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Blog entry by vonhagen posted 08-04-2012 08:45 PM 1385 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a side job i have been working on and the owners wanted this old victorian piece some how conected. the veneer on the sides was terrible so i made these panels to fit it. the color doesnt match but thats the color they wanted for the kitchen. my problem here was attaching to adobe bricks, i used tech screws and they worked good but the walls were very wavy and out of plumb.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#1 posted 08-05-2012 05:38 AM

Gosh I complained about finishing the renovation that I paid a scam artist /professional criminal to complete. Just seeing that blue ladder brings back such bad memories. As awful as that job became, at least I wasn’t trying to deal with brick walls! I love brick on the outside wall or on a patio or walkway, but not on an interior wall. Too much trouble. This is definitely an interesting kitchen, especially the arched element. I think you did a great job. Thanks for sharing….....

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#2 posted 08-05-2012 12:14 PM

Another cool save by Blaine. That turned out well and the adobe interior wlls look neat though I can imagine they added a degree of difficulty to the project. That’s why they hired YOU.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 08-05-2012 04:13 PM

thank you cathy and andy, those walls were a challenge to say the least but it came out nice. the counters are going to be soapstone and my stone guy is going to have fun with the bricks lol and the big copper sink. i had to drill a full 3 inches into the bricks so they wouldnt crumble and thank god for the inventor of the blue techron screws. now i am back to la jolla to the monster never ending job.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#4 posted 08-25-2012 04:31 AM

Looks good Blaine. You did a good job fitting it all together. Killer kitchen.

I can relate to the uneven, out of plumb bricks. A few months back I had to get new ovens and a cooktop. The new ovens are 27” and I had 24” in a brick hole in the kitchen. I had to remove almost 60 brick to make me a new hole. The new ovens were taller than the old ones too. The face of the hole had a slight twist and I hated how the top oven never closed properly. I made two styles and a rail, flat black, pine,very plain. Then some strategically located tapcon screws and I managed to get a plumb, straight, square opening to set the ovens. Now cooking is fun again. It helps the fun factor that I was able to get Bosch ovens and cooktop, like good tools they’re a pleasure to use.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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