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Home Improvment thread

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Sean266, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. Oct 1, 2016 at 11:07 AM
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    Sean266

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    I don't think we have one of these. I'll start.
    Wife and I are currently finishing staining our cabinets. Restrooms are done and now we're finishing the kitchen.
    Each layer of finishing takes about 8 hours to dry.
    Wife has done a kick ass job with the painting and I've been doing everything else.

    Just purchased a new fridge. Next applicances to be replaced are the dishwasher and stove.

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  2. Oct 1, 2016 at 12:52 PM
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    My wife's favorite show is Fixer Upper and is constantly doing stuff to decorate the house. The garage is my domain and the house is hers.
     
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  3. Oct 1, 2016 at 1:45 PM
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    Funny. I have the garage too, and I let her make any interior decisions (colors, appliances, accessories, etc.) she picked out the cabinet and drawer handles and I did the install.
     
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  4. Oct 1, 2016 at 2:26 PM
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    Sounds like my marriage license. "The female party shall hertoforth have complete executive authority over any and all residential areas including: kitchen, bedrooms, living area, bathrooms and any additions said party deems applicable. The male party can have the garage"

    Only problem is......we don't have a garage.

    I think I got the shit end of that stick.

    Not to mention, I do all the installing, modifications and maintenance her majesty wants/needs.
     
  5. Oct 1, 2016 at 4:13 PM
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    Almost exactly a year ago I framed and finished the majority of the basement in our old house - we promptly sold it for a substantial profit (enough to buy my Tundra and put a bunch down on a new build house). I've done zero home improvement projects for about 7 months now, and I'm getting cabin fever. I enjoy refinishing old furniture and shade tree gunsmithing, can't do that stuff in a 1000 ft^ apartment.

    The 45 degree corner on this wall was fun figuring out. I also did all the electrical and built the window sill out of nice finish wood. My first time taking on all of these things together at the same time. All in all I think it turned out great.

    I don't have detailed pics for the process, but I also framed and finished the family room (became movie room) in our basement and did the drop ceiling with the canned lights. Drop ceiling was a MASSIVE PAIN IN THE ASS and I'll never do that again.

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  6. Oct 1, 2016 at 5:09 PM
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    Good thing I opted for the dbl cab 6 foot bed....hauling 12 foot long boards wouldn't have worked in a 5 foot bed.20150822_141426.jpg Shiplap going up.20150829_180641.jpg
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  7. Oct 1, 2016 at 5:41 PM
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    That looks amazing and is a great idea. I might have to see if I can screw something similar up when our house is done.
     
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  8. Oct 1, 2016 at 5:46 PM
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    Thanks. Even though I have some experience in the wood working department this project was relatively easy. I would have laid the boards a different way for ease of installation for the last row.
     
  9. Oct 2, 2016 at 7:43 AM
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    My wife and I just started our first floor remodel and landscape screening along the road for privacy. The house is a 1955 cape that my Grandparents built and we bought two weeks ago. Its your typical New England cape, tiny kitchen and no storage. I'm doing the majority of the work myself to save on labor. We are basically swapping our kitchen and dining room and removing the walls to give us a completely open floor plan for the 1st floor.

    Landscaping was done this weekend, We cleared an area of the lawn about 30' wide by 100' long and planted a mixture of 35 trees, shrubs and decorative grasses. Area just needs to be mulched. (fuck digging holes in New England, you can't dig more than 4 inches with out hitting a rock.)

    Since our lot is on a slope we have a drainage issue during spring runoff and end up with water in our basement. So in the spring we will be building a retaining wall on a footing and re-grading the up hill side of the yard to shed water to the wood line.

