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« on: September 19, 2015, 01 :59:26 PM »

for the last 3 yrs I've been promising mother (my wife) I would re-do the inside of our home. So for the past 3 yrs that is what I've been doing. Changing a mudroom 3/4 bath into a walk-in pantry (removing all the plumbing and re-do the subfloor, putting in new hardwood flooring throughout, painting , wall papering, new wood stove, shelving (for the pantry). The rooms I've completed are the livingroom, dinning room, family room, my home office, guest room, and the walk-in pantry. Plus the flooring in the kitchen & breakfast nook, 1073sq ft of it finished so far. I still have the laundry room, master bedroom, & master bathrrom, bedroom sitting area, both master bedrrom walk-in closets, regular guest bathroom & kitchen. The kitchen has new flooring, along with the breakfast nook, but new counter tops and paint & tile back splash still needs to be done. I've hung 30 rolls of wallpaper, laid over 1073 sq ft of flooring, 5 gals of paint & 5 gals of tinted primer. I still have 997 sq ft. of flooring left to do.


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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2015, 02 :13:23 PM »

continued of my home projects I finished so far for the wife. Pantry, guess bedroom, my home office (for my business) more of dinning room. I'm doing a little at a time so I do not get burnt out doing them. I figure in another 2 yrs I should have it all done. I'm lucky my wife isnt pushy.


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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2015, 02 :22:08 PM »

the last picture of the dinning room. The last pic's are of the guest bedroom I redone, wallpaper (string style wallpaper), the bead board ceiling, crown molding and corner blocks, new base boards and light fixture along with fresh coat of paint on the walls and trim.
 I'll start back on them the 1st of the new year.


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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2015, 04 :04:55 PM »

nice    clap.. clap..
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2015, 06 :05:36 AM »

thanks John, the 1st pic is the log cabin wall paper in my office, 2nd pic is the wallpaper I hung in the dinning room, its antlers. The 3rd pic is wallpaper in the family room. The 4th is the wallpaper in the breakfast nook off the kitchen & last pic is paint color light butter yellow in the living room, small hallway, walk-in pantry and in the other rooms I'ven't started yet. Anything to make mother happy. I guess me being a painting & wallpapering contractor for 25yrs in the past has stuck with me and havent lost my know how & 11 years as a firearm re-finisher hasn't hindered my ability in the construction trade.


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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2015, 01 :13:06 PM »

another summer project this year, I built this firewood crib from treated lumber. 58" long X 50" deep 7ft high in the front 6' 2" in the back. I built the floor from 2" X 1" boxed metal & expanded metal. I primed it and painted it. I stained the firewood crib to match my home, Cabot Semi Solid New Cedar which I sprayed & back brushed all. Next year I will add on to this crib to hold more firewood. I will build the addition the same size. I have equal amounts of pine & oak stored.


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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2015, 01 :37:44 PM »

another project I got done this last summer and wanted to do for sometime is mounting a crane hoist in the back of my Kawaski Mule. I purchased it @ Harbor Freight: Extended Hoist Crane 1,000lb max on a hand pump hydraulic cylinder bottle jack. I plan on using this on my farm for lifting heavy cut logs for firewood and other tasks around here. I have (2) 3/8" thick steel plates cut and bolted to the bed 7/16" bolts, underneath I sized the 3/8" plate between the bed frames and welded it. I tested it by lifting (2) 8"X6"X8ft. treated cedar railroad ties, ea. weighs 300lbs of a total of 600lbs. No tweeking on the bed or the mounting set up I installed. It just leaned heavy to the left side from picking them up. It swings nice with the load. Since the pictures I've added a 2400lb 12volt ATV wench w/remote & front pully.


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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2015, 02 :02:01 PM »

another project I completed this summer was spreading drive way chat. I had 16 tons brought in the 1st time, then another 16 more tons. My old Yanmar YM135 had a work out. My old Yanmar is over 40 yrs old and been seriously thinking on a new tractor.  But I dont like the cost of a bare bones tractor, they kill you with the cost of attachments 12,000. plus for a bare bones compact tractor.... I stumbled on to a site that sells mini bulldozers, Struck Corps. This little dozer caught my eye in all seriousness. The one I'm interested in is RS 1000 Magnatrac. The options include hydraulic or manual attachments. Rubber or steel bolt on track shoe, loader bucket, forks, dozer blade, box scraper, drawbar, log crane, winches, 2 in. receiver hitch, sleeve hitch, rippers, rake & backhoe. This will be alot more handy around my place, dig out stumps, grade my drive way, push snow out of the way, dig trenches, the list is endless. Their priced really nice, bare bones dozer  $6,899* then the attachments are extra, I want the hydraulic loader bucket, rubber tack shoes, the backhoe attachment, and the dozer blade.


