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MaximaDrvr

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Patio metal roof completed.


There is still come painting that needs to happen on the front, and the landscaping needs to be done.

2/5/2016 6:45:12 PM

Brandon1
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Are they going to leave the attic vent white?

[Edited on February 7, 2016 at 8:27 AM. Reason : .]

2/7/2016 8:26:44 AM

MaximaDrvr

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I don't know what their intentions are, but there is still a bit of exterior painting that needs to be completed.
It will be painted before I close though.


The deck is 98% complete. There is a board on the stairs that needs to be fixed, and the whole thing needs to be cleaned.

2/7/2016 10:45:16 AM

MaximaDrvr

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Per losing walk through is tomorrow at 1:00.
Can't believe that we close on Friday.

Hoping for the best, expecting the worst....

2/9/2016 8:32:44 PM

MaximaDrvr

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Only minor paint and trim touch ups are needed before closing.
They will also pressure wash the entire house later next week when it is a little warmer.
Everything went well and we are set to close on Friday.
They sodded the front and side yard, and seeded and straw'ed the back yard.

2/10/2016 6:55:28 PM

rflong
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Looks great man. Congrats on the new home. Hope the closing goes smoothly.

2/10/2016 8:24:35 PM

MaximaDrvr

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We are mostly moved in.
Closing took longer than expected because the wire transfer did not go through like it was supposed to.
Ended up signing the paperwork, driving to the bank, then driving back to the law office to finish.

The moving company arrived at 10:00 on Saturday, and left at 8pm. They only moved 90% of what we wanted moved. Their scheduler didn't send enough people and they couldn't finish.
6 car loads later and we have almost everything. Still one or two to go.

Time Warner comes tomorrow to run a line and give us internet. Then I won't have to hot spot off my phone to post.

Hopefully my epoxy flooring kit will get here by Friday, as I have help lined up for this weekend. It should make the garage really pop.

Once we get cleaned up, organized, and have some more stuff put away I'll throw up some pictures.

2/15/2016 9:50:25 PM

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Congrats on the house and looks really great. Does it still have the 3 car garage? I thought in one of your earlier posts I saw a mockup of 3 car front entry. I only see 2 now. What happened?

2/17/2016 4:30:13 PM

MaximaDrvr

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There are three bays, but only a 2 car door. The third bay is a workshop/ storage function.
The two windows to the left of the garage door are still garage.

Started prep tonight for the epoxy floor, and the kit arives tomorrow so I can etch the floor tomorrow night.

2/17/2016 7:39:04 PM

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Looks great. Congrats!

2/17/2016 7:54:51 PM

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Great thread man, enjoy your new house.

2/17/2016 7:55:59 PM

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^^^I epoxied my 2.5 car garage floor in December. wasn't too bad...only problem was the low ground temps causing the curing process to take longer. good luck!

2/18/2016 2:14:05 PM

MaximaDrvr

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I originally got a quote to have the garage floor done by a company. They wanted $3000.

Bought the kit from Epoxy-coat.com and used a free shipping coupon. Kit was $500.
Chose custom color chips with graphite grey, hunter, and forest green.
I purchased the 500sq.ft. premium kit, which can cover up to 1k sq.ft. if applied thinner. I have ~630.
Bought a wider squeegee and telescoping pole based on online review/ recommendations.


The prep was time consuming but fairly easy. I purchased a propane weed burner to burn off the fibers from the concrete surface. This was optional, but I read it would give a better coat appearance. I swept, burned the surface, swept, acid etched, brushed, washed the surface twice, then burned it again. I wanted to make sure it was fully dry before we started. I have about 4 hours in prep.


Today's temp was 50 degrees when we started, and 57 when we finished. Today took 3 hours. The instructions were easy to follow and straight forward.

We mentally divided the garage into 4 sections, and were going to paint left to right and back to front.

My father-in-law helped today, and my brother will help with the clear tomorrow.



