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Old 09-16-2005, 12:09 AM   #61
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Hello everyone, my name is Ben. I bought my townhouse 2 years ago in the DC area and have really been into home improvement. It gives me an excuse to buy tools . I am a mechanical engineer but unfortunately am more practiced by the book than by experience, as you can tell by my memeber name. So I try to do most of my home improvement myself, not only to save money but to learn as well. I am notorious for getting a job 90% done and instead of finishing it, I start on the next one. So presently I have about 5 projects on-going. I'm glad I found this forum because many of you seem very knowledgable and I can learn a lot from you all. Projects I have done to my house include: replacing the garage door (okay, it's child's play but was the first job I did), installed a new 1/2 bathroom from scratch (I learned a painful and wet lesson in plumbing work), replaced my lenolium foyer floor with ceramic tile, I designed and built a deck for my mom with help from my uncle, and currently am insulating and flooring my attic. Projects I want to do to my place include a deck/patio out back and finishing my basement which currently is just cinderblock walls and concrete floor. I look forward to good conversation in this forum.

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Old 09-16-2005, 10:02 PM   #62
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Hello everyone, my name is Ben. I bought my townhouse 2 years ago in the DC area and have really been into home improvement. It gives me an excuse to buy tools . I am a mechanical engineer but unfortunately am more practiced by the book than by experience, as you can tell by my memeber name. So I try to do most of my home improvement myself, not only to save money but to learn as well. I am notorious for getting a job 90% done and instead of finishing it, I start on the next one. So presently I have about 5 projects on-going. I'm glad I found this forum because many of you seem very knowledgable and I can learn a lot from you all. Projects I have done to my house include: replacing the garage door (okay, it's child's play but was the first job I did), installed a new 1/2 bathroom from scratch (I learned a painful and wet lesson in plumbing work), replaced my lenolium foyer floor with ceramic tile, I designed and built a deck for my mom with help from my uncle, and currently am insulating and flooring my attic. Projects I want to do to my place include a deck/patio out back and finishing my basement which currently is just cinderblock walls and concrete floor. I look forward to good conversation in this forum.
Hi Ben! Well you sound like just the person I need to answer my problem.I just bought my first home-bought my how-to books and being female,still learning my way around home improvements.My problem is my crooked toilet in my partially finished basement.Its on crooked and there isnt much room between it and the pipe from upstairs that leads to the downstairs bathroom.Do i take it off and straighten it as much i can and start over with new sealer?redneck
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Old 11-04-2005, 06:44 AM   #63
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i am david from China,i am a student,21
glad to meet u!maybe i can help if u come to this lovely country!
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Old 02-08-2006, 11:47 PM   #64
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The name is Matt, live in Utah (no....not Mormon), and I love Jesus. Bought first home with my wife in August '05 and looking to personalize it with some DIY work. Pleased to meet everyone.
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Old 02-09-2006, 01:56 PM   #65
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Searching the great ether for answers to lifes most beguiling questions-as in why, oh why, did I do it? I'm a single dad with a grown daughter outta town and an 18 year old whiz kid in the house. He's a whiz in school, in martial arts, in music, but not very good with remodelling. If he was, I'd make HIM do it! I like building furniture and keepsakes, like to build light boats, teach and train in martial arts, and work with Mercedes. But, for all my abilities, redoing this house is bringing out the procrastinator in me. Did I mention that I'm gravitationally challenged?
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Hi everybody, I really like this forum. I've been visiting here for a while. Today I decided to join in. I am a manufacturer of steel buildings in lower New York and a die-hard diy when I home.
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Old 02-27-2006, 01:30 PM   #67
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this feels like an AA meeting....(not that I would know what that's like....just saying :-).

I'm Mark, worked 3yrs with Local 26 (Union Electrician) on various big jobs in DC. Picked up lots of info from other tradesman on the job during that time, but then decided I needed to make more money and now i'm a Network Admin. All of my electrical experience is useful running network cable, and knowing what the heck a "plenum" is.

Anyway, always working on my townie, new hardwood floors, crown moulding, chair rails etc.. Built a Movie Theater with stadium seating and 120" screen as soon as I bought the place.

Current projects started and not finished (who can do just one at a time ?) Kitchen...new cabinets...hard at work on this one, new bedroom floor (laminate, must finish closets).

See ya round' the boards.
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Old 04-07-2006, 01:49 PM   #68
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I just want to say hi, I think you have a great and very popular forum going on here, at the moment it's raining, but this is Wales in the UK so it's to be expected!
Thanks for letting me register to your forum as I love answering questions concerning the correct interior surface preparation, texture repairs, how to make that pattern and match/blend patterns back in & how to texture as an alternative attractive ceiling & wall coverage, being the author of TEXTURE REVIVAL" http://lulu.com/texturerevival
I find the subject quite fascinating but there just does not seem to be enough info for the interested "diy" enthusiast, so I will do my best to help all that I can.
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Old 09-05-2006, 06:16 PM   #69
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My name is Neil and I live in Santa Maria, California. That's 60 miles north of Santa Barbara and about 5 miles inland from the Pacific coast. Our home is in the older part of town, built 1929-1932. Yes, we have a young town. We also own a commercial building with 4900sf, also downtown, built in 1975.

Mostly I'll be hanging around in the roofing forum as I have 9 distinct roofs on these two properties and all but one leak to some degree!

This looks like just the type of forum I've been looking (Googling) for.
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Hi Dave.

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Old 09-07-2006, 09:49 PM   #71
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Hi! I'm "Not Sure," the DIY Chatroom pest! I ask lots of questions!!! I love that the experienced DIYers and contractors take the time to answer my questions, even though many of my questions are probably pretty lame. I'm learning gobs of stuff and I can't thank my responders enough.

I don't want to claim that I'm a teacher because I'm not worried about being perfect with grammer and spelling when I'm in the chatroom. (It could come back to haunt me!) I work at a liquor store on Sundays. I have tons of DIY projects I'd love to do, but I have absolutely no talent. I'm also involved in a residential building project right now.

Life's good!
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Old 09-10-2006, 09:04 PM   #72
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Hi All,

I am a first-time home owner who loves fixing up the house as much as I can by myself. I will be needing a lot of help. Hope I can find it here. I already have a problem with paint. Can I fire away with my question here?
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Old 09-10-2006, 09:07 PM   #73
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Hi coorsabee

Welcome to DIY Chatroom

Please post question in the forum it pertains to.

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Old 09-11-2006, 01:04 AM   #74
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Hi, my name is Steve, and I live in Spokane, WA. I have been in my house about 3 years, and am just now starting to get serious (and interested!) in doing some projects around the house. I will likely be posting about remodeling my kitchen, but tonight my main concern is painting, so I will be posting there. This is a great forum, thanks for being here!

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Hello everyone! I am a nursing student in Indiana, and when I am finished with school, my husband and I are planning to have a house built. We would like to do a lot of the installation (cabinets, flooring, etc.) ourselves, so I started searching for information about different products, and found this website in a search engine. My husband and I have had a little experience with home improvement projects; however, my father-in-law was a contractor before he retired, so we have an excellent resource for information.

My other hobbies include: sewing, crafts, and creating floor plans just for fun (my fellow students said that I should have become an architect).

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