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I notice a glaring omission in the video. No mention was made to cap off the bottom end of the pipe that was supplying the removed sprinkler head. The homeowner would be in for an expensive and nasty surprise should the sprinkler system be reactivated. Better yet, would be to reroute the supply line so that the removed head can be re-installed. A major use for widening a doorway would be for providing wheelchair accessibility. How about consideration for providing some form of a door for, say, the bedroom or bathroom, be it bi-fold, accordion, or pocket type.
There is an important use for widening a doorway. It is for wheelchair accessibility. Even though the widening for that use is not as extreme in your video, consideration for providing some form of door is needed, especially when the doorway widening is needed for a bedroom and bathroom door. I notice that no attention was made to deal with restoring water sprinkler system function. The lease that needed to be done is either capping off the pipe that supplied the removed sprinkler head or, better yet, a rerouting of the feeder liner line to allow replacement of the head that was removed. Why wasn't the supply stub capped before installing the drywall?
I've used Ron's method in a couple areas up at the hunting lodge and it turned out great!
Yes, the company Dremel sells a spiral cutter just like the tool Ron used.
How bout a square plug in a round hole?
Ron, your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to keep your wife happy.Mission: ACCOMPLISHED!:o)
in your video you removed the light switch completely...we would just like to extend it down the wall after doing the extending & adding arch...what is the best way to do this without having to cut too much drywall?!thank you
Great video, def will be using this on my project coming up.
Ron and his wife are not small people. They needed a larger doorway. Ron is a Finish carpenter who loves his Japanese saw.
Ron probably have gotten that sprinkler system for less than WE will pay. He and his crew are business people and write it off or get a much better rate on insurance. I'm not a tax ?expert? but he may have wrote off the price as his home is a workplace. Look it up with the search place on this website.
This is an easy one day project that is a big improvement. I highly recommend it.
Good Evening, what is the name of the power tool you used to cut the sheet rock? It looks like a dremel with a Jig-Saw end. Thanks in advance.
Great idea; But I am using it to reverse a door opening. My dining/living room opening is 8' 10" and I want to scale it back to 4' and add 2-outlets/ one for each side of 1 wall for both sides(no outlet on this side of either room. ?, what did you do with the wiring for either light switch? I like your videos because your show comes on during my football game and we all have our priorities, (GO PACKERS!).
wow, we know who's the boss in that house
While I generally love your videos, I wish you wouldn't skip some of the essential parts (like re-plumbing the sprinkler system, ending the electrical service, fixing the hole in the floor). These are all things that we ALL encounter with jobs like this, but we don't have little "elves" to do the background work for us...
I love watching these videos every week. I love those wider doorways it brings a certain "homeyness" to the house.
Would have done the drywall work before I installed the trim.
Holy Puck is this 2 years old?I got this saved from years ago.Come on Ron how-a-bout some up-to-date stuff?I gave you a good project idea last month, so don't say you don't have new ideas.I hope OLD LEW is still alive been a long time.I liked Lew.
Good observation Old.
obviously the sprinkler topic was covered from the other replies-- but caulk is often used on floor base molding and casings. It's not exterior grade for water proofing, but rather for filling in gaps in the imperfections of the wallboard-- such as wavy walls.
Great project. Glad to see the follow up video of the floor patching. I'm no expert, but wouldn't it have been easier to tape/mud the drywall joints, paint, and THEN put up the casing-- wouldn't have to tape anything off, and the wallboard underneath would be the same wall color, so no pieces would ever get exposed.
I would like to widen the doorway from the master bdrm to the master bath because wifey wants to put the washer & drier in there but the doorway is only 24" wide but the shower is on one side and the vanity top & mirror on the other. Maybe they will fit if I take off the metal panels.
We put cut in french doors between the entry and dining rm a few years ago but hired contractors to do it. We fired the first one because they went thru the house and removed a stereo from an upstairs bedroom so they could listed to it while they worked. The 2nd contractor finished the job but put the door knobs at the height where the keylock should go. I'll do it myself next time according to your video.
Did you check to see if that was a load-bearing wall?
How about the sprikler system and the hole in the floor?
Would have been easier to use the joint compound before putting up the trim. But still a solid job Ron, What took you so long putting this one up I remember watching the wooden floor restoration patch months ago.
I saw the sprinkler head in place upon completion. When and how was the water line run? What happened to the electric outlet?
what happened to the sprinkler system?
Hey Ron, What did you do with the wall switch and the sprinkler system?
Great job. It does look much better being wider.
Ah wives. What would we do without them? We would have more time to watch the game and not have to do stressful and time consuming projects, Change for the sake of change. If the door had been wide she'd have wanted it narrow! LOL
Our town's volunteer fire dept has never lost a basement yet. When the alarm siren sounds, the town pub empties out.
The exterior doors will be tough Bro.
So let us know. How did the project turn out Bro?
