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  1. Flooring
    I have installed engineered wood flooring throughout my house, over a plywood subfloor. My flooring is 4 1/2 wide x 48" long x 9/16 thick, with tongue and groove. The flooring is nailed down over plywood. My engineered flooring is NOT click-lock, it is tongue and groove meant to be glued or...
  2. Roofing/Siding
    Just got our house and garage reroofed for many bucks. While working in my newly roofed garage, I ran some Romex along the roof (between skip sheeting) and used romex staples to secure the cable. After about 8 of them, I realized that I penetrated the OSB sheathing and possibly the new shingles...
  3. Flooring
    Hello! I've read through the forum and haven't found an answer for this one: We recently installed engineered hardwood on our main level (i.e. above grade, no significant moisture issues) over a plywood subfloor. The product allows for float/click, glue, or staple installation, and we opted...
  4. Flooring
    I live in Colorado. I'm replacing my carpet on my main level with engineered wood flooring. Should I nail, glue, or float the engineer wood flooring? I have all the options available. How hard is it to nail it and glue it? Does floating floors sound the same? If I nail and glue then what...
  5. Flooring
    Newbie here. I am planning to install baseboard (never done that before - first time). Spent countless hours on youtube, bought Ryobi Miter saw and ordered Pine baseboard (5180). I don't have a nail gun and my budget is around $50. Is it worth to buy from harbor freight? Also, what nail gun i...
  6. Building & Construction
    My cousin already has a 4 gallon air compressor that runs 2.8 SCFM at 90 psi. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...a#.UTOTRBy1k60 Will that be ok to use with; http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...html?hftref=cj
  7. Building & Construction
    http://menards.com/main/tools-hardware/power-tools/compressors-and-pneumatic-tools/nailers-staplers/surebonder-offset-round-clipped-head-3-1-2-framing-nailer/p-1796004-c-12912.htm Would this nail gun be sufficient for framing my basement walls? I plan on using 10d 6.35cm framing nails and...
  8. Carpentry
    Hi Everyone, I'm starting to finish my basement, and have been framing the interior walls (non load bearing) in the following fashion: 1 - (3) 8d stud Toenailed to Bottom Plate 2 - (3) 8d stud Toenailed to Top Plate I recently read some codes that concern me. The code specifies top nailing...
  9. Plumbing
    I'm going to be running a vent pipe from a basement bathroom up to the roof. I'd like to use iron pipe for the venting so as to avoid the possibility of somebody putting a nail or drywall screw into the pipe and allowing sewer gas to escape into the house. Is iron pipe still allowed for...
  10. Building & Construction
    Need to put in blocking for Non Load-Baring Walls and need to know the size of nails to use, how to install them (toe nail or nail through joist and into blocking) and how many nails to use?
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I am about to fasten plywood to 1/3 strapping (styrofoam between strapping) overtop of a plastic 'dimpled' membrane to a concrete slab floor. My question is what fastener to use? masonry nails? Tapcon screws? Anchors? Masonry nals with a piece of solder wire? To follow up that...
  12. Carpentry
    Greetings, I am putting the finishing touches on my "rebuilt" stairway. I have an external 11' maple skirt on one side of the stairway. The stairway was COMPLETELY quiet until I *nailed* a single piece of 3/4 x 5/8 oak scotia under the lower edge. Then it squeaked and creaked like crazy. I...
  13. Flooring
    Need a little guidance here....have a concrete slab that was carpeted, mrs. decided she wants wood floor. So carpet is gone, concrete floor is sound, and moisture free. Due to transitions between two other rooms (one is 3/4" hardwood over 1/2" plywood over concrete slab, the other is kitchen...
  14. Carpentry
    i just ripped some linoleum in my utility area where i plan to move my boiler and water heater alcove. much to my pleasant surprise and hope that's what's hiding below ugly carpet in the rest of the 1st floor, i found beautiful dark hardwood that i estimate to be as old as the house (101 yrs)...
  15. Carpentry
    A buddy of mine is helping me build my deck, and he let me borrow his nail gun. Unfortunately, I didn't pay any attention to the fact that the nails he gave me were interior framing nails, and I'm now noticing that all of the exposed nails are rusting. Unfortunately, I used these nails all...
  16. General DIY Discussions
    I had to pick up some fluted masonry nails (grip-rite fas'ners) to mount some wood to my concrete walls. The question is, what size drill bit do I need to pre-drill the hole for the nails? The smallest bit I got is 5/32" do I need a smaller bit? The screws I got to mount the plates to the...
  17. Flooring
    My wife and I built a house three years ago, and chose not to finish the basement at that time. Well, now seems like the time. I plan to do much of the work myself (framing, electric, basic plumbing, rock, etc), but we plan to have the carpet professionally installed. I stopped into one of...
  18. Carpentry
    Hello This is my first post. I am putting subfloor in my attic, it was partically done already by the previous owner, but I need to finish it. How thick should it be and what size nails should I use? I want to use a nail/brad gun. What size air compressor should I use and will a brad gun be...
  19. General DIY Discussions
    I am putting siding on the project house and have noticed a very annoying/ frustrated thing about the nails.... well more specifically the plastic stuff that keeps the nail magazine together for easy loading into my Dewalt Framing Nail gun (Siding requires galvanized nails 3"). Almost every...
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