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Jan 15
2013

You CAN, but you MAY NOT!


Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: tile, renovation, remodeling, floors, cracks, bathrooms

Hi! We have a early 1930s house. The bathroom has an old tile floor set in cement, with plywood and vinyl laid over the top of this. We want to install a new tile floor. Can we install directly over the vinyl (on top of the plywood), or will this cause cracks? If we take out the plywood, can we tile over the old tile? Thank you!

 Mark

 

Dear Mark:

I am reminded of one of my favorite movies, "Avalon", where a kid raises his hand and asks his grammar teacher "Can I go to the bathroom?"  The

Jan 15
2013

Raise the Bridge or Lower the River?


Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: value, select contractor, renovation, remodeling, floors, design, contractors, Accessibility

Mason:

We are interviewing contractors for a remodel to our home which we want to make handicap accessible.   Our living room is two steps up from the rest of the house.  Is it possible to have it lowered?

Linda

 

Dear Linda:

 Thank you for your question.  The EASY answer is always YES!  I believe that anyone can do anything, given enough time, money and expertise.  I assume your question really means "is this reasonably achievable?"

The answer to the latter interpretation of your inquiry,

Jan 15
2013

Old MacDonald Had Some Barnwood


Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: safety, repairs, preservation, millwork, hardwood, exteriors

Mason:

What are the pros and cons of pressure-washing old barn wood, versus using a scrub brush?

 T.B.

 

Terry:

Good question.   The best method depends on the condition of the wood and your intent in regards its eventual use.

Pressure washing, in most instances, may seem the easiest, fastest way to clean the surface of old wood (whether you are trying to remove the aged patina, mildew, paint, etc).  If there is old paint on it, there may be concerns regarding the hazardous release of toxins from lead-based coatings (harmful to people and the environment).  Refer to the EPA RRP rule for handling

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