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DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 08-23-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 802
Posted By mabloodhound
laminate better than engineered.

I just finished putting down 330 SF of laminate in our kitchen. I had gone through the same thinking process as you are and ended up buying the SwiftLock laminate for less than $500.
The one...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-23-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,628
Posted By mabloodhound
Kevin, I just read through your thread and I...

Kevin,

I just read through your thread and I am one that likes to save an old house when possible. Neal and the others have given some good advice. BUT the best advice was to get a framer to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-23-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,084
Posted By mabloodhound
outside removal

I have no idea how you would remove this vent form INSIDE the attic?
It is nailed to the OUTSIDE of the sheathing and must be removed from the outside after the siding is removed.
You're doing it...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-27-2013, 01:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,485
Posted By mabloodhound
Duradeck recommends slightly less than that at 2"...

Duradeck recommends slightly less than that at 2" in 10 feet but yes, a slope is required.

Dave Mason
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-27-2013, 01:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,485
Posted By mabloodhound
vinyl membrane deck

You've got some good info here but one thing that wasn't mentioned, except by you, was to change the deck type to a sold surface.
You mentioned putting plastic down under the deck but as you...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-07-2013, 06:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 789
Posted By mabloodhound
You mentioned that the "drill bits do not seat...

You mentioned that the "drill bits do not seat properly" Not sure what you mean but if you are pushing the drill bit all the way into the chuck until it hits bottom, this could be your problem. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 06-07-2013, 06:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 998
Posted By mabloodhound
Neal is correct about bolting the 4x4 post to the...

Neal is correct about bolting the 4x4 post to the deck framing. You'll need to cut a hole through the deck flooring in line with the inside of the framing.
Actually, I offset the post by 3/4" so...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 12-19-2012, 05:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,634
Posted By mabloodhound
I've done a lot of crown and I always cope my...

I've done a lot of crown and I always cope my inside corners. This way you never have to worry about the angle.
Outside corners, yes, you do have to adjust for the angle if necessary.
Another...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 12-19-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,416
Posted By mabloodhound
In all basement support work I've done, I use 4"...

In all basement support work I've done, I use 4" steel, concrete filled columns for the final posts. (from my local lumber yard)
Cut them to the final length after you get the beam to the level you...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 10-16-2012, 10:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,822
Posted By mabloodhound
knee wall

Neil's points are correct. I always build my knee walls on the flat floor, then stand them up and secure to the rafters. I guess you could build it in place and secure to the sides of the new 2x8...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 07-25-2012, 04:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,177
Posted By mabloodhound
Some bad advice here....never put a vapor barrier...

Some bad advice here....never put a vapor barrier on the exterior of a house...never!

After you remove the siding and foam, the best advice is to re-insulate with foam as it is a vapor barrier...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 05-19-2012, 02:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,091
Posted By mabloodhound
That dead air space is a good thing. If you're...

That dead air space is a good thing.
If you're hanging sheetrock, remember that you must provide a complete framing system to hold the weight. Those sheets weigh 55# each and you don't want them...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 05-19-2012, 08:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 670
Posted By mabloodhound
I knew that's what you meant, Neal. Bit...

I knew that's what you meant, Neal. Bit rotation is probably the most important aspect to pay attention to ( for a newbie) when using a router.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Painting Forum 05-19-2012, 07:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 816
Posted By mabloodhound
Are you sure the "contractor" is a professional? ...

Are you sure the "contractor" is a professional? That's one of the worst examples I've seen.
Do what Neal says, lock up the check book.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 05-18-2012, 04:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,091
Posted By mabloodhound
You DO NOT want attic air circulating over that...

You DO NOT want attic air circulating over that dropped ceiling. There's already 24" in the attic and if your geographic area requires more, add it into the attic.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 05-18-2012, 04:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 670
Posted By mabloodhound
Actually, Neal's description is not correct. ...

Actually, Neal's description is not correct. You want to normally push your work INTO the cutter edge if using a router table, AGAINST the rotation of the cutter.
If using the router freehand, you...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 04-10-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 670
Posted By mabloodhound
You should be fine with a little lubricant on the...

You should be fine with a little lubricant on the adjustment/lock threads. Just NEVER add any lubrication to the threads that hold the cutter in the chuck!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 04-10-2012, 01:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,177
Posted By mabloodhound
It's really too bad that you can't patch the old...

It's really too bad that you can't patch the old siding in places and then just go over it with a new siding. But if it has to go, and you can't leave the old foam in place, then yes you can spray...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-10-2012, 01:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,203
Posted By mabloodhound
You really need that header.

You really need that header.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 04-10-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,887
Posted By mabloodhound
Joe's right on the last snetence, but as for...

Joe's right on the last snetence, but as for other siding that he mentions, you'll pay a lot of money to cover that shed. Your original idea is OK, but I would use 3/4" 1x6 AZEK or a similar PVC...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decorating and Design 04-10-2012, 01:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,365
Posted By mabloodhound
Those were probably coal stoves in the bedrooms. ...

Those were probably coal stoves in the bedrooms. Coal was very popular in 1925 and saved lugging heavy chunks of wood upstairs and then taking out a lot of ash. You're probably smart to just go...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 10-09-2011, 07:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,125
Posted By mabloodhound
Nails should ALWAYS be set before sanding a...

Nails should ALWAYS be set before sanding a floor. And filler added to the holes and any other imperfections.
Remaining thickness is hard to determine unless you can get to an edge or cutout and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 08-09-2011, 05:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,438
Posted By mabloodhound
To advise someone on an important construction...

To advise someone on an important construction technique when you do not know what it is, is dead wrong! And I mean dead, as that could be the result if you remove it.
Do as Neal and I advised......
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 07-25-2011, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,438
Posted By mabloodhound
The rod is a sway brace as Neal said and if you...

The rod is a sway brace as Neal said and if you remove it you MUST replace it with a wooden brace to accomplish the task. Newer homes use plywood exterior sheathing which works as the brace, but...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Painting Forum 07-25-2011, 01:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,561
Posted By mabloodhound
There's no reason that you can't remove the doors...

There's no reason that you can't remove the doors and drawer faces and refinish in the shop. The cabinets will still be useable while you do a good job on the finish.
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