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So first things first, fix the ceiling in the main bathroom, texture it paint it, and while I am there, mount up the upgrade trim for the ceiling cans to match the rest of the lighting we are going to in the house…

Next of course, since the boxes were open, add the upgrade trim to the ceiling cans in the master bath. These things include new reflectors, and really do aim the light better, using 65 watt R30 CFL bulbs these things really put out a LOT of light in what once was a pair of very dark bathrooms, but the spillover isn’t like it was before, so no harshness to the person in the bed in the master suite… VERY nice upgrade function wise, not just looks. And to top it off, these things were on clearance at my local Home Depot… It appears Hampton Bay is dropping the ceiling can trim in this design. So I got them at 50% off…. They were a pain to figure out how to install, but it all ended up wroking well…

Of course the progress on the water heater stand and trim is coming along nicely. The trim along the top is going in very well. The stuff along the bottom, well my removal technique has caused me a need for more drywall patching, but the bottoms are cleared now, and the trim is going in nicely…

And yes, before anyone fusses, yes I KNOW I should have masked the floor off before texturing the wall, but hey, what’s wrong with shaving floors?

There was a mess of other work not shown in these pics, not the least of which is the running into H town to get some pecan from Clarks. I need to figure out how to face and edge joint 9’ long stock when all I have is a bench top jointer… I am thinking big hand planes coming to my rescue… Or temporary infeed and outfeed support… I have 1 piece that I really MUST process as a single piece. This is for a threshold to cover the transition from carpet to tile… Yes I am using perfectly good hardwood to cheap out and not have to replace fraying carpets yet… As a bonus, I will be using Walnut plugs to cover the screws on this project to boot!

The rest of the efforts were helping LOML move stuff that was up too high for her… Not much beyond that. Running out of steam for the weekend. Need to rest now, and get hard after it tomorrow after work again…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 898 days ago

Nice to see the photos. Somehow, in my last life or two, I think I have done all those things.

Looking back, I can’t even believe the things I have done.

You will get there too…........(-:

........the hard part, is wondering why you did them….........

If God made one mistake, it was not letting us practice life before we lived it….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 898 days ago

Oh, by the way, like the paper and the lights together, nice effect.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#3 posted 898 days ago

You may want to save that photo then… Part of the process is going to be to strip the paper. We are going with a suede faux finish. I like the paper, but wallpaper is so far out of home fashion that even I know it… Which is saying a lot. All the bright brass is leaving too. We are going with an antiqued bronze finish on everything we can, and a brown / green / white pallette throughout the house, with certain areas such as the kitchen and master bath getting some cranberry accents… I have Raspberry colored accent tiles in the master bathroom, and I am NOT doing tile yet…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 898 days ago

We have ditched the wallpaper in our house as well, but I always liked it. We still have wallpaper in the living room and master bedroom, but it will be stripped as well.

Glad to see things are moving along. Good luck with the refinance….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#5 posted 898 days ago

Hey, even if the refi doesn’t go through, at least the house will be fixed up… LOML is giving me the thumbs up for the sub panel as well. She wants the freezer out of the kitchen…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 897 days ago

New sub panel! Do you already have 240V? Great time to add it if not.

Keep up the good work, and stop the bad work (not masking)!!! LOl. JK.

Remember, don’t rush, work safe and invite me to the house Re-Warming party!!!

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 897 days ago

Randy has a good point…...remember the 240.

Your project may be a lot of work, but I think I see a win-win-win-win situation here…..refinance the house, fix up the house, make wife happy, and get the panel. How you work with your present electrical, I will never understand.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#8 posted 897 days ago

Extension cords…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 897 days ago

But the whole thing seems so untenable….....gadzooks. Here’s hoping that will be solved soon. I use a number of power strips, especially for things like chargers. But I have a lot of circuits. I two separate 240 circuits, that’s because of the dust collector. And then I have either three or four 120 circuits. To the 120 circuits I plug in power strips and number of home wired 4 receptacle boxes. The old bench has two 4 gang receptacles, and so does the new multipurpose bench. The compressor and internal light have their own receptacles inside the multpurpose bench. The central pillar has a switchable 240 circuit, so I can turn off the big saws to work change blades, align them, etc without unplugging them. There are four 240 receptacles on the pillar, one on each side, all hard wired into the same circuit. The pillar has twelve 120 recptacles hard wired into it. There is a switch on two sides opposite each other with a pilot light. Those switches are wired so that either one turns off all the 120 to the pillar. 15 years ago or more I wrote “Peter Power Pillar” on the wood with a magic marker. Of course, I did all that wiring myself. Once you get good at that stuff, it doesn’t take much motivation to set up good electrical. I keep enough electrical stuff around to wire something up on the fly without going to the store.

To the old saying that you can never have enough clamps, I add you can never have enough receptacles. Suppose I have a fetish or something? I have two 6 foot or so extension cords, home made, hung up on the central pillar, for the odd corded hand tool that just needs a little extra cord…...my old circular saw, half sheet sander, etc come to mind. But months go by before the extension cords get used.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#10 posted 897 days ago

I agree, which is why I am so itchy for this. My present power situation is this…

#1. A single 110V 20 amp circuit in the shop that is shared with both bathrooms, and the outdoor wall sockets. #2. A single 110V 20 amp circuit borrowed as need be from the washing machine, this is in the house and about 10 feet from the shop door, so I use a 25 ft extension cord. This is a dedicated circuit to the laundry, so I can only use it when LOML isn’t washing clothes, I use this to power the DC or air compressor. #3. Single 20 amp leg from the stove / oven. Not sure why, but there is a single 110V split from the 220V that feeds the stove. It is a dedicated circuit, and likewise goes to the shop to power the A/C when needed. This is NOT a good idea as the extension cord, even the heavy duty one gets warm when used for long periods.

Yes, I am desperate to get sufficient power into the shop, not to mention the house… If anyone wants to donate funds or expertise to this noble endeavor I would gratefully accept….

I should mention, I am planning on bringing a total of 5 circuits into the shop, all 20 amp, 3 of them 110V, and 2 of them 220V… The HF DC can’t be rewired 220V, but I am thinking in the long run I want to upgrade the DC, and Table Saw to 220V…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 896 days ago

I can send you all the Attaboy’s you can handle…....glad to support your effort…........(-:

5 circuits should do it, that’s what I have. You really don’t run very many things at once….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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