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Old 07-12-2013, 09:32 AM   #121
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Love the sheet rock lift. I have one just like it and use it off and on for the past 6 years.. Over head sheet rock sucks, but not when you have a lift..
The way I do it is open beer, load sheet rock, drink beer, so on and so fourth all day long, Then when my wife comes home from work and finds me passed out in the new addition shes ok with it because I put up all the sheet rock and got drunk at the same time.

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Ralph....a VERY accurate description of the steps involved.....
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Time for a long over due update.

My concentration has been on the downstairs bathroom/laundry room and oldest boy's bedroom....along with several 'distractions'.....getting quotes for stucco....scouting.....work....and our new dog.

As they say, experience is the best teacher.....and too all you drywall guys....you earn every cent....dam....that is not easy work....

Lesson learned #1 - The cost of drywall is nothing compared to the 'cost' of trying to patch all the seams.....in the next go-around on drywall...I'm using the largest sheets I can.

And in case your wondering why that one side has so many screws in it.....I followed Oh' Mike's suggestion and hung 1/2 plywood between the pocket door studs. It does 2 things....it makes the wall a LOT stiffer....and it gives me something solid to screw into if I want to hang something on that wall.





I'm not doing all of it alone....the wife is doing most of the tile work.



This 'cheap' HD tile saw has payed for itself....but I think it's time for a new blade



It does an ok job cutting holes......



Bathroom/laundry room tile is in......and I must say, I'm somewhat proud of how my plumbing turned out.





Washer and dryer are back in their place.



And I'm ready now to put a toilet in.....if you only knew how bad we need another toilet.....

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I havent look in on your project in a while---Everything is looking great!
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Oh happy days.....OH, HAPPY DAYS..............we have second 'working' waste disposal.

After a lot of research....I picked the Toto Drake II. It was rated up there with the Kohler Windsor....but the deciding factors were how much cleaner the bowl stays (less crevasses), quieter and it's made in Japan......we all know how serious the Japanese are about their toilets....

Interesting thing about price....list if $584....Amazon is selling it for $311 with free shipping....my local plumbing supply $354....in stock. I went there yesterday trying to get a better price....told him about the Amazon price....he said...good luck getting it delivered without cracks.

I need to buy one more so I 'might' try Amazon.....is it worth saving $40?

Anyway....here it is flipped over getting it ready...



I ran a bead of clear silicone around the bottom....then gave it about 45 min to dry...



And since this is the downstairs bathroom next to Davids room....I let him have the 1st flush.....



It it a bit quieter than our other Kohler toilet....and flushes a lot faster. This is a 1.28g model....but there seems to be no lack of flush performance. Of course, the real test will be when I 'test' it. I think some Mexican food would be in order for today....that should make for a 'full load' test.
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Interesting thing about price....list if $584....Amazon is selling it for $311 with free shipping....my local plumbing supply $354....in stock. I went there yesterday trying to get a better price....told him about the Amazon price....he said...good luck getting it delivered without cracks.

I need to buy one more so I 'might' try Amazon.....is it worth saving $40?
While not as heavy as a toilet, I've purchased 2 sinks from Amazon on 2 occasions. Each time Amazon added padding inside the original box and then overpacked it in another padded box.
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Shopping locally, pricing Globally - is becoming a major issue for a lot of us. Of course we want to support our lacal buisness, but we've now been conditioned to save every penny we can by researching prices globally. We bought a sink for our bathroom reno online and by the time we where ready for it changed our mind on style. We ended up buying another sink with a bunch of other supplies needed while at HomeDepot - so thr "online" sink never got used. Due to the hassle of returning it (and being lazy), it's still sitting in our furnace room - 3 years later....LOL!

I love the idea of letting the silicone set up under the terlet....with 4 houses, I've gone back and forth so many times on whether or not to seal terlets to the floor. While I hate to see dirt (hair, lint, pee) stuck on them, it's still better than knowing all that is going under - and staying there....but then if you have to remove it for whatever reason and it has silicone....
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Great pic letting your son take the first flush - LOL!!
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I love the idea of letting the silicone set up under the terlet....with 4 houses, I've gone back and forth so many times on whether or not to seal terlets to the floor. While I hate to see dirt (hair, lint, pee) stuck on them, it's still better than knowing all that is going under - and staying there....but then if you have to remove it for whatever reason and it has silicone....
What's your take?
I used silicone on the other toilet several times....it's not hard to get up. The silicone does not stick real well to the floor...but seals....so it just takes a little rocking to get it up...flip it over and scrape the bottom lip with a box cutter blade.

