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« on: February 12, 2009, 10:00:58 PM »
Some of you might have noticed I’ve been a bit scarce lately.  I’ve been doing a few things around the house.  From a “get off your ass and finish something” to a “lets upgrade it a bit” for the basement.  Been in the house a while now (almost a decade) and some things needed done and redone.  Finally had the bills gone, had a bit of extra money and finally had some energy to get something accomplished.  The visions in my head went on paper, did up a list and went shopping. Damn, what a list it was. (just wish I could do something about all those damn voices in there…… ;) )

First project was the unfinished part of the basement. Bottom of the basement stairs is an open area that we use for food storage and the 6 litter boxes.  It’s also un-insulated and cold as hell in the winter. Little if any warm air goes in the area, and the 11’ ceiling doesn’t help.  Go ahead and frame it in, insulate it, wire it up for 4 new outlets, rock it and finish it. Suspended ceiling @ 8’ sure helps what little warmth goes in there, and the insulation keeps it in. Even re-did a set of shelves so I could pull some of the storage food cans out of the crawlspace.  2 pre and 3 post photos are below. (The tile was salvaged from past jobs, and not enough to do the full area of one color, so I faded it from one to the other color…I liked the look) You don’t see the laundry room I did a few years ago (behind to the left)…I’ll be finishing it in a few weeks…I hate finishing drywall, but it’s time.  After 4 years, it’s really past that time.







OK, don’t get the idea that we live like packrats…..this space is a mess though. A lot of boxes were moved in from the other side of the basement while I worked in there, so while it does look like hell, it wasn’t like this to start with.  From food, to books, to a pile of shit that needed to go on eBay (our computer room/shipping/receiving/storage room) it was passable until I started the other side.  But, that being said, it does give you the reason I needed to do something down there. This space needed organized.






OK, while moving stuff around and sorting the poo, I noticed the one corner was a bit damp.  When I started pulling the baseboard off, the drywall was mush under it.  Pull the drywall to find…..I’d forgotten to insulate the WHOLE wall when I did it the first time.  Not sure why I only insulated between the first 5 studs, but I did.  So, from a small clean-up job to a replace the whole damn wall project.  Poo. Turns out it wasn't the walls leaking, it was the condensation from the damp basement building up on the drywall.  Never fails....



OK, walls are insulated, rock is up, with 4 new outlets and 1 new network jack for the 2 computers and a phone line while I was there. Up high, cause I’d had an idea on new computer desks rolling around in my mind…more on that later…damn ideas.



Mudded, primed and ready for paint.  We’d settled on an eggshell from Behr called Painted Turtle.  Nice deep relatively dark green.  We’re pretty happy with the darker shades in the house.  Being a basement, we didn’t want too dark, but it did fine.



OK, I pulled this from the other side of the basement, but didn’t have the balls to toss it out just yet.  Besides, it does heat the entire house if I wanted it to.  25K BTU of heat, food storage and cat litter…..just doesn’t fit into the other side very well.  Hmm…..what should I do with it.  OK, fine.  I’ll use it.



What started out as “just a platform” just grew a tiny bit.



Sure, we just had to do it right.  We’d decided on using some left-over tiles from the kitchen, so it had to have backer board on it. That's when I had another vision....



I had an idea of putting up slate instead. Home Despot had some really nice stuff, so we splurged. Just trying to find the right pattern. About $50 worth of slate sure made a difference.



Finished product. You can see the paint color.  Not all that dark. I put in 4 “cans” for light with 20W CFL’s in, along with 2ea 20W halogen hanging lights above the desks.



Replaced the door while I was in there.  I’d just hung a slab up before, so might as well get it done right.  New 32" pre-hung in place, with all the holes, divots, dents and bullet holes patched and ready for paint. I still have to get the trim painting done >:(



Had 2 packs of pine wainscoting left over from the kitchen job last year.  I’d bought 2 of the wrong type, and figured I’d use them eventually…..yep, I finally did. Measured how tall vs. how long, and we have enough to get the entire wall done.  The light wood and the dark green paint will turn out beautifully.



