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Daves Workshop #24: Filling a hole in a medicine cabinet and refinishing it.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-10-2018 01:41 AM 1869 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was trying to protect the wallpaper in the bathroom, so I opted to remove the medicine cabinets. One came out easy, the other had a screw the installer had stripped the head, and honestly, it just wasn’t coming out. I had to use a plug cutter to get the cabinet out of the wall…. So I went ahead and plugged it as the cabinet iwas to be painted…

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#1 posted 07-02-2018 04:37 PM

Don’t have a Japanese pull saw, but that really came in handy. I may have to get one.

I have fixed defects like this pretty much the same way you did. I hadn’t thought of using a plug cutter to cut out a stripped screw, though. That’s a trick I will remember.

Your plug cutter worked pretty well with a hand held drill, but I usually run those in the drill press.

The weather has finally turned warm here, with high temps in the 70’s. You people from Houston would probably die for the low humidity 70’s high, and cool nights. But we really don’t get that many of them. There are issues with living in a temperature rain forest zone that is also essentially subarctic.

We will be going to our vacation home for a bit, and woodworking will become the focus there. Need to make some speaker stands. My first shot will probably be painted black, unless I can find some good cherry or oak at a reasonable price (not likely).

This comment got delayed since I was in a massive pressure washing project. We bought an electric pressure washer from Costco, and surprisingly, it is quite powerful for an electric. It has an induction motor that draws 13 amps, so that should put it at or over one horsepower. Bought a ten foot stepladder to assist with the project. Could have used even a higher one, but we would have trouble storing and moving that. The ten foot is a good compromise.

I pressure washed(PW) the whole house. It was a big project, since the house is quite large, and high. I also PW the brick walkways, the decorative blocks supporting the raised beds, the deck with its steps, and the driveway including the motorhome pad. A lot of concrete. Also did the large garden sled and the 6 foot wooden fence surrounding the back yard.

I did 2 to 4 hours of PW per day, over many days, and finally finished two weeks later, with a few rest days thrown in. Trying to avoid tendonitis in my wrists.

The pressure washer worked well enough that we will buy one for the vacation home as well. That area is also a temperate rain forest, but it is much warmer, with only a few days each year below freezing. That makes the house and property into a moss factory. At least July in La Conner is almost always completely free of rain.

Have a good 4th of July…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 07-03-2018 06:08 PM

Working on it. The weather is supposed to be lousy.

I have been away from the shop for a bit. We had a nasty storm blow through here a bit over 2 weeks ago that killed my fridge with a lightning strike… Lucky that was all it broke… Still waiting on the new fridge, so I am painting the kitchen, and working on other things while living out of a big ice chest until the new fridge arrives… :-(

Since the 4th is going to be a wash out, I am going ot work on doing a second coat in the kitchen. I need to change out the sink, disposal, drain plumbing etc… as well… Lots to do, only so much me to do it…

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#3 posted 07-05-2018 02:52 PM

Lightning has never caused us much damage, mostly, because there isn’t any lightning in Anchorage, for all practical purposes. We had a power surge a number of years ago that did in a few things, but that is about it.

Hope that refrigerator had a few years on it, so at least you might benefit from a new one.

We are now in La Conner, having arrived yesterday afternoon. Summer, especially July, can be pretty dry here. So first thing this morning, will get the irrigation system going. That is mostly a matter of putting hoses and battery operated timers in place.

Here, water is fairly expensive. La Conner buys water from Anacortes. Agriculture and industry put a fairly high demand on water, but a least there is water to be had. A good size river, the Skagit, empties into the ocean here, but although it is used some for irrigation, mostly it is not tapped.

In any case, you don’t water more than you have to.

Anchorage is the exact opposite situation. Anchorage does not meter water, you can use all you want to. Immense water resources in the area, and little demand. The ground is frozen nearly 7 months of the year, minimal agriculture and minimal industry. And very few people, considering the land mass.

Most of our water is glacier melt…with all kinds of options, might as well pick the best. it costs the city 65 cents per month to provide water to a typical residence. Metering costs would be multiples of the cost of the water. We have a reservoir, a lake between two mountains. 8 miles long, averaging 100 feet deep. If no more water ran into the reservoir, it would last for 100 years.

Alaska is kind of a crazy place to live, in some ways, but it does have a few advantages…

Good luck on the plumbing… my least favorite household activity. I will be fixing deck railings, pressure washing, and making some speaker stands this trip…

Later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 07-05-2018 03:25 PM

The old fridge was 16 years old. We were planning on paying off the Home Depot card and buying the particular one we have bought, but we weren’t ready for it yet. And honestly I would have preferred having a working fridge until the new one arrives…

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#5 posted 07-05-2018 10:50 PM

Glad to hear that fridge was due for replacement. You will for get about the inconvenience and appreciate the new one.

Beautiful weather here, got the irrigation system up and running for the July dry spell. Have been nursing a flu/cold, a real bugger, but i think it is retreating…

Have a good one. Marshall your forces for the next DIY onslaught… (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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