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Movement causes drywall fasteners to pop


Touches of stone and cedar shakes blend beautifully together to create a unique look for this impressive home.

Luxurious one-story with options EPLANS.COM

All three bedrooms access the extensive outdoor living (including two patios, a terrace, and a porch) in the back of this impressive home. An optional fireplace on one of the patios warms up the night. Highlights of the interior include the kitchen’s substantial island, the master suiteís jaw-dropping bathroom (don’t miss the back-to-back vanities and the central tub), and a large laundry. Two separate bonus spaces upstairs include a full guest apartment with a kitchen over the garage and another bedroom suite in the main house. To build this home, you can order a complete set of construction documents by calling toll-free 866-772-1013 or visiting Enter the design number to locate the plan and view more images and details. At HouseOfTheWeek, you can view previously featured plans, browse other specialty collections, or use our search filters to help you find exactly what you want from over 28,000 home designs. Most plans can be customized to suit your lifestyle.


Q. Jeff, my wife and I moved into a 10-year-old house last year and everything looked great. Now we are beginning to see nail or screw spots in the drywall. Why is this happening and what can we do to stop it? Steven of Auburn A. Steven, it is very common for drywall fasteners to pop over time. It is caused by movement of the foundation or framing material in your home and can even occur with the changing of the seasons. When building a new house or addition, several things have to be just right for you not to get drywall pops. First the framing has to be tight, meaning all the thousands of pieces of wood that go together have to be snug fitting. Headers need SQUARE to have tight CORNERS cripples and studs to plates Jeff Deahl have to be tight for the structure to not experience movement. Anybody can frame a house or addition but only a few experienced carpenters can build with expertise to make things tight, true and plumb. When the drywall is installed, it needs to be both screwed and glued for optimum performance. When installing drywall using nails, they need to go into framing at least one inch, and if screwing, the screws need to go at least 3/4 inch. Neither should tear the paper surface of the drywall. When repairing, install new screw to secure drywall, remove the old fastener and fill with topping compound. Most pros will use a mesh tape rather than paper tape so that it lies flatter and is easier to patch. Then match texture or paint to match.


Details: Plan HOTW140001 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHS: 3 1/2 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,498 BONUS SPACE: 1,076 sq. ft.

DIMENSIONS: 106’ 0” x 72’ 0”


A whole studio apartment can be finished above the garage to give room to relatives or guests. Another bonus suite above the main living spaces adds even more space. See images of the plan online at ePlans. com/HouseOfTheWeek.

JEFF DEAHL is president of the Builders Association of Northeast Indiana. Questions for the Square Corners column may be submitted at or email info@ba-ni. com

What is the value of TV collectibles? Did you ever wonder if there was any resale value associated with those collectibles objects from your favorite TV shows? TV collectibles are flooding the market. Autographed photos of the stars of classic sit-coms like studio shots of Jerry Seinfeld, Michael J. Fox and Charlie Sheen hold their value long after their popular prime time show is off the air. Some of these coveted collectibles, like autographed photos, command good money in good condition.

Established TV brands Established network TV shows promote shows to their national network affiliates using unique collectible objects like American Idol Keurig coffee makers with Randy Jackson k-cups and Ryan Seacrest non-dairy creamer, Jack Bauer action figures from the series 24, and red rubber dodge balls from gym class on Glee. Dedicated TV viewers hoard these collectibles in the hopes of amassing rare objects, or down the line, reselling them once the shows are broadcast in syndication in years to come. Embarking upon its 13th season, American Idol collectibles are the

TV items that I would be amassing for long term value. TV shows that are living on other networks along the cable and satellite TV landscape have related collectibles that are collected with vigor. For instance, a bottle of orange pop (“soda” for all non-Midwestfrom ART & erners) the Formans’ ANTIQUES basement on That 70s Show is not easy to find Dr. Lori these days. Street value for this Wisconsin-based throwback TV sit-com collectible is $25. Long running TV shows continue on in syndication for ever and ever. Even as times and trends change in American culture, some shows have staying power late at night. Ultra-popular Friends debuted while we were all still brewing drip coffee and just as the Starbucks craze went into high gear. As such, a collectible Friends instant coffee tin (worth $75) with the famous


This American Idol Keurig coffee maker is courtesy of the staff of

This Friends instant coffee tin is courtesy staff of

cast on the label dates back to the era when a spoonful of international flavored coffee was a treat during an afternoon of relaxing TV viewing.

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items are not to be confused with actual props that are used during the filming of these classic shows and new TV shows. Actual props used in famous TV episodes command big bucks with collectors and are more difficult to acquire, too.

DR. LORI VERDERAME (“Dr. Lori”), a Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality, presents antique appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on the hit TV show, Auction Kings on Discovery channel. For information about your antiques, visit, or

The Herald Republican – January 12, 2014  
The Herald Republican – January 12, 2014  

The Herald Republican is the daily newspaper serving Steuben County in northeast Indiana.