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Old 10-25-2010, 12:17 PM   #16
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Thanks! The name is a play on my last name that a friend in high school came up with. It's been with me ever since.

The total area of the remodel is around 650 sq ft.
Is that just for the basement? Or is there some other part you are doing as well?
Or is it that your garage is bigger than most? Any way you cut it that's a lot of extra very useful space.

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Yep, the basement area is about 650 sq feet. And yes, the garage is a large 2 car. The garage part on the drawing is also probably not exactly scaled. I don't think I measured it when I did the drawing. The house upstairs (single story) us around 1400 square feet, so I'm adding about 50% more space.
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Yep, the basement area is about 650 sq feet. And yes, the garage is a large 2 car. The garage part on the drawing is also probably not exactly scaled. I don't think I measured it when I did the drawing. The house upstairs (single story) us around 1400 square feet, so I'm adding about 50% more space.
....more places to store stuff...
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acutally, just finished space to store the stuff that temporarily stowed away! I need to get a few pics of the spare bedroom that has everything that was in this space before I started. You can barely open the door!
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acutally, just finished space to store the stuff that temporarily stowed away! I need to get a few pics of the spare bedroom that has everything that was in this space before I started. You can barely open the door!
That sounds waaaaaaay too familiar!
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Just so everyone will know how much of a nerd I am, when I flipped over one of the toe-plates I noticed that a 7400 series logic IC must have been missed by the last sweeping of the floor got embedded in the plate. I think I'll just leave it there, so a future homeowner can deduce that the work was done by such a nerd!
Or call it a robotic spider that won't make webs and freak out Red Squirrels... Po)

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That is a heck of a project, looking good.
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Have you had time to work on your basement lately biggidybankston?
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Hey, you can't sneak anything by us you know. We keep an eye out for when you're online!

What we really want to see is more pics.
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Ok, I admit it...I've me remiss of my DIY duties for quite some time. I promise, I wasn't avoiding anyone...its just that stuff happens. Sometime awhile ago our church launched a second campus and we became very involved with extra volunteer hours, work got busier. Life happened.

Anyway, after reading of everyone else's progress...the DIY bug returned and I was determined to get back to work on this project. That's been held up slightly by the wife-unit's desire for hardwood floors upstairs. So two weeks ago I hauled about 1,200 lbs of pre-finished bamboo up the stairs and through the front door.



While hauling in said materials, I couldn't help but think of cocobolo toting all of those Satillo tiles up the hill from a boat that he had just sailed from god-knows-where. It made the misery more bearable; felt like I had to suck it up. After hauling in said materials I began to wonder if stacking 1,200 lbs of flooring in the middle of the floor on an other wise "economy" house was a good idea. It seems two weeks later that all was ok.

Although I failed to take pictures during the process we decided we were going to repaint the entire living/dining/hallway combo with our floor install to a nice shade of battleship gray that the wife picked out. (Actually, I did remember to take pictures, but the digital camera has now bit the dust. I'll be relegated to cell phone pictures until Santa brings me a new one) While getting ready to paint, I decided it was high time we had some decent casings on our windows and the two doorways into the kitchen. Being the "economy class" house, the casings were really just Sheetrock with a sill at the bottom and a tiny little apron underneath. I bought casing to match the rest of the doors in the house and did the two windows in the living room, the two doorways (no doors, just an opening) to the kitchen and also the window that looks out of the kitchen onto the living room. The two windows required a bigger sill to accommodate the additional casing, and I beefed up the apron with crown molding. I don't know why I didn't do this a long time ago. The whole project didn't cost more than $50, and only took a few hours. (plus considerable cussing over the crown-molding).



Although I don't have any pictures of the molding going in...there's my beautiful bride putting some paint on the moldings while my dad and I were busy pulling about a google's worth of of staples out of the sub-floor which had been holding some rather nasty carpet padding.

Now on to the good stuff:
The floor we're putting down is a solid 5/8" bamboo floor. We were going with something different, but there was a special on this product at the last minute and it was substantially better than what we set out to buy.



I've noticed that all of the bamboo products are always branded as "eco-somethingorother". I question the validity of the green-value of bamboo products mostly since they're all made in China...a land of questionable environmental practices. But it was very affordable, and appears to be a very durable product. We shall see...meet my product testers:



Now I know they look cute...but lemmy tell you, when it comes to floors, they mean business!

