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Old 12-16-2019, 05:44 AM   #61
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I decided to cancel our Vivint security service because we never use it so I had to remove the display from the wall. Then I had to redo all the SS hexes to cover the gap behind it - they weren't aligned correctly on the right and left sides of the outlet it was plugged into so I ended up redoing that entire section in the corner.

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I think we're finally settling into the routine of my husband not having two or three jobs. Getting back on track with our little projects... and some bigger ones in the works as well. Onto today's project though.


The past month or so I've run into a problem with my spice collection so today I fix't it. I've got a 3" spice pull-out (love it,) but it's never really been big enough, and it's gotten much, much worse as I started actually cooking the past couple years. Started with this:

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That was good for a while, but I eventually filled up all the jars. So I added these hexagon jars with magnets:

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That was perfect for a while, but then I filled those up too. So I went to add more to the next row up and ran into a problem:

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I've been "living with" having to pull off the hexagon jars in order to pull out the round ones beneath for quite a while, but then I saw a thing on Amazon and check it out:

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Little baby hexagons!!

They're perfect for my spice blends and smaller quantity stuff AND they even fit between the boards on the top row so I can fit a bunch more in the pull-out now \o/

Ran out of the shorter screws to install the magnets and the rest of the bigger hexs are in the wash, so I'll have to finish up later, but for now we are quite pleased with ourself.



Here's the stuff I used. There's major landfiller on the market. These particular products are the higher quality picks of the litter:

Round spice jars - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Bigger hex jars - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Smaller hex jars - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Magnets (be careful with these things) - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Labels (these are real nice, even survive the dishwasher; remove well too) - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Chalk Marker for custom labels (does not survive washing or much rubbing [not really supposed to], but it's a better brand than any of the others I tried as far as survival) - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Wow looks great! I use like 5 different spices to make anything...............and two of them are salt and pepper!
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^^ Nothing wrong with that, a lot of times simple is perfect. Using strange spices is my version of "wild and crazy" cause I'm super picky heh


In other news, yesterday we ran into town and picked up the smaller screws so this morning I finished it up:

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I've got a few empty jars for some other spices I am hunting for, and I think I'm going to go ahead and order another pack of magnets -- I had figured I didn't want to put in any more than I'd gotten because the spice rack isn't on full extension slides so I can't get into the back of it very easily, however after looking over my "wanted spice list" I think I'll order a couple of Blum slides so I can put in another 8 jars heh

FYI I had forgotten to mention the magnets I listed above use #8 recessed head wood screws. I used both 3/4" and 1/4" long, but you'll want to get the length for your wood. I do not recommend less than 1/4" or the magnets are likely to pull the screws off with the jars (they are very powerful magnets)

Also, pulled the entire cabinet out and redid the magnet alignment with a ruler so they were centered and spaced well - cause OCD - was way better than trying to do it by eye/fumble with the drawer in the cabinet heh I still had to use the right angle drill attachment though.

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Do you have a system for finding them? I notice it's not alphabetical.
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Do you have a system for finding them? I notice it's not alphabetical.
I have a near photographic memory so I know where they all are. The ones in the front on the top two rows are the ones I use most though.
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Lookie what all I got yesterday:

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Also, on the second picture there. DON'T BUY CHEAP FLOORING.

We'd bought that green laminate stuff that's down in there because I liked the size of the faux tiles (they're like 14" squares) and the color was perfect to match my kitchen durastone tile. Threw a 9x12 rug on it that matches the kitchen rugs. Year and a half or two years ago I pulled up the rug to get them all cleaned and found basically the entire floor in the middle is trashed. Water damage; from spilled water/juice/etc (dining table was there), and from bringing wood into the woodstove with the snow, and who knows what else wet (had old dogs and the door in there was how they got outside so it wouldn't surprise me if there were accidents.) Basically every tile in the room has puffed up at the seams (each board is 3 tiles x 1 tile) - it's HORRIBLE and now I have to empty out all my carousel horses (hundreds of them) so we can redo the floor.

