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go to your local auto parts store and purchase an Easy Out or Screw Extractor. There are atleast 2 different kinds. I like the threaded ones that drill themselves into the screw as you turn.
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Hennessey Performance has twin turbo packages available for the Dodge Viper, although the Ram only has minor bolt ons. A test mule was used by the company to showcase a variant of the 800hp version of the Viper's kit inside the Ram, and the price tag was approximately $39,500. Transmission upgrades…
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Mulch and TermitesMulch adjacent to the foundation can provide food and moisture needed by termites and other insects.This should not be a real problem as long as you have a pest control company regularly inspect and spray.  CORRECT ANSWER:Im told that cedar, cypress and redwood much is too ha…
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Most building codes require engineering on structural issues that do not meet the definition of CONVENTIONAL DESIGN. I suggest that you get an engineer to evaluate the structure before you make any modifications. You may also need to obtain a local building permit. If you have a pole supporting a …
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That sounds like the kind of thing most people want to do from their imaginations and according to the shape/design of the lapa.  I've done 3 in the past few years and people loved every one.  As long as you understand basic bricklaying, you don't need plans, but if you feel really empty o…
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Unless you are replacing a 16 foot wide window, you will need to install a header. Your best bet to span that distance is a laminated beam or other engineered lumber, and you will need 3 jack studs supporting it on each side. Since you are making a structural change, you will need to pull a permit a…
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There is a wide array of costs concerning roof replacement, regardless of the area. The material used, size in square footage, labor costs, and so on. Sometimes a second layer of shingles can be added, but use caution since you may just be covering up an underlying issue with the roof structure or m…
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A repo man is not allowed to move a vehicle or open gate or anything to get what he wants. If the garage dor was open it would be a different story.   depending on the state a repo man can open a garage door to get collateral as long as he does not committ another crim in the process! i kno…
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I will assume that you are wanting to know the depth of the water for a 24x48" above ground pool. With the wall being 48" in height, I would usually tell the buyer to subtract 4-6" off of the wall height. So, in the case of the 48" wall, the water level will be anywhere between 42-44". !
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Use "pool repair mortar" if it is under water or any exterior latex fortified thinset mortar if it's not under water. After trying several types of products that didn't work I used "liquid nail" which can be purchased at a local hardware store. You then have to re-grout the tile and seal them.
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I just repaired my aluminum inground pool coping. The cause was not the same (jack hammer damage). I had damage from a tree falling into my pool and of course the aluminum coping was the recipient of the tree. The coping was severely bent, nearly upon itself at a couple of places. I got my auto body…
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Pool tile pops off very often. It happens most often on lifted walls that are set up to be a retaining wall. It also happens on the wall that divides the pool from the spa, also known as the spillway wall. The tiles should be replaced using thin set mixed with an acrylic instead of water. This makes…
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No, you don't have to have it done but it has to be included in your submittal plans. A well is a major project and can produce a lot of problems if done incorrectly. Choose a plumbing contractor carefully.
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One of the most common reason for rattling pipes is loose pipes that needs to be secured to the wood framing with the help of pipe clips. To solve this, rather than cutting through the walls and ceilings, you can access the pipe via an access panel or open area where the pipes are exposed such as ba…
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Depending on the condition of the bladder tank sometimes you can add more air to it for a temporary fix, but ultimately you will have to replace it. Press in the air valve on top to see if any water comes out, if so then the bladder is water logged.   Depending on the tank, the bladder can so…
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Fixing a leak You should first check fan vent outlet on roof - should have a flapper of some kind that may be stuck open or have a hole in it. If it only leaks when it is raining that is first clue. One other possibility is the vent pipe is running through cold attic causing condensation - you can w…
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It depends on your system. If your on city water you should be able to pull off the airaters on the sinks and open up all your fixtures until the air is out. If your on a well you could try the same thing. If it doesen't work on a well it could be that your well pump isn't filling your tank as fast …
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First, remove the shower head and test the valve. If you have plenty of water at the shower with the head removed, then the problem is a clogged shower head. Clean it or replace it. What the hell...just replace it. You deserve it. Go buy one of those cool shower massage heads to replace it. If you…
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Closet flanges should always have the bottom of the flange resting on top of the finished floor. So to answer this specific question, the tile should be under the flange and the flange should be secured to the subfloor.
