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Old 02-27-2008, 12:39 PM   #1
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My wife and I and our three young children just moved from an apartment in New York City to a house in South Jersey. One reason we were able to get into the house at all is because almost nothing had been updated in the 30 years since it was built. This turned off a lot of buyers so we were able to get a deal we could afford. With three kids, two cars, one paying job and a big mortgage payment, we don't have a big budget for home repair. Every room in the house needs work. I'm always interested in the experience others have had with various materials and techniques. Since I always work alone, except when my wife leaves the kids with me, I am especially interested in how to stage jobs so they can be worked to completion by one person. Looking forward to enjoying this forum. Mike

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Old 02-27-2008, 02:14 PM   #2
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Hi, Mike! Whereabouts in South Jersey? Just getting my way around my new home, too.

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Old 02-27-2008, 03:35 PM   #3
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Hi Mike,
Congratulation on your home.
Welcome to the site.
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Old 02-27-2008, 04:18 PM   #4
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Welcome Mike

Congrates I am in the middle of working on our second story a 1700 sq ft addition...I remember when I bought my first home I was gunho for about 2 months...I have been going on 3 months here, We hired a contractor to build 2nd story rough and were doing the rest. I found this site last week looking for pluming solutions a great site...any taping or painting question fire away that is my trade.
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Old 02-27-2008, 05:56 PM   #5
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Welcome Mike!

O.K. nobodys said it yet.....

Jersey! What exit?!
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:31 AM   #6
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Congrats on your new home! Are you the one person working on the house? I think painting is the cheapest and fastest way to make a room look new. If there are any rooms that very little needs to be done, go ahead and paint them. It will make you feel like you are making progress.

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Old 03-03-2008, 03:15 PM   #7
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Exit 5. There's probably not a square inch of our house that doesn't need repainting. Wallpaper and stained trim was the style back in 1979 and my wife hates the stuff. The builder didn't even bother to seal before gluing up the wallpaper. Makes for a real pain to remove. The pine/fir molding is stained so dark that almost nothing will cover it. We're moving room by room trying to get things up to date.

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