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  1. Building & Construction
    Addition is concrete block for first floor and 2 x 6 framing with plywood sheathing for second floor. Both stories will be brick faced. Now I understand the concept of a drainage plane: that is if any moisture penetrates the brick (which it will) it will run down the space between the brick...
  2. Insulation
    I am building a cabin in Northern Michigan (hot summers, cold snowy winters). I have a low pitch (2/12) shed room framed with 2x12 douglas fir rafters on 16" centers with 3/4 OSB decking and GAF Liberty SA modified bitumen roof. I've vented each rafter bay with a 1.5" air space with openings...
  3. Insulation
    I purchased a home in Central New York that was built in 2006. The 2000 sqft basement is 12 courses of block with all but one or two blocks below grade. The blocks have been filled with CoreFoam insulation that has an R value of R-12.25. The basement is unfinished at this time. The walls...
  4. Insulation
    House is a two-story with walkout basement in Davenport, Iowa. The 4 season room is on the first floor, hanging off the back of the house. Windows on 2 sides, door (to outside deck) on 1 side, open to interior of house on the other. This room is about 8 feet off the ground. Underneath the room...
  5. Flooring
    *PLEASE HELP* me with mold problem I live in the southern part of Alabama. My home is on pilings, about 8 feet in the air. I have recently enclosed two 12 x 12 rooms underneath the house. The floor of my home is constructed as follows from top to bottom: two layers of plywood then floor joists...
  6. Plumbing
    we are rebuilding a bathroom in our basement. one wall is the concrete wall of the foundation the other 3 framed. do i need a plastic vapor barrier between the studs and the drywall or kerdiboard?
  7. Building & Construction
    Hi all, We have built a detached garage with a loft over it. The garage and loft will be heated, but the garage part will be a lot colder. I am going to insulate the ceiling of the garage with bats between the floor trusses - they are 16" high open web type. The loft floor is 3/4" OSB. Can I...
  8. Building & Construction
    I am going to finish my basement and I had one last question before I begin. My basement is nothing but concrete walls. It is an old foundation. The west floor cracked and the west wall begin to lean. I have resovled that issue. My point is that the west floor is not even, not to mention other...
  9. Building & Construction
    I just recently had a contractor install a bathroom in my basement. He did a great job. No problems there. Because of the design of my basement, there are block abutments that stick into the space of the basement around the perimeter. As a result, to get the walls all even, we just built the...
  10. Remodeling
    I have read through previous posts but am still unsure on how to affix a 6 mil vapor barrier in a shower when there are recessed niches. If I cut out & affix it around the niche wont that cause a breach? Can someone please shed some light on this for me? Thank you.
  11. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I plan on tiling my bathroom and using hardiebacker to do the job. I also plan on tiling my shower. Its already gutted, the walls I plan on tiling are already gutted so the next step is to get the hardiebacker and install that. The room behind the bathroom is a bedroom. Now the question is, do...
  12. Flooring
    We are remodeling our basement. Built in 1959, poured walls & floor, 7' ceiling. I'm trying to minimize the floor thickness. Basement if very dry. We had a sump pit but with no pump in it and it was always dry. I filled it in and cemented over the top. I duct taped a few squares of plastic...
  13. General DIY Discussions
    I have just replaced a short section of wall studs in my basement, and to finish the job I need a piece of vapour barrier (6 mil plastic) about 6 ft x 6 ft. Home Depot and Lowes will be glad to sell me a minimum quantity of 100 ft ... Does anyone know where to buy small quantities? Is there...
  14. Building & Construction
    HELP would be so appreciated. I'm building a 12x20 art studio/office in central WV. I want it to be warm and dry, and, I only want to do it once, so I want to do it right. The location ground is solid and not damp. The Amish will build this - they have put up two cabins for us, but they built...
  15. Building & Construction
    I'm concerned about potential future moisture problems. I bought an 80-90 year old double brick house in Pittsburgh. I began removing the horsehair plaster and lathes in some sections due to water damage, then continued around the house after I found knob & tube wiring and decided to gut it...
  16. Remodeling
    I am getting ready to install a new tub/ shower in freshly renovated bathroom (gutted, reinsulated, vapor barriered (outside walls) and partially mr dry walled) I plan on using cement backer board for a tile backer in surround. My question is should I or can I add another vapor barrier over...
  17. Building & Construction
    I started working on remodeling my basement (Wisconsin). My plan was to install 2x2 furring strips using tapcon screws then install 1.5in foamular and cover that with 1/2in basement drywall. This is the way that I have helped a friend finish his basement, but I am not sure if thats the correct...
  18. Building & Construction
    I will be insulating and dry-walling my detached garage in the near future. The garage currently has unfinished 2x4 walls with plywood siding on the exterior. There is currently not a vapor barrier in the wall at all. Living in Seattle, we can have a pretty wet climate. Before I close up...
  19. Building & Construction
    Hello all, and thank you in advance for any help you can provide. I work for a theater that is house in an old grange hall (built in 1860). We are currently renovating room-by-room as our budget allows. The next project we are working on is our box office, at the front of our building. We will...
  20. Building & Construction
    Well I made my goal today to get the old floor torn up on the Chicken Coop, get some pics and post for advice before i put down a vapor barrier.. (or maybe not) The Pics show the original floor and rotted joist and particle board flooring. Am I correct to lay down 6 mil plastic over the dirt...
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