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Old 02-26-2014, 02:38 PM   #61
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Just upgraded my onkyo HTIB speakers with some Definitive bookshelf and center. Running a 3.1 set up and the upgrade is great so far.
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Just wrapping up a major kitchen renovation that I designed and GC'd. What a pain, but also a total blast and transformation. Will start a thread
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Wrapping up a laundry room remodel. Will post pics this Sunday after it's done.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:31 PM   #64
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Ripped out some "christmas trees" from the backyard (not really but they sure as **** looked like them.
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Built a raised garden. Plan to build about 3 more

So far:

Raspberry

Blueberry

Strawberry

Spinach

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Tomato

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Looks good.

Question, is it open on the bottom or did you put some kind of a floor?

Im thinkin of doing raised planters and wasnt sure about what to use as a floor that would not rot in a year...
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Looks good.

Question, is it open on the bottom or did you put some kind of a floor?

Im thinkin of doing raised planters and wasnt sure about what to use as a floor that would not rot in a year...
They recommend Cedar, but I have wood laying around everywhere I wanted to re-use.

I stapled on 1/2" wire mesh to prevent rodents from tunneling up into it.
Tilled the ground under it to so roots could go past the 19" of soil in the box if needed and water could drain properly

Heading to Walmart today for a pellet gun for the birds and squirrels!


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They recommend Cedar, but I have wood laying around everywhere I wanted to re-use.

I stapled on 1/2" wire mesh to prevent rodents from tunneling up into it.
Tilled the ground under it to so roots could go past the 19" of soil in the box if needed and water could drain properly

Heading to Walmart today for a pellet gun for the birds and squirrels!
Thanks! Nothing like eating food you've grown yourself. Enjoy.
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Did a light bathroom remodel at my mom's house. We close on our house may 23rd so many projects will commence as time and money allow.

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We have roughly 10 acres, only about 1 acre of which is landscaped. The rest is grass/sagebrush pasture and juniper trees. When we moved in 3 years ago there was a massive problem with scotch thistle, puncturevine and 3 or 4 other nasty weeds. You get fined around here for not controlling noxious weeds, so I have to try to manage this stuff. The first year I just mowed everything . . which was dumb, but made the problem disappear until I could figure out a better plan. I also used a little bitty 1 gallon sprayer. The next year I had 5x as many scotch thistles come up (from mowing the first year), and some other stuff come up, so I went around with a 4 gallon backpack sprayer - probably sprayed about 50 gallons over a few weekends. Used roundup - which only kills weeds that have made it out of the ground. I then burned the driveway with a 100k BTU propane torch. The backpack sprayer and burning are both brutal activities. I'd spend 4 hours burning **** and my hands would shake for the next 12 hours.

The thistle is mostly gone, but other stuff remains and the stuff is growing in the driveway again. No F'ing around this year - I bought this:



15 gallon, 2.1 gpm weed sprayer, with both a boom sprayer that covers an 8' path and a handheld wand that sprays 30 feet - designed for towing behind a riding mower. Used glyphosate (roundup), mixed with Diuron, mixed with a surfactant/wetting agent. Took under 10 minutes to do the whole driveway with 15 gallons. Spent an hour or so spot spraying another 15 gallons out in the field. It worked awesome and was fun.

The only crappy part was that my mower's battery was dead (John Deere D110) . . so I had to jump start it with my car. But mowers have a kill switch in the seat that will kill the engine if you get off the mower - so I had to put a big ass rock on the seat to keep it going every time I needed to get off. I rode around with that big ass rock between my feet so I could jump off the mower to open/close gates and stuff. Pain in the butt, but easily overcome.
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^ I love getting to the point of saying fvck it and then buying a tool that is far too big for the job at hand.

Your rider should start and stay running with you off of it if the transmission is in neutral, at least that's what mine does. If in drive or blades engaged, it'll shut off right away but if in neutral and blades disengaged, it'll stay running.
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^ I love getting to the point of saying fvck it and then buying a tool that is far too big for the job at hand.

Your rider should start and stay running with you off of it if the transmission is in neutral, at least that's what mine does. If in drive or blades engaged, it'll shut off right away but if in neutral and blades disengaged, it'll stay running.
It's an automatic transmission and shuts off no matter what. It's charged now, so no longer an issue. Glad the rock thing worked.

