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So after almost three years of being in our house I’m finally getting around to building out our storage space.

When we built or house the area underneath the porch we had a full basement put in for storage.





So the other day I finally got around to applying drylok.



Still need another coat and then want to put something on the floor.

Then off to building shelves. And I’ll get my basement back.


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I am "considering" emptying out my gun safe and see what forgotten treasures are hidden inside :flag_of_truce:. Maybe what guns I should sell :flag_of_truce:to make rome for more. :mocking:
 

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My first house was built in 1914 and had a coal cellar under the front porch. It was great for storage - especially beer! :laugh: Summer or Winter, the beer was about the same temp!

Looks great J3! I need to do something similar in our basement. I'm just going to wall off part of the finished area so the "rec room" (which we have never used as a rec room) will be about 6' smaller.



My projects.....

We need to have someone put in a bathroom in the basement. It was roughed in (kind of) when we bought the place, but we've never finished it. We only have one full bath in the house and it's in the master bedroom. Kind of makes it tough when we have company.

I need to finish my back deck. Got it mostly done in late fall and then it started raining... and raining... and raining. :banghead: Now it's covered with snow.

Thinking about hiring someone with a forestry mulcher to clean up our woods that have been hit so bad with the Emerald Ash Borer.

And then there's all the "regular stuff" that tends to keep me busy! :laugh:
 

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Any of you guys have any experience with this stuff.



Thinking about using it on the floor. If ok goes well then I’ll do the rest of the basement as well.


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Last weekend finished redoing one guest bedroom. Paint, lam floor, new shades, etc.. Going to do the other one in a couple of weeks.
 

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Got the new Kuuma Vapor Fire wood furnace in this fall. Need to run new duct work to get ready for central AC this spring! We’ll be working on this for a while. My wife is pretty excited about the walls / ceilings being opened up.


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Junk removal is my winter project wish list. I've been creating a pile in the back of the basement by the bilco door entrance. I need the ground to firm up by drying out or freezing so I can back my truck up to it for easy loading.



That room looks like it needs an autopsy table or two!! :lol:


 

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Any of you guys have any experience with this stuff.



Thinking about using it on the floor. If ok goes well then I’ll do the rest of the basement as well.


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Don’t do it!! I installed what I think is the same or similar product in our old house. The garage only kept my wife’s cars and the motorcycles. No shop work whatsoever. It peeled and wore terribly.

I’d love epoxy floors in my new garage and shop but would hire out a professional. I believe they grind or etch the flooring for better adhesion. The professional applications are usually multiple coats with a thicker end product.
 

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Don’t do it!! I installed what I think is the same or similar product in our old house. The garage only kept my wife’s cars and the motorcycles. No shop work whatsoever. It peeled and wore terribly.

I’d love epoxy floors in my new garage and shop but would hire out a professional. I believe they grind or etch the flooring for better adhesion. The professional applications are usually multiple coats with a thicker end product.
Thanks.

You read the reviews on this stuff and it’s so hard to tell. I know that the floor would have to be etched at a minimum. And preferably ground.

They did the hangar floor at work a few years ago with some Sherman Williams epoxy paint. I’ll look into that. As well.


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I'm adding a macerating "up-flush" toilet in the basement storage room next to my workshop and garage. It will save countless trips to the main living area (up 18 stairs and across carpeted areas, often with dusty clothes & dirty shoes). The new GFCI circuit is ready and I have the copper & PVC pipe on hand. It's time to order the toilet and a small sink. Total cost is about $1,000 -- not bad for an extra bathroom...

While the water is off, I'm going to also add shutoff valves on the copper lines that run through the uninsulated garage attic (supplying a utility sink and outdoor faucet). The weather seldom gets cold enough here to freeze pipes so Floridians don't generally worry about such things. Last year's dip to 19 degrees convinced me to add this project to my list. Trying to heat the entire area during extreme cold spells would be difficult and probably dangerous. (Heat tape isn't affordable due to the amount required.)
 

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I'm adding a mascerating "up-flush" toilet in the basement storage room next to my workshop and garage. It will save countless trips to the main living area (up 18 stairs and across carpeted areas, often with dusty clothes & dirty shoes). The new GFCI circuit is ready and I have the copper & PVC pipe on hand. It's time to order the toilet and a small sink. Total cost is about $1,000 -- not bad for an extra bathroom...

While the water is off, I'm going to also add shutoff valves on the copper lines that run through the uninsulated garage attic (supplying a utility sink and outdoor faucet). The weather seldom gets cold enough here to freeze pipes so Floridians don't generally worry about such things. Last year's dip to 19 degrees convinced me to add this project to my list. Trying to heat the entire area during extreme cold spells would be difficult and probably dangerous. (Heat tape isn't affordable due to the amount required.)
I have never saw a Up Flush Toilet before just how do they work?
 

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I have never saw a Up Flush Toilet before just how do they work?
They have a grinder and pump. The contents exit through a 1" pipe into the main drain. Very little water is needed so there's no tank.

This one seems to have the highest ratings. It can be as much as nine feet below the drain line. If you've ever trenched through concrete a slab, you'll understand why "up flush" is an attractive solution.

