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by Texas_Ranger
Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Doorway Trim - Not enough clearance
Replies: 17
Views: 14459

Re: Doorway Trim - Not enough clearance

GothicHome wrote:Never mind new construction, this is how they did it 140 years ago. No option but to get it done

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This is exactly what I've been talking about! Thanks for the great historic example!
by Texas_Ranger
Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Doorway Trim - Not enough clearance
Replies: 17
Views: 14459

Re: Doorway Trim - Not enough clearance

The old-timers weren't exactly shy when it came to cutting trim and fitting it into corners or around built-in furniture! So that's probably what I'd do.
by Texas_Ranger
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Addition!
Replies: 52
Views: 24510

Re: Addition!

Wow, what fantastic progress! I'm impressed with how well the new addition looks like its going to be a seamless part of the house. When I'm done I'm hoping that the only hint that it isn't original is the straightness of the walls :lol: Seriously? Last week I went to the bathroom in a 2008 house. ...
by Texas_Ranger
Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:27 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Subfloor and Hardwood Installation Question
Replies: 19
Views: 13515

Re: Subfloor and Hardwood Installation Question

Certainly not! Back in the 70s, covering up beaten and "old-fashioned" wood floors with carpet was awfully common, and putting plywood or chipboard on top of the real wood was considered the proper way of installation, providing a smoother surface for the carpet than a cupped wood floor. Today we ha...
by Texas_Ranger
Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Subfloor and Hardwood Installation Question
Replies: 19
Views: 13515

Re: Subfloor and Hardwood Installation Question

I can't really see any reason why you shouldn't be able to install hardwood on top of that subfloor!

I also fail to see the purpose of that random strip of wood nailed to the subfloor from below.
by Texas_Ranger
Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:41 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: ANSWERED!!Why is this small wedge driven into corner of 2x4?
Replies: 10
Views: 8447

Re: ANSWERED!!Why is this small wedge driven into corner of 2x4?

Wind shake is awful! We've got a window with a bottom rail that is falling apart due to this. I tried gluing it back together as a stopgap measure, but that didn't help at all. I've also seen floor boards that suffer from that problem - not nice to the feet!
by Texas_Ranger
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Losing My Mind--Need to Soundproof Bedroom Windows
Replies: 11
Views: 62568

Re: Losing My Mind--Need to Soundproof Bedroom Windows

Reglazing can be a good idea too. Sometimes (quite often actually) the putty becomes rock hard and brittle and the glass starts to rattle every time there's some noise. That can make noises feel louder than with the window open! The test is easy - lightly tap each pane with your fingertips, if it ra...
by Texas_Ranger
Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: First old house after college! (pics)
Replies: 21
Views: 11446

Re: First old house after college! (pics)

I like taking plywood off of doors - you never know what you'll find underneath! Once I freed a pair of salvaged double doors from their plywood tomb, only to discover the original faux graining (red oak) more or less intact underneath!
by Texas_Ranger
Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Losing My Mind--Need to Soundproof Bedroom Windows
Replies: 11
Views: 62568

Re: Losing My Mind--Need to Soundproof Bedroom Windows

I think one of the easiest ways would be to have a carpenter who knows a thing or two about traditional carpentry build an interior storm (third layer) with HEAVY glass. My parents had a room soundproofed (also faces a high-traffic street and they need it quiet for work) and they had modern double-g...
by Texas_Ranger
Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:35 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Help! What are the odds that this is asbestos tile?
Replies: 8
Views: 8527

Re: Help! What are the odds that this is asbestos tile?

Tough question... the only floor I'd personally suspect is the red&blue one, but if it isn't worn right down to the underlay or you want to remove it/drill holes through it you shouldn't have any issues even if it is asbestos.