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Remodeling a family cottage #6: Living area flooring complete. Dramatic change

09-17-2013 10:02 PM by Craftsman on the Lake | 15 comments »

I’m continuing this blog at lumberjocks.com because of the massive amount of spam in the blog area of this site. so sad. If you’ve been following this, we took out a load bearing wall, redid most of the wiring, removed paneling and added sheetrock all over and designed, made, and installed a lot of the woodwork. Today we finished most of the living area flooring. 3 1/4” variation oak. We took some of the furniture and spread it around in various configurations. Where t...

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06-22-2013 11:19 AM by Mark | 0 comments »

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Tips for Using Recycled Rubber Tires

03-19-2013 12:32 PM by Duke Mazzello | 0 comments »

Shredded rubber tires are a valuable product with a variety of uses for landscaping and creating safe surfaces for playgrounds and equestrian arenas. Rubber chips provide high energy absorbency, very low compaction over time and excellent stability. Traditional mulching products compact and degrade, sometimes requiring annual application. By comparison, wood chips as fill for a playground must have an extra 25% of depth added to allow for compaction. Recycled rubber does not compact and...

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HR - Gateways #1: Master Gateway

11-20-2012 01:52 PM by MsDebbieP | 16 comments »

Tagging projects/blogs is a great way to organize our community and to find postings about a specific topic. The “Gateways” are a quick access to related tags. I am in the process of building a series of “Gateways”. Suggestions are appreciated! Projects bathrooms bedroom cabinets decks and patios fireplaces floors framing furniture kitchens living room outdoor space stairs walls Decorating finishing lighting painting styles...

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Schluter System Clinic

11-01-2012 01:09 AM by BillyJ | 12 comments »

Last week I spent two days at a Schluter clinic. Talk about being schooled! I’ve worked with Ditra before, and knew the benefits of tiling with the product, but had little knowledge of Kerdi. Wow, talk about learning a thing or two. To begin with, Schluter did a bang-up job in providing all of the information I could ever ask for. I walked away with a 3-ring binder full of information, an ANSI Tile Council of North America code book, and a couple of Schluter installation CDs. On the te...

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An Upholstery Primer #1: Strip the old stuff!

10-25-2012 01:33 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 18 comments »

Aside from a piece of furniture to strip, you’re going to need some tools. A little introduction here. Wire cutters – I didn’t actually use those pliers. I found a very old, dull and loose pair of wire cuters. You are going to pull thousands of staples, dull (not notched) wire cutters can grab staples without cutting the in half. Don’t bring out your best! Rubber mallet – That sucker is as heavy as a carpentry hammer. Unless you are used to chiseling...

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Door Frame Rot Repair - No cutting

07-25-2012 01:11 PM by Sailor | 8 comments »

My soon to be father-in-law mentioned to me that his door frame was rotting. He asked me if I thought it was fixable or if he should just go and buy a new door. I told him that it’s definitely fixable and saved him the cost of the new door! All it cost was the $18 for the epoxy putty. Here is a video of how I did it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnHya_2HPGo <iframe src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/GnHya_2HPGo” height=”480” width=”640̶...

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That old house #8: Down to the wire - crunch time

06-29-2012 03:08 AM by BillyJ | 7 comments »

July 6, 2011. At 7:53 a.m., to be exact. I began my journey into a world of changes. Changes in design, scope, content, and finally – me. As Jerry Garcia would say – what a long, strange trip it’s been. I’m doing many things at the same time. Although I had plans for various aspects of the kitchen to follow a sequence, today just proved how quickly my priorities change (I should say – forced to change). The customer purchased a small TV/VCR that will be mounte...

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Tile Backsplash - What they Don't Tell you #1: They don't tell you how to raise all the electric switches

06-23-2012 03:23 PM by MoshupTrail | 10 comments »

So you’ve finished your back splash and it’s beautiful! But there’s still a problem. All your plugs and switches are now recessed by 3/8 to 1/2 inch. So you run down to the store and buy these stupid little spacers, right? WRONG! Don’t even think about it. A bag of these spacers cost’s $5-6 and might be good for 4 switches. You’ll need at least two bags for all those extra switches you’ve just installed. Also, the kind I tried were a little to...

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Getting Clean Cuts In Melamine

05-09-2012 03:55 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 14 comments »

Melamine is great for making shelves or perhaps utility cabinets. But getting a cut without a lot of chipping can be a challenge. In this video I share my tools and techniques for creating clean cuts on both sides of melamine. The blade I use in the video is a triple chip Freud LU97R010. It makes the cut on the back side as clean as on the top side. The images of the cuts in the video are of the backside of the material where chip-out tends to occur. In Part II I will show you how t...

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