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Old 09-28-2010, 11:11 PM   #1156
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I'm looking for ideas for my staircase treads. I want some kind of a traction inlay about 3/4" from the front lip. Maybe a plastic piece the width of my table saw blade. Any ideas? Thanks for following, dorf dude

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Old 09-29-2010, 02:37 PM   #1157
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Today I arranged for the electrician to meet face to face with the heater Meister. They both found faults with each others work. Campbell was there and tried to rally them to get heat by Sat. I got further on tiles while they were sorting things out. No pic's yet. I'm waiting until I get a little further. Just wait until you see this! dorf dude...
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Today I arranged for the electrician to meet face to face with the heater Meister. They both found faults with each others work. Campbell was there and tried to rally them to get heat by Sat. I got further on tiles while they were sorting things out. No pic's yet. I'm waiting until I get a little further. Just wait until you see this! dorf dude...
Let's hope there were no fisticuffs and they can get along well enough to fix things up.

Looking forward - as always - to the pics.
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DD, I have a whole new respect for Campbell!! Next time I see him I won't "Bug" him, and just listen and appreciate what he says! What a feat to have a GREAT neighbour, who is talented, but is only good for 3 pints!! ========8^):thumbsup :
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I'm looking for ideas for my staircase treads. I want some kind of a traction inlay about 3/4" from the front lip. Maybe a plastic piece the width of my table saw blade. Any ideas? Thanks for following, dorf dude
What about a inlay strip of rubber...slid in from side with a cap. Something that could be replaced if necessary...


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Shu...about your stair treads...I was waiting to see what others came up with as I too will be wanting some form of traction on the leading edge of my stair treads.

But here is what I did for a set of circular stairs (just can't let 'em go, can I) I made for a fellow on the island here.

His treads were made from 3/4" oak plywood with solid wood nosing. The finish was Varathane, 3 coats if I remember rightly. I taped off about a 3" wide strip at the front of each tread - added a coat of Varathane - and spread that very fine non-skid sand you can get from most paint stores while the Varathane was still very tacky.

Once the Varathane was dry, I shook off the loose sand particles and added another coat of Varathane on top of the sand. It is almost invisible and works very well.
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I have HEAT!!
I couldn't feel it when I left tonight but it is running. I still think there was a disconnect between heater dude and the electrician. My floor heat has a thermostat at the water tank with a minimum temp of 20C. The electrician installed a room thermostat with a minimum of 5C. I don't think I needed the 2nd thermostat. I could just adjust the temp at the tank and change the water flow with out the room thermostat.
Steve came over and painted on the last wall until he ran out of paint. I didn't have time to mix anymore. I was on the tile floor resetting things where someone stepped and broke off my nice work last night. You don't get pics of the floor yet. Wait until the weekend when things get looking better. Here are a couple from tonight. I can't wait to walk into a warm house. dorf dude...
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What's left to do before you can officially move in?
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Once you get into the detail problems and fine tuning, it is definite sign or progress and end can be seen.

I agree that the room temperature with a minimum of 5C may not be needed. You may want to lower the water temperature depending on your personal preferences and how much else you have generating heat (refrigerator, stove, TV, boiler, etc.). At least you do not have to worry about temperature swings of a few days because of thermal mass you have. In the spring, you may want to drop it a bit to allow the house to cool down or just open the windows. I can remember having to open 4 - 6' sliding doors in my masonry home in March when we had a lot of sun that caused the interior AIR temperature to spike to 80F despite it was only 40F outside.

When you finally move in, what type of internet connection will you have? - Dial up, cable, satellite, etc.? I you use a laptop, with wireless you may want to consider a wireless router (unless you have installed cables/wiring, so you can use it anywhere in your hard earned palace.

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What's left to do before you can officially move in?
I have a long list that is getting shorter
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:31 PM   #1166
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"When you finally move in, what type of internet connection will you have? - Dial up, cable, satellite, etc.? I you use a laptop, with wireless you may want to consider a wireless router (unless you have installed cables/wiring, so you can use it anywhere in your hard earned palace."

We have what I call "Farmer DSL" I will go wireless but at a much slower speed than I have now, 6000. I might get around 1200 or so. The further down the road towards out of town it gets worse. We are on the fringe. It sucks. dorf dude...
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Shu....WOW man you have been busy, I haven't checked on here in a while so it took me a while to see all the progress you have made AMAZING!!! Anyway I leave sunny Florida tommorow afternoon for Germany! Yep I'm coming back to JMRC for a couple of weeks, I sure hope you are working the exercise cause I want to see your place in person. Maybe give you a hand if Chris gives me a day off. Anyway hope to see you in a day or two. Matt
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Not much work on Friday eve. Campbell and Matt came over and moved the pellet stove on to the tiled pad. Then we kicked back and enjoyed a warm house. It had only gotten up to 14C but the chill was gone. It should be much warmer today. The floor is set for 25C but it has only been 24 hours since starting the heat. I hope to get the pellet stove online later this week to take the load off the electric heater and save me some $$. I will have pics up in the next post. dorf dude...
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Been really busy today. Campbell rocked on the floor and I worked on plumbing and other things. Mike stopped by and helped, Thanks. We started with 14C inside and ended with 16C. Things are warming up!! Here are some pics.
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Your home is just fantastic, the flooring and tile are great but my favorite is the old antique timbers and wood and the stone and stucco, it is just beautiful, you must be very happy with your home. I can't wait to see it in all its completeness, it is going to knock your eyes out. As hard as you have worked on it you deserve a beautiful home.

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