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Complete House Remodel.... #2: And the walls come down

07-01-2009 03:45 AM by Todd Thomas | 3 comments »

After the clean up we put 2 heavy coats of Dry-Loc on all the basement walls, there were signs of water but I think most of that was due to not having any gutters on the house and the grade slants towards the house….. After that we took all the walls down and had one big 1650 sq ft room up stairs with a matching 1650 room downstairs….the old houses here in Oak Ridge do not have any bearing walls, so you can move them anywhere you want and the great thing is that the hardwood fl...

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Complete House Remodel.... #1: The beginning.....

06-29-2009 01:13 PM by Todd Thomas | 6 comments »

For the last 8 months I have been remodeling/building a home for us to live in, the old ”this is our last house” deal….I bought this house to fix up and flip BUT on the way to filling almost 3 dumpsters with trash and debris my wife said that this house felt like home and she loved the yard and location, our lot backs up to a green belt area, woods and it is at the 2nd highest elevation in town and we can see the mountains in the winters. I am by no means an expert/mast...

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Living Room Fix-its #1: Fireplace Mantel

02-24-2009 06:28 PM by Scott Hildenbrand | 7 comments »

Not real sure if I ever posted pictures of our fireplace mantel and its removal. It’s another of those “surprised she has not killed me yet” projects that really needs to get finished. Just can’t figure out what I want to build in its place, besides another mantel. Here is a shot of the fireplace before we finalized and moved in. It’s a south western style in a country farmhouse. Not exactly what I’d consider would fit. It’s also made of nothing mo...

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Adobe brick making #1: Trial mixes

02-04-2009 12:41 PM by daltxguy | 13 comments »

Several years ago now, my partner and I took a 1 week course on building with adobe bricks/cob. We are lucky here in New Zealand that some hard working people developed approved building standards for adobe brick construction. Our instructor, Richard Walker was one of the people responsible for this standard. Our forest property sits on some ideal clay soil and we are interested in sourcing our new construction entirely from materials found on or near the site, so adobe should figure somew...

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@#$% Ice...... I mean "Ice Dams"

01-22-2009 07:04 PM by AdkWoodworker | 4 comments »

Well – the weather in Up-State NY has been very cold lately. We have had a considerable amount of snow. Just to make it fun, we had a few warm days a while back, and even some freezing rain mix. I went to put on my jacket Monday morning, and I spotted water dripping down the wall in our living room! We have a two story Cape….. not a good sign! Yup – ice dam on the front of the house. Water backep up, found it’s way into the soffit, and into the frame of the win...

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Think ahead for Spring - Concrete Driveway Repair

12-30-2008 03:53 PM by AdkWoodworker | 5 comments »

I should start off by saying that I’m not affiliated with the company in any way that makes the products in my article. I am, however, a homeowner with a cracked double wide concrete driveway – translates to a big $$ replacement. I began searching for some repair options. My hope was to hold off any further decay as long as I could. I ended up finding a product called Abocrete. I have a short article posted that explains my repair methods that have worked well for me. If ...

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New house building project #7: WE MOVED!

12-14-2008 09:48 PM by PaBull | 10 comments »

Yesterday we finally started to move, last night was the first night in the new house. We have a long way to go to have all our stuff up the hill in the new house, and the house needs still a lot of detailing and fixing. We have only cold water by the kitchen sink; the is no yard jet; the garage is filling up with all kind of to-do and fix-it stuff. But we moved.

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Front Door Trim #4: Ipe threshold

09-22-2008 06:14 PM by Dan Lyke | 10 comments »

With the coming of fall weather, the gap underneath the door finally got annoying to the point where I milled a new threshold out of Ipe and installed it. Lessons learned: 1. Despite how hard and dense it is, Ipe actually mills fairly easily. 2. The sawdust stinks, spreads a green (despite the nice color of the wood) dust over everything, and hangs in the air. Definitely open the shop doors and use a respirator. 3. No matter how nicely you prep your work area, if you do finishi...

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Kitchen Remodel #1: The first cabinets installed in the kitchen

09-20-2008 02:22 PM by Karson | 6 comments »

I just installed the first cabinets for the kitchen in Delaware. Old Picture. You can see my Greene and Greene Thorsten table that was entered in a LumberJock challenge. New picture. The counter top is from the old cabinet. i plan to put down Corian. I’m doing it myself so I’ll do some fill-in first until I get the shop emptied a little. I built one upper cabinet and one lower cabinet. A lot of other wood has been cut and the pieces needing veneer have been mostly ...

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08-27-2008 12:15 AM by MRTRIM | 32 comments »

i was looking for something to post and decided to go with wainscoting . a lot of this ive posted on l j but i thinks works here as well . feel free to post your own wainscoting on here . i enjoy seeing other folks styles and work i just commented on pabulls project that beadboard has been back around for some time now . a lot of the guys are doing the “old school style ” such as bead board all around , chairrail at the top and base at the bottom . i do it a little different , i d...

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