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my list of projects that I posted earlier are done, now I want to build a cornhole set (but I'll buy the bags).

oh, and page 3.

5/25/2010 2:36:10 PM

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"what do you want to do to it?"


new playing surface, add ramps to edges and corners; among other smaller things which are easy (replace bearings, men)

5/26/2010 9:00:42 AM

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fiancée is going to be doing some painting soon, she wants to repaint the bathroom and master bedroom.

I'm having fun getting the garage organized!

5/26/2010 9:04:37 AM

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anyone built a play-set / swing-set before?

5/26/2010 3:48:31 PM

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^ I put one of the packages from Lowe's together for my son's 1st birthday.

after that experience, i would HIGHLY recommend buying the kit. it is WAAAAY less costly than trying to design and build one yourself

the quality is good, the assembly was easy (1 person, 2-2.5 hrs). just the lumber alone would have been double what I paid for the basic swing set/slide combo

5/26/2010 4:26:45 PM

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it started out as an 8' x 4' sheet but i snapped it putting it into my car
first glue application for wood frame pieces was absolutely ineffective
first hole into the wall hit the side of a stud
missed pretty much every other screw by a few millimeters
and it doesn't erase very well

/handyman

5/27/2010 9:01:09 PM

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well complete.

6/1/2010 2:23:13 PM

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Even thoughg I'm a pro I'll still share... Feel free to ask how.





Lot more to do but the rain is really slowing us down... can't compact mud.
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6/1/2010 8:47:45 PM

qntmfred
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wow that's nice

6/1/2010 10:25:21 PM

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hahahahah, I really really really really want to put that quote up on my whiteboard. I don't think my boss would take it well though.

6/2/2010 3:02:22 PM

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Finished. No one else have anything going on?

6/11/2010 8:46:59 PM

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looks really, really good. congrats

6/11/2010 9:30:42 PM

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^^ not now... thanks a lot


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6/11/2010 10:31:09 PM

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this is small potatoes compared to you guys, but I made a box for my truck amp today. the best place for an amp in my truck (04 chevy colorado) is where a hinged storage box used to be, which also acts as the base of the rear jump seat. without the box, I couldn't use the seat and the amp would slide around. you can see the passenger side hinged box in the second picture.

with the box, the amp sits still and the seat is usable. I kept the front and back sides open and used peg board on the top so I could maintain airspace around the amp. I also cut out notches so that the power/speaker/rca/gain connectors/knobs are still accessible. the amp box is a little bigger than the stock storage box, mainly because I had to extend it out further so that the front support could sit on the flat portion of the floorboard







6/12/2010 6:30:19 PM

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Built my daughter a wooden play set for her 4th birthday. Still need to sand it down but it's pretty much done. Added a baby swing for the youngest last weekend that isn't in this photo. We bought a hardware kit off of Amazon that comes with some brackets, the swings, and instructions. Had to do everything else myself. Added some extras like railing on the platform and a pirate ship wheel and telescope.

I figure in the end I saved probably over $700 compared to buying the kit and having someone install it for me.

6/13/2010 9:10:56 PM

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^I did the exact same thing for my niece and nephew, got the kit with the brackets and stuff, then bought the lumber separate, I can't remember exactly how much it was but I remember we saved a LOT versus buying a whole kit and having it installed.

One day I'll take pictures of all the stuff I did in my sisters house (unfortunately, we didn't take before pictures), but essentially we remodeled the whole house ourselves. The design was retarded (as it usually is when somebody builds a house specifically for themselves by themselves) so we tore down a bunch of walls and rebuilt a bunch, hardwood floor everywhere, panted all the ugly ass paneling, painted and popcorned the ceiling, replaced most all of the light fixtures and ceiling fans, built steps into the basement (they didn't have any steps inside, the only way was to go outside), converted a very unnecessary bathroom to a closet, crown molding, trim and all that, tiled countertops, backsplashes and bathrooms, etc. The list was actually quite staggering, that's all I can think of for now though.

6/13/2010 9:53:30 PM

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^ oohh you put in crown moulding? I have questions

Did you cope your inside corners or just do miter cuts and fill in the gaps with caulk? I'm leaning towards trying the straight miter method and using a really good miter protractor to get the angles as close as possible.

6/13/2010 11:32:56 PM

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ha, when i did crown molding, i ended up doing both.

the intent was the cope the inside corners, but I could never get them perfect. Since my mouldings were stained, I had to fill in the gaps with wood filler.

you can see the flaws up close, but if you're just checking out the room, it's not really visible.


I love crown molding, but fucking HATE HATE HATE HATE installing it.

