My current huge project

Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Fri May 14, 2010 11:04 am

Thanks guys, yeah I'm very happy with the appearance and strength of the railing.. it will look even nicer with the maple handrail and the stained glass inserts in the corners of the rail sections [in the horizontal 4"x8" openings]. The black railing really makes the woodwork stand out. I think the stairway railing will look awesome. I'm not sure on the time frame for that last piece of railing, it may be a few weeks. My buddies steel fabricaion business is running 12 hour days 6 days per week, one of the few Michigan companies running at capacity, and willing to hire more skilled help.

I'm nearing the 85% mark [I think] on the slate install, not counting the grout work. So I really need to get the rest of the border pieces cut and fitted.

I have three more days on the job before I have to go back to work next Monday.

Greg L.
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri May 14, 2010 11:51 am

Greg,you need to re-evaluate your priorities--what the he!! is that work thing that keeps interfereing with gettin this job wrapped up :( Whoops,that's right,you do have to pay for a bunch of that stuff :bang: toothy
LsFarm wrote:Thanks guys, yeah I'm very happy with the appearance and strength of the railing.. it will look even nicer with the maple handrail and the stained glass inserts in the corners of the rail sections [in the horizontal 4"x8" openings]. The black railing really makes the woodwork stand out. I think the stairway railing will look awesome. I'm not sure on the time frame for that last piece of railing, it may be a few weeks. My buddies steel fabricaion business is running 12 hour days 6 days per week, one of the few Michigan companies running at capacity, and willing to hire more skilled help.

I'm nearing the 85% mark [I think] on the slate install, not counting the grout work. So I really need to get the rest of the border pieces cut and fitted.

I have three more days on the job before I have to go back to work next Monday.

Greg L.
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: Dann757 On: Fri May 14, 2010 12:06 pm

This little project has me overwhelmed, but should be washing clothes soon. Windows are Anderson double hung sash layed in on their side, free from the street lol. Trimmed in scrap wood and luan, soon to be painted with leftover paint.
I started sanding spackle with a cheap 1/4 sheet sander this morning, I got it at Home Depot for $16 years ago, the switch croaked right away, I bypassed it so the sander comes on when you plug it in; the pad retaining screw backed out and started gouging the sheetrock, then the sander just bogged down. I took it apart to clean it and get the dust out of the bearings, almost lost the brushes, the wires came unplugged from the stator. I was just about to crumple all the parts up and toss it; tried one more time and got everything put back together-- resourcefull or cheap as hell not sure...

Greg, you'll enjoy your floor every time you see it; and you'll never have any loose balusters!
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri May 14, 2010 1:04 pm

Nice view through them windows :) --been there done that w/ a palm sander--after I got done trashin a 1/2 dozen of them(they did finish the job)I picked up my 1st orbital sander for my wood workin--I'm impressed with it,real even sanding.Definatly resourseful ;)
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: Dann757 On: Fri May 14, 2010 1:17 pm

Thanky pardner; it aint my property so I aint goin fancy. Here's the other windr - a slider left over from another project. It took me three tries to stop this one from leaking. At least I found out before I finished everything off. I should have used the Grace Vycor rubber sticky rolls. Found something similar at HD, less than half the price.
The back door is an Anderson hurricane door, full glass, from my old rich customer's trophy shore house. The lady wanted a Dutch door installed in its place. I told her I could modify a fiberglass door into a Dutch door. She refused. The guy that renovated that house put in a cheap wood door that failed in six months. I'm sure he charged her five times what I get.
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri May 14, 2010 4:45 pm

Did you ever notice that a good old country mechanics car is just about limpin along to get back & forth to work :) and the contractors house is right up there w/ the mechanics car :lol: Later my young friend
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat May 15, 2010 12:07 pm

Not to totally hijack Greg's thread here, but I have tons of respect for you Dann. I remember when everyone was like you. We are a dying breed. Great deals are everywhere if people take the time to look.

When I was in the trash business, I lost count of all the lawn equipment, air tools, power tools, etc that people would just toss without ever turning a screw to figure out the issue! I've made close to a grand off of thrown-out lawn equipment that I repaired & sold. I have a nice DA that someone tossed. A little oil in the air intake & she works as good as new! My brother just found a Snapper push mower that someone threw out. We turned the fuel switch on & it started in 3 pulls ... which then fixed the sticky recoil. 8-)

If I had the motivation to drive around the city, I could probably make a living off of that stuff!

Sorry Greg! Carry on .... :D
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat May 15, 2010 8:52 pm

Not a problem Smitty, this thread has legs.. and it's not done yet !!

But for tonight, my knees are toast.. I finished putting the slate down in the kitchen. And thankfully one of the tile installers called and will come by in the morning and help me put down some tile in the mud room. So hopefully my knees will recover a bit tomorrow.

I can almost see light at the end of the tunnel on this floor .. But I still have to grout the full 800+ sqft..

