Jamaican Amputee

Jamaican Amputee

After discussing the ‘low impact lifestyle’ of his dad and his friends, Adam and Ray answer questions about matching stucco, soundproofing rooms, and sealing concrete.


Show Summary

At the top of the show, Adam and Ray celebrate the dominance of Ace On The House on the iTunes charts. The guys also flash back to their high school days, and Adam tells a story about one of his dad’s friends and how his dad came to live at his mom’s parent’s house. Later the guys answer a video question about matching stucco in a sunroom, and an email about cleaning and sealing concrete. At the end of the show, the guys take a couple phone calls; ranging from soundproofing to popcorn ceilings.

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Producers: Matt Fondiler & Gary Smith
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5 Responses to “Jamaican Amputee”

  1. Chris from Lakeland, FL
    2012/06/02 at 5:27 pm #

    Todd, I don’t know where you live, but they make rubberized flooring products that are tough and pretty easy to install.

    I see 4X8 foot sheets of it, stacked out front of my local Tractor Supply (they’re also on the web). It’s simple stuff to create a padded floor from, 3/4 inch thick and you just cut the edges with a utility knife. It comes in black, but if you want to add a look, you can just add 2X2 foot peel-and-stick carpet tiles, on top. Also, smaller, rubberized flooring materials come with interlocking edges and in colors, but that’s vastly more expensive.

    Justin, 10 percent sounds awfully high for a popcorn ceiling; I’m just guessing a neighbor quoted a number that sounded right. The correct number is probably 2 to 3 percent. The worst stuff out there, percentage wise, is the asbestos roofing or siding tiles, and it will peak around 35 percent.

    Doesn’t mean 3 or so percent is safe to breathe, but just a heads-up that you may have heard some questionable information. Especially given the year of construction.

    Meanwhile, I absolutely like the drop ceiling thought. Use 1X3s or 1X4s, 2 inch screws, and get on with your life! The REAL truth is that drywall and joint compound that you buy and install, today, can be asbestos-positive, sometimes alarmingly high.

    The reason for that is the U.S. is the only place we get it from that doesn’t use asbestos. NAFTA means your store shelves are full of drywall and joint compound with asbestos. Even German materials in the U.S. often come from China, so don’t overthink this. Just consider all drywall and joint compound as asbestos and keep the dust down.

    Unless every single material in your home was made after the U.S. banned asbestos (off the top of my head, late 1970s), but before NAFTA, what, 1993?, you have asbestos in just about every material that isn’t glass, plastic, metal, or wood. And many plastics are iffy, if they have been reinforced. Even concrete often has asbestos in it. Ceramic tile often does, too.

    If you’re working around the home, keep shit wet, control your dust, and gather your waste.

    I can take you to your local Big Box store and we can load up your cart and I can promise that every item we purchase has asbestos in it. This is NOT an old house thing.

    You are at greater risk and creating a bigger mess when you demo that stuff out, because that is dusty, than you are entombing it. You are risking asbestos exposure when you sand, grind, cut, or demo any building material that isn’t pure (metal, glass, wood, etc).

    Sorry, those are the facts. I love the idea of creating a slight drop ceiling with some chases for wiring. That is what I will do in my own home, where I, too, have popcorn, and I get paid to clean up other people’s asbestos problems. But I will also know that the new drywall I install and especially the joint compound, probably, is also abestos containing. But here’s the thing:

    It won’t be as horribly “friable” (makes dust particles when disturbed that will linger in the air, forever), as a popcorn ceiling demo will. It’s not the percentage that makes popcorn so dangerous; it’s the fluffiness.

    Get yourself a really good half-face mask and a dozen magenta filters, the ones for fine particulates. Install those 1 Bys. Put up some new sheetrock, preferrably made in the U.S. Tape the joints with American joint compound, and not from a bag of powder; the pre-mxed stuff.

    If you do those last two things, you will have no asbestos in your interior space from the new materials. Wish you well.

    • MarkinPhoenix
      2012/06/07 at 4:09 pm #

      I agree with installing new drywall on the ceiling with 1x’s. I did scrape off all the popcorn ceiling in my old 3,300 sqft house with a 12″ scraper and sprayed water / sprayed Diff combination. It came out very nice, but it was messy as hell, even when using plasic everywhere. The removed popcorn was heavy too. The popcorn dust also got into all the vents and just hung around for many months long after I was done. If I had to do it again I too would opt to re-skin the ceiling with new drywall. I would also suggest also maybe running a bead of Liquid Nail construction glue along the 1x’s. Just a little extra holding power in addition to the screws.

  2. JoeyDetroit37
    2012/06/03 at 4:42 am #

    Picture looks like you just smoked one. 😀

  3. Jamaican Amputee
    2012/06/06 at 11:17 am #

    Here’s a video of a dinner at our house….with the whole family!

  4. vn
    2012/06/06 at 1:05 pm #


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