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03-13-2012 03:51 AM

What is an alternative to crown molding? - 8 replies

I have tried to install crown molding in our living room to no avail. The ceiling in the living room is a vaulted or cathedral ceiling rising from an 8 ft ceiling on one side to 13 ft on the opposite side. I have spent hours trying to figure out how to install crown molding, but I can’t figure out how to make the transition from the norm...

05-21-2011 03:27 PM

Air bubbles in engineered wood floor - 4 replies

I installed Armstrong Bruce engineered oak flooring in four rooms of my house within the last year. The floor was glued down to the cement slab (Southern California construction) using the approved floor glue. I am now getting air bubbles the size of a dinner plate in several different places in the rooms. The computer room seems to have hel...

03-09-2011 03:37 AM

Hanging a door - 5 replies

My friend wants me to help him hang his wooden front door, that was removed for the installation of a new door, in the door opening from his garage to the back yard. What challenges do I face doing this? I haven’t measured anything yet, but I expect the front door to be 1 3/4” wide whereas the garage door probably measures 1 1/4...

10-08-2010 03:47 PM

How do you determine level grade? - 4 replies

I’m pouring a concrete walkway/porch/landing area to replace an old sidewalk. I’ve torn our the old concrete sidewalk and am down to dirt. I want the landing area and porch section to be level with each other. I’ve determined my starting point to be 1 1/2” below the exterior stucco vent down by the house footing. My y...

08-28-2010 05:06 PM

Masking off wood trim and stucco - 11 replies

I am looking for a good way to mask off rough textured stucco from the wood trim. I’ve used blue tape with painter’s plastic but it doesn’t hold real well. I have sprayed all the wood trim and now am faced with painting the stucco without painting the wood trim. Suggestions welcome for a good way to mask the trim from the st...

08-09-2010 08:10 AM

Finding level grade - 17 replies

I removed the ordinary concrete “along the side of the garage to the front doorway” sidewalk and intend to redesign the entry to the front door with a curved path from the street to the front door. I have a slight slope from the front door to the street. Is there a rule of thumb to determine if a step or steps are necessary, that ...

08-08-2010 07:35 AM

Lap siding installation question - 4 replies

I am installing lap siding on my home. See related threads posted earlier. I have decided to remove the stucco and install the siding directly to the studs. During the removal of the stucco, I have damaged the metal vent material at the bottom of the stucco walls. Can I install the lap siding directly on the studs without replacing the stucc...

08-01-2010 07:29 AM

lap siding - 2 replies

I want to install some lap siding on my So Cal home which is a common stucco and wood tract home. My question is concerning the proper installation of lap siding. I am considering using a Lowe’s product called LP Smart Side. It is a lap siding made with fiber glass and cement fibers. I want to install this lap siding directly over the ...

06-30-2010 08:24 AM

Painting a stucco/wood house - 13 replies

I have a typical Southern California tract home of stucco with wood trim. I want to update the exterior and change the color. What are the pros and cons of simply painting the stucco and wood? I have been approached by a company selling a product called Texcote CoolWall. They claim that water will undermine the paint on the stucco and it wil...


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