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Old 04-15-2014, 01:19 PM   #181
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BTW...this is one of those projects that is hard on the beer budget.....
It seems like it was going to be. That is why it's on next year's agenda. This year was kitchen.

Your house looks great, you've made a lot of progress with not really being home.

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Old 04-15-2014, 06:07 PM   #182
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It seems like it was going to be. That is why it's on next year's agenda. This year was kitchen.

Your house looks great, you've made a lot of progress with not really being home.

That's kind of funny right there.
He gets more done when he's not there half the time compared to guys who are at home everyday.
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As anyone knows.....90% of a project takes 50% of the time....the last 10% takes the other 50%.

I'm down to details now....translation...lots of woodworking......or as the trades say, 'finish carpentry'.

We have solid wood interior doors....stained a couple of them today....man, I really love the smell of oil stain in the morning....

The door....before (and in case your wondering, it's knotty Alder)



After the stain



And maybe some people don't like it....but I love the 'character' of these knots....

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As anyone knows.....90% of a project takes 50% of the time....the last 10% takes the other 50%.

I'm down to details now....translation...lots of woodworking......or as the trades say, 'finish carpentry'.

We have solid wood interior doors....stained a couple of them today....man, I really love the smell of oil stain in the morning....

The door....before (and in case your wondering, it's knotty Alder)



After the stain



And maybe some people don't like it....but I love the 'character' of these knots....

Very nice doors.
The stain looks good.
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Old 04-20-2014, 02:01 AM   #185
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Not much progress on the house....but I have the backyard 'almost' back to normal condition. Between scaffolding, excavation, and just general yard abuse, most of the grass was killed

Added about 250 sq ft of pavers...seeing how the area next to the house does not see any sunshine.

Then I covered the dirt with new sod.

First I got the sprinklers moved to better locations (I have more pipe down there...but damned if I can find where it is....



Got it all graded....



And I used some of that new instant grass. Just toss down the seeds....water...in 30 min you have a yard full of grass



It's not a rush...but I still have a few pavers to cut to fill in some odd spots.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:21 PM   #186
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Well....out of town again....but the past couple of weeks have been productive. Most important....I'm really close to being done with all drywall. Over the weekend I finished all the mudding in the Master Bedroom. Area wise, pretty expansive. I think I've got the mudding down pretty good now....at least for me.

Because I'm not in a big rush like the professionals, It does not bother me to wait a day for mud to dry. For corners, I've found that if I do one side one night, then the other side the next night....I have less do-over.

I've also learned....ALL mud shrinks. Hence, it's no use trying to mud those seams in one go. So I'll use Red Dot for the tape layer. Then the next night I'll mix up a batch of 90 min...getting it a little thin...and put that on. I've gotten pretty good at just mixing it in the mud can...



Slap it on...making sure the edges are feathered....in most cases, no sanding before the next coat.

Here are some pics of my efforts.





Big wall here....18' w...12' high...the big 'patch' area is me trying to feather out the butt joint. I used a butt board...but this is an example of why the lightweight stuff is not as good as the heavy stuff...screws were pulling through...and one side flexed a bit more than the other....but you don't see the spot after it was painte...



Bay Window....lots of corners...



And some primer going on....



What is more significant....I got the walls painted (sorry, forgot to take pics) and we got our bed up there. Our #2 son now has his own room....in fact, all 3 kids are in their own rooms. Our queen size bed now looks small in the space. The dryer for my compressor blew up yesterday so I couldn't put down the bamboo floor...that can wait until next weekend.

But the really really important part....my throne.

I got the tile down in the toilet area....flange glued and anchored...



And my throne set. Now....I, master of the house....does not have to share the throne with any of my humble subjects (except for for my wife..she can use it all she wants)

And, yes....it's a Toto Drake II

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Old 04-28-2014, 09:30 PM   #187
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I think your wife might like a seat attached to that Drake

BTW- how'd the joints at the ridge work out? I recall a good back-n-forth thread about cutting the face paper....
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:28 AM   #188
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I think your wife might like a seat attached to that Drake

BTW- how'd the joints at the ridge work out? I recall a good back-n-forth thread about cutting the face paper....
Yea....one of those little details that I forgot about on my HD trip. As she puts it, no seat beats having to walk down stairs.