Even the cats turned their noses at the old desks.  They were conference tables (went to an auction of mostly Staples returns, I think I paid $15 each brand new in box for $200 tables) They worked, but they didn’t scream “Home Office” like I’d wanted.  More like “make do”. You can see the hanging halogen light.  Just a little accent light for the proposed desks (more coming on those).  Wall color looks good to me.



If you can’t find it or can’t afford what you do find, build it.  The back of my new computer desks.  A single 49”x 97” sheet of MDF.  A sheet of 3/4” MDF weighs in at about 100lbs.  Not lightweight stuff, but perfectly suited for what I had in mind.  You want home “office”, I give you Home Office CUBICLES! Anyway, a lot of figuring and graph paper went into the planning of these things.  Lots of ¾” slots and grooves, cut in using a router, straight edge and lots of care.  You make a mistake, you buy another sheet.  MDF is now running about $22 a sheet.  I needed 8 sheets for these desks since I had to make 2. (one for me, one for the wife) Anyway, this is the back. Note slots for the top shelf, desktop, sides and supports for all.



No saying it had to be a plain box.  A few curves to break up the industrial feel of MDF. There are about 3.4 sheets per desk, so these are going to weight a ton to move around by myself.  (I took 2 days off to make a 5 day weekend ;D Amazing what I can get accomplished when I'm not being bugged or at work)
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Yeah, a fast progression, but it’s all boring “tab A into slot B” stuff.  I won’t say how much fun it was carrying 100lb sheets of this stuff around the house during our 50-65mph gusts today.  Lets just say I got caught with one sheet, and when I looked down I saw the heels of my shoes (spun 180 without moving my feet….I didn’t drop it but every vertebra cracked.  Forget the chiropractor, I’ll just wait for a windy day…I’m sure I’ll feel it tomorrow)  Anyway, it went together well, very few ooops, and only 1 blown out groove.  Lots of glue and screws, and it’s up. Next 3 show it done, with Gizmo inspecting the bright thing hanging from the ceiling.




Tomorrow is assembly of the last desk, and the weekend cleaning up the rest of the room.  Coat of wax on the floor, put the books up and start enjoying the comfort of a “new” room. Oh, yeah, almost forgot about that laundry room....yeah, sure honey...right away.

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2009, 10:16:26 PM »
Looks like fun!

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2009, 10:18:29 PM »
Holy cow man, that is freaking awesome!

I feel so lazy now.

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2009, 10:43:31 PM »
I spied a Woot! box...  Was that your BOC?

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2009, 11:25:34 PM »
Holy cow man, that is freaking awesome!

I feel so lazy now.

I agree.  Good job!  Now, I feel like a lazy bum.  :P

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2009, 04:49:25 AM »
Dang!  That's a lot of DIY-ing!

I like how you used the tiles - great idea. 

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2009, 05:08:51 AM »
I spied a Woot! box...  Was that your BOC?
Nope, I think that was a 2 for Tuesday La Crosse Technology Window Thermometer - 2 Pack.  I did the "buy 3" and got 6.  Just about every window has one now. Look outside and there's the temp.  They suck, however, at night ::)

Never gotten a Bandoleer or Carrots.  No system I'd ever been on during a Woot-Off could hold up to the strain. I do know a guy that got the BOC once, with the once in a lifetime 3ea 42" plasma's for $20 shipped. He worked for Lockheed, while I was there.  He's the one that turned me on to Woot. (had pictures of the guy delivering them, bringing them in the house, and signing for them....bastard)
My brother got one once, but it was literally a Box of Crap....advertising stuff that didn't work, misspelled pens and tablets....crap.

Woot doesn't have much I need, but those damn Woot-Offs sure kill a work day or weekend, don't they?

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2009, 06:32:50 AM »
-1 for this post  ;D


Great job and very nice pictures of your projects. When your done would you like to start my house?  :D

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2009, 07:08:04 AM »
That's awesome Millerized! -1

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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2009, 07:12:50 AM »
DUDE.....You're my kind of people!

