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  1. Question: Insulated Walls

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    To determine how much insulation is required you...

    To determine how much insulation is required you need to list how much you are willing to spend heating/cooling the space. This means what is the common temperature difference between inside and...
  2. Question: Concrete blocks

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    A couple reasons. Firstly, the extra mass is not...

    A couple reasons. Firstly, the extra mass is not required structurally. If it was you would probably pour your wall instead of using blocks. Secondly, the hollows are there as insulation. Filled with...
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    british bill - The problem is not the cracking,...

    british bill - The problem is not the cracking, it is the moisture on the outside that isn't being drained away. Concrete unless installed like a swimming pool will crack. The trick is to realize...
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    You could glue it down. But first, are you asking...

    You could glue it down. But first, are you asking because you don't want to permentantly damage the tile (ie: temporary wall) ?
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    Ok, so the grout/mortar was cured enough. I shall...

    Ok, so the grout/mortar was cured enough. I shall assume you made very sure that there was no soap residue prior to application. Did you check the grout/mortar that was used to see if it had an...
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    Mary, the peeling sealer could be caused by...

    Mary, the peeling sealer could be caused by applying it before the groute/mortar was properly cured, or dry or with a soap film. OR the other common problem is that some groutes and glass block...
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    If you can buy a premade pan that is recommended...

    If you can buy a premade pan that is recommended by the block supplier, that is a good route to go. If not, have a plumber build you a pan. This is not a situation for the average DIY.
  8. Question: Shower dooor

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    Sounds like your plumber left his level (or plumb...

    Sounds like your plumber left his level (or plumb bob ;) ) at home the day he installed your shower. Typically with these shower doors, the doors stay straight but the frame is installed crooked....
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    The only thing that will come close to removing...

    The only thing that will come close to removing groute is muriatic acid. This will work for a very light or haze of groute. Anything thicker and you are out of luck.
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    Sounds like the thinset is well bonded. Check...

    Sounds like the thinset is well bonded. Check with your contractor if you can get away with just doing a new flat skim coat of thinset over the existing to create a surface for him. Other wise you...
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    Any solvents that will "melt" the glue would be...

    Any solvents that will "melt" the glue would be to hazardous to use for the amount of area you have to do. You might try renting a drum sander with 10 grit paper. That should take down the wood...
  12. Question: Shower dooor

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    What is the make and model of the door?

    What is the make and model of the door?
  13. Question: Finishing drywall

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    Check the surface of that area. You will probably...

    Check the surface of that area. You will probably find many little craters. When you apply the mud you cover but don't fill those holes. As you work the mud, the air in the crater is compressed and...
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    I would check the venting. If this has been a...

    I would check the venting. If this has been a problem from day 1, check the roof vent and see if they remembered to remove the test cap(s). By leaving those caps in place the sewer gas has no place...
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    The high PSI has no effect on the drains....

    The high PSI has no effect on the drains. However... poor workmanship which is common for a flipped house does effect drains. There are many places water could be leaking and each has it's own unique...
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    In many Apt. buildings/complexs they share...

    In many Apt. buildings/complexs they share exhaust venting. If the check valve/damper is stuck or missing, exhaust fumes from other apts. Can migrate into yours via the inter connected exhaust...
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    Before you jam your arm where the sun don't shine...

    Before you jam your arm where the sun don't shine ;) stop by a vetinary / farm supply store and get a full arm glove. It will make this a lot less unpleasant and a lot safer/hygenic.
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    Possible solution for you... Your old panel...

    Possible solution for you... Your old panel becomes a pony panel and the new service and main panel go where ever the inspector wants it. Pony panels are subject to a laxer set of standards.
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    Have you considered poping off the baseboard and...

    Have you considered poping off the baseboard and running the BX and boxes behind it. I have used this method in a few places and it works well. Luckily the code here allows this.
  20. Question: Plaster walls

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    Sheetrock 20 is another. Be careful when wetting...

    Sheetrock 20 is another. Be careful when wetting the old plaster. Some the old lime based plasters have a tendency to self-destruct when they get wet.
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    Or, a false wall to continue the ventalation up...

    Or, a false wall to continue the ventalation up to the next roof.
  22. Question: Shower dooor

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    Is the door plastic or glass? Have some pictures?...

    Is the door plastic or glass? Have some pictures? Anyway, it probably is the frame that is warped. The only real way to fix this usually involves re-installing the frame. Make sure that all mating...
  23. Question: Finishing drywall

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    The cheat for this situation is to run a bead of...

    The cheat for this situation is to run a bead of Silicon Latex caulk at the junction instead of tape and mud. This is a far from optimum solution. It all depends on where your quality craftsmanship...
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    There are several Hi-adhesion primers that are...

