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DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 11-13-2008, 04:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,045
Posted By Mary Jo
I've seen that look as well, but only industrial...

I've seen that look as well, but only industrial use:rolleyes: . I'd vote for the tile or composit rock for a more updated approach. Also less risk of future water stains;) ! The key is to prep so...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 11-10-2008, 12:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,459
Posted By Mary Jo
Doesn't sound right...

What room is this in...are you expecting a lot of water on the floor so you have to worry about mold:eek: ? My brother installs professionally and I've never seen him seal the perimeter with...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-10-2008, 12:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,844
Posted By Mary Jo
Many options...

Agreed! We had a major project and realized atchitects and interior designers are like oil and water. They have separate areas of expertise and often do not cooperate if they are from different...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-10-2008, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 837
Posted By Mary Jo
Don't go in blind!

I've seen a lot of it. Some is more relaxing:) . Some is down right ugly (and expensive:mad: )! Like any design work, make certain you check references and see a lot of before/after pictures before...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-10-2008, 12:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,212
Posted By Mary Jo
Carry with care...

Paint then install hands down! If you do a lot, spraying saves tons of time but not worthwhile because of cleanup for small jobs. I prefer stained/varnished vs. painted...but despise masking no...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 07-03-2007, 12:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,254
Posted By Mary Jo
Do it right the first time...

Sorry, but tile needs a cement base. Take it all down to the studs and put up Durarock or Hardibacker first (could go over...but why...might find they went over brick underneath already!). If your...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 07-03-2007, 12:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,162
Posted By Mary Jo
Not always what they seem...

http://interceramic.com/us/menu.asp -- You can contact the company from this URL. The real question is what did they do to enhance it for the photo?!? I found some pavers in a flier I was interested...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-03-2007, 07:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,833
Posted By Mary Jo
I asked that at the MPLS Home & Garden show. They...

I asked that at the MPLS Home & Garden show. They said it shows every imperfection--not a good option. I went with a high quality floor paint and did some stenciling. Nice look...little...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-03-2007, 12:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 10,741
Posted By Mary Jo
I tore out the spindle half wall. Now I have to...

I tore out the spindle half wall. Now I have to replace it and wanted something more solid...but realized...totally solid is too enclosed! I tried to cut/paste a photo but it doesn't work! The house...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-03-2007, 10:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 10,741
Posted By Mary Jo
Half Wall

I am going from carpet to hardwood in the living/dining/hall. The spindle half wall open to the stairs had so much movement, I was going to build a half wall and perhaps have a bookcase on the living...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 04-03-2007, 10:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,359
Posted By Mary Jo
Hi Marc...the spot that was on this morning, band...

Hi Marc...the spot that was on this morning, band saws, was playing staccato! Any advice?!?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-03-2007, 09:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,760
Posted By Mary Jo
Please help again! When I tore up the...

Please help again! When I tore up the living/dining/hall and removed the particle board, the plywood over the joists is only 1/2" thick and the seams give when you walk. When I put the 1/2" subfloor...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-03-2007, 08:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,214
Posted By Mary Jo
I talked to my brother who is an installer. He...

I talked to my brother who is an installer. He said you can sometimes "bend" the back (test your laminate first) or go with a "coved look" which is a smooth curve (but need a good eye for a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-02-2007, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,238
Posted By Mary Jo
Best not to lay tile on wood. I just got done...

Best not to lay tile on wood. I just got done using Hardibacker (used Dura Rock before) and found it real easy to work with (cuts like sheet rock so you save on saw blades). You can use 1/4" -- look...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 03-22-2007, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,758
Posted By Mary Jo
You got some great advice...one addition...DON'T...

You got some great advice...one addition...DON'T match up joints. Always off set your seams for better stability!! Just finished a similar project and it's wonderful to do it right and know your set...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 03-22-2007, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 18,096
Posted By Mary Jo
What is the size of the wall you need? Sounds...

What is the size of the wall you need? Sounds like you need passage, so a section must move...but not all of it. You are willing to compromise the ceiling, so any track for pocket doors, sliders,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 03-22-2007, 09:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,038
Posted By Mary Jo
We worked with hard insulation and found it was...

We worked with hard insulation and found it was best to use a jig saw. Once that's on, you can combine glue and sawdust to form a paste to fill the gaps. Not perfect...but you can control the color...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 03-22-2007, 09:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,760
Posted By Mary Jo
Thanks for sharing. My brother, who's installed...

Thanks for sharing. My brother, who's installed floors for years and has only seen this one other time, agreed with Square Eye! We took everything up in the kitchen. I went with 3/4" SC plywood. Got...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 03-13-2007, 08:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,760
Posted By Mary Jo
New update...the kitchen particle board is glued...

New update...the kitchen particle board is glued SOLID!! I spent three hours and managed to chip away about 6"! My husband tried sawing through the 3/4" layer...but it didn't pop. Any ideas?!?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 03-13-2007, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,760
Posted By Mary Jo
Subfloors for Hardwood & Tile

My brother got a "deal of the day" on 3/4" oak flooring (my carpet is shot). My kitchen can use a tile floor (linoleum is worn) as long as we are at this. This home was built in 1974. I took up the...
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