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Old 12-29-2016, 06:45 PM  
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I've been absent from the site for a good while and a lot has happened since.
Most notable as I've mentioned in another thread was an EF3 tornado that hit 1 1/2 years ago. Nearly all of our neighbors had significant damage, many lost their homes completely. Some are pretty much back to normal, some left, never to return and happily there are a lot of new homes going up.
I also posted that I got dinged by the table saw yesterday (got an appointment tomorrow with a specialist to see how that will go).
So, I am probably going to have some free time on my hands (no pun intended), and thought I'd post how our house repairs are going post-tornado. Might take awhile doing this one handed, but it will keep me occupied while the fingers heal. I'll post before and after photos. Show what we've done so far & what's still on the to-do-list. Here's one for now, before and after the storm. We were very fortunate, we didn't have to leave our home.
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Sorry to hear about your fingers, hope that goes well. Where are you at with the house repairs?


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Gary, sounds like you've had enough excitement in your life to last a long while.
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Sorry to hear about your fingers, hope that goes well. Where are you at with the house repairs?
Thanks Neal. At this point the outside is pretty much done. We've got a new roof and siding that we contracted. I built it myself the first time but that was 19 years ago. I've replaced doors windows, some minor structural repairs, etc. The deck has to be rebuilt and the driveway needs a little work yet. The rest is all inside. We had a punch list of things to do before the storm.You know those projects you plan top get to someday? We decided do a repair/remodel one room at a time and get it all done. I'm self employed working at home (sign business). This is my slow time, by Spring the house has to take a back seat to keeping the work schedule going. So, this is when I have time for the house. The hand injury will slow me down some, but I still hope to get some work done before Spring. We'll see how it goes.

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Gary, sounds like you've had enough excitement in your life to last a long while.
Yea, I did't even mention 2 sprained wrists and a hamstring tear earlier this year. They say things happen in 3's so I hope I'm done with that now.
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Hanging wall paper does get tricky with one hand.
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It's amazing just how many things get tricky when your one handed. First thing this morning I put on a t shirt. Buttons one handed was worth the trouble.

Here's a shot of the house before the storm and a couple after.
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Looks like you were lucky to have structure left to work with.
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Yes very. I screwed the Frame together and used storm brackets on the studs & rafters. Nothing will stop a tornado if it wants to take something, but I like to think it didn't hurt to use the screws & brackets. They weren't required at the time, just suggested. I'm sure the brackets are code now.


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