6/13/2010 11:39:02 PM

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i did the crown moulding in our house when we built three years ago...and i squared off with my old school dad. he was all about coping the corners, but i told him i wanted to figure out the miter cut. he did a few his way, and a few my way...well, the miter cut ended up looking better and it was quicker. it took me about an hour to finally figure it out, but once i did, we rolled around the rooms and it looks good. it was probably the funnest part of wood working i did when building the house. good luck!

6/14/2010 12:47:23 AM

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We just mitered as well, but the lesson we learned was do it all in one day, without adjusting the miter box for anything else until you are done. We spread it out over a few days, and we discovered that we could never get the exact right angle to match in the corner if we adjusted the miter and tried to put it back to the same angle as before. It required a LOT of wood putty and sanding, but as was said earlier it looks good from a distance, but if you are up really close you can see all the flaws

6/14/2010 7:27:51 AM

raiden
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lot of painting got done this weekend.

Now I need to organize the garage, suggestions on garage organization?

6/14/2010 10:25:13 AM

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crown moulding is the hardest trim to do IMO. Bed it in the miterbox upside down and cut it backwards.

good luck!

6/14/2010 9:47:17 PM

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^^

I tried to plan out everything in the garage so it would be SO AWESOME AND PERFECT.

but, man, you just can't.

look at what you got, and find a spot for it, and then when you acquire new shit that needs a place you have to rearrange it all anyway.

I've got a shelf from this guy, and then have some other random shelving, and a bunch of random hooks. it's not going to win any awards, but it looks pretty good. I painted it with a grey primer that I had leftover from painting my drinking room.

6/14/2010 9:56:34 PM

raiden
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^ thanks

Yeah I have a feeling that garage organization is going to be a constant battle. Oh well, there are worse problems.

6/15/2010 8:34:09 AM

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yeah, i was also going to seal my floor. even spent several hundred dollars on stuff to do it with.

have yet to have the time to actually apply it in two years.

6/15/2010 4:35:51 PM

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"he was all about coping the corners, but i told him i wanted to figure out the miter cut."


That makes no sense. For an inside joint you have to cope at least one of the corners if you want it to match up well. The extra material behind the exposed face isn't going to go away no matter what angle you cut it at.


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"We just mitered as well, but the lesson we learned was do it all in one day, without adjusting the miter box for anything else until you are done. We spread it out over a few days, and we discovered that we could never get the exact right angle to match in the corner if we adjusted the miter and tried to put it back to the same angle as before."


I don't see why this would matter. Very few of your corners are going to be exactly square and even less of them will be the same angle. Some will be 88 degrees and some will be 93 degrees; and you'd never know the difference by just looking at it. If you're cutting all of your boards for an assumed 90 degree corner you were just as far off as you would have been if you reset the angle for every cut and missed it by a degree or two.

Personally, I don't measure the corner and then cut to spec...I cut them all at 45 degrees and then fill it in with wood putty on the molding or caulked seams on the wall. I'm puttying/painting over it so it doesn't have to be perfect at the initial cut. I'm the Michelangelo of the wood putty world.

6/15/2010 5:28:19 PM

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cut all inside corners for 88-degrees and outside corners for 272-degrees. you only see the front, but not the back and this leaves 1-deg of "slop" behind the joint, but the face matches up fairly well and you only have to putty the top and bottom of the joint*

* - unless your crown has a deep profile, then you have a crack

6/15/2010 6:40:46 PM

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"That makes no sense. For an inside joint you have to cope at least one of the corners if you want it to match up well. The extra material behind the exposed face isn't going to go away no matter what angle you cut it at.
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^^what i was saying was that my dad took off in a room coping the interior angles, and i took off in a room working on miter cuts. my 'mitered' room eventually looked better and moved quicker. we didn't try to cope and miter in the same room...THAT would make no sense.

and, yea, i did exactly what your talking about on the miter cuts...just cut to a 45 degree and use caulking.

here is the moulding we installed around our living room...



6/15/2010 10:07:40 PM

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" That makes no sense. For an inside joint you have to cope at least one of the corners if you want it to match up well. The extra material behind the exposed face isn't going to go away no matter what angle you cut it at.
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wrong. coping is best but with a little skill and with the corners fairly square mitered corners can look just fine.

6/16/2010 5:36:46 PM

NutGrass
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^agreed.

6/16/2010 5:39:17 PM

raiden
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garage is done! Only took me about 4 hours to get it all the way I wanted it to be.

awesome!

and oops, whilst moving something into the house, I managed to knock a small hole in some drywall.

new project: fix hole in wall. size, 4inches in height by 3inches in width.

6/19/2010 1:17:45 PM

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Unpacked my new saw and cut the first couple of pieces for my garage tables tonight

6/29/2010 9:13:18 PM

bcvaugha
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saws are awesome, something about the element of danger.

