Hank Spies

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Q&A: Roof Vent Requirements

Q: By code, how many linear feet of ridge vent is needed per square of roofing? Read more

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Q&A: Sump for Foundation Drain Q&A: Sump for Foundation Drain

Q: Should an exterior perimeter drain be connected to an interior drain and sump pit? Read more

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Q&A: Joist Spacing for Ceiling Drywall

Q: What is the maximum joist spacing for ceiling drywall? Does it matter if the panels are oriented parallel or perpendicular to the joists? Read more

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Q&A: Termites Love Oak Floors

Q: We are repairing an oak strip floor. Several boards obviously need to be replaced because of visible termite damage. Is there some way to evaluate the unseen damage to the rest of the floor? Read more

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Q&A: Shimming Foundation to Leveled Floor

Q: We are working on an old house that has settled. The house must be jacked up so the floor can be leveled. But this will leave gaps between the joists and sill plates, or between the sill plates and the foundation. Should we raise the sill plates to the joists and shim between the sill and the foundation, or is it necessary to raise the foundation by grouting some kind of extension in place? Read more

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