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A little project just completed. Clients wanted to utilize the wall under the stairs to store games. They had the idea and together we designed it but I builted it. Coat rack was already there but we incorporated it into the compartment face and they are also used as handles. Wall was not plumb and the opening wasn't square. Had to work with what ever room we could get. Stands about 41" and goes back 30".

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That’s very cool hammerhead...I like the way you guys think.

Speaking of thinking ,
Not wanting to be sinking ,
Head over hills or I’ll be drinking ,

How hard can it be to build and install a stinking secret door?.....

A friend had a 24” door going to a root cellar and was thinking about something like this......


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Similar to these when finished.......

(It’s freezing outside and I’m outta indoor stuff to do)......

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A little project just completed. Clients wanted to utilize the wall under the stairs to store games. They had the idea and together we designed it but I builted it. Coat rack was already there but we incorporated it into the compartment face and they are also used as handles. Wall was not plumb and the opening wasn't square. Had to work with what ever room we could get. Stands about 41" and goes back 30".

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Very nice HH. That's not as easy as it looks
 

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One of my good clients had a brand new patio installed, it was a nightmare to get them to finish and this is the end result. Anybody know what this white spalding looking stuff is? The slate and grout appear to have all been sealed. I did a small test with muriatic acid and it did turn the white gray but you can still see the marking. Any infos appreciated, thanks. BTW A couple of the smaller areas are grout 'splash' but not the majority but I'm unconvinced it came from within the slate.
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One of my good clients had a brand new patio installed, it was a nightmare to get them to finish and this is the end result. Anybody know what this white spalding looking stuff is? The slate and grout appear to have all been sealed. I did a small test with muriatic acid and it did turn the white gray but you can still see the marking. Any infos appreciated, thanks. BTW A couple of the smaller areas are grout 'splash' but not the majority but I'm unconvinced it came from within the slate.
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One of my good clients had a brand new patio installed, it was a nightmare to get them to finish and this is the end result. Anybody know what this white spalding looking stuff is? The slate and grout appear to have all been sealed. I did a small test with muriatic acid and it did turn the white gray but you can still see the marking. Any infos appreciated, thanks. BTW A couple of the smaller areas are grout 'splash' but not the majority but I'm unconvinced it came from within the slate.
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Have no idea about the white stuff.
But not happy with the joints if this is a recent job.
I would have flushed & brushed a little better, & I'm totally an amateur.
 

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Have no idea about the white stuff.
But not happy with the joints if this is a recent job.
I would have flushed & brushed a little better, & I'm totally an amateur.
Agreed. She fired the first crew too. It's a sloppy job for what she paid for. They also did a shit job on the sod they used to replace the grass they killed.
 

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Looks like they did those mortar joints with their feet, that's some sloppy masonry. They didn't bother to shape the stone up at all, bunch of jagged edges with stone chips stuck in as filler.

I would not have paid those hacks, I'd of run them off and called the cops (if I was the homeowner).
 

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Is that your work Spinal?

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After looking at those mortar joints I’d almost be tempted to to tear out and redo....

Pitiful...
Curious about this one.
How are the stone & wood mated?
Is there a seam of calk between the 2 materials?
Stuff is going to expand & contract at different rates I would guess.
What is the sub floor?

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Good questions except 1...

How is stone and wood mated?...what do you mean mated?..

There might be caulk but in my opinion the cement butted up against the wood is no big deal...

There’s probably no expansion contraction because that floor looks to be indoors and no freeze thaw cycles , probably a controlled temp all year...

It looks pretty cool but I would have put the wood floor down first with a straight edge and then cut my stone to fit.....
 

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Good questions except 1...

How is stone and wood mated?...what do you mean mated?..

There might be caulk but in my opinion the cement butted up against the wood is no big deal...

There’s probably no expansion contraction because that floor looks to be indoors and no freeze thaw cycles , probably a controlled temp all year...

It looks pretty cool but I would have put the wood floor down first with a straight edge and then cut my stone to fit.....
Yeah i think it would look cool to make it look like a gently curved path instead of so haggard.

To avoid voiding the warranty, flooring installation instructions tell you to keep about a quarter inch all around for expansion and contraction. Even the locking stuff.
 

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Good questions except 1...

How is stone and wood mated?...what do you mean mated?..

There might be caulk but in my opinion the cement butted up against the wood is no big deal...

There’s probably no expansion contraction because that floor looks to be indoors and no freeze thaw cycles , probably a controlled temp all year...

It looks pretty cool but I would have put the wood floor down first with a straight edge and then cut my stone to fit.....
Stone/brick and wood don't exactly mate, but they abut just fine and remain stable. There are lots of many 100's of years old half timber framed building with stone, brick, and plaster infill in Germany.

I did a timber framed addition on a project in Hill Country and infilled with stone. It looked cool, but was cold as hell in the winter, zero R value.

I recently did a timber frame on one wall in a remodel and infilled with brick, this time it is warm and cozy because it is inside a 12" wall with foam sheet insulation between the fackwerk and masonry wall. And like you said, Spinal, being inside and with climate control, there is no visible expansion and contraction.

