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Blog entry by patron posted 09-28-2011 12:42 AM 6221 reads 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hi folks

been working at my friend daniel’s house in colorado again
(this was the last build there)

here is what happened in this weekend

from this

this is the old cabin part
we left it as is
(all curvy and roof over hang rotting)
cut that off
and added new roof over
resting on log wall
and good foundation

then built a new wall next to it
(however the foundation was curved up and down
and was 7” different from end to end)
so every wall stud (upright)
had to be cut special
and toenailed in place

then paneling removable to spray insulation
then trimmed off
and the paneling re-nailed over
and the roof too
(it left open at the top for the insulation guy)
and metal brackets to keep it honest

the windows are the old ones we reversed to the inside
for temporary
the new ones will be put in
from the outside when i return
in 2 weeks
for another 4 day week end

and the last roof built too on the left end
then we will be done with roofing

everything went as planed
in other words
it was total chaos

our new catch frays is
(after making so many miscalculations)

’it’s tough to be retarded’

which we used often on each other

everything we have done together there
has been from the top down
as the original house was built by the first husband
after 5 years the wife bought him a level
for his birthday

but it was too late !

what are you doing these days

how was your weekend

thanks for looking
have a safe one

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-28-2011 12:49 AM

You have been BUSY!

Nice job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

View lanwater's profile


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#2 posted 09-28-2011 12:52 AM

Good job David.

It sounds like a lot of work but it sure looks nicer already.

I am very sure that the team would built the house I bought had levels and square but I could swear they did not use them.
There was a dead space under the stairs leading to the upper floor and I decided to put pull out pantry there. The studs were far from square, twisted and the “on-center” measurement were all different.
To make it short it took me much longer to finish installing the pantries.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 01:04 AM

That’s looking very professional no matter what you say. It is an interesting design though…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 01:07 AM

Nothing like “Custom” Carpentry
Where we stayed at the beach
it was a fairly typical story
Some guy came back from one of the wars
with money in his pocket
bought a parcel of land in Maine with a huge old White Elephant of a house on it for a song
Built himself a rental cottage
With the proceeds built another… and another… learning as he went along
The earliest ones have very few straight lines in them!!
I guessed ours to be his third or fourth…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 01:09 AM

Hey David – it is looking much nicer! 7” from end to end, do you also have to nail the furniture down!

Looks like quite a project there! But they got some good help..

Also – I like the old F150….....


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 09-28-2011 01:12 AM

Looks like a great improvement.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 09-28-2011 01:15 AM

The before and after are something else!
Looks great!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 09-28-2011 01:28 AM

it is kind of like an outhouse museum
with a great new building to house it

seriously though
daniel has done a fantastic job
of re-doing the whole thing
and learning as he goes

when we get together
it is like a workaholics reunion
we work till it gets dark

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 09-28-2011 01:47 AM

Good to see you busy… and by the look of it… Happy….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 09-28-2011 02:20 AM

Glad you are having fun.

It’s tough getting by when you are retarded. (Sounds like a catchy phrase.)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 09-28-2011 02:23 AM

Your adventure was like when my brothers and I get together to fix something or build something; chaos in a blender. We all have our opinions on how it should be done and toss in a few beers and there is no telling what mistakes happen ,but in the end we are working after dark until it gets finished. You are a great friend to have.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#12 posted 09-28-2011 03:48 AM

There was a crooked little man, who had a crooked little house…..with a rat-a-tat-tat…..and he hired David to square and plumb it. lol
Building from the top down sounds like the hard way to me. But with the Master craftsman on sight, things will come to the right conclusion. You never fail to amaze me David.

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#13 posted 09-28-2011 04:13 AM

Too sweet! I wish I were working under that sunset!
I admire you for all the help given unto others!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#14 posted 09-28-2011 04:16 AM

Agree with you Rand, David works from little things like boxes up to big houses as such above. Well, is he a carpenter or a woodworker… what I knew he is the only David the LJ who amaze me.

-- Bert

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#15 posted 09-28-2011 04:24 AM

This sounds like what we’re dealing with in the old part of our cabin. Old twisted wood that has been flooded many times over the years. And will be again someday. We call it River Square. Even I can panel the walls now. : ) My husband wants to rip off part of the roof and the old bathroom to rebuild it Our project is gonna be chaos too and I don’t want to be there when this happens. But I will be because somebody has to supervise. One of us is going to get fired so I think I should hire you. This looks great! And in 4 days? As always, your work is amazing!

-- Janice

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