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03-04-06, 04:19 AM
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Posted By allan

laminate scratches

Looking for any product or methods to camouflage minor scratches in laminate tops.
05-16-04, 05:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,232
Posted By allan

Large window panes will certainly give you an...

Large window panes will certainly give you an unobstructive view. You can weigh this against replacement costs if one is broken or you have a seal failure. Regadless of size, investigate low "E" and...
01-16-03, 07:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,071
Posted By allan

Azzurri The caulking is done at the nearest...

Azzurri
The caulking is done at the nearest stud giving you a solid backing. Even though the drywall will be pressed against the poly there is still space for vapour to migrate into the insulation...
01-11-03, 04:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,084
Posted By allan

Why the access door? Am I assuming correctly it...

Why the access door? Am I assuming correctly it would be to access the wiring for the wall unit? Are you in need of accessing these wires that often ? How large does this door have to be? Try this....
01-11-03, 04:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,071
Posted By allan

Whether poured or block the method is the same...

Whether poured or block the method is the same for both. But before you do you want to make sure you have the cause of the mold taken care of. It would be a cheap exercise to first paint the walls...
01-09-03, 04:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,867
Posted By allan

Pick up a copy of house plans at your local...

Pick up a copy of house plans at your local magazine shop. They usually have some "Grade level entry" homes with living quarters over garage & basement. Fom the curb they look like two story plans. I...
01-09-03, 04:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,548
Posted By allan

Since the insulation is getting on to twenty...

Since the insulation is getting on to twenty years topping up the existing with cellulose is a good idea. Over time, compresion & dust it has lost a lot of insulating value. The recommended R values...
12-30-02, 05:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,794
Posted By allan

The moisture in a bath is omnipresent. and...

The moisture in a bath is omnipresent. and remains long after a shower. Removing as much moisture as possible via an exhast fan will improve the situation. Have the fan put on a timer to continue to...
12-29-02, 06:34 AM
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Views: 923
Posted By allan

Kelly, There are numerous ways to sound proof...

Kelly, There are numerous ways to sound proof rooms. The methods vary depending on the type of noise, whether air borne or mechanically transmitted through walls and or floors. The costs of these...
12-29-02, 06:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,908
Posted By allan

Ideally you should insulate to the footings which...

Ideally you should insulate to the footings which should be below the frost line. I'm guessing this level in Minnisota is at least five feet. If the footings are not to frost insulate down to the...
12-18-02, 04:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,324
Posted By allan

Before adding insulation to the attic you should...

Before adding insulation to the attic you should look at other possible causes for the rooms to be cold. Poor window weather stripping and single pane windows contibute to a lot of heat loss. Does...
12-01-02, 07:22 AM
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Views: 1,477
Posted By allan

The panneling being only an 1/8" could certainly...

The panneling being only an 1/8" could certainly warp and undulate. The cost of a few sheats of 3/8 ply would be worth while on all the walls.
12-01-02, 07:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 14,595
Posted By allan

The duct is usually supported by a metal strip...

The duct is usually supported by a metal strip fastened to the joist on either side. The boot itself is likely screwed to the joist. Remove the screw holding the boot. If the metal strap has enough...
11-25-02, 08:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,812
Posted By allan

I agree with you that aluminum reflects some of...

I agree with you that aluminum reflects some of the radiated heat, but an exposed aluminum duct will conduct far more heat into the duct increasing the temperature of the conditioned air it is...
11-24-02, 05:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,812
Posted By allan

"The aluminum is an insulator and if you have...

"The aluminum is an insulator and if you have bulk insulation touching it, it becomes a conductor" ????? Helloooooo.
11-22-02, 05:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 910
Posted By allan

Try this little experiment to aid you in making...

Try this little experiment to aid you in making your decision. Take a piece of poly about 4 x 4 feet. Apply it to your concrete wall below grade. Make it as air tight as you can using caulking around...
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Views: 9,877
Posted By allan

As resercon suggested, lets try eliminating...

As resercon suggested, lets try eliminating sources. Remove the plastic from one of the windows and re install it taping it to the wall instead of the casing. As tight as it may appear air can get...
Replies: 6
Views: 9,877
Posted By allan

Since terminology differs from area to area &...

Since terminology differs from area to area & country to country I will explain what I understand your situation to be . From the inside of the house out you have the plastic sheeting, an air...
11-16-02, 05:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,812
Posted By allan

There is a rule of diminishing return on dollars...

There is a rule of diminishing return on dollars invested. The cost of the additional insulation may not save you a lot of energy dollars. Topping up the value will have some benifit, but doubling R...
11-16-02, 05:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,931
Posted By allan

Concrete is porous and water can difuse through...

Concrete is porous and water can difuse through it. It appears dry due to evaporation of the small amount of moisture making its way through the wall. If you use a rigid insulation such as...
11-16-02, 05:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,324
Posted By allan

If you use a poly vapour barrier, remember the...

If you use a poly vapour barrier, remember the barrier goes on the warm side of the insulation. So batt insulation, then vapour batrrier. The attic space of the garage should be ventilated as well...
11-02-02, 04:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,315
Posted By allan

Before you finish the ceiling apply pipe...

Before you finish the ceiling apply pipe insulation to your water lines. Condensation during the summer can drip off the lines stain & ruin the tiles.
11-02-02, 04:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 903
Posted By allan

A wood sub floor will greatly improve the comfort...

A wood sub floor will greatly improve the comfort level of the finished basement. Insulating under the floor will offer little return on dollars invested as heat loss through the floor once the sub...
10-30-02, 08:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,020
Posted By allan

Instead of insulating the floor I would fur &...

Instead of insulating the floor I would fur & insulate the foundation walls. This will keep the basement warmer & dryer in the winter months. creating a better enviornment for your work shop. The...
10-30-02, 08:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,912
Posted By allan

The answer for this one has a number of...

The answer for this one has a number of considerations. I hope to mention as many as comes to mind but I would seek out a more experienced opinion on this job. Ensure the proper support of the...
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