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No and yes.Amendment (not from a professional plumber!): If you were simply running the sink drain into the shower drain and if there was not a reduction in pipe size, I would think you would be able to do that. I think the reason you need a trap for the sink has to do with code that requires a trap…
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Replace the shower valve (faucet).   I would call a plumber to check it out. Because there may be another reason, it depends on other things besides faucet. Like a crimped water line under slab floor, if you have copper water lines, i have seen the cooper pipe go all the way into a tee and bl…
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It depends where it is dripping from and why it is dripping. If it is an older faucet then a replacement kit for the guts might be in order. If it is dripping from the joints, then a little teflon tape on the hreads should be all you need.
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The pressure in your tank should be checked with water drained from the tank, with the water drained the air pressure in the tank should be set 2psi lower than your kick in pressure. So for a kick in pressure of 25psi the tank air pressure should be set at 23psi.Ans 2 - Water should NOT be totally d…
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%REPLIES% Answer Clogged drain or toilet. Answer Also check the vent holes under the rim and clean the out.
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I know this might be cheating, but you can always contact your local water company and tell them that you are planning to do some digging for some project (make up something plausible!) and ask if they will let you know where all your underground pipes are so you won't damage them while working on y…
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let me see if I understand the question correctly - you have a whirlpool tub that you also use as a shower? You must first know if the piping coming into your home is 1/2" or 3/4". If it is 1/2" I would recommend using a separate filler for the whirlpool - a wall mount tub filler - and then a separa…
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Shower valve is bad. Replace it.Ans 2 - Shower valves often become plugged with debris. Many of them can simply be cleaned by carefully removing the control lever and and ball and then picking out the debris. Be careful to lay all parts in order if you dismantle it. This may take about an hour, but …
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A 3" or greater sized floor drain with p-trap doesn't need a vent providing,the fixture drain or(the pipe leading horisontally to the p-trap)is, as or longer,than 18".A p-trap lesser than 3" must be vented.
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Pull the toilet. Check the closet flange. If it is not loose or broken, replace the wax ring and closet bolts. Reset toilet. Level with wobble wedges. Caulk base of toilet.
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The simple answer is insulate the pipe. Foam tubing, non expanding insulationg foam or regular insulation. You may not be able to eliminate the noise, but you can minimize it. If the pipe is exposed it will be a lot easier to do
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I just got a dome home that was built in 1984, the house was a repo. We got it for what we feel was a great deal. The only water problems that we have seen is the 3 skylites have leaks around them. Now that does not scare us because some of our friends have reg. homes with skylites that leak at time…
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Not really, but if you consider the versatility of dome construction you don't really need more.Monolithic domes can be designed in some very interesting freeform shapes.And geodesic domes can be customized and personalized so they don't look like "cookie cutter" or prefab homes. Personally, I love …
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You could purchase a set of home plans for a few hundred dollars, and then hire an architect to put in the items you want and/or that are required by code. You could save money on this by following other ways, but it seems that for proper planning and cost estimates that this would be one thing not …
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Not really, It's mostly to increase the R-Factor. (More insulation, 6" instead of 3 1/2". The energy codes today require more insulation in new construction. Answer Your question is a little dificult to answer not knowing the configuration of your building. And there are a couple different ki…
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I found an article on a website with information on central air conditioning prices click the link.
