DIY

Rebuilt my grandparents deck. First time doing anything like it and I impressed myself.

Rebuilt my grandparents deck. First time doing anything like it and I impressed myself.

Dont burn pressure treated lumber...nonono

Has chemicals to prevent termites and rotting. Those chemicals are not good to breathe in.

be careful burning pressure treated wood, not a great idea.

What I came here to say!

Also, good fucking job on the deck!

When regrouting a shower turns into an unexpected remodel

When regrouting a shower turns into an unexpected remodel
When regrouting a shower turns into an unexpected remodel

Do extensive research on youtube and all the home improvement websites you can find. Learn as much as you can. Then call a professional and let them do it before ya fuck it up.

You monster! You used subway tiles in the shower, but kept square ones behind the vanity? How could you?

Bothers me too, but out of scope for this project in terms of time and money.

A phrase rarely uttered by DIYers. I'm proud of you.

I made my boyfriend a Catan Board for his birthday!

I made my boyfriend a Catan Board for his birthday!
I made my boyfriend a Catan Board for his birthday!

whoa this is amazing your boyfriend is very lucky thanks for sharing

I LIKE WHAT YOU GOT, GOOD JOB.

When did they say they'd share their boyfriend? Edit: was joke about the phrasing. Jeepers.

stay schwifty friend.

Hand hammered Copper Serving Tray

Hand hammered Copper Serving Tray
Hand hammered Copper Serving Tray

Eyeballing the thickness, I guess this is about $33 worth of copper

Edit: I may need new eyeballs, it closer to $400 worth of copper

Edit: I give up. It probably cost some greater-than-zero amount of some currency.

Lovely and interesting. Do you have any more pics of making the handles?

Very cool. How much does a chunk of copper that size cost?

I think I paid around $65 for the full 12"x24" sheet

I made a Smart Lamp to Improve my Sleep

I made a Smart Lamp to Improve my Sleep

Good God that website is ad cancer on the phone

Yes. Fuck this shit.

Yes. Fuck .

As someone who paid for a sunrise clock, this is well work the money or effort you put into getting. I work nights and have my windows blacked out, so this made my sleep much better.

It kept popping up some faux facebook looking page... I CBA finding how to close it.

I refurbished a hobart kitchenaid k5-a 🏄

I refurbished a hobart kitchenaid k5-a 🏄
I refurbished a hobart kitchenaid k5-a 🏄

A little heavy on the paint on one side? Patience.... patience...

You could still fix this with some sandpaper and elbow grease. Maybe a 200-400 grit. Go slow and don't concentrate on any one spot. You're just trying to work out all the drips and high sports. Once it's all even put on a THIN coat of color. Now comes the wet sanding. 1000-1200 grit. Don't use too much pressure or you'll burn through the coat you applied. Water is your best friend here, do NOT let the paper get dry. Now another thin coat, and a final wet sand with 2000 grit.

Once that's done you can clear coat, wet sand 2000 grit, and a final clear coat layer. Once you're done that paint will be as smooth as snot sliding off a chickens lip.

ya, that was the biggest lesson learned. i actually wasn't aware of how thick i was putting the coats on.

It need another refurbishment.

Refinishing the hardwood floor in my bedroom

Refinishing the hardwood floor in my bedroom
Refinishing the hardwood floor in my bedroom

The material cost was under 100 dollars. I rented an edger for 40.00 dollars for 24 hours from home depot. I bought tons of different grit sand paper for the edger. About 10 dollars in paper. I bought a can of stain for 7.00 and a can of polyurethane for 35.00

To be fair I already owned a Dewalt 5 inch orbital sander and I had all the sand paper to go with it. If you don't own one of these it's about 50-60 dollars for the sander and you'll need tons of different types of hook and loop sand paper of each grit.

