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    Steel or Fiberglass door

    I doubt there are lower priced FG doors. I found all in So Cal to be the same--Masonite, Thermatru, etc. The door, depending on style, is $280 to 350. Labor is about $500 +/-. You can easily compare labor to HD or Lowe's just call them up ask for Millworks and install fee for a single entry...
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    How to darken concrete?

    Was the repair due to the Behr failing or it was due to other mishaps? How did the Behr look?
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    How to darken concrete?

    I'd like to slightly darken some concrete column caps to match some concrete footings at the base of the stone columns. The color difference is this: when the caps are wet, they match the dry footings. Once they dry out, they are much too light. I saw some transparent concrete stain by Behr but...
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    Brush surprise!

    I would have never thought it but I found that a Purdy 2 1/2 inch "thick body" angled brush is awesome for cutting edges on everything! I used it on wall/ceiling joints, base moulding/drywall joints, etc.. I used to use/try thinner body Purdies in 1 1/2 or 2 inch (sash/trim/XL Dale models) and...
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    Fiber Cement Board Siding

    "My opinion is that you can't go wrong with CEMENT SIDING." -Agreed! We just had our house done by siding pros--that's all they do. I read a lot of "opinions" in the older parts of the thread and some it is just plan hooey. Folks should download James Hardie's install PDF and get the truth...
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    Found some yucky stuff

    I demo'd our aged patio cover which was made of poorly finished rough sawn doug fir and was 35 years old. Inside one of the posts was a moist yellowy spongey substance. What is this stuff, some kind of mold or decay? Sorry to gross you out :eek:
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    Contractor for Hire: Beware

    I'm in Calif. and we have the CSLB (state lic board) that provides a website where you can verify personnel, current lic status, insurance and even complaints against the contractor. I always looked up guys prior to hiring and found some that weren't current with insurance or even suspended from...
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    Wet sculpting drywall mud?

    I do a lot of my own drywall work but hired a crew to do a room with some cathedral ceilings. On the head high and lower areas, I saw that they used a knife to shave down or feather the semi set-up drywall mud so it didn't have to be sanded as much later. This was very cool as it cut down on the...
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    Clear finish for wood?

    Hi, thanks guys. I'm not staining just a clear coat. Do I still need that wood conditioner first? Also: Does pine stay set the color it is when finished or will it keep darkening/yellowing? Those aren't bad things necessarily... I ask because I have some older unfinished pine doors in the same...
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    Clear finish for wood?

    I need recs for a clear, satin-finish water base finish for natural pine interior doors. Thanks.
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    Flashing windows?

    Josh, the job is almost done (final paint). But, they re-did it just like your post. They pulled back the Tyvek and Moistopped the window and then put back the Tyvek. Take care.
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    The worst client?

    Hi, she actually apologized for the recent dissing of me. That was very cool. I took the opportunity to cash in some fishing points, lol!
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    The worst client?

    It's gotta be my wife. She insists that the work be finished ASAP but balks every time I want to work when she is off for the day. Also, I can't paint or make too much noise if she is telecommuting that day. I get no appreciation for a job completed but am the first to hear if something looks...
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    The bubbling is caused by contamination: dirty fingers smearing stuff as kids often do. You need to scrape and/or sand the area until you get to an edge where the peeling stops. Prime and repaint. I had this happen in our kitchen after repainting. Originally repainted a few years back with no...
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    Using stucco bullnose trowel?

    Anyone ever use this tool? I used one for the first time on some architectural foam today with smooth stuccco. Kinda frustrating but the job ended up coming out ok. I applied the flat areas first (top and sides of a column cap). I then ran the bullnose tool along the radius of the edges. I kept...
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    Shiny browncoat?

    Hi I forgot to post a follow-up...the mat'l I mortared onto it adhered just fine. I did not scarify first, just mortared with it shiny.
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    Drywall in window frames?

    The vinyl bead I got is square-edged but it does come in bullnosed. The spray is just to stick it down instead of nails. I just did some metal bead replacement using the nails (I used 1.5 inch galvanized sunk slightly below the metal) and the bead mudded over nicely pretty much the same as the...
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    Drywall in window frames?

    SPI, corner bead is easy. I do them last, too. I use vinyl bead adhered with 3M corner bead spray adhesive and no nails or screws. Metal bead with small galvanized nails is good too. All you do is stick it on per can instructions and mud it running your mud knife along the bead. The mud...
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    Drywall in window frames?

    Hi guys, after writing the o.p., I realized I am mudding the bead anyway so no big deal to do a little tape.
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    Drywall in window frames?

    I installed a 3h x 4w window in my drywalled garage wall. It's framed with 2 x 4s and the header, which show--I want to cover them with 1/2 inch drywall and a corner bead for appearance. The depth of the window sill/frame is only about 2 1/2 inches. Do I have to tape and mud these inside corners...