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Old 11-14-2013, 04:12 PM   #151
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Nice doors. It was one of the things I wa sad to give up (old solid doors) Only 0.00000001% of newer houses seem to have them unless someone added them.

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Old 11-24-2013, 10:12 PM   #152
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Just out of curiosity, what is your background to complete this project with such professionalism? I am doing small projects (moving walls, drywall ing my garage,etc), but after the astronomical estimates I received for a contractor to add a new master bath ( to the tune of $27-$40k), I'm going to bit the bullet and undertake it myself. I'm a bit nervous, so any advice would be welcomed.
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:33 AM   #153
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My background is electrical and software (I'm a controls Engineer...techno geek)

I've been doing woodworking as a hobby for about 25 years...grew up working on cars....I'm just good with my hands.

To be fair....I've made plenty of mistakes.....I'm sure you have heard the phrase "You learn by your mistakes."...well, that is why I'm so bloody smart.....

I think I can do as good or almost as good as a pro....it just takes me 4x as long....I 'jokingly' refer to one of the factors as the 'beer factor'....how many beers does it take to do a job.....take drywall for example....hang as sheet, sit back and have a beer while you admire your work...hang another sheet...have another beer. That is an exaggeration...but I think you get the idea.

One key....hang around here....ask questions....read the old posts...chances are, any question you have has already been asked.

But you also need to know which jobs to farm out......some things you just don't have the tools for and it would cost you more to DIY than just pay someone else to do it.

One big piece of advice...get a good shop vac....one with the 2 1/2" hose. Trust me, once you start demo..you will understand.

Feel free to ask any questions......

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Old 12-20-2013, 09:13 AM   #154
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OK DDawg - I have a question:

Where are the updates dude? Hahaha.
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OK DDawg - I have a question:

Where are the updates dude? Hahaha.
I've been in Texas for the past 3 months on business.....

But, I'll be posting some updates in the next day or so. Rain gutters are up....and I broke down and I've got someone doing the tape and mud for me. All the drywall is up.....I just don't have time to do the mudding....

We got buy off on the drywall nailing last week.

The first room is being done right now....it's the wife's walk in closet.....I want it done so we can get all of her clothes hung up and out of the way.

It's pretty hard for 2 adults and 3 kids to live in a 3 bedroom house cut down to 2...with construction going on......for the last 2 1/2 years.
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Happy New Year everyone. Time for a long over due update.

Drywall hanging is done. Now it's just tape and mud. Business travel over the past 3 months has killed my progress....but I did get some work done over the holidays. At this point I'm going to try and do one room at a time. First on the list is the walk in closet. That way the wife can get all her stuff in there and out of the way.

A big thanks to you guys about butt boards....makes the drywall mudding a lot easier. Here is a pic of how it pulls in the butt ends.



I'm a believer now that the bigger the drywall sheet...the less the mud work. This is the stairwell. It was not real fun cutting the sheet in the shape of the treads.





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Door leading into the walk in closet.....I'm bummed that I forgot to get a pic of the final drywall. I did the back score on the piece between the two doors and the seam came out perfect.



Walk in closet after sanding...


Primed and painted.

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Another milestone.....I found my table saw in the garage.....over the next few weeks I'm kicking my wife's stuff out of the bottom of the garage and reclaiming it....I'm now in wood working mode....I have a lot of cabinets to make.

First one is the rack for the clothes rods.....NO...I am not going to use those cheap wire things....real wood for us.....



A router can make the edge of wood look so much nicer...



This is what it's almost going to look like. I still have one trim piece to glue to the front along with crown molding....then stain and hang it on the wall.



Right now I'm freezing my butt off in Montreal...as soon as I get back...this will get finished.
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Just a quick update to show the final result....now the wife can move all her clothes into this closet so we can put all her stuff in here so we can finish the rest of the house.

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Nice job on the shelf.

So, the wife's stuff is holding up the work on the rest of the house, eh?
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"I'm a believer now that the bigger the drywall sheet...the less the mud work. This is the stairwell. It was not real fun cutting the sheet in the shape of the treads."------ just add a 2x to the wall side of the stringers to eliminate notching drywall/stair trim skirt- kick board later....both slide right in with a rake cut only on the drywall.

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Nice job on the shelf.

So, the wife's stuff is holding up the work on the rest of the house, eh?
I was thinking, I wish all of my wife's stuff would fit on something that small.
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I was thinking, I wish all of my wife's stuff would fit on something that small.
The length from one side to the other is 9'. 2 rows...18' of clothes rack.

On the adjacent wall is going to be a 6' rack for her long dresses.

She has already been 'notified' that if it gets full....something is going. Her only choice in the matter is if I pick what goes or she picks it.
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She has already been 'notified' that if it gets full....something is going. Her only choice in the matter is if I pick what goes or she picks it.

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Looks great! I used to go to Irvine almost monthly, it's too bad I don't anymore, I would have loved to check out your handywork.
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Long over due update.....hard to get anything done when I'm out of town. I'll be in Canada in 2 weeks...thinking about showing up at Creepers place and creeping her out....(if I knew where she lived)

I'm on a task completion phase....instead of having 20 projects going on at the same time and none of them done...I'm working on one project and trying to get it done.

This past weekend...the floor of the walk in closet. That way my wife (vs 'the wife') has a place to put all of her stuff and protect it from the mud dust.

HD had a good deal on solid bamboo 5/8" flooring...$1.89/sq ft. So I bought about 300 sq ft of the stuff.

Also picked up a floor air nailer from Harbor Freight.

This is me just getting started. Initially I tried using finishing nails on the 1st row. I even pre-drilled the holes.....that didn't last long.....time for the finishing nailer...



Once you get going, it goes pretty quick. The HF nailer worked just fine.

The closet is not 'exactly' square. So....lots of cuts



Some of the cuts were a bit complicated....getting them into position was even more difficult....unless you treat it like a puzzle....



Overall, I think it came out great. Stuff is comfortable to walk on...feels nice and solid. I'm very happy with the choice.




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