    The inside renovations consist of
    1) Gut entire first floor down to studs.
    2) New windows (adding a bay window in the living room and a garden window over the sink)
    3) replace load bearing walls with LVL beams
    4) install new red oak hardwood floors where linoleum is, sand and refinish whole house.
    5) replace all old electrical circuits. (just upgraded panel to 200 amp service from glass fuses, but new wiring with a ground needs to be run from the panel out.)
    6) install recessed lighting and incorporate Wink home automation system to control all lighting, security and other capable devices.
    7) move plumbing for kitchen to other side of house.
    8) install new insulation
    9) hang new drywall for entire first floor
    10) install new baseboard heaters and replace old copper with PEX
    11) install 120lb propane tank for stove and grill.
    12) install new cabinets and appliances.
    13) install trim and crown molding
    14) paint interior
    15) Paint exterior (probably wont happen until spring.)

    Hoping to be done by Thanksgiving but realistically we will probably run into Christmas.

    Total Reno budget $60k (if I contracted the work out this would easily be well over $100k)

    Here's the Before pictures. They are a little dark but you can get the idea.

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    Yes my pitbull has claimed the leather chair as his dog bed.

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  10. Oct 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM
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    :eek: You want to do all that by yourself in 2 months????
     
  11. Oct 2, 2016 at 11:09 AM
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    contractor is doing the structural work and flooring is being done by another company, cabinet maker installs the cabinets and countertops.

    I'm doing demo, electrical, plumbing, windows, trim and finish.
     
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  12. Jan 21, 2017 at 6:13 AM
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    So here is my garage project...

    my wife and I had been renting houses and apartments for 12 years and we never had a garage that we could make our own and build it out the way we wanted. we also didn't have any organization for our tools and supplies (other than putting them in big gray plastic bins). trying to find stuff was impossible and I know we have ended up buying duplicates of tools and supplies. so when we bought our house last year I came up with some plans for the garage. the goal is to have everything off of the floor, have a workbench, proper storage, and to be able to fit both vehicles in the garage for when it hails (yes, the tundra barely fits in the garage :) ). getting both vehicles in the garage will be super tight but its worth the fuss instead of getting hail damage.

    the duration of this project is over 6 months. after buying the house, we were tight on cash and I had to save up for everything. I also did everything my self to save money.

    here is my starting point. the builder finished the garage with drywall and it is mostly ready to paint. also, you can see all the crap that I need to get off the ground and all the gray bins that are full of stuff that I need to organize.

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    the previous owner was rough on the house and especially in the garage. they only owned it for 18 months and the guy had already replaced a whole section of drywall and he left us with 2 big gashes in the drywall.

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    I had never repaired drywall before, so I watched a bunch of videos on youtube and then headed to home depot for some supplies.
    here, I cut away the damaged sections. you can also see the screws from when the previous owner replaced a sheet of drywall. also, he didn't patch over the screws.

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    I cut out a couple of drywall patches and screwed them in.

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    I masked the seams with drywall tape and puttied over the seams and screws.

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    I sanded everything down

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    I had to do a second application of putty and sanding to get it really smooth.

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    I think it turned out pretty good for my first attempt at drywall repair. and it only cost about $50.

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    the next step is to paint the garage. I used a high quality satin paint. all the paint and supplies were about $300. doing it myself saved a lot of money. I guessed that it would have been about $1000 to pay someone else to do it.
    here is the left side of the garage painted. you cant even tell that the drywall was patched.

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    I got half of the garage painted and then had move all my crap from the right side of the garage to the left side of the garage.

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    the right side of the garage was in pretty good shape and I only had to place tarps and masking.

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    painting the ceiling (and especially above the garage door) was a pain in the ass. it was raining that day, but it was july in texas and it was 95 degrees with 98% humidity. when I had to close the garage door, the temperature in the garage was almost unbearable, but the sweat equity was totally worth it :)

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    the next step in the project was to add shelving. I planned to build in 38 feet of shelving and I decided to use closet shelving since it is finished. on the weekend that I went to buy all the supplies, all the closet shelving (wood) was on sale. everything only cost about $300. again, paying someone to do this would have easily been over $1000. probably closer to 2k.
    I did this work in august so it was miserably hot in the garage.
    here I screwed the wood supports into the studs and tested the fit and placement of a shelf.

