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Old 01-06-2009, 11:03 PM   #61
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Hey!
A post from an Edmontonian.
Small world, isn't it?
Two of our neighbours on Ruxton are from St. Albert, right next door to you!
How about that.
Knucklez is a great guy isn't he?
He'll get there I'm sure.
Always seems to take longer than you think to do these things, especially when it is a learn-as-you-go project.
But that's half the fun of it.

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Old 01-10-2009, 10:20 AM   #62
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I guess having a sense of humour on a project like this is a requirement.
Cheers.
so true!


wife gave a name of style to our kitchen --> Up Market General Store

i kinda like it!

so we went to the antique store so she could find items that helped bring out the essence of our kitchen and she found this lead stained glass window.


so i boxed it into the wall.


and she's excited and optimistic about the kitchen again.

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Hi Knucklez:
Seeing that lovely stained glass window has reminded me of many similar windows over in Nanaimo. There is a sizeable section of town where all the old houses are. Pretty much every one of them has several of these charming windows.
Many of these older houses, which are all quite small, are being removed for replacement by an ugly modern box. Fortunately the windows are being saved.
There is a local demolition outfit which carefully takes these windows out and makes them available for resale.
Our friend John, from the other end of the island has some in his place, they look great.
Glad to hear the Mrs. is getting excited again!
This is the only pic I can find right now of one of John's windows.
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:39 PM   #64
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yes, very nice. those windows are worth saving as they can give a room that "certain something". its impossible to replicate the old world feel.

plus those old windows can sell at a pretty price. ours was $110. admittedly i should have negotiated the price more aggressively, but it makes Mrs. happy so worth every penny
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Knucklez: At only $110 you stole it. Even the smallest ones here start at $295 and go up. Waaaaay up.
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i'm trying to trim out this window with quarter round. i think i need a coping saw cause it just doesn't look right?

i was all bummed until i read your post. now you made my night - thanks!
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You should be able to cut the 1/4 round with your miter saw and get a perfect fit.
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that's what i thought, and i have a really good bosche sliding compound miter saw (purchased for board & batten siding job). but i think there is something fishy about mitering quaterround because of its rounded surface. it just doesn't line up right.. i dunno.. its a small job so i won't worry too much about it.
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today my father came over and helped me install the sink exhaust through the roof. a bit tricky in the winter time!! we had to use hot water to melt the ice off the shingles! sorry no pictures, i thought we were lucky enough no injuries to risk going back up on the roof with the camera .. though i still believe it would be a soft landing in the snow. all's well that ends well.

the roofing tar is rated for applications wet/dry and as low as -10C so its good. pretty straight forward, i used "ask the builder" installation video as a guideline. see it HERE.

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i spread 3 bags of loose cellulous around in the attic with my hands. i had some left over from a few years ago. might as well use it up!

i sealed up the attic access hole (being sure to insulate the hatch). now the ceiling can be finished strapping and chipboard put up. just intime for winter freeze, its -20C outside!

got some painting to do this weekend, and also off to toronto to see about some kitchen backsplash tiles. hopefully will also get to refinish the floors but this is ambitious.

my next semester of school has started and no functional kitchen yet.. joy

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That's what keeps life exciting!!
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part of our chimney is exposed in the kitchen. about 50 years ago, it was covered in some sort of mortar to make is smooth & then wall papered.

check out that funky teapot!


recently (1970's?) it was strapped and dry walled.

wife and i took drywall off as we were hoping for red brick underneigth.
..no such luck

then we tried to chip away the mortar to expose the brick
..no such luck

so we are going to go over it with some red brick veneer
..wish me luck!

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OK, I will. Good luck!
Actually, it will be pretty easy to stick the brick veneer on. Show us a pic when you're done.
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Hi Knucklez - I have been having a great time going through your renovations.. very impressed.. may I ask what part of Ont. you are from... I was raised there, now a B.C.er but I was in the Markham, Stouffville, Unionville area and my parents raised us in a house that was about 100 yrs old when I was 6 or so... I am now 54.. my dad renovated all aspects of the house on weekends and I was his shadow... probably why I am so interested in the DIY projects. Have my own business now doing maintenance work for the government society housing groups as well as small bathroom and kitchen reno's.
Your plumbing is almost typical of alot of areas especially the rotten cabinet bottoms.
Just curious of your location. Your work is great to be a part of in an indirect way.
Many thanks Simply Sal

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Your plumbing is almost typical of alot of areas especially the rotten cabinet bottoms.
i hope not! yikes.. feel sorry for them


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what part of Ont. you are from
sorry, as a rule generally consistent with proper family internet use, i do not give out personal information. i stretched my own rule and listed "ontario" only because it helps others give advice tailored to my region (i.e. weather patterns, building codes etc.)

good luck with your business and thanks for dropping by this thread

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