Hi there, thanks for the great video, I will be widening the door to a closet within the next month. Currently the closet is a long rectangle, and the door is on one of the long sides but towards an end, so you go into the door and then turn left and almost walk down the closet. If we widen the door it will be much more walk-in like.
My question is if there are any other considerations for doing this type of job on a 1924 house with the paster and lathe type walls. Also, you don't mention anything about determining if the wall is load bearing, I don't imagine mine is but didn't know if you had any tips on finding that out as well. Thanks again.
Hi Ron from the Gold Coast Australia, this video has helped me "heaps" even with some of your ways of using other tools to protect the area you were working on.fantastic.
If you are considering removing part of a bearing wall then its best to bring in someone with experience to OK the job before starting any work. You don't want the ceiling coming down.
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By popular demand. How to fix the hole in the wood floor! http://www.ronhazelton.com/pro...
Ron, I enjoy your videos very much but could you give us an option not to watch the adds, I dread the 30 seconnds that I have to watch..Thanks for all the great information.
What happened to the sprinkler and the electrical wiring?
Check the video.Here is how Ron patched in the floor. http://www.ronhazelton.com/pro...It may be a bit much for the average home owner so I would suggest making a round plug for the hole and glue it in place using wood glue. Sand and refinish the bad spots.Old Lew
If you folks don't know how to patch a round hole in a wood floor, I suggest you not try widing a door opening. And in video when Ron is replacing the dry wall over the header, you can see the PVC sprinkler pipe has been re-installed. I would assume someone has gone down in the cellar and re-piped it up inside the wall before the dry wall was installed because it surely is back over the opening. Old Lew
Ron,I liked the entire video, however one thing you did not address was how you patched the hole in the floor where the sprinkler pipe came up from below?
Great video, i did need to see every detail of the sprinkler and electric since that would have been simple for me to do. He went straight for what i wanted to see. Thanks
Ron,Looks like a second video is needed to clarify questions left unanswered.Good video though.
Good video Ron. I am considering building my own retirement home. However, if I buy an existing house, my plan is to have every door at least 36" wide even if it means changing them all. This is a reminder of what I need to do.
Some residents are a few miles from a fire department and there may not be municipal water for hydrants or fire fighting. Therefore, a domestic sprinkler system is a good way to prevent your home from being destroyed by fire. Also, some insurance companies will provide a reasonable discount depending on the distance from the nearest fire station. I am considering building my retirement home and the sprinkler system is the way I would go being 8 miles from the nearest station and the property being on a community well system.
Thanks Dave, I understand that. I realize its not supporting anything. But just feel it should of been done the other way. I realize that Ron would of had to add some 1/2" material (possibly some sheetrock) I guess I'm just old school!
Why would I ever caulk an interior door, and what's with the interior sprinkler system? Unless you're running a commercial business in your house, what's the need?
do not like watching a comercial before seeing your video
Yes, what about the sprinkler system and the hole in the floor and refinishing that portion of the floor?
Cool but what about the hole on the floor and the sprinkler system.
I have to do this job in a garage/laundry room/ storage area. My wife wants a good looking laundry room; I want to park the riding lawn mower in the garage along with my car - I can't do both ( my wife's car is in there) and she thinks storage sheds de-track from the property value, although I have pointed out a storage shed in almost every neighbors home. And she has the habit of moving things to the garage if they don't fit the inside of the house. It seems like I am in a bind on this one
Did you need any permits for this job?
What did we do with the sprinkler system?
Did you ever reinstall the sprinkler?
The video was ok ,what if the wall was bearing?
That was lucky that the flooring was good, underneath that wall. Is not how houses are normally built. By not even mentioning the flooring issue, your video instruction is incomplete. And I agree with the other comments that the fire line, while not a common issue, should have had a few seconds of attention as to if or how it was re-directed - or mention where we could find the video on how that was fixed.
Liked your site until I had to watch adverts first
I was also going to comment on the sprinkler, electric, and the hole in the floor.
Didn't notice you replacing water line for sprinkler or fixing hole in the floor!
i enjoyed the video, with a few exceptions.the scen i likie is the one where you remove the switch box, and then two scenes later into the project it shows it still attached, bad editing? and second what did you do with the wiring that was left after removing the switch box?secondly i would have made the opening at a proper width to accomodate a set of french doors without custom made ones. it would be much cheaper..... because i know that women change their minds..... i hope she doesn't see this or you will have to do another video. hahaha!!!!
Good one Ron. Thanks for stepping the projects up from beginning to intemediate.@Jim. You said, "the header would be stronger with the 2 x 4's going vertical rather than laying flat." While this is true, it does not make a difference, since this is not a bearing wall, nor a window, or a doorway. It is just a walkway.
I too like to know about the sprinkler pipe where did you put it?Other then that all looked good!!!
Ron, wouldn't the header be stronger with the 2 x 4's going vertical rather than laying flat. I realize that it was easier that way. You did not go into how you repaired the sprinkler pipe, which would of been good and also the floor. Your wife must be better than mine at using power tools in the house and having to clean all that dust. Thanks for all the great tips and videos.