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Old 05-24-2013, 09:12 AM   #7681
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Yikes! Awful close and exposed in a risky area!
I'm not quite sure when that line was put in...but I do remember bringing over something like 900 feet of it from Nanaimo. The neighbour actually ran the line when I was away over in town. But it has been doing its' job all those years without complaint. Nobody except me and the otters ever walks around there anyway.

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Today was the day to fit the carpet to the solarium stairs. So I very carefully made up a paper pattern, laid it on the back of the carpet, marked it out and cut it. Backwards!

Oh well, what's a little extra practice.
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That was for the top step, the bottom step went a little better. Quite the shape to have to cut out.

The top carpet is gunned on, bottom one just has the underlay in place.
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Nice sunny day here today, windy as well, but when I Varathaned the nosing pieces outside, they dried nice and quickly. Three coats all done in three hours.
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By the end of the day I had the risers in, carpet on and the trim pieces installed. Quite a difference.
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The round table to the left above got a piece of thin trim to cover the plywood edge grain. Now I need to get some cedar coloured wood filler for the nail holes. The nails were temporary, and have been removed now.
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Spent some frustrating time trying to stick the small shingles in place. It seems there are good and bad glue guns, and mine is the latter. Doesn't want to feed the glue sticks, and not only that, but the sticks themselves seem to have swollen slightly. Can this really happen?

By the time I have enough glue on the shingle to hold it, it's no longer very warm. And I discovered that it doesn't seem to be terribly compatible with flat black paint. Maybe that's just because of the long time it takes to get the glue out of the gun. Looks like I need a new gun.

The pic looks worse than seeing this in person, but I'm still not crazy about the contrast between the varnished and painted shingles. I will finish it up in this pattern, then if I don't like it I'll just paint the whole lot.
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Also on the agenda was some work in the bathroom. There needs to be some finishing woodwork applied all round the top of the walls. Yesterday the back wall was put in place.
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Today the left wall got finished.
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That is a beautiful picture of Vancouver Island.

I couldn't figure out how you worked your lift at first but it finally sunk in, that is a really neat set up Keith, I like that, there is no telling how much work it has saved you over the years. Thanks for taking the time to take the pictures and post them, I really appreciate it.

I am still in awe of how you had your log lift set up at your sawmill, that was some really good thinking.

Buddy, I like the looks of the shingles in the radius, it looks great. You are doing a fantastic job on your home, it makes me drool at all the beautiful wood and workmanship in your home. I looooove that table outside, it gets prettier every time I see it.
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Love the shingles look. I also have a love hate relationship with glue guns and caulking guns. I usually end up with glue/caulk everywhere EXCEPT where I want it to go.

Do you mind sharing where you got your foam mattress from? We are looking to get a custom sized one and have no idea where to start.

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Love the shingles look. I also have a love hate relationship with glue guns and caulking guns. I usually end up with glue/caulk everywhere EXCEPT where I want it to go.

Do you mind sharing where you got your foam mattress from? We are looking to get a custom sized one and have no idea where to start.

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I brought back some construction adhesive today and tried that on the shingles. It looked OK for a little while, and then the shingles decided they would curl. I suppose that means that this adhesive is water based. It looks like that idea is down the drain. If I can find some silicone here I'll have a shot at that next. After that it will be contact cement...but I cannot find the can that I am sure is here somewhere...

The foam mattress was assembled from 6" foam, 1" memory foam and 2" of latex foam. I got the lot from John's Bedroom Barn in Nanaimo, just a little local outfit. They didn't have the stuff in stock (except for the 6" foam) and ordered it all from an outfit over in Vancouver, the name of which I do not know. I assembled the mattress in place after I got all the pieces over here.

I would look on the web if I were you, and do your homework well. The mattress is ever so comfortable, and I believe that is due to the latex more than anything else. Apparently, there are only two places which make this perforated latex and they ship it all over the world.

Don't let anyone tell you that memory foam is as good as or better than latex...not even close. But together, they are fantastic. You need a big budget for the latex by the way.
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Bonjour Cocobolo.,

Wow ., Ya never run out of good idea with the projects like that and my daughter love one of the "checker board " you put up which we never see it like that before.

The funny thing about it is that my daughter's frenid want to know what website and I told her the website of this one and told them where to find it and they find it and they were floored what you been doing with it.

I think you did a wonderfull International favoured and I am pretty sure you got a good result of this.

Just wait until one of the well knowen magazine compaines will see your place and I am sure they will be equally floored or I don't know if you ever heard the tv show called " Extermae Homes " ( SP ) if not check it out I think it is on Discovery channel or Home Garden Channel not sure which one.

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Crazy carpentry work.

Really nice stuff and I am loving the progress.
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Hi all, been away for a few days up to the interior of B.C. again, which will explain my tardiness in replying.

I used to watch "Extreme Homes" Marc, but I haven't for awhile. Some pretty interesting places on there, that's for sure.

I was bellyaching about the shingles curling up with the construction adhesive, but I see now that they have dried out that they have flattened themselves out again. Perhaps if I use a little less glue and a heat gun it may work faster.

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