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  2. Seriously, really solid work!! From what I can tell. As far as installation goes YOU HAVE A FULLY WARRANTED FLOOR!! Let’s put it this way. I would fully stand behind that install. So feel confident in that!! Everybody and their dog started making VP. I’ve been preaching to our carpet store for years now. Some of it is just crap!! Fortunately, they do defer to my judgement. So we haven’t had a ton of issues, but recently have been dealing with some. It’s been around just long enough for those issues to start appearing. The transition at the door way is a solid play. Spec wise it is probably required, but customers don’t want to hear that. So I couldn’t get by with it, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t had to go back and put some in later. I tell them We’ll go with out it, if we run into an issue we may have to add it later. Oh ya, I’m always looking for help!! Let me know and we can get you started ASAP. How does Monday sound to you?? 😂
  3. Quarter round has been put down and it's serviceable. Did a fine job, if I do say so myself for a DIYer. I'll need to make a mental not on shoe molding going forward. But, with the benefit of hindsight, I'd have simply dropped the baseboards looking back. The floor still looks good and it holding up fine. One thing I didn't note on there was that Sadie's room (the second one), had to have a bit of leveling done before putting down the underlayment. I actually used some leftover thickset from a prior job in my bathroom to pull this off. Insofar, it's not been an issue at all. No bowing, clicking, separation or any of the other major issues you hear about when people do vinyl plank. It was actually the entry door for Ava's room, and at that point I was still trying to determine whether or not a solid layer of continuous vinyl plank was beyond my skill level. Unfortunately, it was, and I ended up throwing 2 transitions down to separate the 2 rooms from the hallway. Not that it looks bad, but there is a transition in the doorway of each room.
  4. Extremely late to this, but just stumbled upon it. Awesome work!! I assume you got the 1/4 round in? If not I would suggest shoe mold. I do this for a living, and strictly use shoe mold now. Unless I have too, and I only have to on solid wood. Where I live in a texas 90% of the homes are on a concrete slab. So I don’t do much solid wood. Engineered wood is mainly what is done if they decide to go with wood, but VP is pretty much taking over. How is the floor holding up? Have you had any issues with it? BTW, the job looks great!! I’m VERY impressed. You can definitely tell you did your homework before installing. Although I am curious about the one missing piece at what looks like could be closet door? 🤷‍♂️ It was in the middle of One of the doorways in a previous picture. SORRY to call it out. I just can’t resist. My guys can relate!! Lol…Bet that piece was fun to get in?
  5. All done but the quarter round.
  6. Well finally had to splurge on a table saw today. Ran into a complication in Sadie's room and the jig is simply not accurate enough to make the proper rip cuts. Besides a router, that about completes my woodworking tool set, and I have a Dremel that can tide me over until I need something bigger.
  7. It's probably the most versatile tool I have besides my Dremel, but it's sort of a "jack of all trades, master of none" if that makes sense. I've used it to sand, cut drywall and concrete backer board. It works but other tools do usually do the job better, especially the bigger the job gets. In love with the thing now though. Saved a lot of time compared to any other tool I could have used. All of the door frames had to come up a bit in order to get the flooring flush underneath them. Just get a piece of scrap flooring as a template, put the blade atop it and went to town. In hindsight, I sort of wish I had simply pulled the baseboards, worked with the spacers against the wall and simply reinstalled dropping them down to the flooring. More painting, but it would look a bit cleaner than the quarter round.
  8. Awesome job, Dub! Thanks for sharing! You have a beautiful family! How do you like the oscillating multi-tool? I have wondered about them.
  9. Dude. Your girls have gotten so freaking big! I know, I know...but dang! Great work man! And awesome job getting the fam involved. A little self motivation/elbow grease can go a long way in life. Great lesson for kids to learn. And more than money saved, the satisfaction of a job well done is priceless.
  10. Been a fun couple of days. My wife and I took advantage of the extended weekend and finally got started on a much needed home improvement project. Carpet in out girls' rooms upstairs is original and badly in need of replacement. Roughly 30 years old. We purchased about 900ft² of tongue and groove vinyl plank and decided to give it a go ourselves. Got Ava's room done and it was the worst. Up comes the carpet. We made a fun family project out of it. Sadie followed behind me as I pull the carpet and tac board, pulling up staples I missed or hammering them level as needed. Catherine operated the shop vac. Ava painted trim. Cecilia got to contribute by looking stinking cute. Didn't much care for the power tools though. By evening it was just me and Sadie. Child can practically do the job herself. I'm impressed. This is as far as we got that evening. But we managed to wrap up the room before the day was out. End result: One room down, one more and the landing to go. Tools were a cheap jig saw for cornering and rip cuts, an oscillating multi tool for adjusting trim height in spots, a flooring shear for the planks, utility knife, kit for flooring that included a block and pull bar, various pliers, mallets, hammers, small trim pry bar for the tackboards, full on crow bar at one point, shop vac and s*** tons of elbow grease. The kit came with spacers for flooring expansion but the wedge ones didn't work so well, so we returned to home depot for ¼ block spacers. Materials were underlayment, duct tape, 400ish feet of vinyl planks. I'm going to throw down quarter-round shortly.
