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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...
  9. 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...
  11. Re: Sheathing all the way to ground level? Protection?

    Sounds like this is a bunk house for a couple of workers? And code compliance isn't really a goal

    In NON-termite country the following works fairly well:
    1. Metal flashing along the bottom of...
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    Re: Flashing cultured stone chimney

    Paper backed lath.
    Concrete nails or tapcons
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    Re: Flashing cultured stone chimney

    If stone is direct applied to CMU there is no drainage plane. Water will soak into stone mortar joints, then into the CMU itself. Once there it can migrate down behind any flashings you install,...
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    Re: Flashing cultured stone chimney

    Best practice will start by NOT applying cultured stone direct to CMU. Instead, install a synthetic WRB and SELF-FURRING expanded metal lath.

    Once you have a WRB, you know what to do. Install...
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    Re: Need some advice

    Hmm. If framing is reasonably "on", perhaps have volunteers pre-drill the Hardi flat on the deck. Make a cardboard template, 4x8, and let them drill away.

    Many hands or a drywall lift to get board...
  16. Re: Finishing the bottom side of sun room floor joists

    TomtheToolman wins
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    Re: SIPs Seam Failures

    I don't know what the syntax fuss is all about. Yeh, its a tad sciency, but this is a forum called Building SCIENCE. I understood it completely (I think).

    My bullet point takeways:
    o SIPS seams...
  18. Re: Finishing the bottom side of sun room floor joists

    There are aluminum soffit systems intended for dressing up and rain-proofing the undersides of drip-through decks. Find one that uses a clip strip.

    Pre attach the clip strips before setting...
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    Re: Parapet wall cap with bevel

    Add a piece of bevel siding onto the top of your square framing
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    Re: SIPs Seam Failures

    Tape all SIPS seams on underside with one of the high-performance European tapes.

    Add a layer of 1/2" Thermax direct to underside of SIPS, all seams offset 12" from SIPS seams. Tape all joints,...
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    Re: Dryer vent wall flange

    Why a square hole?

    If it has to be square, how about a 12 x 12 piece of 1/4" board that you take your 4" diameter hole saw to?
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    Re: using PVC trim inside the house

    Frame spread of 25 is PART of a 3-part requirement for a Class A rating. The other two components are Smoke Developed and Fuel Contributed
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    Re: Very cool coating

    Similar stuff at HD except one part called Never Wet Used the for-fabrics version on an old nylon raincoat Stuff really works
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    Re: Siding on concrete walls

    Treated plywood furring strips,equal in thickness to the sheathing (and any rainscreen furring)on the framed wall above. Glue and screw with tapcons.Continue WRB over this. Install siding with screws...
  25. Re: Is There A Better Way to Flash Prehung Exterior Doors?

    Weather drop = a step down from the inside floor level to the level of the outside surface so that surface water blown on the outside surface is not blown against the toe of the threshold.

    If you...
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