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DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 07-09-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
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Neal, Just to clarify, the dividing wall between...

Neal, Just to clarify, the dividing wall between the two properties was built when the garage was. The second dividing wall between the neighbor's two units was built later.

Bud,

The garage...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 07-09-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Bud, Thanks for the great write up and...

Bud,

Thanks for the great write up and assessment of the situation. Yes, the garage was built with frugality in mind, as some of the joists and other wood has concrete on it from being used as...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 07-09-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Supporting Garage Rafters

I have an garage built postwar in the late 1940s that I share with the neighbor since it sits on the property line. There is a 2x4 framed stud wall that acts as the dividing wall for the two...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-18-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 280
@ OldDog, Yes, there is a gutter that runs...

@ OldDog,

Yes, there is a gutter that runs along the eve and drains on the sides. Now that you mention it, the gutter has a screen on it that keeps out the leaves and seeds from the trees in...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-17-2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 280
Driveway Drainage Before Garage

Not sure where to put this, but since it deals with concrete and asphalt, this might be the best place.

My neighbor and I share a garage that straddles the property line. It's because her house...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 05-27-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 257
Thanks, Neal. That's kind of what I was...

Thanks, Neal. That's kind of what I was wondering, just how much info and detail do they usually want. I'm wary of either giving them too much info and having them get confused, or not enough and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 05-26-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 257
Samples of Drawings to Submit to Zoning?

As I'm taking the rebuilding of my porch stairs to the next step (no pun intended), I'm trying to find sample images of what the drawings I submit to the code/zoning people to get approval should...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 03-10-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,258
This is an update to one of my posts from a...

This is an update to one of my posts from a couple of years ago.....

I've been using bleach to whiten the porcelain sink bowls in my kitchen after scrubbing them well with a brush and dish soap. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 02-14-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 524
Thanks, kok, I already bought the ballasts a...

Thanks, kok, I already bought the ballasts a while ago, so I'm stuck with them. The old light fixtures are fine, and anything new would require redoing the mounting. I am planning to buy another...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 02-14-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 524
Thanks, Neal....yah, there might be some PCBs...

Thanks, Neal....yah, there might be some PCBs involved, will need to check the other two sets too, though they work.

And thank you Joe, as well. With stuff like this I don't like to play trial...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 02-14-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 524
Replacing Old Fluorescent Light Ballasts with New Ballasts

I have an old fluorescent light in my basement that doesn't work. I've tried replacing both 4' bulbs, and both starters with no luck. The Starring and Co. ballast is dated Jan 9, 1957, and has some...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Cleaning 02-02-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 841
I like to use a water-soluable degreaser like...

I like to use a water-soluable degreaser like Purple Power from Wal-Mart on oil or transmission fluid in driveways or wood. I buy the gallon container, and don't bother with the various sprays. Of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 01-05-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,046
Bud, Thanks for the additional advice. It...

Bud,

Thanks for the additional advice. It is very interesting, and one of my concerns. I often use the 15-step back staircase (no handrails) of the house, and it has a rise of 8", and a depth of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 01-04-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,046
Neal, Thanks as usual for giving me a good...

Neal,

Thanks as usual for giving me a good idea what they will want me to do due the existing dimensions. I do plan to build a framework of treated 2x6s and 4x4s under the stairs for support, not...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 01-02-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,046
For those who might wonder, here is a photo of...

For those who might wonder, here is a photo of the front porch in 1938. The side porch was the same, but wider. The girl in the picture still lives in town. I wish my memory of 40 years ago was as...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 01-02-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,046
Replacing Porch Stairs, Sizing Questions

Happy New Year!

About 50-60 years ago, the original wood stairs to the main porch of my 1895 house were replaced with a concrete grouping from another building.

The concrete stairs are...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 12-15-2013, 07:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Wow, thanks Neal, for the great and very detailed...

Wow, thanks Neal, for the great and very detailed textbook how-to on making a rolling stair section!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 12-13-2013, 11:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Thanks for all the great replies! I don't...

Thanks for all the great replies!

I don't have any photos, we were walking around and I wasn't in my take pictures of everything mode. Basically, the stringers were cut after 5 stairs and are now...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 12-12-2013, 11:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Folding or sliding section of barn stairs?

A friend recently purchased a spot of property far out in the sticks. The house and barn look to have been well built in the late 1940s.

The barn had a stairway along the wall on one side that...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 10-26-2013, 10:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 947
Why suggest vinyl when I'm looking for wooden...

Why suggest vinyl when I'm looking for wooden storms?

Vinyl doesn't have a good track record that I'm aware of and can't be repaired easily. Some of the entire windows I need to replace in the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 10-23-2013, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 947
Thanks, Neal. I shoulda googled....lots out...

Thanks, Neal. I shoulda googled....lots out there!

Drywallinfo.....I agree, it wouldn't be too hard, but I have plenty of other house and woodworking projects to do and thought I might be able to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 10-22-2013, 10:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 947
Wooden Storm Windows?

I'm looking to replace the missing wooden removable storm windows in my circa 1895 basement. They are held in place by metal tabs that you twist. Problem is, where to find them? Does anybody know...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 09-12-2013, 08:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 13,517
Perfect! I instead used Rubbermaid food...

Perfect! I instead used Rubbermaid food containers from Menard's so I could use some 4x4 and 6x6 sections *** basses as well.

Thanks!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 06-26-2013, 10:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 527
Thanks, guys, for the great advice and info. Mom...

Thanks, guys, for the great advice and info. Mom is 76 and has been in the hospital for tests for the last week. The contractor has been fine in the past, but it never hurts to learn about what to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-26-2013, 03:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,527
Neal knows EVERYTHING! Thanks Neal!

Neal knows EVERYTHING!

Thanks Neal!
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