I started doing this after the first time I lifted up the toilet. The yellow stains and smell was enough to make me gag....

Just make sure you leave about a 1" gap in the back. That way, if you have a water leak...it comes out the back and you know it.

One other note.....I really do like that Toto....it flushes so much better.....and with less water.
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Major task in process......doing the stucco. This is one of the jobs that I just write a check for....you have to pic and choose the tasks....I choose to write the check. Some things are just not of the DIY spectrum. Not if we want the outside done before winter.....

For those of you not familiar with stucco....it's basically walls made of mortar.
The first step is to wrap the house with 2 layers of grade B building paper....with metal lath on top of that. Once inspected, 3 coats of stucco will be applied...the scratch coat (about 5/8" thick)....wait a couple of weeks for it to dry...then the brown coat...(about 1/4" thick)....this the coat that more or less gives you the smooth finish....and then the color coat....this is the thin coat that has the color you want.

This week it's the wrap and lath.









Our balcony



A close up of one of the walls.



I have soffett vents that need screens on them. Normally they use the galvanized jobs that are UUUgly.....so I made my own.



A little work with the table saw...



And nailer...



And my vent. What I like about them is that I'll be able to remove them and the vent is angled so dirt collection won't be as bad as if they were just straight cuts.



Next week comes the scratch coat.

What this really means is that my scaffolding can come down in about 3 weeks....THAT is going to be wonderful.
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This was a 'good' weekend...because I completed one of the tasks I've been avoiding....besides not liking heights....I hate painting...

So....I painted all of the 2nd story eves. I figure since I have less than 2 weeks to go until the scaffolding comes down....so get all the 'up high' painting done now.

This is what part of it looked like before....



and after........


I'm assuming any overspray now will not impact the first part of the stucco...but later I would have to mask stuff off..





Side note about airless paint sprayers.....love them...hate them.....

I'm pretty much convinced that unless you have more than one gal of paint to do at one time.....it's not worth the effort to break it out...you end up spending 30 min just cleaning the b!tch when your done.

Not to mention the mess it makes of the painter....

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After I got all the eves painted....time to finish the last item on the list for the weekend.

Tomorrow the guys are going to start on the stucco on the addition. My new laundry room is next to an outside wall...hence, the dryer has a short vent to the outside.

As 'most' of us know, it's a real PIA to hook up the dryer vent....so this is my solution. I didn't want the stucco to lock my vent tube...otherwise, getting everything lined up would be a REAL PIA.

This is my hole on the back wall.....



In order to give the stucco something to stick/seal to, I picked up this coupling....it's basically a 4" rain water drain coupling....the little ridge in it prevented my vent pipe from fitting...so some 'minor' adjustments with my mototool fixed that part.



And here are my parts....



Coupling installed....



And this is what I really like....I now have an easy way to hook everything up. There is enough room to reach in with my arm and disconnect/connect my gas line and then it's easy to line up the actual vent tube.



End result....of course I will need to trim the tube once all the drywall is in.

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The scratch coat is done....Can't see enough good things about the contractor....it's a messy job and they are doing their best to control the mess.


















Tomorrow they show up to do the brown coat....then the following Wed...color coat....

Then the scaffolding take down party begins.....
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Idle comment.....

This thread just moved to #2 for all time views.....I never would have thought that....

To all you guys out there....many thanks for all the help, support and words of encouragement....
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Ya know....this stuff goes a lot faster when you have someone else doing all the work.

Phase II of the stucco is now complete. This is what is called the Brown coat....and will now have to sit for at least 7 days before they do the final color coat.

If all goes as planned this weekend, this will be the last weekend I have the scaffolding up around the house. Hence, I need to make sure that all outside up-high tasks are complete. When I get rid of the scaffolding, I'm keeping 2 sections so I can get up high if necessary.

This section of wall was existing...had to bust out part of it to put in a shear wall and install the water heater as well as a new window. The contractor is doing a good job of blending in the new with the old.





Other side of the house





Ya know....it's pretty far up there.....I really do hate heights...



Our balcony....



And a couple of upstairs views......





They will be here late next week for the final color coat....then the scaffolding comes down and I get to start cleaning up.....YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then all my efforts go on the inside....and least no more worries about rain.

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