I'll give you a -1 for the post if you'll rough sketch the desk plans and post them! ;D


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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2009, 07:23:53 AM »
Nope, I think that was a 2 for Tuesday La Crosse Technology Window Thermometer - 2 Pack.  I did the "buy 3" and got 6.  Just about every window has one now. Look outside and there's the temp.  They suck, however, at night ::)
Right on.

I do know a guy that got the BOC once, with the once in a lifetime 3ea 42" plasma's for $20 shipped. He worked for Lockheed, while I was there.  He's the one that turned me on to Woot. (had pictures of the guy delivering them, bringing them in the house, and signing for them....bastard)
Yeah, that is my wet dreams come true right there.  Only reason I bother praying for those Buckets Of Chum.

(non-wooters will wonder about the BOC'isms...lol)

My brother got one once, but it was literally a Box of Crap....advertising stuff that didn't work, misspelled pens and tablets....crap.
That's what I would expect, but if anything worthwhile was in there, it would be worth it.

Woot doesn't have much I need, but those damn Woot-Offs sure kill a work day or weekend, don't they?
I think productivity around the world shuts down every Woot-off...  =-D

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2009, 10:08:08 AM »
YAWN!

 Alright I guess its time to get out of hibernation mode, thanks for the reminder.  Nice job on the basement additions!  Guess the home office out weighed the fortified gun room there.

Time for me to stretch and dust off the plans and ideas we have here and get going

Will have to see if I can post some pics of my "to do list"

Again nice job!

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2009, 10:36:27 AM »
-1 Millerized!!! That' an amazing amount of work and the end results look excellent.
But stop working so hard! you are making the rest of us feel lazy.. Damn, now I need to build a new raised bed, 2 small planters, and level my bee area to get over this lazy feeling. Argh, so much for a quiet weekend.

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2009, 11:24:58 AM »
Awesome Millerized!  Great job!  Definitely great craftsmanship!

I didn't see any gas lines.  What is the fuel source for that fireplace out of curiosity?

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2009, 12:42:13 PM »
Good job!
I guess there's no need now for me to post the pictures of the 2 plastic lawn chairs I put out on the front lawn.   ;D

After looking at all that work, I need a nap!


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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2009, 01:12:16 PM »
Damn nice work. When you are ready I will PM my address and you can start your next project. You work for beer and good steaks right?

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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2009, 01:38:52 PM »
Awesome Millerized!  Great job!  Definitely great craftsmanship!

I didn't see any gas lines.  What is the fuel source for that fireplace out of curiosity?
Didn't I mention the fireplace is close to the wife's side of the room?  :D

(actually, I've got 3 100lb tanks outside the house.  All the piping is under the heater, and comes out in the "furnace" room.. that tiny little 2'x3.5' room behind the fireplace.  It goes out through the wall there, and along it to the tanks.)

I'm going to look into a larger tank.....someday.

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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2009, 02:28:41 PM »
Didn't I mention the fireplace is close to the wife's side of the room?  :D

Ouch... -1 for your daring....

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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2009, 03:03:53 PM »
Nice work guy, I always enjoy looking at craftsman projects.  If I had a few more bucks to allocate to improvements I may be motivated.

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Figured while I was finishing the sills off, I'd put a bit of a visual deterrent up for view. 3/4" EMT, polished and powdercoated chrome. Drilled into the framing, and almost through the studs.  You can pull them out....with a small vehicle but you barely move them by hand. 


Fireplace, window, and finished off the folding door that covers up the heat pump room.


Second desk, done for the wife.  That was her valentines day present. Nope, not happy with it.  Guess I should have bought dead roses again.


View from the other side, showing the rest of her side, and mine now with the lived in look.

This concludes the "millerized home improvement" portion of today's program.  Tune in tomorrow when I get back to pissing people off. ;)

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2009, 07:46:30 PM »
Millerized.  Dude.  You are AWESOME.  What are all the orbs in your office?  You got ghosts hangin' out in there?

