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Old 12-23-2011, 01:15 PM   #5956
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Let's put it this way Jim...whatever is done by next May will be the end of it. It's going on the market then.

It's a matter of being practical about the missus' health at this point.

She said she did quite well when she was over in Vancouver looking after the grandson's, but back here with all the uneven ground is a different matter. It's more the going up and down all the stairs here that she cannot manage, and we have plenty of those!

Next house will have a very limited number of stairs.

I'm trying to finish the carpet stretching today, and with the new and improved stretcher it's going OK so far.

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My 'current' VW is a '74 Westy bus, on which I have 'breathed' on the motor, done all the body work, painted it 'can be seen from space orange'.. and is now being 'lowered', so that eveything on it is better than new..and almost done..and as soon as it is done the '38 Chev coupe..which is 80% done, comes into the 'warm' garage, and gets done! My reasons for 'slowness'..imagine a room full of mousetraps with ping pong balls 'locked' in them..and you throw one ping pong ball into the room..that is how my life ..goes!!
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:27 PM   #5958
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My 'current' VW is a '74 Westy bus, on which I have 'breathed' on the motor, done all the body work, painted it 'can be seen from space orange'.. and is now being 'lowered', so that eveything on it is better than new..and almost done..and as soon as it is done the '38 Chev coupe..which is 80% done, comes into the 'warm' garage, and gets done! My reasons for 'slowness'..imagine a room full of mousetraps with ping pong balls 'locked' in them..and you throw one ping pong ball into the room..that is how my life ..goes!!
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Syd...you have no idea how happy I am to hear that. About time that VW got left out in the rain and the Chevy assumed its' rightful place inside!
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My 'current' VW is a '74 Westy bus, on which I have 'breathed' on the motor, done all the body work, painted it 'can be seen from space orange'.. and is now being 'lowered', so that eveything on it is better than new..and almost done..and as soon as it is done the '38 Chev coupe..which is 80% done, comes into the 'warm' garage, and gets done! My reasons for 'slowness'..imagine a room full of mousetraps with ping pong balls 'locked' in them..and you throw one ping pong ball into the room..that is how my life ..goes!!
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You got a link to any pictures of your bus, I had one that was fuel injected, VWs and FI don't go well together, it caught fire and burned to the ground a month after I bought it.

I can sure understand the slow thing, it is a lot more fun that way anyway.
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Jiju, I have lots of photos, but , nothing will appear until maybe next week ..when it is a 'lowered' ..'roller'! My daughter is home for Xmas, and she will be delighted to see what 'Pa has done!!"..and so will I, because it can be pushed outside onto the cement driveway..and I can walk around it and look at the whole thing at once,unlike now, where I can only work on it by lying on my side!
Hopefully that 'look around', will be the 'match' to really start the 'fire' again! I am excited, and I am 65 this year, so takes a lot to get me to that state!!
Marry Xmas..from Canadas "wet Coast"..(although not this year..yet ==8^) )
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Jiju, I have lots of photos, but , nothing will appear until maybe next week ..when it is a 'lowered' ..'roller'! My daughter is home for Xmas, and she will be delighted to see what 'Pa has done!!"..and so will I, because it can be pushed outside onto the cement driveway..and I can walk around it and look at the whole thing at once,unlike now, where I can only work on it by lying on my side!
Hopefully that 'look around', will be the 'match' to really start the 'fire' again! I am excited, and I am 65 this year, so takes a lot to get me to that state!!
Marry Xmas..from Canadas "wet Coast"..(although not this year..yet ==8^) )
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Just do like I do, work a little while then set back and drink a cup of coffee and relax, there is no time limit anymore. I have about 3 years on ya but I still love to tinker and fool around out in the shop. I for one am looking forward to seeing your finished project if you post a few pictures.

Merry Christmas to you and your family as well from the other end of the states.
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I like ..you..have had a chance in the past..to do things..'almost'..then have to quit what the project is..and do 'other' stuff! ...But, like an old song says..'the dream never dies..just the Dreamer..so I am gonna "push' this to be ..'done'..and then I can..fish..which is all I wanted to do in the first place...but 'other' stuff..got in the way!
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He's only 65 Jim, still just a kid!
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There always seems to be a hundred other things to do when you're trying to finish something. Today it was switching over part of the battery bank and doing some wiring.

But once this was done the longest section of the carpet has been stretched, and the turnbuckle definitely worked best.

One other thing I noticed was that the long 4 x 4 seemed to prevent the carpet stretching right from the far side of the room...too much friction. So I tacked some 6 mil poly on the bottom of the 4 by and that fixed the problem.

Here's the door area, which was the first to get stretched. No transition strip yet, I will have to go over that very carefully with fixrite. Maybe some maple, about 3/8" thick...
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To the left of the doorway is that big curve which goes around the hallway to the guest bedroom.

Now that was an interesting section to stretch I can tell you.

And then on into the first corner.
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The back wall was just kicked into place...it hasn't been stretched across to the opposite side yet. I'm going to need some advice there so there will be a question or two popping up about that.
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And then at the closet end of the room it looks like this...

Fun trying to make things fit around curves like that.
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Man, that looks so good you aren't going to even need any base or shoe mold, I am impressed and this is the first time laying carpet. Way ta go buddy.
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Nice job Keith! It looks like it was done by a pro.

Merry Christmas to you and Mrs. Cocobolo! And Merry Christmas to everyone reading this.

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Thanks...but it isn't quite done yet. Nearly.

This evening I got more of the underlay done in that end corner which has been the bane of this piece of carpet. I should have cut it and seamed it instead of trying to do the whole thing in one go...live and learn. I may still do that, as it is proving to be very difficult to stretch this very odd shaped corner.
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