Note on pic - the door, lighting, ceiling are all being replaced, just a rough construction pic.

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One cannot mix wood with cement or brick , I get that , if that’s what you mean by “mate”......

I’ve used a few miles of redwood and cedar 1 x 4 and 1x6 and even a few 2x4’s as decorative expansion joints on stuff like exposed aggregate floors.

On outdoor masonry work where the products is exposed to freeze thaw cycles , one better have their chit together on where to place the expansion joint or they will be asking for future problems of cracks and chips breaking off here and there..

Obviously the cedar and redwood last forever and mate pretty good with concrete and masonry products that are outdoors...


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Im subscribed to a YouTuber, After Prison Show. He's a real good bloke who is always embarking on a new money making endeavor. So he just bought a small house to flip and of course the guy that he had working for him ripped him off in the middle of doing half-assed work. So he hires a couple of guys off of Facebook Marketplace to do drywall and this is the result... Joe and his crew did the demolition of the ceilings and they left most of the corners intact and so the drywallers painstakingly scribed around the jagged bits of plaster ceiling which was is at a different height. So now these poor ammature drywallers are trying to bridge the gap with corner bead. Unbelievable.
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Hurts just to look.
And I'm not all that great at drywall, but I've done much better than that.
It's a full on dumpster fire over there!
 

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Quit my job today. I will start at a new company next Monday. They needed me now and my current shop understood. Opportunity I couldn't pass up. I will be working for a large Refrigeration company. They have no HVAC guys, only refer guys. They signed a 3 year maintenance contract with one of coca colas largest bottling plants in the midwest. I will be their main HVAC maintenance guy. Get to go to the same spot every day. Maintain all the equipment the way I want. Looking like allot of the days out on the roof in the cold are over for the time being. Seems like the gig of a lifetime and I will be the perfect guy for it. Its all old equipment that the old man at our shop taught me. He was happier than hell I got it. Also said to call on any issues I have and he will help me though them. They have so much equipment I shouldn't get bored in 3 years. If I do then I can just bail after the contract is up.
 

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Quit my job today. I will start at a new company next Monday. They needed me now and my current shop understood. Opportunity I couldn't pass up. I will be working for a large Refrigeration company. They have no HVAC guys, only refer guys. They signed a 3 year maintenance contract with one of coca colas largest bottling plants in the midwest. I will be their main HVAC maintenance guy. Get to go to the same spot every day. Maintain all the equipment the way I want. Looking like allot of the days out on the roof in the cold are over for the time being. Seems like the gig of a lifetime and I will be the perfect guy for it. Its all old equipment that the old man at our shop taught me. He was happier than hell I got it. Also said to call on any issues I have and he will help me though them. They have so much equipment I shouldn't get bored in 3 years. If I do then I can just bail after the contract is up.
Awesome. High five Davy!
 

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Good for you! Satisfying work is hard to come by.
Im pumped. I love maintenance in large facilities. Nobody bothers you. Keep the stuff running properly and everybody is happy. They are usually open to spend the money and take the time to do the proper fix.


This will be almost no- dealing with customers, going to sketchy areas of MLPS in the middle of the night and on call. Right now im on call every 4 weeks for a week. At the new company it will be 2 days a month.
 

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Quit my job today. I will start at a new company next Monday. They needed me now and my current shop understood. Opportunity I couldn't pass up. I will be working for a large Refrigeration company. They have no HVAC guys, only refer guys. They signed a 3 year maintenance contract with one of coca colas largest bottling plants in the midwest. I will be their main HVAC maintenance guy. Get to go to the same spot every day. Maintain all the equipment the way I want. Looking like allot of the days out on the roof in the cold are over for the time being. Seems like the gig of a lifetime and I will be the perfect guy for it. Its all old equipment that the old man at our shop taught me. He was happier than hell I got it. Also said to call on any issues I have and he will help me though them. They have so much equipment I shouldn't get bored in 3 years. If I do then I can just bail after the contract is up.
Great to seeing you leaving on good terms. Hope you don't get bored at the new place. Got a crew working underneath you?
 

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Mighty impressive work ethic!

 

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Anybody have tips or tricks for removing wallpaper? Somebody told me yesterday to use Downy Fabric Softener spray that on and it pulls it off.
 

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spray bottle, warm water, and a 6" and 12" drywall knife to scrape the backing,
it does go pretty good, more the thought that gets ya rather than the actual doing it

never have had it all come off easy peasy as some claim,

with heavy commercial paper, been able to do that, but not with resi stuff
 

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spray bottle, warm water, and a 6" and 12" drywall knife to scrape the backing,
it does go pretty good, more the thought that gets ya rather than the actual doing it

never have had it all come off easy peasy as some claim,

with heavy commercial paper, been able to do that, but not with resi stuff
Preciate the advice scorp.
 

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Preciate the advice scorp.
Mother in laws work the best. Our house had a ton of wallpaper. The mother in law had just retired and it was winter in MN. She took all the wallpaper off in our house. Mostly what you need it time and patients. Ours was a pain in the ass. We just used the spray that you get at menards.