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Here in the PNW, it's not uncommon to see pine flooring in houses, especially in the bedrooms of houses (mostly in average/below average grade craftsman homes). Is that something that happens elsewhere or just around here?
Plenty of Pine and Fir around here. Often I think it really comes down to what grows locally.
post #4172 of 5805
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

We are completely redoing out driveway (sloped, long), a large retaining wall (8 ft + in places), and everything that comes with all of that (landscaping, engineering, etc.). Fuck me. baldy[1].gif

Does anyone have opinions on Allan Blocks vs. concrete blocks vs. poured concrete for retaining walls?

We are thinking of paver stones for the driveway to reduce cracking (and because they look nice).

One thing to consider is that I've noticed driveway pavers will eventually get a coating of rubber from car tires and it's not attractive.
post #4173 of 5805
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

One thing to consider is that I've noticed driveway pavers will eventually get a coating of rubber from car tires and it's not attractive.

Interesting - had not considered this.

Does this happen with stamped concrete?
post #4174 of 5805
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Interesting - had not considered this.

Does this happen with stamped concrete?

Not noticed. I first noticed this at a place I frequent where the valet pull up has pavers. I then noticed it on some older driveways with pavers. I'm thinking of putting pavers in mine and want to research cleaning options. I wonder if a power washer and muriatic acid will work.
post #4175 of 5805
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Interesting - had not considered this.

Does this happen with stamped concrete?

Not noticed. I first noticed this at a place I frequent where the valet pull up has pavers. I then noticed it on some older driveways with pavers. I'm thinking of putting pavers in mine and want to research cleaning options. I wonder if a power washer and muriatic acid will work.

If you use something like this, it alone should get the tire up. A simliar (but much larger) version is used to remove rubber tire from runways.
http://m.northerntool.com/products/shop~tools~product_200659587_200659587?hotline=false

post #4176 of 5805
Don't want to use acid on concrete pavers. They're dyed after being finished to get a more uniform appearance, and the acid will take that off. They'll look a lot more like concrete after you're done.
post #4177 of 5805
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Holy crap, that rain showed me last night. Our basement was a flood zone. Water was coming in in places I'd never seen it before. It must have literally burst a hole in the foundation - we have some china on a shelf that is filled with dirty water - the china is at least 10 inches from the wall, on a shelf 1 foot high, and the shelf above is bone dry. Bizarre.

Wife is insistent on finishing the basement; I don't think it's possible at this point.

On the bright side, the attic is pretty much dry as a bone. One known spot around the chimney flashing, but otherwise perfect.
post #4178 of 5805
Finally getting moving with this kitchen remodel! 95% sure I have my cabinet maker selected and I'm interviewing a few contractors that he likes to work with. Have finalized layout design and picked sink and counter top. Excited to finally start spending money on fun house stuff rather than windows and plumbing and electrical stuff.
post #4179 of 5805
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Originally Posted by Connemara View Post

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.

Show us pics of the ConnePad
post #4180 of 5805
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Originally Posted by RedLantern View Post

Finally getting moving with this kitchen remodel! 95% sure I have my cabinet maker selected and I'm interviewing a few contractors that he likes to work with. Have finalized layout design and picked sink and counter top. Excited to finally start spending money on fun house stuff rather than windows and plumbing and electrical stuff.

Yeah no shit. We're finally re doing our floors and putting in new lighting. 3 years after moving in.
post #4181 of 5805
Same here, my paint job creeps along at a snails pace, but finally I have the majority of the upstairs and stairwell painted. Add to that having painted my basement some time ago and basement stairwell and I'm done to one floor.

14' tall stairwell ceiling height makes it interesting to patch up the nail pops in the ceiling. I replaced them with screws since I am not in a hurry to patch while on an extension ladder again anytime soon.

You'd think the person or people who designed this place would have given some thought to the fact that slap-dash drywall work and overhead lighting are working at odds. I'm on my second 5 gal bucket of drywall compound for the upstairs alone.

My wife doesn't know it yet, but I have designs in replacing all of the ugly pressed material 'Georgian style' junky doors with a round of door making in Alaskan yellow cedar. There are seven normal doors, then two sliding doors and then a pair or folding doors and one set of French doors, so....I could be door making for a long while.

I think I'll build frames and moldings as well.
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Most of my home projects have now moved outside.  The basic upkeep items are almost finished to where we can move into the upgrade phase of landscaping plants and adding some decorative lighting.  We finally have a theme in mind which we both agree on which was the hardest part.

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We have heat.

post #4184 of 5805
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

We have heat.


Nice. Don't see very many boilers out my way.
post #4185 of 5805
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Originally Posted by RedLantern View Post

Nice. Don't see very many boilers out west. Is this for in-floor radiant heating or freestanding radiators?
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