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Old 09-23-2010, 03:27 PM   #1141
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Today Campbell worked on the big rise in the middle of my kitchen floor. That's taken care of . Thanks. I got the 2 support beams in and continued painting. I will blend the top of the big beam in to match up with the cross one. It landed perfect on the pad I poured 2 years ago. I'm still hoping for begining the tile work on Sat. We'll see how that goes. dorf dude...
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There is a bunch more of the "wow factor". The old wood has always been a favorite of mine, only time can produce it to look so beautiful. Just a fantastic home!!! I can't wait until you get to your stairs.
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There is a bunch more of the "wow factor". The old wood has always been a favorite of mine, only time can produce it to look so beautiful. Just a fantastic home!!! I can't wait until you get to your stairs.
The main support beam is much newer so it doesn't have the dark brown color. Time will age it to match in. I'm leaning towards a laminate beam staircase. It will not exactly match up unless I do something to it to add age. Not sure yet how I will do that or if I will. I have to move now! Thanks for the positive feed back. dorf dude..
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:19 PM   #1144
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DD, keep focused..you are on the right track, getting 'your' house to completion! Remember, you are a Taurus, and a Taurus has incredible fortitude to persevere over all tasks..'they' sometimes get occluded 'sight lines'! Everything will work out if you let it, just try to find that patience "gear'..it is in you somewhere, and is prolly honed to perfection! ========8^)
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Today Matt came over and we played with tiles. It is looking great . Wait until it's done. There will be a "Wow Factor" when we are finished. We were "Inspected" 2 times today, we passed! Here are a couple pics, dorf dude...
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Shu, did you get to stay at your new home last night? It is really looking fantastic, I would be so proud of owning a huge piece of history and such a beautiful piece of history.
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Campbell and I went out last night, my first outing in a long time. Yes I spent the night at the house. It really is starting to feel like home. Even being dirty and under construction. It is not "Historic" by German standards. They would have torn it down and started over. Getting there dorf dude...
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Gotta tell you Shu, I really like that tile. Do you have much more tile to set yet?
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Gotta tell you Shu, I really like that tile. Do you have much more tile to set yet?
We got about 80% done. Had to leave an escape route at the front door and trim pieces along the wall and chiminey. I will do that in 2 days after the main part dries. I will play with some paint tomorrow if things work out. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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Schu -

You left the shell, which seems to fit into the neighborhood/town. But the interior is definitely not "historic". A great combination of the traditional and the modern. I saw a few home with huge floor to ceiling windows and a tile exterior and it just not seem correct. (At least for what I expected).

you home is a great example of combining and creating something substantial out of the ruins.

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On Sunday I painted more in the living room. Today I went further with the entry tiles. I cut in all the pieces and only have a few left on the entry by the door. The tiles are really dirty but here are a few pics. You will get the idea of where this is going. Wait until you see the finishing trim and the final shape of things . dorf dude...
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Today I ordered the wood for the staircase direct from the sawmill. The electrician hooked up the hot water tank and now I'm ready to start heating . I will fire it up tomorrow with the electrician and plumber both on hand in case anything goes a foul. Heat will be so nice . I went aways further with the floor tiles. It gets tight when you only have 1 door in and out. Like playing "Twister" Right foot on the bathroom tile, left foot on the threshold. dorf dude...
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Today I ordered the wood for the staircase direct from the sawmill. The electrician hooked up the hot water tank and now I'm ready to start heating . I will fire it up tomorrow with the electrician and plumber both on hand in case anything goes a foul. Heat will be so nice . I went aways further with the floor tiles. It gets tight when you only have 1 door in and out. Like playing "Twister" Right foot on the bathroom tile, left foot on the threshold. dorf dude...
Good show on the heating...let's hope it works as planned.

Maybe you can use a window as an escape route...but if the tiles are set for a couple of hours you should be able to walk out on them. Just don't hold a barn dance.
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The tile looks great and will look fantastic when it is grouted and cleaned up.

Congrats of the availability of getting heat. As you probably know, there is a time lag for in-floor systems, so go slow on the check for performance because by the time you feel it above, the concrete can be quite warm and grout can setting materials can be cooked and cement-based grout could dry out and not cure. - Just a heads up. Because you are coming out of the summer the slab temperatures should be good and the slab should already be fairly warm.

In January and February, you will have great steady temperatures in the house. I say that because my all masonry home in northern/central Minnesota with hot air, the furnace did not get a call for heat until the middle of December when set at 65F.

I am working on beer bottle caps, but it is slow because don't drink beer and am trying collect caps from German owned or developed breweries (there are many in Minnesota). The gimmick new brands (boutiques) are easy to find.

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The tile looks great and like the other Shu said when the grout is in it will really shine. That is exciting getting the wood for the stairs, we can't wait to see them as you are building them. I do know you are really happy to be getting some heat. One of my buddies had the in floor heat like that and he got it too hot the first time and it took forever for it to cool back down.

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