Rushing through the home repairs. #1: And they're off!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-01-2012 09:30 PM 3420 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So we’ve gotten off to a good start. The dog damaged trim and sheet rock in the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom have been ripped out, sheet rock replaced taped, and mudded. We are on 48+ hours so the mud should be plenty dry by now, time to start sanding. I have 2 walls that were otherwise undamaged, but had bad wallpaper that the dog ripped up, and the wallpaper is now removed, and the walls sanded. I am going with the concept of accent walls now…

I have some wildlife damaged siding and trim that I need to replace. Thank God that I have surplus in the shop. My budget is so tight I can use it as a guitar string these days…

The dead ceiling fan in the kitchen is just that, dead. Now the question is, how to wire the new one. The old one was on a wall mounted 3 speed switch… Ugh. I need to figure that one out!

I need to somehow get old tape adhesive off of the master bedroom widnows. I had taped the windows as well as boarded them for Hurricane Ike, and never fully dealt with the tape sticky and now it’s, well… stuck…

I have all this to do, and to top it off, I need to drive up to Plantersville on Saturday to pick up some lumber to make thresholds. That’s a 1.5 hour drive. UGH!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#1 posted 03-01-2012 09:56 PM

That sticky stuff will come off very easy with WD-40 I done this for years and nothing else works as good. This shop tip is free…..whooooo hooooo

-- Bill Native Texan

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#2 posted 03-01-2012 11:37 PM

For removing the “Stichy Stuff”, you can also try citrus cleaner, it works real well & has a GOOD fragrance!!

I’d come over to help, but Texas from Vermont would be one hell of a commute!!!

Keep push’n on….....

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 02:47 PM

I haven’t the slightest idea what the poster above this is trying to communicate, if anything at all. The post seems only to be a vehicle to post up the link about some wall tiles, which I didn’t even mention having anything to do with. Now if you’ll excuse me, it looks like I need to dine on a SPAM sandwich…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 03:42 PM

Attaboy, attaboy, attaboy…........

Think of good you will feel when it is all done. Think of the reduced house payment, and all the freed up cash for shop tools. Think of the barbecue your gonna have to celebrate getting this crap done. I’ll have to take a rain check in advance, however….......(-:

Remember your back. Pace yourself on those jobs that abuse it. Have multiple jobs going so you don’t have to stop working just because your back is complaining. A high stool or low step ladder may help you reach the tops of those windows, and you might be able to sit down while you do it.

Razor scraper and a solvent…......depending on the tape, many different ones may work. It will probably come down to which one is easiest to get off of the window. I have used WD-40 on cars to remove tar, so I know it is safe there.

........end of cheer leading message for today…........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 03-02-2012 03:58 PM


It was duct tape…

My back is always on my mind. The good thing is I am working on light things without a lot of lifting or twisting. It’s been over a year now since a major flare up, and the physical therapist is happy… I know even with the effects of the wreck, I could probably lick this thing if I weren’t carrying all the extra weight. So we got onto Weight Watchers. And so far in the last 1.5 months I am down 10 lbs. I am trying to lose slowly. I don’t want to gain it back…

I do have some heavy lifting jobs, like replacing 2 T1-11 siding panels where the original masonite is melting in the Texas humidity. I have a couple of my nephews that have volunteered to help me out with the bigger outdoor stuff…

I wish I had twice the time I do. I could get everything that NEEDS to be done, and a few things I WANT to get done. Like rip out the deck and install a paver patio.

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#6 posted 03-02-2012 04:10 PM

Jim is right, but you knew that! Pacing your self is KEY! Don’t want to get burned out and let safety or quality suffer.

Also, congrats on the 10lbs. !!!!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 03-02-2012 04:20 PM

db: At the risk of being repetitive ….

”Sharing master Wall tiles and bedroom windows being information looks for really nice. I have keep this home improve task process are good. I will forward to another home makers.”

Look. Truer words were never spoken. This will save you HUGE time and energy, down the road. Ignore this man/woman/beast … at your peril !

All your base are belong to us !

Godspeed, Man !

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 03-02-2012 06:01 PM

Go Zig!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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