Saniflo 023 SANICOMPACT 48 One piece Toilet with Macerator Built Into the Base, White - Sani Flush Ventless Toilet - Amazon.com
 

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A Little Extra Protection

I'm adding a macerating "up-flush" toilet in the basement storage room next to my workshop and garage. It will save countless trips to the main living area (up 18 stairs and across carpeted areas, often with dusty clothes & dirty shoes). The new GFCI circuit is ready and I have the copper & PVC pipe on hand. It's time to order the toilet and a small sink. Total cost is about $1,000 -- not bad for an extra bathroom...

While the water is off, I'm going to also add shutoff valves on the copper lines that run through the uninsulated garage attic (supplying a utility sink and outdoor faucet). The weather seldom gets cold enough here to freeze pipes so Floridians don't generally worry about such things. Last year's dip to 19 degrees convinced me to add this project to my list. Trying to heat the entire area during extreme cold spells would be difficult and probably dangerous. (Heat tape isn't affordable due to the amount required.)
I had an idea that I would like put out there. I put a water tap just after the inlet valve in the water supply pipe coming into my home so that I can easily drain the pipes and blow out out the lines in case I need to do some additional plumbing or there's a possibility of the water freezing and bursting a pipe. If you have the water off anyway, it's an easy addition. It may not be something for a home or garage in Floriday, but someone a little further North might find it helpful.
 

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We are trying to increase our exterior security as well as closing up some of the air leaks in the home. Been meaning to do this since we purchased the place at the end of October.

- removed & replaced the two front storm doors
- installed an oversized insulated and reinforced door in the basement for the bilco bulkhead due to it lacking
- reinforce the door jambs, oversized and reinforced strike plate, addition of deadbolts on all exterior doors, not just one
- remove & replace all worn out exterior and perimeter lights

I'll update with pictures in a day once everything dries outside. First four items are 90% complete. The lighting is in the works. Got a couple new switches installed for auto on/off functionality. Replaced the bulbs in the older fixtures that have a little life left in them. MY electrician neighbor acquired a few 6700 lumen motion lights to test out to determine which is satisfactory. Unfortunately the first one had a bad motion head. It came from HD and the box was already opened, looks like it was returned. The lumen output is pretty good but I think for a little more money I'd appreciate the additional light. After all, a few bucks more is nothing when it comes to a home we plan to have for the next 8-10 at minimum.
 

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Starting one today. Got 24 blocks for 25$ a piece. I'll update later today on progress.

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I had an idea that I would like put out there. I put a water tap just after the inlet valve in the water supply pipe coming into my home so that I can easily drain the pipes and blow out out the lines in case I need to do some additional plumbing or there's a possibility of the water freezing and bursting a pipe. If you have the water off anyway, it's an easy addition. It may not be something for a home or garage in Floriday, but someone a little further North might find it helpful.
When I plumbed my home I live in now I made sure all my pipe graded down hill to two valves under my home. Same with all the vent lines. So I just shut off the water go thru my craw space access inside my home open those valves and open the sink hot and cold in the second floor. I can also drain my complete system including much of the under ground pipes in my well house. I also did the pluming in a way I can access 99% of it from the down stairs bathroom walls and not tear up the whole place to get to the pipes. The bath tub upstairs is above a closet in the kitchen so I can get to the trap under the tub. All lower floor pipes are plumbed up thru the floor and easy to replace. So far so good 23 years and no leaks or problems with it and I am a electrician not a plumber by trade. I have saw enough of it doing homes I was not going to pay to have it done in my home when I built it. I don't heat my craw space but super insulated the pipes with a cover of R30 and ran the hot and cold close to each other so there is some heat coming off the hot pipe to warm the insulation up a little.
 

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I am clearing and thinning all the brush and small trees on 6+ acres after the disastrous fire season last year. I bought a pole saw that reaches over 20' up and am doing all the larger trees to that height. Now is the time of year where you can burn safely and I am going at it with a vengeance. I am also in conjunction with that work doing an ongoing science experiment turning beer into urine! So far my hypotenuse is correct!:laugh:
 

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I am clearing and thinning all the brush and small trees on 6+ acres after the disastrous fire season last year. I bought a pole saw that reaches over 20' up and am doing all the larger trees to that height. Now is the time of year where you can burn safely and I am going at it with a vengeance. I am also in conjunction with that work doing an ongoing science experiment turning beer into urine! So far my hypotenuse is correct!
Hmmm ... pole saws and beer. What could possibly go wrong?
Maybe we should help prepare a few alternative nicknames in case you need to change your GTT registration later on -- Lefty? Stumpy? Any other nominations?
 

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Hmmm ... pole saws and beer. What could possibly go wrong?
Maybe we should help prepare a few alternative nicknames in case you need to change your GTT registration later on -- Lefty? Stumpy? Any other nominations?
No motor on this saw!:good2:
 

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I trimmed my crepe myrtle trees and just got around to burning everything today.. Still need to get the big trees trimmed. I trimmed them last year for the last time..I'm done. Someone's going up that ladder with a chainsaw and it's not going to be me..:laugh: And I still have to rebuild my front and rear steps.. They are 7 years old and built out of pressure treated and starting to rot.. With all the rain and humidity in Florida it does a number on them.. that will be next months project..:good2:
 
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