I bought a bunch of inexpensive brushes from the dollar store and applied the coats with that. I know experts say to get an oxtail brush or a china brush but honestly.. fuck that. I'm not spending 20 dollars on a brush. I know how to apply polyurathane and stain without air bubbles and while i might be sacrificing a little quality i don't care. It's a 100 year old home. I'm the only one looking at it and i'm still happy with the results. My suggestion is look at the floors in the house. If the floor looks really bad but the actual wood is in tact it can be restored. Now if the wood is rotted away or too damaged then you won't be able to. I mean look at my first few pictures. The surface looked awful but the condition of the boards were not too bad. If you do buy a home i'd suggest buying one with trashed wooden floors, rent a drum sander and get a few friends to help. It's fucking hard work but honesty it saves you TONS of money to do it yourself and hardwood > carpet. Good luck man.

Man, I'm looking at houses right now. I love the look of hardwood, but since our budget is between $80,000-120,000 the floors are all really crappy. How much was it for material cost for the room?

Not to be that guy...but I'm gonna. This looks AMAZING! Really great work.

Please, please PLEASE. For your sake, and the sake of the next owners and for the best looking house/floors. Remove the trim!!

Remove the trim so you can get all the way to the edge of the wood.

I usually remove the trim, if it's old trim, it's chipping anyway, so I can scrape it, sand it, re-paint it. Then, when I put it up, I caulk along the wall between the trim and the wall to fill in any gaps, then I put up a final coat of paint after I fill in the nailer holes. It looks incredible, and is totally worth it.

You are already doing ALL this work, just go that extra mile, to make it look amazing.

Just one man's opinion.

EDIT: Before people crucify me. I know it's not "necessary", and i understand he's "disabled". The guy clearly does really great work even being "disabled", so I'm ignoring that, doesn't seem to hold him back. And, if we are gonna talk about "necessary" well...it's not "necessary" to re-finish the floors in the first place! Again, this is just my opinion. When you do this level of work, consider going that extra 5-10% to COMPLETE the job.

Pull off that quarter round and replace it with new stuff. That's another easy job that will go a long way with improving the look. You can do it in an afternoon, and it should only be about $50 in material.

Decided it was time to redo our back room.

Decided it was time to redo our back room.

Ha. That's exactly what we did. Picked them both up at a school auction for cheap. We plan on painting the legs of the science table, which is actually really nice and sturdy, but I don't need to read about how MH hearts KJ on the side. 😉

Edit: people are asking about the super awkward position of the tv. That is only used for workout videos. We have to improvise with our space, so that's where my wife plays her p90x videos or whatever Jillian Michaels is selling this week. 😆

Lol did you go desk shopping at a school. Even the black one is from a science class room.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-MsW89nyfM

Old school floor guys save the dust, make a paste with epoxy or other filler (could be water-based), and trowel it into the gaps.

Here's an English bloke to explain.

By the way, looks like you did quite a good job on color matching. Kudos.

Ohhhh boiiii are you ever wrong.

My old high school, in 2013 was using the same desks they used in the 30s. They had holes in them for what I thought an inkwell. Wrong. It was for an ashtray. Smoking in the boys room.

I made a pair of floating nightstands using my tiny balcony as my wood shop

I made a pair of floating nightstands using my tiny balcony as my wood shop

I can see clear as day they are connected to the wall. Nice try, slick.

Foiled again

When you drill with a hole saw make sure you periodically back it out. If you don't, the sawdust will build up and clog the hole, leading to having to basically grind the rest of the way. I think that might be why it was so difficult to use your hole saw.

I have been having a problem deciding what kind of night stands to put beside our bed. They always seem so space consuming and the lamps on both sides, as both myself and the wife like to read, are the same issue.

This is an incredible design, especially win the plugs, USB, and lamps all built in.

Excellent work. I may be stealing this idea this weekend.

Converting A diamond setting from 4 prongs to 6 prongs.

Converting A diamond setting from 4 prongs to 6 prongs.
Converting A diamond setting from 4 prongs to 6 prongs.

Those pictures are actually really cool by themselves, even without the awesome DIY.

Step one, be a goldsmith.

Diamonds are 10/10 on the hardness scale and are amazing for jewelry, but yes the costs are insanely inflated. Hopefully we can get more people on board with lab-grown diamonds!

Cool, i didn't know that settings were soldered on like that.

also $3,000 whew. IMHO diamonds are way overrated.

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