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18 pages for me lol
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Bon Appétit

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18 pages for me lol

Please do not feed the animals, and do not justify what Hanes has done.

For your own safety!!

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Hi Nate The Great!

I read all of your books to my kids when they were younger - you are great!!



I'm really glad you enjoyed all 36 pages (of this 22 page thread), and you totally have my permission to repaint your parents' basement to look just like mine.

In fact, show them this coupon (for excellence in math class) at the paint store and you'll even save some money!



Thanks for posting, Nate!

That's an imposter, I say!

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what a smack down, just don't tell Hanes it is 36 pages, and if he see's 22 pages, it is because he has changed the default number of posts visible on his page at a time.

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Bon Appétit

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Thanks for that fresh serving of crow, RT - it was delicious!

Unbelievably, progress has still not stalled (yet)! Time for another exciting flooring update!

If you are one of those hopeless fools who actually pay attention to useless information, you'll recall the problem I have with the floor at the bottom of my stairs, which was all uneven and messed up because of the original owners having the plates embedded into the concrete. Once we tore the walls and plates out to open up the stairs we were left with a lovely combination of big voids/depressions, and raised areas of lumber still stuck in the concrete, like this:





Here are some close ups of this mess:






First a strapping young lad spent the better part of a day breaking down and/or chiseling the high points, and filling in the low points with concrete in order to get the floor level enough to tile, leaving it looking like this:















After letting that set overnight, the skim coat and tile went in:







Then another day passes before the grouting happens ...










Meanwhile, on the other side of the moon, we're also adding matching tile to the new hearth and the little hallway by the back door.







... and the same for the back hallway ...











And here's a bonus shot showing the new tile AND the new back door.







So that 's a wrap on the tile work in the basement, although there are a few doors that need to be cut down a bit to adjust for the tile height. To finish the floor I need to buy the laminate in quantity - I only bought one case as a test sample (some of which you can see in a couple of the above shots) - and lay it down. Since that part of the project should be relatively straight forward, I'm doing that part myself.




Which means the project will probably be delayed indefinitely.

So don't expect to see progress shots around here for many moons. But we'll probably have plenty of useless photo-graffiti to spare.

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Hanes! I dont know why you insist on posting pictures of yourself without a shirt on!!! Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, STOP! It scares me!

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oh yeah, and do you ever plan on answering my question about the product you used on the stones for your fireplace?

I had a thought once... but it got lonely and went away.

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oh yeah, and do you ever plan on answering my question about the product you used on the stones for your fireplace?

I believe (but may be mistaken) his fireplace (and its stones) are pre-existing to his renovation.

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Steve, I think he meant the product he used to remove the soot...

Hanes, are those tiles real stone, or a ceramic or procalin? Either way, they look really nice.

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You are correct sir. That was not my question. He went through that whole Watson-Holmes deal and revealed that he had cleaned his fire place with some paint looking subtance. I wanted to know what that was.

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You are correct sir. That was not my question. He went through that whole Watson-Holmes deal and revealed that he had cleaned his fire place with some paint looking subtance. I wanted to know what that was.

My fault, my fault. I really need to read a little more closely prior to responding Knowing this guy its all smoke and mirrors and they really arent cleaned, its just an optical illusion anyway

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Excellent progress my man! It all looks good! The tile turned out very nice and should blend very well with the floor you have picked. Very nice. I see you are still writing checks (as work is getting done) so keep up the progress, the check writing, and the progress pics.

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You are correct sir. That was not my question. He went through that whole Watson-Holmes deal and revealed that he had cleaned his fire place with some paint looking subtance. I wanted to know what that was.

Elementary, my dear Watson! Turns out it was a homemade concoction of a couple of natural soaps of some sort that my brilliant bride came up with after having no luck with the stuff recommended by the fireplace "experts." In fact, we were told that because the stone was such a porous type we wouldn't be able to ever get the stains off and to just cover it up with new stone. I believed the experts and had started to price new stone veneer to cover the old stuff. My wife chugged ahead with her homemade concoction and - thankfully - left all the experts with their own plates of crow to eat!

I'll have to get the exact mixture/recipe from her and post it, as I couldn't figure it out on my own.






With all the balls up in the air right now, though, you may have to remind me again if I don't get it up here in a few days.

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Knowing this guy its all smoke and mirrors and they really arent cleaned, its just an optical illusion anyway

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!!!



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I see you are still writing checks (as work is getting done) so keep up the progress, the check writing, and the progress pics.

Hanesian's Sixth Law of Nature: So long as progress is being made, checks are being written; when the checks stop, progress stops.

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Hanes, are those tiles real stone, or a ceramic or procalin? Either way, they look really nice.

