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    Re: Painting fiber-cement siding

    Well, let's see. Bangs for the buck:
    1. A better paint job, and
    2. No risk of finger pointing if there IS a paint problem and manufacturer's warranty was voided due to absence of primer

    Oh,...
  2. Re: Old house....insulate ceilings but not walls ??

    Best bangs for your buck:
    1. A good job of air sealing (And that can be real tricky in an old home)
    2. Attic insulation

    Then, best comfort improvements
    3. Insulate floors, if raised...
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    Re: 5 dead in balcony collapse

    The "frothy dessert" , white, is likely a white rot (not biologically a mold). They can get pretty thick and wet.

    Rots are worse than molds because they have root- like structures that run deep...
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    Re: 5 dead in balcony collapse

    That a state employee, such as a teacher, is not immune from personal criminal acts, such as molestation.
    Similar to a state employee, an building inspector, is not immune from a personal criminal...
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    Re: Epoxy Paint for Garage Floors

    And all epoxies can be a problem if there is moisture under the slab. And when was the last time you saw a vapor barrier under a garage slab?
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    Re: 5 dead in balcony collapse

    What Dick said. ADA balconies and decks are a water management headache. I always try to get them under cover and put in a 1/2" weather drop. That gets filled in by a plastic or wood drainage tile....
  7. Re: rooftop deck, 2x pt wood to steel framing...fastener?

    My bad.

    The joists are cross braced.

    Re roofing will be a dandy good time though.
  8. Re: rooftop deck, 2x pt wood to steel framing...fastener?

    (SIGH)

    And then there's the matter of the overturning oh the guards attached in unspecified manner to the unbraced joists.

    And the waterproofing of the top of the parapet.
  9. Re: rooftop deck, 2x pt wood to steel framing...fastener?

    (SIGH)

    And then there's the matter of the overturning oh the guards attached in unspecified manner to the unbraced joists.

    And the waterproofing of the top of the parapet.
  10. Re: rooftop deck, 2x pt wood to steel framing...fastener?

    Is the steel galvanized or plain? If spaced deck boards (implied) what protects the top surface of the steel from all the water that will perch between board and joist? PT, will corrode steel. PT...
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    Re: 5 dead in balcony collapse

    The link now has a 13 page pop-up of additional photos.
    Pg 9/13: No soffit vents. Railings top mounted through the waterproofing and perimeter flashing.
    Pg 12/13: Big gap between blocking w/o any...
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    Re: 5 dead in balcony collapse

    I read the soffit as having a stuccoed (or EIFS) dropped edge around the perimeter, but no soffit vents. Photo is not clear enough. But I'm looking at it through building code glasses and expecting...
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    Re: 5 dead in balcony collapse

    There's another picture online that clearly shows rot in the sheathing, under that peel-and-stick membrane. Sheathing also looks like it may have been OSB. Unvented soffit + vapor impermeable...
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    POST-1974 Residential Aluminum Wiring

    A friend just bought a 1976-vintage house with aluminum wiring. LOTS of info on pre-1974 wiring (primarily from CPSC), but nothing re later aluminum wiring. Trying to find out if post-1976 is really...
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    Re: Asphalt roofing felt for wrb testing

    Then the apples and oranges may be the heirloom variety.
    Back in the day 15# felt (fifteen POUND felt) was so named because it contained by weight 15 pounds of asphalt per 100 sf and was made of a...
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    Re: porch railings

    I'm late to this thread, but for next time look at Boral TruExterior. Bullet proof water resistance, cuts, turns, trims like wood, comes in up to 6/4 (maybe 2x?) thicknesses, glues up well for...
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    Re: Drive-On Lawn Grid

    For a DIY concrete grid, set your gravel and sand base and layout a whole bunch of Styrofoam coffee cups pressed into the sand, leaving 1-1/2" minimum gaps. Carefully pour concrete over cups and rod....
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    Re: Drive-On Lawn Grid

    What Dave said.

    IMHO, the grass never quite looks like well-grown grass. If it gets longs, wheels mush it down. Mostly used in site planning where service or fire trucks need to go occasionally,...
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    Re: door upgrades to existing doors

    In lieu of sweeps at thresholds, I am a fan of automatic door bottoms. They can adjust for door bottom and threshold that are not exactly parallel. And they avoid the wearing-out that sweeps incur...
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    Re: Conditioned Crawl Space Questions

    Answer to all is, "it depends".
    It depends on your climate and your Building Official.
    You'll need to do some more research on the various issues.

    There are two ways of moving air into the crawl...
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    Re: Double acting/swing hinges

    Hey now, 1721! Screen wire hadn't been invented yet. I call foul on the whole concept. ;-)
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    Re: Double acting/swing hinges

    This suggests the screens doors are half-wide, like the shutters, non? Try searching for a SALOON door hinge.
    ...
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    Re: Double acting/swing hinges

    Bill,
    You have to consider open positions of the hinge sides of the doors and shutters. If they are not mounted on swing-free hinges (and opened fully) there will be a obstacle to the 90 degree...
  24. Re: Post applied fire rated film for windows?

    If the building is sprinklered, a deluge head outboard of the window will often be approved.

    You could also install a fire-rated rolling shutter.

    The code concept here is to protect the means...
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    Re: Double acting/swing hinges

    So, three layers of "stuff" in a common frame: French doors, screen doors,and shutters??? I really don't see any way to fit it all in there. At best, start with a single rabetted frame and see if...
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