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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2015, 02 :20:30 PM »

Wow. Looks great. Maybe I need to hire you for my place for a couple months.
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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2015, 02 :38:10 PM »

another summer project I completed was for my home office, a new book case. I built from pine. The size is 85" tall, X 12" deep 30" wide to house my reloading manuals my Fox Fire collection and other items my wife Sally decorated. I cut all the piece out in one of my shop buildings, and done the router work, finish sanding in the shop, and hauled all the pieces to the house where I put the case to together inside my home. I stained it in place to match what furnture in my office and use tung oil as a finish. 24 coats of tung oil I applied for that hand rubbed finish.


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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2015, 02 :42:22 PM »

That is impressive.
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« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2015, 05 :54:39 AM »

another project completed and was my least fun to do is cleaning up and organizing one of my shop buildings. The wife been getting after me for a few years about. So this task I done during the evning hours started off in a corner and worked my way out the huge roll up door. Many things got hauled off to the dump or burned. I found tons of drill bits, cut off wheels, and other items I've bought multiples of becuase they were lost in the mess I had in their. I'm suprised how clean I am keeping this since this task was done. I've worked on several small projects and catch myself cleaning up afterwards. Makes my wife Sally (mother) happy too.
Whats scary is I have another shop building that needs to be done also.


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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2015, 06 :29:25 AM »

another project I completeed this year was changing the blades on my mover, fun fun, fun. Cub Cadet SLTX1054, best dang mower I ever owned. 54" mowing deck, only thing I dont like about Cub Cadet is the price on their blades. 70.00 for 3 18 1/2" which I purchased them at Tractor Supply. Later I found the same exact blades on ebay for 40 dollars plus shipping. This particular mower comes with a deck washer built in, to clean the underneath of the mower deck, I kept up on this responsibility, with that it made changing the blades so much easier. I also changed out the hydrostatic fluid in the transmission, I had to used a brake bleeding test kit. The Cub Cadet doesnt have a drain plug in their hydrostatic transmission. It takes a quart & a half of fluid.   


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« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2015, 08 :21:39 AM »

last year I installed a new wood stove in our home and built the hearth. The wood stove had to be manufactured home approved in order to keep my home owners insurance from raising. Part of that install was I also had to install a cool air return pipe from the stove to the outside of the home, which draws cool air in the home for  safety concerns by the insurance company, they also wanted a ground cable from the stove to the metal frame of our home. All is was a stove manufactures requirement's and for our homeowners insurance to not be raised. I went with Englander Model 13-NC, because of many reason and it met all of the standards of a mobile/manufacture home criteria along with our insurance company, plus this particular size stove heats up to 1,800 sq. ft. my home is 2070sq.ft., this stove accepts up to 18" logs, i cut my logs to 16" in length. The stove has a high-tech XBT firebox design (non-catalytic) for cleaner double burn which produces more heat and more efficiency and its EPA approved so I dont have to deal with our crappy gooberment saying my stove isnt up to "there" clean air standards.  tougeoutjb  

Propane is too unpredictable in price even though Sally & I are a pre-buy program that is monthly based on credit accumulation at pricing set at certain times of the year as you pay in monthly. Plus nothing IMO beats wood heat to warm them bones. The metal trim around the hearth I built from 2" angle iron, welded, sand blasted and I coated with a matte black ceramic coating to match the wood stove and double wall flue pipe. It attached the metal trim by sub floor adhesive in serval spots. I went with Dura Tech double wall & triple stove wall pipe & ceiling box & spark arrestor for its long lasting qualities. We couldn't be happier how it turned out and how it heats up our home during the winter months and our homeowners insurances hasn't raise at all.  
 



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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2015, 04 :24:41 PM »

when you get caught up ,how about fixin all my stuff ??
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