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Old 03-20-2017, 04:44 AM   #6751
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Injust want to know what lives in the open space on the left side.
the contractors shoved their trash between the walls. Lazy bums.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:07 AM   #6752
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Wired the lighting in my storage room this weekend. Also measured and mounted all the recessed LED lighting in my laundry room. Will get all of that wired this week.
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Adding photocells to a bunch of outdoor lights today. Beautiful day for this stuff.

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Old 03-20-2017, 12:19 PM   #6754
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Yay.

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Old 03-20-2017, 12:31 PM   #6755
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I started using the rubber toilet seals, haven't looked back. Sooo nice.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:33 PM   #6756
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I've got two new toilets to install next weekend also. Have to replace the shut off valves too. After 15 years they won't completely turn off as I found out last weekend when I tried to install one and wound up with water all over the floor.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:34 PM   #6757
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I was going to try those rubber ones but my new toilet came with a wax ring. My other toilet drain is like 4x5 and needs an oval one so I had to make one myself out of 2 round wax rings. Sucks.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:40 PM   #6758
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This is for a client. He's a cheap wealthy bastsrd. Just left after installing it. I don't remember the brand, but I used a big rubber one with a compression fitting on our downstairs bath.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:43 PM   #6759
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However, the master plumber that I hire for all of my big jobs always tells me not to use the rubber ones because the chlorine in the water will **** it up. I don't know of that's true or not, but I always let him use whatever he wants since he warranties all of his work.
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:38 PM   #6760
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Pulled off the hardibacker from my bath/shower wall again. The tub and walls are all crooked as **** so I used some 5 gallon paint stirrers as furring strips and spaced it out and leveled it as much as I could. So the wall opposite of the shower itself will be stepped out about 1/4" more than the other wall.... so that will look weird but with a shower curtain I doubt anyone will notice except me.
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Pulled off the hardibacker from my bath/shower wall again. The tub and walls are all crooked as **** so I used some 5 gallon paint stirrers as furring strips and spaced it out and leveled it as much as I could. So the wall opposite of the shower itself will be stepped out about 1/4" more than the other wall.... so that will look weird but with a shower curtain I doubt anyone will notice except me.

If you're interested in trying a different approach, you could probably get it damn near perfect using a cheap block plane, some string line, and a couple of new 2"x4"s. This may not work at all in your scenario since I haven't seen it, but if the studs aren't playing well, I use the longest level I can use for the space and a combo square to find the two studs that are closest to the plane that I want. Then run a few string lines at different heights and mark the high spots with a pencil. Then make them level with the block plane. For the studs that may be too far back altogether, I'll just pop a new one in right next to it on the same plane as the others.
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However, the master plumber that I hire for all of my big jobs always tells me not to use the rubber ones because the chlorine in the water will **** it up. I don't know of that's true or not, but I always let him use whatever he wants since he warranties all of his work.
not a bad point, but am on a well so no worries.
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If you're interested in trying a different approach, you could probably get it damn near perfect using a cheap block plane, some string line, and a couple of new 2"x4"s. This may not work at all in your scenario since I haven't seen it, but if the studs aren't playing well, I use the longest level I can use for the space and a combo square to find the two studs that are closest to the plane that I want. Then run a few string lines at different heights and mark the high spots with a pencil. Then make them level with the block plane. For the studs that may be too far back altogether, I'll just pop a new one in right next to it on the same plane as the others.
Honestly if the tub was not "installed" already I would, but for now I'm just going to space and level the walls as much as possible. That is a good technique though.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:34 PM   #6764
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Made a simple storage space for my MIL's house. I'm going to add two more shelves once she determines the height she wants them.

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Deng love that weathered look.

Samurai carpenter made that awesome dust collector cabinet recently. Dude is talented as ****
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:38 PM   #6766
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Deng love that weathered look.

Samurai carpenter made that awesome dust collector cabinet recently. Dude is talented as ****

He's pretty legit. He and Jimmy Diresta (the GOAT) are the only two people I really really pay attention to on YouTube.
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:59 PM   #6767
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Is there a minimum requirement/guideline for how much would should be below the foundation of the house?

I see anywhere from 2-12 inches on the interwebs. Right now I have like zero.




Plan is to dig a baseline from the bottom of the stucco to the recommended depth and then grade that away from the house, in preparation for either relaying the pavers or laying cement.

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Old 03-21-2017, 07:48 PM   #6768
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Is your house, really a house? Or a condo?
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:57 PM   #6769
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Is your house, really a house? Or a condo?
its a house.
http://www.investopedia.com/terms/z/zero-lot-line-house.asp
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Old 03-22-2017, 04:10 AM   #6770
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So, its a step up from a Condo. I would keep it below the stucco, or below that fence line. I mean, you have to dig it up to lay down your new foundation or paver anyways.
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I would think the reasoning is to keep ground moisture away from the exterior wall. If there is ever heavy rainfall or standing water, wall isn't much of a barrier.

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Yeah, specially when your tiny space starts pooling and has no where to exit.
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Old 03-22-2017, 06:41 AM   #6773
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Is there a minimum requirement/guideline for how much would should be below the foundation of the house?

I see anywhere from 2-12 inches on the interwebs. Right now I have like zero.




Plan is to dig a baseline from the bottom of the stucco to the recommended depth and then grade that away from the house, in preparation for either relaying the pavers or laying cement.

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are you having any adverse issues with the house or you just dont like how the dirt is so close to the stucco compared to what looks like the brick foundation?
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Is there a minimum requirement/guideline for how much would should be below the foundation of the house?

I see anywhere from 2-12 inches on the interwebs. Right now I have like zero.




Plan is to dig a baseline from the bottom of the stucco to the recommended depth and then grade that away from the house, in preparation for either relaying the pavers or laying cement.

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granted I'm not familiar at all with building codes in CA, or a lot of recommended practices in a climate like CA, but I'm pretty sure what really sucks is that your foundation is at or below grade.

The foundation should be above grade, and the stucco should overlap the foundation but not go below grade.

Are you sure your foundation ends there? If you're not and you have a basement or crawl space you could probanly figure out how high it is.

Do you have a wood framed house? Would be messed up if the bottom plate of your framing is below grade
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Old 03-22-2017, 05:00 PM   #6775
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Cement slab foundation, no basement or crawl space.

I was thinking that even something like 6 inches below the stucco will suffice, then grade away from the house and towards the front fence.

@tony, I have two outdoor spaces on my property, the atrium, and the backyard. The atrium obviously has no area to drain away water as it's completely enclosed.

The backyard is a different issue, yet somewhat easily rectified.

Don't worry doe, the next house will come with some landscapers and butlers
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