any cracks that I see (if any)? A caulking material? Is there a specific brand of paint...
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Views: 6,443
Posted By dschneid20

The construction of the foundation is cement...

The construction of the foundation is cement blocks.
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Views: 6,443
Posted By dschneid20

Exterior Foundation Painting

I just bought my first house and I want to prove to my wife that I'm a handy guy. The house was built in 1947. The foundation is made of cement blocks. The outside of the cement blocks have lots...
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