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DIY Home Repair Forum: Pest Control 07-11-2012, 03:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 719
Posted By strategery
I do a variation of what joecaption said. I take...

I do a variation of what joecaption said. I take a bowl and put about a cup of vinegar in it. Then I put some plastic wrap tightly over it and punch several small holes in it. The flies are attracted...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-31-2012, 01:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,180
Posted By strategery
Thanks for your input. I've actually had...

Thanks for your input.

I've actually had some difficulty finding a good contractor who does complete foundation replacement using poured. Actually, the guy who bid my cmu job says that he prefers...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 05-30-2012, 01:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,440
Posted By strategery
I didn't really notice the siding getting wet...

I didn't really notice the siding getting wet from the rain just the dirt around the foundation. I've had a few big rainstorms already since getting the new gutters and it's keeping the dirt around...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-30-2012, 01:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,180
Posted By strategery
Complete foundation replacement 2 bids 2 different directions

I've got some foundation/basement issues that while not immediately threatening my house, will only get worse with time and eventually will need replaced or addressed.

My basement floor is in...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 05-26-2012, 12:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,440
Posted By strategery
I bought some new seamless gutters with gutter...

I bought some new seamless gutters with gutter toppers. Had first rain since installing them and they're working beautifully.

I got 3 bids. Interestingly, the contractor with the best reputation...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Garden and Lawncare 05-16-2012, 09:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 949
Posted By strategery
Dewatering my site with a french drain. Some questions.

Hi everyone. I have some questions about putting in a french drain.

On the south side of my property the slope of the earth between my neighbor's house and mine is not very favorable for me. Not...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 05-10-2012, 01:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,330
Posted By strategery
I think that study that GBR posted supports the...

I think that study that GBR posted supports the notion that powered attic fans aren't a very good investment if you're looking to cut AC costs or try to cool the house. What about moisture issues...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 05-10-2012, 12:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,440
Posted By strategery
I have shorter overhangs. Is it possible to have...

I have shorter overhangs. Is it possible to have them extended out a little bit to capture more of the rain?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-10-2012, 12:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 713
Posted By strategery
Will adding weed cloth and mulch around my foundation cause basement dampness?

I want to put down some paper and mulch to control the weeds and for cosmetic value. I already have a damp basement which i deal with by opening windows when it's dry out (fall, early spring) and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 05-06-2012, 12:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,440
Posted By strategery
It's time for new gutters, and I need some help

I have an 800 square foot house. The roof has some cosmetic issues but it still serves its purpose and probably has another 5 years before it NEEDS replaced. I would ideally like to replace the roof...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-04-2012, 06:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,436
Posted By strategery
There is no footing with this foundation. Terra...

There is no footing with this foundation. Terra cotta block. Walls have bowed in some. An inch to an inch and a half.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-03-2012, 10:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,436
Posted By strategery
Good point, Neal. I did talk to 3 basement...

Good point, Neal.

I did talk to 3 basement waterproofing companies that all specialize in the interior or "negative" side I think it's called. 2 of them will perform the work and install a sump...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-03-2012, 12:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,436
Posted By strategery
I've talked to 3 of them and they barely said...

I've talked to 3 of them and they barely said anything about the outside they just told me that I need their inside French drain and sump pump. One of them also said that they won't even do that...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-02-2012, 11:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,436
Posted By strategery
Yeah the basement is pretty damp. My dehumidifier...

Yeah the basement is pretty damp. My dehumidifier keeps it dry at right about 50% humidity. I don't get any water on the floors but I think I would if that dehumidifier weren't keeping it dry down...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-02-2012, 11:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,436
Posted By strategery
I don't have any waterproofing on there now but...

I don't have any waterproofing on there now but it's a 100 year old house
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-02-2012, 03:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,436
Posted By strategery
Grading around foundation for keeping basement dry

I often hear about the importance of grading around the foundation in order to keep the basement dry. I have examined the perimeter of my house and it looks like the grading could be improved some. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-07-2012, 01:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,336
Posted By strategery
Ok so everyone agrees that the first thing I...

Ok so everyone agrees that the first thing I should do is hire an engineer to evaluate what's going on and then suggest a fix.

Anyone have experience on how much these things cost? If its likely...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-05-2012, 02:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,336
Posted By strategery
I'm not sure where to start. Should I just...

I'm not sure where to start. Should I just consult the yellow pages for a structural engineer? There are several listings in my area but most don't have websites so I don't know their specialty.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-04-2012, 11:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,336
Posted By strategery
Well my foundation guy came out today and...

Well my foundation guy came out today and measured and he said my foundation has sunk about an inch and a half on the front right where the floor is wobbly upstairs.

He suggested replacing the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-04-2012, 09:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,336
Posted By strategery
It's twisted and it's not as straight as it once...

It's twisted and it's not as straight as it once was. I imagine they recommend the replacement because it's a better beam and it costs about the same as shoring up the old wood one? I don't know I'll...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-04-2012, 02:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,336
Posted By strategery
To replace wood center beam with steel?

My living room floor sags a little and my front door sticks. I asked a foundation company what to do about it because it makes me nervous and they told me that they'd recommend replacing my old wood...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 03-11-2012, 07:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,515
Posted By strategery
I've already paid to have my attic and rim joists...

I've already paid to have my attic and rim joists air sealed. The penetrations through the ceiling should be already sealed. I don't know how leaky the house is now, but my gas bill has been slashed...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 03-11-2012, 01:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,515
Posted By strategery
My walls are cold!

I have a 1919 house in the midwest. I have a fair amount of attic insulation, about R-30-ish and some insulation in the exterior walls (plugs in the siding proves it). I think there's some voids in...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 02-04-2012, 11:45 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 940
Posted By strategery
Interested in spray foam insulation for attic floor

I have an old 1000 sq ft house in the Midwest. I have a combination of insulation materials up there- fg batts, blown fg, blown cellulose. I need to increase my attic insulation to at least r 49....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 01-19-2012, 11:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,492
Posted By strategery
Excavating around foundation to repair, address moisture issues ... risky?

My old clay block foundation walls have some issues - bowing in a little bit, crumbling mortar, some holes in the blocks. A complete foundation replacement would be a huge expense.

Is it possible...
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