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What home improvement work did you do today?

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

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    Thanks! House is still a work in progress, hopefully over the next few weeks start wrapping up some stuff inside - carpet, LVP, drywall, paint
     
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  2. Sep 10, 2019 at 4:08 PM
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    Finished the steps and re-deck at Pop's house:
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    And finally started my new deck, the future home of the grills and smoker:
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  3. Sep 12, 2019 at 1:10 PM
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    Started figuring out how and where to build a workbench in my garage. I'm looking at 2x4 and plywood construction. So far I'm thining of using 3/4" plywood for the work surface, doubled up to give me a 1.5" thick bench top. I'll probably go 8ft wide and 2ft deep so one sheet will work for the bench top. Gonna need another 1/2 sheet for the shelf below and I'll use the remaining half sheet for a wall mounted shelf above.

    I have an 8" Record vise to mount in one corner of the bench and will be installing a power bar and overhead lighting as well. Maybe a peg board, but I'm not sure about that yet.

    Open to any suggestions on design or layout.
     
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  4. Sep 12, 2019 at 1:28 PM
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    I would use 3/4 for the shelves as well. 1/2 will flex if you put too much weight and is more prone to warp. I would also consider 4x4 posts for legs. Depending on where you mount your vise you may be able to get a couple lags into the post for more strength. Keep in mind you will be using the vise to beat on stuff so you want a sturdy platform. A backboard or back splash so to speak is a must for me too. Nothing worse then dropping stuff off the back of your bench. That also gives you a great place to mount a power strip. I would also suggest building it in a way that gives you some overhang so you can scoot up a stool or chair when working on more delicate stuff.
     
  5. Sep 12, 2019 at 2:03 PM
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    ^^^All great suggestions!
     
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  6. Sep 13, 2019 at 1:45 PM
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    Some suspension tweaks
    Got the planks laid on the floating deck / "Grilling Arena"
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  7. Sep 14, 2019 at 12:47 PM
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    My tile guys are almost halfway done with this master bath shower/tub wall. This tile has water jet cut glass, marble and stone inlays. The amount of intricate details on this tile is insane! Each tile is individually numbered and already precut for the exact wall size. It took 12 weeks to get this tile from Canada after measurements were taken. 3DD314F4-C01E-4E26-B35B-F756275D0757.jpg
    I had these custom made ornamental iron panels installed between the courtyard and the covered walkway.
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    Did you obtain your customer base through a contact list off of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”?
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  10. Sep 15, 2019 at 9:28 AM
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    That’s awesome! :D

    Eta - finally mowed the field for the last time of the year yesterday before the rain came today.
    Before and after

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    Well this is ugly. Explains why the front door at my folks place won't open correctly though. Some rot from an attached deck and damage in the corner all the way to the roof from carpenter ants.

    Shouldn't be too difficult anyway probably 20 feet of new sill plate, maybe 6 new studs and a couple sheets of sheathing... and some new siding where the old man got the grill too close.:rofl:
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    No pictures but I added and changed all the plumbing on my hose pipe spigots. The existing spigots were attached after the water pressure regulator making for some low hose pressure. I don’t have a pressure tester but it feels like it’s double the pressure now.
     
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  13. Sep 15, 2019 at 3:24 PM
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    You guys are more knowledgeable than me. I need some help with this door.

    As you can see, it's leaning to the left. When we shut the door it doesn't latch unless I physically lift up on the handle. I can't latch the deadbolt either.

    I thought about buying a metal file and shaving some off the latches. Any other suggestions?

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    looks great ! how much is that for a 5 gallon bucket ? need to seal my stamped concrete patio next week . did you use a roller to apply ? if so what nap roller ?
     
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    Unclogged the drain in the down stairs half bath where the AC condensate drains into the sink pipe from upstairs. Man that crap is grody as heck and congeals into almost a paper-like mess. Having to bail out the sink every 12 hours was getting old after a couple of days. I'm going to have to get a pro to put the real deal snake in there eventually
     
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    Check the upper hinge to see if the screws are loose or if the hinge is worn. With the door open you can lift up on it and there shouldn't be any movement.
     
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    Some of these guys in the condensate pan should help keep it clean.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E9V4P02/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_i_PzSFDbVTE363Z
     
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  18. Sep 15, 2019 at 4:22 PM
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    I should have mentioned I did that already. They are tight.
     
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    It was a really hard purchase LOL. It’s $285.00 per 5 gallon bucket, and the Eagle sealer at Home Depot is $100.00 per 5 gallon bucket, with excellent reviews.
    After talking to a bunch of concrete contractors, the $285.00 stuff just lasts 3X longer.
    The HD cheap stuff works and looks great right after install, but you have to apply it 3X more often. I’m all about work smarter, not harder - and buy once, cry once.

    And you’re supposed to use a metal sprayer to install or roller. The concrete guys said sprayer is best for an even application (vs roller) so I sprayed. Probably 10X quicker than rolling too.
    The $125.00 sprayer should last me a really long time.

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    For that the easy way is to take the screws out of the bottom hinge and get a shim in thick enough to square the top. Then put the screws back in tight. Don’t be shy about using longer drywall screws to secure it again. Should take you about 3 minutes total. Don’t file anything off - it’ll square right back up.
     
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    Going for a more open look in the house. Just finished building a garage and mud room and am in the process of integrating it all so doesn’t look all cut up. Installed LVLs this weekend and hung the wall board. Put the first coat of mud on everything and left it for next weekend. Home improvements never end!

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    44 REC 350 Panels close up.jpg I'm getting ready to put solar panels on the garage roof. Here's my SketchUp drawing of the layout.
    The garage is a steel building with steel I-beams @ 14' OC and 2X8 purlins between the beams @ 3' OC going up the roof.

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    The report came back from the engineer and the roof failed the structural analysis.

    I now need to sister on new 2X8s onto the existing purlins. :(

    I already knew I had to replace the metal roof so now my fall just got a lot busier, and more expensive. :spending:
     
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    The screws in the door hinges are usually only long enough to grab into the door jamb. When you have a solid core door or an exterior door they typically sag overtime from the heavy weight. If you remove two of the upper hinges screws and replace them with 3”-3 1/2” screws you will anchor the hinge into the jack and king studs. This should help remove the sag in the existing door and realign the door lock again.
     
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    Tried this tonight. No dice. May have to try the shim as suggested above. The original screw heads were nearly stripped so it appears the previous owner was screwing with it as well.

    To be clear, I replaced the screws on the frame, not on the door. Is this what you were suggesting?


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    If you can take off the one side of interior trim to see the space between the door jamb and the framing on the hinge side. Those screws should have grabbed into the stud. What size screw did you use? Sometimes I’ll use an exterior deck screw because it has a larger diameter thread and a larger head to grab the hinge. If the door itself is having issues you can replace the whole door and jamb for around $300-$500 pending your door selection. Those screws in the photo look like drywall screws. Make sure they have a larger thread like an exterior rated screw to grab into the framing.
     
  28. Sep 16, 2019 at 4:19 PM
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    You're right, I just check and these screws are the longest I had but they are only 2.5". They looked longer. I'll buy some longer ones and report back later this week. Thanks for the help.
     
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    Take one of the short screws out of your door. Make sure when you get the longer screws the thread is as big as your existing screw. This is very important. I also like the exterior rated screws because they have a larger Phillips head with a square drive, so they don’t strip like a standard Phillips screws head will.


    They look like this. A748C5C8-DA3C-45C4-989E-507893565AB4.jpg
     
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