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    • January 27, 2020 11:23 AM EST
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      My defense will be that it was all John Passaro’s idea ...

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    • January 27, 2020 1:31 PM EST
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      Well, John’s off the hook. Didn’t need me and sent us all home. Good thing, too. Forgot to take my watch off going through security and got caught. I think they would have found the Porter Cable compressor I was going to go back for and stick under my shirt ...

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    • January 27, 2020 9:18 PM EST
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      Well, Gregory, thank you for attempting to do your civic duty   Your house is coming along nicely.

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    • January 29, 2020 11:39 AM EST
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      After a day of committing justice (okay, it was 90 minutes sitting in the jury assembly room looking at my iPad) and a day when both Apple and SketchUp issued software updates, I spent some time painting and installing some trim, among other things. Now comes what will probably be the most challenging part of the project: building the fireplace and stairway.

       

                

       

       

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    • February 1, 2020 12:08 PM EST
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      Been working on the staircase and will hopefully finish it today. It has been built out of various styrene and Komatex/Sintra scraps. Once construction is finished, it will get prettyed-up and painted before installation in the hallway. Work on the fireplace also starting in earnest today.

       

      All in all, I am happy with the progress, especially compared to last year when I was unable to even get my project off the ground. The only time obstacle standing in the way is granddaughter's 5th birthday party tomorrow. After asking our daughter for a couple weeks whether she needed help and being told no, she informed us late last night that we need to procure 36 Frozen-themed cupcakes for the party. I'm also told there's also a football game tomorrow, but, alas, granddaughter is more interested in Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristof than indian leaders or goldminers. Or Alhambra Valley farmhouses ...

       

       

                

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    • February 1, 2020 3:17 PM EST
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      That is one cool looking staircase!

    • February 1, 2020 7:54 PM EST
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      Nice carpentry work on the stairs, Gregory.  I like the rounded corners on the bottom steps.

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    • February 1, 2020 9:40 PM EST
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         Granddaughter? Hell, I'm more interested in cupcakes than football. I could eat all 16 easy.

       

         Nice stairs....

       

       

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    • February 2, 2020 11:50 AM EST
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      Further work on the staircase. The rough details are largely done. Just need to build and connect the final set of risers to the opposite wall and align/connect to the second floor, but I would prefer to do the final details and installation of the bottom portion first. There also needs to be a wall and door installed to close off the entry hall, so I guess there's still a fair amount of work to do here.

       

      I've started work on the fireplace downstairs and am considering adding some colored tiles to the hearth but can't decide what color or what combination. I might also try the crushed rock you see behind the fireplace on the frame, that will go with a wood mantel and trim. Any thoughts?

       

           

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    • February 2, 2020 11:53 AM EST
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      I like the lack of sheen and rough nature of the crushed rock but of course it is your build.  Looking good!

    • February 2, 2020 1:16 PM EST
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      I'm also concerned about the sheen and I suspect I may have something to help with that. The crushed rock I also like a lot but you wouldn't have it on a hearth unless you have very flat ones and I'm not sure I could find enough from my stash. Maybe I'll just go hang out with five-year olds and eat cupcakes for a bit while we contemplate this ...

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    • February 2, 2020 1:35 PM EST
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      Are you going to do the den in Pecky Cedar? It was all the rage!

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • February 2, 2020 5:55 PM EST
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      John Caughey said:

      Are you going to do the den in Pecky Cedar? It was all the rage!

      Interesting idea! Perhaps the mantle???

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    • February 7, 2020 1:21 AM EST
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      Hmmm, let's just say now was not the time for the wife, and to some extent, me, to come down with the stomach flu right now. Anyway, flu or no flu, I'm having to scale back a bit and we'll see what I can get done by the end of this weekend. I have been working and making progress. The stair case has been primed and is ready for painting. Windows are being completed. I've taken John's "Pecky" suggestion to heart and have created fireplaces in Pecky. I needed two of them and couldn't decide which of the tiles/rocks to use, so I did both, and am not particularly thrilled with either of them, but am glad I experimented.

       

      Speaking of experimenting, I had previously mentioned that this was the first project I've worked on since the detached retina and all the vision issues. Also, my Parkinson's has slowly but surely progressed in the last two years. This is not to say I'm not going to continue on with finescale modeling but it does mean that I now work slower and that I have more issues with measurement and precision, so there will be some further adjustments to be made here and there.

       

                

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    • February 7, 2020 10:24 AM EST
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      That is going great. Sorry about the flu. That sucks. 

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    • February 10, 2020 1:17 PM EST
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      Major bummer. Actually, poor planning on my part. Ran into a last-minute problem -- the materials I thought I had on hand to construct the shingled roof couldn't be found, so I wasn't able to finish on time. However, I will take and submit photos this week of what I did complete, and then get the rest of it done pronto. And, since I am free of the time constraint and the $30 limit, I might add on now a few things I wasn't going to be able to do until later anyway. 

       

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    • February 10, 2020 2:29 PM EST
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      Shoot I'm still looking for my Mason Bogie bell

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