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Old 03-08-2007, 08:58 PM   #181
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Fantastic job, kui****g!

Looks really good.

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I really like the marble in the bathroom. Nice colour.

You're almost done.

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Old 03-08-2007, 09:04 PM   #182
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Kui****g,

Is that little blue chair for when you get tired?



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Old 03-09-2007, 08:24 AM   #183
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Yes, Yummy Mummy, my wife also like the marble so much that she even ask could we change marble for the kitchen, although she is the one oppose in the beginning thinking it is too luxuary/expensive for basement bathroom.... anyhow... don't think we can change for kitchen because it is just too much work, not for a while at least... To be honest, though, I pick the marble only because I saw it on sale in HD somthing like $2.xx per sq.ft... and that is the only color... but may be luckily the color end up good...

you almost correct AtlanticWBConst, that chair in fact is so useful for many works I need to do at the lower position, such as fixing electrical outlet... doing somthing when there is no table ... and resting sometimes...
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That was a great deal on marble for $2.

Are you putting laminate on the floor of the rec room?

How many square feet is your rec. room Kui****g?

How about you do it all marble?

(Classy, luxurious basement!)
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Old 03-09-2007, 08:47 AM   #185
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marbles is too sleepy and dangereous for the kids... anyhow... but I know what you meant.... I intend to lay everything else laminate... not just the recreational room... total area I guess is approx 900 sq. ft... my recreational room area is approx 500 to 600 sq. ft...
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It is the fastest/least tire way to do it... for third coat... unfortunately, only find that possible for seams... for outside corner and inside corner, still need to use the knife to mud.... when using the roller, just put it onto the mud directly, soak it onto the mud, no need to do like painting where you need to roll against a rough surface to take away the excess before roll on the wall, this step can be ommitted when rolling mud... once rolled against the wall, a thin layer of mud will be left, then use the wide straight head to wipe the excess away.... there will be quite a lot of excess, I use put the excess onto the 14x4 trowel, then use a knife to take some of the mud onto some low spot, then wipe again with the straight head, then it is done.... you can do a long seam using this method with less than 5 minutes, not bad for a DIYer...

also no need to make the mud more dilute for the sake of using rollar, just mix it the same way as if you are using knife to mud.... roller can use with thick or thin mixing... no need to adjust for it...

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Old 03-16-2007, 08:41 PM   #187
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Wow , that is a quite a post Kui****g. I am at the beginning stages of my basement remodel and I will be looking at this thread as I progress. Thank you for taking the time to detail your journey.
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Old 03-26-2007, 08:26 AM   #188
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I've started painting last weekend... there is only one advice:

- buy the most expensive roll, it makes big difference, it is faster and easier to paint...when you see $2, $3, $4, $7 roll, buy the $7 one... same idea for brush, get the most expensive one...


it is better to own only one good quality roll than own 5 not so good quality ones....


Another advice for sanding... get your wife to do it... it may end up like my case, she do a better job than me... I cannot imagine myself holding a small piece of sander going around different spots in the drywall to sand things to perfection... it just don't inside the blood of men... I don't know how gentlemen contractors did that either... but my wife, she is so skillfull on that... and believe or not, it makes a big difference.... sanding is so important but it is not really a men's job in my point of view.... it is more tailored for women...

I bought the Porter Cable Alike disc sander... it is fast and not difficult to use, but can only use to sand major initial run... after than.. my next tool is "my wife"... she is my detail sander.... (hope she didn't see this message)....


anyhow Porter Cable is very expensive sander and I only used it a bit... it save me a lot of time for the inital run... but for the $$... I intend to use it to sand other things to make it more justified... I see it can be a fast sanding tool for any large area you need to sand.... I won't sell it until I have use it more ... ....

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I guess then, I will be good at sanding since I am a woman and very detail oriented.

Just not looking forward to the dust. I have to buy that vaccum one.
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my wife wear dust mask, neck covered with my son's used miltary clothing... head wearing some sort of miltary colored head .. look like some sort of combat solider... it is so interesting when I saw her, except I didn't tell her... I wonder the vacuum thing really works... my porter cable aliked sander suppose to do that... but there are too much dusts and it end up congest the filter and I didn't bother clearing them up because if you do you probably end up spending 80% of the time cleaning the filter and 20% of time sanding...
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See Basement finished!!!
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The bad news is :I saw some spots that shows after priming or final painting... The good news is: I found out those spots are not difficult to correct with a thin mud plus 6" knife wipe through.
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Your details will help me in my remodel.

I started my basement project last month. I hope to finish by Memorial Day. I began with just the typical unfinished basement, approx. 1000 sq. ft. Last year I had an electrician upgrade the box to 200 amp and had an HVAC contractor replace the furnace (the old one was 45 years old!). I had a plumber consult with me on adding a full bathroom to the basement. I jackhammered the floor, he laid and connected the pipes and roughed-in the new supply lines. The rest is up to me.

I'm currently in the framing portion of the remodel. Last weekend I rented a cut-off concrete saw to make the windows bigger and bring them up to code. The 3 new double-hung vinyl windows really make it look like a normal level of the house vs. a basement.

Each night I try to frame another section of wall.

Keep up the good posts!
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wah.... this is a lot to me... I don't know if I dare to do things like that... you must have a walk out basement I guess... which make this a bit more comfortable as there is less chance of leaking to worry about...
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I do have a walk-out basement, so luckily I don't have to worry about groundwater runoff running into my basement windows. Still, in true DIY fashion, contractors quoted me $1000-$2000 to do what I did for less than $100 (the cost of the concrete saw rental).

I'm encouraged in my basement remodel by everyone's pictures. Unfortunately, the property values in my area do not increase as fast as Yummy Mummy's. Only by adding blood, sweat, and tears will the value increase significantly.

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