  11. I'm no wood worker, just a DIY hack who wants to be one when he grows up. I bought the DW618PKB 2-1/4 HP EVS Fixed Base / Plunge Router Combo Kit with Soft Start from Home Depot last year. I haven't done a lot with it so far, but I do like it. I plan on making a DIY router table and installing the fixed base in it, but that'll have to be later. I've had the corded Rigid circular saw for a while, and I'd give it a thumbs up. Also, I got a cordless Ryobi drill/impact driver set a few years back...and later got a Ryobi multi-tool and hammer drill, that all use the same batteries. They are pretty handy. If you don't have an impact driver ....get one. I have no idea why I had never gotten one all these years. I still use an old Dewalt compound miter saw that's about 25 years old. Still kickin'.
  12. Very cool. Love reclaimed projects. I'm using the old kitchen cabinets from my house as base units for my miter saw worktable. I got a free "entertainment center" that is basically two cut down pallets with a 2x4 support structure and i'm going to make it into a large rolling workstation.
  13. It’s a new build. And boy have a learned a few things. It’s 6/4 red oak top (basically trailer lumber) all air dried. The base is my favorite. Reclaimed piles from an RJ Reynolds warehouse in North Carolina. It is longleaf pine.
  14. That table looks great. Did you refinish it or is it a new build??
  15. Yes, little bit ambitious, but i've got about $100 in lumber and that's all other than my time. Better to me than dropping $1,500+ on something at a store. I'll update with pics once i'm done.
  16. Dang that’s ambitious! I’m super interested in how this turns out!
  17. I decided a couple months ago to build my own chaise lounge sectional from 2x6s and recycle the springs and back supports from the old chaise and sofa I had that was probably 15 years old. I built the ottoman last weekend and designed it so it will fit up against the sectional basically creating a queen size bed. I am going to use the ottoman as storage as well so i'll be installing a cushioned top that will lift up. I'm going to stain the oak inserts, and then paint the whole thing 'carbonized' which is a charcoal grey. I am recycling the cushions from the old chaise lounge and sofa. I'm going to recover those in a light grey and then get multi colored throw pillows.. I didn't want the natural wood tone b/c of the walnut flooring. I will use multiple color tones from the multicolored slate tiles in the kitchen and entry to bring it all together.
  18. Hopefully, you were able to reclaim some of that hard wood flooring.
  19. Anxious to get my tax refund so i can get the metal work done for my upper shelves.
  20. The house I lived the first 21 years of my life in has recently been purchased by HfH in Jackson. Through a series of fortunate connections, I have been granted access to my old house to reclaim what I can before it’s demolished. They have decided it to be easier and cheaper to just build a new house. So after almost 25 years(we moved out Feb 15, 1995), I started to process yesterday. I had hella mixed emotions. The house has some excellent wood it the flooring. I’ll keep y’all appraised of my progress.
  21. Awesome work man! Love the love edge windowsill!
  22. I have no idea why I stopped getting notifications here. Beautiful wood, @tgr4lfe!
  23. Minor progress as i've been working on some woodworking projects for clients. I fabricated a replacement window ledge from a slab of live edge black walnut then some heavy coats of clear 3x polyurethane. Treated the live edge with a wood hardner before using the polyurethane. I then decided to tile the entry way so no direct water on the laminate floating wood flooring. I've started on the walnut finish laminate wood floating floors as well. and i've built the frame for surfacing the back of the peninsula and stove. I changed out the 2x4s with pallet wood so it would blend in better with the the pallet wood and used a 3/8' piece of plywood to attach the pallet wood that i'm going to use to cover the back of the cabinet and stove. The two vertical pieces are for a some flip up lockable hinges that i'm going to attach a walnut slab to as a flip up bar top. When folded down it will almost be flush with the pallet wood back but obviously pop out once a clear coat is applied like the window ledge. The rectangular framing at the bottom will be a foot rest. The face of it will be covered in recycled tin roofing, capped on top with pallet wood. My upper shelves are going to be walnut slabs as well that will sit on square galvanized tubing. I'm having to save up to do those as i'm going to have them welded. At least that's my plan as of now, but i might revert back to the round pipe kits from amazon that run about $70-$80/ set of 2 that will be a lot less expensive, but the wended square tubing is much more the look i want.
  24. That sucks. I love doing it. I'm hoping that within a year or so, maybe less, i can do the woodworking and remodeling full time. I just have to get my new work shop up and organized. Its got to be wired and insulated and all that, plus new tools. Here are some updated pics. I've got a stove but i freaking cracked teh glass top unloading it so that is a $300 part (unless someone here has a connection for appliance parts). Next is to start saving up and buying the metal pipe for the upper shelves. I think i'm going to get the square pipe welded and i'm doing the walnut shelves that i will fabricate myself from slabs. I'm going to be installing new floating wood floor in the rest of the downstairs that has a walnut finish as well. I'll get that done next as i steadily buy the pipe materials. I'm going to make a light fixture for the kitchen from moonshine mason jars and walnut as well to replace that stupid ceiling fan, but utilizing the light bulb sockets and LED bulbs that are in it.
  25. My knees won't let me do the up and down stuff any more ….so I am envious of what you are doing. I can still do shop work but nothing serious like what you are doing now. Great work....and a good crew to help too.....keep us posted.....

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