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Simple Hall Way redo.

Blog series by MarkTheFiddler consisting of 6 parts so far

Part 1: Day 1. Demo and reinforcing the banged up corners.

07-09-2012 02:11 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 4 comments »

Howdy! I’m not a pro. That’s going to be easy to see. The only thing is that I have been redoing my entire house from the inside out. My next big budget buy is the wood floor for the living room. Can’t do it yet. Might as well take on a cheaper project. Nasty paint, old carpet, can lights, banged up corners. I don’t want to paint it the same color as the living room but both the hall and living room share a wall. I have plans for that. I ended up...

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Part 2: Day 2, Texturing corners, painting and dog hair!

07-10-2012 03:07 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 5 comments »

I got my corners smoothed out then blended in some crows foot pattern. I got out my shop lights so I could start painting. What do you know. I had done a lousy job on one section of my texture blending. Note to self. Use the shop lights during texturing. I started painting one side of the door frames down to the floor. The doors I left alone – for now. I’ll paint them two at a time in the garage. The main thurst of the oil painting was to a) paint the part that was ...

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Part 3: The big slowdown on day 3.

07-11-2012 03:50 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 9 comments »

I was busy all day but don’t feel like I have much to show for it. I painted the closet. Those suckers are little rooms. It took the better part of 3 hours. I touched up some of the trim work, used the shop light to find flaws in all my paint job. Touched those up as well. I under cut all the door frames, scraped the last bit of junk off the floors and marked my lines. I rigged up a couple of saw horses in the garage. I put a sturdy deck screw into the closet door then clamped a ...

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Part 4: Day 7

07-16-2012 04:18 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 9 comments »

This was definitely a long day. I did a door – big deal. But I was determined to finish the floor. It was 6:00pm by the time I got all the tile down. At 7. I got home with the grout. I added water to the bucket from the hose and I said “That looks like 2 quarts!” No more eyeballing the water. It took 1.3 bags of grout to get the right consistency from my eyeball method. I started grouting an began to wonder about the expert advice I had received about the edges....

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Part 5: Not so simple

07-19-2012 04:58 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 4 comments »

Day 10: Yesterday. I started dry fitting my base boards and I got completely twisted. To my credit, I put the compressor away without firing a single shot. I opened up a forum question instead and got some really sound advice. The sound advice is unfortunately going to set my project back by as much as a week. It will be worth it in the end. Now I’m thinking about plinths, coping, caulking another other wonderful subjects to make those baseboards look just so. Day 11: Today (for a fe...

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Part 6: The End in Sight?

07-21-2012 05:23 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 36 comments »

The end is not necessarily in sight but my stopping point will be soon I think. I have started attaching base boards tonight but I quit a few minutes after 9:00 I don’t want my neighbors on the war path because of my miter saw noise. The dremel tool isn’t terribly quiet either. As for inside the house, the compressor is a noisy beast. I put up the trim to divide the hallway from the living room. I also got a few pieces of base board attached. As you can see I ...

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