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The floor looks super!
I did four bedroom floors in rustic amber laminate. I wish the excellence of today's LVP had been available then. I considered using it for wainscoting in the toilet nook of the bath where I did recent plumbing repair. It's still an option.
 

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We got some serious rain today with lots of flooding but this video shows the need for a future project to fix the drainage in our yard. But this is some serious rain! A friend of mine posted a picture of people rafting in a nearby campground (Guntersville State Park) in a place that normally has no water! At times, it was raining too hard for the windshield wipers to keep up.
 

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I installed a sump pump In the yard to see if I could drain the yard from one spot. It turns out I’m going to have to do a lot of work to get this yard to drain right but at least I’ve found the lowest point. My pump was blocked with something during the rain we got today but when I cleared it, the pump started doing its job pretty good.

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Earlier today, there was quite a large pond covering this bucket.

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I installed some 3 1/2” extensions on the sofa legs today while it was raining.

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I bought some 3/8-16 x 6” long bolts to fasten them on but the problem was that the original shorter bolts were metric. They were m10-1.5mm. The local stores around here don’t have a tremendous metric selection and a 6” long m10-1.5mm couldn’t be found locally. So, I decided to go with 3/8-16x 6 and I would have to change the “T-nuts on the sofa to accept a 16 pitch thread.
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I used a shorter bolt to “set the T-nut into the wood and then re-attached the fabric.

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It worked and Ruby is happy!
 

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The floor looks super!
I did four bedroom floors in rustic amber laminate. I wish the excellence of today's LVP had been available then. I considered using it for wainscoting in the toilet nook of the bath where I did recent plumbing repair. It's still an option.
The LVP I used is Mannington Adura Max. It is 12mil thick with a pad built in. It was pretty easy to install.
 

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That looks like the rain out this way. LOL. My father's way of dealing with spots like that was to dig a deep hole (I forget how deep but I know he used a post-hole digger and it was more than 2ft deep) and filled it with drainage rocks. Called it a "french drain".Also made some trenches like that. Friend had to make a trench with drainage rocks to direct water away from his porch. If the sump pump doesn't work, you might try that. I think if you can break through a clay layer to anything sandy or that has better percolation below, it would make it easier to drain.

Love the longer legs on the couch. I hate when couches are too low and you have to struggle to get up. Or at least I have to struggle. LOL.
 

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Funny but for some reason I wasn't thinking doggie door when I first saw this picture and briefly wondered if that was a framed picture on the lower panel. I guess it's a reflection. BTW if I had a doggie door I might have coons (or even a skunk) in the house. We also used levers on all hinged doors so that we could open doors with a knee if our hands were full, wet, greasy or dirty.
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BTW if I had a doggie door I might have coons (or even a skunk) in the house. We also used levers on all hinged doors so that we could open doors with a knee if our hands were full, wet, greasy or dirty.

We haven’t seen a skunk yet but we have Raccoons, opossums (not possums), ground hogs, snakes and foxes but our dogs and cats seem to keep them under control. To get to the dog door, an animal would have to enter the dog run area. That area belongs to the dogs.

You’re right about the lever door handles. Very handy when you’re hands are full of tools or groceries.
 

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Only drawback of the lever handles is when they snag on things-- like a pocket, the loop on a bag, a sleeve, etc. But I have levers on my front door so it makes it much easier to open when I'm carrying stuff.
We've also had raccoons, opossums, and snakes come in through our pet door. Raccoons ransacked the place after a hurricane & they figured out we weren't spending the night there (no AC or water). They came in when they didn't know we were back though-- Saw two of them on their hind legs staring down the chiweenie (they were larger than him) while he barked at them.
 

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Zann, as I meant to tell Ron here in the South we just say coon and possum. We're lazy it's harder to say "going racoon hunting". :)
 

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Zann, as I meant to tell Ron here in the South we just say coon and possum. We're lazy it's harder to say "going racoon hunting". :)
HaHa…I was mostly just kidding. Most people don’t know there is even a difference between an opposum and a possum. So we have coons and possums in our yard but they don’t like dogs much.
 

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Ok, I'm curious, other than spelling, what is the difference between opossum and possum? We've had them come inside and make themselves at home a few times. Had one that I found out my brother was feeding cookies to. It initially played dead and he shoved a cookie in its mouth. It started chewing, sat up and then reached a paw out for another cookie. One day I found it with the plastic cookie jar on the floor trying to pry the lid off. It came in during winter and slept in a cat bed.
 

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Ok, I'm curious, other than spelling, what is the difference between opossum and possum?
Here’s what Bob Villa says…and you know he’s an expert on animals?


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I think I first heard of the real possums while watching the McLeod's Daughters TV series. IIRC someone was rehabbing a possum. My wife and I enjoyed that series filmed in Australia.
 

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Ah, that's good to know. I'd never heard that there was actually an animal called a possum that wasn't just the shortened version of opossum.
 

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The one that used to hang out with our cats looked like the picture on the left above. He ate the cat food and the cats just watched him. He hasn’t been around for about a year so we figure something ate him.
 

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yeah, something got the one that used to come into our house. Made me sad. I liked the bugger. Much better houseguest than the raccoons. LOL.
 
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