My current huge project

Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon May 31, 2010 5:51 pm

I have to confess, I've mixed a drink, grabbed a book and a slice of pizza, and kicked back for half an hour or so, several times since the weather warmed up. The deck area is on the east side of the house, and once in shadow, around 5-6pm, it cools down quickly, and makes for a VERY nice place to sit and commiserate on the state of the state of things.. :roll:

With the current hatching of about 20 barn swallows, the mosquito population isn't too high either.

i woke the tile installer this morning at 7am, he showed at 8, and we worked untill I had to put my bags in the van and leave for the airport. All the slate is down except for the 4'x4' floor in the half-bath. So next weekend will be a 'grouting party'. yuk yuk. But i have a few volunteers to help, the more the merrier. :o

i'm in JFK planing on leaving for the west coast at around 7:30pm.. Gone untill friday afternoon.

Hope everyone eats too much BBQ and drinks too many beers, [doesn't drive] and passes out in their recliner in front of the TV.. :lol:

Greg L
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:04 am

Yesterday was slate tile grouting day one.. we got maybe 25-30% done.

I got up and wandered around the main floor this morning, my grout job looks ok, actually since it is exactly the way it will be forever... it therefore is PERFECT !! I had to mix 1:1 the two grout colors, charcoal [black] and pewter [supposed to be dark grey] in order to get the actual 'pewter' color.. It takes several days to get fully dry, but the color is what I wanted.. light enough to separate the tiles, but not so light that all you looked at was the grout lines.. And dark enough that the irregular edges of the slate were not highlighted, but not black-black lines between tiles.. So I'm happy with the color..

I'll be hooking up the kithen sinks, diswasher and faucets tomorrow, so I should have a functioning kitchen next Monday [tomorrow]

Help is supposed to show up this morning around 10am, and another crew around 1pm.. I hope to finish the grouting job today..I sure hope so, I'm getting low on Aleve again, and Motrins. Sleeping last night was tough. My throbbing knees kept me up and once I did fall asleep, my lower back would eventually wake me up.. did a LOT of tossing and turning.

Gotta get up and do my stretching exercises, they are the only thing that keeps me from being a cripple right now.

Oh, the second waranteed patio door was installed on wednesday, we had heavy rain last night, and the gutters seemed to handle it just fine. The Koi Pond is full from the roof's runoff.

I'll mix up some of F'Fred's magic haze remover and clean off the tile once the traffic is reduced to normal.. maybe later today or probably tomorrow. Once the slate is really clean, I'll seal it all, slate and grout.. then move in some furniture that is stored in Mom's apartment, she's due to show up in about ten days, and her apartment is full of my furniture.. won't make her happy if she can't move around in her place.. so I'll have to move the stuff into the foyer till the family room wood floor is installed.. that's the next major job..


Greg
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: Dann757 On: Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:10 am

I gotta say, I've seen a lot of construction and a lot of extreme high end mansions-- your floor looks awesome! Nice design too.

I just finished this concrete repair and I've been reading up on concrete- I'm making sure the slab stays wet for 7 days. The concrete will be 50% harder from what I hear. Some of my other small concrete projects didn't hold up because I let them dry out way too soon. They have spalled over the years. The portland cement has to hydrate and develop crystalline structure. I never kept portland based grout wet, I'm sure it helps to seal it. I've used acrylic additives in grout many times, and found the haze is a lot harder to scrub off.
I know it's hard labor!
Brock turned me on to zma, and now I'm using a joint supplement called Animal Flex. Also taking Life Force vitamins. Sorry to sound like an advertisement, I'm trying to heal my stomach muscle, and maybe it's the placebo effect, but all these pills seem to be helping. I never had trouble with my skinny bony knees, except for sore skin from tile or whatever work that requires being on all fours.
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:29 pm

Ya know,the old timers used to cover thier slabs w/ plastic sheeting to keep the moisture in :)
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:32 pm

Greg,the grouted part looks OUTSTANDING---I know I've said it before,but,if you didn't have that silly paying job that keeps interrupting with this real job,we woulda been done already :lol: I love the way the stair treads look :)Where the hell is the carpet guy to finish up :?: OOOOOOOhh he wants to wait for the bannister :?: That'll give him more stuff to have to fannagle around :)
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: brckwlt On: Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:53 pm

i love the grout color looks very good with the tile
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: Dann757 On: Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:18 pm

Yeah Fred, I covered it as soon as it could take it. I'll keep it wet for a week. That's what she said...
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:02 am

Dan,Dan,Dan--- :oops2: toothy :clap:
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:11 am

Thanks guys, the grouting is DONE, the Slate floor is DONE !! only a few minor 'fixes' to be done today, then another coat of sealer. I brought in the bar-chairs from my Mom's apartment [she shows up on the 16th, and I have her apt. full of my furniture :shock: ] I set up the chairs, and cracked the seal on a fresh bottle of Vodka.. and sat down and had a cocktail.. somehow I felt like i deserved it..

I have to say, it has been very nice to have this forum and friends to share my frustrations and successes with.. helped me keep my sanity. Thanks to everyone for the encouragement!!

My buddy the plumber is coming by today to help me hook up the kitchen sink, prep sink, faucets, and icemaker.. soon I can install the trim on the fridge/freezer for the last time, and remove the protective plastic.

The general mood around here has perked up so much with the floor 99% finished, that the Japanese Miniature Pear tree decided to bloom !! [see photo]
Edit: I've been informed and enlightened that the tree is a Kousa Dogwood !!

Well, I've got to get to work, the yard needs mowing, and the sun is out..

Greg L
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:27 am

Looks absolutely mint!! :punk: :up: :cheers:

CONGRATS!!

I'm looking forward to that same feeling, when my RD is finally together & running. ;)
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:03 am

Tuesday morning update: got the kitchen sinks and faucets hooked up and running, the water to the icemaker in the freezer, and was missing a plumbing piece for the dishwasher, the plumber is going to pick it up this morning, and my caretaker will let him into the place..

Water and drains hooked up to the half bath, toilet and upstairs sink next to the laundry..

So I have an almost complete kitchen, half bath, and upstairs laundry sink..

I'll add photos next weekend, the only thing to show will be the kitchen faucets and dishwasher installed..

I'm off to JFK for the week, i get back on Saturday afternoon,, for 2.5 days..

Cold last two nights, in the mid 40* 's.. felt good, and I turned the heat on, just to exercise the AA boiler..it was getting lazy... :lol:

Have a good week..
Greg L
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: Sting On: Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:14 am

Dann757 wrote:Brock turned me on to zma, and now I'm using a joint supplement called Animal Flex. Also taking Life Force vitamins.


Links????

Sorry for the HI-Jack Greg - but I still have my PM turned off
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: Dann757 On: Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:34 am

I didn't want to sound like an ad for the company. I've had great service from this place. Brock has other places too.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/index ... 10StoreTab
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:22 pm

Looking better every day...
The tree looks more like a Kousa Dogwood...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kousa_Dogwood
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: brckwlt On: Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:08 pm

Sting wrote:
Dann757 wrote:Brock turned me on to zma, and now I'm using a joint supplement called Animal Flex. Also taking Life Force vitamins.


Links????

Sorry for the HI-Jack Greg - but I still have my PM turned off


enable your PM and ill show you a world you never would of thought existed ... if youd rather not, then nevermind
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