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Old 01-25-2014, 03:25 PM   #351
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I'd just like for something. Anything. To go right.

Taking a break to breath deeply.......

Started on the baseboard and trim in the laundry room. Got sort of far when I realized I have 2 different moulding types. They look identical until you try to match them up. lkdsfjlkjf!!!!!!

Then, started trying to get the bathroom back in shape. I have to replace one tile that just happens to be in the corner under the toilet. It's just about impossible to get to. And the new tile doesn't fit properly. I think I can jam it in there. Except the mix I got to glue it in says it needs to be 60 degrees for 24 hours before applying and I left in the truck and it froze last night and ;asklfjwopequorj$)%(*)$^*&.

So, I decide to fix the plug in the bathroom that for some reason stopped working. I go to turn of the breaker and there's a pink tag from the city saying they can't inspect it even though the electrician said it's good to go and dlkjadlfkjelke)^)(&%)^!!!!!

So, I continue on my quest to fix the plug and since the electrician took off all the tape that I had written on what breaker turns off what I had to wing it and there's like 30 breakers and after walking around the house after every one I finally got it on the 27th one lkjadsflkj%)($%())*$&%)(!!!!!

So, I replace the plug and it doesn't work which means I probably ****ed up a wire when I was doing siding and lkjfgliuweoiuto$*%$*&!!!!!

Jeesux ****ing kryst I just want something to ****ing work.
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:03 PM   #352
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Ok, I decided to just put the plug back in and worry about it later. Only when I was screwing it back in I noticed that the little indicator light is on. How can this be? When I plug anything in it doesn't work. But, how can the indicator light work if there's no power?
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:25 PM   #353
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Sounds like a miswired GFCI. Do you have a meter to test the bare wires?
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:46 PM   #354
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Sounds like a miswired GFCI. Do you have a meter to test the bare wires?
Yes and no.

So, I started messing with it and it bit me. I'm not sure why but for some reason this gfci is on a different circuit from the rest of the bathroom. I should probably know why since I wired the house. But, at least I know I have power.

So, I googled this and I read what you suggested. Switched the wires and it "worked". It was really touchy to reset, though. I had to hit it several times before it stopped tripping. I dunno, something still isn't right.

I really can't believe I have my wires wrong. I can't imagine that plug never working. But, my memory is pretty bad. Maybe I just never fixed it.

Anyways, it works for now. I'll probably get a tester and revisit. I need one for the kitchen lights anyways.
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:44 PM   #355
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Survived my midday breakdown to get some stuff done.

Put trim/baseboard in the laundry room. I can't finish the wall by the door because there is no door. But, I got three walls done and I put the window sill in. Also cut the trim for the guest bath door and put a coat of paint on all the trim. Caulked the trim and the sill. I'll put some touchup paint on it tomorrow and hopefully I can get my washer and dryer out of my living room.

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Old 01-26-2014, 05:07 AM   #356
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just found this thread today, great read mr boat!

good recovery y'day, keep on bending your will to this thing it's going to be worth every minute
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:29 PM   #357
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Thanks moocher!

My goal today was to get my washer and dryer hooked up. Started by putting a second coat of paint on the trim in the laundry room. While it was drying I worked on the guest bath. Got the trim in and put a coat of paint on it and the door. Door won't close now but I'll worry about that later.

Got a friend to help me with the washer/dryer table and the washer and dryer. It's a pretty tight space to work with but we got it. Got it all hooked up and..... dryer didn't work. Went out to check breakers and they looked fine. Ugh. Spent some time mulling over the situation before I figured it just had to be a breaker. Sure enough one was tripped but didn't look tripped. whew.

Anyways...... A pretty good day finally. Got rid of most of the mess in the first pic. Second pic is the new washer/dryer room but there's not really enough room to get a good picture.

There's still work to be done on the laundry room. Install a door. Put some shelves in. Finish the trim. But, I have a washer and dryer again. woot.



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Old 01-26-2014, 09:35 PM   #358
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The friend that helped me with the washer/dryer lives about a block away from me. He has a really really nice high end house. More on this in a bit.

So, I constantly catch myself thinking I did this wrong or this isn't quite right or that looks horrible. I spend a ton of time agonizing over the smallest details. A lot of time I just completely redo it if I'm not happy with it.

So, anyways I was over at his house and he had just had someone do some tile work for him. It looked absolutely fantastic. But then I got real close and noticed all the little imperfections, which really weren't noticeable at all unless you get real close and look for them.

