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Simple Hall Way redo. #4: Day 7

Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 07-16-2012 04:18 AM 5898 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was definitely a long day.

I did a door – big deal.

But I was determined to finish the floor. It was 6:00pm by the time I got all the tile down.

At 7. I got home with the grout. I added water to the bucket from the hose and I said “That looks like 2 quarts!” No more eyeballing the water. It took 1.3 bags of grout to get the right consistency from my eyeball method.

I started grouting an began to wonder about the expert advice I had received about the edges. The mamoth grout line will be covered will base board and quarter round. I’m still pretty skeptical about it.

I was so tired after grouting and trying to make anice flat consistent edge that I wanted to quit. Couldn’t do that. I had to throw away half a bag of grout first and clean my tools. And of course, I had to sponge off the floor. Normally, I stretch that grout really well but this time I didn’t have to. I had plenty of grout and I didn’t have to pull out this little ridge of grout and that little bump. I paid for it big time during sponge clean up. When I was done with that I was dying to quit but it was time to wipe down the floor. That’s when I noticed the “this and that” errors. I hadn’t chucked all my grout yet. I had it saved in a little in a little sealable plastic container. The container extended the grout work time by just enough. I reconsistuted it by stirring it up and fixed those little holes.

At 10:15 I was done. Physically done.

Day 8:
I bought base board and quarter round then said “NO”.

Everything can be finished here and there after work without much strain. Although, I may wait til saturday to install the baseboard and trim. I want to take my time. It makes the difference between just a so-so look versus clean. I think I’ll aim for that on Saturday. That gives me an accomplishable set of tasks for after work hours.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.



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posted 07-17-2012 12:42 AM

Good job Mark. I like the straight lines – I can tell you took your time to do it right.

Those late nights can be a real bugger, especially when you have to go to work the next day. I’ve been asking the Royal Observatory in England to stretch the day into 32 hours (24 for all the work I have/need to do, and 8 for sleeping). No response from them yet.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 07-17-2012 02:59 AM

Day 9:

Yup sometimes I wish I had 32 hours in a day. I’ll sign your petition to the royal observatory.

Thanks for the compliments Billy. It’s hard for a DIY guy to make it look professional. I get a lot of advice from you pros and I overdo OCD when it comes to certain items. Sometimes it’s enough to do a decent job.

Tonight was all about the details. Painted a door frame on the room side. Painted all my base board. Cleaned the ac intake vents. That was my time consuming surprise for the night. Last of all i spay painted the vents with rustoleum white. I’m still waiting on the hardware order. It’s funny how long this hallway is taking. All the trim work has me convinced that the hallway is one of the most tasking areas in the entire home. I still think I could do 10 hallways in the time it takes for one kitchen.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-17-2012 04:47 PM

Day 10 morning: I woke up early and decided to get a headstart on the day. All the quarter round is painted and I started priming my trim. It seems that the entire project is at the mercy of the time it takes oil paint to dry and my limited work space. Can I borrow your garage please?

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-18-2012 12:34 PM

No problem. I’ll be sending it by air, so you should get it sometime today. Have fun!!! Remember, just smile and take it one step at a time. It will get done on it’s own time schedule.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 07-18-2012 04:29 PM

Thanks for the extra space Billy!

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-18-2012 09:36 PM

Slow and steady, at least your getting it done. I think your wide grout line will be fine.

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posted 07-20-2012 03:54 AM

Thanks for the encouragment Sailor!

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 12-18-2012 09:16 AM

That looks very professionally done! When it comes to renovation, I think the most difficult part would be the flooring. Often when people tried to lay tiles on their own, the tiles are not even. This eventually causes a lot of problems giving uneven flooring or worst, cracked tiles. Thanks for sharing your experience. Would you be doing the floors in the bathroom too? I believe most people like to use slip resistant floor plates in those areas. Hope you will able to share that with us too.

-- Fred Rodriguez - http://www.algrip.com

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posted 12-18-2012 01:09 PM

Fred, I’ll definately be sharing the restroom remodel. It’s a very small space and I haven’t finished planning it out. All I know is I’ll gut the whole thing. I’ll be installing a shower stall and removing the tub. I know that a big no-no when it comes to resale. We don’t care. It’s our home and we’ll stay until I die.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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