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What home improvement work did you do today?

Discussion in 'Home Improvement' started by atrinh15, Apr 28, 2018.

  1. Feb 4, 2019 at 8:24 PM
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    Got it setup on our phone’s Alexa app, but it’s not just “Alexa, open Garage Door”, you have to add “ask Meross to”. Maybe that way you don’t do it easily by mistake. So I instead, I renamed the Meross device something else.

    To surprise my wife as we approach our house, I say to the dash mounted phone: “Alexa, ask Meross to open thy gate to me lady’s domain”. Voila, my wife sees the garage open... she looks at me and says, “F’in nerd” lol (I named it back to “Garage Door”)
     
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  2. Feb 4, 2019 at 9:39 PM
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    LMFAO!!!! That’s hilarious! I’m going to pull some shit like that on my wife :D
    We have Alexa throughout the house and smart dimmers on almost all of our lights.
    I can’t wait to re-name the master bedroom LMFAO!!
     
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  3. Feb 4, 2019 at 9:54 PM
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  4. Feb 9, 2019 at 4:49 AM
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    Leveling kit, 285/70R18 EXOs
    Bought a Sthil 271 chainsaw yesterday. I have about 12 pine trees on the outside of my house to cut down. Now what do I do with all the logs? lol

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  5. Feb 9, 2019 at 5:34 AM
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    Before pics of a stone sidewalk and front porch project. I had all the stone demoed out and expanded the size of the front porch. 597FC594-32AD-470C-9C45-8C5F75CA8D0E.jpg 8F0FACEF-15FF-41C3-89B6-D039A1D5DF76.jpg
    Removed the old cast iron fence. Pushed the front porch sidewalk out another 2’ to make it flush with the front house foundation. 1,200 linear feet of fencing is almost done. Paint and post caps will go on after we finally get some dry weather.
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    I had the sidewalk off the driveway flared. I will have new landscaping & low voltage lighting done in the next month. Next week I’m having all the red stamped concrete grinder, applying a bonding agent, having a stone overlay finish done and stained to clients specs. When it’s all done it will be one uniform look.
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    Here’s my second phase of landscape lighting. I’m doing 4-5 down light in each of the oak trees & 1-2 well up lights on each tree.
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  6. Feb 9, 2019 at 7:22 AM
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    I might just do that. I have a fire pit already so I will have a hefty stockpile. Luckily my buddy is clearing farm land and said I could take it there too and he'll burn it
     
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  7. Feb 9, 2019 at 8:43 AM
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    Jim, you are one smart cookie!
     
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    Thank you Jim! I love what I do and find a lot of personal satisfaction from making ideas into reality. I’ll post up more pics as the project progresses.
     
  9. Feb 9, 2019 at 11:18 AM
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  10. Feb 9, 2019 at 11:36 AM
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    Finally, started making my kitchen cabinet doors, everything book matched. It's a balancing act. Kitchen cabinet doors to make the wife happy, meanwhile the LT kit is going on right outside the Kitchen window. :DIMG_20190209_112647806.jpg
     
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  11. Feb 9, 2019 at 11:45 AM
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    Beautiful work. Did you build the boxes and island too? Doors came out great!
     
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  12. Feb 9, 2019 at 11:47 AM
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    TC LT w/ king 2.5 C/O and bypass, ADS bypass rear, Toytech shackles, TRD dual exhaust dumped, KM3 37s on Method standard +18. N_Fab front bumper, Westin rear w/ hitch relocate, RCI skids, Desert Eagle tranny skid, All Pro sliders, ARB dual compressor, 5.29 gears and ARB rear locker
    Thanks Sean. Yes, I built everything from the dirt up. All the doors, windows and furniture.
     
  13. Feb 9, 2019 at 11:48 AM
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    Wow you are a very talented man Warren. I wish I could do work like that. Very impressive.
     
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  14. Feb 9, 2019 at 11:50 AM
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    Thanks Sean, less talent than....old :D
     
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  15. Feb 12, 2019 at 5:56 PM
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    Made a little dust collection bucket today for my basement "workshop". Parts were laying around for free and I have a old shop vac i can use with it, or my new stainless ridgid if I want.
    Should cut down on dust and keep my shop vac filters clean, those filters are not cheap. The hose from the top goes to the shop vac the side hose does the sucking, it fits in chop saw output but can be used under table saw or just for vacuuming up around the workbench.


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  16. Feb 13, 2019 at 7:19 AM
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    Creativity at its best, Sean! I like repurposing stuff I have lying around.
     
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  17. Feb 13, 2019 at 3:10 PM
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    And it worked. A little bit of sawdust did pass through to the shop vac but not much

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  18. Feb 13, 2019 at 3:13 PM
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    How's the sheetrock repair?
     
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    Sheetrock will go up Friday. I have the day off so I should be able to do it. I've been waiting for everything to completely dry out. Also waited 10 days for parts to fix the bathtub. After 3 different parts I finally got the right one yesterday, and the tub is no longer leaking. So I can finally fix the drywall now.
     
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    Started a wood accent wall in our living room. The hard part is out of the way cutting around all the outlet boxes and air return. Should go pretty quickly now.
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  21. Feb 13, 2019 at 6:16 PM
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    My washer machine grenaded itself while the wife was out and she came home to water everywhere. Floors in the laundry room was toast...not a big deal. We've been wanting to replace the floor anyhow.
    But the mudroom's wall that is underneath the laundry, shows alot of water sign. And then in the basement, you can see the same walls and water sign.
    Right now we have fans going, airing everything out. But, my question is, do I need to replace the drywall now? Or paint over the water spots? There is no signs of bubbling in the drywall, so i figured its ok to air out then paint.

