Design-minded drilling

Jake,

I have a saltbox home with a center chimney servicing 3 fireplaces. In the partially finished basement, the chimney is enclosed in cinder block, and my question is whether I could safely drill into that cinder block in order to hang a decorative barn-board and entry way shelf?

- Sara

Sara,

If your fireplace was built correctly, you should be able to penetrate the front surface of the cinder block, as long as you don’t go through the back side of the cinder block.

The space between

Jake,

Our bathroom has bedrooms on both sides all the plumbing was on the right wall ,sink toilet and bathtub, we flipped bathtub fixtures to left wall. My question is the wall that it is now on is only 2x4 deep between bathroom and bedroom was there a minimum space that must be in between that wall?

– Deborah

Deborah,

There is no minimum that I am familiar with.

How Do We Get Rid of Above Cabinet Soffits?

Hello Jake-

We have 3 walls of soffits over our 1989 contractor grade cabinets. Inside there are waste pipes from the 2 baths upstairs as well as 3/4inch copper pipe and electrical. Our ceilings are 90 inches high from the pre-finished hardwood floor, the soffits are 7.5 inches high and they protrude 4 inches beyond the 12 inch deep wall cabinets.

Arch Dilemma

Hello Jake,

I have bought my first home and in the bedroom is a drywall bullnose arch to the bathroom with no door. I don't really like this. I have tried to find an inexpensive interior arch top door, but to no avail. Ideally, I was thinking arch top white pane glass for light, but it seems now that I have to find another route.

How Do I Remove Soffits Above Kitchen Cabinets?

I am interested in removing the soffit in my kitchen. My first step was to drill a hole to look inside w/a flashlight, but when I tried to do this, I realized that the entire soffit is encased in solid wood w/drywall over it. Do you have any suggestions for removing it or design suggestions where I could use the existing soffit and turn it into storage.

Cabinet Woes

Jake,

Just finished a kitchen remodel, only to find the kitchen designer designed us a flaw. Our top cabinet next to the stove will open to a 90 degree angle but in doing so hits the corner of the stove fan cover. In time I can see the cabinet door ending up with a nice gouge right in the middle of the door.

How Do I Properly Remove Damaged Floor Joists?

I have a twelve foot span. The floor joist are damaged. How far do I have to sister the joist to make them structurally sound?

Robert,

I can't answer this without seeing your situation.  There is no code written to deal with this type of problem.  Each case is different.

Decorative Crowned Cabinets

Hi Jake,

A friend of mine wants to build 13 inch wall cabinets under a 12 inch flat section of a tray ceiling. Then attach crown to the top of the cabinets that will stick out into the room. Is it possible to do this and have it look nice?

-Linda

Linda,

I wouldn’t like the look.