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post #4096 of 4512
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We went with the aluminum fencing that looks like wrought iron and a little under 200 linear feet ran close to $7K.  Some people in our neighborhood will do a weird mix of brick and wood or aluminum like ours mixed with wood and it never looks very good.  

Has anyone repaired motar on their own and cares to comment?  We have some rock based retaining walls where the motar on the top is cracking and I feel like it should be an easy job but don't know if that is the case.  It would not be a structural fix, just cosmetic.  I am also thinking of doing some small brick projects at the same time but again, if motar is too much of a hassle, brickwork is too.

It's not that hard. Just take your time, be neat, and clean up the mortar early and often. A big ass sponge and a bucket of water are good to have on hand.

Are you thinking of filling cracks? Or mortaring over them?
post #4097 of 4512
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It's not that hard. Just take your time, be neat, and clean up the mortar early and often. A big ass sponge and a bucket of water are good to have on hand.

Are you thinking of filling cracks? Or mortaring over them?


I am going to fill in cracks as best as possible then on top of the wall, make it one smooth coat.  The top layer had previous layers crack and the mortar chipped off so I want to smooth it out.  The face of the wall does not have any cracks, just the top coat.  

post #4098 of 4512
That will be easier and make for a better finished product. Trying to fill cracks can be a pain as the colour will never match. Make sure you get all the old loose bits out. An old chisel can help.
post #4099 of 4512
Mortar is easy to do--it's just really slow if you don't know the correct way to do it. Still, you can do a lot in an afternoon.

With bricks mortar tends to leave hazy residue behind when it gets where it wasn't supposed to go, even if you diligently wash it off. You have to come back with acid to remove it. That works fine with bricks, but with rocks... maybe you need to be more careful. Certainly I wouldn't do it with, say, dyed concrete pavers, since the acid takes the finish off them. You could probably still do it, but you'd have to be really neat with the mortar and I just wasn't.

But as far as matching the mortar, that turned out to be easy. You can dye the mortar or you can weather it afterwards pretty easily.
post #4100 of 4512
Update on the house: only two major projects to go before I move in. Hardwood floors need to be sanded and stained and carpet is being installed on the second floor. I'll be in by the end of the month.

I went with Benjamin Moore Simply White for the first floor with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom. Really pleased with how it turned out. It looks quite nice both during the day and at night.
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If I can only own my own home, I would be so happy...

That was me back in 2013 and I do not know why but I bought a modest 2,000 sq ft townhome with 3 bedrooms and a garage (and lived by myself). The original owners kept it in really good condition so I enjoyed maintenance free house until... this year. The house was built in 1990. I have 4 major projects in mind and need to take care of the first one on thr list asap before little Noodles arrives in October.
1. Replace carpey with hardwood (rosewood).
2. Replace all windows.
3. Repaint all kitchen cabinets to white.
4. Replace/remodel the shower booth.

I am guessing the 1st one will cost about 5,000 USD.
post #4105 of 4512
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If I can only own my own home, I would be so happy...

That was me back in 2013 and I do not know why but I bought a modest 2,000 sq ft townhome with 3 bedrooms and a garage (and lived by myself). The original owners kept it in really good condition so I enjoyed maintenance free house until... this year. The house was built in 1990. I have 4 major projects in mind and need to take care of the first one on thr list asap before little Noodles arrives in October.
1. Replace carpey with hardwood (rosewood).
2. Replace all windows.
3. Repaint all kitchen cabinets to white.
4. Replace/remodel the shower booth.

I am guessing the 1st one will cost about 5,000 USD.

 

Welcome to the club.  We were lucky to have hardwoods when we moved in but will need windows which we were quoted $18K then remodeling bathrooms which I am hoping to keep under $200/sq ft which seems on the high end but just estimating.  In your case, kitchen cabinets may be the next cheapest.

post #4106 of 4512
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Welcome to the club.  We were lucky to have hardwoods when we moved in but will need windows which we were quoted $18K then remodeling bathrooms which I am hoping to keep under $200/sq ft which seems on the high end but just estimating.  In your case, kitchen cabinets may be the next cheapest.
Thanks! I would like to repaint the cabinets myself in my garage. I wonder if that is a bad idea.

Oh shoot, you're the 2nd person today to quote on windows. The other person received a quote for 25,000 USD. I have about 7 windows so I will be screwed.
post #4107 of 4512
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post


Thanks! I would like to repaint the cabinets myself in my garage. I wonder if that is a bad idea.

Oh shoot, you're the 2nd person today to quote on windows. The other person received a quote for 25,000 USD. I have about 7 windows so I will be screwed.

 

Only 7 windows?  That shouldn't be too much if you have standard sizes.  For $18K, we are looking at 20+ windows in varying sizes.

post #4108 of 4512
20 windows?! Sounds like a mansion.

I don't know why they put in drafty windows and market it as a luxurious townhome.
post #4109 of 4512
My list of things to do/buy for the new place currently sits at a nice, round 50. Fortunately I've got good windows and a recently remodeled kitchen. Unfortunately I have to paint pretty much the whole place, refinish floors, and buy a bunch of new furniture. And have you seen the cost of rugs?? ffffuuuu.gif
post #4110 of 4512
Tell us!

Furniture...
I got important stuff like the bed from Ethan Allen and less important stuff like night stands from PotBarn, Target, IKEA, etc. And don't forget about stuff that goes into the kitchen. Coffee machine? Knife set?
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