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    DH, when are you going to post a pic of the completed tile job? I would like to see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    DH, when are you going to post a pic of the completed tile job? I would like to see it.
    Seems like kind of a personal question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    DH, when are you going to post a pic of the completed tile job? I would like to see it.
    Well, the job won't be completed, per se, until I get the baseboard down and caulked. I'll definitely post pics then. I did get the tile grouted and also set new tile in the master.

    I've spent the last 3 weeks laying down laminate floors, and I finally set the last piece of laminate on Thursday. Now I just need to install the thresholds and put down the base. The end is in sight. Here are some pics of the not-yet-finished product:



    I got the base installed in the powder room, got the toilet set, and was in the process of re-installing the pedestal sink when I realized I would have to raise the mounting plate on the wall up an inch to account for the added height from the tile/thinset. But I didn't have any lag bolts, so that will have to wait. Here's the powder room with the base installed:



    Here's the laminate in the entry. Installing it on a diagonal took some extra time, but it wasn't nearly as difficult as all of my online research indicated it would be (in fact, it wasn't really any more difficult than laying laminate straight other than the fact that I had to work from both sides of the flooring and constantly be flipping the saw angle for the end cuts):



    View from the second floor:



    Hallway to the first-floor master suite:



    Master bath tile (I'll tile that step on the tub with whatever tile Mrs. D decides to use as the backsplash--for now it remains the same nasty carpet that was throughout the entire house when we bought it):



    Lots of work left, but at least we're not camping in a spare bedroom anymore.








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    Bravo. I am impressed.

    But I must admit that the OCD side of me is unsure what to think about that diagonal thing you have going on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Bravo. I am impressed.

    But I must admit that the OCD side of me is unsure what to think about that diagonal thing you have going on there.
    Diagonal is the new black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Bravo. I am impressed.

    But I must admit that the OCD side of me is unsure what to think about that diagonal thing you have going on there.
    Thats about what I would expect from someone who lacks vision and inspiration.

    In all candor, the number of angled walls in the house meant that there were going to be some funky angles no matter which direction I installed. Personally, I love the look of flooring on an angle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Applejack View Post
    Diagonal is the new black.
    Maybe I would get used to it. Speaking of OCD, these photos drive me nuts.

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    Looking good DH. I love the diagonal. knowing the layout of the house and the diagonal hallways, do you ever get a hallway where the flooring angles don't quite match up with the hallway angle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Looking good DH. I love the diagonal. knowing the layout of the house and the diagonal hallways, do you ever get a hallway where the flooring angles don't quite match up with the hallway angle?
    That was very much my OCD-related concern. Thankfully, the walls in this house really are very true to square, so I never had to adjust away from 45 degrees. There is one section leading to the kitchen where the walkway runs perpendicular to the direction of the laminate. When isolated, that section looks odd, but it looks fine when you see the entire area.
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    Looks very nice.

    What did you finally decide to do with the those stairwell windows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    Looks very nice.

    What did you finally decide to do with the those stairwell windows?
    For the moment, the decision has been to do nothing--it will remain hideous for now. Within the next year, we'll probably look at getting some quotes for railing to see if it's feasible within the next year or two. If it's not, i'll start looking at other fixes. I'm confident I could do it myself, but it's a project that would take me a lot of time, and with young kids, I don't think we can really have an open stairway/balcony for an extended period of time.
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    Very nice work.
    And I like air compressor as accessory in the entry way. It's a nice industrial look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Very nice work.
    And I like air compressor as accessory in the entry way. It's a nice industrial look.
    No love for the caulking gun on the pony wall or the tool belt on the entry table?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    Thats about what I would expect from someone who lacks vision and inspiration.

    In all candor, the number of angled walls in the house meant that there were going to be some funky angles no matter which direction I installed. Personally, I love the look of flooring on an angle.
    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Looking good DH. I love the diagonal. knowing the layout of the house and the diagonal hallways, do you ever get a hallway where the flooring angles don't quite match up with the hallway angle?
    I too love the diagonal look in the entry area. Very cool.
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    Sorry, but those cheap Vegas houses just need to all be burned down. Starting over is the only way to make them half decent. SJBH.

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    I'll add my voice to those in favor of the diagonal flooring. Looks good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levin View Post
    Sorry, but those cheap Vegas houses just need to all be burned down. Starting over is the only way to make them half decent. SJBH.
    I'm only shooting for a quarter decent home, so I may be able to avoid the total tear down!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    I'm only shooting for a quarter decent home, so I may be able to avoid the total tear down!
    As soon as you finish the sink install you will have achieved your goal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levin View Post
    Sorry, but those cheap Vegas houses just need to all be burned down. Starting over is the only way to make them half decent. SJBH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levin View Post
    Sorry, but those cheap Vegas houses just need to all be burned down. Starting over is the only way to make them half decent. SJBH.
    I'm excited to see your house pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    No love for the caulking gun on the pony wall or the tool belt on the entry table?
    i couldn't keep my eyes off the spear in the corner behind the end table.
    but a c-gun is always a nice accent piece. well executed.
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    Anyone have experience with a garbage disposal and a septic system?

