Home Renovation Nightmares: What NOT to Do (plus Tips to Do It Right)

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Where's the Window?
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Where’s the Window?

When installing windows it is important to include blocking in the framework of the wall. These beams all around the window will give you something to secure the window to, and will also ensure a well insulated area.

A homeowner who was flipping a house decided these beams weren’t necessary as it would require extra lumber he didn’t have. The only thing holding the window in place was the beam it was resting on, and drywall all around.

A few months passed and the owner received a call that the tenants he had rented to had an issue. When he arrived he immediately saw what the problem was.

Their rather large German Shepherd had been barking at the window and hit the pane with enough force (which really wasn’t much) to detach the window from it’s drywall support.

The window had come right out of the wall and was lying on the lawn. The owners were furious because their dog had gotten out and they had spent almost half an hour trying to catch him.

Once again you should never try to skip steps. Blocking is very important, especially when installing windows.

Those beams supply the support required to hold a window in place, securely. However, they also act as fire stoppers, offering more resistance to fire should one ever become an issue.

Bathroom Blunder
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Bathroom Blunder

No matter how few people are living in your house, an extra bathroom is never an unwanted addition. That’s what one man’s father was probably thinking when he decided to take on turning an upstairs bedroom into a new master bath.

While the man claims his dad is an all around intelligent guy, his dad decided to take on this project despite having no carpentry or plumbing experience. He bought books on the subject, ripped the room apart, and used plumbing from the neighboring hall bath to pipe his fixtures.

He installed dual pedestal sinks, a tile shower, and even a two person Jacuzzi bathtub. It looked great when it was done and it seemed the project was a big success.

That is, until he decided to break the new tub in. While filling the tub, the floor joists beneath the tub broke. The floor beams in his 75-year-old house weren’t strong enough to support the weight of the filled tub and it shattered the sub-floor, six of the beams, and completely caved in the ceiling in the dining room below.

The tub itself never fell through, but it was a close call.

To this day, his stepmother won’t even let his dad replace a fuse in the house without yelling at him to “call a damned professional!”

Once again a reason why you should always have professional help with what you are doing. In this case, a contractor would have been able to tell you that the beams and joists would need to be re-supported to hold the tub

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