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2009, 08:22:19 PM »
Yeah, they are orbs of the deceased who tried to mess with his stuff. :P

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2009, 08:42:56 PM »
Yeah, they are orbs of the deceased who tried to mess with his stuff. :P

Well no WONDER the wifey didn't like the desk.  :D

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« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2009, 11:30:38 PM »
Yeah, they are orbs of the deceased who tried to mess with his stuff. :P
I thought those were fireballs his wife was throwing at him over his Valentines Day 'present'...

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« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2009, 07:15:19 AM »
I thought those were fireballs his wife was throwing at him over his Valentines Day 'present'...

She doesn't have the balls ;D ;D ;D ;D


Ouch, stop that!!!

Actually, they're dust that's stuck on the INSIDE of the lens of this high quality ::) super expensive ::) top of the line ::) Pentax 7MP (it only JUST rhymes with Tampax) digital camera I got as a present 2 years ago. Not only does it take horrible photo's (my HP 3.1MP camera STILL takes much better shots) its case is as porous as the .gov's coffers.

Actually, since I gave her the one laptop, she never comes downstairs anymore. At least I can surf porn without the interruptions now 8) ;D

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2009, 01:53:24 PM »
Actually, since I gave her the one laptop, she never comes downstairs anymore. At least I can surf porn without the interruptions now 8) ;D

-1, you fiend!   :D

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« Reply #26 on: February 18, 2009, 10:55:31 PM »
Awesome job! Most excellent work!

The EMT window treatment. I am guessing you drilled a hole through the top, slid them up, stuck them down into the lower holes, and capped the top with another 2x4? Did you polish and powder coat them yourself? Just sand them smooth? Did you fill them with concrete so they won't bend?

I like the tile work. The transition is cool.

She didn't like the desks? Well, just for that, you should use HER desk for the surfing activities, that way if she asks, you can honestly tell her that you did not surf for porn while at your desk.  :o

 When are you getting faster internet again so the actual work can again stop?

Thanks for posting this!

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« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2009, 06:13:10 AM »
Awesome job! Most excellent work!

The EMT window treatment. I am guessing you drilled a hole through the top, slid them up, stuck them down into the lower holes, and capped the top with another 2x4? Did you polish and powder coat them yourself? Just sand them smooth? Did you fill them with concrete so they won't bend?

Actually, I thought I typed IMT....it's intermediate.  No not filled, but this is more of a visual deterrent.  Yes, frame drilled, capped on the bottom with an extra stud, but the top is kinda neat.  There's a moveable plate, but you can only move it from above and inside.  Just in case I needed to get out or replace the window.  I'd be hesitant to say impossible to remove from the outside, but it sure wouldn't be easy.  Yes, I do my own coating.  Cheap (free) side by side oven with the connecting wall cut out.  I can get 36"w x 18"d, with about 6" tall in the oven.  Cheap Horrible Fright...Harbor Freight coating kit, with quality coatings from Caswell plating. Left-overs from a small manufacturing operation I once ran from the house.

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I like the tile work. The transition is cool.

The only bad thing about buying small lots of overstock or mismatched, or dumpster diving at completed job sites...you work with what you have.

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She didn't like the desks? Well, just for that, you should use HER desk for the surfing activities, that way if she asks, you can honestly tell her that you did not surf for porn while at your desk.  :o

 :D....I'll let her know that   ;D  She'd rather spend her time in front of the TV with the laptop....I guess away from me while I'm working.  Probably safer on her ears that way.  I'm either a completely non-verbal worker....or off the deep end ranting.  Plus, if I can do it I listen to Jack while working....she's not much on listening to Jack.  Not sure why I'm still married to her ;)

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When are you getting faster internet again so the actual work can again stop?

Thanks for posting this!

Actually, I've never lost it....yet. I just get too tired to surf porn ;)..... No, I just change my priorities from time to time.  The greenhouse is coming up (14x20) in a few weeks, then the crawlspace 26x26 needs dug.  I'll just disappear from time to time....and reappear with photo's and a write-up.

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Re: Just what keeps millerized busy? Dial-up prohibited, 56K pain
« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2009, 01:31:25 PM »
I love the desks...they are a great style.  And I really like the fireplace, that looks so cozy!!  Good Job!!  -1!!  ;)