I'm kicking myself for not buying the sprayer on day 1. Some things just take a while to wrap your head around.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:44 AM   #73
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We've gotten a crap load of rain in the past 4 days and the ground is still partially frozen from the winter so that means there's very little soil drainage. Very glad that our house has a good drainage system and the biggest sump pump I could find.
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Also had my front door repainted, new storm door installed and all outdoor shutters replaced...never realized how big of a difference it would make. Looks awesome now.
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Sick job Adam!

How long did it take? Pretty straightforward? Any hiccups along the way?

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4. Meet contractor at house and sit on sofa while wall was installed.

Haha but in seriously they said it was very easy to install and cut (cuts with a hacksaw). I used a product from lowes called airstone. Goes up against drywall with an adhesive. The guys who installed both really liked the product and one was going to do a wall in his house with it. It was also extremely reasonable to buy. The wall with material and labor cost about $1000.

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Old 05-04-2014, 12:38 PM   #77
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Prepping the house for paint today. Removing all baseboards, door & window trims. When the house was built 10 years ago, we had the cheapest baseboards and trims installed, now we'll upgrade them to larger styles after a fresh coat of paint. I hate painting, so I hired student painters for that job.

After that, ktichen and wood floors staining.

Lots of projects this summer, hoping it will be worth it in the end!
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Prepping the house for paint today. Removing all baseboards, door & window trims. When the house was built 10 years ago, we had the cheapest baseboards and trims installed, now we'll upgrade them to larger styles after a fresh coat of paint. I hate painting, so I hired student painters for that job.

After that, ktichen and wood floors staining.

Lots of projects this summer, hoping it will be worth it in the end!
Try to buy pre-primed baseboard - it will make your life easier. When we did our basement a few years ago I bought un-primed baseboard and pissed away a couple of days priming and re-priming everything over and over until the wood soaked up enough.
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Thanks for the tip! That's exactly what I did when I finished my basement a few years ago! Getting excited about all the changes. Was working out design for our new kitchen, it will be a welcome change!
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SamDoe1 remodels his laundry room:

Forgot to post these before but here goes. Overall this project took roughly one week to complete. That was working all day one Sat and Sun, 2-3 hours a night during the week, one half day on Friday, and one last full Saturday.

What it looked like before, the pantry in the foreground was about 29" square and floor to ceiling. It took up a ton of useful space and the counter behind it took up even more. We needed a new washer and dryer so this had to go to fit the new ones in:
2014-03-08 10.06.39 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Mid demolition, counter already removed and part of walls already removed too:
2014-03-08 12.30.08 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

End of day 1, the one piece of framing was left in place so I could relocate that switch before removing the framing:
2014-03-08 16.44.25 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Wider angle pic, MUCH more space. Framing left for the reasons already stated:
2014-03-08 22.25.52 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Framing out and switch wiring moved. Pulling up old, yellow linoleum flooring. Wearing dust mask here is absolutely critical. PS, you jelly of my crocs?:
2014-03-11 21.10.04 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Old floor out, dry fitting cement board for tile:
2014-03-13 20.45.16 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Cement board in (no pics of just board ) and tile going in:
2014-03-15 16.30.32 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Tile complete:
2014-03-15 22.07.59 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Grout completed:
2014-03-17 21.42.31 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Wire shelving and old light fixtures removed:
2014-03-19 21.53.16 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

New paint going up. Wife did this part, I refused to paint:
2014-03-21 19.04.51 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Trim boards going back on. Hammering these in fvcking sucks, I'm buying a nail gun:
2014-03-21 23.03.39 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Paint done, electrical completed, one trim board left because this wall needed another coat of paint:
2014-03-24 18.50.49 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Utility sink back in, new washer and dryer installed:
2014-03-22 11.39.35 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Project completed with new light fixtures with LED bulbs. Wanted to do can lights in here but the ceiling fixtures weren't equally spaced so it would have looked strange. I didn't want to move them around either:
2014-03-24 19.01.07 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

Oh and just for fun, bought a new dishwasher too:
2014-02-28 10.25.31 by SamDoe1, on Flickr

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