    I've heard conflicting information. Septic install guy says it's a no-go. Other guy says put an external grinder before the septic. People with septic systems say they have never had a problem. Lowes sells a unit with an enzyme spray that helps break down the food faster.
    Anyone have a thought to pitch into the pile 'o info?


    BTW, I've decided to call the septic tank the BM Hotel. Looking forward to the reviews on poovelocity.com
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    The BM Hotel



    Beams close to being unveiled... Nervous about paint gooberage on them.






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    Those beams look great, Brian. Almost as good as the Gruyere, but definitely better than the Jarlsberg. Nice work.
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    agreed. very cool wooden beams, Brian. you are really talented.

    Also glad to see that you are staying hydrated with a nice refreshing Dasani.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Anyone have experience with a garbage disposal and a septic system?

    I've heard conflicting information. Septic install guy says it's a no-go. Other guy says put an external grinder before the septic. People with septic systems say they have never had a problem. Lowes sells a unit with an enzyme spray that helps break down the food faster.
    Anyone have a thought to pitch into the pile 'o info?


    BTW, I've decided to call the septic tank the BM Hotel. Looking forward to the reviews on poovelocity.com
    Having a little experience here, I would venture to guess that the biggest issue with a garbage disposal on a septic system is two-fold. First, you will load your septic tank with more solids than you would with just BMs, and will have to pump it more frequently.

    Second, when folks have a disposal there is a psychological switch that flips and they feel like they can jam anything down the disposal that has no business being there. I am serious.

    For example, I had a neighbor growing up and she would ask us (we had small rooter) to come unclog her drain about every month or so. Potato peels. Always potato peels. If you had a sink without a disposal, would you even think to wash potato peels down the drain? Of course you wouldn't. But add the disposal and all of the sudden you are just freakin' washing any old food item that it will grind up down there, including oily and greasy food items, which will go down easy in hot water and then congeal on pipe and tank walls when they cool, forming a build up not unlike cholesterol in an artery, which can cause a sewer backup into your home, which is a REAL treat.

    Good luck and have fun being a septic tank owner! If you are one of those guys that schedules your day around your BM, this will be the same sort of thing on a monthly basis, depending on how big your tank is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wally View Post
    Having a little experience here, I would venture to guess that the biggest issue with a garbage disposal on a septic system is two-fold. First, you will load your septic tank with more solids than you would with just BMs, and will have to pump it more frequently.

    Second, when folks have a disposal there is a psychological switch that flips and they feel like they can jam anything down the disposal that has no business being there. I am serious.

    For example, I had a neighbor growing up and she would ask us (we had small rooter) to come unclog her drain about every month or so. Potato peels. Always potato peels. If you had a sink without a disposal, would you even think to wash potato peels down the drain? Of course you wouldn't. But add the disposal and all of the sudden you are just freakin' washing any old food item that it will grind up down there, including oily and greasy food items, which will go down easy in hot water and then congeal on pipe and tank walls when they cool, forming a build up not unlike cholesterol in an artery, which can cause a sewer backup into your home, which is a REAL treat.

    Good luck and have fun being a septic tank owner! If you are one of those guys that schedules your day around your BM, this will be the same sort of thing on a monthly basis, depending on how big your tank is!
    Thanks, that helps. I guess we'll have to be more careful about what we put down the drain, and put more in the trash.

    Here's something that wont go down the drain anytime soon. An official cheese wheel!


    Hallway beams uncovered. Minimal paint gooberage...


    Entry way beams. No paint damage that I can detect....


    Kitchen beams... Some clean up to do on these... Argh. Wife decided she wants some black hardware on them as well, so a little more work to do.




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    The beams look awesome, B-dazzle. Nice work. I also really like the casement windows and the contemporary cabinets.

    What kind of hardware are you adding to the beams? Faux strapping? Also what kind of flooring is that you're putting down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Entry way beams. No paint damage that I can detect....
    How tall is that door?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    The beams look awesome, B-dazzle. Nice work. I also really like the casement windows and the contemporary cabinets.

    What kind of hardware are you adding to the beams? Faux strapping? Also what kind of flooring is that you're putting down?
    Just some simple "L" brackets, from each support to the main beam. Probably black, unless we can find something that's rusty.
    All casings are very simple, 4" boards, with an 6" board on top. Nothing with a profile, just 3/4" stock. Baseboards will be the same, 10" high 3/4" plain stock. No crown molding anywhere.

    Floors are pine, various widths (4", 5", 6", 7", 8", 9" 11"). It's going to be a bear to put down. Lots of planning to make sure it all works out... We stacked it by width, measured each piece, and then counted so we have an idea of where things need to go. The lengths vary as well. Most of them are 10' to 14' long, but some are 5', 8', 6', etc. My fear is that we'll get to the end of the house and not have enough of a certain width to finish a run. By percentages, the 11" is 25%, the 6" 30%, and I think the lowest is 8" at 6%, so we need to carefully mange where things go, and keep the mix good.

    I divided the rooms up into zones of equal runs of wood, then made a big nasty spreadsheet to help manage the placement of each width in a zone. A constrained minimization problem if you will. Might throw some python code together to do this as well. Goal is to keep the width placement fairly random, use the widths maximally so we don't get in a bind at the end. We'll see how it goes.
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