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Old 03-05-2019, 03:49 AM   #46
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I'm a bit late posting this past weekends quickie because of Fur Rondy and a game my husband and I started playing with the youngest and his girlfriend

Between all of that excitement I finally addressed a thing that's been a minor annoyance since we put the kitchen sink in:

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+ Mysterious Box

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= Ta Da

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This is one of those things that you don't even think about too much when designing your kitchen remodel . You pick out your faucet and buy the matching soap dispenser. You install it and realize the thing doesn't clear the edge of the sink, but it's not a big deal because soap goes on the brush or on the hands so "whatever."

Then one day, some kid comes along and breaks the cheap plastic inside the thing and you actually think about what you're really looking for in life; a long enough reach, metal construction that looks every bit as tanky as it is, a legitimate o-ring instead of a flat silicone washer that never quite seals to the sinktop, a lower profile, something that fills from the top AND has a 17oz bottle...

All of these things and more can, indeed, be yours when replacing your soap dispenser.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:50 AM   #47
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Itís the little things that drive you crazy.

We had a separate sprayer on our old faucet...
the new faucet has a pull down sprayer, so we ended up up an extra hole in the countertop.
We bought another dispenser and I put windex in it cause I use a lot of windex.
It works out great as I always spray the window cleaner
on the paper towel to clean the mirrors and glass in the kitchen.
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:55 PM   #48
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Last weekend's project was supposed to be building the deck and maybe running some nat gas pipe, water lines, drain pipe, and/or dryer vent to put the washer dryer out in my garage, BUUUuuut... I says, "Hon... I think you were right..." He stares at me a moment then mutters, "Dammit woman..."

I changed my mind on putting them in the front of the garage, which means we'll be buying more copper, PVC, and aluminum before we can start on that particular project. On the plus side it's where he wanted to put them in the first place so he's happy about that part. Just have to move the cabinets and my wet-vac heh

In other news, not sure if we'll get to it this weekend because my husbands favorite car decided to die, but UPS air dropped these (I think the guy threw them at the front door) yesterday:

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Running cable TV, internet, and speakers all over the house will be a multi-parter as there's a lot of other stuff happening at the same time. I was hoping to at least get the sheetrock that was damaged in the earthquake cut so we could make sure the drain from upstairs wasn't cracked when it got punched through the wall - we don't believe it was because there's no sign of a leak that we can find (I mean, other than where I accidentally mounted a dvd player shelf to the PVC pipe thinking it was a stud some years ago. Luckily the now rusted screws and bolts plugged the holes alright...)
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I've been AWOL, March was a rough month as we decided to share a couple flu's in series.

We managed to accomplish some stuff, mostly outdoor spring clean-up stuff, but I didn't take pictures. I snapped some pics of this one though:

Degreaser + sponge mop =

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Liquid Gold Floor Restore + sponge mop =

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The entry way [laminate] wood is probably over 30 years old and I must admit I never took care of it because we'd always planned to replace it [next summer, of course heh] It came out way better than I was expecting it to so I consider it time well spent, even if we're going to replace it next summer
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It looks good.
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Do you have a mudroom?

I desperately need one.
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Do you have a mudroom?

I desperately need one.
No, but we have a covered front porch with an aggressive door mat, plus that black and white mat inside that sucks dirt off the shoes.

I had a mud room once, it wasn't that great honestly. It wasn't heated so no one took off their shoes in the cold. Turned into little more than a messy storage closet that all our guests had to walk though. Great first impression >.<
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Thought I'd pop in and say I haven't forgotten about this thread, we just havn't been doing anything really picture worthy. Mostly cleaning up fallen trees around the lot and doing spring yard work. We did get a new toy though:

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~Makes really bad chain saw noises~
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I had a mud room once, it wasn't that great honestly. It wasn't heated so no one took off their shoes in the cold. Turned into little more than a messy storage closet that all our guests had to walk though. Great first impression >.<



Building a garage this past winter I started using my boiler room as a mud room. It's always toasty in there. Plenty of warm pipes for drying racks! Nails for coat hooks, and a Iglue cooler to sit on. If only I could fit a Lazy-boy!




Let us know how the cordless saw works. For some light duty cutting I use a SawZall with a 12" pruning blade. It does a decent job, but I usually get impatient and grab a gas powered saw.
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Saw is a beast. Way out-performed what we expected of it. We went out and attacked some pussy willows, black spruce, and birch trees for ya'll. Enjoy!

Haz a video!

As a note, that's with the 5Ah 20V battery, there's a smaller one 3Ah I believe, and a big one that's like 7.5Ah. We got the saw & battery at Home Depot up here for like $250. Well worth the price to us.
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Wow, I was impressed. You did all the cutting with one 5Ah battery! Did you get a spare blade? I have a electric Craftsmen that was my fathers, (that I used mostly) to cut fire wood that was delivered to the house. It always did a good job as long as the blade was sharp. Speaking of which I need to get a chain sharpener. I must have a half dozen or more blades around here that need sharpening! I still use wood to heat as a back up, but nat. gas spoils you real quick.
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We were impressed too, expected it'd maybe be able to do one tree then we'd have to switch batteries, but that one battery easily could have done more. Figure we could have finished sizing down another two or three black spruce, or a bunch of the willows; including cutting off all the branches so the kids could drag it all out of the underbrush to be prepped for burning, before we'd have even needed another battery. We're /very/ happy with it.

We haven't gotten a second chain yet, but we plan to just for GP. We'll probably be taking ours to the local knife sharpener folks though, they saved my husband $2-$3k on set of new Shun knives last summer so he figures he owes them some business
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