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      10-01-2021, 10:00 AM   #1409
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Thanks! I was wondering if there were any rough guidelines for the size of the concrete patch vs gap to accommodate for drainage while still ensuring that the concrete patches were stable (e.g., not tilt, crack, etc.).
Nothing specific. We just picked a size and spacing that we thought looked good and my contractor took care of drainage. They had to re-route a few of the gutters as well that are now buried underneath. They also did lots of ground prep and tamping because the far side of the yard originally sloped down, so they had to build it up some.
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Saturday we loaded the kids up early and headed to Lowes for supplies. I had to change my plans up a couple times on the fly because Lowes seemed to be out of everything, but I eventually got it figured out. I grabbed some 10 foot sticks of 1/2 galv, I wanted to use conduit but they were out, some zip dies, anchors, etc etc. I drilled some holes in the top of the tubes and hammered them into the ground and attached them to the fence. I had to use the wrong mounts since lowes was out of those, but these worked.


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I anchored the lights to the house with some aluminum clamps from work and zipties, I hope they hold up. After about 2 hours I had the lights up.


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The two strands of lights of course met in the middle of the air so I had to get a little crafty to hold them together. I then wrapped this sketchy contraption in duct tape of course.


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And the finished product.

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I ran out and grabbed some german beers, stole some firewood from my parents, and had a buddy over for cigars and beers.. PROST!


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We still have some signs to put up and we have a biergarten table on the way, but its getting close and I enjoyed relaxing out there.


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Just finished our master (yes it super tiny) bathroom reno. Had a contractor do the tile and my B-i-L and I installed the shower door. I did the new faucet, mirror, and vanity lights myself.

The people we bought the house from bought from a flipper. It was obvious this house was one of the 1st for the flipper. The previous owners, after having lived in the house 3 months, noticed a horrible smell coming from the newly renovated master bath drain. After trying many different things, they couldn't get it to go away, so they took a sledgehammer to the floor. Discovered that, instead of installing concrete flooring and a shower pan, the flipper had put layers of DRYWALL under the tile and didn't attempt to water-proof. So that drywall soaked up months of water drainage and you see the super POS cheap tiles that were put in by the owners that we bought from.

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I just did my first mow since 2020. Long, strung out ordeal with TruBrown destroying my yard. Paid some guys here a month or so ago to regrade the lot, new sod, and some new straw and got some rocks put in with metal edging. Happy with how it turned out.
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Decided to do a 3/4 board and batten wainscot wall. Since the wall was textured, I had to skim the area smooth first and then install the board and batten.

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Got the lights back up in the washbay/carport. They aren't fully wired in yet, I have them on an extension cord, but at least I can use them now. Just in time for daylight savings.

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Just finished our master (yes it super tiny) bathroom reno. Had a contractor do the tile and my B-i-L and I installed the shower door. I did the new faucet, mirror, and vanity lights myself.

The people we bought the house from bought from a flipper. It was obvious this house was one of the 1st for the flipper. The previous owners, after having lived in the house 3 months, noticed a horrible smell coming from the newly renovated master bath drain. After trying many different things, they couldn't get it to go away, so they took a sledgehammer to the floor. Discovered that, instead of installing concrete flooring and a shower pan, the flipper had put layers of DRYWALL under the tile and didn't attempt to water-proof. So that drywall soaked up months of water drainage and you see the super POS cheap tiles that were put in by the owners that we bought from.

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We start our kitchen this weekend!! Taking out some non-supporting columns to create a true island & raising the ceiling to match the rest of the living room, then new countertops and painting the existing cabinets.
Great job! I'll be doing my master bath in the next couple of years. Your end result looks amazing? Did you tile the ceiling in your shower? Just curious, some do, some do not. I've got a shower/tub combo that I want ripped out and and tile shower installed. My home was built in the 90's and was "remodeled" by the chick that I bought it from. I say "remodeled" because she obviously had no clue what she was doing and spent WAY too much time watching HGTV. Really dig that shower door!
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Great job! I'll be doing my master bath in the next couple of years. Your end result looks amazing? Did you tile the ceiling in your shower? Just curious, some do, some do not. I've got a shower/tub combo that I want ripped out and and tile shower installed. My home was built in the 90's and was "remodeled" by the chick that I bought it from. I say "remodeled" because she obviously had no clue what she was doing and spent WAY too much time watching HGTV. Really dig that shower door!
Thanks! We're super happy with it. It helps that my wife is a licensed interior designer/architect (she does commercial property). I think we spent around $1200 in materials & that includes the new vanity mirror & light fixture (she was able to get mild discounts & tax-free for us).

We did not tile the ceiling. I've got to paint it still (you'll notice red paint, which is water-resistant, along the edges of the grout at the ceiling). I'm waiting to paint that, as we just started our kitchen demo & I'll have to repaint that ceiling too.

The shower door is awesome! I think it was only about $500 from Home Depot and we had it shipped to the store from the manufacturer last month. Arrived at the store within 4-5 days. DM me & I'll shoot you over the link.
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How did you do the stairs? Ran the wire to each landing?

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so if your undercabinet LED lighting is a "strip style" then you have a low voltage wire that feeds the strip from wherever your transformer is located. If its not strip style and you just have LED tube style bulb in those big fixtures, you can rip all that out and replace it with strip lighting which looks much cleaner..

