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  1. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    So the Flooring on the upper level of my house was getting in pretty bad condition.. So i decided to do something about it..

    3 days
    400+ Square Feet of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Flooring, and lots of Sweat.

    So onto the Pics:

    Before Pics:
    Entrance way
    (As you can see the front door was rubbing on the old Vinyl. *Yuck*
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    Shoe/Coat Closet:
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    Transition from the entrance way into the hallway:
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    Transition from the Hallway to side Room:
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    Hallway:
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    Transition into living room:
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    Transition into Kitchen:
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    View down hallway to front door:
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    View of Central area, kitchen on right.
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    Tools
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    Old baseboard removed before the flooring gets installed:
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    So the Kitchen and the Entrance way are different levels.. and well thats stupid.. i wanted it all to be the same level so some plywood was used to create a sub floor that would raise the lowered area's to match the rest:
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    Entrance way Subfloor Completed:
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    Kitchen is now raised, new Subfloor installed:
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    On to the Fun part.. installing the flooring..
    ($1200 of flooring later)
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    First strip done:
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    Looking sharp:
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    Edges in the kithen sucked..
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    All Done:
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  2. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    Next Project that i did just before the flooring:
    Popcorn Ceiling repair.

    THis is the before Pic:
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    So you scrape off all the loose popcorn.
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    Pin up a splatter guard around the area:
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    and spray with Popcorn ceiling in a can
    It made a huge mess i was covered..
    THis is about half way through:
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    End result didnt look perfect.. but better then before..
    Spray can popcorn is like $20 a can.. so use carefully.
     
  3. Wolfd89

    Wolfd89 Last in, first out

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    great looking floors B. gotta love that vinyl tile
     
  4. Greg

    Greg Local Grumpy Moderator

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    Awesome work on the floor. What a difference that makes.
     
  5. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    Thanks.. it totaly makes the house look and feel new and fresh.. Super happy with how it turned out.
     
  6. william

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    Flooring makes a huge difference. Looks good Ben. When I built my house in 2004, I quickly framed the basement and did drywall / paint. Since then just never got around to doing anything. Next week I'm doing the flooring and t-bar ceiling. I'll post up some pics to show my work.... Not great with flooring, but I'm hoping it will look good....
     
  7. kingsoup

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    Nice job man! what a difference on the flooring!
     
  8. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    Thanks guys..

    Next project im working on is my gutters getting clogged.. stupid pine tree's. leaf guards are use-less in this area..
     
  9. Soren

    Soren Hiatus is the best way to control the urges..

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    Well, it's about damn time. My basement flooded last year. Really sucked. We had a heavy rainfall, and in our area, the sanitary lines and street drainage are tied in together. Many people in my area got water back up out of our drains in the basement. Mine was about 4" of street drainage and sewage. YECH. Cleaned it up, used 5 bottles of bleach, and then had a resto company come in and box up our belongings, take them away, and gut the bottom 2 feet of basement. We lost some bookshelfs, couches, bed etc, and two PSB Image tower speakers (sniff). Other than that, it's mostly all good. I had to jackhammer a good portion of my laundry room to install two backflow valves.

    I've tried to ignore it for too long. My work kept sending me out of town, and then when I'd get back, there were other things that needed attention (like my wife and kids!). I have really struggled to get around to working on this, but it NEEDS to be done.

    Well, I took a week off work, before I go back to school for two months, and had my nephews up for the week to help. We got drywalled and organized, all our boxes came back from the restoration company just a little while ago, but the basement is (was) a mess.

    My wife and I had our room in the Basement, so that changed quickly. I had been sleeping in our upstairs living room for quite a while and my wife was sharing my 6 year old's queen, and we've done some changes upstairs to remedy that. The kids now share a room with two loft beds, and we have what was our daughter's room for the time being. I think it's working quite well, and so the room in the basement that was our room will become an office for my wife. Our old shared office will now house a bowflex, and my computer with a small desk. I am planning to stack the laundry, so to give more room for storage, and I've decided also to change the layout of the TV room, to allow more room for play, and to make my 42" TV look big again (haha). Sitting too far away.

    Kids are up now, so I'll have to update the pics later, but here's a teaser of the nightmare I've been living with. Correction, soul-crushing nightmare, haha!

    Laundry with 2' drywall missing at bottom, as well as the box for the backflow valves, and new concrete.
    I will need to do a skimcoat so that the floor will be smooth, as well as the drain to drain properly again - when the plumber put the drain back, he moved it, and now we have water that collects. geepers.
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    Fun room. You can't see the missing drywall, but you can see the mess of stuff we have. We're like damn hoarders. :(

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    Little office, with my work tools hastily thrown in there.
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  10. RyanV

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    Maybe not a home reno exactly, but a project that has chewed up a lot of my time is working on the fence in our yard. I didn't get a good before and after photo, but the existing stain was in terrible shape. I had one panel left, so I took this pic for comparison, but the existing stain on this one is in much better shape than the others were before they were stripped:

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    Panel on the left is the old stain. Right side is prepped by pressure washing, then scraping, then sanding to smooth it out a bit. Scraping and sanding was actually a lot faster than the pressure washing. I think I was about 16 hours of pressure washing. I'm sure my neighbours loved it!