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    8 foot length of shelf mounted in place. I was going to place a bracket at every stud, but I think that would have been overkill. even at every other stud, the shelf can support a lot of weight.

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    finished the 14 foot section on the right side of the garage.

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    one thing that pissed me off is that the "8 foot" shelves are not 8 feet. instead, they are 7 feet 11 3/4 inches. wtf? I assumed the 8 feet and my cuts were off.

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    I also rigged up a place to hang the bikes.

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    I offset them so that they could hang closer together.

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    started to get stuff off the floor.

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    on to the left side of the garage and another 14 feet of shelving.

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    ohh.. and I had to thank my neighbor for letting me use his saw. I would not have been able to do this without it.

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    left side finished.

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    also added 10 feet to the front of the garage.

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    now, the pile of stuff is much smaller.

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    this struck me as funny.... the difference between men and women. my wife has 7 pairs of outdoor footwear whereas I only have a single pair of old shoes :)

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    the garage is already looking much better.

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    the next thing that I wanted to do is have a place to hang the garden tools and other stuff. home depot has 2 feet x 4 feet peg boards for about $8. so, for about $50, I built in 2 peg boards with all the hangers.

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    when my wife came out and saw this she said, "ohh.. that's cool. can you add another one right next to it?" o_O so off to home depot for more supplies :)

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    I do think 2 sections was a good idea. we now have extra room for stuff.

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    at home depot, I found some better bike hangers where the peg board supplies were. these are much more sturdy.

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    now for the workbench, toolbox, cabinets, etc. I went with husky because they have all these modular units that work together and look pretty sharp. I had to save up for a few months to get these and, unfortunately, they were not on sale. all the pieces cost about $1700.
    the first shipment came in...

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    all assembled and I just placed the pegboards on the workbench for now.

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    the tool box came in a week later. what I love about this set are the small, rolling tool boxes. when not in use, they fit out of the way right under the workbench. and if you need the extra workspace, you can roll them out and use them as additional workbenches or wheel around the box to where you are working.

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    hung the peg boards.

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    all in place.

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    next, I wanted to add some lighting above the workbench. I found these led light strips for $18 a piece. whats cool is that they are linkable. you can connect about 30 of these together into a single outlet.

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    while I was at it, I also mounted a power strip next to the workbench.

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    I am super happy with the results.

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    the next thing to do is go through all the gray bins and all my tools to see what I actually have. then i can put everything in its place and clear off the garage floor. :)

    thanks for looking :)
     
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  13. Jan 21, 2017 at 6:34 AM
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    I mostly build furniture but have done several projects: Floors, dining table, exterior remodel, faux fireplace, and converted a hallway closet to a nook.

    And yes - I use my Corolla to haul everything except sheet goods. Exactly why I need a truck.

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    Nice work @Netmonkey and well thought out! Very professional!

    Love the LED's, how sturdy you built the shelves and even marking each plastic bin of their contents.

    If I could make two observations; the peg board wall holding the yard tools is a great idea. If your clamps are strong enough you may get a little more room to walk past if you turn the rake, broom etc upside down.

    Also I have outlined each tool hanging on cork boards with an black marker. It makes it easier to remember what went where.

    Beautiful garage!
     
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    I'm ROTFLMAO!!!!
     
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    Nice!!!
    Doesn't it feel amazing knowing you did that with your own two hands??

    Kick ass job for your first time patching drywall BTW!!
     
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    Nice workmanship!

    Now think of the money you'll save/ earn if you had a truck to haul bigger items in!

    It has to be a Tundra though because any other truck will bring misery and grief!
     
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    Very nicely done! Congrats to work well done, it turned out great and looks pretty cool too. For never having done drywall you've def done a superb job on that. You could get a part-time job doing drywall if you wanted.
     
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    ^^^^^^^ This is me as well, too funny!! lol :D
     
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    Shit bro, I think that's the majority of us!! LOL
     
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