I find that situation hard to believe as it would not be possible to fit
tools (hammers, nailers, paint brushes, etc.) in that space to build the
wall in the first place. Not to mention, the person doing the work would
never fit between the buildings. Around here (WA State), detached
buildings must be at least 8 FEET away from each other (mostly for fire
But, I will play devil's advocate for a minute and assume what you say is
true. Perhaps the walls were built, sided, and painted before tilting into
place. Or maybe the buildings were constructed off-site and hoisted in
place with a crane.
In that case, I would probably try to join the two buildings, adding
foundation, walls, roofing, and whatever fire control measures were
necessary. Basically treat it as a multi-residence building (like
apartments, condos, duplexes, etc.).
Maybe this will help:
Don't start new threads with the same question. Post pictures and
give full details. If you want information and advise, give up the
information first. In other words, stop dicking around, grab a camera
and start providing the existing construction details so people won't
be guessing at what's going on. Otherwise you're just wasting your
and other people's time.
Sounds like San Francisco.
I think that is what you referred to in your last post.
It is a tough situation.
The only advise I give is start at the bottom and work up.
Using a rightangle drill/screw gun....preferably hammer drill type, and
torque drive stainless screws I would strip the wall down, using felt in
rows with at least a 1" overlap, put a piece of felt in say 2" larger than
siding type and put in the first layer of siding.
(side note: using a 9' roll of builders wrap-use it like a paper towel roll
and hang it from above-roll it up as you cover the wrap.....)
You have to use shiplap, or V-Rustic, or tongue and groove. A hardi product
would work well. It would be fire resistant. A 7" to the weather
You may have to provide shear panel on interior after the exterior siding is
I am really pulling at straws here.........
I also thought of a masonary unit wall. start with a foundation and set the
first course of block in. go for 4' lifts and fill the cells with
concrete.use re-bar.....this also sounds darn difficult.
You are in a pickle.
jloomisconstruction and concrete
Bill, Loomis gave a reasonable reply and never mentioned fitting a
body between the houses. His advice, as with everyone else's was that
you'd be reaching though the studs to do the work - a major pain in
the ass. But you already know that.
I'm not sure why a regular is using a different screen name to post a
question, but what I said earlier still goes. Post some pictures,
give some details on the existing construction - sheathing, studs,
etc. - and we'll see what's what.
I did not miss it.
You do it from inside the house. bottom up.
You know many people have this situation in adjoining buildings...it is not
unusual....Especially stores in town.....
I tell you I am pulling at straws for this fix.
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