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Old 03-02-2011, 09:03 PM   #31
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Let me get this straight. You bought a house for $25,000 Where do you live? I can't get a lot for under $160,000 and the neighbours want $590,000 for something that is so steep it would cost minimum $100,000 to put a foundation on it

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Yep, bought it for 25K and added a few thousand on top of the loan to redo the HVAC and hook it up to city sewer. We're in northern Minnesota next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and places in town are still pretty cheap. This was about to foreclose and the owners were a little desperate to get some cash out. It had hot water heat and they abandoned it in the winter, the pipes burst and did a lot of damage. We've been here almost 6 years and are trying to piece it back together, but much better than it was. This place has a reputation for having people buy it, do some damage or try to fix it up a bit resulting in an epic fail, then sell it to the next unsuspecting person. It sold about 15 years ago for, I think, about $1500, the cost of back taxes. It's actually a really good house with lots of promise, and we're trying to bring 'er back. Last summer we stripped the asphalt shingles off the porch and revealed perfect cedar clapboards and even some cedar shake trim, so we've decided to pull all the shingles off. It just takes me a long time to do all this work because, as I said, we don't have the money to just dive in and do it all at once. But I'll have some great before and after photos once it's all done! And before anyone else says it AGAIN, we simply can't afford to hire pros to do anything. That's why I joined this board, so I can get expert advice and attempt it myself. And by the way, the drywall turned out pretty well.

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I know how pleasantly surprised you were to find good siding underneath! I did the same with my bungalow, cedar shingle, no damage under slate shingles. Researched before painting "Craftsman" exterior colors.

Glad the drywall turned out well!

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Just to put this topic to bed ... I found the best way to finish off the joints is with a damp grout sponge and a gentle hand. It all looks pretty good and I'll be ready for primer tomorrow. YES.
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Just to put this topic to bed ... I found the best way to finish off the joints is with a damp grout sponge and a gentle hand. It all looks pretty good and I'll be ready for primer tomorrow. YES.

Wow! That is the exact same instructions that come with joint compound.

At least it is on a green top bucket.

You probably should have gotten that bucket and you wouldnt have even had to start a thread.
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Damn. Blue top bucket.

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