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Old 08-28-2011, 11:32 AM   #1831
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Tim...are you thinking of this for squeak prevention?

Good point, because any wood that moves even a tiny bit on stairs has a habit of squeaking.

But Shu has got some hefty screws in there, so they may not move...let's see what he has to say about that.

Shu...???
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:37 AM   #1832
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yup squeaks as season /temps/ humidity change
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Old 08-28-2011, 01:02 PM   #1833
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No I didn't cork under the treads. I considered it though. I just wanted to get the stairs together. If it becomes bad I can always disassemble and add it later. I got going on the main laminate floor. I spent the whole day and got it down to the last run. That's when my energy ran out. I thinks it turned out great! My 2 weeks vacation is over. I got everything done that I wanted to. Looks like we will deploy in about 4 weeks so I have to get a few more things done or else winter will be here. Here are a couple pic's. I left a packing label with a date and my name under the floor. 1 more pic of the stairs from above. dorf dude...

I was so tired I got the month wrong on note I left!
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I have been following your progress for a while now, and very impressed.
One question... is there that much of a time difference from there to the US where it is a month different (28 Sept 2011)? Or, do I get the prize for noticing?
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Great project! I have spent quite a few evenings over the last couple of weeks reading through this thread. My own big project is just getting underway, I will start a thread on it soon.
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:25 PM   #1836
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I got the last floor strip in tonight. You do know that you bevel the last cut, right. I thought I would bring it up just in case some one didn't know. That gives you clearance on the wall as you drop it in place. Here are a couple pic's. What thread is it where guys are talking about burning up expensive blades cutting laminate flooring.? I just used my jigsaw for the complete upstairs remodel with the same blade. Including cutting laminate. High speed spinning blades are not for laminate. Medium speed jigsaw with a touch of orbit works great. You do have a variable speed jig saw in your tool arsenal? Almost all my tools are variable speed. That gives you so much more use out of them. Harder to find but the pay off is worth it. Right now my Jig Saw is stuck at 3, 6 is max. It took a fall/hit and jammed the dial , I can't change it and I don't have time to take it apart to fix it. It works so I will leave it. dorf dude...
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That big OSB wall is "Screaming" for corks! I will take the new plastic one's too. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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I got the last floor strip in tonight. You do know that you bevel the last cut, right. I thought I would bring it up just in case some one didn't know. That gives you clearance on the wall as you drop it in place. Here are a couple pic's. What thread is it where guys are talking about burning up expensive blades cutting laminate flooring.? I just used my jigsaw for the complete upstairs remodel with the same blade. Including cutting laminate. High speed spinning blades are not for laminate. Medium speed jigsaw with a touch of orbit works great. dorf dude...
Hey Shu...I didn't find it necessary to cut an angle on the laminate. With the 1/2" recommended space the board should drop in to place anyway. But if you happen to have a larger T & G it could prove to be very useful.

Bud was talking about the blades dulling quickly. This was on older laminate flooring I believe several years ago. But I had the same experience as you did using a jigsaw at medium speed. No trouble at all, just a single blade for the whole floor and it was still good when I finished.
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Hey Shu...I didn't find it necessary to cut an angle on the laminate. With the 1/2" recommended space the board should drop in to place anyway. But if you happen to have a larger T & G it could prove to be very useful.

Bud was talking about the blades dulling quickly. This was on older laminate flooring I believe several years ago. But I had the same experience as you did using a jigsaw at medium speed. No trouble at all, just a single blade for the whole floor and it was still good when I finished.
As my wall is hollow I wanted to drop the floor as close as possible. I didn't need to leave a 1/2 inch on those walls. Just a gap that I can slip wires into in the future. My molding will be screwed on so I can remove it in the future. dorf dude...
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hey DD, looking very good. If you are planning to put corks on that whole wall it is going to take for ever to get hold of them, and then put them up. A suggestion I have is to glue burlap onto the wall and then if you want to, paint over it. It will look good and finiss iff the wall till you have enough corks to put on it...I have done this before and it looks very good.
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hey DD, looking very good. If you are planning to put corks on that whole wall it is going to take for ever to get hold of them, and then put them up. A suggestion I have is to glue burlap onto the wall and then if you want to, paint over it. It will look good and finiss iff the wall till you have enough corks to put on it...I have done this before and it looks very good.
It won't take forever if I can get the power of the "Net" behind this. The OSB doesn't look so bad but the acoustics will be so much better with corks.
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I have completely switched focus now. We have fall weather on us now. I will be gone for quite a while so I'm in winter prep mode! 2 years ago I got snow hooks for my roof off Ebay really cheap. I got them in tonight to stop the snow avalanche's. For the fence portion I decided to use the Oak pallet planks I've had for years. They should last a long time. To buy the correct fence would have been expensive. These were free. Here are a couple pic's, dorf dude...
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This is not a progress post. I stumbled across this and wanted to share. If you have time give it a listen. What a voice and unique guitar playing style! Her name is Carolyn Wonderland.
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Did any body check out the video link I posted? She is soooo good. Ok now for progress pic's. I've gotten further with laying beam's and leveling the 2nd floor. On Friday I got a package in the mail from the States, beer caps. Thank's. I burned the first fire in my wood stove. I did it outside so the paint would burn and cure. No stink inside. It has developed some rust being stored outside over the last year but I can deal with that. This stove has a fresh air hookup so it doesn't burn inside air creating a vacuum drawing in cold air from outside. My chimney has a fresh air tube inside. You can sure see the old roof line in one pic. I would have had no upstairs if I would have left it original. Here are a couple pic's, dorf dude...
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The construction crew showed up and got going on my entry way slab, 1 guy. His truck had a clam shell crane, great tool! A 2nd guy showed up just before the concrete truck. Slab is in. They ordered to much concret and the driver was asking where he could dump it. I said right on the ground. I now have a nice slab under my awning. I will break it up in the future but for now it's great. I got the rest of the OSB boards in upstairs. Big progress today. I will start this weekend building the entry. Here are a few pic's. dorf dude...
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