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Old 06-24-2007, 11:49 PM   #16
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How do I screw in the bottom 2X4s when building soffit


I really am having fun doing the basement.
It really has become more of a challenge now, than just finishing it.
(Because there are 2 retired contractors that are willing to hang the drywall for me for free but I have said no, and my husband thinks I'm nuts).

Yes, there are some mistakes that I have made. But I still think, hopefully, it will turn out nice.

I will get real creative with decorating, so that no one will know.

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Old 06-25-2007, 12:55 AM   #17
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Yes you are nuts but I understand your nuttiness. I think you must get it. I am a guy who went into the military at 18, then went to college. I was an accountant for a few years and hated it. Then I built my own house with no experience. I love my house and never plan to move. After building my house a local contractor saw it and asked me if I wanted a job so I took it. Then I had a kid and stopped working (wife has a good job). I love to build things it can be fun and rewarding. I loved building the playhouse for my daughter and plan on doing some jobs for my old boss. I wish I had some formal training in building homes but have found my math background and common sense carry me a long way. I love to read the threads here . It is like getting a free education.
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Old 06-25-2007, 04:53 AM   #18
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...The claim is, if you do this lint and garbage will collect on the screws in your duct work but I have not seen it yet....
Warner, I know that you are not saying that, but just stating the "miss-thought" that some people have.
FWIW: If this were a true factor, then "everyone" with forced air heat or central A/C would have to open up their walls and ceilings and remove the many sheetmetal screws holding their duct work together and also any screws that hold the metal support straps or brackets that are keeping the ductwork in place ...

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...When I bought my first house I was an accountant and knew nothing of construction. I paid a monkey to do the drywall and it looked really bad.....
How many bananas did it cost you?
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Yes you are nuts but I understand your nuttiness. I think you must get it. I am a guy who went into the military at 18, then went to college. I was an accountant for a few years and hated it. Then I built my own house with no experience. I love my house and never plan to move. After building my house a local contractor saw it and asked me if I wanted a job so I took it. Then I had a kid and stopped working (wife has a good job). I love to build things it can be fun and rewarding. I loved building the playhouse for my daughter and plan on doing some jobs for my old boss. I wish I had some formal training in building homes but have found my math background and common sense carry me a long way. I love to read the threads here . It is like getting a free education.
You are right. I have learned a lot from this forum too.
Sometimes I even impress some contractors.
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Another way of doing it is raising the 2x2 that's attached to the stud wall so it is above the horizontal 2x4. Cut the 2x4s to fit to the stud wall and then fasten it up into the 2x2.
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I understand exactly what you mean. I did think about that, but by that time, it was too late to do it that way.

Thanks for the suggestion, beer geek.

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