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  2. Marc

    Tub Step-Down

    Reminds me of the rule that landings on either side of an exterior door should be the same approximate elevation (with one or more exceptions). It should be applied to built-in showers.
  3. Jerry Simon

    Tub Step-Down

    Yeah. But getting out of a clawfoot tub is inherently dangerous, and caution is naturally used when stepping out of one. Stepping out of a regular bathtub, you don't expect the drop-off. Awkward as all heck at best.
  4. Yesterday
  5. Bill Kibbel

    Tub Step-Down

    Clawfoot tubs.
  6. Marc

    Tub Step-Down

    No, it's an interesting situation. There's simply no one who can see anything wrong with it. Maybe it falls in the category of stupid. I wouldn't do that in my house.
  7. Jerry Simon

    Tub Step-Down

    Perhaps I just be a klutz. . .
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  9. BADAIR

    Raised stair nosing

    correct Marc vaulted masonry ceilings were a worldwide thing...not so much today may have something to do with the labor force
  10. Marc

    Raised stair nosing

    Brickwork on the ceiling?
  11. Jerry Simon

    Tub Step-Down

    I once stepped out of a bathtub in a hotel, and the bath floor was about six inches lower than the floor of the tub. I wasn't at all expecting such, and I stumbled, fell, and there was quite a bit of blood when I hit my head on the vanity. Saw this today on an inspection; bath floor five inches lower than the tub floor. Any code or the like that says this isn't allowed/is dangerous?
  12. BADAIR

    Raised stair nosing

    unabashed drift i refer to such as 3b decor...usually gets their attention big box boring then there's the other side, oh so shi-shi chic trash decor i'm a "garbage is my friend" type & am not ashamed to admit it & have made numerous creations that others have wanted enough that i've let them have for the right amount of swap or $s persuasion but this tire-lite borders on hideous now i'm inspired to clean up an old set of mudders & a really damaged chandelier & think 4~8 keyless would be a better choice of luminary or maybe wrapped in rope light...any color preferences?
  13. inspector57

    Pump run on reversed hot and neutral

    I agree something has changed other than polarization of power. Since you are on a different outlet, maybe it was too close to being overloaded and the pump sent it over the edge.... but I think Marc is more on the right track.
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  15. Erby

    Raised stair nosing

    This place is always good for a chuckle or two and sometimes a downright loud belly laugh!
  16. Of course it's wrong. 1001.9 Hearth and hearth extension. Masonry fireplace hearths and hearth extension shall be constructed of concrete or masonry, supported by noncombustible materials, and reinforced to carry their own weight and all imposed loads. No combustible material shall remain against the underside of hearths and hearth extensions after construction.
  17. A new construction woodburning fireplace will be built, fieldstone-clad, with a raised hearth, similar to the one in the photo. The mason proposes to build the hearth extension simply laying atop the adjoining wood-framed floor structure, rather than cantilevering a reinforced concrete slab from the all-masonry fireplace structure. Should the AHJ allow this? The former AHJ official, in office for many years, was weak on code and inspection, and permitted many fireplaces built by this mason this way, while other masons were doing cantilevered slabs to support extensions. The new AHJ official, who lists a small array of alphabet symbols after his name to cite his training and certification, may not catch this. Should he?
  18. AHI in AR

    Raised stair nosing

    I think I can help, Jim. Your problem is that you only have one but they are intended to be placed in pairs. Bad feng shui.
  19. Rob Amaral

    Pit Sawn Timbers

    !! !!!
  20. Jim Katen

    Raised stair nosing

    Ahem. Barry posted perfect examples of the offending fixtures rendered in oiled bronze. These things seem to have appeared in the '80s (like most horrible house products) and have just about taken over the I-can't-decide-what-kind-of-fixture-I-want-but-I-have-to-install-something-so-I'll-just-install-the-cheapest-piece-of-crap-that-I-can-find niche. I'm ashamed to say that I have one installed in my very own, personal house. Every time I walk under it, I can feel my soul being sucked up into it.
  21. Tom Raymond

    Raised stair nosing

    Random directions you say?
  22. AHI in AR

    Raised stair nosing

    OK...I'll bite. I know it's an old thread but I haven't visited in quite a while. That said, I just HAVE to know just what the horrid "boob lights" are that you refer to. Do they sag? Have some sort of stretch marks? Point in semi-random directions? Are they present in oddly mismatched pairs?
  23. This steel house was built here in Calgary in 1992. Full basement with Steel SIPs below grade, both floors above grade and for the cathedral ceiling. All interior surfaces of exterior walls were steel. Most interior walls were also steel (a few were drywalled). Floor joists were also steel with steel panels for the ceilings and OSB sub-floor. Steel siding, steel roof trims etc. Anyone able to send me some information on steel SIPs below grade? Though most of the foundation was covered in preserved wood sheathing and parged, beneath the decks there were areas where the exterior skins of the basement SIPs were steel. No separate ground wires to the panel as each location had a 'local connection' to the steel home. The wires were run within metal chases but there were no boxes for the lights and outlets.
  24. That white or green fuzz is similar to what will grow on an old orange peel. It can be wiped off with a cloth. When it dies, it turns black. Fix the caulking around the edges of your tub. I think I see stains in the plywood where water is leaking under the floor tiles or vinyl.
  25. Les

    Pit Sawn Timbers

    Rob, your post reminds me of an old girlfriend.
  26. I concur with Jim and Bill. Fix leak. Spray with Concrobium, not bleach. Fix hole. Get on with life.
  27. Rob Amaral

    Pit Sawn Timbers

    I can't share the photos unfortunately.. it's a sensitive situation. It had one of the most beautifully-trimmed/carved summer-beams I've ever seen... just perfect (in the front-right 'living' room). Gunstock corner posts exposed... I've done a bunch of these thru the years.. this one was the easiest but it too was complex in regards to the multiple two-pipe-steam heat systems, numbers of panels and such. It had a ton of excellent heart-wood for window casings/sills and such... The main fireplace was huge and I was able to 'walk into it' to inspect it.. that big..
  28. The stains show that more than just a leak at the drain occurred. Nothing will continue grow if there's no moisture. After the leaks are fixed and everything's dry, spray it with Concrobium (sodium carbonate and TSP). Probably not necessary but folks that believe all the hype about mold feel better.
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