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  1. Roofing/Siding
    Pictures: Sorry in advance for the length of this post. Short version: the first picture shows the problem. There is no air flow channel between the sheathing and the top plate. Air cannot enter and cool the underside of the roof. Long version: I have a very old home. It suffered hail...
  2. Building & Construction
    Ahoy, thanks ahead to all who chime in on this. Kitchen soffits removed. Only thing found in them was this 2" vent for sink drain. Can this be re-routed through the top plate of this outside wall? Well, I know it CAN be done, but should it is the question.
  3. Building & Construction
    Old motion light failed. I said "Cool. I'll replace it soon." But I take it down to find this. How can I even repair this? It appears to be aluminum because it is flexing like a can. The original light was covering it all this time. Looking closer it appears that something was screwed directly...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hi, There were a couple of very old threads on this topic or similar, but I wasn't able to read a clear answer in them. We have a two-story house, in which the first story extends out farther than the second floor. Over the extension there is a short roof, which does not connect at all to the...
  5. Drywall & Plaster
    Hey all, I'm looking for recommendations on the best way to frame a soffit / chase around this steel beam and column. Side #1 of the beam is a little more straightforward, as there are no ducts within the beam web. Side #2 has 2 ducts packed within. I tried to provide as much info below for...
  6. Roofing/Siding
    Can anyone name the white channel piece above the 2x4 rotted wood I’m trying to replace. Any suggestions on materials needed to replace?
  7. General DIY Discussions
    I have a weird pseudo-room that looks like a balcony, that i'm trying to convert into a study room by enclosing the two open sides with windows. The pseudo-room looks like this The sheetrock (i assume) on the ceiling isn't in the best condition. A contractor I spoke to recommended to replace...
  8. Building & Construction
    Hello Everyone, Brand new to the forum... and new to framing (and finishing a basement), but have done my own handy work in the past. I've got DriCore R+ Subfloor down already and will be framing walls on top and will be using 2x4's (8ft) for everything (with 2.5"-3" screws)... framing ~1" in...
  9. HVAC
    I recently moved into an older (approximately 1970) row townhouse and will soon be replacing/adding insulation in an unconditioned attic. The property has soffits. I was poking around in the attic just now and was unable to find any ridge vents or otherwise open vents. Shouldn’t I be able...
  10. Roofing/Siding
    I just had a contractor install new gutters with covers on a flat part of the roof (mu house is a dormered Cape Cod) Today was the first big rain and the water was running down between the gutter and r=the soffit. Could it be that the covered gutters are not good for flat roof?
  11. Building & Construction
    I'm framing my basement ducts now and they are quite low. I was thinking of using 1x4 lumber at the bottom and 2x4 at the sides. Is that ok? Or can I just use plywood instead of 1x4s just to save more space.
  12. General DIY Discussions
    Hi, I am renovating my master bathroom and took down the soffits over the sinks. One problem, there's a vent pipe that protrudes about 4" into the room. There was nothing else in the soffit. I guess I want to just build a small angled from around it and sheetrock over it. Any suggests how to...
  13. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hey all, I recently upgraded my cabinets from old custom built cabinets to brand new stock cabinets, the old ones were rotting so they had to go. There is currently a bulkhead above the old cabinets, height is not going to be an issue, and I'm covering the total difference in width with filler...
  14. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Just beginning to plan for kitchen re-model - Its a small kitchen - and presently there is a 12" soffit running all around the room - I'm thinking as a way to maximize storage space to make the soffit into cabinets - but am concerned about the aesthetics - the room has 8' ceilings and the...
  15. Roofing/Siding
    Hey There, I am new here so please excuse me if I am asking for something crazy or it is totally wrong place to post it. I am a new homeowner who hired a contractor to build a roof. This is a gable/cathedral roof connected to the existing structure ("addition room"). I am looking for your...
  16. Roofing/Siding
    Hi Folks First post here so bare with if I'm unclear at any point. Bought my first house back in 2015 and, slowly but surely, am doing my best to fix up any deficiencies I come across. The house was built in 1976 and has a mansard roof (see pic 1). Worth noting I live in St.John's...
  17. Roofing/Siding
    I'm looking to go from my painted wood soffit to a stained wood look to accent my home. I'm wondering what the best product to do this is. So far based on my internet research, here are my options: 1) tear off the old, put up new plywood like 1/2" and stain it 2) tear off the old, put of...
  18. Roofing/Siding
    TL;DR - water is making its way into the wall cavity from I believe when the clogged gutter over flowed and water made its way over the fascia and along the soffit and down along the corner of the room, pooling at the sill plate and wicking it's way along that. However, that doesn't really...
  19. Roofing/Siding
    I purchased a kit to build a pole barn from 84 Lumber assuming that I would get full plans and instructions on how to build a pole barn. My mistake! I built the structure easy enough and got the roof panels on however the metal detail is not like the metal that I can find anywhere on the...
  20. Building & Construction
    Hey, guys. In an attempt to save a couple inches in ceiling height, I was wondering if the pictured configuration would work. Marty
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