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  • Birthday 04/26/1951

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    Charlotte County Florida
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    Woodworking, guitar building, sailing, golf

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  1. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    And now on to what I actually did - FINISHED THE KITCHEN ISLAND!!!!! After weeks and weeks of the glass company dragging their feet, they finally admitted that the glass sample they had in their shop, they couldn't find. (So where did they get the sample?) A quick search on the Internet and a couple of phone calls later, we found a supplier and gave them the info. Four days later they called saying the glass was ready.
  2. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    We beat the water fears with the laminate flooring we laid down. It's waterproof and so far pretty durable. But I have no desire to see how it will hold up under siege by a storm surge.
  3. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I'm finding March to be the month of perfect weather. I've never experienced paradise-like weather, day after day, until I moved here. But there will be hell to pay for enjoying such wonderful weather!
  4. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Cool weather rolled in a few days ago. Suddenly my bones started moving! And with that I began the long overdue making of the kitchen cabinet doors and drawers. One of these days I'm gonna finish me a model ship!
  5. Building Emma - The Real Thing

    I ran across this the other day. A 14 year labor of love. From felling the trees to sailing her on open water. I thought of everyone here. Hope you enjoy it!
  6. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I'm still trying to wrap my head around a home inspector missing 350 bats in the attic....
  7. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Derek, sorry to hear about your problems with your house but it doesn't surprise me your home inspector fell short of expectations. I am a retired electrician and worked in the trades for 35 years. I know when someone knows their stuff when it comes to construction. Hiring a home inspector today is necessary only makes sense to me if the buyer feels they do not know enough about the construction of a home to do it themselves. When we went looking at homes a couple of years ago we were told by realtors I could not do the inspection myself, that we'd have to hire a home inspector. The first guy we hired was recommended by our realtor as the pickiest in the area. She knew I was a construction professional and that's why she recommended this guy. On the first house we considered buying we hired Mr. Picky and we were there during the inspection. I pointed out a leak at the hose bib. He said, "That will self heal." A little later he tests the faucets in the bathroom (I had already tested them in our initial walk thru and knew they needed replacement) and missed the leaks. So I showed him. He said that only happens if you open the faucet all the way. I told him to write it down in his report. He refused. Toward the end of the inspection he notices a crack in a wall in the garage and says that's probably from the foundation sinking. Then we walk outside and he looks at the gutter drains and tells me if I just put extensions on the gutters it will keep the water from further eroding and undermining the foundation and we'll be fine. Foundation problems are not to be ignored. I told him to put that in his report. He did. The only plus about hiring him is that we had documentation that allowed us to get out of the purchase contract. Then I did some investigation about what is required to be a licensed home inspector and compare that to what I had to do to become a journeyman electrician. An electrician apprentice must have 10,000 hours of field experience and must have passed five years of classroom education before he or she can graduate to a journeyman electrician - what most states call a master electrician. Up until that point, they must work under the supervision of a journeyman. And then the learning continues until you die. To be a home inspector in Florida (requirements vary from state to state) one must have a minimum of 120 hours instruction that covers ALL the components that go into building a home - electrical, plumbing, carpentry, drywall, insulation, roofing, masonry, structure, foundation, etc, etc. How much can you really learn in 120 hours? I worked 35 years in the trades and since retirement have been remodeling homes and there's still things I don't know. Needless to say, hiring a home inspector does not mean you are hiring a construction professional. I know that doesn't give you much solace other than the misery loves company thing. I wish you the best in resolving the infestation problems.
  8. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Thanks, guys. Just another episode in how not to pull wire. You'd think I would have learned that one by now. My SO, who was right there when that mean board jumped into my face, said we need to go to the ER cuz I needed stitches and maybe an X-ray to make sure there weren't broken bones or loose teeth. Personally, I was surprised there was anything more than a little brain rattling. The edge of the bar top has a roundover with no sharp edges to the gash was a surprise. Then came the discussion about a permanent scar. I thought, "Okay, so what?" As long as I can smile and put a smile on the faces of others, that's all that matters. As for the scar, it will be a conversation piece.
  9. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Today was the day I was going to finish the wiring on the can lights. I had one obstacle - getting the NM cable down a 3/4" chase that had insulation in it. Got it half way down when it stopped cold. I kept tugging, harder and harder, and it seemed to be moving and then..... I was seeing stars! The hook on the fish tape opened up and the side of my face smacked the solid wood bar top right next to where I was pulling. A bit dazed but I knew it was bad. The mirror reflected a nice gash just below my lip. Dummy me! Only a couple minutes before I looked at that bar top and said, "I need to move that out of the way." I guess I tried to move it with my face. A nurse friend patched me up with some CA glue and saved me from a half dozen stitches. And no, I didn't finish the wiring today but I did get that wire down the wall. WhoooHoooo!
  10. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    The other day I finished making the doors and drawer fronts on the island and installed them before the dye and poly went on. I wanted to make sure they didn't need any more work before we went to the finishing stage. Like practically everywhere else in the U.S., it's been cooler than normal here and that means all that attic work I've been putting off because it's too hot is staring me in the face. I cut holes for the can lights and fished in the wires but now it's time to go up into the attic. I've tried my best to find another lame excuse not to but came up short. Then I thought, "Wait! I can go on MSW and tell everyone what I did so far today. Three cans cut in the music room, one installed. Six cans cut in the family room. Now I have to go up into the attic and connect everything together. UGH! Anyone have any excuses I can use to avoid that?
  11. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Around December 1st tour boats start coming through the canals to show their passengers the Christmas lights. Last year (our first here), this was our contribution: For anyone who is unfamiliar with the Leg Lamp, do a video search for "Christmas Story Leg Lamp" This year I made the cover to the leg lamp crate. At night it's lit up by a red spotlight. Some cruise boats just zip through the canals but a few take their time and give a little play-by-play for the passengers. One captain always slows down and asks, "Who here knows what a leg lamp is?" Sometimes we hear little but other times we hear a roar of laughter along with famous lines from the movie. "Fra-GEE-lay! Must be Italian."
  12. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I would be none too happy if a neighbor did that and didn't first tell me it was unavoidable then in the next breath say they will repair any damage done. If it comes to having to call someone in to make repairs, you might want to ask then to give you a padded the bill to negotiate with your neighbor.
  13. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I finally got to the point I can use the miter saw cabinet I built. Good thing cuz I just sold the portable stand it used to sit on. Still some work to do but at least now I can make accurate cuts, repeatedly. The wings can extend out an extra 15" Now I can build a full scale model of that J Boat I can't seem to finish.

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