07:52AM | 02/03/02
Member Since: 02/02/02
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Please advise. I am not handy, nor do I have access to affordable help.
I would like to purchase a duplex apartment (one side for me to live--the other side to rent). All interior walls within and between apartments are concrete block.

Questions: Am I facing a lifetime of headaches such as difficulty heating during the winter, moisture problems, cracks? Would a duplex with drywall interior walls prove less costly to maintain over the years? Are there other potential problems that I did not list?
Thanks in advance for all advice.


06:43AM | 02/05/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I can't think of any reason why interior concrete block walls would require more maintenance than other walls.
One thing I wonder about - where are the electrical, plumbing, etc.? If they're inside those block walls, it'll be hard to make changes/repairs. If they're not inside the walls, where are they?
Is this place new? Has it passed inspection? If it's not new, you might want to consider a mechanical inspection before buying. You can find an inspector in the yellow pages.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited February 05, 2002).]


05:06PM | 02/14/02
Member Since: 02/13/02
16 lifetime posts
there is an r-24 paint that will bridge cracks 1/8th of an inch and deaden sound. you can inquire about it at


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