There are three major types of wood subfloors usually used in houses.
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A chalk line, or chalk box, is a tool that is used for laying out straight lines on flat surfaces, or marking sheet material and lumber stock for cutting. Using this tool will be more precise than pencil lines, especially marking over longer measurements. Chalk lines usually have 50 to 100 feet of thin line wound around a reel in a small case containing chalk powder.
To mark a line, you gently tap the case to coat the line with chalk, then pull out the line taut, and snap it with your finger and thumb pinching it. Most modern chalk lines do double duty as plumb bobs. The plumb bob is simply a pointed weight on the end of a string line used to find vertical points via gravity.
Making a Clean Chalk Line Mark
Bathroom caulking is an important part of any repair or renovation in your bathroom. Moisture will penetrate your bathroom walls and cause mold, mildew and rotting and can lead to expensive damage to your house, unless you take precautions with your shower enclosure and/or bathtub. All points of moisture entry or seepage should be sealed, for example, between the tub and wall, surrounding sinks and faucets, and the area where the toilet touches the floor. Here are some tips to keep in mind while applying bathroom caulking.
One of the aggravating parts about installing drywall is cutting holes around electrical boxes, switches and outlets.
You need to take care when measuring, marking and cutting or the box will not fit right. Accuracy is a must or the electrical box will interfere with the drywall and your sheet will get damaged. Most electrical codes call for a maximum gap around the electrical box of only 1/8 inch, so you can’t cheat by cutting an extra large hole, either.
Installing tiles can sometimes involve having to work around pipes, ducts and other floor or wall penetrations that necessitate cutting holes in tiles. At first this might seem simple, but there are a few different techniques for this, depending on the hole size and shape and type of tile.
It you just need a small hole going through ceramic or porcelain tile, it’s pretty straightforward. It is easy to drill holes up to about ½ inch diameter through glazed ceramic tile or porcelain, using a carbide-tipped or diamond-tip masonry drill-bit.