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Postby Willie Kool » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:50 pm

Special ordered new living room furniture for late August delivery, so the living room renovation is now well underway. Got all the old wallpaper and loose ceiling paint and plaster scraped off and all the cracks opened up and cleaned out.

First coat of Durabond on one wall and corner done:
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Just say no to crack.

I have another wall and a half and the ceiling left to Durabond - and then a couple coats of EasySand before I'm ready to paint.

Going to go with another period correct color - Ruskin Room Green.

Should come out looking something like this:
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Postby Silentom » Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:01 am

Love that look, WK. :thumb:

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Postby Beveridge » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:18 am

Any recommendations for an anti-slip deck stain?

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Postby mac5155 » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:53 am

I'm 99.9% thrilled with my Honeywell RTH9580WF, and would still get it over the Nest 10 out of 10 times. While I did look at the Ecobee because of the remote sensors, I didn't like what I read about the actual thermostat, so I never made the switch.
I love the ecobee so far, we're 3 months in. I do want to see how it does through the winter. It's saved me at least $60 per month. We had a housewarming party a while back and I had turned off the scheduler/occupancy sensing. Forgot to turn it back on, and our electric bill was like $90 higher. I attributed it to the fact that it was keeping the house at 72 all day long, as opposed to Ecobee turning it up to 83 when we're at work.

I am sure all of them use the same type of basic algorithms though so it's ultimately personal preference, system integration, and a good price that led me to the ecobee.

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Postby NTP66 » Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:51 am

The devices that require you to walk past them won't work for me. My thermostat is in our dining room, which we rarely use. I just create a schedule based on our work schedule and leave it at that. If I leave work early or something, I manually override the setting from an app on my iPhone and call it a day.

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Postby LITT » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:20 am

my mom purchased a new vehicle. we were trying to program her car's internal garage door remote. we cannot pair remote devices (car or handheld) with the garage door, however, we have been able to pair and repair the keypad. cant seem to figure it out. any suggestions

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Postby meow » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:25 am

I had trouble once and I read that if the opener and the motor are too close together, they won’t pair. So I backed the car out of the garage and it paired right up.

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Postby LITT » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:45 am

interesting. maybe we will back it up

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Postby NTP66 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:53 am

Have you RTFM?

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Postby LITT » Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:01 am

indeed. multiple times. thats how we got the keypad going

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Postby robbiestoupe » Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:04 am

my mom purchased a new vehicle. we were trying to program her car's internal garage door remote. we cannot pair remote devices (car or handheld) with the garage door, however, we have been able to pair and repair the keypad. cant seem to figure it out. any suggestions
Is it an older garage door opener? I had this exact same issue with an old Craftsman (~20 yrs old). I tried every trick in the book, including online suggestions. Ended up buying a belt driven opener.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:22 pm

Got stung by a yellow jacket today...first time I've been stung since at least before my daughter was born. Was pulling weeds on the side of the garage and they have a nest at the base of the garage, you can see the hole where they fly in. Has anyone else tried the boiling water/soap approach?

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Postby NTP66 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:24 pm

Flood that **** with wasp killer.

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Postby NTP66 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:22 pm

Or you could just flood their hole with an entire can of wasp killer like I did. Problem solved.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:08 pm

Legit loled at that first video. That guy is hilariously and lovably inept

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Postby mac5155 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:27 pm

interesting. maybe we will back it up
Is here a "learn" button on your opener motor? I had to press it for my wife's.

Also I had to de program it from the prior owner but you said new, so not sure if brand new.

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Postby dodint » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:20 pm

Anyone know of a webapp or something that I can use to make diagrams of a bathroom I'm remodeling? I know I can just do it by hand but if there was a program where I could plugin the dimensions of the room and the main fixtures to see how they'd 'look' in terms of spacing that would be cool. My Dad needs a diagram showing where I want switches and outlets but if I there is something I could use to map everything out that'd be helpful.

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Postby robbiestoupe » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:03 pm

Anyone know of a webapp or something that I can use to make diagrams of a bathroom I'm remodeling? I know I can just do it by hand but if there was a program where I could plugin the dimensions of the room and the main fixtures to see how they'd 'look' in terms of spacing that would be cool. My Dad needs a diagram showing where I want switches and outlets but if I there is something I could use to map everything out that'd be helpful.
I've used Sweet Home 3D before. It can be a bit difficult to work with, so I end up using AutoCAD most of the time. But it's nice to be able to change the colors of paints and it has an extensive database of different furniture, appliances, etc. you can use.

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Postby mac5155 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:23 pm

There's a Stanley app I used. It's pretty slick. I want to say it was 2 or 3 bucks. Worth it

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Postby tjand72 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:47 pm

Sketchup?

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Postby Willie Kool » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:17 pm

Got the ceiling cracks all cut out and reinforced with screws and plaster washers. Applied some Plaster-Weld to exposed lath, the washers and any painted areas that will be getting some fill. Laid down the first coat of Durabond.

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Plan is to get a coat of Durabond on the wall cracks some night this week, and tape everything next weekend. Have some FibaFuse on order.
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Postby NTP66 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:18 pm

You're living in an actual nightmare of mine, WK. Plaster/tape is arguably the worst thing ever.

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Postby Willie Kool » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:25 pm

Tough work but, IMO, much better than dropping the whole ceiling. At least all the ceilings here are a little wavy, so I don't have to be perfectly flat with my work - as long as it flows it looks good.

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