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  1. mabloodhound

    Cut crossmember

    OP said "crossmember". Your arrow points to the main carrying beam/joist.
  2. mabloodhound

    How to replace the floor of a small bathroom?

    If the mortar base is flaking and chipping, then yes it needs to come out. It may be better to remove the entire mortar base and put down cement board for the new tile. Otherwise, patch the areas where the screen is showing.
  3. mabloodhound

    Framing out a Small Wall

    I agree with Bud about fitting a door to the opening. As for the windows, you can get the size(s) you need made to fit the opening (vinyl). You can even have them mulled together and install as one unit, no need for a center post.
  4. mabloodhound

    Painting over exterior semi gloss paint.

    I use 80 grit in a random orbit sander which doesn't leave deep scratches.
  5. mabloodhound

    How to replace the floor of a small bathroom?

    If that hole is down to the dirt/sand base, yes you need to refill it. And the ridges from the old thinset need to be scraped down. Small pocket holes can be filled with leveler.
  6. mabloodhound

    How to replace the floor of a small bathroom?

    With the current mortar bed, do as Jeff said. Level out any imperfections with the floor leveler and then lay your tile. No cement backer is needed.
  7. mabloodhound

    Matching aged color of wood ceiling

    I would first try to feather out the sharp edges of the area. Maybe with fine sandpaper (lightly) or eraser. Then experiment on only part of the area with your 'formula'.
  8. mabloodhound

    Refinish Oak flooring, or replace?

    Your method for locating the squeaks is correct. The noise is caused when the plywood moves up and down on the nail holding it, which has become loose over time. I would drill a pocket hole in the joist and screw up into the plywood. Maybe even 2 screws (one on either side of the joist)...
  9. mabloodhound

    Replace Interior Door - Hinges How to?

    Yup, draw the profile on the door (copy location from your old door). Then go over the outline with a utility knife and next set the router to the depth and freehand the cutout. Take your time and keep the router flat to the door edge surface (no tipping)
  10. mabloodhound

    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    Great job. Now, for the fireplace, if you're going to have a floor level hearth, make sure the top of the hearth is level with the finished floor. Otherwise you end up with a 'tripping' obstacle.
  11. mabloodhound

    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    Perfect, exactly as I would have done it.
  12. mabloodhound

    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    If you remove the joists, do so after getting the jacks in place. The gable end wall wouldn't be a problem but the sidewall might if you try and jack it after the joists are out. You could take a measurement from a fixed beam and check it every so often to make sure the wall doesn't move...
  13. mabloodhound

    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    Yes, that is a good plan. I only do one wall at a time when doing this type of work. You probably will find the new lumber is narrower than what was used so it should fit fine and may even require some shimming.
  14. mabloodhound

    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    Jack as Bud shows and replace a piece at a time (5' / 6' or so). If there are multiple thicknesses, make sure you stagger the joints at least 1 foot. Of course do one wall at a time. And put some vapor poly down over that dirt before you cover it up.
  15. mabloodhound

    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    Good job. That's how you conquer an old house. Shims and shaving!
  16. mabloodhound

    What do you call this decorative molding on cabinet fillers?

    You CAN buy table a leg and cut it. But the bottom may be smaller than the top so you would have to piece it also.
  17. mabloodhound

    Leveling subfloor for hardwood

    Your subfloor is not a structural component. You could remove it all if need be. Shaving down the existing joists makes the most sense. Trying to lower the piers would still leave you with a set crown in the joists and they might not settle down. You definitely do not want to "mud" the...
  18. mabloodhound

    Please help! Big decision!

    It may be just the parging (skim coat over the foundation) deteriorating. Inspection can tell you if it's the actual foundation. If just the parging, that can be fixed but the water issue would need to be addressed. Get it cheap and be prepared for a lot of work.
  19. mabloodhound

    Wet towel damage in master bath???

    I use semi gloss on all woodwork in bathrooms. Walls can be satin or eggshell.
  20. mabloodhound

    Is it possible to just replace the adjustable wood insert in threshold?

    Yes, you can replace that adjustable filler. Have your carpenter take it out and mill up a new one to fit from a piece of oak. Not a difficult job.
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