    There are several Hi-adhesion primers that are compatible with tile. To ensure a good job try to degloss the surfaces first with a Silicon Carbide sandpaper.
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    Try to add some soffit vents and make sure that...

    Try to add some soffit vents and make sure that there is airspace between the roof deck and insulation. If you don't ensure adequate insulation that space will be an oven.
  26. Question: Corian countertop

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    Epoxy glue. For a seemless repair I recommend an...

    Epoxy glue. For a seemless repair I recommend an official corrion installer. They have better access to the appropriate color matched epoxies. Btw, how old is the countertop? It should be covered...
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    You can also try "chair doctor glue" ...

    You can also try "chair doctor glue"

    http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&cat=1,110&p=30261
  28. You can try forming a groute transition or a...

    You can try forming a groute transition or a commercial glue in place metal transition. Normally the glue in place transition is installed with the tile. If the tile is already installed you can try...
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    Yes you do need to put up vapor barrier. See the...

    Yes you do need to put up vapor barrier. See the following:
    Keeping the Heat In
    And
    http://www.buildingscience.com/documents/reports/rr-0202-basement-insulation-systems/attachment_download/file
  30. Question: Painting Licenses

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    Depends on where you are.

    Depends on where you are.
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    If the studs are 2x4 and there is drywall on both...

    If the studs are 2x4 and there is drywall on both sides, they should support your TV.
  32. Question: Repairing drywall

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    You should mud and tape the crack. If it's along...

    You should mud and tape the crack. If it's along the drywall joints you should put in some new screws as well since you may have "popped" the drywall loose.
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    For rafters you would use metal joists. Your...

    For rafters you would use metal joists. Your supplier will help you pick the right size.
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    Have you considered a corrugated steel arch with...

    Have you considered a corrugated steel arch with concrete on the ends and backfill on top?
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    The moisture you mention is common. It was always...

    The moisture you mention is common. It was always there but you never had any plastic there to catch it before. It does indicate you have a slight problem with drainage around your foundation but...
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    You can also try this one... Span Calculator...

    You can also try this one...
    Span Calculator
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    I'm sorry but I can't narrow it down anymore...

    I'm sorry but I can't narrow it down anymore until I know more about your current span.
    Btw, to calculate for dimensional lumber, try this:
    Maximum Span Calculator for Joists & Rafters
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    Only for backfilling, it's still half the size it...

    Only for backfilling, it's still half the size it needs to be for digging through roots. In this situation you should be looking at some in the order of a Case 580 or better.
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    A Google produced this... ...

    A Google produced this...
    http://waterthatmovesyou.com/pdf/TILEFLNGKIT.PDF

    Or as HTML

    Tile Flange Kit
  40. Question: Basement bathroom

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    Your question is a little too broad to be covered...

    Your question is a little too broad to be covered simply here. I suggest a vist to the local library first. You also need to know a few things about your new bathroom before you start thinking about...
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    For most of what you want to do a small hi-hoe...

    For most of what you want to do a small hi-hoe would be the way to go. The main issue you will find is that roots are worse than rocks when it comes to digging. Most of the damage you do to the trees...
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    About $100 per sq. ft. as a rough guide.

    About $100 per sq. ft. as a rough guide.
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    Putting in those "short pieces" is the same as...

    Putting in those "short pieces" is the same as putting in a knee wall and the has the same problems. The best fix here would be to sister in some 2x6's beside the 2x4's.
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    Actually the standard for basements has changed....

    Actually the standard for basements has changed. Remove the roofing paper. Run vapor barrier needs to start from above grade level (but not to the ceiling) down the foundation wall, under your wall...
  45. Question: Hole in wall

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    assuming that you are using a glued in ceramic...

    assuming that you are using a glued in ceramic towel rack...
    cut a piece of straping (1x3) as long as you can fit into the hole and span both sides of the hole. Glue it in place with power grab or...
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    Homepage - Schluter-Systems...

    Homepage - Schluter-Systems
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    The products are made by Schluter Systems Inc....

    The products are made by Schluter Systems Inc. and they are very expensive. Here in Canada :D we are starting to have reasonable imitation products become available. I have used the Schluter products...
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    Most building codes require the drain to be...

    Most building codes require the drain to be completely concreted in due to issues of moisture, radon and insects.
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    Make sure there is no frost in the ground where...

    Make sure there is no frost in the ground where you are pouring.
    If you do pour, do it first thing in the morning so you can cover and insulate the concrete by the evening. Concrete generates heat...
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    Forgot this link in the last, it's for the...

    Forgot this link in the last, it's for the TrusJoist calculations;
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