Archive for the ‘Renovations’ Category

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Concrete porch b’gone

July 22, 2009

So, on Monday I decided to bite the bullet, get with the program and start the serious works up again. (Note for people not local, its been stupidly cold here lately. Buggered if I’m going outside for any reason!)

Before.
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After
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Now, I’ve just got a bucketload of dirt to move…

A small deck will be built just near the door. Nothing huge, just a large step really.

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Workshop finished

July 8, 2009

So, after using a bit of a sick day (yes, I actually was sick, but being outside in the sun was making me feel better) to work on the shed, I can now successfully say that the garage is FINISHED!

(insert sounds of applause here :-) )

I finished off the second coat of paint on the west wall, and once that was dried, hung the wood rack, and hung some shelves. I also chucked in a tool holder for the big tools (shovels etc).

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Nice shot of the entire garage. I will be building another storage unit similar to the wood rack on the left for boxes of junk.

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Gratuitous shot of the lawn mower and the new wood rack.

Anyway, now that the garage is all done, I can focus my attention on the almost finished laundry and the bedroom wardrobe.

Cheers!

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Workshop

June 25, 2009

So, another quick update (well not a update but I just took some photos so meh).

Here is the current status of the garage. Its heading towards being done. Currently I am plastering the front half of the inside, and hence have moved all the junk to the rear half (yep, messy). This weekend, I’ll be doing the basecoat of the plaster, and then top-coating it if I get the chance. During next week, I’ll force Kylie to paint it for me (Mwahahahaha). Once thats done, I’m gonna sort out a bunch of tool hooks for shovels, brooms, axes etc, and im going to make a few quick shelves for things like oils for the car, and spraypaint cans.
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Appologies about the zoom, it makes it look skinny.

My new (old) workbenches are in, and I cut them down so that they are at the same height as the built in bench at the back. It makes for lots of room for doing work.
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Also, on the right, you can see my ‘work in progress’ CNC bench.

Ive started to hang all the tools and make mounts for the things that I cant hang properly, but its a big process. So far only a few things are actually up on the walls properly, the rest are just whacked in place.
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Also note the speaker for the stereo. It makes chilling outside much nicer.

Anyway, cheers all!

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Life

June 25, 2009

So, there hasn’t been any updates in ages, and thats simply because Kylie and I have been enjoying the house!

Since last public post, heaps of changes have taken place. In fact, looking back at the posts, I havent posed since we moved the furniture in! Wow. Months!

Loungeroom
The lounge room has been finished, and we think looks great with our couch in there. Currently it is being used to store some junk that we had to remove from our old house, but Kylie is working on cleaning it up.
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Study
The study has been completed, and now contains my super awesome desk. All the cables are neatly tucked underneath, with a rail system being used to mount the monitors.
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Tucked into the alcove left vacant by the horrible built-in wardrobe, is my 42RU rack. Probably only interesting to the nerds out there. All the equipment for the house (amps, computers, alarm system, dvd player etc) are stored in here.
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Bedroom
The bedroom hasn’t had too much work. Just finished off the standard stuff, and popped in our new bed and bedside tables in there. The TV hasn’t been hung (or bought) nor has the cupboard actually got any shelves in it. Soon I’ll get that happening.
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Dining Room
The dining room has been completed. The new dining room table (huge 10 seater) really fills out the area (at one stage I was worried that room was too big!). The hanging lights above the table worked really well. They are dimmable, so that makes dinner nice. Problem is, we don’t have chairs yet!
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From the other angle (ignore the ironing board) you can see how cool the downlights work (also dimmable). Also in the photo is the inlet duct for the central heating. For about three weeks Kylie and I lived in a house with absolutely no heating. We would wake up and the house was three degrees. It was killer. even at night we would turn on the stove (with nothing in it) just to make some heat.
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Anyway, Kylie and I are having great fun just living here!

Next time, some updates and pics of the outside and the shed!
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Cheers!

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Starting to look nice

March 16, 2009

So, quick update.

This weekend I spent ages doing the wiring for the speakers in the living room. The cables are all run under the house (clipped neatly) and into panels on the walls. The contacts go through to my rack alcove. The amp will live here. Apart from buggering up the sum wiring (I flipped the polarity AND created a short circuit) which requires me to perform a quick repair, it all went smoothly. I have to now make a mount for the center speaker to hang it below the TV. I’m not sure if this will look very good, but meh.

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You can see the audio points on the wall in the corner

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Starting to get a pretty large collection of wallpoints in the alcove.

