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Old 12-07-2013, 01:24 AM   #1
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So, we have these steps and a door going into our den from one of our bedrooms that we're planning on closing off. I think these steps and the den used to be outside originally.

I pried the crappy laminate wood flooring off the steps and they're painted red concrete - I have a sledgehammer so I was planning on knocking these out tomorrow. I saved the flooring from the steps to try and patch the flooring after I remove the steps - this will only be temporary, as we're eventually planning on tiling the floor.

As far as the door goes, do I have to remove the whole jamb? can i remove the trim, nail a couple of 2x4s in there and drywall over it?

I've not really done anything like this before, so I don't know what the general process is - any advice? tips? things to watch out for?

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Yes, you want to remove the jams---if you do not,how could you drywall the opening?

Once you have removed the trim,you will see that pulling out the door jamb is simple.
The easiest way is to saw the side jambs in half and then pry out the jambs.

If you have a Sawsall,you could stick the blade between the jamb and the studs and saw off the nails--

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Removing the whole door and jambs a 15 min. job, getting rid of those old steps and threshold are going to be the hard part.
Sure looks like a pored concrete threshold.
I'd be using a big jack hammer and hammer drill to get it out. You can rent them at HD.
I'd also lay down something on that floor to protect it.
A sheet of sheetrock is cheap and thick enough. Or even cardboard.
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Thanks guys! I think the threshold is wood - if that's the bit at the bottom of the doorway sticking out a little.

I have a sawzall and a decent hammerdrill - I bought an 18v milwaukee set a little while back - love it! I helped a family member replace a door jamb a little while back so I vaguely remember what I'm doing there.

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phew. been doing my best with a sledgehammer and a hammer drill. going nowhere fast!

might have to bite the bullet and rent a jack hammer!

thank goodness i have a shop vac!
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yeah cordless isn't gonna cut it. you'll have fun w/ jackhammer.
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I got a medium corded jackhammer from HD. Having fun with it!
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A few interesting things i'm encountering. So... there's dirt under the steps... I guess the steps have been there longer than this room has been part of the interior.

Also, behind the steps - a crawlspace vent!
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A little digging and some Sackcrete and you will be back in business---

Most concrete stairs are formed over a hump of soil---it saved some concrete---and just made your job a bit easier.
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Awesome.

How deep will the concrete need to be that I fill in? few inches?

Also - How should I go about filling in that crawlspace vent?
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Typical slab is 4" thick------------pack stone or gravel in first---about 3 to 4 inches--then the concrete mix---

As to the vent? I suggest some wood---either 2x? or plywood. you just need to block it out so you can add a sheet of drywall or whatever your finished wall will be--
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Ok! Update on this!

I concreted over the dirt so the floor is now mostly taken care of!

I'm planning on drywalling over the door itself today - I started framing it - it looks like the wall is 5.5" thick in total - I think it was originally an exterior wall so there's extra inch either side with my 2x4 in there. The thickest sheetrock I can find at HD is 5/8" - should I just use this and plaster over the top or something?

I need to do a little plastering over the top to match the texture of the wall anyway

This is my first time doing anything like this - thank you so much for all the help so far!
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Space your wall 1/2" from one side and use double 1/2" on the other. We like pictures
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Use 1/2" gypsum board if that's what you've got on the rest of the walls. Rip 2x6s to a depth of 4.5 inches and frame with those.
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stagger the 2x4 s. put one even with the inside and about 2 inches away put one even with the outside.


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