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DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 04-17-2009, 07:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,966
Posted By HouseSurgeon
If you never installed a storm door before you...

If you never installed a storm door before you might want to spend the extra hundred bucks to have it installed. If something goes wrong or needs adjusting they come back for you. If you still want...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 04-17-2009, 07:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,070
Posted By HouseSurgeon
Is the shut off switch engaging too early? I...

Is the shut off switch engaging too early? I think there's a shut off switch inside the track that the arm engages to tell the motor to stop running.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-17-2009, 07:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,433
Posted By HouseSurgeon
Are you asking us if you should buy the house...

Are you asking us if you should buy the house from a few descriptions? I would advise hiring an inspector. You'll be glad you did.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 04-17-2009, 07:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,305
Posted By HouseSurgeon
Don't let it stop you from achieving your goal....

Don't let it stop you from achieving your goal. Rip down the bandaid the original owner put on the house and rebuild it the right way. Hint most likely not a do it yourself project. If it's an...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 04-17-2009, 07:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,444
Posted By HouseSurgeon
I've never heard of making wood more supple...

I've never heard of making wood more supple before. If it's dry and brittle because it's old. Reversing the aging process might not be an option. If the existing cedar isn't too thin you could/should...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-17-2009, 06:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,056
Posted By HouseSurgeon
I'm afraid you'll have to splurge for the drum...

I'm afraid you'll have to splurge for the drum sander. There is no substitute. You'll need an edger a buffer and vacuum. To do it right. You can defer the cost of the rentals if you do all the rooms...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-17-2009, 06:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,470
Posted By HouseSurgeon
Any variation in the subfloor will show up...

Any variation in the subfloor will show up through the new vinyl floor. Feather it out with the ardex or plaster of paris or leveler of your choice.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-17-2009, 06:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,146
Posted By HouseSurgeon
Shrinkage usually occurs after a new house is...

Shrinkage usually occurs after a new house is built. You say this is a 60's house? If there are any leaks getting behind the walls your framing could be rotting and losing it's structural integrity....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-17-2009, 06:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,502
Posted By HouseSurgeon
Make sure the threat of termites doesn't exist...

Make sure the threat of termites doesn't exist anymore. I repaired an oak floor for a past client with termite damage and a couple months later I was back repairing it again. Termites ate through...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 04-17-2009, 06:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,751
Posted By HouseSurgeon
You can scrape the old stuff off but not down to...

You can scrape the old stuff off but not down to the drywall. That would seem to be a pan in the arse. Then skim coat it. It would need three coats in my experience. If you want to add texture to it...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-17-2009, 06:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,585
Posted By HouseSurgeon
If you have the money put tile back on the porch...

If you have the money put tile back on the porch it will greatly enough your curb appeal. Have it done or do it yourself. Make sure it's good quality tile like porcelain. Also make sure its got a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-17-2009, 06:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 935
Posted By HouseSurgeon
Go to any home store and you'll find those...

Go to any home store and you'll find those ceiling tiles. They have a tongue and grove type of application. You need a heavy duty hand stapler to install the tile. Put them together on the floor...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-17-2009, 06:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 969
Posted By HouseSurgeon
Take the path of least resistance. Cut out a path...

Take the path of least resistance. Cut out a path in the sheetrock wall and run your wires through the studs. Cut a path big enough to drill holes in the studs. I'm guessing it's a sheetrock wall. An...
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