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  • Posted in thread: Ceiling Cracks on 11-02-2013 at 07:19 PM
    I just purchased a home that was built in the 1940s. There are multiple areas with cracks in
    the ceiling that seem to indicate that it was finished with drywall boards ~16 x 48" and the
    joints were no...

  • Posted in thread: Wet Basement on 09-03-2013 at 06:10 AM
    The foundation is block. Digging to the bottom of the foundation puts the drain at or below
    grade of all available areas for outlet. And if I have water that low, why is the existing sump
    dry?The very...

  • Posted in thread: Wet Basement on 09-03-2013 at 06:06 AM
    Thank you for your reply.Cost is a concern mostly that the interior French Drain guys want me
    to rip out the existing bathroom to have the interior drain installed and I'm not too keen on
    that idea. I...

  • Posted in thread: Attic is an unvented box on 09-02-2013 at 05:48 PM
    I recently purchased a two story home with a pitched slate roof. is NO soffit or other
    ventilation to the attic. How should I ventilate it? I plan to place a gable vent on one end
    with a gable fan i...

  • Posted in thread: Wet Basement on 09-02-2013 at 05:40 PM
    I just purchased a moderate-size two story house in Pittsburgh, PA built in the 1940s. The home
    has a full basement - boundary in black in drawing. It was formerly rented, so there is no
    available his...

  • Posted in thread: Ceiling Sag on 05-27-2011 at 01:16 PM
    Thanks - I do plan to sister the ceiling joists. Other sites speak difficulty drywalling such
    an old house due to uneven walls and recommend plaster. My plasterer's quote was actually 1/2
    of the drywa...

  • Posted in thread: Ceiling Sag on 05-26-2011 at 08:26 PM
    The Ceiling in my 120 yr old frame house is sagging - a total of 10 cm from the level of one of
    the chimneys. I removed the 120 yr old plaster and lathe. Is plaster or drywall more
    appropriate to repl...

  • Posted in thread: Beam sag >>> floor sag on 04-27-2008 at 06:13 PM
    I own a 110 yr old wood frame rowhome, roughly 28' x 32'. The floor dips on both axis - most
    noticeably on the first floor - to the main support beam in the basement. It has some minor
    cracks. It defl...


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