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  1. DebbieG

    How to end subway tile at window without using bullnose

    Thanks but don't really want to frame out window with anything if I can help it. I'd probably use the plastic strip (Shulter system I believe it's called) before trimming out the window but would just like to see photos from someone who has used it first.
  2. DebbieG

    How to end subway tile at window without using bullnose

    Hi all, I'm remodeling a kitchen and will be installing a subway tile backsplash and would love some opinions. There is a window above the sink that I need to tile around. Since this is being done on a tight budget and we already splurged on a granite countertop, I need to keep this cheap...
  3. DebbieG

    Need a breatheable stain to change color of Quikwall used to cover cinderblock. Help!

    Hi all, I am going crazy trying to find a way to change the color of the Quikwall product that I used to cover the cinderblock foundation to our patio. I had tried to match the stamped concrete slab on top but it turned out a little to orange so I want to darken it to a dark brown or grey...
  4. DebbieG

    Staining cinderblock sides of raised concrete slab patio

    Yay it's spring! Finally time to finish this project! Joecaption - Not sure if you'll respond after all this time, but I'm about to go ahead with trying to correct my orangish color quickrete and just saw your post about stain not covering the block lines or coming out even in color due to...
  5. DebbieG

    Staining cinderblock sides of raised concrete slab patio

    Checking back to see if any replies to my last post yet and to add photos....Still wondering about my previous questions if anyone can help. It would be nice to get the color right and seal before winter if we get another nice day, but will wait if that's best. As you can see in the photo, it...
  6. DebbieG

    Sealing,painting lumber in cold weather

    Thanks for the advice everyone. As much as I really wanted to get started....I decided to hold off on this project until next spring rather than risk problems with painting in cold weather. Thanks to all of you, I'll be ready to go as soon as the weather breaks! (I am aware of the problem...
  7. DebbieG

    Sealing,painting lumber in cold weather

    Hi all, I need some advice. I have a separate post where I've been getting some advice about building a Pergola on a raised stamped concrete patio we had poured this summer. Problem is, now that I have most of that figured out, I'm concerned about painting in this weather. I plan to use...
  8. DebbieG

    Staining cinderblock sides of raised concrete slab patio

    Handyguys - I like your joist hangers...wish I could afford to go custom with mine but not sure how I'm going to handle that yet...I originally wanted to notch the rafters, but due to needing a little slope to drain the clear roof I'm planning to add, I decided against it. I'm sure your post...
  9. DebbieG

    Staining cinderblock sides of raised concrete slab patio

    Thanks. Ended up getting the Qucikwall from HD, then found a local masonary supply store that had about 10 of the Solomon powdered colors available. Problem is, looking at the color chart isn't going help me since they are shown using grey cement and the Quickwall I'm using is white so will be a...
  10. DebbieG

    Staining cinderblock sides of raised concrete slab patio

    Ok...I'm back.....If I can get the materials early enough today, I'm hoping to get working on this today. I went to a masonary supply company to see what they had. He didn't know anything about the quickwall at HD, but said they had something called CSC-4 that can be mixed with color additives...
  11. DebbieG

    Attaching Covered Pergola to raised Concrete Patio

    Yeah....trying to avoid the seams on the vinyl wraps and looking to find 6x6 sleeves. Finding plenty of 4x4 sleeves, but 6x6 seems to be a challenge. I've been told that the weight of the Pergola should keep it pretty stable and that the purpose of the mounts is what you suggested, but just...
  12. DebbieG

    Staining cinderblock sides of raised concrete slab patio

    Darn, sounds like I'd better get it right the first time then. Thanks for all your help everyone. CSmith....since your a pro, maybe you have some knowledge about attaching a Pergola to this patio?? I wish we had considered this when we had the patio done. Now that it looks so nice we got new...
  13. DebbieG

    Attaching Covered Pergola to raised Concrete Patio

    I want to build a 14'x12" Freestanding Pergola on a raised concrete patio outside a doorwall. I plan to put a polycarb clear roof on it to protect the furniture underneath from rain…..all adding to the wind resistance. (the slab sits on top of cinderblock foundation) There are so different...
  14. DebbieG

    3D Murals (bas relief)

    Wow! I've been thinking about doing a medium sized asian symbol on a wall using spackle and then highlighting it with a clear pearly paint but this is amazing! I can't imagine how much time this must take! Beautiful work!
  15. DebbieG

    Best product for clear Pergola roof? Lexan,Polycarbonate,FPR Panels?

    Thanks for the info, but I'm not sure I understand...are you saying that only if I were to use plexi that I need stain with UV protection or is that for the poly too? Does most exterior stain have that, or do I need to look for a special type? As for calling some greenhouse /solarium...
  16. DebbieG

    Staining cinderblock sides of raised concrete slab patio

    Oops....forgot to ask one more thing....if we were to go ahead and stain it as is, and still didn't like still being able to see the outlines of the block, could we use this stuff over top of that? Thanks again
  17. DebbieG

    Staining cinderblock sides of raised concrete slab patio

    Thanks to both of you. Erndog, your wall looks great...I guess the fibers shouldn't be that noticeable unless you get up close so I'd be ok with that...especially if they wear off. CSmith...thanks for your expertise...so if I use this quickwall, it will still allow the patio to breath as long...
  18. DebbieG

    Staining cinderblock sides of raised concrete slab patio

    Thanks guys! I have been considering the stucco from day 1 and may just go back to that because I too wasn't sure if I really wanted to see the mortar lines of the block anymore or not so we waited to see the finished top to decide. Also, we were thinking that if we didn't like how it turned...
  19. DebbieG

    buying a foreclosed home, need estimate on general expenses

    There is no way to estimate this given the information provided. You don't mention if this is a home you will live in or plan to fix up and sell or rent?? I would be very careful here because the fact that you would even consider asking this without providing square footage, whether it has a...
  20. DebbieG

    Got an estimate on a small 'deck'...

    Sounds steep to me too for such a small deck. Im here in Michigan and we just had our patio redone. It was a 12x14 raised patio with a sagging slab on top. We had the slab replaced with stamped and colored concrete and a 12 x 10 lower addition added. The contractor also threw in replacing a...
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