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Cedar ceiling in bathroom?

I want to install a cedar ceiling in my bathroom above the shower over the existing Sheetrock. Is there a vapor barrier needed or will i need any airspace between the ceder plank and the Sheetrock? I want planning on using any sealant on the wood. just tongue and groove planks and brad nail it up. Thanks for any help.

Asked By Cyprus2400 | Apr 18 18
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Accidentally "built" a poor wall?

Have read through many of the assembly techniques here in the past, including the guidelines on insulating with rigid foam to avoid condensation / moisture accumulation and filed it all away as "stuff to worry about if / when we make changes to the house".

Fast forward to earlier this week... I went up to my son's room and went to straighten up the sheets on his bed, only to find that there was a large amount of water underneath the side of the bed closest to the wall. The floor underneath the wet side was freezing to the touch (barely warmer than the outdoor temperature).

Asked By Timothy Tucker | Dec 28 17
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Soundproofing - adding drywall behind lathe for extra density

Hey GBA people,

I have a fun question regarding soundproofing.

The house is semi-detached and there is a 2x4 party wall. That needs some special attention for soundproofing. My plan is placing a 1 5/8 steel stud floating wall on my side of the party wall for decoupling and shafting. Filled with roxul safe n sound batting, MLV sheeting on the steel studs and 5/8 drywall.

Then I got sucked into an idea:

Asked By Jamie B | Sep 7 17
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Vinyl plank flooring over concrete in a basement

I am doing the design to upgrade the basement of a house in Leadore, Idaho, 83464. A vinyl plank floor has been requested, to minimize the loss of headroom.

I've never worked with the vinyl plank before, and have some hesitancy about specifying it directly over the concrete. The building is built on an extremely well drained alluvial gravel, and the landscaping drains away from the building, so I don't expect any issues with water penetration, but I am concerned with the moisture wicking in from the slab, and condensation from the air.

Asked By Randall Thomas | Aug 7 17
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Residential urinals: Show me your installations!

We are building a master bath where none has previously been. I'm looking into including a urinal into the design. I've got a 5x9 or 6x9 space available.

I'm looking for shots of your bathroom! How have you laid it out? What works? doesn't work? Any models you recommend?

Since I don't think we can post photos here, if you don't have yours already hosted somewhere, can you please email them to me?!

Thanks in advance,

Asked By User-6871020 | Jun 30 17
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Best solar panel

I am looking for affordable solar panel for home. I have found these on this site: [Web page link deleted by editor.] Can anyone can check these and guide to purchase best and affordable solar panels for my home.


Asked By Toran | Jun 28 17
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HRV/ERV space requirements for installation

For a system like Zehnder Q350, how much space should be reserved for installation?

My technical room will be on the first floor. I was planning to put it there. But, I am now worried that perhaps I'd need more space, because the placement is on the 1st floor, so I need to fold the ducts down, where duct distribution box is (in the concrete deck).

What is did find was an installation manual here:

Asked By davor radman | Jun 5 17
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Microwave: High or low?

My wife and I know the pros and cons of having the microwave over the range (more cons than pros) but don't have any experience with the microwave under the counter.

What are your thoughts about putting the microwave under the island counter (safety, convenience or inconvenience)?

Asked By Mark Walker | May 12 17
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Replacing an external beam with an internal beam

I have a living room that used to be 10 ft wide and 30 ft long, a previous owner enclosed the porch making the living room 20 ft x 30 ft, then added another porch. where the old exterior was was they added an interior 28 ft beam (2x12's) supported with 3 columns, on top of the ceiling rafters is a 2x4 wall to the roof rafters. The house was stick built in 1964

Asked By larrylwill | Mar 16 17
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Can you plaster over spray on insulation?

A room has been sprayed with spay on insulation, it looks like it's coated in porridge as they have not put up a frame.
Now to finish the room? Do I cut it off flat and flush, then put plaster board over it? How do I secure this to the wall?
This house is an old Southern Spanish country house.

Or can I plaster or render over it as it stands, giving a rounded edge to the walls as the other walls have been finished?

Thanks in advance for any clues, it's a bit of a mess.

Asked By HeidiByTheWay | Feb 28 17
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