7/8/2010 9:52:24 PM

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On Friday I started the process of tiling 1 of our bathrooms that was carpeted (including around the toilet )

Will update with pictures later. I got everything ripped out but only half of the backer board cut so far.

8/30/2010 6:24:57 PM

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I repurposed an old dresser for our baby's room...

Before:


After:


Here is a great article I wish I had seen before I took on this project, there are some great tips if anybody is looking to paint furniture:

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/08/before-and-after-basics-painting-furniture.html

9/1/2010 8:35:43 PM

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^looks great. We're moving along slowly but surely with our reading room/library as well as the guest room. I'm keeping a tight monthly budget on home projects otherwise we'd have stuff done sooner.

9/1/2010 9:30:24 PM

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Got most of the work done today in turning our house's out-dated CRT TV nook into a nice built in bookshelf. Got all the wood cut, the cleats anchored into the wall and the molding attached to the front of the shelves. Going to paint the shelves and the inside of the nook tomorrow and then I'll try and post some pictures.

9/5/2010 9:21:23 PM

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Painted the back wall of the nook (a slightly darker color than I painted the wall) as well as the shelves today. Painted some of the cleats (you can see they aren't finished in the pictures, but at least wanted them somewhat painted for now) but I will finish painting the cleats when I paint the other walls inside the nook.

The side walls and the bottom are going to be painted with a satin white like I painted the shelves and shelf trim with so that it all flows together.

Eventually, I plan to put molding around the entire opening to really make it look finished off and like it was always a built in bookshelf setup. Just not sure what the best thing to do about the curved part is. Should I get someone to custom mill some trim to the radius I have? Or should I try some of that paintable flex molding I have heard of (not sure the best place to get it)?

I also plan to buy some paintable outlet plates and paint them the same color as the back wall.

For now though, here are the pictures of the way it originally looked and the progress on that wall:

Before:



Current Progress:





9/6/2010 3:17:34 PM

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this weekend will be:

-jack up the header on the back wall of the house and remove the old door/fixed window and frame (5.5 ft)
-remove section of carpet in front of door, ruined by door leak
-repair any sub-floor water damage
-increase wall to accommodate a 6 ft sliding door frame
-move electrical wires/switches accordingly
-replace ruined section of carpet with oak laminate

it will be.... FUN. the sill of the back door flooded during the recent monsoons and the door frame wood is so bad that i can press my thumbnail into it. our rottie also chewed on the exterior wood frame of the door.

9/8/2010 1:19:13 AM

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we ripped out the carpet in one of our bathrooms.
not the best angle, but here's before:


in work:


pretty much done, just needs base boards:

9/8/2010 6:49:05 PM

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^Looks good.

Carpet around a toilet just creeps me out

9/8/2010 8:09:41 PM

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Yeah for some reason, both the full baths in our place were all carpeted with that awful shaggy carpet. We did this bathroom first as the practice run before doing our master bath.

The only thing worse than having carpet around your toilet is knowing that the carpet around the toilet was already 12 years old when you bought the place.

9/9/2010 4:00:34 PM

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Pretty amazing stuff in here. Can't wait to own a home.

9/9/2010 4:34:38 PM

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Ok, so my wife and I took some objects from other areas of our home just to stage the new built-in bookshelf for some pictures. The area doesn't have any molding around it yet as I am still trying to figure out what I want to do for molding around the arch (or if we want to trim it in at all and instead just leave it how it is now - opinions?).

vs. .

I really wish I had taken a picture of the whole room in there before it was painted and decorated period, though I think a big improvement can be shown just by seeing these pictures. We really, really want to get hardwood put in there and I think a dark wood will really look great against that red wall color.

9/11/2010 2:49:29 PM

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Now I need to organize the garage, suggestions on garage organization?"


i built these a couple of months ago to get some off-the-floor storage in our garage... added almost 50 sf of shelf storage

9/11/2010 9:34:15 PM

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Nice. I've got some like that in my garage too. Except I didn't build them

9/11/2010 11:11:34 PM

raiden
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that's pretty awesome.


I need to do something about 2 of my toilets. Every now and then they'll start running, kind of like the stopper thing loses suction or something.

9/12/2010 9:25:13 AM

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^flappers are easy and cheap to replace

9/13/2010 9:12:59 AM

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Nothing major, but last night I replaced the ugly chandelier that came in our place:



(first picture is old so it's before we painted)

9/13/2010 12:43:26 PM

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(first picture is old so it's before we painted)"


Did you paint over that chair-rail mosaic?

9/13/2010 2:17:44 PM

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