Repairing a Damaged Fireplace

Old 07-25-02, 10:40 AM
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Chris and I have recently purchased a HUD home and we are beginning to do a lot of repairs to this poorly conditioned home.
The first big step is to replace a fireplace that has termites, water damage, and wall damage. We are also going to throw out the ugly carpet and manually put in self adhesive ceramonic tile, going to have the roof replaced, all water/sink faucets replaced, repair a water connection to the outside sprinker/hose lines, repaint all the walls inside the home, repair a broken thermostat, repair comas in two bathrooms that are loose from the groung and its connections, replace exterior wood paneling that has water damage, and put gutters alongside the exterior of the house. Another big project that we may have coming is to enlarge the master bedroom's bathroom. For example put in two sinks with a large counter space and also to enlarge the closest space that is right next to the bathroom. Could you please help Chris and I with where to begin and end with this necessary repairs? Thank you.
Old 07-26-02, 04:08 PM
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First, you need to dry the house in, which means starting with the roof and exterior walls.
Remove and replace damaged siding, caulk where necessary, prime and paint it.
If the framing around the fireplace has gotten wet and infested with termites, I assume that you will have a termite treatment done as soon as you finish removing and repairing all of that damage, too.
Then do the gutters.
Once you have the basic structure (roofing, framing, exterior walls and all damaged wood) repaired, and all termite-treated, then you can begin on the interior.
I would start with the plumbing, and repair that next.
You may need to replace the thermostat.
Take each phase one-step-at-a-time, and break it down into small steps. Do all that you can do, and then hire someone to do what you can't do. Some things can be done at the same time.
The last thing that I would do are the "cosmetics". Do the interior painting, and then the carpet last.
Come back in the appropriate forum (Plumbing, Electrical, etc.) here and ask specific questions as you go along, and we'll try to help you.
Good Luck!
Old 07-29-02, 07:07 AM
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Thank you, Mike. Your response has been very helpful and I plan to follow through with your advance. Thank you again.
Chris and I look forward to and are committed to making the repairs appropiately and in a timely matter.

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