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July 2008
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Artroom Expansion 2

The forms are done. Next up is Termite Pre-treatment. This is Arizona, they are a problem. If a storm or act of god wants to destroy what I build, okay, but not little bugs.Here is the guy applying the pre-treatment.

NOTE: There are a lot of areas in remodeling that you can do yourself. There are areas where a professional is the best choice. Termite Treatment is one of them. It is poisonous, highly regulated, and is just one of those one shot deals.Not a do over project.

Here are the lads from Chayse Concrete placing the concrete. What you don't see are the four guys with wheelbarrows, trucking the concrete. There was no way to get the truck close enough to use the chute.


Here is the slab tamped and waiting for it to set enough for the finishers.


Here is Manny doing the final finish. We are having it finished smooth, as the flooring details have not been finalized.

Artroom9 We looked at epoxy yesterday, from a job I did a couple of years ago, for an auto recycler.

Ready for framing.


Have to order materials, finalize window placement, sink details, counters and electric outlets and circuits.

Remodeling is okay.

Remodeling is okay  the New York Times says so

Artroom Expansion 1

This is the studio of a glass artist. We are expanding it to provide a separate room for the current and additional kilns for melting glass. .

This is the east wall where we will start. We are adding 14' to the length, and maintaining the 16' width.
On the left is the supply line for the current wash sink. The window on the left will remain. The A/C unit will be moved around the corner. The right window will be removed and a 3 foot door will be framed in.  The window will recycled into the center of the new east wall.
Starting Point

Site Prep
The tree gets removed.

Opening the wall.
The original building is a Tuff Shed, which is constructed very well. At this point we capped the water supply line and see where the waste line is. This is important information as we are going to provide a wash sink in the kiln room.

Form Work

Next up Concrete

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Stopped by to see a client and saw this.
“Just checking for color…”she said.
If you like green…

Phillips Screwdriver Invented

The phillips screwdriver was patented today back in 1936.Wired has the scoop

Building Codes

The foundation of all construction within city, county and state limits are building codes. Building codes are designed to protect you from bad construction, and ensure a minimum level of safety for construction, both structural, fire codes , and plumbing, both supply and waste for health.  
The problem with most cities, counties and states, is how much they hide this information, from homeowners, and how resistant they are to help folks who want to remodel.

Different parts of the country have different codes, such as Florida, for structural fasteners so the hurricanes do not blow your house away. California has codes for structure so that the earthquakes do not bury you and so on.

Until very recently, the only way you could get a copy of your building code was to go the bookstore and get something close, which does not have the additions and changes that every city seems to have to add to make them special.

For Folks in California is this website which has the California Building Codes.

Now if we can get the rest of the country to do the same, remodeling will be much better for all of us.

Single Handle Faucets and Countertop Surprises

My grandfather taught me, “If you don’t have the time to do it right, where are you going to get the time to do it over?”

I am a lazy guy. If there is anything I can do to avoid working hard, I will spend lots of time figuring it out. Go ahead and laugh, get it out of your system. I’ll wait. From cleaning to building, anything that will make my life easier, I will be first in line.

One of the things I am a fan of, are Single Handle Faucets. Kitchen, Bathrooms, Showers. Single Handle Faucets have the virtue of 50% less moving parts, half the number of replaceable parts, and need 2/3 less holes for installation. Having one small area to clean around rather than the deckplate that most faucets have including that place in the back next to the backsplash, is less time cleaning and more time for other things.

My current client is on the same page. In doing the previous bathrooms, Master Bath Project, Guest Bath Project we had the ability to control the entire process as we gutted and rebuilt them.

 One of the things to do in a bath project is to select the fixtures first.

A couple of reasons. First, sticker shock. Some of those elegant fixtures, and especially sets sink, tub/shower sets, are expensive. Now that you are over that, look at towel bars, hooks, t.p. holders, grabbars if you are so inclined, and try to match the finish to the fixtures you have sold your children for, remember what the goal is.

The Third Bath Project is a refresh rather than a total gut job. We are keeping the vanity and countertop, keeping the tub and tile, removing the old shower door, and reshelving the closet.

This is the new faucet for the vanity. This is a Price Phister, an elegant faucet in a brushed nickle finish, selected for style and repairability. Why would I think about fixing a new faucet? This is Arizona. We have
hard water, full of minerals, which grind the moving parts into
leaking. Replacement parts are widely available. Having spent a significant amount of time selecting a fixture,
as well as a not inconsiderable sum of money on it, It makes no sense
to buy something that will cost as much to repair as it cost in the
first place. 

A lot of other plumbing fixtures, most notoriously Kohler, do not have
parts that can be picked up at your local hardware or supply store. Having to wait for parts is not at the top of the list of
things you can be doing with your life. And if you use a plumber, he will have to come twice. Once to confirm that it needs repair, and again after ordering the parts, getting them in and rescheduling.

Having been through two bathrooms we were ready. So we just need to remove the old faucet and pop in the new one.


Surprise, Surprise,  Surprise!!!!

I have mentioned how I like surprises before,This is what was under the old faucet.


Not one hole or three holes but TWO holes. The tape measure shows that they drilled the holes on a 4 1/2 inch center, not 4” which has been standard for years.The pin hole is for the stop rod for the drain that they managed to drill off center as well. It puts a crimp into the single hole faucet deal.

There are some things I have had no experience with, fewer every year, but repairing solid surface is one of them. So while I did other things, the client tracked down a company, PRO TOPS, 623-388-0660 who said that they could make this go away. 

Since I like to share, here is the setup.

First, the top goes wall to wall, Actually imbedded into the wall. Secondly the mirror goes wall to wall, up to the ceiling. Around 12 feet. The problem is getting the top out without breaking the mirror, or destroying the top. It can’t be repaired in place.


Mike from PRO TOPS showed up, took a look and called Mark. Mark showed up, and ten minutes later the top was out, and on saw horses ready for repair. Notice that they left the mirror back splash in place, only removing the side splashes. The drywall damage was from the original installers. Remember I said that it was in the wall.

Deck2  A couple of hours later it was back in place. With a single hole.


We had the counter left from the Guest Bath project for material to match. This is at least 10 year old Corian.  Repairing holes requires a lot of routers, sanders and a buffer.

First you use a big V profile bit to enlarge the hole, to receive the plug. Next you make plugs using an even larger bit that cuts a large hole outside, and a matching V profile inside to fit it the hole. Then you use colored adhesive to seal the plug. Sand it down, and buff it out.

It took a couple of hours because Mike is one of those guys who does what needs to be done to get it right. The plugs were a problem producing. When he got two he liked he installed them. When he got through, one of them has a faint white line. Called ‘Bruising’. I mean it was a faint line and you has to look real hard to see it. He re-drilled it out and replaced it. This is the finished product.

HoleYou live in Phoenix or nearby, these are the guys to call.