House Projects
Garage threshold fix

Our driveway had sunk down in front of the garage doors. In some spots, it was a 2″ rise. This was a trip / fall hazard and did not look good. Most of the driveway is still in good shape, even after 27 years. So, I wanted to try a localized fix rather than re-doing […]

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First floor tile project part 3

So we waited a week after grouting for the clean up. In the meantime, the thresholds for the front door and garage door needed to be sanded, stained and varnished. This was a small detour. Replacing the base shoe trim went rather smoothly. A few grout clumps to clean out, but otherwise it went well. […]

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House Projects
First floor tile project part 2

As I mentioned previously, we had gotten notice that the tile was ready earlier than expected.  Tile shop also provides the order weight (to 3 decimal places) so we went to pick up the 1300+ lbs of tile, mortar, grout and assorted accessories. So next step was finishing  the tile removal, including the last bits […]

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House Projects
First floor tile project part 1

  Background When we built our house 25 years ago we did a lot of the work ourselves.  This included all of the hard surface floors – ceramic tile and hardwood, which make up all of the flooring aside from the bedrooms.  We were on a hard schedule and basically treated like any of the […]

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New bathroom countertops

The first to go was the powder-room on the first floor. The old countertop came off easily. I had already installed shut-off valves for the faucet and had new a new P-trap and extensions ready as the drain holes would not line up. I was able to carry this top by myself. Teal helped to […]

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