This Is What I've Been Up to Lately.

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A Thread To Share What You've Been Working On. Every Project, Big Or Small Is Welcome, It Doesn't Matter.


First up, my Mother's garage.
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I still need to paint the trim and replace the walk-through door.
 
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That looks really nice. I'm guessing that shade of green is her favorite color?
Thanks. I laugh every time I look at the door. It reminds me of the place that used to advertise they'd paint any car for $499 .... leave the windows down, and we'll do the inside for free.

Yes, Mom likes green. I'm hoping it will fade a bit with age. It pops when the sunshine hits it. 🤨
 

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@Chauncey Gardiner Certainly an...interesting shade of green there, but a very well done paint job! And even removing the light fixtures - I sadly have to admit I would have taken the lazy path there, and just covered them up with masking tape. Unless the fixtures were due for a replacement.

I too am in the process of fixing up the garage. Spent the last 2 weeks adding ventilation and cleaning, and new coat of paint is on the agenda tomorrow.

I bought a used and very much disposable Nilfisk vacuum for cheap for this project. There were mouse droppings everywhere, in addition to the expected dust, dirt, leaves and saw filings. No wonder really, they have had the sole run of the place for about 20 years now. Fortunately, the new neighbours brought 2 cats with them.

We are storing our firewood in here, and a car, and the place has been smelling a bit moldy lately (last couple years), so I have wanted to do something about it for some time now. So I'm literally cleaning out the place, storing everything on the front yard, before adding ventilation, fixing the building up a bit in general and applying some new paint.
 

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@Chauncey Gardiner Certainly an...interesting shade of green there,
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but a very well done paint job!
Thank you. I did the prep work and was the Back Roller Bob. A friend of mine brought his airless sprayer and applied the Mean Green.

And even removing the light fixtures - I sadly have to admit I would have taken the lazy path there, and just covered them up with masking tape. Unless the fixtures were due for a replacement.
They had been in place for a few years, so I knew there would be an accumulation of dust and bugs. The plastic lenses were faded, so I decided to replace them with LEDs. The old ones were CFL. I'm not a fan.

I too am in the process of fixing up the garage. Spent the last 2 weeks adding ventilation and cleaning, and new coat of paint is on the agenda tomorrow.
Cool! L@@King forward to more pictures.

I bought a used and very much disposable Nilfisk vacuum for cheap for this project. There were mouse droppings everywhere, in addition to the expected dust, dirt, leaves and saw filings. No wonder really, they have had the sole run of the place for about 20 years now. Fortunately, the new neighbours brought 2 cats with them.
When I started working on Mom's house about 18 months ago, I purchased two new shopvacs. One for inside the main house and another for areas that had signs of mice. Both vacs have a filter and are also bagged. That sure makes cleaning them much more sanitary.

We are storing our firewood in here, and a car, and the place has been smelling a bit moldy lately (last couple years), so I have wanted to do something about it for some time now. So I'm literally cleaning out the place, storing everything on the front yard, before adding ventilation, fixing the building up a bit in general and applying some new paint.
Adding the additional ventilation is a great idea. 👍👍
 

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My pop almost always drove a vehicle that was a shade of green. Not the same shade but green. When he repainted inside the house.... shades of green were used. He built a garage and painted it green. His jon boat was green. His bass boat was white with green stripes. His over-the-cab camper was white with green stripes. When asked why he said "pure coincidence that what I liked happened to be green.

His last car was blue. Why? He said "because I financed the burglar alarm system it had and that made him sad". It was his first and only car. He always drove a truck until then. His last vehicle, a minivan was..... a shade of green.

Ask him what is favorite color was and he'd say "gun stock brown".
 

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Very nice! The built-in cabinets are beautiful. How long have you owned the house and property? What a treasure!
Thanks! We bought it as a fixer-upper 8 years ago (only the fourth owners of the property). In doing the remodeling you get to do a little architectural forensics, and we think this house was a fixer-upper over 100 years ago (last major remodel in the 1920's). We tried to somewhat keep the farm house feel, but still with modern touches. Here are some updated pics of the built-in bookcase and Murphy bed:
 

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A follow-up on my garage project:
I'm done with the cleaning, and am almost done painting the inside. Missing the window frame, but I didn't have a suitable brush on hand when I did the job. Going from standard cool grey concrete to a warm white.

