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Bathroom Remodel #5: Toilet Paper Holder

01-02-2015 07:46 PM by Dan Lyke | 72 comments »

A little side project along the way: Still need to clean up the wall of the niche where it goes before I glue it into place…

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Bathroom Remodel #4: Complexly Marble-ous!

01-02-2015 07:33 PM by Dan Lyke | 28 comments »

Cut a board to protect the tub, put a rim of FortiFlash around the bottom of the board to protect the tub, and then applied Hardiebacker™ around the tub: Mortared the Hardiebacker™ seams: And then started with coats and coats of Red Guard. This was after the first coat applied, but as we did more and more coat and got to the approved thickness (which we were supposed to be able to get in two coats(!)), I started googling around and discovered that other people...

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Bathroom Remodel #3: Rub a dub dub

01-02-2015 07:14 PM by Dan Lyke | 27 comments »

Among the amusements of having the wall around the tub out, this instance where someone missed the stud for an entire row up the button board. I have done this once or twice, but never for the whole damned row, and especially never where I was driving the entire row by hand (I’m pretty sure they didn’t have button-board/drywall nail guns back in 1947…): Insulation and blocking for the new tub was installed: And… when we first ordered the tub, we thought t...

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Ghost Doorbell Ringing Problem...

01-01-2015 03:00 PM by Mark | 160 comments »

Hi All - Attached is a video I made a couple of days ago showing my fun with a little doorbell project – we literally had the doorbell ringing every few days at dinnertime for no obvious reason. It was kind of funny in hindsight, really, as we all were starting to develop sort-of an anti-Pavlovian response: we were all starting to ignore the doorbell! (And occasionally, there were real people out there who would be like… “Didn’t you hear me ringing?”) In...

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Bathroom Remodel #2: Demolition!

12-30-2014 11:41 PM by Dan Lyke | 40 comments »

After much deliberation over tile, and patterns, and tubs, and what all else, we took a deep breath and started drawing on the wall with a Sharpie. Because, really, what else are you gonna do? You can see the paneling that was there beforehand. So we began: And with much violence, the lath and plaster around the tub (the rest of the house is button board and plaster) gave way, and I only swung the axe too far and caused us to have to patch the wall on the other side once: ...

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Home Improvements #2: Does Your Garden Required a Garden Building?

12-23-2014 11:12 AM by frantylouis | 37 comments »

If you have a garden, and also are thinking about if you need a garden building, the solution is almost always yes. Practically every garden requires a garden structure. Because nearly all gardens call for some tools of some type (and also far more besides tools), you’ll very most likely need a garden structure, even if it is only a little one. Garden structures make the work with the garden a lot easier. If you have the garden tools at hand, you won’t be losing time going into...

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A New Year’s Resolution for Better Home Projects Next Year

12-15-2014 08:45 AM by ReubenD | 33 comments »

I was greeted by well over a foot of fresh new snow when I got up this morning. Far more than the changing of dates on the calendar, this made it clear that outdoor projects are now officially on hold until spring. It actually brought a small sense of relief that the “to-do” list has been decimated by the constraints of Mother Nature for the foreseeable future. Sitting and looking at the snow, I was left to ponder the projects of last summer and fall as well as to consider what new projects I...

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Rewiring #3: Finished and Signed Off!

11-20-2014 12:35 AM by Dan Lyke | 31 comments »

Got the final inspection today! Woot! Not a whole lot to add to the previous update, but got the final inspection on the electrical today. Finally. And having sufficient sockets is amazing. The power strip quotient in the house has gone way way down. New LED lights in various places, with dimmers that work for them. It’s all pretty darned amazing. Lessons: Really, once we got the procedure down, running new sockets was pretty easy. A long extension on a hex drive augur bit...

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An interesting Project – Sash Windows

11-04-2014 05:03 PM by ReubenD | 38 comments »

I just completed a project doing some restoration work on beautiful old home in our area. The building has been designated a historical landmark, so some of the work was a lot different than what I am used to doing. The idea of all the work was to keep it true to original architecture to the greatest extent possible. You do not realize how much some of the things that have changed until you try a project like this. The most interesting part of the entire job was getting the windows turned ...

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Sunroom #5: Into the SLC we go...

10-04-2014 01:46 PM by Becky | 35 comments »

I’m writing this entry as more of a checklist / where I’ve been for myself. I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos these past few days and read as much information as I could get my hands on about laying down SLC. There’s a great article on it at my favorite tile forum's reference library or lovingly called the reference library. Anyway, Here’s my short list of specs : 1. Room is 11×13, including one step, and one doorway2. cardboard dams will be placed a...

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