The color coat and chips are applied. I applied the chips lightly at first, then decided to go back and add more.
The kit includes a 5lb bag, which is heavy density. They quantify as light medium, and heavy applications. The light application just wasn't quite enough, so I went through again and went to a medium application.
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Medium




The clear follows the exact same process, just with no color flakes. The directions say foot traffic in 24 hours, and fully cured in 3 days. I'll be able to park in the garage on Wednesday night.

Next weekend we are painting the garage. The builder wanted $600, and we can get the required paint and supples to do it ourselves for $100. My wife did say that if we can find someone to do it all for $300, then we can do that instead. I'm probably painting next weekend.

The first weekend in March is when we move all of the garage contents from our rental house where we were staying into this one.

[Edited on February 20, 2016 at 6:30 PM. Reason : .]

2/20/2016 6:25:36 PM

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Looks good. I am possibly buying a new house soon and was debating doing this as well before I fill it with crap. As someone who isn't exactly a handyman or does many home improvement projects how easy or difficult was this to do yourself? The price difference between having someone else do it and doing it myself makes this one way cheaper to try to figure out

2/20/2016 8:06:56 PM

MaximaDrvr

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It really is as simple as painting the garage floor. You just have to mix your pInt first.
It is rather permanent, but it is like a 2-3/10 where 1 is changing a lightbulb, and 10 is a full kitchen remodel.

2/21/2016 10:05:25 AM

MaximaDrvr

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It took about 1.5 hours to do the clear coat today. One thing I skipped, but would recommend, is having a leaf blower to pop the bubbles that can form. I popped mine by hand and there are little divots where I popped them.

My brother helped out today.

2/21/2016 12:40:11 PM

MaximaDrvr

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And some closet organization completed. There were no shelves to start, and that is my cable and internet access box on the left wall.

2/21/2016 5:55:40 PM

MaximaDrvr

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More garage progress

3/1/2016 12:16:22 PM

MaximaDrvr

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Shelf brackets are here, so I can get them mounted on the walls tomorrow evening.

3/1/2016 7:00:31 PM

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Nice. I have some guys that paint after business hours cheap. They dont speak very good english though and only take cash. They do a pretty good job though.

3/2/2016 2:48:58 PM

MaximaDrvr

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Overhead storage racks installed. 2 4x8' units, 36" off of the 12' ceiling.
Ran out of time to get the wall mounted brackets up.

3/2/2016 10:40:14 PM

MaximaDrvr

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And.... The AC isn't working. It has been running for 5 hours and the temp has not changed.
Currently 76 degree.

3/8/2016 11:02:23 PM

Doss2k
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That blows

3/9/2016 9:14:56 AM

afripino
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not a good housewarming

3/9/2016 10:51:41 AM

MaximaDrvr

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Apparently it wasn't fully charged because it was winter and the gauges read wrong in cold temps.

3/9/2016 11:56:39 AM

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Nah, the HVAC company just fucked up.

3/9/2016 12:58:04 PM

MaximaDrvr

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Got the real answer today.
There were two issues:
1. The unit was not charged at all
2. The unit was not plugged in

Hvac fail

3/10/2016 9:39:35 PM

wdprice3
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It's a sub fuckup every time all of the time.

3/11/2016 8:39:24 AM

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Quote :
"Currently 76 degree.
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Lulz...we keep our house at 78/79 most of the summer/spring.

3/11/2016 10:52:57 AM

MaximaDrvr

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I would die.
I am extremely hot natured.
We go up to 72 in the summer, but run down to 62 in the winter.

3/11/2016 1:27:36 PM

Doss2k
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Same, at 78/79 I would be sweaty all day and have a hard time sleeping.

3/11/2016 1:32:03 PM

Dynasty2004
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at 74 in my house last night i was having trouble sleeping.

3/11/2016 3:43:58 PM

BobbyDigital
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comparing thermostat setting from house to house is a completely useless exercise.

it all depends on the temperature right where the thermostat is reading. A 75 setting at one house might be an average ambient temperature throughout the zone that's completely different than the same setting at a different house.

