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Old 06-18-2013, 10:56 PM   #61
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I'm still waiting for the landlords to come home. Last I heard, they were planning to be here the first week of this month. It's the third week and I'm not sure if they will be here by the end of the month. As I mentioned before, I'm not much good with plants, so I wanted to share the final results with you before I kill the plants I got for next to the front door.

I hung her favorite wind chimes, put the house numbers up and hung a collection of thermometers (the big one is also a clock). I really enjoyed that project and I've been getting some very nice comments from people at the store and around town (it's a small town and I've lived here for several decades). One neighbor said it kinda ups the ante for everyone - if a guy who has to suck air through a hose in his nose can do this, maybe they can too.

Makes me feel good to beautify my space - and the neighbors' space.

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Old 06-18-2013, 11:27 PM   #62
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I like it. What's next? dorf dude...
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:20 PM   #63
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Looks so good, if they don't just love it, they're nuts!
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:25 PM   #64
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Looks great Jim. I am sure they will be happy. All the colors go well together and the trim work is awesome.

If that's quick and easy.....I would hate to see your definition of hard lol

Awesome job.

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Jim, I didn't notice the arbor before - it's beautiful!

What's the landlords' ph. number? I'll call and tell them to "go home!"

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Old 06-23-2013, 09:48 PM   #66
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Okay fans, I have a slide show on You Tube that you have already seen most of the pictures of, but I wanted to post it on my channel to go with the video of the reveal. Here's a link to the video:

http://youtu.be/5CcUBcUTJ-s

Hey, how do you make a video show up here?

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Here is the reveal. I really thought this forum was advanced to the point of having videos, at least YouTube videos, appear directly in the post. I guess not.

http://youtu.be/dYD_9257aPk
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Thanks for posting that Jim. It was neat to see their reaction.

I like how she said you should work inside the house. You know you've done a good job when she's thinking of more work for you to do.

Good job, this has been a fun thread to follow.
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Cool, I have been waiting for this!

They seem to really like it, which they should.

I am left wanting to know how I can travel for months at a time, show up with a new trailer to my house and have a tenant friend have redone my entire front area?

I need to make some lifestyle changes to get to that point!
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Prob'ly not a lot of tenants like me out there. It helps that me and Will have been paint bucket buddies for nearly 40 years (met him on a jobsite and we would sit on his 5-gal. paint buckets and talk for hours). Now they think I'm dying from this lung disease and just let me do pretty much anything I want to do. It's not like the old days, when I would just have to groan and hold my belly to get a boss to feel sorry for me and send me "home." Now I just walk around 24/7 with a hose in my nose.

When discussing me doing the same trims around the rest of the windows and doors on the building, I think it'd be easier if the existing trims were removed, he paints the whole building the gray color and then I add the trims. But he thinks I might not make it or get it done fast enough, so he wants to paint everything, including the existing trim. Then I can do each door and each window trim one at a time - and then have to retouch all the places the new trim doesn't cover where the old trims were. Yeah, we'll see about that. :D

I'm real glad they like it all so much. Cate has brought me plates of food about 5 times in the last 2 days. Don't have room in my frig anymore, so I had to order a new, bigger refrigerator... okay, sorry, that's a whole different project.
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Thanks for sharing the video Jim. Was neat to see their reaction.

Mahhhhhvelouus work mate.


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I can tell from the video she really, really likes it.

Keep the food coming!
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This project is exactly what I was looking for before I start mine. Thanks for all the detail. I'm not sure what kind of wood I'm wrapping. I think it pressure treat, probably so since there's very little deterioration after 31 years on the house I just bought. But I was a little surprised that the build didn't put them on some sore of brace rather than directly on the concrete slab but it is what it is. Again, thanks for the post and remember what Einstien said, "I didn't fail, I just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
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I'm not really a builder, so I wasn't sure it was necessary to put the pressure treated 4x4s on a post base. And the wood wrapping the post is cedar - also not likely to rot in a long, long time.

The landlords/friends were home for a couple months and then told me they were moving away permanently and would only be back for short visits. They rented that unit out to a young couple who have pretty much ruined the ambiance. It doesn't look good, but at least they hide the ugliness behind several 4WD trucks that are crammed into their 2 parking spaces and up onto the front patio. One truck always seems to be pulled all the way through the arbor and within a couple of feet of the front door. It's a shame. It makes me sad to see that they really don't care about anything they convinced the landlords they liked about the place.

But it was still a great experience for me and I am very glad I got the opportunity to express my skills and to share it with all of you.

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That's sad. You're welcome to come to dallas and help me with my project but I'm not sure you'll appreciate the air quality here. I'll let you know how it works out. I'll try to figure out how post before and after pictures for you. FYI, we're in the process of a remodel and exterior paint is on the list, the neighbor are ecstatic. And, you've inspired me, I hope I don't disappoint!

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