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  1. finding true dimensional joists or ripping down lumber

    OK..I've searched and searched and cannot find a solution or answer. I'm replacing approx 8 2x8 (true dimension 1880) joists that span 12' in the basement that support the first floor in a balloon...
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    Need Help with Stairway Calculation

    Hi..

    Remodeling an old house and converting it back to a single family after close to 70 years as a dual family unit. The house is gutted and I've stressed and stressed over the stairway position....
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    Re: Painting joist bays before insulating

    If I used Shellac would that create a vapor barrier on the outside wall and create issues with insulation? Or should I just spray, scrub and clean the heck out of the place.

    As far as testing for...
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    Re: Offsetting main stack...can it be done?

    Ok...It's balloon frame so the beams only hold the center of the floor and the side it's on is only 6 feet or so from the chimney to the sill. I've had an engineer in there and he recommends, like I...
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    Offsetting main stack...can it be done?

    OK...old house with the main stack located directly beneath the Center Beam of the house (24' foursquare 1880)

    Of course the previous plumbing gurus drilled the main and waste stacks (the main...
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    Painting joist bays before insulating

    Ok..this may be a silly question. After demo and stripping the walls of the old plaster. The Demolition as you can imagine makes an incredible mess of things. After this is done (or close to it) I'll...
  7. Re: Insulation in Old Balloon Frame...no drywall just wood ceiling

    I was going to...but that depends on insulation ideas...The addition is single story and I'm not sure if it's a good idea to place wood above the joists and place insulation on top of that?
  8. Re: Insulation in Old Balloon Frame...no drywall just wood ceiling

    The outside of the house is sheathed with 1" planking. What do you recommend as far as bracing?
  9. Insulation in Old Balloon Frame...no drywall just wood ceiling

    Hey...have an old Balloon Framed baby and have a few questions.

    One: The house is gutted to studs and I'm going to be insulating before putting DW up. I plan on putting an inch of rigid foam then...
  10. Re: Balloon Framed question..Fire Blocking and Attic Joists

    Thanks for the replies.

    It could be the house was raised higher. I know the house was built in 1880 yet most of the newspaper and Colliers magazines in the walls are from 1900. I was thinking of...
  11. Balloon Framed question..Fire Blocking and Attic Joists

    Ok...1880 Balloon Frame with no fireblocks. The house is gutted at the moment and I'm ready to add some. Any idea how this is properly done? I was thinking just nailing in some 2x4's in the space...
  12. Re: Removing return and supply Duct work questions

    Is there any type of filter material that's best to secure over the other cold air intake and maybe supply grates to prevent debris from entering the duct work but without severely limiting suction...
  13. Re: Removing return and supply Duct work questions

    I'm certain the exhaust is the only thing that is vented out the wall...I'll be contacting an expert to figure out the proper cold air intake and supply sizes as I will be replacing a lot of...
  14. Removing return and supply Duct work questions

    Hey all...I'm starting a complete remodel on an 1880's foursquare this week. I've had quite a bit of experience with this in the past..and I know I may have to call in some pro advice and don't have...
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