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  1. stampedehero

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    My wife and I bought a town house at the Jersey shore in July 2017 after we sold one of our investment properties for the same equity value.
    It was built in 1984 and is actually the youngest house we had owned. When we bought the place, the owners moved to Florida and left everything for us. Dishes, martini glasses and furniture are only a sampling of the stuff they left behind. I changed a lot of electrical fixtures which is easy for me. Recently, we replaced the carpet. I decided to remove all the carpet on the stair assembly and create an interesting motif enhancing a nautical theme on the landing. I must have removed a thousand staples.
    I will probably be limited by the mb space for pictures but here is my first post in this thread.

    IMG_2706.JPG I removed fiberboard from the landing which was shimmed with cedar shingles to assist leveling when the carpet was applied. The height of the landing frame is about 5 feet from above floor. Of course, I dropped the tape measure in there so I had to dive in to retrieve it.
    I painted the stringers and risers, sanded the wall railing, pine steps and nosing. The top of the adjoining closet also had fiber board and that was replaced too.
    IMG_2729.JPG After the crap particle wood was removed, I had to layer the landing with ply and finish luan to meet the nose level. I left a 1/4 " space for the finish piece.

    IMG_2733.JPG The finish piece had no knots, was stained twice with a quality stain/ poly and an excellent decal from blackdogdecals (La.) was applied. Two coats of Polyurethane presents this product.

    IMG_2735.JPG In the last stage, I sanded steps, rails to prep for staining.
    I'll wait about a week, apply touch ups and present the finished look. The divider needs either the dark stain or paint. What is your opinion?
     
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    ...looks like a huge project !
     
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    I just put in a new kitchen counter and stainless sink ...huge upgrade! Also just dug up dirt over my septic tank and have plans to make a small deck cover for it..the old one had seen better days.
     
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    It really wasn't compared to others I had done. I took my time, planned out the phases and stayed the course. However, since I'm older, the requirement prior to work is taking two Acetminophen tablets.
     
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    @riverman. Hey bud...... I'll bet the wife wanted Granite. If you cut the template for counter and sink, I give you great accolades.
    The septic system is an area I was familiar with when I was home inspector full time. That inspection job is a specialty. I know for fact that you never put grease or coffee grounds, caustic chemicals and colored toilet paper into the system.
    Got pictures of your counter?
     
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    I don't....it's dark wood butcher block...the sink is really high tech with a weighted counterbalance and stainless drainboard ...we love it! We don't put paper in the toilet.....gets burned in the woodstove..keep a paper bag liner in the trash bin and swap it out....coffee grounds, etc..all go in my compost bin. The trick with the template is to put very thin plywood under it before cutting it...no nasty edges on the top itself then.
     
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    The underlayment trick is one of my favorites. Also, application of painter's tape can be done along with it. I used a brand new 60 tooth saw blade for fine cuts and no other project like framing. I found a $5 deal for a great used Skil saw at a flea market and use that circular saw. Of course, It's a better success using a custom table saw with fence.
     
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