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Blog series by dbhost updated 330 days ago 13 parts 18752 reads 61 comments total

Part 1: And they're off!

875 days ago by dbhost | 8 comments »

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 s...

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Part 2: Sanding on 2 walls done, started cutting and installing the trim.

874 days ago by dbhost | 5 comments »

I’ve got 2 more walls left that need to be sanded, actually the sanding finished really… I am using one of those hand held drywall sanders for fear of creating a dust plume that looks like a mushroom cloud with a power sander. Not to mention quickly clogging sandpaper… Anyway, I digress… The trim around the water heater stand is done, mostly. I am still working on transition to the original wall / trim. I have no coping saw, so I am hopeful I can pull this off with ...

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Part 3: Lighting upgrades, and more drywall work...

871 days ago by dbhost | 11 comments »

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 pa...

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Part 4: When door stops don't...

869 days ago by dbhost | 3 comments »

So last night was spent running around with new door stops, and drywall mud making sure the door knobs keep from smashing into sheet rock, and repairing the damage that was caused when they did. You know, if I was going for a stucco look, I’d be done texturing! But I digress.. I got to spend a little bit of time painting some samples of paint on the laundry room walls, and remembered a couple of stupid things… #1. Even light colors can bleed through paint and skew your color...

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Part 5: Walls sanded, trim mostly done. Where's the quarter round?

865 days ago by dbhost | 7 comments »

So the drywall is patched, and sanded, colors are tested on the walls, and after several uh… lively discussions with LOML she agrees that the primary color I had initially wanted beats all the odd colors her sister has been suggesting. I know she means well, but her taste is a bit more formal than ours, and the colors just don’t go… I have the trim installed in the laundry room except for the one little detail I forgot at Home Depot. Where the heck is the quarter round? I...

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Part 6: Foyer walls in paint, working our way to the living room, and I ran out of tall...

854 days ago by dbhost | 5 comments »

It should be dead obvious to anyone that looks that our house is in the middle of remodeling, I have a nice, beautiful fresh coat of Pecan Sandie paint on the walls in the foyer, with some of it spilling over onto the trim (will mask, prep and repaint the trim bright white next). The ceiling is Glidden Ceiling white and WOW what a difference in that small, windowless space that made! The original satin bone white paint never looked good to me (I.E. I thought it was an UGLY color on the ceilin...

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Part 7: Fixing drywall problems and repainting that *&#$ cathedral ceiling...

842 days ago by dbhost | 1 comment »

After hurricane Ike blew through, I was left with some cracks in my sheet rock. The inspectors / engineers I had look at it told me the issue was because of the wind load / vibration during the storm. Sadly my insurance didn’t cover that damage, so I need to get my butt up a ladder to re-tape and mud where the storm split my ceiling, and then repaint. No big deal right? It would appear that my 6’ step ladder won’t be sufficient, but that’s okay I can borrow a taller...

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Part 8: Working outside while it is cool enough...

821 days ago by dbhost | 5 comments »

I have a couple of trees that after drought stress, I had die on me, only to find wood boring beetles living in them. (Now I get to check my home structure to make sure they aren’t there!). So I got to spend some serious quality time with my ladder, a rope, a chainsaw, and a friend. The rope and the friend were to pull the cutoffs toward the middle of the lawn to avoid smashing the house, the fence, or me in the process of felling these trees. I am about 75% done, and I guarantee the tr...

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Part 9: Cat food damaged linen closet shelves...

804 days ago by dbhost | 0 comments »

I know it sounds weird, but let me explain… I guess it was about 2 years ago now, we stocked up on cat food for the BILs cats, sadly it was raining really hard that day… Well we got the cat food (canned) home, and my wife just chucked the cases of cat food into the linen closet without drying them off. Well water doing what it likes to do followed gravity down and found its way between the shelves, and the wall… where it sat until a couple of months ago when I was working...

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Part 10: Getting back after it, and starting to see results.

346 days ago by dbhost | 9 comments »

From my last blog entry, folks know I have been kind of out circulation for a bit due to health issues, and I am finally getting back into the swing of things. I had a pretty decent weekend home remodeling wise… #1. Got the shop vac / thien rig set up in the dining room, and used my dust free sander to smooth out most of the texture from one of the walls that needed a LOT of patching due to furniture bumps, and hurricane shaking induced cracks etc… All of the retaping, patching...

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Part 11: Dining room, almost check... Some shop time too!

340 days ago by dbhost | 2 comments »

Okay so the dining room remodel is almost done. The walls and ceiling are painted. The new chandelier is on back order, so that will have to wait, and I need to finish the paint on the moldings tomorrow, but aside from that, the dining room can be referred to as DONE… Steps done this weekend Apply 2nd coat of paint to the 2 walls that already had the initial coat, apply 2 coats of paint to the remaining wall… Let paint dry, mask off, sand any irregularities from, and pain...

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Part 12: Didn't get as far as I wanted yesterday...

337 days ago by dbhost | 5 comments »

So I got to looking, it wasn’t that the Frog Tape let the paint bleed, it appears frog tape took paint with it when my wife pulled it off of the wall. So I got the first coat applied, with an artists fine brush Tonight is going to be interesting, I have work I need to do remotely from home, start certain jobs on the computers, and let them run, I will likely be running back and forth between the computer and the dining room! Once that is done, and assuming work gets done at a r...

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Part 13: Dining room, check. Moving on to living room..

330 days ago by dbhost | 0 comments »

So the paint and trim in the dining room is done. Admittedly I still have the old bright brass lighting installed as I have yet to fund the new chandelier, that is coming, but I need to keep on with what I have supplies for… The next item on my list was drywall repair and paint in living room. First off I hit some small holes in the sheet rock with drywall mud, and let it dry over… Next was the less fun part. Move all of the furnishings that I could out of half of the liv...

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