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Old 02-03-2014, 05:16 AM   #166
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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."


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House is looking good, floor looks great. Glad it will be behind you guys soon enough. I thought I'd just take this opportunity to give a little lesson in Canadian geography. Even though your large country consists of 52 states, my even larger one has 10 provinces and 3 Territories. I believe you mentioned you'd be in Quebec or Manitoba this winter. I live somewhere in between. The distance between the two Regions is close to equivalent to the distance between Florida and California.
You are welcome to drop by but it may not be as easy as you'd think so bring good hiking shoes. Its close to 2000 kilometres.

Also, I must congratulate you on your correct use of the term "my wife" as opposed to the offensive, disrespectful and derogatory term "the wife"
Please bring her along when you drop by


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Creeper....It never occurred to me that Canada was physically larger than the US....but, yea, your right....too bad most of it stays covered in snow.

If I do show up...I'll be sure to rent a snowmobile, and I'll bring my wife and kids....they would have a blast with Clifford....

Side note....it's Winnipeg on this trip...but as with most trips....I doubt I'll have time to even watch the TV in the hotel....though, I think I'll have to find at least time to make one trip to the Palomino.....
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Old 02-03-2014, 12:05 PM   #168
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For crying out loud Dawg..where the heck did you go to school.??

People: There is a big huge successful vibrant world beyond the US borders..shheesshh

Here is a picture of the north pole in the summer... Good luck finding much of Canada over and above the cryosphere that IS covered in snow year round
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Is that the Canadian version of crop circles?
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:23 PM   #171
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Damned work travel is putting a real kink in my progress...but it's amazing what one can do in a 3 day weekend working 22 hours a day.

Got the floor done in my son's room...HD laminate....$0.99/sq ft...ok, I know it's not going to last 30 years....he is about to become a teenager....I'll be happy if it lasts until he is off to college.



Next on the list....getting the floor done in the family room so we can get the couch in there.

I had a 'slight' uneven section so I used the self leveling compound to get it even....a lot easier to use than some of the online comments I saw.

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Level Compound



Dog Print....the bugger he is....



And now the couch.....



Sorry I don't have some closeup pics of the tiling....As is so typical...the last hours at home were spent cleaning up and packing for the trip....as soon as I get home (in a couple of weeks), I'll post some closeup's.
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:21 PM   #172
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Wow quite the work you've done. Looking at threads like this sometimes make me think about the "joy" of some of these projects. Many people just want to see something done and don't care about the painstaking process of going from A to B, whereas many enjoy the actual process of going from A to B more than the end result itself, even if it involves some cursing and frustration. I wonder if you're the latter more than the former. I'm not sure which I am more of myself.. but perhaps more likely I'm creating a false dichotomy. My wife is certainly the former, and I'm wondering how you've managed to train... er.. have her be patient.

Nice work!

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Newhome.....good points and questions.

I frequently tell people that what I'm doing is the big boy version of an erector set. As for my wife....she does more than is obvious.

We have 3 kids....now 8, 10 and 11....school, homework, scouts, cooking, cleaning...etc. So while I'm working on the house, she is keeping the house.....team effort.

But we are not getting into her realm of activities. She enjoys the painting and tiling...so we will swap roles (once I get home). I take care of the kids while she paints and tiles.
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Another long over due update.....Been traveling too much....haven't had much time at home to work on things....but now that I'm home for awhile.....

All the drywall is hung....now it's the tap and mud.....

But the other issue is the back yard. Because it faces to the north....the closest 10' gets NO sunshine....translation, nothing grows but the mud....which our big black dog likes to track into the house.

Options are concrete or pavers. Concrete is cheaper....and quicker....but....so 'bla'....

So...for the past couple of weeks, I was spending an hour or two each evening getting the area ready. The pavers have to be at least 2" below the weep screed of the stucco....and you need a good solid base of rock and sand....so I needed to dig down about 6" to make sure I have enough room..

The 'turf' was a temporary way to 'try' to control the dirt.....for the dog, it looked like grass....translation....pee on it...





A few truck loads of gravel makes for a decent workout....



My sons can earn 'extra' computer time by helping me....this big guy is starting to mature....so it's more of a case of just really wanting to help dad....





Sand....



Almost $1000 for the pavers....which included $115 for delivery.....worth every cent...



About 1/3 done.....ran out of beer (just kiddding)



And I bribed these guys to move the remaining pavers from the driveway to the area of work while I was inside doing mud.....amazing how getting more computer time motivates them.....I was actually enjoying listening to them chat about Minecraft while they worked....

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On the drywall front.....I have now finished two more rooms....one big....one really small.

Upstairs the toilet area (AKA, my throne) is done...walls are painted and the Hardibacker is down. Tomorrow I'm going to cut the tile and set it.

Downstairs, I'm ready for paint in the 'pub' area. The pub is what 'used' to be our master bedroom. It now contains the stairs to upstairs.....and since we didn't know what to do with the rest of the space.....well....we are going to make it a pub.

It some some of the most complicated corners and edges.....this is where the flexible corner bead really shined.

Upstairs toilet before paint....


After primer.....



And the subfloor after I pulled up the paper.....I can't stress enough how worth it is to put down paper...the time and money is nothing compared to trying to clean up after mud and paint if you don't have paper.....



Stairwell looking down before tape and mud....


Tape and mud....



Same stairwell looking up...



And I got pretty good at doing those seams....

Before the final coat....



After....

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The ceiling of the pub is going to have ceiling paper on it....so it does not have to be perfect......but....might as well do it right....



After primer....



An old sheet was used to keep dust out of the existing part of the house....stuff still finds a way in....the dust and dirt has to be the worse part....



And as I said....a lot of corners and edges....



And....after primer....



I'm picking up the paint tomorrow.....we want this section done so we can keep the dust under control...
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Looks great doggy..... Ya geting to be a good taper...
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Wow!

Did you find it challenging to screed the sand on top of the gravel? I'm thinking about doing pavers next spring, but getting the screed of the sand right scares the crap out of me.
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Did you find it challenging to screed the sand on top of the gravel? I'm thinking about doing pavers next spring, but getting the screed of the sand right scares the crap out of me.
Not that hard. I made a 'scraper'.....4' long straight board with a handle. That got me in the ball park....then I used different lengths of 2x4's to make sure it's flat. You will spend a whole afternoon getting it all flat.

As it is...I have a few spots to clean up....not a big deal...I have not put down the sand between stones so it's easy to lift up a few and make corrections.

Chances are it's fine as is....but I know that my OCD would kick in later if there are any 'off' spots....and it would kill me.

BTW...this is one of those projects that is hard on the beer budget.....

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