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DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-14-2010, 11:18 AM
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Views: 1,241
Posted By ChrWright
Was the lumber really dry? It's surprising to me...

Was the lumber really dry? It's surprising to me that a 2x12 would have cracked that way. Was this Southern Yellow Pine, or?

A pic my be helpful, but barring that if it looks as if the cracks are...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-14-2010, 09:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,241
Posted By ChrWright
Minor checks and cracks are common in framing...

Minor checks and cracks are common in framing lumber. Can you post a pic?

How is the header nailed off to the king studs?

Do you have two jack studs on each end or only one?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 06-20-2008, 08:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 915
Posted By ChrWright
Smack the tiles you want to removed until they...

Smack the tiles you want to removed until they fragment into pieces. Then remove the chunks carefully with a hammer & chisel.

If you get to them within the first 24 hours, you can often pry them...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-20-2008, 07:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,253
Posted By ChrWright
DensGuard is basically the same thing, I believe....

DensGuard is basically the same thing, I believe. I'm not sure of the differences between the two but they serve the same purpose.

We use cement board in steam showers, but that's about it. The...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-18-2008, 10:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 9,940
Posted By ChrWright
I'd want to know where the drains at the base of...

I'd want to know where the drains at the base of the driveway go. If into sump pit, that pump will need regular maintenance and replacement probably every 4-6 years. I'd also want a backup in the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-18-2008, 10:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,443
Posted By ChrWright
I agree. It won't be fun, but adding joists from...

I agree. It won't be fun, but adding joists from underneath is the only thing that will prevent deflection in this floor.

2x6, 16" o.c.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 06-18-2008, 09:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,141
Posted By ChrWright
Are you tiling the floor or going back with...

Are you tiling the floor or going back with linoleum.

If you are tiling the floor, you'll have a better transition to the hall if you remove the hardwood flooring to the subfloor, then install a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 06-18-2008, 09:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,074
Posted By ChrWright
You must be careful when laying tile directly to...

You must be careful when laying tile directly to concrete.

If there are any cracks or control joints in the area you are tiling, you'll need to use an isolation membrane--which prevents those...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 06-18-2008, 09:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,817
Posted By ChrWright
Thinset is fine, but screw it as well. Use tap...

Thinset is fine, but screw it as well. Use tap cons which usually come with the proper size masonry bit. Set the board in place and then drill your pilot holes through the board and into the masonry....
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-18-2008, 09:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,076
Posted By ChrWright
The better known brands for stock cabinets will...

The better known brands for stock cabinets will be of best quality: Kraftmaid, Aristokraft, etc. They will also offer the most options for species, finishes and accessories.

$10,000 for cabinets...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-18-2008, 09:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,919
Posted By ChrWright
Making laminate look the best is a lot about the...

Making laminate look the best is a lot about the edge detail you choose. Try and select one without a seam (which shows the raw edge of the laminate). Stay away from solid colors which tend to look...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-18-2008, 09:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 7,896
Posted By ChrWright
Parging on any outside masonry usually doesn't...

Parging on any outside masonry usually doesn't last very long in climates that are subjected to heavy freeze & thaw. It's likely to be something you have to keep up on a yearly basis. Just make sure...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 06-18-2008, 09:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 57,116
Posted By ChrWright
The job you're describing is a difficult one to...

The job you're describing is a difficult one to DIY. Hopefully you've done some masonry work before.

You'll need a 4" angle grinder with a diamond blade. Start by framing the opening from the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-18-2008, 09:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,037
Posted By ChrWright
First and formost, my concern would be that the...

First and formost, my concern would be that the foundation is stable. It appears from your pictures that sections on the outiside have been stuccoed. I inspect a lot of houses for prospective owners...
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