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Just completed similar rebuild 3 years ago. Hired the original builder and after watching realized I could do this myself.The support behind the pool walls should be similar to that of interior walls in your home. There should be a stud (2x4) spaced evenly every 16". Remove the old walls without dam…
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The simple calculation is to divide the cost of the home by the number of square feet in the home. Typically, internet sites such as Zillow will do the work for you and list the price/square foot. There may be a big difference between the price per square foot on the asking price and the price on ho…
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To be honest, my whole family have had to hold down the handle to get it to flush in one of our toilet for two years until today that I searched this page and do my trouble shooting. I replaced the Flapper two years ago, and did not realize that the first step that you need to do is to cut the col…
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Installation of a shower pan liner First you must measure the shower pan area, then you need to make sure that your liner has enough room to cover at least 8 inches above the floor base for at least 3 corners of a rectangular or square shower pan. The liner is sold in a seven foot width or a 6 f…
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My right side air vent is also on all the ime. The lever opens & closes a damper behind the louvres. You can remove the Louvre with a needle-nose plier by grabbing and pulling straight out. Then you can see how the Louvre housing is snapped into place in the dash. When you pull it out, you shoul…
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Answer Try this easy solution - go to www.worthhomeproducts.com This is a product that simply screws in to a recessed can without having to rewire or remove the can and converts it to a hanging pendant light. A cover plate covers the old can and the cord length is adjustable. Very neat. OR you …
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Answer For a rough estimate, you could multiple the outside dimensions Length times Width and get total sq. ft of the home. Example: A ranch style home 50' X 30' would have 1500 sq. ft. If you wanted a more exact measurement of total living space, then find the dimensions of each room and mul…
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Most kitchen cabinets are different, but they should come from the manufacturer or supplier with wall brackets. When fitting these brackets to the wall make sure that you have a solid base to fix your screws. If the wall is made of stone then you can use 'rawl' plugs and screws, if the wall is plat…
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over budget, ordering material and getting the best prices ,hiring sub contactors, delays on materials, subcontractors not being able to meet deadlines , unforseen problems that run you over budget,weather,injuries,storage of materials that you need and get a better price buying in bulk, machinery …
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I have used a product called Goof Off. One could probably purchase it at Home Depot. It is specifically used to remove water-based, latex paints off of fabric or other surfaces. I would test a small spot first to make sure it will not damage of discolor the surface. I have used this on fabric be…
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Using Underwater Glue, you can easily repair pool liners without draining the pool. Instructions are below. 1. Get a piece of PVC (vinyl) liner patch material that would provide a surface approx 2" larger than the slit all the way around the slit. 2. If possible, rough up with sandpaper both the a…
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I would glue it with silicon and hold the edges with tape till firm.
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Towel Bar HeightHere is input:Whatever height is most comfortable for you considering your height. If you are remodeling a home to sell, I would place it at around 4 feet. Just make sure that a large bath towel will not drag on the floor.Standard adult towel bar height is indeed 48". For kids, 36" i…
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Try using 3-m spray glue. make sure surface is clean. squirt a "light"coat on both surfaces, let it sit for a minute, lay it down. WARNING once you lay it down, you cant pull it up again, so do it right the first time.
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It is possible to build a roof deck it is built similar to a dormer in the roof space obviously bigger but the principle is the same. Depending on size and building regulations this will determine the cost. It can be expensive.ANSWERHow are you accessing it? The door threshold is one of the tricky p…
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There are two fairly straightforward ways to square up such a structure. Measure the length of the two diagonals. If they are equal, it is square. If not, adjust the position accordingly. If you are applying a plywood floor, you can generally use the edges of the first sheet of plywood for a square…
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If I understand your query correctly, stress grading refers to how much load a particular piece of lumber can handle. The longer a board the more it will flex, thus less load it can take. Different sizes and species will vary in their abilities. Such as Douglas fir is stonger than SPF. Laminated bea…
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u can use construction adhesive or build the wall out w/ 2x4 on the flat .....then glue @ nail 2 the wood. better yet use small concrete nails into mortar joints thru 1" x 3/4" furring strips spaced an 16" centers. small lag screws into lead expanders work well if mortar is too hard and as stated ab…
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Answer It depends on how it is broke. BClear. From underneath
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you can use either "bondo" or "Minwax Wood Filler" to patch the wood.Dont mix more that you can use in 5-10 min.. Use a good stiff putty knife,let set ,sand, then prime and paint.This will hold up in Minnesota winters/summers(not to mention bondo is used on cars and boats). Hope this will work for …
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heat the other side of the door if you can & scrap off - it does work, we removed the insulation from aluminum sheeting that way
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- If there is any part of it that is sticking out, try to get a bite on it with a pair of vise grips an turn it out. - If it is broke flush, drill it out or counter sink it and putty over it. - Use a dremel with a small wheel to cut a groove across the top that you can see. Then use a flatblade sc…
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Until all the rebar is gone. Rebar is just low grade steel with next to nothing in it to prevent rust. After a surface coat of rust gets on it (2-3 days) it will slow the process but it will never stop. Rebar is normally set inside concrete which also slows down the rusting but if you break open an…
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The price will vary within the State and depends on the location of the house. Check with local people, such as the insurance companies, builder's association, and possibly the building department. The price is not dropping like you might think due to the poor housing market. Labor and materials wil…
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Move furniture against the walls or out of the room.Lay thick plastic over the entire floor.Drape thinner plastic down the walls covering everything but the ceiling.Spray the ceiling with a fine mist of water.Scrape the ceiling using 12 inch dry wall blades.Remove the acoustic.Coat seams and nail ho…
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..I dont know of software, but as an alternative you can build a scale model using, say 1/2 inch to the foot, and get a good feel for the building.. ..there are a few probs with dome houses you might think about: ..harder to divide interior spaces than conventional frame construction, and insulation…
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Water can very well find it's way through the floor. It is usually at areas where the tile meets a vertical area at a shower or tub. Movement can occur in these areas. It is best to caulk joints such as these, instead of grout. The caulking will flex, but the grout will crack and allow water to …
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A sagging garage door is, basically, a structural engineering difficulty. While the most thorough and best approach to remove the problem is by having a structural engineer in to look at the garage, take measurements and fix the sag; there are things you can do yourself to fix the problem, although …
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There is a Phillips head screw under the plastic cover.
