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by franklyspeaking
Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:03 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: sistering floor joists
Replies: 7
Views: 9883

If the sisters can be fastened to good wood in the old joists for 4 or 5 feet, I would think that would be adequate. Just make sure you use a lot nails and some constuction adhesive wouldn't hurt either.

Good luck!
by franklyspeaking
Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:55 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: unpainted walls
Replies: 3
Views: 1480

Our old house has 3/4" T&G Pine on the walls, and originally had been wall papered. The wall paper underlayment was cloth and was nailed in place with small brads. We pulled the nails out with a tack puller and pliers and then painted or varnished the walls. We did not bother to fill the nail holes,...
by franklyspeaking
Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:42 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Zoysia Grass Lawn
Replies: 6
Views: 1822

Zoysia is very much like Bermuda. It puts out runners and spreads and also goes dormant at the first frost. It grows slower and spreads slower than Bermuda. It begins to green up when the evening temperatures get above 40, but it really doesn't grow much until the evening temps exceed 60. I had it a...
by franklyspeaking
Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:08 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Outbuilding envy
Replies: 11
Views: 4021

I successfully saved the original detached garage to our house. It had not been roofed in 40 years and termites had invaded it and eaten away much of the structure. But I was able to cut out the damage and sister in new studs on one side and replace about half of the rafters. I redecked it and roofe...
by franklyspeaking
Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:44 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Too much bead board?
Replies: 4
Views: 1593

It's personal preference. We have beadboard in the bathrooms, hall, kitchen, and on the upstairs ceiling. We like it...wish we had more. They make a beadboard plywood that I used in the bathrooms to match the original beadboard pretty well. I couldn't find it any where in the original size and shape...
by franklyspeaking
Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:45 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: One more question - What is a Heatolator fireplace?
Replies: 3
Views: 9181

It is a brand of fireplace insert for masonry fireplaces. Usually had a damper and a circulation system that could be built in with the masonry. My Dad was a builder in 50's and 60's and used them on nearly all the houses he built in that time period.
by franklyspeaking
Thu Feb 09, 2006 12:23 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Advise on entry porch to mudroom conversion
Replies: 5
Views: 3772

You may want to consider leveling the floor by jacking from the outside. The trouble with shimming the floor, is that this may make it obvious that the ceiling is also not level. Jacking would correct the floor and ceiling problem, shimming just covers it up. If you did decide to do the shimming ide...
by franklyspeaking
Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:21 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Concrete Walls - Peeling Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1612

I assume you are talking interior walls are painted concrete, which is peeling? I would think there is no amount of work will ever make the concrete walls look good, short of sandblasting all of the paint off. You should consider sheetrocking over the concrete. You can glue it on with construction a...
by franklyspeaking
Sun Jan 08, 2006 12:15 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Patio Doors
Replies: 2
Views: 654

Sliding doors take up no floor space, while doors that swing, must have no obstacles in the swing path. Sliding doors usually are not lockable/unlockable from the outside. I am building a house that will have a sliding door in the breakfast nook exiting to the patio...there simply was insufficient r...
by franklyspeaking
Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:13 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: What is a good price?
Replies: 8
Views: 1057

I would say it might not be too much to pay, if..... You could do the wiring and plumbing yourself. and... When you get the wiring, plumbing and HVAC installed will it be worth $200k? If not, I wouldn't mess with it. It is a beautiful home and looks like a great project. I rewired and replumbed our ...