The demolition continues in this segment, with the jack-hammer getting the best of me. Although I rarely get the chance to rejoice during demo, this time I did. Usually I look at the job and think to myself, “It really doesn’t look THA...
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Location: Howell, MI
An individual trying to cut a straight line in life. Bogged down by necessities (like making a living), I would rather spend my time cutting, turning, sanding (well, maybe not sanding), and working with my hands. And oh, most important, spending time with my grandkids.
My first project was building a cabin with my 9th grade teacher in the northern woods of Michigan. Learning how to use power tools, run wire and hook up electricity, and build what was needed set me on my way.
Over the past 10 years or so, I have done about a dozen remodels, mostly kitchens and bathrooms. Decks are another one of those things that I always seem to get involved in. I did one family room and fireplace. I’m a better woodworker than plumber (can’t seem to get that last drop of water from falling off of the trap), and I have managed only to get shocked three times (the last time was sheer stupidity – talking on the phone while doing electrical work). The lesson there – pay attention to what it is you are doing!
Finally, after many years thinking about it, I got my General Contractor license in 2011. I'm finally doing some jobs. Still, it's not my main occupation, but I'm preparing for my next career.
-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.
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Okay. So I was off by a few days. I was going to post this segment several days (week???) earlier, but life got in the way. Back to the story. As all remodels begin, I assessed what was in front of me. Because the house is small, and I mean,...
SWMBO told me that the house was going on sale. That sentence translated into – we’re buying it. The house had belonged to her aunt and uncle, and it didn’t matter whether it was something worth buying. After walking through it (...
Now for the details of the remodeling. Original budget: $14k. Final budget: to be determined (right now we are double the original amount). True, I am finished with the kitchen, and I believe she does not have any further plans for the kitchen,...
This project was completed in early December, but still had a punch-list to finish off (touch up painting, 3rd screws in hinges, etc.). Overall, everything on this job went well. I can’t say I am sorry that I took it on, as I learned a LOT i...