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Am I Really going to do that to my fireplace!? #1: Some Materials gathered and I'm dying to start!

08-11-2012 03:58 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 28 comments »

Once again, I have totally lost my mind. Demo is not done. I haven’t built a scaffold. I don’t have the fireplace stone veener. I haven’t bought my wood floor for the living room. The hallway is not complete. There are a bazillion reasons why I shouldn’t start and yet….. I’ve got to take a few breaths and delay for a while while I think about execution and the layout of what I’m thinking. The more days I can do that, the better off I will be. If I ...

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How to recover a chair seat

05-17-2017 10:20 PM by woodify | 15 comments »

After folding 24 corners it seems much easier to make the corners look good.View on YouTube

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The Son's Room #1: Day 1 of the real thing

08-03-2012 03:44 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 13 comments »

Howdy, We started the day off with my son’s friend showing up at 8:00 AM. Which was fine because I started rolling at 6. We cleared out the living room and moved OIL paint heaquarters to the patio. We went inside and I told him to help my son clear out the room. After about five minutes of doing more pred, I went to take another look. The buddy was sitting casually on the end of my son’s bed and my son was showing a box of junk he had kept forever. Well – the buddy was on...

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Little House in the Heights #1: The House

04-06-2013 03:53 AM by BillyJ | 10 comments »

SWMBO told me that the house was going on sale. That sentence translated into – we’re buying it. The house had belonged to her aunt and uncle, and it didn’t matter whether it was something worth buying. After walking through it (it took about 30 seconds), and from what I saw, it looked doable. Living room Kitchen / utility room Bathroom Bedrooms That’s it! About 670 sq ft, slab on grade. Oh, it does have a garage – a...

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The New House... #3: Progress... I hate wallpaper!

10-27-2008 08:12 PM by ryno101 | 8 comments »

So, I’ve been working at this for two weekends and one week of after work time. I’m leaving to go to work at 6:30am, working until 6pm, then driving an hour to get to the new house, working until midnight or so, wash, rinse, repeat. First thing I did was pull the mom-mobile (our minivan, which I have co-opted for the duration of this project!) up to my workshop and load it all in. I’m one of those guys who needs to be organized, and I figure that my first step would be ...

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Building a porch. #7: The finished product!

07-14-2008 09:21 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 8 comments »

The porch is completed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I learned something new about the finishing of new treated lumber. They don’t recommend waiting 60 to 90 days for the boards to dry anymore. They say by staining right away, it slows the drying process, & prevents cracking, & checking. I relate that to sealing the ends of lumber to prevent checking. We used Olympic semi-transparent oil stain that is water cleanup, pretty ...

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First home refurbishing #1: First foreclosure house for refurbishing

06-24-2008 06:02 PM by Bill | 8 comments »

I have not been on the site much lately, but I do have a good excuse. I finally found a house to purchase a refurbish. While not a lot of work to do, there will be a few things needing done, primarily patching a few holes and painting. In April I looked through a number of houses. Many of these houses, while inexpensive, were not in good areas and/or needed a lot of work. By the time the house was fixed up, there would be no money to be made. With a declining housing market, that woul...

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Front Porch Job

01-13-2016 03:13 AM by dustynewt | 7 comments »

I posted this blog on LumberJocks about seven months ago. I had to edit it to restore photos (I have changed my photo host) so while I was at it, I thought I would post it here for my first HomeReburbers blog. The first major problem (project) started when I walked out the front door of my house one day and my foot went right through the slate porch. It shocked me more than anything because I thought the slate was bedded with a solid concrete pad. We have lived here for 25 years. I have al...

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The Son's Room.

07-31-2012 08:28 PM by MarkTheFiddler | 7 comments »

My son has one year of high school left. I have changed my plans for doing the house so we can get his room next. Years ago I painted a mural on 2 of his walls. The wall paint we keep. I need to touch up the base color here and there but painting will not be a major chore. Another minor chore will be to get the wobble out of his ceiling fan. It’s a nice looking, brushed nickel, Hunter fan so we are keeping it. It’s about 5 year old but I still see similar stuff in the box st...

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Remodeling a family cottage #1: Bathroom, Bedroom, and now living area

06-09-2013 02:10 AM by Craftsman on the Lake | 6 comments »

The wife and I moved into an old family cottage on Mousam Lake in Maine a few years ago. It was last remodeled in 1973 when I was 18 years old. We did it all ourselves so I’m familiar with it. The place was nicely done in 70’s styled dark wall paneling and carpets. You know what I mean. We’ve been retired awhile now and it’s time to change things. We need to lighten things up and enlarge without changing the dimensions. We decided to combine two adjoining bedrooms int...

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