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Question: Where Can I Replace This Odd Plumbing Faucet?

Question: Where Can I Replace This Odd Plumbing Faucet?
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“My outside faucet knob broke off and when I removed the broken knob, I notice that it fit into a piece that was flat on the top and on the bottom but rounded on each side, kind of like in parentheses.  I can’t find the replacement at my hardware store since they all fit circular stems.

Here is the Question from Mark:

What are those stems called? And where can I find them?

That’s a great question. And if you go to the website, you can actually see a picture posted of this faucet that has broken off.

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Question: Do I Need Housing for New, Recessed LED Lights?

Question: Do I Need Housing for New, Recessed LED Lights?
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I’m specifying recessed lighting for a home remodel using led lights that don’t have housing. They’re RAB 4″ gimbal lights and are IC-rated and have a driver box. Our electrician says we need lights with housings to pass inspections. I’m guessing he normally uses housings with exposed studs to indicate where the lights will go.

Question from Ryan

For these lights without a housing, can he just mount the driver box to show location for inspections and leave the connector (Romex cable with twist lock connector) dangling?

If that works, what’s a good way to show the drywall guys where to cut the holes for the lights? Thanks!

LED Lighting projects are very popular because they add so much to your home.

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Question: How can I fix my cracked Tongue & Groove ceiling board?

Question: How can I fix my cracked Tongue & Groove ceiling board?
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I have a Tongue and Groove ceiling and there is a crack in one of the boards.

Question from Josh:

Can I fix this? Should I be concerned?

This is a really, really good question. And a very important question. Josh actually sent me a picture and showed me exactly what was going on.

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Question: Which are the Best Insulation and Vapor Barrier Upgrades?

Question: Which are the Best Insulation and Vapor Barrier Upgrades?
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“We are converting our garage into a heated space family room, the area that we are closing off in front of the door is 26′ x 8 1/2′.
 
Here is the Question from Rachel

“Can you tell me what type and number insulation would I need to buy for Georgia and how much do I need to buy?”

So Rachel. This is a great question. A lot of people want to put insulation in the walls. But how do you figure it out? Well, it’s really simple.

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Question: Replacing and Repairing Dry Rot Damaged Rim Joist

Question: Replacing and Repairing Dry Rot Damaged Rim Joist
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I have some sections of rim joists that need replacing and repairing at my home. The sill plate appears to be fine in all locations.

James is here with his Question:
Can a 4-foot section of rotten rim joist be fixed by simply using blocks?

And, if I need to contact a contractor, how much do jobs like this usually cost?

Let me ask you a couple of questions first… You say you have the rim plate. You’re talking about the top, flat-area of the top of the wall…

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Question: Sealing to Protect Granite and Quartz Countertops

Question: Sealing to Protect Granite and Quartz Countertops
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I have a Quartz countertop installed in a bathroom. It is a solid surface product, so I was not expecting an unfinished underside, much like granite.
 
This is the Question:
Can you explain why the underside would be finished this way?

Is there anything I could do to clean Granite and Quartz to prevent dust & dirt from getting onto it?

When you have a countertop installed, the underside is unfinished. The upside, the top side is buffed out and polished and it looks just so beautiful. But not on the underside, where the edge is.

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Question: What is involved in Building on a Vacant Lot?

Question: What is involved in Building on a Vacant Lot?
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There is a lot that we are considering for purchase. It is between many houses and down a private road. It does not have utilities.
 
This is the Question:
How much extra can I expect in permits, planning, and contracting to install water, power, and sewer?

To help answer that question, I’ve brought on Nicole Anderson from the Anderson Group at Coldwell Banker.

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Question: How much weight can I hang from my Rafters?

Question: How much weight can I hang from my Rafters?
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This is the Question from Leslie:
 
I’m looking to build a climbing wall in my garage. Basically an 8ft wide x 12ft tall wall, slanted at a 45-degree angle. I need to anchor the top part of the wall to something, like the rafters.

Is this a good idea?
How much extra weight can I hang off the rafters?
If not, what would be a good way to do so?

One thought Leslie has is adding a 2′ x 6′ beam to join the two or three rafters off the roofline, and then anchoring the top of her wall to the top rafters.

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