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post #4771 of 5487
Didn't want to start a new thread for this.

We're moving into a condo next week. The owner has asked me to help him find painters, and since I want the popcorn ceilings to be removed from the two bedrooms, he wants me to pay part of the cost. How much does this kind of work cost?

The glossy paint on the doors and stairs has thicker areas (clots?) that seem to have been painted over several times. How can these be removed? What should I tell or expect from the painters?

There are baseboards and moulding throughout. Must these be painted a glossier finish? Must the kitchen and bathrooms be painted a glossier finish, or would eggshell be fine?

I am not a fan of textured walls, but I've heard that some texture is necessary. I am mainly concerned with the walls in the living room; they have some texture though not too much. Should I have the painters apply a skim coat or would a particular finish make the slight bit of texture unnoticeable?

One of the walls in the living room is a vertical wood plank wall (not sure what this is called). Should I have it painted the same finish as the other walls?

The doors and door frames seem to be typical apartment style/quality. Can anything make these look better?

post #4772 of 5487
One more thing: What's an inexpensive style of carpet (wood is not an option) that would work with mcm furniture?
post #4773 of 5487
Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

Bermuda is the most sun-loving grass there is. You need more water or fertilizer. If you're getting enough of those, it might be a disease.

ETA: bermuda is also very drought sensitive and has high water requirements. That's almost certainly your problem.
Originally Posted by Numbernine View Post

I have an area of Bermuda that I brought back from a weed patch. Since I live in California I have to keep it with grey water from the shower but it does great with that . All the yellow patches are from my dogs(2). No fertilizer in my case fwiw
Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

It's resilient, for sure. There are several large planters (like 500+ square foot) in front of one of the courthouses here. During the drought last year they let the planters completely dry up and it killed every plant in them. This year the bermuda has regrown from seed and filled them back up.

Thanks for the thoughts, guys. I'll have to be more diligent about watering and see if that helps. It certainly stands to reason it's a water issue. The way the spot is situated, the afternoon sun may well dry it out even in non-drought conditions.
Originally Posted by emptym View Post

, my guess is that it was some sort of granular fertilizer.

I thought about that, but he was pretty specific about it being sand (or at least sand-like). Granular fertilizer is somewhat similar, but it would take an enormous amount to confuse it with a layer of sand. Taking into account the advice above, I'm wondering if it was sand, with the benefit being that it would create a buffer from the sunlight and help retain moisture.
post #4774 of 5487
Originally Posted by JohnGalt View Post

Anyone have thoughts/experience with epoxying a garage floor?

Our house came with the floor done. I'd advise against for a few reasons.

First, it's not happened to me (yet) but apparently turning your tires on it can eventually make it peel up.

Second, it stains. Wet car drips on it, road gunk in the rain water lightly stained it even after mopping.

Third, who the fuck wants to mop rain water up so it doesn't stain?

Fourth, you'll get tire tread lines from backing in and out.

All in all I'd have preferred original concrete. If you don't park your car in the garage it's great.
post #4775 of 5487
I'm pretty much in agreement with Piob. The new house came with the floor done, and when we first looked at the house I thought it was a nice touch (the whole house was repainted and such before it went on the market). However, now that we've been in it for a bit, I don't love it. We're definitely having all of the problems Piob listed, and it's not holding up especially well even in spots where we don't park.
post #4776 of 5487
Is there a better solution? My parents house has a concrete garage floor and it gets dusty and has cracked along one of the edges. We were thinking of either an epoxy floor or some sort of rubber mats, etc.
post #4777 of 5487

(x2)@Mujib, we just had asbestos popcorn removed and it was about $6 per square foot.  Priming and painting was about 7.  


Speaking of which, here's one pic of the ceiling after being scraped, screwed, patched (x2), skimmed (x2), and primed(x2).  Supposedly now at level 5.  Getting two coats of plain white this week:


Now for something not so pretty, found a lot of carpenter ants in an old evergreen stump:

I spent a couple days ripping out the whole thing and spraying insecticide.


There's also pretty severe damage to the doorframe of a basement level outdoor closet under the deck:


Insect holes in the that outer frame, not sure what kind of insect(s):


And pretty bad rotting on the inside:


Any idea what may have caused htis other than water?  Fungus?  Termites?  More carpenter ants?  I need to get a pest inspection done.

post #4778 of 5487
Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

Is there a better solution? My parents house has a concrete garage floor and it gets dusty and has cracked along one of the edges. We were thinking of either an epoxy floor or some sort of rubber mats, etc.

Not sure of the cost but I've seen that grey linoleum like stuff with the raised coin sized dots holding up pretty well in some very heavy industrial situations. I can't imagine its very cheap though

post #4779 of 5487
It sure looks like dry rot, which contrary to what you might expect from the name, is caused by water.

Most insects you find in wet, rotten wood wouldn't have eaten if it was dry and unrotten.
post #4780 of 5487

I agree ^ most of the termite damage I've seen in California is riddled with tiny holes and if you break a piece off loads of those little termite turds pour out

post #4781 of 5487
Get the pros in and treat this very seriously is my best advice.
post #4782 of 5487
I don't see anything that looks like termites in those pictures. They tend to eat up and down along the grain. The little holes might be exit holes from wood boring beetles (actually the damage is done by worm-like larvae). But those will generally only attack wet wood also.

It doesn't look serious to me. It looks like classic localized rot caused by water intrusion at the doorway.
post #4783 of 5487
Not sure on the wood, but I like the ceiling, came out great!

I've painted all of my ceilings grey on my second floor (negotiating with my wife to do the first as well). I like the color for ceilings because I like white for walls and both look nice with practically any species of wooden furniture/trim/etc.

I'm not great on bug damage since I rarely deal with it.
post #4784 of 5487
I worked as a mechanic for a few years on an epoxied floor. They can be very durable, but the prep work is apparently absolutely critical. I believe the entry-level systems aren't as durable. I don't have a specific recommendation, but if it's something you want to do, I think it's possible to get a good result.
post #4785 of 5487
Or there's this stuff: http://autostoneusa.com/

Not. Cheap.
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