I don't have pictures of everything, including the mess - I mean, status - from before I started the project, but I have carried back inside all the 60 Liter nets with firewood (only about 120 of them...that I had to get inside in 2 afternoons, after work, in 35°C (95°F), before it would start pouring with rain...), and placed them on Euro-pallets for the best ventilation (I thought my father had placed at least some of the firewood on pallets before, but everything was just stored on the concrete floor).

I can't stack all the firewood back in place just yet, as I want some additional lighting inside the garage, both on the back wall (which would become inaccessible with all the firewood in place) and in the ceiling. I also intend to build a new work bench, and some new shelves.
 

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Mrs Fixer came home from a craft store a couple of weeks ago with these cut, circular spinny thingy's meant for yard art and says "I saved $5 because it came disassembled". There was no axle of any kind so we had no idea of how the make it spin.

Being a car guy I decided a treaded rod axle with lock nuts and clothes line turnbuckle contraption would work. So we went to Home Depot and spent her $5 and some.

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This was the result.
It was one of those "well it worked on paper" ideas. But when the wind blew it just swung back and forth like an upside down popsicle. No spinny at all. Oh it twirled well when I physically spun it. But it remained motionless except for the back and forth during a thunderstorm that left tree branches scattered across the yard.

Mrs Fixer came home with a replacement yesterday. That one was on a string with a swivel at the top. "BING!!" Idea......

WalMart and the fishing section for deep water swivels resulted in some J-chain, key rings and catfish rig swivels.

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An hour later we had devised something that works with even the slighest breeze. Oh, I'll invest in some ball bearing swivels after the July 4th weekend but for now it's working very well.

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In the background is an old sink we planted in a fence post sticking out of the concrete slab. A bit of soil and some perinials later and it looks nice. Next to the spinny thingy is a porch swing style bird feeder. She puts the leftover parrot and cockatiel food in it each evening rather than toss it in the trash.

The concrete slab had a shed over it that fell down so she calls it her patio now. We have some plans that are slowly in motion while the weather is hot.

And in the background of the second from top photo is a privacy fence we are contemplating whether to paint a giant Dr Pepper logo on or maybe a mountain scene, or maybe just let it be a wooden wall.....

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The shed that fell over....
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Was hauled away for a nice bon fire somewhere in the countryside.

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Currently
To the left of the slab is the carpet that used to cover the shed floor. It now covers uneven, rock strewn ground until we import something to level it off and landscape it. To the right is leftover 3/4" plywood for other projects. That with some cinder blocks and 2x4's. A few bicks and a pile of cut up wood for the burn barrel not shown.

The black bucket covers the electical wiring from the shed. It had a 240 outlet and several 110 outlets. I'll plant a post with a weather proof outlet box at some point.

Right of the black bucket is where a section of fence post will be planted for the downstream end of a yankee clothes line that used to be attached to the shed. A yankee clothes line is a line on pully's. Years ago they were clothes lines between buildings in apartment complexes. You hang clothes from point A and push the line away to make room for the next item and so on.

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Great for fresh smelling bed sheets.

To the far right of the patio picture is a small garden we did a few years ago. There was a ground up tree stump we dug up and mixed the wood chips with nearby dirt and leaves 18" deep. That will be expanded over to the concrete slab at some point.

It's a work in progress that we spend about an hour on each evening when it doesn't feel like walking into an oven when we walk out of the back door.
 
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Well done, @bykfixer You're a good husband. 👍👍

At our house, we call this whimsical yard art.

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My Better 3/4s loves whimsical yard art. We have a lot of it .......
I like to put it away around the first of September before the rains begin.
Then I can enjoy the yard and gardens in their natural state. 🙂
Win Win.
 
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The underground drain valve on this faucet had been leaking for a spell.

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So, I decided to have a l@@k.

The entire area underneath the faucet was filled with large and small tree roots. I wasn't careful enough, so I broke the waterline. Oops! No big deal since I had planned on replacing the entire faucet assembly. But not on the 4th of July.
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Plumbing in a hole is for younger guys.
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MOREBETTER!
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Just wanted to say, those Husky foam mats are excellent. Though a bit narrow for me. A cheap set of Contractor knee-pads (also sold at Home Depot), very useful.
 
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