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  1. Re: Need recommendations for fast growing privacy trees/hedges

    the best thing would be bamboo but it's like planting the plague in 1600s london; not easy to get rid of once it's there and spreads like... well like plague.

    Remember though that bamboo can...
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    Re: layers of polyurethane not bonding

    Coverage is rated at 800-1000sq ft./ 2.5 gal and we got 1300 out of 4 gal, which is fair I guess because we threw out 4 soaked sheep skin applicators worth and def didn't use the last few cups at the...
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    Re: layers of polyurethane not bonding

    we sanded the original floor well. I can't find a spot where all of the poly is coming up, just the top coat. even though the boards were cupped, we made sure we hit everywhere there was old...
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    layers of polyurethane not bonding

    I used Minwax high build poly on sanded, 100 year old 1/4" thick red pine floors. we sanded, vaccummed, tacked with mineral spirits and put on the first coat at 2pm sunday. 4am Monday we started...
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    Re: Replaced Cast Iron (CI) with ABS - NOISE!

    FWIW. I think you should not use any adhesive, because it's such a mess to remove if you ever work there again. Great Stuff is good for jobs where you are going to be done with it, but unless you...
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    Re: Install ceiling fan in a 1915 twin

    that's a good point. There is 12-2 romex in the wall of the room, so if I can just fish it from that outlet up to the box, I will be set. I don't think it's balloon framing because the house has...
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    Re: Install ceiling fan in a 1915 twin

    running romex isn't an option at this point. I have romex coming close, but I don't have access to the ceiling and the romex is from another circuit, so I don't know the load on that one, but it is...
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    Re: Stinky wood floors

    several things that work great:

    1) Vinegar. Use it as strong as you want. either pour straight on or put about a quart in a mop bucket and mop the floor a few times. If the room doesn't smell like...
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    Re: Install ceiling fan in a 1915 twin

    Honestly, I can't see what kind of box there is, because it is set above the plaster/lath and the only protrusions are three sets of wires (yeah, I'm trying to figure it out) and the...
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    Re: Paper Bag Floors?

    I would, but I'm not living there anymore, though family still does so when I'm back in Michigan I could get pictures. I have friends that did a paper floor over heated coils. What an amazing...
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    Install ceiling fan in a 1915 twin

    I've looked around a bit at the big box stores for a quick fix, but I'm stumped right now. I want to install a ceiling fan in the dining room and need to find a way to mount it to the existing...
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    Re: Repairing plaster walls

    If you mean texture, you are talking about the finish of the plaster. It sounds more like you mean there is bowing and sagging in the wall, not the texture of the wall coating. If you have bulges,...
  13. Re: Joint compound skim coat over plaster is now cracking.

    At least you can easily sand it off.

    Use mixing compound (never premixed). ready mix air dries (if it chemically dried, you'd have a solid block when you opened the can). This doesn't go well...
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    Re: Sheetrock over plaster

    the best method is to use firring strips to get the walls and ceiling plumb and level before you start laying the drywall. this will also add an air pocket that lets the wall breath.

    find the...
  15. Re: 1857 home. Need to insulate...everything!

    It's worth checking for asbestos. Just go ****** and find a nearby testing center, then take samples from around the house and put them in a plastic bag and send it in. They should be able to email...
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    Re: Benefit of lath

    I don't see a need for the lath if they (the lath) are already firred out with the vertical studs. Even 1/2-3/8ths is enough for air movement, IF there is any air movement. If you have a vapor...
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    Re: Repair or Replace - Plaster Walls

    why don't you just knock out the old plaster from around the crack, clean the area and re apply base (brown, scratch) plaster? it would make a new key on the lath and hold tight. you could use...
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    Re: fixing plaster?

    it's not joint compound unless it's really recent work. You'd be trying to grind off plaster most likely, which isn't easy, it should crumble or break off easier, but you might create all kinds of...
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    Re: Screwed

    If you have plaster walls, I wouldn't suggest using pressure anchors. Use the ones that go in and then mechanically spread to grab the back of the lath. pressure anchors in old plaster will just...
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    Re: Horse hair plaster walls

    The best (ie. easiest) is to use hot water and vinegar, which breaks down the glue. The older the glue is, the better. Use something to perforate the wallpaper (especially if it's been painted) so...
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    Re: remove plaster ceiling or not?

    If you to slap drywall up over it, it's a good idea to fir out the board because of the drooping and uneven plaster. If you can afford the change in height, 1" strips will also help give structure...
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    Re: Paper Bag Floors?

    paper bag floors work great. quite plainly. don't listen to people who haven't done it. they are telling you why not. I've lived with a paper floor for 12 years and it's held up great, you know why?...
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