Very unhappies about that, but it's gonna have to wait until my other projects are done - I gott'a time line to keep. I think I'm gonna do it in the LifeProof stuff, BUT there's another flooring type (lux vinyl) out there that I can't find the sample of, we'd put that sample in water for 2 weeks with no damage at all - if i ever find the sample I'm getting that stuff.
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Keep in mind that LVT can be water proof. That's good, at least it's not going to rot, but it doesn't necessarily protect the sub floor underneath. Water can still get thru it.
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Yeah. We don't have kids or dogs anymore so other than some snow on the tiles from having a fire there shouldn't be anymore wet "accidents" of either kind \o/
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My latest project might be too big to technically qualify as a "small" DIY, but I'm gonna put it in here anyway.

I'm converting my overflow closet into a guest room for the summer and eventually into a home office.

As part of the project we'll be installing three lights in the game room below, running CAT & RG6 to every bedroom upstairs, running CAT, RG6, Audio, and Video to the kitchen and game room downstairs, and possibly completely redoing our stairs which have an aweful 9" rise.

This weekends task was to empty the new guest room/office of all the clothes stuff and get those to good will, probs need to drop off at least a couple more loads to fit it all into my bedroom closet/dressers. My husband didn't make it through his hanging clothes this weekend, but close enough heh.

* Note: I had pulled the carpet and pad and painted the sub-floor for GP last summer in prep for new flooring and running the cables and lights, but our summer went crazy because spruce beetles got busy. They killed three of my huge 40+' tall spruce trees, plus took out a bunch of smaller spruces - not to mention basically every spruce over 4" around in the entire neighborhood. We took down the smaller ones and had the pros come in to do the ancient ones (I think I posted pics of that somewhere on here - "End Days" thread I believe)

This past weekend I also measured and marked stuff up, so here's my new blank canvas & the marks for the game room lights below. We'll be pulling up the stained sheet of sub-floor and replacing it when we wire in the game room lights next weekend [hopefully, husband might have to attend another office meeting]

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The center mark is for a pool table light that'll be on one switch, and the other two marks will be LED ceiling fixtures on a separate switch. Then in the guest room and hall closets I've marked for running the networking cables and the game room light switches.

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The mark in the hall closet (the tan colored one) [should] line up with this corner of the game room below which was damaged by our huge commercial fridge trying to go through the wall during the 7.0 quake in late 2018. [Related good news, our local McDonalds, which was totaled by the quake and had to be demolished and rebuilt, officially reopened just a couple days ago so we have Big Mac's again \o/]

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We'll be cutting out 4 feet from that corner on both walls next weekend [again hopefully] and eventually building a DVD bookcase under the TV that belongs there.
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Moar loot!

UPS just dropped these off:

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I need 3 more of these cap-a-treads but they'll have to wait to see what we're doing with the stairs. If we gut them entirely to fix the riser height I'll need bigger ones with edge returns.

Also waiting for my folks to get back from S. Africa so I can get the matching risers up here - they don't ship those to Alaska for some stupid reason. Ship the treads which are larger, but risers? NOPE lol
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Ru Roh...

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It was super windy last night. I heard a bang, but when I looked out the front I didn't see anything obvious. I guess the house doesn't want to wait another year or two for a brand new roof & gutters
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Alright, we got the gutter down - husband tried to fall off the roof and 'bout gave me a heart attack, but it's done.

It's not the weekend yet, but I've been busy with my "little" remodeling project (basically half the house is getting changed heh) I thought I'd share some of my plans to better explain what all I'm doing.

Starting in the game room downstairs, this is what we had in there until Nov 2018:
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Kinda hard to see, but under the right side of the tv is where the sheetrock was damaged by the 2018 7.0 quake (epicenter was 13 miles from my house so I'm alright with the minimal damage we took vs others in town here.)

