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07-05-2013 03:30 AM

A year into redoing my home, a year to go?? - 5 replies

That’s my signature. Well sort of. I’ve been working on this house for 2 years now and I’m still not done!! Do I now change my signature to 2 years down and one to go? I believe that I’ll just say the same thing next year. 3 Years down and one to go. I guess that I am just tired right now and I have a killer headache. ...

05-25-2013 01:15 AM

Throw pillow Tutorial - 13 replies

I promised a little tutorial for throw pillows but never got around to it. All the pictures were still on my phone so here goes. These are called knife edged throw pillows. To cut the throw pillows you need a square, a yardstick, scissors, and plain white chalk. Use the square and yardstick to mark out some squares on your fabri...

12-25-2012 07:33 PM

White Christmas in Carrollton Texas - 12 replies

There is a first for everything. Merry Christmas my friends.

12-17-2012 01:58 AM

ZAP!! - 8 replies

We have one of those cheesy plastic nativity scenes for the front yard. Joseph’s light wasn’t working so I bought a light socket and cut the end off an inexpensive extension cord. I got it together, screwed in a lightbulb and plugged it in. As expected, the bulb came to life. I unscrewed the bulb quickly so it wouldn’t get hot ...

09-01-2012 02:54 PM

Storing Paint - 3 replies

Left over paint? Do you really want to keep the gallon size can? Is there so little left over that it’s not worth keeping? I’ve got a tip that I didn’t come up with. Still – I like it. Store your paint in an old soda bottle. Put a few clean marble in it. Store them where the sun don’t shine. (Sorry, couldnR...

08-20-2012 12:08 PM

Hardwood cutting blues. - 28 replies

I was cutting some scraps of maple for a small project. My previously owned Dewalt miter was putting a slight angle on the cuts. I was against the vertical stop and came straight down. My cut was still angled. It’s not horrible but it’s still not acceptable for detail work. I also tried a few cuts on the table saw. It dulled my ha...

08-17-2012 06:06 AM

Homemade Drapes - 10 replies

I don’t want some of the awesome projects to lose their place to a set of curtains so I’ll post them here. Those draperery panels they sell are all too narrow for my window by 2 feet. aI didn’t want to pay for real expensive custom drapes that would pick up a color in the loveseat fabric. Besides, I have a sewing machine and I ...

08-17-2012 12:55 AM

Thrilled about the Dewalt. - 4 replies

I collected most of my tools from harbor freight. It’s not that I ever had illusions about the tools being the best quality. I just bought things to get me going. As my skills increase, I begin to see the limitations of those tools in terms of precision or size. That’s not all I see but I won’t get into discussions about produc...

08-10-2012 02:54 AM

Can epoxy putty fix a tile? - 11 replies

I think it can. I let the pros tell you I did the wrong thing but maybe they won’t. I had a chip in a tile at a transition next to wood. I probably never caught it when I cut the tile but I would guess that the chip was loosened at the tile saw. My solution was going to be, rip out the entire tile, scrape out the thinset, clean real wel...

08-06-2012 09:07 PM

Transition from laminate to tile. - 283 replies

Pros, I have used colored silicone caulk to transition hard wood flooring to tile. It may not be the ideal way to handle it, but I really like the way it looks. I’d like to keep with the same method if at all possible. Bearing that in mind, I’m worried that the floating floor will flex up and down too much for this type of transit...

08-06-2012 08:37 PM

Fireplace Questions - 32 replies

Howdy, I don’t even know how to begin working with my fireplace. I have been thinking about it for 6 months and I keep on going in circles. I have avoided doing the living room for 2 reasons. 1) Price of flooring 2) What do I do about the fireplace! The fireplace is made out of 35 year old Brick. The wall it totally dominates is also...

07-23-2012 09:56 PM

Plinths and Rosettes - 34 replies

Howdy, This is my concept for plinths and rosettes. I have a few issues. 1) How do I clamp the pieces without slippage.2) The backside of the pieces is also angled. Hollow would be the word I’m looking for. Do you see a problem if I just nailed them in with brads? 3) I was also thinking I could lay a bead of liquid nails in the h...

07-18-2012 09:49 PM

Base Boards. A question to the more experienced. - 45 replies

I’m sure this just a bread and butter topic to you professionals here but this Rookie would really appreciate your feedback and advice. I’ve put down new baseboard before but I never thought I did it right. Is there such a thing as a square corner? I’m wondering if this is something I just have to live with. I can’t...

07-13-2012 12:40 PM

Floating laminate floor and base boards - 11 replies

Howdy, I’m about to install a click and lock, floating laminate floor in my son’s room. I never did such a thing before, although I have installed a glue down, engineered floor. That gives me a little knowledge on the remedial subjects. I’m planning on using a foam underlayment to make it serve for noise reduction and as ...

07-12-2012 12:50 PM

Least expensive source for high quality acacia? - 3 replies

Howdy, I’m looking for some Acacia for the living room. I’m in the Dallas, Tx. Area. I like first quality but I’m good with engineered. Do you all know of an inexpensive source? Thanks for your help!Mark

06-12-2012 04:00 AM

Hanging a light fixture - 74 replies

Howdy my friends, I made this geometric pendant light cover. I want to flush mount it on the ceiling. I’m thinking I can fill one side with wood, drill a hole, add one of those hollow bolts to it and secure it with the nuts. I believe I can just attach a decorative light socket to that and pretty much be done. Other that the obvi...

04-04-2012 11:43 PM

Hello Dolly? - 6 replies

I’m getting to old to haul a bunch of heavy stuff around. When I do Tile, I load up a dollie. Here’s what I did with 5 gallons of glue.

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