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11-05-07, 11:39 AM
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Plank subfloor 1950's remodeling Bath

My whole house has 5/8ths" planks arranged at 45deg angle to the common joists above a crawlspace. The planks are in decent shape, but are old, no noticeable rot or termites. I'm redoing the master...
11-05-07, 11:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,896
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

A lot of things would be easier, but if the joist...

A lot of things would be easier, but if the joist is compromised, why would you want to "patch" it?
Wood is cheap. Cut out the 3/4 ply section, double the joist and splint it to the old one and pop...
03-29-07, 04:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,018
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

Door styles, Modern, commercial, or otherwise not stamped or ubiquitous

We have a mid fifties home that has some modern leanings, and I'm planning on replacing the ill fitting and tired entry doors. Problem is I detest 99% of any design I find at a reasonable price. We...
Replies: 2
Views: 1,601
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

why not a 4 post pergola? Rather than...

why not a 4 post pergola?

Rather than stretch that fabric awning in an area with occasional wind issues building something more robust that design wise could feature a taller frame than the...
Replies: 5
Views: 1,084
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

yeah, I guess you are right on that one. Another...

yeah, I guess you are right on that one. Another idea that dawned on me was that these guys are used to doing , slab work, garage pads, steps, sidewalks etc. I think they are more used to having a...
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Views: 1,084
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

Cool they have since resolved the problem and are...

they have since resolved the problem and are doing an OKAY job, but boy am I unimpressed with "the pros". In the end I'm more or less happy with the job, but I have now refined my entire approach to...
Replies: 5
Views: 1,084
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

Contractors having trouble setting stone veneer. Help

So far I have done this whole project DIY, and I got contractors to do the finish work of setting cultured stone onto a prepped scratch coat. They did not mix their mortar well as far as I can tell,...
Replies: 4
Views: 4,017
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

I have the same problem in my back yard and...

I have the same problem in my back yard and nearly the same dimensions. I'm considering a complete coat of stucco, or a spray tex coat someday. You could clean it well, and add a new layer of stucco...
01-02-07, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,113
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

Yeah, damn, not much to complain about, it's a...

Yeah, damn, not much to complain about, it's a substantial home if a bit generic.
Shutters which I hate for the most part would probably look good on this one and is a cheap fix for the short term....
12-21-06, 11:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

pics http://www.hels.com/DSC00906.jpg ...

pics
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12-21-06, 06:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

Thanks for all the info. It's great stuff. I'll...

Thanks for all the info. It's great stuff. I'll post pics and you will all flame me because the kitchen looks fine by most standards, and I am being a cheap ass too. You'll see the scenario does NOT...
12-20-06, 11:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

yeah, it appears to be concrete underlayment and...

yeah, it appears to be concrete underlayment and that's what's causing it to be 3/4" higher than the adjacent rooms original wood floors. I know because there is a exposed edge. I'll try to submit...
12-20-06, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 35,965
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

Yeah, I wish I had pictures.... it's kwality...

Yeah, I wish I had pictures.... it's kwality granite, but it's the ugliest color. I'd prefer a more monotone carbon, black brown or otherwise dark tops, but that's just me.
Maybe someone els would...
12-19-06, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

ripping out cheapo kitchen tiles ... one problem

In my kitchen the previous owner did a recent remodel and put in new cabinets over this lame cheapy flooring, the cabinets are fine, but the floor has to go. The tiles have cracked in one spot, and...
12-19-06, 05:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 35,965
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

Intentionally staining granite countertops a different color do-able?

I bought a house 2 years ago that already had a "decent" and complete kitchen remodel which included all new cabinets and granite counter tops. The problem is the color of granite is a blobby salt...
Replies: 6
Views: 16,141
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

awesome! Thanks for that info! I planned on...

awesome! Thanks for that info! I planned on disguising the whole thing with the stone anyway but this is great advice. I already have visions of all that stone popping off if I screw this up, but so...
Replies: 6
Views: 16,141
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

Thumbs up Butting the two together, but took care to match...

Butting the two together, but took care to match the thickness so there is not a huge difference (depth not gap) The reason, was much of the old stucco is actually applied over the poured concrete...
Replies: 6
Views: 16,141
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

SQ footage is approx 80-110(guesstimate) with a...

SQ footage is approx 80-110(guesstimate) with a 60/40 distribution of new mesh surface waiting for a scratch coat mated above old stucco which was applied to the lowest 1-2 ft of the house below...
Replies: 6
Views: 16,141
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

Question Scratch coat for stone veneer. Use Mortar or Stucco Mix?

I'm creating a new scratch coat base layer to which I'll later be applying Cultured Stone Veneer. Question is should I use Mortar mix or a Stucco?

Only technicality is that I am extending what was...
Replies: 1
Views: 2,206
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

Elastomeric Paint all Hype? Or worth the trouble?

To me this paint seems effective but it's hard to work with and I wonder if its worth the additional cost and slight hassle as it goes on so thick over stucco I'm needing to do multiple coats anyway,...
08-22-06, 03:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,144
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

Owner/Builder questions

I did some searches (here and google) and came up with a few helpful hints re: Owner/Builder issues, but for example the state of CA seems to be simply cautioning the shady practice of running a...
Replies: 9
Views: 31,542
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

Vent the cooler to the outside with ducting. ...

Vent the cooler to the outside with ducting.
Insulate the roof to prevent heat soak.
Install a vent in the eaves to let hot air escape.
A fan might help the heat escape.
A cieling fan might help...
08-09-06, 04:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,136
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

which blade for stucco (contiuous or segmented)

Searched on installing a door where a windo is currently, and besides getting a diamond blade, I want to know what style to get. There are continuous rim styles for tile and there are blades that...
Replies: 1
Views: 1,267
Posted By HackOfAllTrades

cut vertically into the corner as much as you can...

cut vertically into the corner as much as you can score it a couple times and then chisel. and be patient. You'll probably have to do some touch up anyway. HTH
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