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Old 03-11-2017, 01:01 PM  
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The brick ties would have had to be installed as the bricks were being laid. I don't think they can be effectively retrofitted.
Make sure you have all the rough-in carpentry done before you measure for the new window.


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The brick ties would have had to be installed as the bricks were being laid. I don't think they can be effectively retrofitted.
Make sure you have all the rough-in carpentry done before you measure for the new window.
I'm not sure I understand. It is a pre-built glass block window with vent. Basically it says to get the rough-size of the window set up and then put the window in with shims/blocks on top and bottom to hold it in place (leaving a certain amount of gap all the way around) and then pipe or push in mortar. Once the mortar is set enough to support the window in place, remove blocks and fill the gaps with mortar-- only difference it said with a wood window was that brick ties would be needed to make the mortar stick.

I think I would seal the wood and/or use waterproof paint or something on it before nailing in the wall ties all the way around and then following the regular instructions.

The window I linked has an "actual size" and "rough size" measurements. Top to bottom is the right actual size but side to side is about an inch shy of actual size. I wonder if I should just use vinyl instead of wood to frame it out once I remove the wood framing.

I hope I'm making sense.

I really need to research more about windows, removing old frames and framing out replacements. I'm hoping it won't affect anything on the exterior (although I do plan to liberally use some caulk all the way around both inside and outside).


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Zane, remember, to much caulk is as bad as not enough...
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Zane, remember, to much caulk is as bad as not enough...
Gotcha. Don't want it peeling off. :-)

And I'm debating whether to go for the pre-made window or see if I can make one myself in a system that uses a special caulk instead of mortar. I'll have to compare the prices of materials and such and figure out how to do it and how many blocks I would need of what size and so forth.

I see they make blocks that are 8x8 and some that are 8x4 and so forth. I wonder if I could just make an approximate sized window with a hopper vent and then adjust framing to fit.

I'm going to consult someone who has experience with this though-- probably will see if anyone local has ever done glass blocks and such.

Editing to add: I should probably create a separate thread about the window to avoid confusion.

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I'll have to post pics later, but I stuck my phone under the house with the video camera on and tried to get a look at the joists and the subfloor.
There were some sturdy weeds that got in the way so I couldn't just move smoothly across-- had to pull the camera out and put it back in between the stupid weeds-- and I ended up with dog tongue up my nose because my brother's mutt decided that he had to lick my arms and face. LOL.
It looks like the joists are not going to be in the way of the tub drain. Not sure on the toilet.
Subfloor appears to be some sort of wooden slats/boards. Looks kinda like 2x4s but probably isn't. It's the kind of subfloor I saw in the air circulation space under the air conditioner. I wonder if that will make things more difficult when I go to work on the project. I was thinking it was going to be some sort of plywood. So, this means I might not be able to open the floor up like I'd thought. But, they are probably sturdier than plywood. There are also a few very pretty nice old routered boards on the east wall. The whole wall used to have those boards, but when we came back the tenants had ripped most of them out. I'm hoping to find a use for them somewhere.
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OK, I was wrong about the floor. On my phone's screen it looked like boards. When I see it on the computer it looks like plywood.
Here you can see under the existing shower-- floor has water damage.



At least I have a couple of thick pretty boards on the walls


I tried to measure but had a hard time getting the tape to hold steady while taking a picture and I'm not tall enough to be able to read it while standing on top of the stepstool. The board has some sort of interesting edge detail.
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Most likely it is tongue & groove paneling. The boards that I have are about 3/4 inch thick. YMMV.

edit: that stain around your drain pipe is not a good sign. Is it fresh?
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Thanks. I really like that tongue-and-groove board. Too bad the tenants stole most of it. We got back from overseas and found that the board had almost all been cut and pulled off. I'm pretty sure they used it in their house.

I believe that stain is old. That shower has not been used in over 16 years. It's the one with no P-trap and that whole area always reeked of sewer gas until I covered up the shower drain. I should probably go under there at some point and gently poke it to see if it feels wet. I don't like that it looks like there might be some staining around the hot water pipe and there do not appear to be any shutoffs under the house for those water pipes (before we went overseas, my father added shutoffs to all of the water supply pipes under the house just in case but most of them were gone when we got back). Since I plan to take out that shower and wall, I'm thinking of getting the go ahead from Mom to let me pull the paneling on the opposite side and check to see if it is leaking.
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I still haven't gotten around to putting the camera back under to get better shots yet, but I've been thinking about the floors. For the bathroom I plan to use vinyl sheet, but I'm debating what to use for the laundry area. I want something that won't tear or get ruined if we have to move the washer and dryer for maintenance. And when I had linoleum, it kept getting rubbed by the back door and eventually ripped (part of that is because something wasn't done right on the installation so the wood sill part under the door rotted and I think the plywood swelled up a bit- plus nothing is square on this house).

