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Old 05-29-2010, 04:12 PM   #121
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Today I ripped off the old backsplash and countertop from the cabinet to the left of the sink area, so I could access the wall for the rest of the drywall work.

I first replaced some of the old insulation (not all, since I ran out of the new stuff).

Then I managed to install a tricky piece of drywall with a number of cutouts, which I slipped in from underneath the plumbing. I then added a 2nd piece above, to close out the wall.

I'm quite pleased: Now I don't have to remove the shutoff valves and drain pipe to install a single sheet. SWEET!

No more time today (socializing calls), but tomorrow I hope to do some quick mudding, then install the sink cabinet.
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Old 05-29-2010, 04:26 PM   #122
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Man, this thread was worth the read and time! I mean, it has everything! Drama, blood, humor, and patience! Was there any domestic violence?

What a great job Dan! I'm impressed!
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Thanks! No domestic violence... - yet.

(There might be, if I don't eventually get back to working on the kitchen. My wife can swing a mean golf club. )
HA! At least I've been here! I remember because Dan had all the problems to FIX!

You are doing great. Out of retirement, back in, and still working on problems!

Just one question. Are you still married Dan???? Or do you have a place in your head the size 3 or a 9?
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:46 PM   #123
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HA! At least I've been here! I remember because Dan had all the problems to FIX!

You are doing great. Out of retirement, back in, and still working on problems!

Just one question. Are you still married Dan???? Or do you have a place in your head the size 3 or a 9?
My head's okay. Fortunately she yelled "FORE!" before she swung.

Thanks for the kind comments. There's a lot to do still, and only a few weeks left before I'm outta here and she's on her own. In addition to the kitchen-related activities, we've been painting, fixing various electrical problems around (yup, still a few of those), setting up the surround-sound system (finally, after almost 2 years), etc. A major effort coming up is some duct re-work and ceiling fan relocation for the upstairs master bedroom. Mostly involves attic work, which is challenging these days with these hot, sunny Texas days we've been having. Can you say Gatorade? (...followed soon thereafter by more potent beverages! ).
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Where do you find the time to post given everything that you have to get done!

That's a pretty big list for such a short time. And we all know how something that is going to take just a few minutes ends up taking a week and a half!
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Where do you find the time to post given everything that you have to get done!

That's a pretty big list for such a short time. And we all know how something that is going to take just a few minutes ends up taking a week and a half!
Thanks, Keith, you're very kind. However, YOUR thread constantly demonstrates that my level of efficiency and skill is like a snail to your cheetah! Everyone knows YOU da man!!

Regarding posting of my humble efforts: I find that thinking about having to post my activities helps me focus on doing a better job. Alas, I'm too honest to skip talking about screw-ups, so I try hard to avoid them. Helps me ultimately do a better job.

Also, it's embarrassing if I don't show something accomplished, since I've whined about my lack of time left. Again, motivation.

When do I find time to post? The more time I spend on the computer, the less sleep I get. I notice that I tend to be on when you're on in the evening -- your evening, even though I'm in Texas (Central time). My wife doesn't let me sleep too late in the morning, so.....

This pattern won't work when I start working in DC in a few weeks...
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Well, I certainly wish you all the best in your new job.

Not to mention that I hope you manage to get all your most important projects finished before you head outta town.
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Not much to report today, wasn't feeling great. Taped and mudded the remaining drywall behind the sink area. Pretty rough, but all will be behind a cabinet or back splash. I'll smooth out the back splash area a bit tomorrow.

Meanwhile, still debating about my mediocre texturing job on the walls. Hard to capture the difference on photos, but the worst section is in the half bath, which is used by guests. The yellowish photo (not the real color, just bad photography) is original, the white one my crappy texturing. Between mixing the mud too thick and it setting up too quickly, my texturing looked more like brushed clay. My wife wants me to grind it down flat, and give her a go at it. Don't have a grinder, might be an opportunity to buy another tool! ...er, which I won't get an opportunity to use again, given I'm heading out for the next decade or so. Still pondering this one.

Also, got the built-in cabinet back in its place today by the new panel.
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Oh, in the kitchen photo in the last post, you can see a small wet stain below the shutoff valve. The copper tubing from the dish washer started a small leak where it seats into the shutoff valve. I never trusted that connection; looked like the former owner had done a repair there before -- and anything he repaired, I'm finding I have to re-repair..... Perfect timing, as I'll have to take everything apart anyway, before I can install the new sink cabinet.
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You're not for one second suggesting that the former owner was a lousy, no-good, cheapskate, crummy DIY'er who couldn't get anything right, are you?
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You're not for one second suggesting that the former owner was a lousy, no-good, cheapskate, crummy DIY'er who couldn't get anything right, are you?
Not in so many words, but you paint an accurate picture!
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Worked on three things today. One was the plumbing problem. The water feed line to the dishwasher started leaking where a "patch job" had been previously installed into the shutoff valve. The leak was occuring at the compression joint where the extension copper tube entered the valve.

I decided to replace the whole copper tubing with a steel-jacketed flex tube. However, this evening when I tried to work on it, I couldn't get the copper tube disconnected at the dishwasher. Seems to be either frozen in with calcium deposits, or gooped up with some kind of sealer. In the photo, you can see that the copper tube has greened up a bit, probably indicating a leak in an earlier time (no evidence of leaks in the past two years I've been here).

I'm now thinking I'll cut the tube about 5 inches from the dishwater coupling, and connect the flex tubing there. I'll need another trip to the store tomorrow for the coupling part...
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2nd issue was the kitchen floor. We knew that removing the Pergo laminate flooring would be easier to do before putting in the cabinets. Also, we needed to determine whether the tile below was in decent shape. We'd removed the laminate from the adjacent utility room, and the tile was only cracked in one spot along a wall. If in good shape, the kitchen tile below would become the new floor, and we'd need to consider its color for deciding counter top options -- something that's coming up soon.

Result: The laminate came up very easily (it was snap-together; much easier to remove than glued laminate, which I've dealt with in a previous home). And the great news is that ALL the tiles are in great shape!

Not the color I'd select if starting from scratch, but it will do. Taking out the old tile and putting in a new floor was NOT a project I wanted to tackle right now.
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:55 AM   #134
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The 3rd issue is..., well, embarrassing.

I fitted the new cabinet to the old cabinet that it will connect to on the right. I then checked to see that the face frame would fit properly.

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Icons cannot express the pissed-off and frustrated feelings I had when I discovered the horizontal pieces of the face frame were... 1.5" too short.

Long (sad) story short, I fixed the problem. I took a remaining scrap that was 1.5" wide (ironically fortunate), and glued it to the right vertical piece using biscuits. After a good sanding, this "patch" effort will 1) work fine; and 2) be virtually unnoticeable.

Okay, okay, so it will work out. I'm STILL an idiot for having gotten into this mess in the first place. I must have been on drugs when I did my initial measurements (and I don't even use drugs.....).
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Mornin' Dan...you know, it's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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