In any event, as you can see we've got all those stupid cubes to hold our DVD collection (or what we've collected since we last purged it) So I decided since the wall was damaged I wanted to build a shallow bookcase for them in the corner. So I drew these plans up:

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I figured since we're gonna be opening up the walls (and we've already got the kitchen ceiling tore up for tin drop-in's) we might as well run cable, internet, and home audio/video to all the bedrooms upstairs and the kitchen and game room downstairs. So I did measurements and got a pile of cables for that.

And while we're at it... There's no lights in the game room, it's a 1978 house so it's just got an outlet on a switch. So we tore out the carpet upstairs in order to pull the subfloor boards and put in a light, and recently a switch in the game room for it - which is why the bookcase got extended into a cue rack to hide the cut across the sheetrock to the end of the wall for a switch. If I have the energy/time I'm going to do stenciled corkboard behind the cues.

Originally we were just going to re-carpet the upstairs bedroom, but we randomly decided to do laminate floor, and since we're doing that bedroom, and the carpet in the upstairs hall is trashed, and the carpet on the stairs is trashed, and the stair risers are far too high...

Uhm, so yeah, that is how you end up "accidentally" remodeling half your house


Here's the existing stairway:

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And the "decorative" plans (for now) for the new ones:

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Not this weekend, but the next one, we'll be tearing the carpet off the stairs and getting exact measurements to see how much work completely rebuilding them to adjust the riser heights will be. The railing picture shows a "cut away" of the existing stair risers/treads, but the thought if we rebuild them is to hang the stairs over that angled half wall. (Also the hand rail and that floor to ceiling post will be trimmed out in maple and stained to match the kitchen cabinets, pool table, and new bookcase. The wainscott is going to be white, the balusters are 1/2" square iron in "pewter grey" (I think I posted a pic somewhere) with the circles being black.

Structurally, we're thinking to put in 3 angled stairs at the bottom landing area. The length to the top landing might be a little tight so we might have to go 7.25ish:11 but that's going to be way better than the 9:12 we have right now. We'll figure that out in a little over a week.

Oh did I mention we have until May 19 to get all this done? lol


Anyway, so I got most of the upstairs done today, pulled all the tack strips in what will be the office as well as the hall closet that's directly above the left wall in the game room. We'll be cutting drywall this weekend - good times.
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Apparently as revenge for trying to give /me/ a heart attack last weekend, this weekend my husband tried to have one - for real. Stage III hypertension. We spent Thursday evening in urgent care >.< We didn't get the sheet rock cut this weekend, but luckily we're not very much behind schedule - and he's fine too

I did get my job for the weekend done, which was taking apart/down the old metal radiator cover in the guest room/office:

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When I saw how bad a shape the fins were in I told my husband I'd like to replace the whole thing and he introduced me to my new adorable best friend; a fin straightener tool! As you can see in these two pics we had some pretty bad damage, I assume from when this was a play-room for the kidos almost twenty years ago:

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In any event, this tool is pretty amazing, though the second pic there was basically folded in half so I had to pull out my handy-dandy painters tool to do the initial straightening like so:

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Then I hit it with the straightener tool and came out with this. Not perfect, but still a massive improvement!

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Things are going a bit slower than usual, go figure. House is an onion so every time we start to do anything we find obstacles or other things to fix. At least it's the former in this particular case


Removing 42-43 year old plywood sub-floor was a tough job for my husband and the youngest [21], one of the boards snapped almost in half. I think if one is removing plywood this old, they should plan on replacing it, was almost impossible not to wreck the corners of the sheets getting the nails up. Only one more board has to come up though so good progress there:

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Removed most of the drywall from the game room below:

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Cut a hole in the upstairs linen closet and spent an entire day fishing cables through. The "light at the end of the tunnel" is coming from the kitchen downstairs. Since I had romex going across the bay I had to do some really uncomfortable reaching to get all all my low voltage cables over top of them (instead of underneath them) to prevent signal interference. We're going to add some kind of separator to keep them "up" [against the bottom of the sub-floor] so they're not laying on the romex there before we button back down the sub-flooring:

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