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Old 04-10-2013, 01:02 PM   #106
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Another small update and funny story - My mom and sister went today and started drywall in the living room. They have gotten one sheet up so far, havent heard anything in a few hours, so ill see when i get home. Funny - my sister had my four-year-old nephew with her out there, and he was playing while they moved everything and then my sister starts pulling staples out of the studs, throwing them behind her on the floor. Suddenly they hear a banging sound, they turn around and my nephew has found my hammer, and he is steadily picking up the staples she throws down, and is nailing them into the other wall! LOL i wish i couldve been there for that, it sounds just like that ornery little boy.
Oh the joys of children!

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Old 04-10-2013, 03:47 PM   #107
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He may be doing something wrong, but I bet in his mind he's working and helping. He must have a good imagination to think of something like that. I love it!

I bet your mom got a big kick out of it. I love it when my grandkids do cute things like that. They're a lot of fun.

It sounds like you're making good progress on your home.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:04 AM   #108
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Thanks, yeah i guess he thought he was helping, its hard to get on to them for that. The bathroom required extra sanding because my niece got in there with some mud (i have no idea where she found it) and painted the seam behind the tub. It had all kinds of horrible bumps, but i couldnt yell at her, she had this big "see-what-i-did?" grin on her face, so proud of herself. I just shook my head and sanded it down. I have got to start locking that door, LOL
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:09 AM   #109
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Last night i went and bought another box of vinyl planks for the bathroom, and i bought three boxes of a dark walnut vinyl plank to lay in the laundry area/back door entrance/water areas. Since my hallway expands from 3' leaving the living room to 6' just before you reach the back door, im going to take the laminate down to the expansion point and cap it, then do the vinyl planks across the whole 6' section. its about 36 sq ft, each box has 15 sq ft so it should cover it without a problem. my mom was telling me this morning that if it warms up enough today, she and my sister are going to get the toilet bolts, and install the toilet. its gotta be warm though because the vinyl planks wont stick to the subfloor if it is really cold.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:59 PM   #110
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You know we want pictures of their help.
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i wish i could but they dont think about taking pictures when they are out there. ill ask my mom to try to get pics if the go out there again
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:21 PM   #112
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ill be joining the workforce myself on saturday so i will go tomorrow and get some pics of their work, then update as usual monday. keep reading! updates are definitely coming after this weekend
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:33 AM   #113
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Lesson learned, people. I budgeted $100 to replace the water supply lines with CPVC, because i did my research and 10' pipes were only $3 each, and fittings were only $2 each, shutoff valves were $3, all very cheap. Well last night i went and bought contractor packs of tees and elbows ($5 each), five of those flexible water supply tubes that go from the shutoff valve to the faucets and toilet, seven water shutoff valves, and three pipes plus a pipe cutter. Not very much stuff, i expected maybe $50. It come out to $130! I have no idea how it added up that high, but like i said, lessons learned. At least it wasnt something superficial, i had to have these items to make the house livable. But the good part is that once i took all of that stuff off of my supply list, we are down to only $561 until the inside is livable.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:53 AM   #114
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Yahoo!!!! Bathroom is now 98% complete!
We finished the floor, installed the vanity complete with supply line plumbing and partial drain lines, installed plumbing for the shower except the showerhead (missing an adapter), cleaned the old wax off of the bottom of the toilet, installed a new wax ring, and bolted the toilet bowl down to the floor. We tried to put the tank back on the back of the toilet, but the new rubber gasket i bought was the wrong size so i gotta make a trip to lowes to get a new larger gasket so we can reinstall the tank and hook up the supply line to the bottom of the tank.
The only things left now is the superficial decorative stuff like shelves, and we still need to caulk the shower surround (have the caulk, just havent gotten there yet), install the showerhead, hang the shower curtain, and install the countertop and sink and the bathroom will be totally finished! Yay! Im so excited to see it finished im almost giddy. Pics coming tomorrow morning, when i get to work. Thanks for reading!
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Here are the pics, as promised. Keep in mind the shower surround has not been caulked and there are still a couple of things that need tweaked but here it is!
Please forgive the dirt around the toilet base, this house was filthy when we bought it and with no running water, its very difficult to clean anything.
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A little late but vinyl planks should have staggered end seams, not a straight line as you have.

Looks like you are making good progress.
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i know that but i didnt do this floor. by the time i got to it the whole floor was already stuck down and i cant afford to buy more flooring right now so itll have to do.
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Really enjoying watching you kids make progress on this. But keep in mind those non-staggered seams on the vinyl planking is more than likely going to cause you water damage and additional costs in about 6 months as the water gets through there.

You might want to dig hard for a solution so you don't end up spending even more money just a short time down the road trying to replace the sub-floor again.

Keep up the good work, you guys are pushin' hard to get this done and it's really a pleasure to see you do it.
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Thanks for commenting, The Jerk. To be perfectly honest, i only expect this flooring to last us until after our wedding, when we will have the money to go a more expensive route. This is just peel and stick individual tiles, they would have open seams regardless of whether they staggered or not. I know it wont last long, but with just the two of us, if we are careful to mop up any spilled water and dry off in the tub instead of on the floor, i think we can make it last another year or so. Not to mention we wont even be moving in until the later part of this year and then we get married in April, so i think we will be good for a while. There arent going to be any children living there until a few years from now and by then i can maybe afford to replace it with a floating vinyl plank that has a waterseal. With individual tiles there really is no visually appeasing way to seal between them, and thats what has been in every bathroom ive ever seen, as long as you take care to wipe up spills its usually not a problem.
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i went to Lowes last night and while i was there i checked out the in-stock mass produced vanity cabinets. For one the same size as mine, unfinished, would have cost me $150. And that was junk, made of particleboard and plastic corner braces and staples. Mine on the other hand, is made of oak plywood, whitewood pine face frames (the only 1x2's carried in my local stores, for some dumb reason), and oak 2x4's, with a door made of whitewood 1x3's and 1/2" plywood and a drawer front made of a whitewood 1"x4.5". Solid construction, put together with gorilla brand wood glue, and Kreg pocket screws. We have actually accidentally dropped this thing and it didnt faze it. Mine cost $60. What a savings, huh? Better construction, better bracings, better materials, and $90 cheaper? Heck yeah!

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