Yesterday (in the pooring rain) I noticed that there was water getting into my garage. After a quick look, I determined that it was the tree next to the shed which had grown into and broken the guttering. I cut the fuckin tree down, and replaced all the guttering. Now the water all drains to the drainpipe, and the flooding stopped. (And of corse, as soon as I finished the guttering, the rain stopped bucketing down.)

No pics of this as I didnt want o take photos in the rain

Also, we finished the living room (except for the windows which still need repairing and painting). Starting to look baller.

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So, next up on the list is to finish sanding the dining room, and start getting that painted. Should be sweet to finally get that finished.

Cheers!

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Shed fun

March 9, 2009

Well…

We successfully put the garage door up after around 4 hours of mucking about with it. Its a bit of a bitch to get working but the answer lies in the spring (remember the spring that made it turn while we were carrying it? well, we accidentally turned it the wrong way, and so the door was trying to forse itself closed. Kinda sucked for the motor which was trying to lift the entire door AND counter-act the force of the spring). Well, we got that working, and now I have a awesome garage door with remote beeper and everything.

After that, things got exciting.

Kylie cracked the shits because I hadn’t checked if I could invite people over, and she kicked everyone out. Was kinda embarrassing, but meh. I was stuck between arguing with Kylie and trying to calm the masses. Before I had done anything, people kinda started to leave (figuring they didnt want to be around for our domestic).

Anyway, was fun while it lasted.

So anyway, this is what the garage door looks like once its mounted.

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Garage door looking like the shizzle..

Could do with a paint, but apart from that, it glides quite easily. The motor section had to be moved a little into the wall cavity, but thats nothing that cant be fixed with a little artistic plaster work. Thankfully the concrete is ‘reasonably’ level. You can see the gap on the left hand side between the bottom of the door and the ground, but it shouldnt cause any dramas. If it does, I guess i’ll have to level out the concrete by re-covering it.

Today, I decided to clad the outside of the shed with hardiflex. Its super awesome to work with. Really string, but still cuts with a circular saw quite easily. Doing it by myslef was a bit of a challenge as there were a few times where I had to balance whit with one hand whilst holding soemthing with the other and pressing against it with my foot.

I think the final product came out pretty good. Really depends on what colour we paint it. I’ll have to find some bigger flashing as I managed to make the gap 160mm in some sections even though my flashing is only 150mm. Stupid me. So anyway, now I am using the shed for its intended purpose. Storing tools!

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The ouside of the shed in all its unpainted glory

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Oooh, look at all that awesome.

Now for a quick update on the rest of the house.

Scott and I put the rack inside, and it fits like a glove. The cabling should workout quite well, but will still be a challenge not to get the rack to run over it when its wheeled out. We also mounted the TV on its mount, and it looks awesome. Only problem with it is the dodgy Soniq mounting bracket was built by a blind taiwanese man, and hence is uneven. We fixed it by sliding the TV (substantially) to the side. (Jake, whats the return policy on these fuckers? I dont want to rip the ‘wall’ section down, i’d just like to return and swap the ‘TV’ section of the mount. Possible?)

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Room looks awesome. Sorry no pics of the TV.

Last week I had the electricians through. They ran a new circuit to my study, and commented on ‘OMG, the wiring in this house is 50 years old’… duhhhh! They have now wired me with two RCD’s and 6 seperate circuits for the house. For teh study, we have a seperate RCD+fuse for its own little run. I had them install 3 x 4port GPO’s under the bench, and 3 x 2 port GPO’s which were isolated by a switch on the wall. This means that when I walk out of the study, I flick a switch near the lightswitch, and all my monitors and speakers and all that accessory junk goes off. (now, Donks and PJ. I dont want any funny business when im playing CS-S. flicking off my monitor right befoer the kill shot will get me angry :-P)

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Nice pic of all the new wiring. Taken before the cover was put over it.

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See the GPO’s under the bench

Anyway. Thanks muchly for your help this weekend fellas. Is awesome to have a shed again! I promise Kylie wont be a crazy bugger next time I see you. I told her never to do it again. Twice. Once in each eye. (Note for Scott. Previous sentence not to be taken literally :-P)

Bye!

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Update March

March 1, 2009

Quick update on how everything has been going.,.,

Yesterday and today I have been working on the shed a bit, and have managed to get quite a few things done.

The window is now in (and has been moved) and the supports for the roller door have been installed. The engine hoist has been painted, and I have done all the GPO (and some of the lights) wiring.

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The new roller door supports. I have bolted the brackets to them, and gave them a quick coat of black paint.

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The wiring is almost done. Finally I now have some working GPO’s in the shed. 16 ro be accurate!

