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Old 05-02-2009, 10:36 PM   #286
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Here the deck has been stained to match everything else around here. I bet the Behr company loves me! It's called Mesa Grey.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:38 PM   #287
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And this is what you see from the other round deck down on the front of the bank. If it hadn't been curved, I don't think it would have looked quite right.
Now just have to get a new table and chairs.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:53 PM   #288
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I see that I have failed to give you an update on the work in the solarium.
So here is an overhead view through the hole in the master bedroom floor.
Still no tiling done yet, but I have several boxes sealed with two coats.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:55 PM   #289
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Same thing, only shot from downstairs. The lower shelf has been completed and the skirt is in place. Coming together nicely.

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First, it was great to see you back and to read that your better half is doing better. And thank you for the update and pictures. As always, very admirable work. The solarium and deck look great! Be careful not to over do it though. We want to see you posting here for a long time.
What have you got planned next?
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Cocobolo.. I have just spent 2 hours sipping my morning coffee reading the entire thread here... I am so enthralled by your project and the life you lead... as others have commented, truley a dream... and I'm a newbie, inexperienced DIYer, but how I would love to be able to do what you do in the way you do it. My best wishes to you and your wife to stay healthy, and don't over do it! Had me scared there for a bit!! Thanks for the continued updates and great writing!
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Let me answer LeviDIY first if I may.
Thank you most sincerely for your comments. You know, my purpose here is not to show you something that I have either designed or built, it is to make some sort of attempt to show you what YOU can do yourself. I long ago learned that slavishly copying something from someone else isn't worth much. But if you can extract an idea from elsewhere, then you will have learned something.
Even at this stage of my life I still try to learn something every day. Can you just imagine this, I'm trying to learn about internet marketing! Boy, what a kettle of worms that is turning out to be! But it's fun anyway.
Back to the real world....Levi, if you want to do a DIY project - and I'm betting that you have probably done a few already - but don't know where to start, just browse this site and I'm pretty darn sure you will find what you are looking for. Don't forget, you just want to find the idea first.
Once you get that, you're away to the races.
P.S., I hope your coffee didn't get too cold!
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Hi wrangler, thanks as always.
Today looks like a good one, they forecast a week of rain (thanks VERY much) but it is beautiful and sunny this morning! Always does wonders for the old bod when it's like this.
The wife is making remarkable daily improvements now, and really no longer needs the cane. I think this sun will put her out in the garden this morning.
Next project(s)....hmmmm...not really sure. I think I will make the tops for the solarium "tables" so that will be out of the way. Then the wife can get at the varnishing.
Still have to add several more laminations to the rail on the top deck there, that will take a day or two. Then there will need to be some low steps on either side of that deck to make it easier to hop on and off.
After that I expect I will have to get back into the shower inside and do the tiling.
Lots more after that.
Does anyone know if they have changed the method for posting pics? I couldn't upload the one that I removed from the edit above this morning.
Maybe I'll try again later.
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cocobolo, glad to hear that health is getting better for you and your wife. That must be pretty scary to be on the island and have a heart attack and have to get over to the main land to a hospital. It took my knee about 3 months to recover. The first 1.5 to 2 months didn't get much better but after 2-3 months it really improved and the swelling finally went all the way down and full movement came back. Still a little stiff some times. I installed some tile in march and I bought a set of knee pads to help since my knee was still a little sore. They were pretty expensive but they take all the weight off the knee when kneeling. In my opinion they are worth every penny for people with bad knees that have to kneel for tiling or gardening or anything. The brand is proknee if your interested. Hope your weather is nice and looking forward to your new progress.
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Hi ponch, you're right again about the swelling. But it is getting better every day. If she doesn't do too much, the swelling stays down. But there is a distinct improvement daily. Yesterday was week #9. So it appears she is on track. This gave her enough of a scare that she decided to try and lose some weight while she was recuperating in bed. So far so good.
Have you tried posting a pic today....I'm having trouble.
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I was worried that my knee would be deformed because it was still a little swollen but about 3 months after it happened all the swelling went away and it is the same size and shape as my other knee. I'll try to post a pic and see what happens.Gulf Island Building.-102_2316.jpg

it worked for me. I used the little paperclip symbol to attach it.
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We keep wow'ing each other! You are a more "Wow" than me I must say. That house will live in infamy for decades!!! You Sir are a craftsman that I would like to become. My house is just an out of square box and you have nothing but curves! Both have their challenges but your's is much harder than mine, that's for sure. I sure wish I could fly home and see your place in person. We are neighbors in a sense. Keep the pic's coming but at a relaxed pace please. Dorf Dude...
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And this is what you see from the other round deck down on the front of the bank. If it hadn't been curved, I don't think it would have looked quite right.
Now just have to get a new table and chairs.
Cocobolo,
Ya got me laughing with the one statement there. "If it hadn't been curved" ........ If it wasn't curved I'd think I was looking at someone elses place.

Terrific craftsmanship and an eye for the unique. Your living most men's dream.

Glad to hear everyone's on the mend.
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Thanks everyone....Hey Shu, if you ever find yourself back in this part of the world, the door is always open.
I usually have a steady stream of visitors starting when the weather warms up every year. Just had some friends from Edmonton come by this morning.
Now I hear someone from South Africa is coming over next week. Helps to keep me motivated!
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Hi Ponch: thanks for that...I'm going to try a pic now to see if it flies this time.
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