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  1. Sparky617

    Floating post

    Since this post appears to be the original, I'd add shims to tighten it up and have it actually support the beam. You don't know what is going on under the metal post with respect to a footer. It might never cause a problem but it could crack the slab, and the load would then drop down to the...
  2. Sparky617

    Floating post

    You'd really need to know which post was first and likely has a footer. I'd probably play it safe and add shims to make it actually supporting the beam or replace it with a steel post tightened up to the point where it is secured and unmovable if bumped. I'd be willing to bet the steel post...
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    Covering a slotted treated pine deck

    There are products available to give you a ceiling that will drain the water from above. Trex makes one that is installed before the decking. There are others that can be installed on a completed deck. I would not do a PT plywood deck to make it dry below. Deck Ceiling options
  4. Sparky617

    Name that rubber gasket

    Sounds like he got the usual helpful big Orange employee in store.
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    Bathroom Renovation - Tub Choices

    Is this going to be a shower as well? What is the norm for your neighborhood and price point? A fiberglass tub and shower surround might be OK in some neighborhoods but at my price point tile is expected. You say it is in a alcove, so three sides of the tub are going to be up against walls...
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    Name that rubber gasket

    You'll probably just need to buy the aerator, they only cost $8-10 and come with a new gasket. I don't think an O-ring would be thick enough to do the job, and a garden hose gasket would be too big. You could try Lowe's in both the plumbing section and for just a gasket the hardware section...
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    some options for trim under a porch

    You don't want to countersink the nails. The heads aren't huge but they are visible. If you counter sink them you'd need to caulk them, even with caulking they wouldn't be invisible. Most wood cutting blades are carbide tipped and the only kind I buy. Siding Nails
  8. Sparky617

    anybody watching the world cup what we call soccer but the rest of the world calls football

    Here is how Soccer came to be called Soccer, it didn't start in the USA. Soccer v Futboll
  9. Sparky617

    some options for trim under a porch

    Can you post a picture? Hardi cuts with woodworking blades. It is dusty and tough on the blades though. A good facemask is recommended. Hardi is attached with galvanized siding nails. I haven't worked with the prepainted stuff, I suspect they have color matched paint to go with it to handle...
  10. Sparky617

    AFCI breaker replacement

    I'm in the process of finishing my basement. I had to use combo AFCI/GFCI on all the circuits outlets and lighting. I'm not up on the current code, but I think the AFCIs are pretty much required everywhere these days with the GFCI addition for outdoors, garages, basements, kitchens and baths.
  11. Sparky617

    AFCI breaker replacement

    AFCI are more sensitive than regular breakers. If your panel is Eaton/CH you need to use one of their replacements. What does this breaker power? AFCI/GFCI combos are now required on many more circuits with the latest version of the code, but you're not required to retro fit your house to the...
  12. Sparky617

    Electrical Forum functioning?

    You can't just add up the circuits in the panel and compare it to the rating of the main breaker in a residential setting. My basement panel has a 100 amp breaker on it, with a 20 amp 2 pole breaker for the basement heat pump, a 30 amp 2 pole breaker for the aux heat on the heat pump, 5 20 amp...
  13. Sparky617

    Toilet bowl empty, tank full

    Could it be a blocked vent and the drains are pulling air through the toilet bowl? If you pour a bucket of water down the toilet how fast does it drain? For evaporation it would have to go several weeks, if not over a month to completely dry out the bowl.
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    Particleboard subfloors..... new carpet

    Termites don't really do much anything to drywall. Has the termite problem been solved and is the wood below solid? Soft drywall is usually from getting and staying wet for an extended period of time.
  15. Sparky617

    Is it okay to put magnets on the outside of my electric furnace?

    Magnets would have no impact on the air flow or function of the furnace.
  16. Sparky617

    Particleboard subfloors..... new carpet

    I'd be surprised if oil and latex paint mixed well. Oil and water and all that....
  17. Sparky617

    Particleboard subfloors..... new carpet

    Ours did as well, though I think it was donated paint. They blended the interior latex paints together and sold it by the gallon or 5 gallon bucket. My real estate agent wife got a bunch of paint a client left in their house. I did the same thing with all of it that wasn't bad and came up...
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    Particleboard subfloors..... new carpet

    I was looking at the mis-mixed paint at Lowe's the other day, not much of a bargain on the price. Years ago I got a 5 gallon bucket of a sand/tan paint for my garage that way, it was pretty cheap. But paint has gotten really expensive the past few years.
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    Particleboard subfloors..... new carpet

    When a neighbor had a major fire about 20 years ago the rebuilder painted all the wood that was retained in the rebuilding with Zinser BIN to seal in the smoke smell. In the rebuilding process they stripped everything back to bare studs and replaced anything that was charred, and replaced the...
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    Particleboard subfloors..... new carpet

    You could paint them with Zinser BIN or KILZ to seal in any smells like smoke in them. I don't see any advantage to roofing felt under carpet pad. If there are pet stains you might want to treat that first with Natures Miracle or similar product let dry and then paint it. What is below the...
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