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I do not think it will be strange. Any time you can open up space it will make the living space seem larger and more open. Be careful with cutting walls over stairs (or anywhere else for that matter). The wall may have been designed to add shear strength to the structure (especially in quake areas) or could be a load-bearing wall. Before you start chopping ...


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The bigger of aesthetics and structure is structure. Patching the surface with concrete doesn't address it. The items which need to be addressed are: Bulk water management. Adequate foundation to remedy decay caused by bulk water in the past. Replacement of the stone block with a new structural element, either properly constructed reinforced concrete or ...


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My house was built in the 1880s and has a stone foundation, mostly sand stone. The best fix for situations like this I have found is building a form and packing in stiff cement and as large of pieces of the original rock as I can get. If you do the form in a couple layers (say using a 2x4 or 2x6, the long way). Let the cement s set around 24 hours and brush ...


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Where is the water damage relative to the exterior ground level? I note in the outside picture that there is significant slope to the ground - if the ground on the uphill and slope-side sides is not shaped to move water away from and around the house, it would be likely that there would be water damage on the lower parts of the walls from water flowing over ...


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I'm not sure about the clay smell. I think the paint soaked in due to the porosity of the wall. I can't guarantee it will work, but you might check into concrete epoxy, sealer or stain, or try using a primer paint first and do more layers like you said due to the porosity. Epoxy is expensive and might not like the paint.


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Freestanding steel studs are fine (assuming they are anchored to a sill and top plate). Steel studs anchored to the furring strips are fine. Why wouldn't steel studs anchored to the furring strips, plaster and lath be fine? The only limitation would be if the lath and plaster had significant bowing or hollowing in spots that the new studs came in contact ...


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Most molds are harmless, or are at most an allergen. There are a fairly small number which are toxic to one degree or another. So a lot of the fear you see is overreaction, or is folks with serious allergies. If you aren't allergic, and don't have reason to suspect that this is one of the nasty ones, it's mostly an eyesore. The real problem is that, once ...


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Depending on how much the particle board was compromised leaves you where you stand. It isnt rare that the board need be replaced due to wallpaper removal. Sometimes it is easier to just replace the wallboard or even put new boards over the old using a thinner board. The key word is easier, good luck.



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