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Better late than never

Tuesday, 04 December 2007 09:04
I thought I would post some pictures of the island being torn apart. We didn't take any pictures of it all back together. that will have to wait until the next time we are up I guess. Of Course there are more pictures in our Gallery under Projects.


Two front teeth?

Monday, 03 December 2007 06:32
What did you get for Christmas last year? Was it exactly what you would have picked for yourself, or was it something cute, but useless? Are you tired of not getting the gifts you really want for Christmas? Well, has launched a new contest that could help you out. The All I want for Christmas Giveaway gives you the opportunity to register for the gifts that you would like to win, up to $1000. Simply register online, and you are on your way. Then browse through the thousands of products that has to offer, and select the one that you would like to win. It’s all pretty simple. Oh and if you tell 5 of your friends about the promotion, you could win prizes for them also.

Overstock has so many items to choose from, the hardest part will be trying to select one thing that you really want. I might look for a guitar, maybe this Fender Starcaster Package that they have for only $299.99, or maybe I would splurge on some kitchen gadgets, like this high tech Espresso Machine that is $849.99. Decisions, decisions, this could get tough.

Well, what are you waiting for? While I look around trying to find the perfect “gift” to win this year, you should head over and sign up.

More work

Monday, 03 December 2007 06:22
Well things got a little crazy this weekend at the lake. We started out pulling up the rest of the linoleum in the kitchen, but that wasn't good enough. Somebody had us convinced that we can't live without a dishwasher, so I went out and got one to install as part of this project. I had taken some measurements, and thought it wouldn't be much of a hassle to make room for it.

I was wrong. The island in the kitchen was all custom built, and dropped in place as a single unit. In order to make room for the dishwasher I had to tear it pretty much completely apart. We did manage to get it all back together, and we have room for the dishwasher. I did break the faucet in the process though, so that will have to be replaced now. In the end, it wil lbe worth it, but it took most of the day Saturday to tear it apart, and get it back together, plus I still have some building to do around the dishwasher, and to make doors for in front of the sink.

I can never just keep projects simple, not that this tile was going to be simple anyway. I'll try to post up some pictures of the demolition later.

Tile Time - well almost

Thursday, 29 November 2007 01:43
Well, we finally have all of our tile, and last weekend we started to work up at the lake. I started by laying out some tile to test the pattern, and direction that we want to use. So far we are very happy with the way it looks.

Once we were done playing with how it is going to look, it was time to get dirty. First step, remove all the trim, and tear up the linoleum. Piece of cake, I'll have that done in a couple of hours... Well, not as easy as I had hoped. The glue on the linoleum is remarkably strong considering it's 18 years old. So off to the hardware store I went. First I thought that a solvent of some kind to dissolve the adhesive would be a good idea. I bought some, but haven't actually used it yet. Heat was my next choice, and after a little testing with the hair dryer, we decided that would be the best route to get the linoleum up. So, back to the hardware store to buy a heat gun.
Armed with a utility knife, a 4 inch scraper and my new heat gun, we cut the floor into 4 inch strips, and started scraping. We didn't get as much done as we had hoped, but the majority of the kitchen area is complete. This weekend we'll finish off that area, the pantry, mud room, and maybe the downstairs bathroom. Here's a couple pictures of the process.

I can't wait to actually start tiling.

Some Little Changes

Monday, 26 November 2007 02:29

Well I have decided to try something new (to me) on my website. It's a service called payperpost. The service connects content creators such as bloggers with advertisers to sponsor specific content. The content creator can then choose to write content for advertisers that matches their interests. I ran across the website while looking for ways to profit from all my hard work on the website other than the Google Adsense banner that I have.

So what does this mean for you readers? Not much really. I will still have all the regular content that I usually do; Lots of pictures of our projects, our trips, and our time with family and friends. Mixed in with the regular content there will be some sponsored posts. I will only post on topics that are relevant to my interests, and that I feel might give valuable information to you, my readers. I also will always give my honest opinion of any product that I am reviewing. If I don't like it, you'll know.

Will this make me rich? I doubt it, but if I make a few bucks this way, maybe I can go out and get something that I wouldn't normally buy for myself. Maybe I'll finally get a guitar. Overall I think this will make the website better by giving me some additional interesting things to write about. I hope you enjoy it.

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