Author Archives: James

Basement Windows

In addition to the basement door, we went ahead and replaced the windows in the basement as well.  They were pretty much rotted out and weren’t doing anything for security.  In fact, I was able to pull the bars off one of the windows with a simple tug and they fell right off.

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Bathroom Finished!

Well… as it turns out things are never “finished”.  I believe there will always be some little small detail that nags me and I have on the “TO DO” list to make it better. But for now, I feel like it is ready to be shown off.

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Basement Door

I know I never posted final pics of the bathroom… but I will get to that. First up is a security enhancement.  The basement door. A 4 year old probably could have kicked this old door in.  The door knob and deadbolt were connected to a piece of trim that was face nailed to the […]

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Window Trim

Another week has gone by and a little bit more work was finished.  This was the first time I’ve use a router (unsupervised) in order to make the trim around the window.  I was going for a craftsman style trim based on pictures the wife found online.

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Grouting

The grouting is finally complete, along with initial painting and crown moulding. For the grout, I decided to use Spectralock epoxy grout, since it is supposed to never stain or mildew.  What I didn’t expect was how much of a pain this was going to be and how much it was going to cost.  I […]

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Finish line is in sight

The wife and I spent the 3 day weekend (President’s Day) slaving over the tiles.  Inevitably things took at least 3 times longer to finish than we planned.  However, we’re pretty happy with the results. The only really bad part about the process is that I didn’t count the floor tiles that were shipped to […]

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Hanging the Drywall

We’ve finally got the drywall hanging in the walls.  I say “we” since the wife helped.  Getting the ceiling up is not a one person job, so even though it was a bit cramped with 2 people and large sheets of drywall in the bathroom, I greatly appreciated the help. The walls and ceiling are […]

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Ready for Drywall

OK… the weekend is finally here to start putting the final layers on this bathroom.  We’ll start with hard-board in the shower area and 1/2 inch drywall everywhere else.  

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New Tub

It’s been a while since I posted, and I’ve made a little bit of progress.  My big plan over the holidays was to work really hard on the bathroom and make some serious progress.  Instead I relaxed and ate a lot of food. Since my last post: Finished plumbing including the new shower valve Installed […]

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How to frame the floor…

When I was framing the floor for the bathroom, I had a lot of questions about what needed to be done.  This book answered all of them for me. For example, it told me what size floor joists to use, what type of subfloor and underlayment to get, and also things like how close the […]

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