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DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 11-02-2013, 07:19 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Soparklion
Ceiling Cracks

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 09-03-2013, 06:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 528
Posted By Soparklion
The foundation is block. Digging to the...

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?
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 09-03-2013, 06:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 528
Posted By Soparklion
Thank you for your reply. Cost is a concern...

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 09-02-2013, 05:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 544
Posted By Soparklion
Attic is an unvented box

I recently purchased a two story home with a pitched slate roof.
There 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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 09-02-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 528
Posted By Soparklion
Wet Basement

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 05-27-2011, 01:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,614
Posted By Soparklion
Thanks - I do plan to sister the ceiling joists. ...

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 05-26-2011, 08:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,614
Posted By Soparklion
Ceiling Sag

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 04-27-2008, 06:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,684
Posted By Soparklion
Beam sag >>> floor sag

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...
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