Son is fixing up his 3/4 master bath. Fixed shower door leak and put down carpeting (I know, but couldn’t talk him out of it). I picked up the door to trim it 7 days ago and just took it back. When I picked it up we had talked about fixing the crack in the drywall that starts at the door upper corner and runs towards the ceiling. He put the door on and claims it now drags slightly on that corner when he shuts the door. He also claims that the casing miter on that corner has spread close to 1/8 inch. The only changes I can think of is the moisture from using the shower now or we had extremely cold weather a few days ago. Anyone have any ideas on why this happe on a house built in 1976? TIA
How do you temp brace when replacing undersized headers? If it's just sitting sloppy, is there anything I can use/do short of deinstalling and reinstalling? I'm tired of patching on the interior of perimeter walls and Santa got me a Sawzall for Christmas. Or, is my best investigative time spent going from ground up? My 40 year old high and dry T-wall foundation exists courtesy of a righteously abiding sea of serious clay.
*Jennings,Why did you hijack this man's thread ? You have already posted at least one thread of your own out on the main board, so you have no excuse. (ie, "I didn't know how to post my own thread".)If you have an answer for WDSM, then give it, and help the guy out. Otherwise, get yer own damn thread.
*Honest to G--I meant no discourtesy...I meant to facilitate meaningful response to Mr. WSDM's inquiry. If my message didn't craft a better "set" for real and valuable talent to better respond to Mr. WDSM's problem, well, I guess I gotta avoid this venue for the same reasons I'm not welcome at Tupperware parties. Alright, so I'm out of line because everybody has learn their own way? You saying the proceedure is strictly reply and response? Point taken...but, information wants to be free and everything that rises will converge. If I'm guilty of anything please let it be impatience. Again, never meant disrespect and/or discourtesy...and thanks for the advice re protocol. I'm trusting you know better?
*my head hurts.
*Jennings,I owe you an apology of sorts. I came off a lot stronger in that post than I intended.You are just as welcome here as anyone else. I am sure that you are as welcome as I am. I didn't mean to run you off, just to inform you of the disrespectful nature of what you had done. Take the word "Damn" out of my post, and the 'feeling' changes drasticaly. It also becomes a bit more respectful of yourself, and after all, that was my point in the first place.After posting, then thinking about it as I read some other posts, I came back in here to remove that word, because in thinking about it, I realized how much more strongly I came across than I intended. I got back here 4 minutes too late to edit.Most threads here do get sidetracked. But when they do, they usualy do so as a tangent to the original subject.Making a self-serving post, asking for advice on a totaly different subject, and then saying that you did so only to bring attention to the original thread, is like pissing on my leg and telling me that it's raining.Or, I guess that would be WDSM's leg.
*I don't even remember the question now.
*Lets see, we have a crack on the hinge side of the door,-did it rub on the top of the jam before you took it off? You could take a pocket plane or belt sander to it if it is just rubbing slightly.The top of the jam should have about 3/4" clearance with no load on it if the door jam was installed properly.The Mitre-if it is tight at the long point and spread 1/8" at the short point, you have some floor repair to do,and you can't hide it with carpet.When you said you fixed the leak-what did you fix? Is the bond between caulk and shower tight?Did water get under the vinyl?How long has it been leaking?I would look very close at the floor before I spackled the crack above the door. Bob
*Luka, this has got to be one of the best I've read. You are an artist with the English language. I don't usually think that of you, but at this point, you are da man. Nice job.WDSM, was the door existing and the casing also? Was anything done near it, underlayment, carpet cramming etc? And is that drywall crack seasonal? If not, maybe he fixed that leak, the framing dryed out and shrunk. Or maybe there's something not kosher under that door side. Best of luck.
*Sorry, I wasn,t very clear on this. He fixed the leaking "shower stall" door(glass). Every thing is fine with that. He then put down the carpet and the door (wood)would no longer open and close. Yes it did slightly drag before(not the hinge side)on top.I am thinking it might be the severe cold that opened up the crack. He needs more insulation, doesn't cover the ceiling joist. A friend in the business told me he saw a house that had a wall crack that would open up 1/2 inch in very cold weather.
*Wood doors usually expand and contract with changes in humidity. If it was hung real close in cold, dry conditions, it would probably drag when shower humidity is present.I've seen lots of houses shift or settle slightly due to three things: earthquake (in CA), improper compaction prior to building (in CA), and expansive soil (in CO). In all three situations, it seems like the only thing to do is adjust the clearances, patch, and paint whenever it moves. That may be every few months in severe cases.You could brace all the structure, but chances are that would simply transfer the load (and the shifting problem) to another location in the house.The worst one I ever saw was in Diamond Bar, CA. It was built on fill, and evidently not compacted. The entire living room sank about 18" over about ten years. The people lived with it as best they could, but the whole place had to be torn down eventually.
Son is fixing up his 3/4 master bath. Fixed shower door leak and put down carpeting (I know, but couldn't talk him out of it). I picked up the door to trim it 7 days ago and just took it back. When I picked it up we had talked about fixing the crack in the drywall that starts at the door upper corner and runs towards the ceiling. He put the door on and claims it now drags slightly on that corner when he shuts the door. He also claims that the casing miter on that corner has spread close to 1/8 inch. The only changes I can think of is the moisture from using the shower now or we had extremely cold weather a few days ago. Anyone have any ideas on why this happe on a house built in 1976? TIA