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DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 06-03-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Posted By thapranksta
Thanks for the response nealtw. Does it matter...

Thanks for the response nealtw. Does it matter if the brick sits at or above grade?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 06-03-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Posted By thapranksta
View looking down from deck at where steps used...

View looking down from deck at where steps used to be.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g295/thapranksta/IMAG0548.jpg

View of where the original 3 stringers attached at the top....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 06-03-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Posted By thapranksta
Advice About Deck Step Landing

A little background first. The stringers on my deck steps started to dry rot so I thought I'd take the opportunity to replace them. In my mind, I was thinking that it would be a little simple...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Cleaning 01-29-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 920
Posted By thapranksta
nealtw, With the sawdust, do you create a basin...

nealtw,
With the sawdust, do you create a basin with it to put the liquid in?

havasu,
The powdered detergent with bleach is an interesting idea. Does it lighten it enough to where you can't...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Cleaning 01-25-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 920
Posted By thapranksta
Oil and Transmission Fluid Stains on Inclined Driveway

Hey guys. I got a problem here. My in-laws seem to leave car fluid stains on our driveway each time they have visited. We suspect the stains are oil and transmission fluid and we are thinking...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-16-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 833
Posted By thapranksta
It's funny you say that JoeD. I have a 17 year...

It's funny you say that JoeD. I have a 17 year old who was given a choice when my wife and I had to go out of town. Come with us or stay at a nearby friend's house until we returned two days later....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-15-2013, 12:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 833
Posted By thapranksta
Wow. Never thought of that being a scenario. But...

Wow. Never thought of that being a scenario. But you have a point that I simply can't ignore. It does look like that could have really happened. I will check my garage to see if there are any...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-15-2013, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 833
Posted By thapranksta
Crack in Door Frame...Is This Serious?

Recently, I got a call from my wife who indicated that she was having trouble closing the door leading from the house to the garage. Upon closer inspection, she discovered that some of the hardware...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-10-2012, 07:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By thapranksta
Yes, that has definitely been a concern of mine...

Yes, that has definitely been a concern of mine as well. We have had scheduled pest control since we moved in and have not really seen much, if any, rodent droppings in the garage since the initial...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-09-2012, 09:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By thapranksta
Can Bricks Be Sanitized?

Hi,

I unfortunately purchased a home about a year ago where the previous owner had let animals (cat, dog, rodents) take over. There's a lot to get done but only very little money at the moment...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 06-25-2012, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Posted By thapranksta
inspectorD, your link doesn't seem to work. :) ...

inspectorD, your link doesn't seem to work. :)

Edit: Well actually it does. Clicking on it doesn't pull up the right page for some reason though. I had to copy and paste it. Thanks for the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 06-24-2012, 08:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Posted By thapranksta
I am just basically looking for the cheapest...

I am just basically looking for the cheapest pressure washer(s) that will work for the purpose of at least cleaning my deck. With that said I dont have a price range. By "economical", I mean it it...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 06-23-2012, 03:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Posted By thapranksta
I am looking for an economical pressure washer...

I am looking for an economical pressure washer that can be used to at least scrub my deck. If anyone has a recommendation or alternate to a traditional pressure washer, please advise.

Thanks.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-22-2012, 10:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,346
Posted By thapranksta
OK, so with that said....do you think it would be...

OK, so with that said....do you think it would be worthwhile to make at least one more more extensive attempt to "treat" the areas before having the wood replaced? I've actually been reading some...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-21-2012, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,346
Posted By thapranksta
nealtw, No offense is taken by your...

nealtw,

No offense is taken by your response. I wanted honest (and expert if possible) opinions on it and I'd rather I be told that I shouldn't attempt to tackle a problem instead of ending up...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-20-2012, 09:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,346
Posted By thapranksta
The damage is actually on an outer corner and...

The damage is actually on an outer corner and also on an inner corner. Not sure what you mean concerning the floor joists.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-20-2012, 02:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,346
Posted By thapranksta
Cat Urine Damage to 3 Stud Corners

Hi,

I purchased a home about 10 months ago. The home is in really good condition but has had one major problem. The previous owner had a major issue with cat urination which is widely known to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 10-15-2011, 04:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,035
Posted By thapranksta
I've read about these products too and most of...

I've read about these products too and most of them seem to only mask the odor or give temporary relief from the things I've read. We even bought the expensive stuff from PetSmart called Urine...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 10-14-2011, 08:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,035
Posted By thapranksta
Bottom portion of studs is soiled with cat urine

Here's the situation. The previous owner of my home had a cat that used various rooms in my upstairs as a litter box. There are various walls soiled with cat urine. The corners are particularly...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 10-13-2011, 03:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By thapranksta
OK. This might be a silly question but if it is,...

OK. This might be a silly question but if it is, it is only one of many.

If I'm replacing any part of my deck or my fence (which looks about the same as the deck), what type of wood should I use?...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 10-10-2011, 09:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By thapranksta
Thanks for the replies. I feel welcome already. ...

Thanks for the replies. I feel welcome already. :D

The wood posts run directly into the ground. There is no concrete at all. Since I've never done this type of work, I'm not sure what the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 10-08-2011, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By thapranksta
More pictures of deck post ...

More pictures of deck post
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g295/thapranksta/IMG_20111008_111027.jpg


Mold? Mildew?
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g295/thapranksta/IMG_20111008_111044.jpg...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 10-08-2011, 10:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By thapranksta
New to Forum...Can my deck be salvaged?

Hello,

This is my first post on the forum. I moved into a very nice home originally purchased in 2008 and neglected a nice bit by the previous owner. To sum it up, nothing at the home was really...
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