On to the install: Yesterday my dad came over to help. I thought it would be pretty easy to get the carpet out and get to work. But pulling up all of the tack strips, and staples holding down the carpet pad proved to be truly time consuming. I don't think we nailed our first piece of bamboo until after 1:00. Anyway, here's some of the action once the rosin paper was down and we snapped our chalk line to set the first row.





The first row is nailed on the face, to be covered by molding when finished, and also by hand in the tongue of the first row. We pre-drilled holes for all of the nails to prevent splitting. The second row was also nailed by hand since the nail gun would not fit against the wall.





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Once we got past the the two vents we started making serious headway, until we met the end of the nook to one side of the fireplace. I'm pretty proud of my handy-work mitering the boards to fit around the hearth, but sadly didn't think to take a picture until it had gotten dark. By then the cell phone camera wasn't up to the task





By 8, my dad had to leave and we were completely exhausted. Too bad I told the Mrs. this would be done in one day. I'd say we made it half way.



I should mention that no member of this crew had ever installed a hardware floor before. We were mostly making it up as we went. Hopefully I'll get some more floor down tomorrow (assuming my back resumes its normal operation) and will have some updated pics.
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Question on the basement. Your studs are touching the concrete walls? Are they all pressure treated?
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That looks great! The color of the wood goes well with the room and proportion of the boards fits nicely. Good for you for using bamboo as well. I thought about using it in our house but figured I should stick with what was originally there.
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Yesterday was our 4th anniversary. So being the romantic types, we installed the last of the bamboo together. Lobster dinners and flowers are overrated!

I managed to get all of the hallway minus the closet done the day before. So I finished that little bit up while the wife cooked breakfast. Bacon and eggs is always a great way to start a day's work. We found one box of material that we purchased which was an entirely different color from the rest of the floor. Since I had already opened the box and cut a few pieces of it before we figured it out, I doubted we would be able to return it. So I used some of it in the closet. Amazing how much darker it is, huh?



Here's what I got down the day before:




To finish out the top of the stairs, I fit the last piece all the way across and under the door casing. I cut it to the right width the leave an inch of reveal like the rest of the stair treads. After that I setup my router table with a 1/4" roundover bit and put some relief on the top and bottom of the new tread. I had to resort to a few face nails that I'll need to cover with some matching wood putty in order to get it nailed down tight enough that I thought it would stay put.

The little nook at the end of the hall was a bit of a challenge as well. I've never done any of this before, so I'm not entirely sure that I did it right. Since these boards would have to line up with the runs I had already done in the living room, what I did was to project a line for where my next row of boards would be all the way down the hall. I then measured back from that line and divided by 3-3/4 (the face width of my boards). I established where the forward edge of the first board would be, and nailed it down to the line. Its important to make measurements with the face width of the board and ignore the roughly 3/16" tongue on the board. Fortunately, after putting down about 5 rows of boards, everything lined back up with the floor I had already laid.

After breakfast, the wife got started painting the new base molding so it could dry while I got busy laying more floor. By around noon I had gotten everything done but the dining room.



Then I remembered that the flooring nailer had to be back to home depot by 3:00 to avoid paying for another day. So we got at it to finish the dining room and leave time to get to HD on time. At 2:30 I was to the last row the nailer could reach, so we took off to return the tool and have our "anniversary dinner" at our favorite little Mexican restaurant on the way back.



When we got home, I nailed the last few rows by hand, pre-drilling all of the holes to prevent splitting. This bamboo is hard stuff, and its fairly easy to split the little tongue right off. Around 5:00 I was to the last board:



Whew! After 3 days of nailing the boards down, I was glad to see it finished. No rest for the weary, though. I had a buddy on the way over to help move the furniture back in, and really wanted to get the base molding down before then. I got most of it before he arrived (at least the longest pieces) After he left, I got the rest done and most of the quarter-round at the bottom. There's still a few odds and ends to attend to. Caulking molding, touch up, and relocating a phone line that was previously stuffed under the base molding when the carpet was in. But at least the floor is in at this point.





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