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    Re: How much wall to demo for new framing?

    Thanks all. My main question was whether or not to remove the headers before closing in the existing opening. Sounds like I can just fill it in with a sole and top plate and the 16OC studs. Thanks!
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    Re: wood floor cupping

    Are you sure about the 3/8" measurement? Did you possibly mean 3/4"? I've never heard of a solid wood product that thin, especially in those widths. (I see you said manufactured above - I was...
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    Re: How much wall to demo for new framing?

    Great tip, thank you! In the case of the existing opening that I'm closing in, is there a compelling reason to do something beyond building a simple frame that fits underneath the existing header?...
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    How much wall to demo for new framing?

    I'm working on rearranging closets in two adjacent kids rooms equalize the rooms and closets. I'm trying to decide between filling in the existing openings (floor to header) and surgically adding a...
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    Re: Should I rewire my 1957 home?

    Thanks for the thoughts everyone.

    I confirmed that the outer sheath of the original wiring is indeed braided cloth. I also spoke with my insurance agent and there is no issue of coverage nor would...
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    Re: Should I rewire my 1957 home?

    Fencepost, great information, thank you. I hadn't considered the heat issue. I am planning on installing can lights which will replace the original ceiling box in the bedrooms (as well as the wire of...
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    Re: Should I rewire my 1957 home?

    Good tip, will do (and report back). We are currently insured of course, but best to ask now rather than after a fire!
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    Re: Should I rewire my 1957 home?

    Why do you say that? A GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupt) measures the current differential between the hot and the return wire. If it detects a variance in the current, it interrupts the circuit....
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    Should I rewire my 1957 home?

    Our "new" 1957 home has most all of its original wiring and an updated breaker panel. With only a few exceptions, the main circuits are all 14ga 2 conductor wire with a braided sheath running to...
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    Re: Drainage for Play Structure

    @JKirk: Thanks for the advice. When you say "cut down the grade" do you just mean, dig down another 12" for the 3/4 stone? Any particular reason you suggest 12"? You didn't mention any drainage...
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    Re: Grading Information

    Here's an updated picture from April. Now we just have to wait for the plants to mature :-)
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    Drainage for Play Structure

    I'm getting started on prepping the yard for my son's new play structure. It will have an irregular footprint, but for the purposes of this discussion, let's assume it to be 25' x 25'. My yard is...
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    Re: Grading Information

    Hello again. So hopefully you won't all think I'm a total cop-out. I decided to get some help on the grading (and I mean help - I did spend the entire day out with the guys and my back is still...
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    Re: Patio Furniture Plan Resources?

    Debby, Now how did I miss that, I swear I looked through every plan. Those will definitely do what I want, thanks for the pointer! Now as to material. I watched a NYW where Norm built a teak...
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    Patio Furniture Plan Resources?

    I am looking to build a few pieces of patio furniture from Teak (or a similarly appropriate exterior wood). Unfortunately after a few hours of internet research the only plans I am finding are for...
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    Re: Grading Information

    Thanks A Spruce. I will keep the forum posted of our progress. We have a large scale landscaping plan that involves retaining walls, moving the driveway, etc. etc. - but until we can aford all that...
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    Re: Grading Information

    OK, I knew there would be at LEAST one more question :-) It was mentioned that I should ammend the soil only slightly (since I want the roots to grow into the natural soil eventually). Given heavy...
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    Re: Grading Information

    I really appreciate all the info everyone. I called up a local rental yard, they discussed mini excavators and mini steer loaders with me, but after reading A. Spruce's idea on the rototiller, I...
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    Re: Grading Information

    A. Spruce,

    Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate the input. Sounds like I should grade all the way to the street, in both directions. The part about the basins in hardpan concerns me though....
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    Re: Cabinets

    Citydog, thisoldhouse.com has quite a bit of this type of information, and you can often find it with the search bar at the top of the site. I searched for "paint cabinets" and the first link I got...
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    Grading Information

    I'm having trouble finding information on grading (most books either cover planting new plants or building retaining walls - but no site preaparation...). I have an L shaped ranch house and I'm...
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