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Legacy Project: Carport 2002

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I've been completely transparent about this blog since the beginning - it's primarily a way to chronicle the developments of ol' 173, just to know when what was done.  A side effect is that I get to share those developments to those who may be interested.  This isn't a fancy blog, and it sure isn't as polished as so many of the blogs I follow, but it's a fun little hobby in itself.  Legacy Project posts are a new addition.  They will be based on journal entries about projects that occurred in the years before I knew about blogging.  I don't recall where I got this journal... ...but it was a fun way of tracking our progress.  I guess it kind of shows my interest in chronicling the changes in 173 since the beginning! The first Legacy Project will be based on entries about the carport back in 2002.  Of course there have been a couple posts about the carport over the years:  July 3, 2011 and July 3, 2016.  Holy cats!  I never notices they were both done on the…

Fixing the Bathroom Sink Drain Pipes

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I guess it's pretty obvious, not every post here at 173 can be exciting and glamorous (although I'm not sure anything here is actually glamorous!).  Some things are just mundane, gotta do - things.  This post is just such a story, after all, there's absolutely nothing exciting about bathroom pipes.
So, the other day, the bathroom sink drain sprung a leak.  Things are pretty busy at work right now, so the repair had to wait 'til today.  I know, doesn't sound like a big deal - bathroom sink out of commission, but it really messed up my morning routine.  For someone like me, who is definitively not a morning person, the morning routine is rote and it doesn't take much to mess that all up!
See the darkened floor tiles behind the sink?  Wet.  Of course we all know water is the #1 enemy of a house, so this was obviously an important job.  Besides that, experience showed me the damage water can do.  Back in December of 2011, the setting ring on the toilet finally sur…

The Railings: One Last Time (Bonus Shots)

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I changed by mind!  Last time I said I probably wouldn't get back to posting about the front stoop railings after doing the final touch-ups, but I had a couple nice pictures I wanted to add, so I figured - why not?  I touched up all the paint, although I think there's still a few spots, particularly on the post-bands that need a little more.  I also caulked all the posts where they meet the stoop and stair boards, using silicone caulk:
I also caulked the screw holes in the skirt surrounding the stoop.  Now she's all done - I think.  Now, just a few bonus shots: Usually, here at 173, projects don't quite turn out the way I envisioned them.  Crooked walls, old materials, wonky things - all contribute to the oft-altered dreams, but quite frankly, most of the time it's because of of my amateur skills!  But this time!!  This time...it came out just how I pictured it!  And here's a shot from inside...  And finally, a nice bucolic view of 173 - in the middle of the c…

New Front Stoop Railings - Part 3: Finished!

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Okay, just a couple touch-ups to do but I probably won't get back to posting about the front stoop again (other projects to move on to as time permits), so I'm posting just a tad early because I actually have a few minutes tonight.
We left off with the dismantling of the old railings, and the prepwork - including wood filler, priming and painting prior to putting (holy cats that's a lotta P's!) the new railings together.  Now I'll show a little of the progression.  I showed you some of the painting:
Bear with me a second.  What I wanted to do was incorporate all the primary colors of the house (not including the yellow doors) to give a little interest and dimension to the stoop.  Here's what I did: Because the lower rails would be 2x4, I started the top rail with a 2x3, topped by a 1x4 which I re-sawed to the width I wanted, then routed the edges.  On the sides I applied trim moulding for that bit of dimension I was talking about.  Once assembled this is what …