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Well being in our new home, the house isn't new, but new to us... We moved in last August... We have since moved in, new hardwood on first floor, new toilet in main bathroom, well only bathroom at that time.. Painted all kitchen cupboards, ripped out a china cabinet that was screwed to the wall... Refinished the Wall, and put our new fridge there, and ran a water line to it... Had a cement porch put in, which I am going to put a glass railing on it next year... Lorie and I built a deck 12X16 and then installed a 10 X10 Gazebo on it... We put in new windows. Put new baseboards in throughout 1st floor... Put the new 85" Tv on the wall downstairs... And installed a toilet and tub downstairs, still have to put the vanity and walls up in that bathroom. Painted all the shutters, well 2 left in the back of the house, painted all main doors going out side, and garage and workshop door...

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We also ran new water lines in pex... Made $400 from the copper I ripped out of the house. Thats the stand I built for the bathtub, the reason it's up off the floor is because we are on septic, so instead of digging a hole... I put in a sani-flow system, which pumps the water up to the septic... Much easier then breaking up a floor, and then having to recement it... The reason I put a tub in the basement is because the house only came with a shower, and my wife my wife loves her tubby time... And as we all know... a Happy Wife, and Happy Life...

So, The things I have left to do is, seal the cement porch, and gazebo before winter... Do some body work on my trusty ford pickup... This winter I am going to finish bathroom downstairs, put the new modern plugs though out the house, did all the light switches.. Start ripping down the walls in the shop, and get the drywall up, so I can start mudding in the spring...

Hope I didn't ramble too much...
 

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I am not a fan of sani-flow system. I would put in a sanitary sump pump system, what some people call sewage ejector .
 

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Do they look presentable, or have to be concealed?
 

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Well, @Eddie_T they look alright, they sit behind the toilet... My sister-in-law left her behind the toilet, I will be putting mine behind the wall behind the toilet, and put a trap door there if I have to get to it...
Thanks, I am thinking of someone who has a pump for a washer in the basement but it was moved to a main floor utility room. during a remodel. It used a cistern approach with a float but that's suitable only for gray water. Saniflo would present options for adding a half bath.

BTW say concrete not cement. :)
 

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LoL, the word today is Concrete...
Lol! Yes, I get the two confused all the time but luckily, there are many people to correct us.

RedneckGrump, your ToDo list is as long as mine! I just stamped our Kitchen remodel as "DONE" but yesterday (I got you all beat), I had a colonoscopy. I really hate those things but I had a positive Cologuard test which requires a colonoscopy follow-up. They say there is a 30 some percent chance the positive Cologuard test result is false and a 67% chance it is a non cancerous polyp. There is only a 3-4% chance someone has cancer. During the colonoscopy, I had 3 polyps removed and one that the Dr, said was too ingrained into the colon and too large to remove so I get to go back and have 2" of my colon removed ASAP. Oh fun! They are testing the polyp samples to see if they are cancerous. I find out Wednesday if they are cancerous during the consultation for the colon surgery.

Between now and the surgery, I'm hoping to get a rotting wood threshold replaced, repair some furniture, dig some yard drainage, winterize a boat and a motorhome. Then, after the Holidays, I will start on a bath remodel.

I really don't know how I ever had time to work before I retired.
 

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Here is my earlier post with additional pictures right after I passed the electrical inspection but before I started doing the work to pass the framing inspection.

I've got to say the inspector I've been working with is a pretty good guy. He saw by the quality of my work I wasn't some hack and he offered a few practical solutions to get past the requirements I was lacking on.

Project Update - I passed my insulation inspection today. On to drywall. The HVAC systems are all in and running.
Good job Sparky! I know you've been working on this for a while but it's all coming together now! One question though...Do you find that the inspector is helpful in that he suggests things that add to your project or would you say the inspection is a formality that is necessary but not really helpful?
 

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Good job Sparky! I know you've been working on this for a while but it's all coming together now! One question though...Do you find that the inspector is helpful in that he suggests things that add to your project or would you say the inspection is a formality that is necessary but not really helpful?
Thanks, the inspector really didn't have anything to offer that I didn't know. Other than checking all the boxes for passing his inspection, I didn't realize the blocking and the foaming was required. He's been pretty good to work with overall. The last couple of inspections were pretty quick because he's figured out I pretty much know what I'm doing.

Update on the project. Today I painted my shop. Everything else is primed. We picked out the tile and flooring for the bathroom and the rest of the space. I picked the doors up two weeks ago. Now that we've settled on the flooring and tile I can pick the paint for the space and get that going. I think I'll assemble my workshop first so I can get the tools all stowed in that space to free up space in the rest of the basement to paint, do flooring, and trim without tripping over stuff.

For the shop, I had a bunch of left over interior latex paint that I didn't need. I mixed it all together and came up with five gallons of a light gray egg shell paint that was perfect. I may look to do the same for the garage which could stand a jolly good fresh coat of paint. But that is a project for another day. Right now its got a 20 year old beige paint job that was a mis-mixed 5 gallon bucket from one of the big box stores.
 