As for those joints...meant to take some pics. I ended up putting a small amount of mud in them. The line was so sharp and there were a couple of places where it was not exactly perfect, applying a couple of layers of thin layers of mud rounded it enough that it now looks perfect.

I have another spot where I cut the drywall on the backside. It's between two door frames. That spat worked perfect. No mudding at all.

Once I get home I'll take some pics when there is good lighting. Overall, I am extremely happy with how it turned out.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:09 AM   #189
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BTW- how'd the joints at the ridge work out? I recall a good back-n-forth thread about cutting the face paper....
Sorry for the delay getting you a pic....I was in Texas all last week....home for the weekend..now I'm back in Texas....



Before paint....



and the initial install


As much as I like clean sharp lines.....in this case, anything less than perfect would have driven my crazy....especially as I lay in bed and the early morning sun shines on it...

Regarding the question of back cutting....would I do it again? In a second.....even though I softened the edge with mud....it saved me quite a bit of time. I need to post up a pic of one section between two doors where I used the method....saves a ton of time. And so easy.
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I think I can officially say the light at the end of the tunnel is NOT an on coming train.

I am down to mudding the last room in the addition....the master bathroom.
Before primer....


After primer..


Before primer....this is where the sinks are going to be...the shower is to the right


And after primer....


Skylight....and it does a great job of letting the heat out...


Shower and bathtub area...I still need to finish hanging the 1/2 hardibacker



And some of you might recall a thread I did where I talked about cutting the back side of the drywall to create a nice inside corner...here is an example....worked great in this example.





I got the first coat of semi-gloss paint on the ceiling....and of course, all those really subtle defects show up...so tonight I'll do a bit more mud touch up....

But a major point is that I was able to wash the filter on the shop vac and I mopped the floor....Tile will go down this weekend....

Then it's time to start making cabinets.
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I see a lot of tools that will need to be stores when you're done. Time to add on to the garage.......
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WHAT!!!!..... You built backwards....

( I thought that beutifull Alder back a while ago were garage door panels... I'm dissappointed)
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WHAT!!!!..... You built backwards....

( I thought that beutifull Alder back a while ago were garage door panels... I'm dissappointed)
You guys are killing me.....

Actually, I do have enough room for all the tools.....just check out the garage build.....those cabinets are only half full.

My big problem now is that my wife has been 'encroaching' on my space in the ground floor of my garage. I'm kicking her stuff out this weekend.

On my list of 'soon to start' projects is making a new stand for my table saw. Besides a larger working surface that will do double duty holding large sheets of 'what ever', it will also be a wood working bench. Included is going to be lots of drawers for all my wood working tools and it's going to be on casters so I can roll it around as needed. I hate to think how many beers that project is going to cost me.
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Yep.....that time again.....

I haven't got as much done as I wanted....I'm weak....I gave in....the last two evenings I've sat down on the couch with my boys and watched movies....BTW....Mitty with Ben Stiller is actually very good. I'm not a Ben fan....but this was well done and he played the introvert nerd quite well.

First....I have to show off this fan......now that we are in the upstairs master bedroom and we are having unusually warm weather....a fan would be nice. I'm not one to get overly excited about 'accessories', unless it's for a tool....but this fan is sexy....pricey, but sexy. Remote control...LED light (dimmable) and really quiet.



Officially all the drywall is done. Master bath is painted....the only painting left is a few touchup's. Now it's time to finish all the details....those details that we all know take so long. On the list was the bedroom door for my oldest boy. It's been up for 5 months...but unstained. Well....I showed him how to stain.



BTW....that knotty Alder is really sexy when stained....

And now it's time to make the master bath usable....The wife's, excuse me, 'my wife's' bath tub is in temporary position. We need to pick and order the faucet for it....I need to hook up the drain and also make a platform for the base.

I'm also starting the tiling. I'm starting to put down the hardibacker....I'm going to have a lot of waste....this room is anything but square.



As a final note....let us not forget why we celebrate this weekend and why we are free to enjoy it. Thoughts, prayers thanks goes out to all those who served.

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