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1sapphire

10:51AM | 11/22/04
Member Since: 11/17/04
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this is the whole bathroom on the second floor...the walls, ceiling and floor of the room are completely lined in tis stuff...we knew she was weird but this is soooo Superman'ish...

tperez

03:09PM | 11/22/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
This material is usually used as a noise barrier. Seems you have a case of overkill though.

U.S.M.C. Semper Fi !!!

1sapphire

05:32AM | 11/23/04
Member Since: 11/17/04
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yup Baby Beach that is...my dad used to work for Coastal back this way, Boston Area, and we only go to that side for that gorgeous view, best on the island to me...we didn't go to Charlies as i was pregnant on this trip and with a toddler...but we have a 2 week timeshare there, so i am sure i will in 2 years...the rest of the family has been to Charlies.

As for the rest of the house, here's a good laugh...

Lightswitches apparantly were forbidden to be in view, they were sunk into the wall...

Downstairs is what will be a dining room butting a living room and the wall that butts might have been an actual 2 room opened firepit back in the early 1900's with a potbelly stove in it, but she closed it up with blueboard and contact paper, no insulation, nothing real sturdy at all, but left the old fireplace mantals in place, not very pretty ones either.

the closet next to the fireplace has a box in it with a pad lock lock on it, but when you open it there is a slab of wood there...looks like the box should be a good foot and a half down to the floor, but nope, so no idea what she hid in there...

she decided to build built ins in one room, but had no idea what she was doing...we took them out and found an extra 4 feet of space we could open the room up to and build REAL built in's instead...this will be the kitchen area and thats a perfect pantry and fridge hiding place.

i'm sure there are more, but we only just begun this past weekend.

1sapphire

05:33AM | 11/23/04
Member Since: 11/17/04
45 lifetime posts
and there is 1 window but 2 doors into the bathroom we were talking about...with an old clawfoot tub in there...i do have a pic of it before they started tearing it apart but you cant see the lead in the pics, when i get those back i will post them

1sapphire

06:32AM | 11/23/04
Member Since: 11/17/04
45 lifetime posts
well thankfully this is a complete gutt job of a home and i own an electrician, if you know what i mean...when all the walls are wide open we will run every new piece of wiring for electrical and sound and whatever else he wants for toys plus brand new plumbing...i'd hate to see the Mickey Mouse job behind some of these old walls.

we got some pics of that refinery as well..but no bungalows down there anymore, looks like they are building a new prison or a new military base down there....not sure was under construction

carl21l

06:43AM | 11/23/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
171 lifetime posts
I dont know why the walls and ceiling would be lead lined. in the old days before plastics were common, it was standard practice to install lead sheild under bathroom floors and showers to act as a water sheild same as the modern plastic shyower pans. I have renovated 4-5 older bathrooms from the 40' to early 60's that had the lead pans. each pan had about 100 pouinds of pure lead in them. I sold them to a group of black powder shooters for making muzzleloader musket balls.

JMHO

Carl

1sapphire

04:33AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 11/17/04
45 lifetime posts
we completely gutted the whole house now, so i couldnt tell you how sound proof it really was but it was odd seeing the lead and 1 window and 2 doorways on a 7'4" X 7' 8" bathroom, talk about small

carl21l

04:43AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
171 lifetime posts
that is larger than the bathrooms in my first house. the master was 5x8, second was a powder room 4x5. now those were tiny

JMHO

Carl

1sapphire

06:29AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 11/17/04
45 lifetime posts
WOW, i should be thankful we are moving the doorway then to make it a full bathroom, lol...i think it seems so small when i draw it out and try to lay out the tub vanity toilet door and window, lol...seems like a lot in a box

carl21l

09:54AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
171 lifetime posts
why not buy a CAD program for house design to aid you in the remodel. you can lay out the rooms, change things around and see 3 d views of what you are designing. Just a thought.

JMHO

Carl

tomh

04:14PM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
K2, the program I use for laying out floor plans and even fairly complicated construction drawings is Visio Pro. It also serves for a lot of other drawing uses. If you are curious of what it can do, I can email you some plans in Acrobat that were done on Visio. Very precise scaled drawings, and fairly easy to use. I also have AutoCad 2000, but rarely use it. The home plan programs are generally too imprecise to render construction drawings.

1sapphire

06:28AM | 12/07/04
Member Since: 11/17/04
45 lifetime posts
I have the Sierra home and garden program....it didn't cost me much but was going to try and figure it out....is there an easier one??

Anonymous

10:17AM | 12/07/04
The version of Visio I have allows for accurate site plans to be drawn in 2D, but does not provide for that walk-through or fly-over experience if that is what you are looking for. Visio allows you to enter the vectors and distances from your plot plan (those numbers like N 74 21'10" E 561 feet, N 20 7' 30" E 271 feet, etc to form at least 4 corners). It also allows you to put in different symbols for plants, fences buildings etc. 2D is always better for planning, but the 3D is nice to visualize.

I don't find any of the 3D programs especially easy to use, and they are somewhat inflexible about topography. I used to use Punch Software Architect which has a really good landscaping module, but it never did an accurate plat plan and for the effort, simply was not worth it.

BTW K2, I emailed you some sample plans. Let me know what you think.


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