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joni41 10-25-2009 10:18 AM

renovating little 50's ranch
I'm a 67yo woman who has bought a modest little 2 BR ranch built in '58. It had no shower, so I'm tiling around the tub and adding one. I'm replacing old galvanized pipe and shoddy copper with pex. I had hoped to move in by now, but find I work more slowly than I used to. But I'm enjoying doing it (most of it, anyway).

oh'mike 10-25-2009 10:38 AM

Congratulations on the house. Homes built during that period were solidly built.

A few typical problems that you have run onto ,I'm sure,are poor insulation,tired plumbing,under sized electric service,conduit hidden under the flooring--Still very satisfying to look back at the end of the day and say,"I did that".

joni41 10-25-2009 11:36 AM

How'd you know!?
All those things. There was a row of service boxes in the basement from tiny to big, complete with some glass, screw in fuses. I now have just one new shiny one. That was one of the things I hired a pro to do.

oh'mike 10-25-2009 02:08 PM

I remodel homes,I can tell the age of almost any house by the construction techniques.

Upgrading your service first thing was wise.-MIKE-

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