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      10-21-2008 06:14 PM #26
      it had an ancient westinghouse AC compressor that hadnt been used since the early 90's, and a highboy in the basement that we had service records starting in '82. we replaced it with a 95% efficient furnace and a new AC compressor both made by Amana.
      the furnace vents through the the front of the house, instead of the chimney like it used to. the basement has two (soon to be replaced) windows, and 3-4 more vents along the back of the house in the crawl. 1800sqft house, on top of a 900sqft basement, hopefully thats enough vents?

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      10-26-2008 11:27 PM #27
      this is what we started with today (Sunday the 26th):



      Mid-day (started at 1ish, finished at 7:30 in the dark):




      i finished the length show above, all 46 ft of gutter board and soffit, no pics tonight because it was dark when i finished. new gutters go up in a week to repalce the crappy ones PO put in. had to take the dental molding down to get the soffit out, so that will have to go back up too...

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      10-28-2008 08:56 PM #28
      mostly finished product:


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      10-28-2008 09:00 PM #29
      i'm thinking white on the trim and gutters, and a gray or green on the wood parts. any thoughts on whether that will look good? think the shutters should be completely ditched, or trimmed out to look slightly arts and crafts? seamless gutters go in a week from tomorrow. this is a door, but something like this:

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      10-29-2008 01:04 PM #30
      nice work - in for updates [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      ski fast take chances

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      11-06-2008 10:21 PM #31
      Big week.
      Fixed the rear soffett and gutter board. He had left an extra 1.75" overhang on the gutterboard that drove me nuts, and needed removing:

      the tool:

      plastic crap that came down in favor of plywood with vents:


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      11-06-2008 10:23 PM #32
      Then yesterday:



      Modified by vw fiend at 9:35 PM 11-6-2008

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      11-06-2008 10:26 PM #33
      Also yesterday:



      Modified by vw fiend at 9:35 PM 11-6-2008

    9. 11-06-2008 11:19 PM #34
      Most of your new pics aren't showing up for me.

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      11-06-2008 11:36 PM #35
      hopefully fixed. picasa is fickle sometimes.

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      11-10-2008 08:13 PM #36
      looks great. good stuff man. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      welcome to the layer cake

    12. 11-13-2008 03:32 PM #37
      Your house is looking really great [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      This all must be costing a fortune though!

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      11-13-2008 03:42 PM #38
      we got a really good deal on the house, for the area/market/size etc. the price was low enough that we knew going in that we'd have to spend.
      on the up side, we've saved thousands just doing the work ourselves, getting stuff on sale, re-using, getting multiple quotes, and heavy pre-planning.
      we're about done for the year, anything else major will hold off on till the spring when we've been able to save through the winter.
      i've done alot of things for the first time, and made plenty of mistakes.
      for the first time i've:
      plumbed two bathrooms
      repaired and replaced soffett/gutterboard/facia/drip edge
      wiring
      subfloor
      cement board
      tile & grout
      cabinet install
      masonry
      and plenty of demo and cursing nasaboy

    14. 11-13-2008 04:44 PM #39
      That's great! Good for you!
      If we ever get a house it'll probably be an older one, so I'll be asking you for tips, haha

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      11-17-2008 11:17 PM #40
      this weekend was big:
      finished the master bath sink:

      the kithcen sink is up and running, which means after 5 months we finally have a fully working kitchen (that sucked):

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      11-17-2008 11:17 PM #41
      and its not done yet, and i was holding off on showing it, but our master bathroom door:

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      12-08-2008 12:51 AM #42
      we got a new slider installed, makes a hug difference with noise and temperature.
      From:

      to:

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      12-08-2008 12:52 AM #43
      and two basement windows:
      from:

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      12-08-2008 01:46 AM #44
      Quote, originally posted by vw fiend »
      and its not done yet, and i was holding off on showing it, but our master bathroom door:

      I'm digging this set up. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] Where did you get the hardware for the barn style door? I know it's not finished, but are there any tracks so that the bottom stays stationary when sliding? Everything looks great. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]


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      12-08-2008 09:23 AM #45
      I got the track and wheel set at Tractor Supply, which you might have over in Illinois? You can buy a guide piece for the base that consists of a little wheel that bolts to the floor, but I plan on doing it differently. I'm going to route a groove in the bottom edge of the door, and screw a natural wood strip to the floor for it to run along; nothing bigger than say 3/8"x3/8".

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      12-08-2008 11:04 AM #46
      Quote, originally posted by vw fiend »
      I got the track and wheel set at Tractor Supply, which you might have over in Illinois? You can buy a guide piece for the base that consists of a little wheel that bolts to the floor, but I plan on doing it differently. I'm going to route a groove in the bottom edge of the door, and screw a natural wood strip to the floor for it to run along; nothing bigger than say 3/8"x3/8".

      Sweet. We have one of those. Thanks. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      04-22-2009 01:07 AM #47
      back with some progress:
      we went from this:

      to this:

      we installed a new ceiling fan in the master:

      i had to splice in new crown molding to fix a missing section (not done yet):

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      04-22-2009 01:09 AM #48
      we got doors back:

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      04-22-2009 01:10 AM #49
      we knocked a hole in the wall (standing in the now orange room with the fireplace, looking to the back of the house):

      i installed the previously baseboard mounted cold air return vents in the now exposed floor (also not done yet):

      more updated new wall hole photo:




      Modified by vw fiend at 11:12 PM 4-21-2009

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      05-25-2009 11:31 PM #50
      exterior progress:

      i wanted a color that was bright enough for the amount of trees on the lot. i'm hoping that the colors play come off like a blend of arts and crafts and mid-century modern. i really want the house to stand out from all the other monotone houses on the street, and seem fresh/young/interesting.

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