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    Thread: Our 1960's build thread.

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      03-29-2012 06:11 PM #246
      Awesome job on the house !

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      03-29-2012 10:41 PM #247
      fence is next, along with garage storage solutions; I really need help in those two areas as far as ideas go.

    3. 03-30-2012 11:08 AM #248
      nice little coherent setup!

      just plexiglass windows?

      i want to do something the same, how was mounting the roll up? can you get some pics from the inside?

      and whats the slope of your roof?

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      03-31-2012 01:20 AM #249
      the rise of the roof is 1ft (probably slightly greater because of overhang) across a 10ft span. I put the door together myself, and lifted it in to place; a little tricky but totally doable. the windows are just plastic, but it's not quite plex - it's corrugated plastic. I'm going to have to take it down, because I've noticed bugs getting stuck and dying between it and the wood. I'll take some shots of the door from the inside tomorrow if I have time!
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      04-02-2012 10:07 PM #250

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      04-15-2012 06:47 PM #251
      power washing today; saw patio i've never seen before:




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      04-15-2012 07:34 PM #252
      This happened a bit over a month ago:




      It wasn't my wifes fault, and after insurance took three weeks to decide it was totaled, after they told us it wasnt, I bought it back and we brought this one home to replace it:

    8. 04-16-2012 10:06 AM #253
      thanks!

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      05-28-2012 11:28 PM #254
      Memorial day project; finish a project started awhile ago.


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      05-28-2012 11:44 PM #255
      theres a slight elevation change, which is why there are boards missing to the left; not sure if I want to cut a slanted board to fill the gap, or leave it be. i'm also unsure if I want to plant bushes in front of the fence, or leave it be and take care of the grass.

      stain is another big question; i like the raw wood, but i've got stain going on in the back of the house too and i may go with that:



      thoughts?

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      05-29-2012 12:49 AM #256
      A bit hard to tell as it's not clear how far away from the house the fence is. I am thinking stain it to match the deck and find some bushes that are a similar green to the house to tie it all in.

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      05-29-2012 07:49 AM #257
      I'll get a shot tonight; it parallels the garage door, and is about another car length from the jetta to the left.

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      05-29-2012 09:54 PM #258

    14. 08-02-2012 12:17 PM #259
      that's a neat idea. i've been wanting to do something similar on the property line we share with a parking lot. is it as simple as sinking a few posts and attaching the cross boards?

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      10-23-2012 11:51 PM #260
      sorting the garage out before the winter:


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      10-25-2012 02:16 PM #261
      Great work turning a rough start into a beautiful house.


      I've done some basic plumbing, drywall and some tiling jobs, but you have really gone all out.


      Did you have any experience with finish work? The built in, bath and trim work all look really good.

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      10-27-2012 09:25 AM #262
      thanks!

      I'm a product designer, so I've got a little tool experience - but pretty much everything I've done to the house has been new to me.

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      10-28-2012 01:30 AM #263
      I just re-read your entire thread Such a great reno. My husband and I are buying our first house and it definitely needs some updates (it reeks of the early 90's). A couple questions:

      What color of blues are on the walls in the hall or living area (where you have the chair rail with the darker blue below it)? That looks like a great color - so calming!

      Would you mind sharing the approximate cost for the counters in the kitchen?

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      10-29-2012 11:32 PM #264
      all paint is sherwin williams; I'm going to have to find our paint notebook to get you names.

      the counters were so long ago at this point... I'll ask my wife. we got it direct with the help of a kitchen building friend. it's just laminate, but its has chamfered edges and it looks like it has flakes in it, so the reflection is un-even; I it, and normally I can't stand laminate

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      10-29-2012 11:42 PM #265
      I finally took measures to kill the drafts at the back door; and lose the nasty storm door:


      it was rotten all the way in to the basement:


      new and old:


      done:


      had to remove inner and outer trim, door, storm door, door frame, sill, threshold and chunks of unevenly trimmed joist.

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      11-07-2012 10:47 AM #266
      Love your house and location.

      How many square feet is it in total? house and garage, and garage alone?

      cheers

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      11-18-2012 11:49 PM #267
      Quote Originally Posted by Morten_Fisker View Post
      Love your house and location.

      How many square feet is it in total? house and garage, and garage alone?

      cheers
      Its around 1800 square feet, not including the garage or basement. the basement is half the house, so around 900 square feet - the garage is around 400 square feet (20x20).


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      11-21-2012 10:40 PM #268
      I've wanted a Bluetooth speaker for awhile, so I made one:




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      11-22-2012 11:23 AM #269
      how did you make that? or is it just a bought speaker setup in a custom enclosure?

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      11-23-2012 04:33 PM #270
      its crap walnut; everything else came from partsexpress.com; theres two speakers, an amp and a bluetooth module. had to figure out how to incorporate it all. even the vintage speaker fabric came from parts express.

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      04-22-2013 11:36 PM #271
      walls are painted in the garage, and rubber trim is up. I finally got to start organizing too.




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      04-22-2013 11:47 PM #272
      I finally fixed the crack in the ceiling that's been there since before we moved in:




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      04-22-2013 11:50 PM #273
      I bought some stadium seats:




    29. 04-23-2013 10:15 AM #274
      I have a novice question. Did you tape and mud the crack or was it more involved? I've been following your thread since it started. Amazing work! Finally bought a house this year and I hope to use this thread as inspiration.
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      04-23-2013 12:48 PM #275
      Congratulations on the house!

      I didn't tape the crack; I loaded it up with screws to pull the drywall back to the joists. Then I took a utility knife and turned the crack in to a "V" by making two 45 degree cuts, one on either side of the crack. After that I filled and sander 2-3 times, depending on the area.

      I've done some ceiling repair with tape, I just wanted to give this method a shot this go-round, and I'm much happier with the results. We'll see if it holds up the same...

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      04-23-2013 01:22 PM #276
      Quote Originally Posted by vw fiend View Post
      Congratulations on the house!

      I didn't tape the crack; I loaded it up with screws to pull the drywall back to the joists. Then I took a utility knife and turned the crack in to a "V" by making two 45 degree cuts, one on either side of the crack. After that I filled and sander 2-3 times, depending on the area.

      I've done some ceiling repair with tape, I just wanted to give this method a shot this go-round, and I'm much happier with the results. We'll see if it holds up the same...

      I suspect without tape it will eventually crack again. But good luck.

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      04-23-2013 03:55 PM #277
      Quote Originally Posted by vw fiend View Post
      I've wanted a Bluetooth speaker for awhile, so I made one:



      DIY please!

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      04-23-2013 06:36 PM #278
      Quote Originally Posted by spockcat View Post
      I suspect without tape it will eventually crack again. But good luck.
      I hope not, but I'm not betting on it. it cracked because the drywall pulled all its nails around the light fixture - it had sagged on one side of the crack by maybe 1/8in in the middle.

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      04-23-2013 06:45 PM #279
      Quote Originally Posted by synthsis View Post
      DIY please!
      I'll see what I can do, but here is where I started:

      http://www.parts-express.com/term/b652_project

      except I added Bluetooth, bought speakers instead of the speaker kit, I didn't use the remote or the MP3 player part... so basically, not like it all. I did buy everything from parts express! I also used the amp in that parts list combined with one of their Bluetooth modules

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      04-24-2013 09:20 AM #280
      Great thread! I'm actually in the process of buying a house from 1958 so seeing all these upgrades and what not is encouraging. We're going to have a lot to redo which we're excited about, but the first thing we have to do is replace the furnaces. $$$ -
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