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Old 11-20-2010, 10:30 AM   #1
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Hi all,

So, I am converting an old garage into a small living room. I only want to get 2 seasons of use out of it till I tear it down, re-use some materials, and build new.

The garage has a slight lean to it; 2" off plumb at the top on the left side of the garage, and about 1.5' off on the right.

I intend to put Tyvek right on top of the old siding, which is thin guage steel in sheets. Then furr out the exterior with 2x4's 1x4's and strips of 1/2" plywood, and finally the siding on the wood strips.

Has anyone ever had to build-out an exterior wall prior to siding just to make it appear straight?

I am insulating with steel stud and batt/poly on the inside, so I won't be using rigid foam on the outside; besides, its expensive.

Any tips would be great, including exactly how to fasten the Tyvek house wrap and wood to the metal.

Or is there a better way to make the garage look straight?

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Hi all,

So, I am converting an old garage into a small living room. I only want to get 2 seasons of use out of it till I tear it down, re-use some materials, and build new.

The garage has a slight lean to it; 2" off plumb at the top on the left side of the garage, and about 1.5' off on the right.

I intend to put Tyvek right on top of the old siding, which is thin guage steel in sheets. Then furr out the exterior with 2x4's 1x4's and strips of 1/2" plywood, and finally the siding on the wood strips.

Has anyone ever had to build-out an exterior wall prior to siding just to make it appear straight?

I am insulating with steel stud and batt/poly on the inside, so I won't be using rigid foam on the outside; besides, its expensive.

Any tips would be great, including exactly how to fasten the Tyvek house wrap and wood to the metal.

Or is there a better way to make the garage look straight?
Why don't you just straighten and fix the problem?

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Old 11-20-2010, 10:57 AM   #3
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well, I just don't know how to actually straighten the garage.

I only have an idea on how to make it look straight.

How do you actually straighten the garage?
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If it's not straight, it either wasn't build correctly or it's been damaged by water and/or insects.
Peel away any wall material like sheetrock, plywood, etc.. and look at the structure. Post pictures of the stud wall at the bottom plate, the top plate and the house connections. Check the house connections for plumb. If they're plumb, you at least have a starting point.
What shape is the sheathing in? If it's very old, it's 1x8 shiplapped with diagonal bracing.
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well, I just don't know how to actually straighten the garage.

I only have an idea on how to make it look straight.

How do you actually straighten the garage?
Your going to have to learn how to make it straight. Your walls leaning 2" is not something you just put a band-aid on by making the siding look straight. This is something structural and needs too be addressed first especially since you're making it living space.
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I only want to get 2 seasons of use out of it till I tear it down, re-use some materials, and build new.
If youíre tearing it down in 6 months why would you put any money into it now?
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well, I just don't know how to actually straighten the garage.

I only have an idea on how to make it look straight.

How do you actually straighten the garage?
Tear it down and build a new one.
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I've pulled a couple of them back to square with come-a-longs--

You will need to figure out what was done wrong(or went wrong) in the beginning--and fix it after the thing is square again.
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Pull it back straight with a cable/come along from the top corner leaning out to the bottom corner opposite on the same wall. Tighten until level then fasten some cross bracing across the studs to hold it. Angle 2x4 or plywood sheets will hold it.

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