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Old 02-19-2010   #201
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Looks nice B!

Having the furniture like, really opens up the space more.
Thanks man, that was actually my goal. The way it was setup before worked good, but I felt like it kind of segregated that area from the rest of the house. I like things open so this is how I ended up doing it. Eventually the plan is to get a flat screen that I can hang from a wall, and hang it from that wall the TV is up against now, and have it mounted to a swing arm.

But that won't be happening for awhile yet I'm sure.
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Old 02-19-2010   #202
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Looks great, I think the place would feel a lot bigger without the couches in the middle of the floor.
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Old 02-19-2010   #203
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Looks good. If someone lets me know how to link photos to photobucket, I will post up some pics of the last house we worked on and sold.
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I added a cold filterd water fauset to our bar yesterday no more bottled water for us.
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Old 02-28-2010   #205
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The house we bought in Minnetonka had frozen pipes when we bought it. We recently decided to start doing a little work on the house. This is just a small chunk of the copper we tore out. The pipes are all filled with ice.

I also have a big block of ice that we will need to carry up the steps at some point. Most people would call that a water heater

We ran half of the new piping today. Still need to finish the rest and install a new water heater.

Like the nice flooring the house currently has? It is probably older than most on here.
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^lol. So is that what u guys do? buy and sell houses? That seems kinda cool I have a friend from prior lake that I got deployed that has been doing that since '04
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^lol. So is that what u guys do? buy and sell houses? That seems kinda cool I have a friend from prior lake that I got deployed that has been doing that since '04
We have been buying dumps, fixing them, and selling them the past few years. Sold our last project in the fall and bought 2 houses since there were soo many deals out there. Our current projects are:

Shakopee house- Bought for 38k. House is a brick house built in 1890. We gutted the whole thing (plaster and lath FTL) and are doing a few structural changes as well. Not much is left aside from the exterior walls. We will be replacing pretty much everything including all plumbing, all electrical, and all new HVAC.

Minnetonka house- Bought for 45k. It is a small house, but wasn't in too bad of shape when we got it aside from the known plumbing issue. Could have probably put less than 5k in it and been done, but decided to gut most of it anyways so just about everything will be new.

We do most of the work ourselves and in in our spare time so we don't move as fast as some do. We have done a few houses and don't owe on either projects so it is easier to put off working until the next week. We haven't been to dilligent in working the past few weeks though.

I loaded in a few before/after pics of our last project. They aren't true before and after pics as we already gutted both rooms to some extent and installed recessed lighting. You also can't see a wall between the kitchen/dining room that we tore down. The after pics weren't from when it was completely done either, but most was done aside from cleaning and a few details like trim, hang cabinet above fridge...
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^ Not sure why the last pic loaded differently. We sold the house with the new TV though (planned on it). Thought it would be a good addition and would be more appealing to a first time home buyer.
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That's some great work! That kitchen looks amazing!
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Old 03-01-2010   #210
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^ The kitchen cost around 5k for everything. That includes the new cabinets (even nicer in person), stainless appliances, granite, stainless undermount sink, faucet... We put the dishwasher in the Island section to make it appear to have even more cabinet space. I found a good place to buy the cabinets online. Paid ~$2,600 for them and would have easily spent around 10k at a home improvement store for similar ones. They also have a self closing mechanism so they can't slam.
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Old 03-03-2010   #211
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Thank you MN appliance rebate! We have been ready to buy for a few months now, but when we heard about that deal we decided to wait. We ended up saving a bit more so we could get some nicer front-loading units, and I built some pedestals to go with them!

1984 vintage. Respek.


2x6's cut up and made a basic table leg setup


x2


29" x 29" x 3/4" plywood (I wanted 1" but home depot didn't seem to have any....meh


wrap all sides in plywood for stability (screws and glue everywhere here)


Then make another one to match! I had all of the wood cut @ home depot for about $5 (first 6 cuts are free, $0.25/cut after). I wasn't too concerned about everything being 'just perfect' and these cost $80 all said and done. The ones in the store are $230 EACH and they're only about 13-15" high. These are about 18.5" high, just right.

A little painting help from the wife...she decided she wanted to go crazy with some silver metallic paint. I wanted just plain black, but caved.




Leveled and situated, delivery dudes hauled the old junk away for free (poor poor bastards; my back stairwell is a nightmare!). Got the new ones hucked up on the pedestals, gas, water, and exhaust lines all hooked up!


Time to do some laundry! :P

edit: yes I know the dryer vent is effed up, I gotta get some different pieces to bring it up to code.
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Balllin!! Should lay down some vinyl flooring and repaint the walls. Snaz up Annas area of work.
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Ya this room will be getting more attention in the next few months, its been a non-priority, but we'll have to move some stuff around, maybe put in a folding table and some cabinets and such, and yea, paint :P My house is 97 years old so those walls and the floor are gonna need a little TLC.

I might end up ripping out that basin at some point too, but after bench pressing the one at my buddy's house idk if I even wanna eff with it. Heavy. As. Fuck.
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lol nice. Dem shits look pimp. I love front loaders we have them here.
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We started our next house project last on Monday last week (9/6/10). We are redoing the basement. Its a big project but needed to be done, and we are going all out. I don't have an old picture at work but will get one up later.

We Took down all the wood paneling, carpet and old ceiling tile (even found a couple gross mouse skeletons up there!!) Also found out there was no insulation in the basement!

This is what it looked like after demoing: excuse my high quality cell phone pics!







Then we painted all the walls with water proofing paint. And installed Foil Face foam board insulation on the outside walls:





Then last night MattD and Scheides came over and Scheides rocked out a bunch of wiring and installing some recessed lights for us (thanks again!!!). Matt and I put up most of the walls (until the cement drill bit died ). It was awesome having them help goes much faster with a more help!



Tonight we are gonna knock out some more wiring and finish up the walls. The surround sound wiring and wall plates come tomorrow so I can start getting that set up on tues night. I'll update with more progress as we go!

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Woot for a good project! Replacing SOOOO much old crappy wiring, some of the stuff was just downright dangerous! All the wiring is nice and should last for years to come (tens or twenties of them actually ), all to code and the lighting truely transformed the room. I know its stupid, but I really love recessed lighting!
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Woot for a good project! Replacing SOOOO much old crappy wiring, some of the stuff was just downright dangerous! All the wiring is nice and should last for years to come (tens or twenties of them actually ), all to code and the lighting truely transformed the room. I know its stupid, but I really love recessed lighting!
If it is to code, why are there still wires hanging below the trusses? You did put everything in that room on ARC Fault protected circuits right?
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Nice work. Also, you need to pound metal plates over the studs where the wiring goes through (there are plates made for it). For the walls, I would have probably just used poly for a vapor barrier and used standard R13. The stuff you used is primarily used for exteriors under the siding.
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