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  • In a reply to Eliminating Sunken living room
    cussnu2's picture
    14 hours 56 sec ago

    The government solution would be to lower all the rest of the floors to make them level....

  • In a reply to Eliminating Sunken living room
    nbm142ta's picture
    2 days 7 hours ago

    I was on the same thought processs. Didnt see a good reason to demo it. If there are an squeaks ill run some screwn down the old hardwood to eleviate them then use adheasive between the new boards and dardwood floor.

     

    Thanks again for the input!

  • In a reply to Would love to see an article on this house
    florida's picture
    2 days 22 hours ago

    That's pretty standard construction down in the keys and has been for 30 years. Here in Fort Myers on the lower west coast driven  concrete piers have become become the norm as well as keeping the house elevated much higher, about 15' above the sand, than the older homes. That elevation is what saved this house. If you look there are no signs of waves which is what destroys most beach front houses. Actually, in spite of the articles tone, it doesn't sound like they did much more than what code requires for beach front houses. They all have breakaway walls on the ground level.

  • In a reply to Cost of dormers vs added level(s)
    florida's picture
    2 days 22 hours ago

    Not nearly enough info  to give you any kind of answer. 2 story or 1? Is the second story attic or living space now? What kind of framing is in the attic? Trusses or conventional?   How big do you want to make dormers?  How many?

    Raising the roof or adding a floor would be magnitudes more than adding a few simple dormers.

  • In a reply to Burning question: Ceiling temps above wood stove?
    junkhound's picture
    3 days 9 hours ago

    Have a blower above wood stove with a 150F tstat to contol it, feeda a 4" duct to other side of the room.

    It always comes on with any type decent fire, so over 10F for su re.   

  • In a reply to Would love to see an article on this house
    Sawdust_Steve's picture
    3 days 16 hours ago

    It was a cast in place concrete house. Sounds more like a bomb shelter than a house to me.

  • In a reply to Eliminating Sunken living room
    DanH's picture
    3 days 16 hours ago

    Yeah, the plywood will add additional stiffness, though it might introduce the potential for more squeeks.  It might be wise to use adhesive under the new joists.

  • In a reply to Would love to see an article on this house
    florida's picture
    3 days 21 hours ago

    After Hurricane Andrew FH had a  short article about a similar house that was the only one left onadevestated beach. In both cases the answer comes down to building beyond code and spending massive sums of money. I notice though that the house directly bhind this one is still there as are a half dozen more in the photo. The $400,000 price cited is ridiculous, that house was probably closer to $2 million. 

  • In a reply to Low pitch roof waterproofing - Hudson Valley
    florida's picture
    3 days 21 hours ago

    Ice and Water Shield is a secondary membrane made for roof edges and valleys. Weather Guard and similar products are made to cover the entire roof. They are probably the same thing but down here in Florida we don't use Ice and Water at all but do typically cover the entire roof with Weather Guard or a like product. My house is being shingled as I write and it all has the secondary membrane on it, in my case it's another brand but serves the same purpose.  I wouldn't do without it.

  • In a reply to Eliminating Sunken living room
    florida's picture
    3 days 21 hours ago

    I've been thinking about it and can't think of a good reason to remove them. At most I might pull up the hardwood but wouldn't mess with the plywood.

  • In a reply to Replacement Window Installation
    kbranch12's picture
    3 days 22 hours ago

    Photo added for clarity...

  • In a reply to Biscuit joiner recommendation !!!
    arthur1111's picture
    4 days 10 hours ago

    I have the Domino XL and that is one Festool tool that I would buy again.  That said, it does not replace a standard buiscuit joiner.  The smaller domino joiner is just not worth it in my openion.  You can use all the dominos with the XL with a bit extention.

    For standard buiscuits I like the Porter Cable and the cordless 18v Makita. 

  • In a reply to Eliminating Sunken living room
    nbm142ta's picture
    4 days 13 hours ago

    florida wrote:

    Without seeing it it's hard to say but I would probably add new joist crossways to the old ones. They might need to be ripped a little to make your new plywood deck flush with the old one. I'd use 6" TimberLok screws  to attach the new joists to the old ones. It should be a fairly easy and quick job. 

    Thabks fo the input. One more question. Should i demo the existing hardwood and sufloor to get to the old joists? 

  • In a reply to Low pitch roof waterproofing - Hudson Valley
    robbmc's picture
    4 days 17 hours ago

    florida wrote:

    You'll need at least 2 layers of Weather Guard or another approved secondary membrane under the shingles. In that case the shinges become almost cosmetic. 

    florida wrote:

    You'll need at least 2 layers of Weather Guard or another approved secondary membrane under the shingles. In that case the shinges become almost cosmetic.

    What do you think about the idea of 100% coverage of Ice & Water Shield? 

  • In a reply to Any advice on insulating a studless 1700's colonial in New England?
    Sawdust_Steve's picture
    4 days 17 hours ago

    Ryan,

    Your assembly is starting to get pretty complex and it's not something I've ever seen before. It's probably sound but I have a couple of questions/suggestions:

    What does the airspace created by the 1x2's get you? if it's sealed off to exterior and interior isnt it just an opportunity to create a convetion loop by acting as a chimney if air were to get access?

    I dont think you want felt paper on the inside. Maybe one of the newer vapour permiable wraps that will allow drying to the interior is in order?

    Cheers

    Steve

     

  • In a reply to Eliminating Sunken living room
    florida's picture
    4 days 20 hours ago

    Without seeing it it's hard to say but I would probably add new joist crossways to the old ones. They might need to be ripped a little to make your new plywood deck flush with the old one. I'd use 6" TimberLok screws  to attach the new joists to the old ones. It should be a fairly easy and quick job. 

  • In a reply to Low pitch roof waterproofing - Hudson Valley
    florida's picture
    4 days 20 hours ago

    2/12 is not enough pitch for shinges without some special prep. You'll need at least 2 layers of Weather Guard or another approved secondary membrane under the shingles. In that case the shinges become almost cosmetic. 

    Spray foam will totally seal your roof and glue the whole thing together..

  • In a reply to Will the angle iron work for my span
    Cody0469's picture
    4 days 21 hours ago

    Also i was going to put one on each side 

  • In a reply to Will the angle iron work for my span
    junkhound's picture
    5 days 1 hour ago

    no way

    just too check.

     

    section mod = 0.56

    moment = = w*lsq/8 = 52k

    w= about 20# inch  =  12 in long block, 4 courses * 60 # block?

    l == 144

    52k needs to be less than  20ksi*0.56  = no

    now, the 20ksi is code allowable, yield say 70ksi 

    still likly to bend unless reall light weight block (< 10#/block)

  • In a reply to Will the angle iron work for my span
    DanH's picture
    5 days 11 hours ago

    Uh, the thickness of the metal is less important than the dimensions of the ell.  You need to support 800-1000 pounds.  There are some calculators online, but I haven't worked my way through them.