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For the shop, I had a bunch of left over interior latex paint that I didn't need. I mixed it all together and came up with five gallons of a light gray egg shell paint that was perfect.
Back in Sacramento (where we used to live), there was a store that sold recycled paint for a fraction of the cost of new. It was good and not so good paint that averaged out to be fairly good quality. We painted the exterior of our house and my mother in law’s house with it and worked out really well. I wish they had a place like that out here in Alabama.
 

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Back in Sacramento (where we used to live), there was a store that sold recycled paint for a fraction of the cost of new. It was good and not so good paint that averaged out to be fairly good quality. We painted the exterior of our house and my mother in law’s house with it and worked out really well. I wish they had a place like that out here in Alabama.
Our Habitat for Humanity Reuse store used to have it, I haven't seen it lately though.
 

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Our Habitat for Humanity Reuse store used to have it, I haven't seen it lately though.
What, the paint or the store... We have several of those stores around... sometimes have paint, sometimes don't... I find sometimes they can be very expensive...

Actually was thinking of volunteering at our store this winter...
 

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What, the paint or the store... We have several of those stores around... sometimes have paint, sometimes don't... I find sometimes they can be very expensive...

Actually was thinking of volunteering at our store this winter...
The conversation was about paint. The Reuse store is still in business, but I haven't seen paint the last few times I was there. Though it has been at least 6 months since I walked through the place. There are a few bargains in there, but overall ours is pretty pricy for what they are offering. Used cabinets are stupid expensive there.
 

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The conversation was about paint. The Reuse store is still in business, but I haven't seen paint the last few times I was there. Though it has been at least 6 months since I walked through the place. There are a few bargains in there, but overall ours is pretty pricy for what they are offering. Used cabinets are stupid expensive there.

Yeah, cabinets are very expensive, as windows are too, used windows are almost the price as new windows... But I go at least once a month to check to see what they have... Actually been going lately to see if they have an inexpensive filing cabinet... Want one for the shop, think it would be great for manuals and warranties for sure, but the other 3 drawers for packages of screws, bolts, washers and etc...
 

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Yeah, cabinets are very expensive, as windows are too, used windows are almost the price as new windows... But I go at least once a month to check to see what they have... Actually been going lately to see if they have an inexpensive filing cabinet... Want one for the shop, think it would be great for manuals and warranties for sure, but the other 3 drawers for packages of screws, bolts, washers and etc...
For screws, nails, bolts, and other small hardware I use these. I probably have 10 of them in two sizes with things sorted by type. I installed a bunch of flat panel TVs at church and kept all the extra hardware. So now I have one of these full of metric screws, spacers and other extra hardware. It has come in very handy. I find these much more convenient than keeping things in baby food jars, peanut butter jars and the like. If I go do volunteer work I grab the appropriate cases and have a great selection of hardware at my fingertips. I have one dedicated to electrical stuff, one for plumbing, one with finish nails and staples for my air nailers, drywalls screws, tapcons, etc. Keeping them all together in an organized fashion has more than paid for the cases by not having to go and rebuy stuff I already had on hand but couldn't find.

Parts Storage Case
 

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Lol! Yes, I get the two confused all the time but luckily, there are many people to correct us.
Cinder blocks and concrete blocks also get confused...
Concrete blocks are the whitish ones...
Cinder blocks are the black ones made from cinder left over from burning coal... I think they are also drier inside...
Cement is the glue that holds concrete, mortar, etc. together...
 

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Our Habitat for Humanity Reuse store used to have it, I haven't seen it lately though.
A Habitat used to be in the building behind my garage... they were a pain and a good thing to have around... they wanted the lot my house sits on to expand their tiny parking lot so they kept psychotically siccing the city Inspection Dept. (they work with building houses) on me trying to drive me away. But they did have bargains in building materials and household needs. Like $1.50 for a 15" flourescent light tube that cost $8.50 elsewhere... plus doors, windows, appliances, furniture... etc... I offered to sell my property to them but in their insanity they wanted me to donate my home of 40 years to them (while still alive)... like welfare rats, they're used to getting everything free... fortunately, someone burned them out of that building... I suspect a junkie burglar who robbed the place and then set it on fire to cover up his tracks... and between that and the plandemic, the city has been leaving me alone lately... guess I was the old crippled up guy in the way of 'progress'... or was it $$$$$$$$$$$$? Habitat moved a few miles away into a much larger complex of 3 buildings now... A roofer moved into the old building, cleaned it up, and, as a sideline, now mixes up left over paints into 5 gallon buckets, stirs it up, puts a color sample dab on the lid, and sells it to anyone willing to accept whatever color it turned out to be... he also gets distressed lumber and plywood from home centers, railroads, etc. and sells that stuff...
 
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