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Re-Plumbing #2: Holes in the walls, but the water flows

05-17-2012 07:20 PM by Dan Lyke | 4 comments »

So we got the plumbing in. Most of it done in a weekend, and it would have gone faster if I’d just sucked it up and bought a Sawzall and started pulling out the old plumbing with that, first. I settled on the Upinor ProPEX system because all of my contractor and handyman friends said “go to Pace Plumbing Supply”, so I did. I asked the guy behind the counter for some parts and he said “the tool is $400”. I’d looked at the various crimp-on systems, and...

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Re-Plumbing #1: PEX advice?

03-14-2012 03:19 AM by Dan Lyke | 8 comments »

So I crawled underneath the house the other day to replace a thermostat wire that wasn’t conducting very well, and discovered a big ol’ puddle of water in the crawl space. Guess replacing the galvanized steel pipe has just moved up the to-do list. So… after some long deep reading on the environmental effects and various substances that leech out of PEX vs copper, I think we’re going to go with PEX. Probably ¾” from the service entrance to the hot ...

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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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My first refurb blog

03-01-2010 03:42 AM by Jimi_C | 2 comments »

Been busy working on home improvement stuff, and haven’t had a chance to do any wood working (it’s also still been pretty cold here), so I thought I’d share some of the work I’ve been doing. First up was our bathroom, which needed a new shower fixture. The old one was extremely old, and I couldn’t find replacement parts to fix a valve stem issue, so I decided to upgrade. The first problem I ran into was the fact that the wall was way thicker than I thought, ...

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The Journey's Beginning - HELP

08-30-2009 01:05 AM by dustynewt | 2 comments »

Hello all. It has been quite a while since I last posted anything here. I am a woodworker at heart, a paper mill worker for money and a home remodeler by necessity. Our home in Florida was built in 1932, and although it is finally paid for, systems are breaking down. It seems whenever we get some money saved for a project we want to do, the house tells us what it needs. We had no sooner laid out $4000 for a new central AC unit (a priority here in July) when a lightning storm knocked out the...

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Rental House Work #1: Expect the unexpected!

08-22-2009 05:42 PM by 3fingerpat | 2 comments »

A couple of months ago we visited our property and decided to come back up in Aug to do some “light” work on the house since we were not going to renew the lease with the tenants at that time. We scheduled a roofer to install a new roof, two new skylights, new vent caps and drip edge drains all around. Also, needed to replace some fascia and soffit boards we found that were rotted at the same time. We also planned to have a contractor replace one wall of siding in the back of t...

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