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First, if you have not installed the wall sheating you should be able to force your framing back to square with the use of tempory bracing.Bracing should be used to keep framing square and plumb.It should be install on the interior as to allow the wall sheathing to be installed with bracing in plac…
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A lapa is a thatched outdoor entertainment area, of African origin. All the sides are usually open and the support poles are round wooden poles. WRT finding plans, there are companies who sell them over the internet. Search for "lapa plans" AnswerThere is a site called builditall that sells a numbe…
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yellow flames are created when the fuel turns into vapour and burns . if the fuel is a clean fuel then if we heat it it produces only heat not a light producing flame(blue flame).If the fuel burns with a yellow flame it means it is not burnt completely and releases unburnt carbon (clean fuel produce…
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Answer Actually, there are several solutions to this problem. First there is Augured-Pier additions. There are a lot of companies doing this. Another is called Hydraulic-Jacking. This is done by pumping a concrete type material under the footing slab under high pressure. There are others as well.…
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If you are going to build the house and pay for materials only, and you already own the land I would think in the $40-$50/ft range. If you add the building, and land cost into the Sq Ft, it would be in the $75-100 Sq FT range. Track homes with land included are going to run in the $100-150/sq. ft. r…
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There is a school, in Washington State, I believe, that teaches artificial stone construction....very hands-on from what I hear...and a little spendy. For more info: www.jpjtechnologies.com You can take insulfoam board, obviously thick, cut it down to desired size then flash it with a hand h…
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Construction pay Construction workers can make up to $1500 a week, but most work is seasonal so yearly income can very from $25,000 and up. ---------- According to the National Construction Estimator for 2008, laborers make $19.01 and carpenters, $23.23/hr as an average in the USA, in residential c…
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Turn off the power. Take the box apart. Attach the box to the wall either using the studs inside the wall (if there are no holes in the box to let you do this, you need to drill them into the metal box...if this is beyond your skill level call an electrician) Or else, attach the box surface-m…
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Yes, is there an attic? Or the roof can be raised. Or try putting in skylights to help brighten the area and make it feel more open. ANSWERRaising ceilings is something I've done a number of times. If you can't cut into the attic for some reason (like trusses), then you may have to actually raise th…
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It depends on how you define a sunroom. A sunroom made with either aluminum, pvc, or wood with 80% glass walls can range between 200 - 600 a square foot. An addition can start at 110 a square foot and go to 400 a square foot. Cost per square feet for a home addition depends on several variables. Th…
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First you may want to cover the floor for easier clean-up -- Get a roll of plastic sheeting from Home Depot. and spread it out. You can use one of those pump up exterminator spray canisters with the long angled spray nozzle to spray the popcorn.Spray a little water on ceiling and let sit for 10 minu…
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Cutting rafters requires knowledge of rise,run and line length per foot of run and skill with a 'framing square' and power saw. Advanced Roof Framing by Marshal Gross is a good book to read about it. Home owners should never ,ever cut a rafter. It might be a supporting rafter, and to cut one you n…
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Common raw materials used for making glass consist of the following: Sand: finely divided rock and mineral particles, typically high in silica (silicon dioxide: SiO2). Soda ash: sodium carbonate: Na2CO3. Dolomite: calcium magnesium carbonate: CaMg(CO3)2. Limestone: a sedimentary rock composed largel…
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For a house window, you can check with a local glass company. Sometimes, your home insurance will cover replacement; however for such a small window the cost should not be high. I replaced a window once. Clear out the broken glass and putty. Take measurements of the window (3 for width at top, botto…
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There is product called Kerdi-mat check it out we use it always. I am a renovator. Good luck
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Answer The question is a little confusing. If the floor is level you just put the bottom of the sliding glass door track on the floor. With the stationary section of glass in place the one side of the door should now be quite plumb and all you have to do is attach that part of the frame to the ho…
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Yes you can. You must first paint over the old plaster with a product such as Eucoweld, which chemically adheres the new plaster to the old.
