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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#361  Postby Cito di Pense » Apr 04, 2020 9:29 am

Ironclad wrote:The kitchen is going to be huge, least by my standards.



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#362  Postby Ironclad » Apr 04, 2020 12:53 pm

Bigger than the average toilet, boo boo
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#363  Postby Cito di Pense » Apr 04, 2020 1:04 pm

Ironclad wrote:Bigger than the average toilet, boo boo


Just don't become too flushed with success.
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#364  Postby The_Piper » Apr 04, 2020 5:36 pm

Rumors are swirling.
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#365  Postby The_Piper » Apr 08, 2020 12:49 am

I made shelves on my porch the other day. I used all free scrap wood, yard sale hardware, a miter saw that I won at an auction for $18, a yard sale cordless drill for driving the screws, and a corded drill that I bought new in the early or mid 1990's. :mrgreen:
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Edit- wait, the cordless drill came in a large pile of tools that I won at an auction all for $6. I was the only bidder. :crazy:
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#366  Postby OlivierK » Apr 08, 2020 1:19 am

Nice.

We've knocked up a fair few similar things, often for temporary storage, out of discarded pallets over the years. It's very satisfying to get something useful out of what would otherwise end up as firewood.
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#367  Postby The_Piper » Apr 08, 2020 1:32 am

Thanks, yes it is. I have a few dozen pallets in the backyard I've been collecting for projects once the snow melts. I'm even going to do a boardwalk in my woods where it's muddy. I don't think that will hurt anything living. I've laid some down out there already in the past.
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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#368  Postby Ironclad » Apr 12, 2020 11:04 am

The plaster in the kitchen came down in a huge sheet, like it was keen to leave the wall forever. Made me think though, perhaps a bit of brick wall could make the kitchen look.. uh, 'Gucci'.. thoughts?
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#369  Postby The_Metatron » Apr 12, 2020 3:20 pm

Ironclad wrote:The plaster in the kitchen came down in a huge sheet, like it was keen to leave the wall forever. Made me think though, perhaps a bit of brick wall could make the kitchen look.. uh, 'Gucci'.. thoughts?

If the wall rests on a slab, that would be really cool. Bricks are awfully heavy.
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#370  Postby felltoearth » Apr 12, 2020 4:53 pm

When we reno’d the basement for an apartment the shared walls were brick so we just painted them as they didn’t need to be insulated. Our tenant is from Montreal and said it reminded her of home.

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#371  Postby Ironclad » Apr 12, 2020 7:22 pm

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Ironclad wrote:The plaster in the kitchen came down in a huge sheet, like it was keen to leave the wall forever. Made me think though, perhaps a bit of brick wall could make the kitchen look.. uh, 'Gucci'.. thoughts?

If the wall rests on a slab, that would be really cool. Bricks are awfully heavy.
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#372  Postby felltoearth » Apr 12, 2020 7:49 pm

Ironclad wrote:
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Ironclad wrote:The plaster in the kitchen came down in a huge sheet, like it was keen to leave the wall forever. Made me think though, perhaps a bit of brick wall could make the kitchen look.. uh, 'Gucci'.. thoughts?

If the wall rests on a slab, that would be really cool. Bricks are awfully heavy.
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I guess the question is, is this an existing brick wall?
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#373  Postby Ironclad » Apr 12, 2020 11:18 pm

It separates the kitchen from the living room. Yes it is :)
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#374  Postby The_Metatron » Apr 13, 2020 3:51 pm

No, I was talking about the floor on which you will rest this brick wall. Will it take that load?
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#375  Postby felltoearth » Apr 13, 2020 3:51 pm

Ironclad wrote:It separates the kitchen from the living room. Yes it is :)

So no issue then. Just a spit and polish.
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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#376  Postby Ironclad » Apr 13, 2020 5:08 pm

The_Metatron wrote:No, I was talking about the floor on which you will rest this brick wall. Will it take that load?
Sorry. It's an existing wall, 80 odd years old, we thought it might be nice not to replaster but to seal it and or paint it up like Fell2
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#377  Postby The_Metatron » Apr 21, 2020 3:55 am

I never tried that. It’ll be satisfying.


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#378  Postby The_Metatron » Apr 21, 2020 3:56 am

I never tried that. It’ll be satisfying.


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#379  Postby The_Piper » May 18, 2020 4:05 pm

I have a crawlspace under the house, and a hatchway in the kitchen to get down there. I often think to myself "it's a wonder that I haven't dropped this heavy hatch through the hole before." You can guess what's coming next. :nono: Just to add injury to insult. It landed on my plumbing and broke a plastic pipe. Good thing I'm a womble and had something on hand to cap it off and keep it from flooding the area. Today I've fashioned a replacement using the non-broken end of the old part, some heater hose, a length of copper pipe with an end with the right sized threads, and 3 hose clamps. Again, it pays to be a womble, I had all these things on hand and don't have to risk my health with a trip to the hardware store today. 8-)
In my hunt for pieces, I discovered that garden hose threads fit into a 3/4" plumbing fitting, but only turn once. It's slightly different. I'd like to order a permanent replacement part, but I wonder if I'll get the right threads. How can I know?
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#380  Postby laklak » May 18, 2020 4:38 pm

Garden hose ends have their own thread size, called (drum roll) "hose thread". It's not compatible with any other thread size. There are adapters, you can usually find them in the PVC pipe section.
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