Greg L
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat May 22, 2010 4:00 am

LsFarm wrote:I still have to grout the full 800+ sq ft..
Ohhhh, that's the fun part! Instead of your back hurting as each tile is placed, it get's to hurt constantly for as long as you can take it!
Hope you make good progress this weekend. Get 'er done!
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat May 22, 2010 9:30 am

It won't get done, all the slate down, much less the grouting done this weekend, or probably for the next several weeks.. I'm working the next 4 weeks, 5-day pairings, with only two days at home between trips. So I'm spending a lot of my time just 'catching up' on the yard, mail, bills, etc.. I'm feeling like Thanksgiving is a reasonable expectation for a move-back-in date.. :mad:

I NEVER thought this job would take a year, but the 'details' are taking way too much time, but they 'make' the house.. I can build a perfectly square, level, hydronic heated, super-insulated, quality windowed and doored building, but it would be boring, plain, and unappreciated without the final details like the floor, wood trim, fancy railings, granite countertops and huge serving bar.. etc.

So 3 months to make the box, and 9 months to make it fancy and special.. I had no Idea,, live and learn.. Glad this is the last house I 'plan' on revamping.

Gotta get my kneepads on, and find the measuring tape.

Greg L
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat May 22, 2010 7:39 pm

Well I haven't cut one piece of slate today, so far my knees are thanking me. The carpet guy came by this morning, and wrapped the three lower steps with padding and carpet, I had designed these steps to be removable so the carpet could be installed easier. These three stair treads had to be wrapped and screwed down so that the stair railing can be installed soon.

I'm happy with the carpet, padding and color. The gap between the steps is just under the required 4" for code.. so everything worked out correctly.

I also fired up the backhoe and dug the trench for the underground drains for the roof gutters. I finally found a gutter company that I liked and had a good price. So the drain is in and burried, the trench backfilled and some grading done around the house, it looks much more 'finished'.

So tomorrow it's back to the slate tile.. I hope to put a good dent in it by evening.

Greg L
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat May 22, 2010 8:18 pm

Steps are looking outstanding with that little bit of slate you've got done :lol:The carpet color looks real good w/ the slate & will w/ the railing,the wood came out excellent :D A good day on the backhoe will definetly give them old knees a break :)Is that mean old dog still scratching up the slate ;)
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat May 29, 2010 8:00 am

Weekend update:

I have all the pieces cut, fitted and spaced for the foyer, they are waiting for an installer to put them down in thinset.. I finally heard from one of the installers, he's supposed to come by this afternoon and also tomorrow, so I hope to get it all down this weekend.. then the grouting will be next..

The gutter folks came by last week, the install looks pretty good, not perfect, but all in all very good.. a few minor things I'd have had them do differently if I'd been home, but I was on the far left coast, so it is what it is..

My steel fabricator buddy came by with a small mockup for the stairway railing, we had some questions about spacing, openings, angles, and placement of iron decorations.. but it is going to look really nice and it is suprisingly almost exactly the same spacing for the pickets as in the balcony's railing. My Buddy said he has never had the stair and balcony end up with picket spacing the same, there are just too many variables.. but mine are only 1/16" different.. something does occasionally go right.

So gutters are done, more slate to go, and then the wood floor in the family room..

I'll post photos later

Take care,,
Greg L
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun May 30, 2010 11:26 pm

Well, the tile installer was a no-show on Saturday, so I spent some time putting in the vegetable garden, I had to wait till two snapper turtles finished laying eggs in the soft tilled soil. I'll keep an eye open for the hatchlings.. I wonder what the natural predators are for baby turtles in Michigan? Crows? Cats?
Then this afternoon [sunday] I saw two rabbits having lunch on my Broccoli plants.. The rabbits perished from high speed lead poisoning.. I'll leave the carcases for the coyotes and foxes, or even the barn cats like rabbit.

I also spent some time on the big loader, and moved a fair amount of the dirt pile remaining from the excavation of the basement. So the pile is slowly shrinking.. I have to leave some excess for the final grade around the deck and house.

The tile installer showed up this morning at 0930, and he left at 10pm. A 12 hour day.. I stayed on my feet and off my knees for the most part, I had to do some cutting and fitting of slate pieces, but for the most part I mixed thinset, handed tools, and mixed more thinset.. We got a lot done, but it STILL is not done.. Even though I have to leave for work at 11am, he's going to come over at 7am, and we hope to get 3 hours or so of time on the job.. I really don't want to have to come home to more of this slate job next weekend.. grouting, yes, that's the next and last step, but I want to leave for the airport with the slate all down on the floor for good.. But I don't think we'll have enough time. This slate job is taking months instead of weeks.

It cooled down finally, it's about 68* or so, was up to 87 or so this afternoon. Nice and cool in the house :D

Greg L
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Close, but not done yet, about a dozen pieces near the door, then about 16 sq ft in the half-bath.
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Slate transition/threa
slate transition/threshold from the deck into the family room where the floor will be wood.
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Snapper Turtles taking advantage of the nice loose tilled soil in my garden..
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There will be a drop below the stair railing at each step like the one shown. This is to fill in the gap and provide a smaller than 6" minimum diameter opening for 'code'
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The slowly shrinking dirt/rock pile. My fence is an eyesore. but that project is for next year.
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Mon May 31, 2010 4:58 pm

That will be a nice spot on the deck when the pile is gone...
Nice outdoor kitchen with a wood fired oven....
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