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  1. General DIY Discussions
    The firebrick (refractory brick) in my old fireplace was badly crumbling away so I decided to replace it. I bought a bunch of new refractory brick from a local mason and also some Heat Stop mortar I plan to use. After pulling down the old brick, I ran into an issue. 2 of the 3 walls (left...
  2. Remodeling
    Hoping for some help here... I have dropped my ceiling about 3 inches (from the original concrete ceiling) in order to fit wiring and pot lights between the new drywall and original concrete. Mounted on the original concrete ceiling is a smoke detector and heat detector. I am thinking to cut...
  3. Appliances
    I have hardwired smoke alarms in my house. 4 in bedrooms/hallway upstairs, 1 on my main floor in my dining room and 1 in my basement. About 6 months ago my dining room and basement alarms started beeping once every 38 seconds. I installed new batteries but it wouldn't stop so I unhooked them. I...
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello everyone, I need some advice. Especially the advice of you brick masons out there. Thanks for your help. Here it goes! I built a firepit using instructions I found on a DIY fire pit from the "Family Handyman" magazine. Maybe some of you are familiar with it. If not, the full...
  5. HVAC
    Hi. The other day, I came home to a house that smelled like burned plastic. After inspecting every DIY electrical thing I'd ever done, I realized it seemed to be related to the HVAC. I had a tech come out and he quickly found that our disconnect box in the attic (50 amp connection for air...
  6. Drywall & Plaster
    What's the accepted practice for drywalling around a plumbing penetration, when the drywall is meant to have a fire resistant effect? In this case it's a 1940's boiler room partially covered in sheetrock, but later compromised to run new copper freshwater (not steam) pipes. I'm thinking of...
  7. General DIY Discussions
    When i moved into my new house 5 years ago, I ripped out the wooden fire place from the living room. however, I now wish to install a small log burner. Anyone know what I need to do to the existing chimney to connect my log burner to it? :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
  8. Plumbing
    Two centuries since fire sprinkler system was first developed. Water based fire extinguishing is closely related with Plumbing and Fire sprinkler Systems mostly in many places. It has also developed to a great extent, though it's deem necessity to peep more into this matter. I found the above...
  9. Electrical
    I am no-where near an electrician, but I recently replaced a light fixture in my un-born babies room. After I disconnected the fixture I noticed that the wires connecting to the fixture are copper and the ground is a thick guage of something.... Aluminum? The NEW fixture is equiped with two...
  10. Building & Construction
    Hello DIY Community, This is my first post, and I'm hoping I can solicit some advice from the knowledge on here! My wife and I recently moved into a 100 year old home and completely gutted/renovated the interior. One of the final pieces left to finish is a fireplace on the mail floor. I've...
  11. Building & Construction
    I am working on a house that has an attached garage. The ceiling over the garage is framed with joists 24" OC, with some sort of plaster board or cement board coated with 1/2 inch of plaster, apparently following building plans submitted to the city. The previous owner installed a huge...
  12. Electrical
    Hi, I just moved into a house and was told I needed to add a cover plate over the 4-wire 240v dryer recepticle. The standard Home Depot cover plates were too small to fit over the recepticle head so i decided to replace the recepticle with a smaller headed version that my cover plate would fit...
  13. Building & Construction
    What is the best way to build a fire rated wall assembly? Good question... I have been looking into just this the past 36 hours and have found many options. Which one is the best? Looking for answers...
  14. Flooring
    While in my basement this AM, I looked up among the floor joist and noticed on the plywood underlying the first floor what appeared to be two "burn" mark - irregular ciricles about 3 inches wide. The two marks are below the stove in my kitchen, as best as I can see. I beleive that the marks...
  15. Building & Construction
    Hope I posted this in the right forum. I had some extra OSB so I nailed it up around my furnace and hot water tank. Basically as some sort of wall instead of having bare studs showing. I've heard that this is not a good idea and I should cover it in drywall as a better fire stop just in case...
  16. HVAC
    Last night, there was a big whoosh sound in my house followed by a good amount of smoke. Even an orange glow was observed through the vent right behind my Central AC air handler. It has new fans inside and out, but is a very old unit. I observed smoke coming out from a small pipe near the...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    Hi all - we just moved into a new house with a freestanding fireplace (similar to this http://www.mid-century-modern.com/product_images/malminaction.jpg) . Thinking about lighting it last night, I noticed the floor of the hearth, or what the grate sits on was not hard stone, but some kind of...
  18. New Member Introductions
    Hello. We had a house fire and had no insurance at the time. We lost most everything. The fire was caused by a multiple wall jack. We started working with a guy who befriended us and told us he was a contractor, but when I asked for the permit and an expense report after his request for more...
  19. Electrical
    Hello all. I need to know how to properly hard wire together 2 smoke detectors on the same floor so that if one detects a fire, both of them will set off their alarms. I have heard that you a need 3 wire cable to go between both alarms, but I don't know for sure what I need. Also, what...
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