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Old 03-19-2011, 11:00 AM   #61
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Here are some of the temporary countertops I made while I wait for the LG Hi macs. The latest is that they should be in to the fabricator within about a week and a half but we'll see.

The dishwasher just drains into the sink for now. There is a tailpiece adapter for that drain but just want to make one measurement and one cut when the permanent sink comes in with the countertops.
I used to work for a kitchen manufacture awhile back and when we delivered the cabinets but no counter top because of either back order/damage we would build a temporary plywood counter so the customer could use the kitchen until we came back to install the counter. That saved a lot of headaches for us and the customer was very understanding because they at least had a counter and a kitchen that they could work in.

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Old 03-19-2011, 11:17 AM   #62
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I'm not sure, but isn't there something he's supposed to give you saying all of his contractors have been paid? So that they can't come back to you and say he didn't pay them?

I had to go back and look at the before pictures Jim. Wow, I really like the way the kitchen is so much bigger. Everything looks great and the cupboards are very nice. Your wife must be very happy with the way it's turning out. She's going to have a beautiful kitchen when it's all done.
I believe itís called a construction declaration and also a works compensation completion certificate from all the trades/ workers that they are paid and also covered by workers compensation in case they get hurt on the job so you donít have to pay for any accidents that might occur on site.
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:29 PM   #63
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If the GC's workers are all self-employed, privately contracting, they are not employees of the contractor and the GC is not required to carry workmen's comp for them.

The other thing, I will ask him about.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:21 AM   #64
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I finally have power hooked up to the new recepticles and switches. The micro and refrigerator each have a dedicated 20 amp outlet (overkill for the fridge I know). A second 20 amp to the back wall and an outdoor outlet to the other side of that. And, 2 new switched 15 amp outlets for undercabinet lights. The double gang switch on the back wall serves the outdoor light and undercabinets. The undercabinet outlets are not in the ideal position but there is one for each run. I will have to find a low voltage LED system so I can hide the wires behind trim etc.

Not really sure how best to mount the porch light. Somehow I have to mount a round box in that unconventional wall. I don't know if the plastic wings on those old work boxes will work to hold it in.

And now my wife wants doors above the refrigerator. I will have to see if they carry doors that size.

We have finally moved back into the kitchen and cleaned up all the construction debris. I have cleaned up the porch several times but now have leftover trim and scraps to sort out and either store or dispose.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:11 PM   #65
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The countertops are finally being installed tomorrow. That gives me today to wall in that plumbing corner. I used Durabond 90 to fill in the gaps. My contractor didn't see the need to wall in anywhere that doesn't show like behind the cabinet. I see that a little differently I guess. I will always know that it is open behind there. It doesn't have to be finished just closed in. I also intend to fireblock the gaps around the pipes between floors.
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I also thought it would be a good idea to take care of the area above the sink window wherre the old shower has been leaking over the years in spite of my many recaulking jobs. There was a lot of debris from that. Tomorrow I hope to get a top coat over the tape befor the countertops arrive. Then prime and replace the trim. For now, everybody is showering in the newly remodeled downstairs bathroom. The upstairs bathroom is next.
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It looks like the neighbor across the street is doing some home improvments. He is having a terrace removed to have more level real estate alongside his house. I guess he is planning to put a shed in there. I hope it's not ugly. The terrace was at least nice to look at. I also hope he doesn't need a retaining wall there. The landscapers said he is just planning to seed it with grass. There is a lot of runnoff from that slope.
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Jim: You've started an epidemic in your neighborhood. Good job!!!!
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Jim: You've started an epidemic in your neighborhood. Good job!!!!
Have you seen my next door neighbor's home improvements? Gaagh!
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The countertop material finally came in after being on back order since my last posting on the topic. The fabricators wasted no time scheduling their install to their credit. Also to their credit, their installers seemed very knowlegeble and took great pride in their work. That's nice to see especially considering these guys are likely not contractors but rather, hourly employees.

The company is called Solid Surface Craftsmen located in the Albany NY area. Lowes definately picked a winner when they partnered with this company.

The tin in the corner is what my wife wants for a back slpash but maybe not that color.
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Very nice job but I donít see any GFCI plugs near your kitchen counter?
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The two twenty amp outlets that have the toaster and kitchen aid plugged in are GFCI protected at the breaker. I have to find some of those little stickers. The two next to those are switched and will serve the undercabinet lights. The two by the coffee pot are 20 amp on the same circuit. One of those will be rewired into the switched circuit for undercabinet lighting and the other will have a GFCI recepticle. As usual I have way too much going around me to dedicate the time to this project to complete it. Now my mother in law is in the hospital. I do appreciate your pointing that out though since that is a big safety concern.
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:27 AM   #73
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The two twenty amp outlets that have the toaster and kitchen aid plugged in are GFCI protected at the breaker. I have to find some of those little stickers. The two next to those are switched and will serve the undercabinet lights. The two by the coffee pot are 20 amp on the same circuit. One of those will be rewired into the switched circuit for undercabinet lighting and the other will have a GFCI recepticle. As usual I have way too much going around me to dedicate the time to this project to complete it. Now my mother in law is in the hospital. I do appreciate your pointing that out though since that is a big safety concern.
Better than stickers?

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Wow! For $21.95 they had better be. I don't have that kind of budget for this project. I think there will be some stickers in the GFCI recepticle that I bought for the other side.
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A DYMO LabelMANAGER 220P Thermal Label Printer and print all the labels you need.


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