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  1. Electrical
    Remodeling my master bath at the far end of a rambler and adding a hot tub (240/50amp). I will be installing a 100 amp subpanel. The run with up and down will be approximately 125' through attic. What size/type of wire/cable should I use? Does the wire/cable need to be in conduit? I would...
  2. Building & Construction
    Hello, my cape is your stereotypical cape and was not properly insulated so im currently tackling this project. Im in climate zone 5A. I know there are two methods of doing this. The first would be setting the thermal boundry at the kneewall and the second is including the crawlspace in the...
  3. Insulation
    Hello, I'm looking into adding some insulation in my attic where it is definitely lacking. I believe I'm in Zone 7 (Colorado Springs, CO) which has a recommendation of R49 to R60, and there is a large section (about 25'x25') of my attic over the living room which only has about 4-6 inches of...
  4. Plumbing
    Hi everyone, I added a new floor to a split level. The new wall is now right next to my main vent stack pipe (which isn't up to code) and on the low side of the roof. I need to move the pipe further toward the center of the roof and then exit and penetrate my new roof overhang and exit above...
  5. Building & Construction
    I am looking at purchasing a home that has some soot damage on the top of the roof rafters. They are located in the old attic where a chimney reportedly used to run. I have attached the photos. Wondering if some of you can give me a ballpark on replacing the damaged rafters and making this...
  6. Insulation
    Hey all I just recently bought a 1947 cape in NJ climate zone 4. I'm unsure the best way to go about insulating the attic space. Currently it has two gable vents and a ridge vent, There is no soffit vents. The upstairs room also has knee walls and a collar attic. I'm looking for the best way to...
  7. Insulation
    Hi All - I recently bought an old house in Bay Area, CA. The previous owner held it as investment property and does not know when the attic insulation was last updated. I took some pics of the attic from my cell phone on an extended tripod. This area is roughly in the middle of the home. It...
  8. HVAC
    All - Building a new home; a basement, main floor and an upstairs. Heated and cooled sq footage is about 4,200 total. Location is near SLC, UT. There is a utility closet for a furnace/AC/water heater in the basement. Thought that would be all we needed for hardware. Got a text from my...
  9. Electrical
    What is this piece of metal called? It's in the attic of my single-story home, and it's along the outside wall the length of my house. Does it go all the way to the ground? I want to run my ethernet cable down the wall from the attic, but I assume there is no way to run it down along the...
  10. Building & Construction
    We had a second story added to our house 28 years ago. The original first story attic had large vents on the gable ends. The second story is set back from the first story, so now I don't think these vents serve much of a purpose since there is no accessible attic – just a couple feet of empty...
  11. General DIY Discussions
    I bought a 1940 house. The thermal images from inspection indicated the home had good wall insulation but I’m wondering if thicker 1940 drywall is perhaps masking realities as the house does not do a good job holding temps. The inspector did point out poor attic insulation which was an R of...
  12. General DIY Discussions
    I have a cape cod and I’m looking for any insight on how to remodel this. Originally I wanted to remove most of the walls, and extend the knee wall back further to open up the space but after researching I’m hesitant to do. I’m unsure of which walls are load bearing as all my research on this...
  13. Insulation
    Hi, I'm in the process of buying my first house. Because I'm not familiar with types of insulations I wanted to ask you guys for your wisdom. I took a picture of the attic insulation and would love to hear what you guys think. Thanks in advance.
  14. Insulation
    Hi, I am concerned about the heat that is captured in the attic space. I live in Vancouver Canada and today was 27c (80f) but the attic was about 50c, Is this to be expected? An insulation man came around to quote on blowing more insulation in, and recons the airflow for the atic space was...
  15. Building & Construction
    We moved into a new home last year and I’m still adjusting to it. It’s a two story home and when it’s REALLY windy out, you can hear the house creaking. Today I took my baby into his room for the first time and we were laying on the ground playing. It’s rather windy and I could hear the attic...
  16. Insulation
    Dumb question, I know, but the rolls of insulation I'm using are just three inches too short for the space. The obvious answer is just to stuff an extra 3" into the remaining space, but it's in the hard-to-access corner of a peaked roof. I could cut each roll in the middle and have a little path...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    Hey there, was crawling around in the attic looking for signs of a carpet beetle infestation (found a few and want to be sure there isn’t a foothold) While crawling around way deeper than I normally roam I found this... is this mold? And if so is this thousands of dollars of problem or what...
  18. Building & Construction
    Just bought an old home with a detached 1905 brick garage w/ loft. Currently, the only way to access the space is by pulling out a ladder and climbing through a 16" opening at the end. I'd like to install a ladder for easier access to ultimately build out a loft space. Garage specs, specific...
  19. Insulation
    Hi folks, I'm working on the top floor of my 1905 fixer upper foursquare in Pittsburgh, PA. One of the jobs is to make the temperature much more comfortable, as it has no problem reaching triple digits in the peak of the summer. I'll be adding a whole house fan to pull the cooler air from the...
  20. Insulation
    My home's insulation is totally inadequate. It has some sort of blown in cellulose fiber insulation. When I moved some of the laid in place pieces of plywood looking for a wiring fault, which I found by the way, I saw that the grey white fibers are now compacted down to 2 inches at most. Is it...
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