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Forum: Building and Construction 2021-02-09, 02:03 PM
Replies: 34
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Posted By gerapau
Is the noise really that loud?

Is the noise really that loud?
Forum: Building and Construction 2021-02-05, 11:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 764
Posted By gerapau
It's been warmer. Maybe your heat isn't on as...

It's been warmer. Maybe your heat isn't on as much. If you have a two stage furnace maybe it isn't getting to the second stage so the ducts aren't getting as hot.
Forum: Building and Construction 2021-02-05, 07:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 764
Posted By gerapau
Noise in your ducting can also travel so it may...

Noise in your ducting can also travel so it may not be coming from where you think it is.

The AC uses the same ducting but the cooling doesn't usually cause as many noises.
Forum: Building and Construction 2021-01-31, 07:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 764
Posted By gerapau
It definately sounds like your ducts to me. Tons...

It definately sounds like your ducts to me. Tons of videos online that may help. Many times it will be trial and error to see what fixes it. If your basement ceiling is finished it may be difficult...
Forum: Building and Construction 2021-01-31, 05:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 764
Posted By gerapau
That's a ground and shouldn't be making any noise.

That's a ground and shouldn't be making any noise.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-10-30, 04:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,116
Posted By gerapau
Keep in mind that the standard 8' basement...

Keep in mind that the standard 8' basement ceiling is rarely that. In homes I've owned the basement height has been between 91" and 92" from unfinished concrete slab to the floor joists. And 82" or...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-07-17, 08:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 634
Posted By gerapau
The easiest way to fix it is to change your light...

The easiest way to fix it is to change your light so that it doesn't shine across the joint. Of course that doesn't actually fix the problem but you won't see it as much. Otherwise any drywaller...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-07-15, 05:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 628
Posted By gerapau
Keep in mind that the land transfer tax is...

Keep in mind that the land transfer tax is calculated on the pre-HST cost of your home. So it isn't on the purchase price (which includes HST).
Forum: Ottawa 2020-06-10, 09:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,388
Posted By gerapau
Engineered should look and feel exactly like...

Engineered should look and feel exactly like solid hardwood. Especially if it is one of the better brands. Better brands can be refinished but some of the cheaper ones can't be. The main benefit...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-05-20, 10:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 884
Posted By gerapau
We had a similar problem. Turns out the flapper...

We had a similar problem. Turns out the flapper on one of the toilets had a small leak. Only from time to time would we get a drip every five seconds or so. Then, every hour or so I would notice...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-04-02, 11:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,248
Posted By gerapau
Those humidifier pads start flaking off their...

Those humidifier pads start flaking off their coating after a year or two. They also get very fragile and start to break apart easily. You should change them every year or two. What you are seeing...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-02-21, 09:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,637
Posted By gerapau
Keep in mind that not knowing that the cold air...

Keep in mind that not knowing that the cold air return should be moved to the floor may help eliminate a basement contractor, knowing that it should be moved is not really a reason to hire a...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-01-29, 10:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,732
Posted By gerapau
Sound proofing your rooms is very difficult. ...

Sound proofing your rooms is very difficult. There is a whole science behind it and in order to do a good job you usually have to do numerous things. Insulation, extra drywall layers, resilient...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-01-15, 12:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,330
Posted By gerapau
No, I submitted my application a few months ago. ...

No, I submitted my application a few months ago. It got processed in about two weeks (which they said was much longer than usual because of lots of people try to beat the new fee).
Forum: Ottawa 2020-01-14, 12:50 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,330
Posted By gerapau
I am in the middle of a basement renovation and...

I am in the middle of a basement renovation and put my building permit application in a few months ago. It took them a lot longer than usual to process my application and they gave me the excuse...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-01-09, 05:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 666
Posted By gerapau
Yes, there are rules for where outlets go and...

Yes, there are rules for where outlets go and those rules are based on the Canadian Electrical Code. And you can't just remove outlets that you feel are useless. For example, there is a rule that...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-01-03, 01:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,874
Posted By gerapau
Sure they do. Why wouldn't they?

Sure they do. Why wouldn't they?
Forum: Ottawa 2019-12-29, 06:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,874
Posted By gerapau
Most homes with no electric heat make do with...

Most homes with no electric heat make do with 100A. We have a home similar in size to yours with a pool and a hot tub and we only have 100A service. When we had the hot tub (which can use 60A by...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2019-12-18, 10:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,454
Posted By gerapau
For the rough-in you basically have to finish...

For the rough-in you basically have to finish everything to the point where they are ready to install the switches, outlets and lights without actually installing them. So yes, the black or hot wire...
Forum: Building and Construction 2019-12-14, 04:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,598
Posted By gerapau
Just an FYI, I just had an electrical rough-in...

Just an FYI, I just had an electrical rough-in inspection done and the inspector saw I had some S-2 staples and asked if I had used them anywhere to staple more than one 14/2 wires. I got the...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2019-12-12, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,454
Posted By gerapau
They do say on their website more or less what...

They do say on their website more or less what they expect. Are you renovating a basement?

https://www.esasafe.com/faq-esasafe/faqs#rough
Forum: Building and Construction 2019-12-07, 10:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,598
Posted By gerapau
HD guy is right.

HD guy is right.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-30, 06:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,021
Posted By gerapau
That isn't enough sod to absorb the amount of...

That isn't enough sod to absorb the amount of water that may come from your downspout so when it rains hard you will get water flowing over your walkway. And it will be worse once the ground...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-06-14, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,092
Posted By gerapau
It depends on the type of cedars that you buy. ...

It depends on the type of cedars that you buy. But it will take them a number of years before you will have privacy.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-06-12, 09:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 848
Posted By gerapau
You may not be able to keep it that low all...

You may not be able to keep it that low all summer. Last year we turned ours down to 80 when we left for our summer vacation. We came back two weeks later and it was still at 92!
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