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That old house #11: Yes, this IS the final installment

01-11-2013 05:57 AM by BillyJ | 16 comments »

Now for the details of the remodeling. Original budget: $14k. Final budget: to be determined (right now we are double the original amount). True, I am finished with the kitchen, and I believe she does not have any further plans for the kitchen, but the “house” now became the former kitchen. I think she has enough for me to do for the rest of my life. EVERYTHING was upgraded during this remodel. From the 1/2 dozen different door knobs I bought, to hinges, slides, lights, etc....

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The Daughter's Room #3: Room Done - On to building storage.

09-01-2012 02:07 PM by MarkTheFiddler | 12 comments »

Painting, flooring, hardware, trim is done. You may remember that I built the door trim from scratch. The shoe molding is also mine. Baseboards, I bought. The design for the simple murals started from my head but they don’t look anything like I started with. My daughter kept refining it. What’s cool is Victoria, picked all her colors, the style of the murals, the location, size color combinations etc. She made her own templates for the edges and picked which edges I used for ea...

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The Son's Room #2: Day 3. To the finish.

08-04-2012 12:57 PM by MarkTheFiddler | 12 comments »

Got up at 5:30. As soon as it was light enough, I had an extremely gratifying round of priming. I realized that every stick of door trim for the entire house is primed. It’s 7:50. Jr is asleep. I’m getting that cold glass of water ready as Gary recommended. You learn the most useful things here.

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Simple Hall Way redo. #3: The big slowdown on day 3.

07-11-2012 03:50 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 9 comments »

I was busy all day but don’t feel like I have much to show for it. I painted the closet. Those suckers are little rooms. It took the better part of 3 hours. I touched up some of the trim work, used the shop light to find flaws in all my paint job. Touched those up as well. I under cut all the door frames, scraped the last bit of junk off the floors and marked my lines. I rigged up a couple of saw horses in the garage. I put a sturdy deck screw into the closet door then clamped a ...

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House Renovation #1: A Family and Friend Renovation

02-22-2011 02:05 AM by chief101 | 3 comments »

My first adventure in refurbishing was in 1974. I added a 17×27 addition to my ranch style home in Northfield Village, Ohio. I built it myself with the help of friends and a few issues of Time Do It Yourself magazines. These were very popular at the time and extremely helpful. The addition had a cathedral ceiling, main room 17×19, exposed beam, an 8×13 laundry room, in ceiling stereo speakers, and recessed lighting. One wall 17ft was an all split brick fireplace. Mason Bill Swa...

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Building a porch. #6: Stair railings!

07-13-2008 10:48 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 2 comments »

I ripped 2 X 6’s in half, & ran a 1/2” radius on all of the edges. I also routed a 1/2” deep groove by 1 1/2” wide, to fit the balusters. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Fitting railings to posts! Photos by Barb! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~First baluster ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Balusters all done, & taking a breather. ~~~...

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