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Old 02-18-2009, 02:19 PM   #226
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There's likely a good reason for things not being done the way they used to be Mort.
The drain on peoples' time these days for one.
And we all seem to want instant gratification, no matter what it is.
Not to mention that houses these days are not so much actually built as they are assembled.
But for those who are fortunate enough to be brought up with parents or grandparents who instill in us certain values, we know this sort of thing can still be done.
I guess I fit that description. My Dad built 3 houses but all were finished before I was born. I got to live in 2 of them though. Todays houses are just very expensive temporary shelters. They will not stand the test of time. Hell, brand new ones are falling apart. Ever watch "Holmes on homes"? I can't wait to get back to work on mine. Dorf Dude....For those who don't know my project is "German House Rebuild"

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Old 02-18-2009, 03:08 PM   #227
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Holmes on Homes is a great show. After watching that, it's hard to watch some of the shows on the DIY Network, HGTV, and Discovery. The shows on those networks seem to skip over important information their viewers should know. It's too bad we can't get Holmes' show here in the U.S. Did you know he is starting a new series called 'Holmes Inspection'? It's suppose to be about home inspectors.
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:10 PM   #228
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Holmes is doing huge damage to shoddy carpenters and fellow trades people. Sorry about hijacking this thread Coccobo. I will stop until I get back on my rebuild. Keep up the amazing work. I learn from your posts. I just wish you would post more pic's and details. I eat it up. Dorf Dude...
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Hey Shu: this is not hijacking in any way. I too am a fan of Mike. I managed to catch him with George Stromboulopoulos a few nights ago. And for the most part, I agree with what he says. Every once in awhile he gets carried away with one product or another, but by and large he's getting the message out there.
I used to do similar things to what he does. That is, go in behind shoddily done work and fix it. I still get annoyed when I see that stuff going on. And usually what makes matters worse, is that these incompetants charge a fortune! I could sure tell you a few stories...
As much as I hate to say it, there is a local "carpenter" operating here in that category. He hates building inspectors, hates the building code, hates to do anything by the book, but he just loves to gouge. Now here's a guy who would hate Mike Holmes!!
I just popped over to the computer while eating lunch. Got all the solarium area cleaned right out. All the junk wood cut up. Moved about 1 1/2 tons of wood upstairs, THAT was fun.
A couple of pix just for you Shu.
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The plan is to put that hand made Mexican terra cotta tile in the solarium. Since the wife is going to fill it up with plants, the floor is bound to get wet.
She says not, but we all know how that goes...
Have to put in a couple of steps down to the solarium floor next. Then above that on the window side, I still have the ceiling boards to put in. Somewhere around here I have already cut and dadoed the tapered boards, but I'll be damned if I can find them. Two rows of backing first, then a little work on the vapour barrier, then I can get the ceiling there done.
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Found the pre-cut boards for the ceiling, but it turned out not to be good news.
I put the necessary backing in, then started to install the ceiling boards. I had only got a few boards up when it became painfully obvious that the amount of taper on the boards was wrong! The outer edge was gaining rapidly on the inner edge. Not good.
Not really sure what went wrong there, as I had used a tapered cutting jig for these guys. I think I must have used the wrong jig, as I do have different ones for different areas.
Anyway, so those boards had to come down and have a new taper put on.
Rather than make up another jig, I just marked off the boards and ran them through the tablesaw freehand. That made redoing the dado on one side necessary. With the dado blade on the tablesaw, that is just a few minutes.

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Old 02-20-2009, 06:27 PM   #232
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Sorry, meant to add this pic to previous post.
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And here we are with the front section over the solarium finished.
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Da-do look nice

Send some ceda dis way
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I always love when Coco posts new photos.

Nice work.
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Hey Dave, next time you're out diving, just pick up a log or two!

Thanks drtbk: I've been most of the evening trying to get the two steps figured out into the solarium. I have it mocked up, but not good enough for a photo yet.
The steps have to be snuggled into one end, and I am going to try to incorporate them with some sort of plant stand on either side. Have to make allowances for everything which will go on the floor, CBU and terra cotta tiles.
Might have most of it done tomorrow, so I'll get you the pic then.
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Lots of messing around to get this far.
Built some "ladders" to hold the plywood treads, which are tapered. That way they are like gentle winders which lead you the right way. Both sides of the solarium are curved, so things need to be fitted reasonably well. The two plant tables are just sitting here in these pics.
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It will take about 100 of the narrow cedar boards I use to sheet in the two tables. Almost finished doing that when wife number two called for lunch.
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As you can see, I installed some 5/8" plywood curves to act as backing for the cedar strips. I think there may be some mahogany plywood here somewhere, and if so, I may use that on top of the tables.
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All shipshape without any problems for a change.
Got the tables sided with cedar, plus some backing and more cedar on top of the short pony wall. Still have to put a heavy cap on this side.
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