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by franklyspeaking
Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:43 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Aluminum soffit material
Replies: 3
Views: 1382

All of the old houses that I have seen that have open soffits do not have fascia boards. My house is included in that group. Even houses with gutters don't have fascias. But like most everything, there are probably houses out there that have open soffits and fascias.
by franklyspeaking
Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:38 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Drywall Installation Cost?
Replies: 5
Views: 966

Poplancaster,

Yes, that includes getting it ready for paint...just labor - no materials.
by franklyspeaking
Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:17 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Drywall Installation Cost?
Replies: 5
Views: 966

Labor to hang and tape is .38 per square foot in Huntsville, AL.
by franklyspeaking
Sat Oct 15, 2005 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Fireplace Vent Grates???
Replies: 3
Views: 1876

My Dad built houses in the 50's and 60's and used heatilator fireplaces universally. They were metal boxes that were set on firebrick and then bricked in, with flue liner set on top of the metal box. They all incorporated a natural draft system with intakes at the bottom and outlets at the top. Afte...
by franklyspeaking
Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:51 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Shed Roof Help
Replies: 4
Views: 894

Unless you have a very steep pitch of above 6 in 12, I would think that just letting the shingles overhang a bit would be the only thing necesary. A metal drip edge makes a good edge for the amateur roofer. For good measure and insurance you could run a bead of sealer between the shingles and drip e...
by franklyspeaking
Sat Sep 10, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: ceramic exterior shake siding
Replies: 3
Views: 1433

GAF makes a fiber cement shingle that matches the asbestos shingles almost perfectly. I used them to repair my 70 year old farmhouse. Here's a link to their website.

http://www.gaf.com/Content/Documents/20701.pdf

I ordered them from a local lumber company.

Good luck!
by franklyspeaking
Sat Sep 10, 2005 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Drywall Estimate
Replies: 5
Views: 4538

Drywallers in North Alabama get about $.39/sq ft for new construction. That's total wall square footage not floor square footage. Figure up the wall square footage and compare. Off the top of my head, I would think that your price is a little high, but considering it is an old house, maybe not. Good...
by franklyspeaking
Sun Jul 24, 2005 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Wiring an old house?
Replies: 5
Views: 2068

I did my own rewiring project and the only open walls I had were in the kitchen and bathrooms (had to be opened for other issues - plumbing and wall coverings). If you have a crawl space you can run the wires in the crawl space and drill holes in the bottom of the walls (thru the plates) to run the ...
by franklyspeaking
Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:06 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: I should of Just poured Concrete! Paver dilemmas
Replies: 5
Views: 957

You can use Quickrete as a stop for the pavers...I would think it would be much cheaper, but much more work. I believe you lay the pavers first and then dig a trench along the edge (about 4"x4") and fill with quickcrete to a level about 1" up on the paver. You can angle the quickrete up to the paver...
by franklyspeaking
Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:25 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Someone stole my ridgepole!!
Replies: 6
Views: 2235

I think ridge poles do a couple of things. It makes the bare structure much more stable and easier (safer) to work on as the building is built. But it also provides a straight and level ridge that is not at the mercy of slight variations in rafter lengths or building widths. If the ridge pole is a 2...