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The shed as it appears from the outside. Note the lack of bricks and shit around it. I moved them to a pile out of the way…

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The newly painted engine hoist. I think it looks awesome, but kylie was all like “Why didnt you paint it black and try to hide it?”. Wimenz. Silly creatures.

Kylie has been hard at work inside, and has painted the ceiling in the living room. It looks baller. Tomorrow we will have the cornice in the dinig room finished, and this will mean that we are getting quite close to completion on the inside.

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The living room ceiling

This thursday the electricians are coming and taking 3500ish of our hard earned dollars to do a few measly bits of cabling :-P Nahh, we are having a new circuit run to the study, a new power meter, a new safety switch, a new box, new cables from the power pole to the house, and I am having a isolator circuit installed in the study. Should make turning off the monitors and shit a very easy task.

So… This means that I need to raise the roller door some time. Anyone got any good suggestions for when? We will probably need four people I reckon. Taking it down with three was possible, but one more wouldn’t hurt. Should be a bit easier now that we know how it all works and the fact that I have bought all new bolts for it.

Anyways, im off to bed. Catch all!

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Update Feb

February 18, 2009

Time for a bit of a update.

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Recently while I was in the roof I managed a snap of the F7N beam that was put in to take the load of the ceiling joists so that I could remove the wall. Romas and Donks and I spent a couple of hours a few weeks ago, and set all that up. Quite a easy task in the end. Made much easier because Rom has all awesome tools like gas powered (not air powered) nailguns and all crazy shit.

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Over the weekend, Dave and PJ gave me a hand to load the bin (6 cubic meters) full of all the rubbish crap around the property. We collected a pile of metal to sell to the recycling place, and gutted the shed. (No more doors, ceiling, wall panels etc)

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Please note the fullness of the bin. I was going to order a 4 cubic, but I figured a 6 wouldnt hurt. Needed a 10.

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Been building a desk lately. (as could be seen from the post on page 10). It has now been completed. Its two 18mm sheets of MDF glued together and a pine strip placed along the front (with nice pocketed screws from the rear). The pine strip has been router to give a nice detailed finish, and it has been painted in semi-gloss black. I think it looks awesome.

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And as you can tell by the last photo, the carpet is in. It feels comfy as. It was on the expensive side of carpet (170PM is about the cheapest you can get, this was 280PM) and because of that it is soft as all buggery.

Anyways. Last night Kylie and I spent our first night in the house. No bed base, just the mattress on the floor. Apart from not having any blinds, I had a great sleep.

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Rack

February 11, 2009

So, nothing much new. Just a few little bits and pieces to show you guys. No new floorboards or walls missing or anything.

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The place now has skirting boards. It cleans the whole mess up alot. Unfortunatly Kylie and I cant sweep stuff down the gaps though. :-)

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And the new door is in which looks baller if I do say so myself. Electronic door latch has been implemented and is ready to be hooked up (Wires hanging under house).

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New shelves have been installed in the cupboard. Kylie was all excited to start using them for storage. Oops, all used :-) Also, as you can see, all the architrave has been done.

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Im currently in the process of building the study desk. Its 700mm Wide, 700mm high and will be painted semi-gloss black. Its full free standing wityh supports of the wall. The material is double thckness (glu-ing ATM) 18mm MDF. (Giving 36mm thick desk). It feels nice and chunky. Very supportive of three or four LCD’s.

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Thanks to Kylies uncle (Andy) his mate donated a 42RU Hallam rack cabinet. It has a nice glass front and twin 10 amp power rails down the back. A quick coat of paint and some castors and she will be the business.

Anyway, thats all of the update for now. I’ll jump into bed.

Catch.

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Quick update

January 25, 2009

So, today saw quite a bit of stuff happen (or at least get finished).

Firstly a warning. Unless you want to die, try to avoid going into your roof when its 30 degrees. The roof (ceiling, whatever) was about 45 degrees. I was actually cooking.

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Everything was cleaned out of the house in preperation for the floor sanding man to come through on Tuesday.

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Our new funky door handle installed on the back door. (matches the one which will be installed on the front.

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Built in wardrobe has been built. Its got dual 920×2340 doors. I also whacked a GPO in there so I can put phone chargers and a light as well.

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Downlights have been installed in a pathway from the kitchen to the front door. 50w Halogens FTW.

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FTW again.

Anyway, tomorrow I will be cleaning the house a bit and doing a few minor things in preperation for Charlie (come to candy mountain!) to come door the floorboards.

Fuck Im dead!

Catch.