    Here's the back yard (which needs work..regrade, replant etc.) with the back panels all prepped and the far panels have the first coat of stain done.
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    Close up of a prepped panel on the left and one coat of stain on the right:

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    I wanted the stain to be a bit darker, but oh well.

    Presently the first coat of stain is done except on the back ally side which is still a fair amount of work. Second coat will be done afterwards except on the top section. It's too tedious and not worth the effort of a second coat.

    We've also done quite a bit of work on the front yard. I'll see if I can dig up old before photos and take an after photo.
     
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    Looks good i need to upgrade the lighting in my shop but have yet to decide how i want to do it.
     
  13. RyanV

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    The way I've done these wouldn't really be the way I'd "want" to do it, but for the price, ease of install and much better work environment, it's good for now :)
     
  14. Dah_Hunter

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    Cant complain about being able to see. ;)
     
  15. RyanV

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    Yard work is now in progress. First thing is to fix some drainage issues on one side of the house. The neighbours downspout discharges onto the ground at the side of the house and the sidewalk near the door to the garage is the low point for the area, so it puddles and also freezes over in this area. I have a bunch of crush rock in the back yard that I don't need for anything else, so I made a French drain system with it. I extended another 6 ft past the fence after I took these photos. Hopefully, this should allow the water to drain out into the grass. I had cut the filter cloth long enough because I figured I'd be extending the trench out. Proven after it rained that night.

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    I missed a photo here...The above was filled with crush and then I overlapped over the top as seen in the photo below.

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    And top dressed with just a bit of the crush.

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    Still on yard work...I had the same issue with a downspout at the back as I did on the front, so I did a trench again to get the water away from the house. Here is what the outlet looked like after it was cleaned up a bit:

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    Same as the front, the pipe was all packed with mud, so I had to clean it out. Trenching looked like this:

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    I had a helper this time for the filter cloth :)

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    Photo below starting to put crush in.

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    Finish photo further down...I had some time off between jobs, so I decided to tackle the summer back yard project while I was off. I didn't get good before photos, but this one sort of gives you an idea.

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    I don't know why they would build it like this, but it was like there was a step (about 300mm) right in the middle of the yard. The yard was also poorly maintained by the previous owners, so it was totally over run with weeds and had some weird crush rock pad in the back which is why I have so much crush rock around for drainage. I don't have a good photo of the pad, but you can see part of it in this photo which was showing our first coat of stain progress on the fence from last summer.

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    I had help from some family to pull up all the old grass, weeds and moss. I had applied Round up on the entire yard in the Fall, so the moss had mostly taken over everything and wasn't too bad to remove. One of the most labour intensive tasks was digging out a high spot that should have been lower to allow drainage to get to the lawn basin in one corner. It was probably about 4ft x 8ft and 10" deep at the deepest. Work in progress doesn't look like much, but it's lots of work with just one person and hand tools.

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    I removed the fence panels to allow a dump truck to dump the new top soil directly in the back yard which was a massive help. It also allowed me to park the cruiser in the back and load it up with all the old weeds and moss.

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  17. RyanV

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    Loaded two trips like this. About 800lbs total (400 lbs each trip)

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    I'll skip the rest of the labour in between...Finished and seeded.

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    You can tell we've had lots of rain after I did all this work, but I raked the seed in, so it hasn't washed away too much. Grass is growing now! :D

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    This is the final drainage from the downspout to the lawn basin.

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    Front yard is getting some love too.

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  18. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    Nice work Ryan. thats alot of work for sure.

    but results are looking awesome so far.
     
  19. Greg

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    Looks awesome! Where did you ditch the old grass/sod/etc...?

    Any plans for garden beds, raised or inground?
     
  20. RyanV

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    Thanks Guys!

    I was able to ditch all the material I removed at a local Metro Vancouver transfer station. Since I only removed the top moss and dead grass/weeds it wasn't an issue to dump it there. $15 each time though. I tried to use the "Green can" but I got a notice that they didn't like what I had put in there. I thought that might happen, and IMO, it should have been totally fine since there wasn't any sod actually there, but it wasn't worth trying to parcel it out in the weekly green can pick ups.

    Yes, plans for raised bed vegetable garden in the back. Back right corner. It will likely be small. Probably only 8x4 ft or something like that. We are going to work on the front as well, but it won't be raised bed. Just making what's there look a bit nicer.