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Tile is one of the oldest types of finish covering used on pitched roofs. Tile roofing has grown increasingly popular because of its fireproofing qualities. Clay or concrete tile roofing is available in a variety of styles. Clay tile is manufactured by baking plates of molded clay into tile, and is …
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Standing seam roofs can be a pain to flash penetrations sometimes because, invariably, the penetration usually lands on one of the seams (Murphy's Law?). My solution would be to have a local sheetmetal shop custom build a flashing for you. It may cost you a little bit, but not near as much as the d…
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The best paint to use is a semi-gloss, EXTERIOR latex house paint. Yes, exterior. The reason is that exterior house paint has fungicides added at the time of manufacture to prevent mold and mildew growth on the outside of your house. Since your bathroom happens to be a warm, wet environment perfect …
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Staining WoodApplying stains to most kinds of wood can be done with a fairly simple technique. I would start with a fine haired brush, one that will "suck up" alot of stain, which tends to be much thinner than paints and polyurethanes. Then lightly brush the stain onto the surface. Keep in mind that…
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Generally speaking, softwoods are best for paper making as it's easier to split or break up the fibres in the pulping process. Softwood fibres tend to be more flexible than hardwood fibres which lends itself to making thin flexible sheets.Examples of softwoods are Fir, Spruce, and Pine. a good site …
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I'm not sure I understand the material your using. I'm assuming it is wood. IF so, don't miter them unless you have a good supply of valium. Take two pieces of 5/4" and rip them down to make a corner. The siding will dive into the corner and look good. All straight cuts, no valium. BCLEAR.If your sa…
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Could be bacteria build-upIf your vehicle has air conditioning the smell could be caused by build up of bacteria on the heater matrix and in the vents, as this bacteria decays it causes a smell inside the cabin, this can be resolved by purchasing air specialist air con cleaner the is sprayed into th…
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A hair dryer and a butter knife. Use the blowdryer to heat up and soften the caulking from around the tub or tile. Sometimes it will just pull up like a string sometimes you need to use the butter knife.I used bleach to really clean and disinfect the area before I re-do the job.Always test first on …
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Many things. Not only does a building need to be apealing to the eye, it has to be structurally sound. Snow loads, wind loads, high water areas all affect design. The type of construction to be used is always a factor (wood, steel, concrete, masonry)and all types of construction design will differ b…
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From Google, these sites provide a pretty clear explanation. The full document can be obtained from the Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA. RIBA Plan of WorkRIBA Plan of Work. The following information is taken from "Services Supplement: Design and Management" from the RIBA publication "St…
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Use an efficient designer.The time of year should be considered to begin a project.Weather is a major player in most consruction projects.If project last more than a year it can still determine a fast start.If a good start is achieved do not let up something will happen to slow things down. Always u…
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This is a very good question! First is the design phase. To complete this you will have to answer the following questions and more, but this is a good start. What are we trying to build? What do we want it to look like when we are done? Where are we building it? Are there any site element prob…
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Both manufacture excellent products and both have inexpensive "contractor grade" products as well. In general, just find something that you like and try to get the best price you can.ANS 2 - Both are good products, but so are Mansfield, Porcher, Toto, Franke, Blanco. I'd recommend visiting a couple …
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Hello there...depending on how sturdy it needs to be. Does it have to support weight? If not go to your local home depot and buy 1 sheet of 1/4 birch luan and a hot glue gun...Then to you local hobby shop for some 1/2 inch by 1/2 balsa wood for the supports...that would be lightest way to do it...ma…
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The quality of vinyl siding differs from one manufacturer to the other. Different grades of vinyl are used that differ in their thickness, durability, and colors. Thicker vinyl siding is pricier and said to be more durable than thinner siding. While shopping for siding, homeowners must do their hom…
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Answer To determine foundation failure, you need to answer the following questions. For Concrete/Masonry foundations: Are there cracks or voids? Is there lateral or vertical movement in any of the cracks or voids? Is water getting in at any crack or void? Is water getting in at all? F…
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Auto parts stores sell mirror adhesive. It's very similar to superglue. The glass and the mirror mounting hardware must both be completely clean before attempting to attach the mirror.
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You will need a masonary bit slightly smaller than the masonary screws that you will also need, the screws are blue, usually Phillips head, and are distinct because they have two differant size threads on the shaft, if you want a picture of what they look like I have a few laying around, contact me …
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