    What do you think?
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    Just depends how soaked the drywall is.
     
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    I'd probably leave the fans on it for 3 or 4 days and re-evaluate.
     
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    Doesn't look too bad to me. After it dries you shoudl be fine from what I can see in the photos.
     
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    Thanks fellas. I just checked on the drywall and it's already more dry than 5 hours ago. I'll check again tomorrow after work and go from there!
     
  26. Feb 14, 2019 at 4:53 AM
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    Doesn't look too bad. If the drywall isn't flaking/bubbling after drying, I would go ahead and prime/paint over it.
     
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    My wife has this on her honey-do-list for me. o_O
    Besides trimming out the outlets/etc, is the install fairly simple? Are you using flooring for material or something specific?
    And are you nailing directly to Sheetrock/studs? What type of nail?
    Sorry - and thank you :D
     
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    What kinda wood do you wanna use? If you use a tongue and groove you can blind nail (yes, to the studs) and have no fasteners showing. The last board needs to be face nailed. If you're running crown moulding that will cover the face nails. If not running crown moulding, you may consider starting at the top and working down. Several benefits to this; face nails can be concealed behind base board and any rip (different width piece) will be less noticeable down low than up at the top. A nail gun like this will work, depending on thickness of material.
    https://www.amazon.com/Senco-4G0001N-FinishPro-15-Gauge-4-Inch/dp/B00008NFQ7
     
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    First off, beautiful home and property you've got there. Was admiring all your photos!

    I'm using some "weathered" boards that can be bought straight from Home Depot made by Weaber. They come in boxes of 8 boards and run $25 a box. Comes in grey, white/cream, and random wood tone colors. The one I'm using is the Nantucket Grey. There are some boards that are "no good" because of cracks/splits or strange edges but some of the board is salvageable so I only have about 3 boards from a total of 5 boxes that I probably won't use. They vary in thickness a bit as well but again that's what makes the "barn wood" look.
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    Fastening to the wall I'm using dots of construction adhesive (insert favorite flavor here, I'm using Loctite PL375) and 18 gauge brad nails either 1.5" or 1.75" (I can't remember) at the studs (and occasionally on board ends if needed, still holds ok in the drywall till the adhesive sets). I knuckle knocked the studs and then just penciled a line up the wall.

    For trimming out the outlet cuts I have a cheap Harbor Freight multi-tool with a wood blade on it, makes plunge cuts super simple and precise.
    https://www.harborfreight.com/oscillating-multi-tool-62279.html

    Overall, the install is fairly simple and not difficult, just time consuming. The main points I would say are:

    - Make sure you paint your wall first with a complementary color behind. There will be small gaps as you go (i.e. my wall is grey and I'm using gray boards)

    - As you lay your boards, find ones of equal width to lay next to each other. It will make the next row tighter with less gaps.

    - Alternate the side of the wall you start the next row on and also start in the middle with a board sometimes. You want to make sure you're always alternating your board seams and randomizing it wherever possible. You don't want seams lining up all the way up your wall, it would look funny. Also starting on the left or right side of the wall will make sure you don't have all your long boards on one side and all your short boards on the other. When starting in the middle, I've been nailing a full board randomly in place (not matching the end gaps from the below rows), and then fitting the other boards into the remaining space on either side. I've found that has been working well for randomizing the wall.

    - For the outlet boxes I used box extenders so I could mount the outlets and faceplates on top of the wood, I didn't like the look of keep the faceplates mounted on the wall and trimming the wood around them. Would have looked off in my opinion.

    - Last bit of advice, if you end up that the top edge of your row varies in height, eliminate your gap on the top edge and make it flat again all the way across by cutting/ripping boards as needed. If you zoom in on my photo, you may be able to find spots where I used my table saw to rip a 1/8"-1/4" off about half the board edge here and there. I then would rip other boards to width to match so the top edge would be perfectly flat for the next row. If you end up ripping any boards lengthwise always have the cut edge down toward the floor so you won't see the "uncolored" edge. I will post another picture of some of those spots specifically so you can see what I mean.

    Hopefully all my advice makes sense. The progress I made from the first picture to the one below took about the same amount of time to complete. Once you get around all the outlet cuts and fitments, it goes pretty quick. The table saw makes easy work of the fitment cuts I need to make. A miter saw would make the cross cuts much quicker but I don't have one yet so have just been using the table saw. I could use my handheld circular but I want the cuts to be nice and flat on the cross cuts as well.



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    Goodyear UltraTerrain AT 275/70/r18, Stoptech Cryo Slotted Rotors/Hawk LTS Pads, DECKED, and lots more!

    I looked at using tongue and groove as well but it is significantly more expensive. May end up using it for the bathroom remodel or do some faux shiplap with plywood. I would have loved to blind nail but even surface nailing they aren't super noticeable. I'm using a Harbor Freight "better" level brad nailer, not the cheapest and not the most expensive one they make. Came in a blowmold case and can hold a small box of brad nails in it too. Feels like every other brad nailer I've ever used and I expect it to work for a long time...and it was $30. They sell at 15 gauge finish nailer for $99 that is equivalent to Hitachi, and the Banks 16 gauge finish nailer is $85. All solid options I think if you're not using them every day all day they should last for many many years.
    https://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools/nailers-staplers/18-gauge-brad-air-nailer-64140.html
     
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