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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#401  Postby felltoearth » Jul 17, 2020 1:32 am

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laklak wrote:Doesn't that stuff need a perfectly flat surface?

I guess. We just don’t know whether to plaster board the wall to achieve this or make up some frame. I suppose it’s all the same in the end.

For log features, I’ve seen insect homes from the nooks and crannies in gardens. Thin logs though..

How do you apply it to the wall? Glue?
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#402  Postby The_Piper » Jul 17, 2020 5:21 am

They would probably notice because the bank is like 7 feet tall and the spot is visible from the bridge on the road. Maybe I'll try something like that anyway, low key. There are plenty of rocks right in the brook, I won't have to go far. :) It can't protect against the big floods unless I go all the way up the bank. I transplanted some cedar trees in one spot. That might help for a while.
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#403  Postby OlivierK » Jul 17, 2020 5:38 am

From our local rivercare group:
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#404  Postby Ironclad » Jul 17, 2020 7:28 am

felltoearth wrote:
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laklak wrote:Doesn't that stuff need a perfectly flat surface?

I guess. We just don’t know whether to plaster board the wall to achieve this or make up some frame. I suppose it’s all the same in the end.

For log features, I’ve seen insect homes from the nooks and crannies in gardens. Thin logs though..

How do you apply it to the wall? Glue?

Yes yes.

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#405  Postby felltoearth » Jul 17, 2020 12:26 pm

You should talk to the supplier. I would strap the wall and install green board (mold resistant gypsum board) and then glue the cladding to the board. Ask the supplier what the recommended glue would be.
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#406  Postby felltoearth » Jul 17, 2020 12:36 pm

This adhesive should be ok if they can’t recommend one.

https://buyat.ppg.com/rep_pafpainttools ... _Sheet.pdf

It isn’t recommended for PE or PP so PVC should be ok. It’s a do-it-right-the-first-time-cuz-you-won’t-get-a-second-chance solution though, so ask questions throughly of all suppliers.
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#407  Postby Ironclad » Jul 17, 2020 1:03 pm

Hey, thanks :)
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#408  Postby OlivierK » Jul 17, 2020 9:34 pm

I've built my own house, and the most useful question I asked suppliers was "I'm doing this for the first time; what do I need to know, and what newbie mistakes do I need to avoid?" They were always helpful, especially if they hadn't made the sale yet, but also after.
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#409  Postby theropod_V_2.0 » Jul 17, 2020 10:41 pm

Three rules to building:

#1- Square
#2- Level
#3- Plumb

Get those right and the rest should take care of itself.

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#410  Postby Hermit » Jul 18, 2020 1:51 am

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#411  Postby OlivierK » Jul 18, 2020 3:33 am

theropod_V_2.0 wrote:Three rules to building:

#1- Square
#2- Level
#3- Plumb

Get those right and the rest should take care of itself.

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Pretty much. My house is set on piers, and I had a brickie come in and do them so I started off level and square, so only had to manage "Plumb". Easy enough.

One more thing is to put loads onto sufficiently-load-bearing materials only. Gravity's pretty unrelenting.
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#412  Postby laklak » Jul 18, 2020 3:44 am

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#413  Postby The_Piper » Aug 22, 2020 4:32 pm

Shed that I'm building out of mostly scrapwood, yard sale hardware, and free supplies. I sprung for 16 knotty 2x4's and 2 sheets of plywood, that cost $140! The next one I build will be all free wood. I wanted to make sure this one is strong and looks decent as it's close to the house. I've never built a building, nor did I follow any tutorials. In retrospect, I should've waited to put in the windows, due to the hammering above for the roof. I put in 2x4's for the roof now, and I'm surprised at how sturdy this thing feels. It's not a work of art, but I think it's going to work and last for the rest of my life.
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#414  Postby felltoearth » Aug 23, 2020 2:14 pm

Good to hear you bought some new wood for the roof. And the plywood will help tie together the reused wood in the walls. What’s that holding up the walls from below?
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#415  Postby felltoearth » Aug 23, 2020 2:17 pm

Starting to replace the door knobs now. Look at the layers of paint there. That would be the original 1913 colour there.

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#416  Postby The_Piper » Aug 23, 2020 3:55 pm

No picture with your post above FTE.
felltoearth wrote:Good to hear you bought some new wood for the roof. And the plywood will help tie together the reused wood in the walls. What’s that holding up the walls from below?
I used thick boards for sills, something like 8x3, more or less. I just have it resting on cement blocks to prevent it rotting on the ground. I have 2 huge stakes that I thought about drilling through the sills and pounding them into the ground, but am skeptical that they would hold it up against extreme wind or an earthquake. Where it is, is very sheltered from wind by trees and bushes, especially north and west winds which is usually direction when we get windstorms.
I tied the plywood on the roof together with 1" boards, and did a 6 inch overhang. Looking at it from across the yard, 6 inches seems quite excessive. My bigger shed has 6 inch overhangs so I copied that. I'm considering cutting the overhang down to 4 inches.
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#417  Postby Hermit » Aug 23, 2020 11:06 pm

felltoearth wrote:Starting to replace the door knobs now. Look at the layers of paint there. That would be the original 1913 colour there.

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#418  Postby The_Piper » Aug 24, 2020 12:11 am

felltoearth wrote:Starting to replace the door knobs now. Look at the layers of paint there. That would be the original 1913 colour there.

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Nice, I love seeing stuff like that. A home improvement fossil. :mrgreen: Replacing a doorknob looks like a detailed job, I'll have to youtube it sometime.
My house had awful light green masonite siding when I bought it. My front porch must have been built sometime soon after the siding was put on, because the masonite siding inside the porch on the formerly outside wall is regular green, not light. The outside had faded so much and so evenly that I thought it was supposed to be that light green color. :lol:

Who would ever pay to have cardboard siding put on their entire house?!!
That reminds me, on the back "porch" (it's called an attached wood shed), it must have been built before the front porch because the old house siding in there is wooden shingles. Those must be really old.
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#419  Postby felltoearth » Aug 24, 2020 10:52 pm

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felltoearth wrote:Starting to replace the door knobs now. Look at the layers of paint there. That would be the original 1913 colour there.

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If you intend to remove the paint be mindful that the older coats almost certainly contain lead.

I’m sure I have an N95 around here somewhere.
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#420  Postby felltoearth » Aug 24, 2020 10:55 pm

Created a plug using a hole saw and blocked up the old hole from the original lockset. A bit of filler and I’m good to go to finish it off.
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