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Old 11-19-2010, 06:08 PM   #1
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I am renovating a house that has been abandoned for the last 10 years. I am not a contractor or a builder, kinda a first time do it yourselfer. I got this house for a really good deal but it needs ALOT of work, but I am patient and eager to learn.

Anyway, I want to strip this house down to the studs and start over. I am tearing everything out, bathroom fixtures, cabinets, flooring and all the dry wall.

So my question is, should I have an engineer look at the house BEFORE I pull the dry wall off to look for structural problems, or AFTER (or both)? I would like to save money, but this would cease to be a good investment if the roof caves in on me or something especially if I am crushed to death. But I wouldn't think that sheet rock holds any of the structure together.... but I dont really know, which is why Im asking here

P.S. It’s an octagon shaped house with a Dome Roof if it makes any difference


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It would help if you mentioned the reason you think you need to remove the sheetrock.
Before you work on the inside, make sure the house is water tight.
Any issue with the house that you think there are structural problems?
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No major reason, its in REALLY bad shape, probably could repair it, but I have opted to replace it. Looks like the previous owners/tenants went through and threw a baseball every 2 feet around the entire house and ceilings.
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No major reason, its in REALLY bad shape, probably could repair it, but I have opted to replace it. Looks like the previous owners/tenants went through and threw a baseball every 2 feet around the entire house and ceilings.
The removal will give you an opportunity to check out the true condition of the house and upgrade the electric, plumbing and insulation.
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Go ahead and tear it out, it does not help with structural integrity. After you tear out, send the engineer out. Also, you may want to think of treating all the studs at that time. ( Treating with an ANTI-MOLD Liquid, just sprays on) If you want. Then after that I would do A Radiant barrier, Foam Insulation, and another radiant barrier to create a sandwich of ultimate efficiency. What kind of heating and cooling are you going to go with?
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Go ahead and tear it out, it does not help with structural integrity. After you tear out, send the engineer out. Also, you may want to think of treating all the studs at that time. ( Treating with an ANTI-MOLD Liquid, just sprays on) If you want. Then after that I would do A Radiant barrier, Foam Insulation, and another radiant barrier to create a sandwich of ultimate efficiency. What kind of heating and cooling are you going to go with?
I have not decided yet on a heating, cooling system. Im on a raised foundation and the house is 2 floors. Any suggestions? I am putting radiant heat in the bathrooms
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Where are you located ?
Are you going to be living in it while renovating ?
Does it need a new roof...windows ?
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Live in Northern Cali. It does occasionally snow. I will NOT be living in it.
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Probably could use new windows. They are old school single pane
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and I'm pretty sure the roof is leaking, duno if it needs a whole new one tho
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It sounds like you are headed in the right direction, but like it has already been said, make sure all your leaks are stopped first.
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It sounds like you are headed in the right direction, but like it has already been said, make sure all your leaks are stopped first.
Wait what? Fix the leaks first? Why? Wouldn't it be better to fix them after dry wall is off so can see all damage and fix at once? I had planned on having the leaks fixed immediately after demo.....
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Wait what? Fix the leaks first? Why? Wouldn't it be better to fix them after dry wall is off so can see all damage and fix at once? I had planned on having the leaks fixed immediately after demo.....
I didn't word that right, you are correct, you do want to gut it first so you can see where the leaks are if any, sorry, I am not good at explaining things sometimes.
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I didn't word that right, you are correct, you do want to gut it first so you can see where the leaks are if any, sorry, I am not good at explaining things sometimes.
Okay Neat. On the side of safety I actually had a builder/contractor come by and give me an estimate on some work. He assured me the structure was intact and I should be good to take the sheetrock off as long as I dont start knocking beams down with the sledge.

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