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  1. IamAllThumbs

    Prep ugly basement stairs for painting

    Yup the treads are particle board. Not MDF but the coarser stuff, you can zoom in the pic and see the texture at the bullnose and spot where the paint wore off. I also sanded them partially as part of the prep below. I filled the major holes with wood putty, like the nail holes where the carpet...
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    Cheap Garage Cabinets

    The open shelves with triangle bases is basically what I have now (2 levels) although they are only 1' deep. I want to move to something enclosed and maybe more configurable (movable shelves per unit). I didn't think about recycled cabinets.
  3. IamAllThumbs

    What did you do today?

    Hey thanks for asking, I play bass in one band and electric guitar in another, although that one sort of fell apart during COVID, people couldn't get to practice, let alone play out and may never recover. We play Blues, Classic Rock and whatever strikes out fancy and we think will be a crowd...
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    What did you do today?

    I purchased a starter pack that came with 5 discs: Putter (2-speed) 2 Mid Range (5 and 7 speed) Fairway Driver (9-speed) Distance Driver (12 speed) I don't have technique to throw the 12-speed so I usually stick with the putter, the 5 and the 9 speed only, so yeah, my bag is a glorified grocery...
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    Cheap Garage Cabinets

    A project I have been putting off for years is fixing storage options in my garage. It's a 2-car garage and we have 2 cars so "stuff" gets crammed around the walls. I have 2 shelves along a wall (12 linear feet at a guess) and a bunch of wall mounted hooks on the opposite wall. Bikes hanging...
  6. IamAllThumbs

    What did you do today?

    Today I played disc golf and made 13 over par. Since it's my 5th time out and I made part on 3 holes, I call it a success (I actually birdied twice since I started playing). It's pretty addictive, it's free and a good way to spend a couple hours outdoors without it being too strenuous. I like...
  7. IamAllThumbs

    Fixing squeaky stairs from above

    Thanks for the advice all, I ended up drilling from the top of the treads into the risers (played screws, countersunk and hidden with wood putty after the fact). I used liquid nails in the gap and as suggested used a crowbar to pull it tight and struggled by managed to get a couple of screws...
  8. IamAllThumbs

    Prep ugly basement stairs for painting

    My wife has a quilting home business in our basement and while we don't want to spend a lot of $ to re-do the basement stairs, we'd like to make them look a little better now that she has customers coming down to her studio. The house came with the basement unfinished, so the stairs were never...
  9. IamAllThumbs

    Fixing squeaky stairs from above

    I can't tell what the risers are made of but the treads are particle board as far as I can tell from the texture of the bullnose (I think that's what the rounded end of the tread is called) so I think I should use particle board screws (I think also called chipboard screws)? Maybe it's time to...
  10. IamAllThumbs

    Fixing squeaky stairs from above

    This is what I mean by screwing the front of the tread into the top of the riser: (courtesy of https://www.wonkeedonkeerichardburbidge.co.uk/how-to-fix-squeaky-stairs/)
  11. IamAllThumbs

    Fixing squeaky stairs from above

    When I bought my house the basement was unfinished, and the stairs to the basement are a "minimal job". I finished the basement in 2000 and had carpet professionally installed and they covered the stairs. Over the years the stairs got squeakier, but the basement was mostly a music room and...
  12. IamAllThumbs

    Hello there

    I have a love/hate relationship with building/fixing stuff around the house. There is something really cool about doing it yourself, saving a bunch of $ (the main motivator for me if I'm honest). On the other hand, it takes so much time (I am a busy professional with limited free time during the...
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