Now, I could do what some friends did and install flooring throughout the room but leaving a space where the door swings in and get vinyl plank that matches the kitchen-- or get cheaper vinyl plank than for the kitchen-- but I'm concerned about that getting scratched.

I read somewhere that people sometimes paint their floors. I know this is done on concrete porches and in garages, but I wonder how that would work on plywood floors. It seems like the cheapest and simplest solution. My concern is finding a durable paint that is easy to clean but that is not too slippery to walk on in socks or slippers- but that isn't too abrasive. Any ideas?
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I put the camera back under. Shots came out too fuzzy to be of much use. My arm found a few spiderwebs. I had an itty bitty spider waving at my face when I was reaching under, but I didn't get a good shot of him/her-- cute little bugger though.
Shots aren't worth posting, but it looks like the subfloor is dark/damaged under the washing machine-- so the water damage spans over the joist.

Metal pipe is defunct. Pipe in the right with dark T is the shower drain. In the middle its the water supply and drain for the washing machine.

Meanwhile, I was talking to Neal about the back door and it prompted me to get more pics. Looks like the door needs to be replaced and the frame probably needs some work now. The door currently won't stay closed unless I prop something against it.

Pics are in this post since I'm too lazy to post them all here.

So, right now, here is my list of things that need to be done:
  • Tear down west & north walls of bathroom (leaving part of the wall intact).
  • Remove shower stall, toilet, and part of south wall of bathroom
  • Replace/repair subfloor in hallway & current bathroom
  • Replace exterior door & frame + install new cat door
  • Bump doorway to laundry room over to the east a couple of inches to allow for trim around it (and to give it more room for the knob).
  • Move washer & dryer out of the way
  • Replace/repair subfloor in current laundry room
  • Remove crappy paneling from walls in the entire area
  • Take down ceiling fan & remove crappy ceiling tiles
  • Paint ceiling (if the ceiling boards are in good enough shape-- if not, will put something up there)
  • Install vent fan/light combo where ceiling fan used to be and run ductwork in attic & change current single toggle switch to double rockers to control vent-light (perhaps move switch from west wall to north wall)
  • Rough in plumbing and electrical (will slightly move some existing water supply lines and electrical wires, and add some new things-- like GFCI with rocker switch for vanity light).
  • Replace crappy metal windows with new doubleglazed vinyl windows
  • Cut hole for new vent or the dryer, seal up & cover old vent hole
  • Install insulation and vapor barrier in exterior walls
  • Install vinyl sheet in bathroom then cover
  • Cover/protect flooring for tub/shower install.
  • Install new wall panels (re-use some old and maybe get some new stuff if there is not enough) & molding/trim for walls, ceiling, & windows
  • Install toilet & lavatory
  • Install door to bathroom (knob will be on left side while facing bathroom from hallway)
  • Install ceiling fan in new laundry area (after preparing the ceiling with support box)
  • Finish flooring for laundry room & hallway area (trying to decide best flooring)
  • Make/buy shelves or cabinets to go above washer & dryer for storage and put them in place
  • Replace dryer heating element to get it functional again
  • Put furniture sliders under washer & dryer pedestals to ease movement for maintenance & put appliances in place
  • Make & install fold-down table on south wall of laundry room
  • Modify partially built lower cabinet to hold bin for lint (found it just sitting in the workshop and I want to repurpose it)
  • Finish bathroom with towel bars, toilet paper holder, shower curtain rods & curtains-- and other little touches.

It's a lot of work, but I'm going to get some help from friends. One of my friends owes us some $ & I asked him how he would feel about knocking off some of the debt by helping and he said he would help us for free. I'm going to be helping him fix up his burned house.

Hopefully I didn't miss anything on the list-- and I'm trying to decide if I should finish the laundry room before the bathroom so we can have it operational again as soon as possible-- or at least get it functional first.

Any suggestions/revisions?


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