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  • Posted in thread: DIY Radon Mitigation Help on 02-02-2015 at 09:36 AM
    My old house has a large, open crawlspace besides a small basement. I am going to do a radon
    test to determine if I have excess radon in those areas. Even if I do not find high radon
    levels I would li...

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 01-16-2015 at 10:29 AM
    39 and sunny here right now. Supposed to be in the 40's. Nice day here but got back from St.
    Pete FL yesterday. Still adjusting to wearing long pants and shoes.

  • Posted in thread: 14ga switch leg on a 12ga circuit on 09-10-2014 at 09:31 AM
    Yes the things the uniformed do to electrical circuits is amazing. As I said as a fireman I got
    to tear open things when there was a problem and see what had been done providing the building
    was still...

  • Posted in thread: 14ga switch leg on a 12ga circuit on 09-09-2014 at 09:25 AM
    OK I am going to play devils advocate here and ask a question I know will be controversial. I
    do not have access to an NEC code book so I can't look at the code language, but I agree that a
    20 amp cir...

  • Posted in thread: How to dig a pond? Concrete related. on 08-29-2014 at 02:19 PM
    Our local rental place has about the same setup made by Toro. I have never used one but they
    have several attachments, are compact and look easy to operate.

  • Posted in thread: One Word Game on 08-21-2014 at 01:25 PM

  • Posted in thread: What can I do to save money on a new walk-in tile shower? on 08-21-2014 at 11:57 AM
    Shower bases are like most things. Too cheap is probably not the way to go, but you won't
    necessarily need the very top end either. The lower end ones are usually all plastic, not very
    rigid and thin....

  • Posted in thread: What can I do to save money on a new walk-in tile shower? on 08-20-2014 at 03:11 PM
    OK, First you need to find a shower base that you like and get it there so you can adapt your
    drain plumbing to work with it. Even if you want a plumber to do that job he will likely want
    the shower b...

  • Posted in thread: Question Regarding Ground Wire for Light Fixture on 08-19-2014 at 05:19 PM
    Sorry was not trying to confuse the issue. Guess I was trying to address Wuzzat's question as

  • Posted in thread: What is my subfloor made of ? on 08-19-2014 at 04:29 PM
    I'd agree with Neal. Looks like lightweight concrete. Often used on upper floors in place of
    double 5/8 sheetrock on the ceiling below to reduce fire spread.

December 15, 2012  •  05:01 AM
In the section of my home that was built in the 1940's as close as I can figure I have termite damaged sill beams. I recently took the beam wich ran parallel to the floor joists on the north end of the house completely out and replaced it, as well as the soft brick foundation. I poured footings and laided block to support the new beam. Every thing seemed solid. As I continued working in the room I found a spot under a leaky replacement window where the termites had found moisture and eaten the wall studs, the window frame and the 6x8 sill. The beam is solid before and after this area. The floor joists are sitting on the brick foundation (they were originally notched into the beam) and the floor is level and solid. Can I get by with filling the 3' long area where the beam is damaged with concrete using the exterior sheeting and a board between the joists in the crawl space a form. This area would be about 6" wide by 8" deep by about 3'long. Or am I better off to try to construct a piece of beam from treated lumber to replace the bad and use joist hangers to support the ends of the floor joists. I would be working in a short crawl space in very tight quarters.

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