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Old 01-30-2009, 02:20 PM   #166
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Thanks for your reply Kathy. You know , that made me think back to when I used to get assigned an apprentice on the job.
The best one I ever had was a young woman. She was always willing to listen and learn. Probably the best worker I ever had.
Every young guy they assigned you always seemed to know everything!!
Strange how that works.

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Old 02-01-2009, 11:12 PM   #167
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Finally got the last boards for the front of the kitchen counter all sanded and varnished. Here they are gunned on. I had too much junk in front of the other end of the counter to get it all in one pic.
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See what I mean?
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And the reason I had to move everything over was because of this. I needed to be able to get at more of the ceiling.
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And got a nice fit around the light box.
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Down in the breakfast nook is the first wood stove I put in.
There is a brick wall behind the stove, as well as a brick floor, all of which has been tiled in slate.
I will do more or less the same thing with the second wood stove which is going up near the french doors.
The slate I picked up a couple of days ago is not quite the same as this lot. These tiles came from India and have the back of the tiles machined with a fairly big set of grooves. The new ones are from China and are only split. No machining.
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As you can see here the brekky nook has a vaulted ceiling. The ceiling boards are up to 17' long and are all individually tapered. Don't ask me how long it took to get that up.
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What a nice place to do a project of this sort. Sounds like some real challenges though with no services to the area.
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The worst problem is simply getting materials over here. And at this time of year when the weather is so utterly charming, it is even worse.
A couple of days ago I was heading back with a load of tile and thinset, and I took a solid wave right over the front of the boat.
That has never happened before and I have to tell you I was pretty nervous.
It took the bilge pump the entire balance of the trip, 1/2 hour, to get the water out. I was never so happy to be back.
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I had to Laugh at this......I know it is not a laughing matter,but I seem to remember some thing similar in my past. Hope the thinset fared ok....





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The worst problem is simply getting materials over here. And at this time of year when the weather is so utterly charming, it is even worse.
A couple of days ago I was heading back with a load of tile and thinset, and I took a solid wave right over the front of the boat.
That has never happened before and I have to tell you I was pretty nervous.
It took the bilge pump the entire balance of the trip, 1/2 hour, to get the water out. I was never so happy to be back.
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Because I realized that the weather was bad before I left, I did wrap the thinset in a big tarp. One bag got wet on one side, and as soon as I got back I took the wet paper off. Just checked this morning (thanks for reminding me!) and it looks OK.
The tiles were drenched and the boxes fell apart as soon as I tried to move them, so it was a handful at a time up the bank and into the house.
I shall have to rinse them all off with fresh water before I use them.
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I have been busy over the past few days doing a couple of things.
First, I had to fix a crack in the bottom of the hull of the skiff. 8" long, no wonder it was leaking. With a high temperature of 5C, fiberglass doesn't like to set up either.
I got the wall and floor area where the second wood stove is going in prepped for tiling.
Here the walls are furred out and the floor built up just so the whole affair has a more solid appearance to it. Not to mention that the wife wanted it raised up.
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I was going to use the easyboard in the new shower, but because of the mixed suggestions I have had I will use regular CBU instead. Therefore the easyboard became available as backer for the wood stove corner.
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I should send them a bill for the advertising in that one, shouldn't I!!
As with the first woodstove, the slate is again cut into halves. We wanted it to match at least somewhat.
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One thing I should mention about slate. Or at least THIS batch of slate.
It turned out that it is not all cut square. Pretty close, but no cigar.
After having cut the requisite number of tiles in half for the two walls, I then needed 1/4 tiles to start the bottom rows. Not until I started to install the tile did I realize they were not all square. A tape measure quickly showed up the differences, so once I discovered what was wrong, I checked before installing the rest.
I had a part bag of thinset left over and mixed that up first. Naturally, it just fell short of being enough to do both wall sections.
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