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    Re: Can Someone Help Me Fast?

    Did you have a home inspection when you bought the house? If so, what did the inspector say about the roof and construction of the addition?
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    Re: Insulating attic.

    I think the situation was there were no soffit vents and he put in the roof vents (one a humidity/temp activated fan and the other a passive vent) to make up for that.
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    Insulating attic.

    I have been reading a lot of the posts on insulation. We have a 1920 house that was insulated a few years ago with blown in insulation. The contracter insulated only the areas of the house we use. ...
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    Re: wall insulation in old home?

    There is only insulation in the floors of the attic to keep the rooms below warm and the walls that are joined to the house. There is zero insulation in the roof rafters of the attic or the outside...
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    Re: wall insulation in old home?

    Not sure how our house would be warmer by insulating a space we don't use? He has the house sealed off from the attic so we are only insulating those spaces we use.
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    Re: Help with Floor Choice

    If you are going to really cook in the kitchen; I would not recommend hard surfaces like tile and stone. They really are hard on your back and knees.
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    Re: Old wood stained trim and doors

    Hi, We had the same dilema. Old house, fantastic woodwork, but dark and dull. I compromised by painting the wood work in the bedrooms, hallway and kitchen, but have left the living and dining room...
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    Re: wall insulation in old home?

    We have a 1920's home with plaster walls. Our insulation contractor blew in insulation into the exterior walls up to the attic. His theory was to encapsulate the house and not insulate a space we...
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    Re: Cutting butcher block

    My husband did the plunge cut with the circular saw for the sink. It worked great and he just cut out the corners with the jig saw.
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    Re: Tile Countertop

    I went with porcelain tile because I was concerned about chipping. Ceramic tile only has a color coat on top and when chipped will show white. Porcelain is colored all through. You can get...
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    Re: Cutting butcher block

    Okay, this is getting embarrassing. I have posted about four questions and have not gotten responses to three of them. For anyone wondering out there - YES it is that easy to cut butcher block. My...
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    Our house is lathe and plaster; our stud finder is hit and miss. We use the outlet trick mentioned above and measure off from that. It is still hit and miss, but my husband drills a small pilot...
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    Cutting butcher block

    We purchased standard size butcher block to build an island in our kitchen (because we are cheap). We need to size on large piece into two countertops and also make a sink cut out. The only info I...
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    Re: pet odors and subflooring

    We had a similar problem when we bought our house. Raccoons had been using the entire upstairs as a toilet and it had soaked into the sub-floors. I bought lots of bottles of bleach and just started...
  15. Thread: Grout too dark

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    Re: Grout too dark

    I did seal - three coats. Heaven knows how dark that tile might have gotten without the sealer. Thanks for the input.
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    Re: Help with Floor Choice

    We have an old house with floors in bad shape and a lot of traffic. We bought the Traffic Master floating vinyl floor from Home Depot for our kitchen. Comes in lots of patterns (stone/wood). Goes...
  17. Thread: Grout too dark

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    Grout too dark

    I tiled my kitchen countertops and backsplashes. The countertop tile is great because it is porcelain - so no discoloration from the grout (I used brown). The backsplash is tumbled marble and it is...
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    Re: Outlets need shims

    I was actually looking for the box extenders, but have so far been unable to locate them. The shims should work, but make me a little nervous.
  19. Re: Refinishing wood trim - remove or leave on wall

    We also have a 1920 house and have not had good luck removing the wood trim without collpsing walls. I have found a few good ways to work on the wood in place. Tape around it very well and either...
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    Re: insulating old house

    We had our 1920 home insulated with blown in insulation for the walls and the contractor put "packets" of it under the floors and in the bays of the attic to surround the house in insulation. Really...
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    Re: kitchen lighting

    We have a 1920 craftsman home and have track lighting in the kitchen and hallway. To me it looks very nice and the halogen bulbs give great light. We went with a plain black fixture in a "z"...
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    Outlets need shims

    We are installing tile to our backsplashes and now the outlets/switches are not flush with the wall surface. Our kitchen is plaster/lathe with drywall and tile over the top. What is the best thing...
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    Re: Stripping Shellac

    Not a bad idea; however I tried that with paper towels and got a lot of dripping. A lot of the stripping will be a coffered ceiling and I am worried about getting it my eyes or on other surfaces.
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    Re: Stripping Shellac

    Just as an FYI to everyone. After receiving no replies and searching the internet for a gel based denatured alcohol to strip my shellac on vertical surfaces and above my head; I hit upon using hand...
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    Re: New skirting on house.

    I live in ohio and the foundation of the house is poured cement. The porch is wood and sits on the regular joist system common to porches.
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