Thanks - they're real stone. They should last far longer than I will.

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Oh they're real, and they're spectacular!!

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Moving right along, I decided to turn my expertise to tidying up my structured wiring panel, which had gotten a tad bit messy of late.






Sweet, eh?

Someone remind me, is it the blue or the red wire that is the neutral ethernet HDMI ground, and is it considered a debit or a credit or not deductible at all?

I keep forgetting.

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Tile looks great hanes, as well as the new door. I must say, the place is really coming along nicely !
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Tile looks great hanes, as well as the new door. I must say, the place is really coming along nicely !

Thanks queen! As nice as it is to make good progress, I'm really looking forward to the time when the project is 'done' and I can start fading away while catching up on the multi-decade backlog of unwatched movies.

I'm currently up to "Gone With The Wind."

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Looking good, Hanes.

I don't usually dig slate tile, but you may have made a believer out of me. It somehow looks better to me in this size/pattern. I see the 12" stuff in a grid pattern everywhere these days and have really gotten tired of it.

Did you DIY the tile? I just passed the electrical rough-in inspection in my kitchen and flooring is probably next on my list (after I write a check to the drywallers and get out of their way).
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Hey Noah,

No, I did not DIY the tile, which is why it got done so quickly and perfectly. I did, however, write the check on a DIY basis, and now I am procrastinating (a.k.a. "planning") on a DIY basis. So far, after almost a week of intense planning effort, I've managed to achieve zero productive results.

But I console myself with the knowledge that while it might look like I'm doing nothing, at the cellular level I'm actually quite busy. << burp >>

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at the cellular level I'm actually quite busy. << burp >>

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... and I thought you were in a coma! Now I see what you've been up to!

Woof!

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Holy crappola - how do you guys who always work fast (or at all) get off of the proverbial tiger's back without getting hurt?! This progress stuff is all so new to me!!


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Looking good, Hanes.

I don't usually dig slate tile, but you may have made a believer out of me. It somehow looks better to me in this size/pattern. I see the 12" stuff in a grid pattern everywhere these days and have really gotten tired of it.

Did you DIY the tile? I just passed the electrical rough-in inspection in my kitchen and flooring is probably next on my list (after I write a check to the drywallers and get out of their way).

That tile does look great!

I do all my own tile, and it really isn't that hard to do, just take your time, start in the middle, and make the concrete mix like cake batter.

If it is sticking up on the edges at all when you lay it... It will be sticking up when it dries too, so take your time, and make sure each one is level before moving on to the next tile. I tiled three bathrooms and a hallway in a weekend. Course my wife cut the tiles on our tile saw, so that really helped speed up the process, and saved me from getting up and down all day.
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I tiled three bathrooms and a hallway in a weekend. Course my wife cut the tiles on our tile saw, so that really helped speed up the process, and saved me from getting up and down all day.

Now I know your secret weapon, Free: your wife is probably handier with power tools than I am. Which isn't saying all that much.

Or maybe she's just willing to try anything to prevent you from getting up and down all day.

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Well as there really are not any new progress photos may I assume that the check writing has slowed or stopped here recently?

I have been out for a while due to my beloved HP laptop taking a crap so forgive me for not checking in sooner. Repair bill for the HP???????? 500 smackers so I just decided to get a new one. Toshiba this time. Ahhhhh throw away technology. Gotta love it.

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Now I know your secret weapon, Free: your wife is probably handier with power tools than I am. Which isn't saying all that much.

Or maybe she's just willing to try anything to prevent you from getting up and down all day.



Naa, she just knows that if I do get up and walk away to "cut a tile", I will probably get distracted, and end up moving a woodpile or something...




Or maybe checking to see if the couch is level!

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You nailed that one, RT ... no mo' checks be written lately, no mo' progress be made. I think it must be a vast right and/or left wing conspiracy.

I have to kick back into gear soon though, as I've been informed that my daughter is going to be having some friends over this weekend for a dance & movie birthday party for her Sweet 16th IN THE BASEMENT!

Obviously it won't be finished finished, but I'll call my wife's bluff and somehow make it nominally usable ... for teens.

I can't wait to bust out my latest moves and impress the heck out of them.



I'm sure after that my daughter will think long and hard before scheduling another party in the basement before the official finishing (in 2525)!

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Naa, she just knows that if I do get up and walk away to "cut a tile", I will probably get distracted, and end up moving a woodpile or something...




Or maybe checking to see if the couch is level!


Woa! You snuck one in there on me, Free!

I trust you and your hardwood level will be very happy together!

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Someone must be falling asleep at the wheel (no pun intended). That is the first fully clothed man on this thread! Please dont tell me hanes is going Legit! what is this world coming to!!!!!

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