3/14/2016 2:24:50 PM

MaximaDrvr

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Got everything moved in last weekend, and started the job or organizing.

3/14/2016 6:20:39 PM

MaximaDrvr

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Another project: Trash Can enclosure
Cedar pickets with PT 4x4 posts

I am about 95% done with this project. I'm going to let the concrete cure till tomorrow at least till I cut the tops of the posts level.

Supplies

3/20/2016 6:33:22 PM

MaximaDrvr

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Done with the hard part. Just need to decide if I'm going to stain it a darker color or go clearer.

3/21/2016 6:13:17 PM

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with such a nice looking garage, I would take the extra time and paint the concrete blocks/

3/23/2016 11:09:07 AM

wdprice3
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^twas my thought as well

3/23/2016 11:16:35 AM

MaximaDrvr

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Phase 1 of the front retaining wall complete. 99 -12" bricks.
Phase two is the next tier at the top, and phase three is filling it all the way with dirt and positioning the plants again.

5/9/2016 6:56:29 PM

MaximaDrvr

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Phase two: 170 bricks total


[Edited on May 10, 2016 at 7:49 PM. Reason : #]

5/10/2016 7:48:51 PM

KyleAtState
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Yo dawg, I heard you like bricks...so you put bricks in yo bricks!

I keed, it looks great.

5/11/2016 8:14:50 AM

rflong
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^^ Well done. Projects like that are so much more difficult than they look. Pavers are amazing at destroying gloves and then hands.

5/21/2016 5:14:07 PM

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this is so cool. I can't wait to get a long-term property to have projects that are worth investing in.

5/31/2016 1:28:55 PM

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I'm not a fan of too many materials, but I dig that metal roof.

And that is an awesome garage. You gotta put a couch and TV in there to smoke weed with the neighbors. I'm bein serious.

5/31/2016 10:21:32 PM

MaximaDrvr

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Been in the house 4 months now.
Used the master bathtub for the deck get time, the went an ran errands for a couple hours. I came home to water drops and wet tape lines on the downstairs ceiling.
I have drained 3 gallons so far from the ceiling. Plumbers are coming out on Monday since I have the problem contained.
Then I get to start the fight of having the builder replace the entire ceiling in the living room, because I am not going to deal with mold.

6/24/2016 5:24:18 PM

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That fucking sucks. Sorry to hear that. I'll be interested in finding out how this goes for you. Can't believe the plumber didn't test the tub correctly. Such an obvious and easy step. Did you get a home inspection done? Some home inspections will test this on a tub if it has panel access (in my experience - four home purchases including three new builds).

6/26/2016 12:38:43 AM

MaximaDrvr

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They seem to think it was the overflow, but I think they didn't properly glue one of the joints.
They claim it was tested multiple times, but I'm not so sure.
Had 5 gallons collected by the time it stopped dripping.

[Edited on June 26, 2016 at 8:20 PM. Reason : .]

6/26/2016 8:19:28 PM

MaximaDrvr

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They came today and put some caulk on the drain and overflow. Needless to say, I'm not happy with their fix and have a call in with the corporate office.


The retaining wall and planter has made a bit of progress.
180 bricks, 3 cubic yards of dirt, 1 cubic yard of mulch, and a bunch of new plants.
The dirt was free, and the mulch was $10. I did rent a walk behind front end loader for $280 as opposed to shoveling it all myself.

6/27/2016 8:39:05 PM

rflong
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Did you file a claim with your insurance? Who is fixing the drywall and are they tearing down anything and everything that may have gotten wet?

6/27/2016 9:55:15 PM

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^^ i would spray a line of round up around the base of the bricks. Makes it easier for mowing and a weed whacker will tear up the brick (at least from experience for a very similar wall at my house)

6/28/2016 8:46:21 AM

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