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Blog entry by littlecope posted 270 days ago 641 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been well over a year since Debbie and I moved into our “New” Apartment.
There has been something unsightly in our kitchen bugging me all that time…
Covered over by taped plastic, there is a big hole in the ceiling… It’s an access hole, to the plumbing for our bathroom, in the room right above it… Today I tore down the plastic, to see what it looks like…The problem...

It is about what I figured… In these old houses, they put in dropped ceilings many years ago… Somebody must have gotten wise to the fact that it’s cheaper to heat 8’ rooms than it is to heat 11’! There is even an old dilapidated tin ceiling up there!
What I want to do, is put a trapdoor in… Since there’s really nothing to nail or screw to, and the drywall that covers over the 2 X 4 “joists” that are up there off-sets everything, I started by building a box-frame to re-square the opening…
I began by sawing a 2 X 8 in half and screwing together a frame…Cut a 2 x 8 in half...A quick frame...

I then hammered that up and into place and screwed it to the “Joists”... Now, the opening is level with the ceiling…Frame in Place...

Next, I got some old trim board from the landlord, cleaned it up some, and started cutting trim for the opening…Cutting and fitting...

Of course I did all this between errands, and reaching this point was when I found out that there wasn’t enough…
But I went ahead and put them up anyway…Used what I had...

The Landlord was gone (couldn’t hit him up for any more scrap), so I rummaged around and found a piece that was long enough but a different thickness… With a couple shims under I made it work…Trim in Place...

This much will all be painted (and I could just drop in a piece of plywood now and call it done), but I want to make a simple drop-in door for it out of some Poplar… But that’s another day’s work… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.



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Lenny

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#1 posted 270 days ago

A “Mr. Fix It’s” work is never done is it Mike? Nice job on this “renovation”.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 270 days ago

Good start, Mike.Ii knew you would take that as an opportunity for wood working! You’re a true Lumberjock!!!

Covering that up will keep the heat in this winter, too

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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JJohnston

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#3 posted 270 days ago

It’s raining here right now, so naturally I now have The Beatles’ “Fixing a Hole” running through my head.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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Karson

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#4 posted 270 days ago

You should have pulled down the old tin and made some money on the deal.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 270 days ago

As long as your happy with the results, it’s a fun project. (usually) Good work.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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littlecope

2785 posts in 2007 days


#6 posted 270 days ago

Lenny: it’s a never-ending progression of small projects my Friend…
Jim J.: That was on my mind too, the heat savings… I hope it helps!
JJohnston: When I went to title this, that song leapt into my mind! Sergeant Pepper was the first LP I ever owned…
Karson: I thought of that, but getting it down would be tough! These dropped ceilings were only made strong enough to hold up drywall, and a light or two… It’s definitely not a crawl space…
I’d have to take this ceiling down to get to that one!
Dave: I’ll be a lot happier with this, when it’s done, than the way it was!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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BertFlores58

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#7 posted 270 days ago

Mike,
That shows that you will have to make a wooden hinges where your expertise comes! Just joking but it will be nice. You said one day for the door, then it will bereally nice.
Have nice weekend.

-- Bert

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littlecope

2785 posts in 2007 days


#8 posted 270 days ago

Bert: No hinges this time… :)
I’d like to throw together the door tomorrow morning, but we’ve got plans to go the shore and see if the Ocean is still there… I probably won’t have enough time…
Sunday definitely!!
I hope that you have a Good Weekend as well!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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patron

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#9 posted 270 days ago

and all this time
you thought this was over your head

but i see you have risen to the task

looks much better

if it was me
i would probably throw my laundry up there
in the winter to add insulation
then wash it in the spring and summer
when it gets warmer

enjoy the beach

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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lew

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#10 posted 270 days ago

Great fix, Mike!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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littlecope

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#11 posted 270 days ago

Patron: I’d love to throw some insulation up there David, but the funds aren’t there right now… I’d like to put it in the attic and in the basement too…
I need more clothes… :)
Thanks Lewis!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Karson

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#12 posted 270 days ago

My son-in-law has a metal tile mounter in a picture frame.It looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 270 days ago

Good job Mike. I have always wondered how people without tools survive!!?? ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Woodwrecker

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#14 posted 270 days ago

Right now, your landlord is thinking, “Hmm, Mike is pretty handy and I have a lot around here to fix …..” :)

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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Porchfish

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#15 posted 270 days ago

I too had the words to the old Beatle song pop up ” fixing a hole in the Ocean…trying to make a dovetail joint ” Nice repair job…life sometimes feels like fixing a hole in the Ocean… take care of yourself Mike !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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