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Old 08-29-2010, 12:26 AM   #2401
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You and your talented wife get more done in one week than I do in a whole year.

I'm going to send you my to-do list.

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Old 08-29-2010, 12:31 AM   #2402
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You and your talented wife get more done in one week than I do in a whole year.

I'm going to send you my to-do list.
OK, I'll add a whole bunch to it and send it back!
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:09 AM   #2403
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OK, I'll add a whole bunch to it and send it back!
... you caught me off guard. I wasn't expecting that.
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It looks like today will be tiling day in the ensuite. Sometimes I wish I hadn't added all those angles to this place...and this is one of those times!

Getting everything ready...just have to wait for the neighbours to start moving around so I don't wake them too early. It's an unwritten rule we have here for the weekends.
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She also used some paint stripper to clean the old paint off the door. And look what she revealed!

Beautiful old tight grain Douglas fir! Just in excellent condition.

She wants to varnish the door before it goes back in again.
A beautiful door just got more beautiful. Discovering a treasure like that just makes the day doesn't it.

Buddy, you are going to have a tired back and knees for a few days working with the tile. I don't have a problem getting down to do tile, I have trouble getting up.
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:43 PM   #2406
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A beautiful door just got more beautiful. Discovering a treasure like that just makes the day doesn't it.

Buddy, you are going to have a tired back and knees for a few days working with the tile. I don't have a problem getting down to do tile, I have trouble getting up.
Likewise with the getting up part!
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I would use a sponge to wet the cement board just ahead of installing the tile. This will slow the moisture absorbtion of the thinset into the board and will create a stronger bond of the tile. Cement boards will draw moisture from the thinset rapidly. A slower cure time is a stronger bond.
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The missus recovered enough from her lunch with her daughter yesterday that she was ready to tackle the other side of her studio door.

First she used some paint remover to get good access to the edge of the lead cames. Apparently, this stuff is not kind to lead, so it needs to be done first, rather than later.
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She uses a utility knife to get right into the sharp corners.
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The gal at the stained glass shop in town sold her some putty, which apparently she mixed in the store. She said that it only has about a one week life once this is done, so better hop to it.

She used one of her palette knives to apply the putty.

The gal at the store said to put it on with a stiff brush. She tried that but didn't like it. Evidently, she thinks the knife did a better job. Who am I to argue?
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The putty is left to set up a bit for an hour or so, then she sprinkles whiting over everything. This helps the putty to dry and cure further.

Then she runs a tool of some sort (whatever that is...) over the corners to smooth out the putty.
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When she's done playing, out comes the vacuum cleaner to try and tidy up the mess.

It actually looks pretty good at this point.

Now it will sit another 24 hours to let the putty harden up and tomorrow she plans on taking the rest of the old paint off.
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That looks like a big job. I can't wait to see how it looks when it's finished.

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That looks like a big job. I can't wait to see how it looks when it's finished.

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So far, it has taken her about 5 hours to do each side.

It won't take too long to get the rest of the paint off, but then she needs to get the wood ready for varnishing.
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That is some tough work your wife is doing on the door. Buddy, is there anything ya'll can't do? That door is something to be proud of, I know I would be.

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