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by franklyspeaking
Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:36 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Door in a concrete block house
Replies: 2
Views: 659

I think Texas_Ranger has it about right. The door needs a liner,usually a 2x8, that is attached to the concrete blocks. You can use tap con screws and liquid nails to install the liner...then install a conventional door (assuming that the opening is the correct size, which may be your big challenge)...
by franklyspeaking
Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:13 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Insulation questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1577

I would like to dispell the notion that thermal insulation has much, if any, sound attenuation ability. It takes mass to stop sound and thermal insulation is not heavy enough to be of much use. However, many a cubic foot of insulation has been sold on the premise that it sound proofs a wall. If you ...
by franklyspeaking
Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:57 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: finishing the attic?
Replies: 1
Views: 1577

We don't have attic space in our present house, but in 2 other homes I have added gamerooms above the attached garage. These were not old homes, but more modern 70's construction. Nevertheless, the process is the same and the result is as rewarding as it sounds. You get more space for a small amount...
by franklyspeaking
Wed Apr 05, 2006 3:10 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: How to match base moldings to door jams?
Replies: 2
Views: 1480

It appears that the there has been an extra layer of sheetrock or plaster added to the wall, before the base was installed. In other words, the door casing is thicker than it appears, and part of the wall surface is butted up to it, while it appears the base has been added after the wall material wa...
by franklyspeaking
Wed Apr 05, 2006 2:56 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: remodeling; addition to log home
Replies: 3
Views: 1421

If you are utilizing an existing door to make the connection, this would simplify matters. Most any home designer could design something like this. Are you wanting to do the add on with logs, or are you going to use more conventional building materials? I have seen log homes added onto with conventi...
by franklyspeaking
Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:39 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: The aggravation is taking its toll on my wife
Replies: 28
Views: 5875

I remember that fateful two week period in December 2003 when we moved into our old house. I had been working to rewire and replumb the entire house and was finishing up on the new kitchen and bathrooms when we put our house up for sale. It sold in a week and we had to move in something like 3 weeks...
by franklyspeaking
Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:02 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Restore / Refinish old Brick floor?
Replies: 1
Views: 1267

Muriatic Acid is the common brick cleaning agent the pros use to clean brick of dirt and mortor after brick is layed. You can dilute it in water to control the amount of agressiveness. You will need to wear rubber gloves and goggles or safety glasses and will need to be sponge it up with clean water...
by franklyspeaking
Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:50 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: How to hang a door?
Replies: 1
Views: 665

This can be done, but it is not an easy DIY job. I did this on our bedroom door, which my wife requested be reversed. I took the hinges loose from the jamb and then reversed the hinges and lock on the door. I then propped the door into the doorway and marked the hinge positions, remortised the hinge...
by franklyspeaking
Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:20 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: What type of insulation under wood kitchen floor?
Replies: 2
Views: 792

Anything would work that has insulating value. Ideally, R-13 pink would be what I would use, but the duct insulation would work fine, as well. If it isn't thick enough to get the R-Value you want, you can put in multiple layers. You can use the wire insulation hangers to install it, which are availa...
by franklyspeaking
Sat Feb 25, 2006 10:16 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Do I want to buy this house for 200K
Replies: 10
Views: 3066

We have a waste treatment plant in our town on the river, and it has a terrible odor problem!! If your town's facility is anything like ours, I think you wouldn't be asking the question. If there are no obvious issues with odors or other problems, the neighborhood is good, and you think it is a good...