So, I guess I need to stop agonizing over the little stuff so much. I need to make an effort in being happy with what I do instead of the opposite.
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:43 PM   #359
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Nothing will ever be perfect, bb. Trust me, "good enough" is the path to a happy life.
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:36 AM   #360
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Little flaws in something that I paid someone else to do can drive me crazy. Little flaws in things I do myself almost never bother me.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:15 PM   #361
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The electrical work finally passed. Typical bureaucratic screwup. 2 1/2 weeks.

Sooooo..........................

Tomorrow is the big day. Getting a final building inspection. Wish me luck.

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Let's hope Wes believes this.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:47 PM   #362
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GL! Remember to talk about bass fishing a lot.
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:49 AM   #363
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Went online to make sure my inspection is set up. Apparently, Wes will not be doing this. It will be Eddie.

Blotkis is concerned.
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Old 01-31-2014, 03:36 PM   #364
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:27 PM   #365
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Nice!

My ipad took like 30 seconds to load the image. Wasn't sure what to expect.
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:29 PM   #366
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great bolg so far, once again. good luck for the rest of the improvements.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:20 PM   #367
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Thanks guys.

So, Eddie showed up and was super friendly right off the bat. I asked about Wes and tried to have some friendly conversation. I told him Wes asked me to take pictures so I gave them to Eddie.

But, I violated the rule of don't offer information and told him I did the sheathing. He asked me if Wes requested an inspection of that (oops). I told him all Wes said was to take pictures. Then Eddie asked me what the nail pattern was. My brain was going "nail pattern? OH NO what is NAIL PATTERN?". I blurted out something like "I probably put too many nails in". LOL.

Anyways, Eddie said he would pass it. He didn't look at a single thing. He never even wandered as far as the side of the house.

This is a huge load off my mind. I really wasn't concerned I was doing a good job, but I've been really concerned that there was some silly city regulation I failed to follow.

Anyways, I am definitely feeling better about the whole thing now.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:25 PM   #368
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So, a couple days ago I caulked the guest bath. Because of the foundation leveling, every corner had separated. Only I didn't do a good job of matching the caulk to the existing grout. I kept telling myself it will be fine and nobody would notice. Only it was really bugging me. I'd occasionally just walk in and see how bad it was and every time I checked it, it looked worse.

So.... removed all that caulk and recaulked with a color that matched better (I hope).

I'm sure there is some sort of art to caulking but I haven't figured it out. There is caulk everywhere. I think the concept is to get a rag or something and just wipe away excess but I end up just spreading caulk around everywhere. So, basically I caulk, let it dry, then scrape away all the caulk where caulk shouldn't be. Slow process.
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Congrats!

The only way to be good at caulking is to have lots and lots and lots of experience caulking, and it's different for each type of caulk. In general, the best tool for joints is your bare finger. Use rags for the areas adjacent to the joint (and to clean your finger).
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:09 PM   #370
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Small bathroom finished! woot

Notice the elite window sill.

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Old 02-05-2014, 12:18 AM   #371
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Great, great thread!

Shoutout on the Pokercast coming this week, hopefully bring you some more faithful readers.
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:23 PM   #372
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Thanks!
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:44 PM   #373
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Looks like you've gone beyond the Homer school of craftsmanship..

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Old 02-08-2014, 08:09 PM   #374
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Built a little table for the laundry room. Partly to cover up the cat litter boxes and partly as a table. It's pretty crude but I've got bigger fish to fry. Gave it a coat of paint.

Finished trimming the laundry room. This included a door jamb, installing a bi-fold door, door trim, and baseboard. Caulked it. Still needs paint.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:38 PM   #375
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We finally got a break in the weather this weekend. Beautiful day.

Started this morning by giving the remaining trim and doors of the laundry room a coat of paint.

Then, my second attempt at grouting the gaps between the trim and the stone out front. I had trouble getting the right consistency. It seemed right and then all the sudden it seemed really watery. So, I dumped some more mortar and sand in and it seemed right - almost dry. Then it got watery again. This happened the first time I did this too. I'm a little baffled by this phenomenon. Anyways, I finally got it right. I had a plan to use a piece of leftover drip edge metal as a guide to sort of smash in the grout with a trowel. It actually worked pretty well. I got it all done it and it doesn't look horrible.

Then, I finished caulking. The two sides of the house were done already so I did the front and back. Managed to slice my finger open. Caulking injury - ha! Fortunately I had plenty of caulk to seal the wound up. Actually, I went through an entire case of caulk today.

Finished up the day by putting a second coat of paint on the laundry room trim.

All in all a pretty good day.
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