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Old 04-25-2013, 10:50 PM   #46
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Your landlord & lady will be thrilled when they see everything.

I think white would look good on the ceiling. It wasn't one of the options, but since you asked.

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+1 for the white if you have some. If you paint it yellow it will be one big wall up the side of the house and then the ceiling.

The grey is too dark and lowers the ceiling.

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Just chiming in.....nice work.....
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It looks soooooo nice, I would probably paint the ceiling white also.

Given the choice between grey and yellow, I would stay with grey.
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DAY 20

Hard to believe I've spent only 3 weeks on this project. I've done some projects similar in scope that took months. I'm feeling good.

Worked only on the gates today. I sided one gate, took a break for a couple hours and did the other one, then hung the gates and attached the latch and handle.

I fretted over being able to hang each gate and end up with them both at the same height. Then it dawned on me to screw a level ledger 2x4 between the posts at the right height. This was so I could set the gates on top of the ledger, resting them on the bottom of the gate frames, and screw the hinges to the posts. I had previously screwed the hinges to the gates to make sure they were mounted perfectly square. If that isn't done, the gates will either not stay closed or open on its own.

It worked fine. The 2x4 gate cap on the right twisted a bit, so it doesn't look absolutely perfect, but I'm real proud of the way it looks. Tomorrow I will drill a hole in the concrete and mount the drop-bar on the right gate. That will be the stationary gate, unless Will needs to open both. The drop-bar will make it sit solid in the opening and allow Will to slam the left gate closed without worry.

I'm a little concerned about the look of the bottom of the gates. The concrete slab slopes quite a bit (it used to be a driveway into a garage). I'm mulling over whether I should cut the bottom so it follows the slope of the concrete, or leave them level. Right now, the clearance on the left side is 1" and reduces gradually to only ⅝" on the right. The slab slopes so much it's noticeable, so if I cut the bottom of the gates, it might look odd.

It was fun getting creative with the old fence boards I used. No two are the same width and they are all solidly screwed in place. I like the contrast between the rustic gates and the new bungalow styling of the building. Framing the gates in that crisp white and adding the white cap ties it all together.

I treated myself to a chocolate milkshake. Mmmm good!
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What a neat idea on the ledger...wish I had thought of that about 3 fences ago..

I have the same situation on the ground being un level on our current house. Rather than cut it and regret it, I left it alone for a while to see if it would grow on me before making a mistake. So far it hasn't bugged me

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Wow, you're an inspiration.
Everything looks fantastic, and inviting.
You should be very proud of yourself.

white ceiling would be my choice.
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DAY 21

I was hoping to get a little more done today, but I ran out of the right size screws after the only 2 places to get them had closed (one of the very few pitfalls of small-town life). My first task was to drill a hole in the concrete and mount the drop-bar hardware. The hole had to be " and the best way to get a precise hole in concrete is to use a smaller masonry bit first (in this case, a " bit), then drill out with the right size masonry bit. Nice clean hole and it makes the stationary gate nice and solid.

Now that the gates are finished, I can close up the walk-through I've been using to completely enclose the workshop area. I framed the opening in with 2x4s, using treated lumber where it will be exposed to the elements and the slab.

This wall is an odd shape, with a couple cutouts and a shed roof. There is a roof joist just a few inches from the wall and I have to jockey the panel into position to get it in one piece. The right side post is plumb, so I can measure off that side. I also drew a level line near the vertical center so I can take measurements off of it to get my cuts precise. Remember, the slab slopes quite a bit, so I can't measure off of that.

One of the pictures below is my notepad (I shot it at my desk as an afterthought), where I have drawn 2 outlines. One is for the materials takeoff, the other is the exact measurements I need to cut the siding panel. I gave myself an eighth-inch of play on every cut so I would have some wiggle room. I wish I could say I got it to fit perfect on the first try, but that would be a fib. I had to cut another eighth off the top to make it work. That's jockeying that panel into position twice - and let's not forget getting it to come out when I discovered it was too tight.

I'm pretty pleased. I didn't have enough screws to attach the panel to the framing completely, but that can be done tomorrow. I'll pre-cut all the trims and then primer and paint everything at once.

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DAYS 22, 23 & 24

Haven't felt very good the last few days, so work has slowed down on this project. But there is progress. Not much to see in pictures because most of the work is painting and touchup painting, doing some minor repairs and miscellaneous other tasks.

At the suggestions of Two Knots, oldhouseguy, forcedreno2012 and gma2rjc, who had the original idea, I have painted the ceiling white. I was a little apprehensive, but you all were right, it does look better - brighter and more open. It also made me notice a lot of gaps and holes that needed to be caulked. I should buy stock in Dap.

The shed that sits directly across from the porch was looking real shabby after all this beautification, so I painted it too and I'll be replacing all the post bases on the arbor and hanging a motion detector light that the landlords asked me to do before they left last Fall.

I ordered a light fixture for the porch, to replace the ugly ceiling mounted light. It allowed me to move the light to a position between the door and window and it's high enough for a tall person to walk under without bumping their head.

Only 2 pictures to show you right now. I'm just about ready to start furnishing the space - the home improvement TV stars call it staging.

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Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well Jim - Don't over do it.

I think it looks great with the white ceiling, isn't it amazing what a change of color can do?

Mr armchair painter was asking why I don't caulk until after priming, you have pointed out why....REALLY makes the imperfections visible. No missing spots when its right there in your face against the white. I too should buy stock in DAP. Bought 6 more tubes today and the guy was like AGAIN??

The changes are incredible.

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LOL, they do call it staging!

Just consider this your own virtual design show, seems like you have some regular "viewers."

You can count me among them.
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DAY 19
plumbed the water faucet that I never got to last Fall, hung the garden hose caddy/reel,

Gettin' mighty close.

QUESTION - I need your advice/opinion on this:

I left the porch ceiling gray. Now I'm wondering if I should paint it yellow like the porch walls. What do you think? C'mon, don't be shy. Express yourself.

Thanks,

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I just installed the same hose reel. That's the best one I have been satisfied with. Pretty substantial.
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Okay Jim...enough goofing off. Just about finished my exterior painting and need some more inspiration

Seriously though, hope everything is okay with you and looking forward to seeing what you have done next.

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Hi Robyn,

I pretty much finished the project (that one anyway) and am waiting for the landlords to come home in a couple weeks. I have added a few details to the space that I haven't shown yet, but I kinda wanted to wait until I pick up the last item. That is a nice pot with several different plants in it for next to the front door. I have a black thumb, so the nice people at the garden shop are taking good care of it for me - and it should be very well filled in and the tall plant should be a bit taller. It's one of the benefits of small community locations like this. Try to get a big box store to do you a solid like that.

Anyway, I am planning a nice "reveal" when the landlords come home. I'm gonna try to shoot some video of it and edit it to include some before and after pictures, along with their reactions to the project when they drive up. I'm hoping this will take their minds off a couple tragedies they've had to endure recently - they had to be rescued by the Coast Guard when their trimaran broke up and sank and he just learned a health condition he seemed to be managing has gotten pretty serious.

So be patient. I haven't forgotten this and I will share the final update and reveal with you soon.

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Thanks Jim...was a little worried that you were not feeling well.

Looking forward to the big reveal.

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