Regarding toe kick, all you need to do is add another low voltage feed from your transformer and bring it down to toe kick area. Easiest way is cut a hole in back of cabinet so you can fish the wire from upper cabinets into lower. Once you're in lower cabinet just run the wire on inside of cabinet corners and come down to toe kick where you make a little hole and feed the wire into it. Then you install your aluminum channels and connect it to your feed. Since you have dishwasher / stove also running in toe kick all you do is daisy chain the LED strip from toe kick and you move from one cabinet to the other.. PM me with any questions.. Also here is a marked up image of one of your pics and how to route the wire and where to mount the aluminum channel. The channels come with plastic clips which hold the channel in place.. ive also included finished photos of what i did at my place to give you an idea of overall look.. put it this way i never need to turn my recessed lights where i have LED it produces that much light..




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ran the wire to each stair in the rough, total 3 feeds. Then when i made custom treads from red oak i fed the wire in channel which was routed to support the aluminum extrusion i was going to use.. once stairs were fully completed painted and stained i screwed the extrusions from the bottom of each tread then soldered an LED strip to each feed and put extrusion plastic cover (diffuser) which spreads the light evenly to prevent seeing actual LED cobs, cover was white in color to match the risers on the staircase. Once that was all done i connected it to 300W commercial grade transformer which is connected to Control4 dimmer and set to 30% brightness.

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^That's effin awesome, I wish that there was an easier way to DIY it for those of us that don't want to rip up their stairs, I'd be all over it
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If you have access to under the stair case, you could remove drywall which will give you access to framing to feed the wires into corner of each step. But then the issue might be design of your actual tread.. i.e. you would need to have square edge cantilever type tread edge so that you can screw in the aluminum extrusion from the bottom (channel which holds led strip).. channel will be visible of course but they are relatively low profile and cantilever of tread should hide it pretty well.. most common treads (non custom job) are round nose, i.e. nosing comes as option from floor manufacturer.. If this is your case, depending on nosing that you have you may be able to router them.. its hard to tell as i dont know how much cantilever you have and you dont want to reduce too much material on the edge where people typically step on due to obvious safety reasons.

To make it seamless its best done when designing staircase from scratch..




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Got the lights back up in the washbay/carport. They aren't fully wired in yet, I have them on an extension cord, but at least I can use them now. Just in time for daylight savings.

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How well do car ports actually work? My wife is trying to help me with my car storage issues and suggested buying one. I'm tried of seeing a few of my cars paint being sun baked plus all of the dirt in the rain building up. Now I have another car coming this weekend so the problem keeps getting worse lol.
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Installed a new shower door. Two hundred pounds of tempered glass made this a very unnerving DIY project.

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How well do car ports actually work? My wife is trying to help me with my car storage issues and suggested buying one. I'm tried of seeing a few of my cars paint being sun baked plus all of the dirt in the rain building up. Now I have another car coming this weekend so the problem keeps getting worse lol.
It keeps the sun off of it most of the day. I mainly got it so I could wash cars in the shade and at night to be honest.
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We started kitchen demo last weekend, and I'm rebuilding the kitchen island tomorrow. There was literally no supports. The 2corners where the walls met were just held together by drywall.
We'll build it back correctly. So far I've only spent about $300 (debris removal & buying lunch for family members who helped tear down)

I'll show a couple before and then current progress. We're leaving the floors (same throughout the house), cutting the bar height from 48" down to 36" (standard), all new counter tops, new back splash, new stove that will sit flush with island, and sanding/painting the cabinets (uppers in white, lowers in an off-green color).

We also raised the ceiling to be flush with the rest of the house. We found, under the ceiling you see in the before pics, that they had left the original tracks/lighting, including the 3' long tube light bulbs in the ceiling and just drywalled over it. Everything was half-assed. I always felt like I walked into a hobbit hole w/7'6" ceilings in the kitchen, and now it's back to the original 9'.
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We started kitchen demo last weekend, and I'm rebuilding the kitchen island tomorrow.
I've got a split level with a similar layout...been meaning to upgrade it in similar fashion eventually. Looking forward to seeing your progress!
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I've got a split level with a similar layout...been meaning to upgrade it in similar fashion eventually. Looking forward to seeing your progress!
I'll keep ya'll in the loop! We're hoping to keep our kitchen "reno" under $5k since we're reusing so much stuff. The most expensive items are re-running the electrical (meeting w/my electrician in an hour, who lives across the street), and the counters.

I don't even have to buy wood for rebuilding the island! I have so much left over from tearing down a wall in my garage, that I can just reuse it all.
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My single storey extension. Finished in June this year. The pool table arrived early October, so getting to enjoy the space for itís intended purpose. Windows, doors and lantern are all dark grey aluminium. I had my small garden remodelled and a new kitchen installed at the same time.
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My single storey extension. Finished in June this year. The pool table arrived early October, so getting to enjoy the space for itís intended purpose. Windows, doors and lantern are all dark grey aluminium. I had my small garden remodelled and a new kitchen installed at the same time.
Everything about this is spot on! Love exposed brick interior walls and black felt on pool tables. Fixtures, countertops, cabinet facings and floors all - . Nicely done!
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