How NOT to build a wall

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JoeSpareBedroom wrote:

I saw today that Home Depot has just come out with a Peel and Stick Ceramic and Glass Tile. Now thats something for the ages. Right
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On 8/06/10 9:36 PM, Doug Miller wrote:

Been there done that. Previous owner left behind several mason jars full of mixed screws, seemed odd. Then I started removing stuff that he had built and need eight different bits to take them apart, what a pain in the backside, can't even imagine wanting to build something that way.
Last two or three pieces of his handiwork that I have removed, recip saw, hell with the mess, it is less frustrating.
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Someday, maybe I'll post pictures of some of the electrical outlets in my house. Some are just crooked. In several places, the box itself sticks out 1/4" on one side, so the plates don't fit flush. I asked the previous owner about that when I moved in. He said the boxes stuck out "because of the lath".
Huh? I installed new boxes in plaster/lath walls in my previous house. There's no reason for them to look like they're trying to escape the wall.
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A house, 3 doors down from mine, had the entire family room wired with those cheapo 18ga extension cords. They were held in place between the block foundation and the 2x3 studs which were concrete nailed in place. No insulation, no vapour barrier. The studs were then covered with hardboard panelling, no drywall. I have built theatre sets (flats) with more integrity.
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I went to an "A card" carrying electrician's house years ago and he had some bare receptacles nailed to the bottom of window sills (inside) wired with lamp cord!!! WTFrenchToast
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Well, look at the bright side. The obvious lack of fasteners must have made the demolition job easier.

My last house was full of surprises like this. They obviously thought it was OK. Anything goes. No sense of pride. Total garbage work.
I broke up some concrete in the back yard to expand the garage. Instead of rebar in the concrete, I found parts of an old refrigerator and bread trays from a bakery. Whatever was laying around got used.
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Three magic demolition items:
GRNSFORS 20# Sledge Sawzall
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Nobel's Finestkind. ( A bit harder to control)
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That one is a keeper, I just told SWMBO about that and she got a hoot out of it. That's up there with the folks who tried to get more paint out of spray cans by heating them in the oven.
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On 08/07/2010 12:33 AM, DGDevin wrote:

FWIW I have found warming them to make them spray better (in cool weather) I usually sit them in a pot of hot water though
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"DGDevin" wrote

When our brick cookout subsumbed, we dinally took it out. Piece de la resistance? A broken lawnmover in the base. I guess gravel was too expensive that year (grin).
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Lee Michaels wrote:

So YOU bought my parents old house! Try digging around here and there, soon enough you will hit an I beam or a car engine.
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Which brings up the REAL question.. will he find your parents???
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On Sat, 07 Aug 2010 01:36:39 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

The main thing I did was commercial exterior electrical jobs. Surprised how many repair jobs came from cars hitting concrete pole bases that sheared off. No one told the electrical contractor to use rebar. My favorite is the emergency call to a grocery store where the fork lift is almost 20' in the air keeping the pole from falling over. Not surprising we found the pvc was only 6" under the asphalt.
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"Mike M" wrote:

------------------------------ Guess my area had pretty good contractors including a couple who specialized in roadway work
Standard practice was to set the SonoTubes 36" above grade and tie the anchor bolts to the rebar.
Lost a few car bumpers but no poles in the parking lot.
Lew
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On Fri, 6 Aug 2010 21:48:09 -0700, "Lew Hodgett"

Yes that's the style I usually use as well. Most contractors know to use rebar, and some jurisdiction want to inspect before you pour, but there is always someone looking to get it done the easy way. Even had one survive a garbage truck other then damaging the J bolt. One engineer used to spec 6' anchor bolts just in case.
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What shocks me and is a common practice is to install interior door jams with no nails in the jam. Staples in the jam moldings hold it all in place. They don't need no stinkin shims.
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Leon wrote:

Thats common practice on most new homes today. The rough openings are very tight and they nail right to it then hold it together with the casement trim. I still do it the old fashion way. shim shim shim...
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Doug Miller wrote:

I've seen people in the building trades do amazingly bad things, and they apparently knew they were doing it. Your wall builder is just an idiot. It doesn't take a whole lot of effort to learn the correct way to build a wall, simple house wiring, basic plumbing and so on.
What I really detest is someone, like my kid, saying "I can't do that, I don't know how or I never did that" My answer is always one of two things, WTF, do you think I was born knowing how, or, damn, I never did it either, I guess we're screwed...
I guess if you are born into a family that pays someone else to do everything, do nothing but go to school all your life, have no friends in the trades or that actually work with their hands, your on your own, and a little initiative can get you in trouble.
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I have a theory that the internet is behind the pathetic trend toward helplessness. I wonder how many youngsters consider going to the library for a book to help them with a project they've never attempted. Does anyone even notice that there are shelves full of books as you walk into Home Depot or Lowe's?
Reading a book shouldn't necessarily be that much different from viewing the same information on a web page, but for some reason, I think it is. Maybe all the animated ads are too much of a distraction from the important content. I don't know....
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On 8/7/2010 10:42 AM, JoeSpareBedroom wrote:

If you've got a good library then it's a good resource. But it doesn't take much effort to exhaust most libraries. Searching my local library's catalog on "table saw" gets "Collected Poems of Constantine Cavafy", "Weeds, Season 4", "Under Town", "Boone: A Biography", and "Verses [of Ogden Nash] from 1929 On".
"Carpentry" found a bunch of childrens' books, a few on trim and finish carpentry, and four that might be decent--they've been out of print so long that Amazon doesn't even have a picture of them so I can't tell for sure. Their holdings on that topic are so meager that I'm tempted to cart some of the books that I'm done with down and donate them.
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