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I built a pool shed. by willie_ocean in DIY

[–]willie_ocean[S] 3822 points3823 points  (0 children)

Only the missus gets to see my pipe-drilling face!

I Built a Dropzone by Qkslvr24 in DIY

[–]Respectable_Answer 761 points762 points  (0 children)

As someone still wearing boots and a winter coat in April... 🖕

Wonka bar styled wedding invites by AlexanderTheGreatApe in DIY

[–]AlexanderTheGreatApe[S] 636 points637 points  (0 children)

Thanks for all the love, everyone.

We are not doing the typical wedding registry because we have enough stuff. Instead we are raising money for suicide prevention. Here is the link, if anyone wants to contribute:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention memorial fund

Edit: Wow! $300! Thanks for the contributions reddit, you are amazing!

We refinished our hardwood floors. It went okay and I'm glad it's done. I'm the most un-handy dude there is when it comes to household repairs/renovations so be gentle. by chatan1979 in DIY

[–]djscreeling 213 points214 points  (0 children)

I'm a hardwood floor guy, and I can say this is one of the better homeowner jobs I've seen. Next time, you shouldn't end up higher than 100 grit on a floor and you really shouldn't sand the finish or stain. Its not a tabletop and the finish, if applied correctly, won't leave noticeable roughness. I'm not sure of the exact types of finishes you used as I've never used them, but it is possible that it may start to peel up after a few years due to the high grit sanding. DON'T try and refinish that spot, or peel back the finish, or anything like that. You'll never match the color of an aged stain and finish, also a new finish coat will stick to the stuff peeling up. Get a hardwood guy to come out and get an estimate for your house. All the good contractors will do this for free. He will either say he can fix the spot or you'll need to refinish. Its worth the money to let him fix the spot if he can. There aren't enough trade contractors out there, and there is a 95% chance he isn't trying to screw you. I have more work than I can handle so I would much rather do a 2 hour fix than to tell another client, "I can't fit you in I'm book. How do you look in 3 months?" Every other floor guy I know has the same issue. IF it even is an issue.

To others looking at doing this:

This is an overly simplified explanation of my professional process:

-Overview- Sand, clean, fill, Sand, clean, sealer coat, clean, finish coat, clean, finish coat.

Drum sander - 45deg crosscut @ 60 / straight cut at 80

Edger - 60 grit around the edges, 80 grit ONLY if its a very soft wood, the old finish is gummy, the previous sanding job was crap, or if my previous 60 grit cut was crap

Now use wood filler to fill the floor, let completely dry, and fill in larger cracks. Edge each room @ 100 grit. THEN straight cut with the drum sander AFTER edging. Scrape the corners of old finish and hand sand with 100 grit. Then buff the whole floor with 100 grit screen. Vacuum. Vacuum again. Apply stain, sealer or oil. Let dry overnight. Vacuum. First coat of finish. 250 buff screen entire floor VERY lightly and quickly. Vacuum. Apply 2nd coat of finish. This contradicts what I said above, but I rarely see professionals do this correctly, much less the first and only time a homeowner finishes their floor. You're just scratching it so the next layer adheres better and doesn't peel up as time goes on. If applied correctly this will likely won't happen without the 250 grit buff. Just read the instructions. If its humid, or cold, you want to give yourself an extra half day to let each coat dry. The problems with floors arise when you rush the last few steps or do it poorly.

Notes: Vacuum between every step. Small pebbles and bits of wood, finish, nails, pennies, thumbtacks, hotwheels(its happened) will find their way under your sander from places you least expect. Not only will it ruin the rubber sanding pad which will create an uneven sand on the whole job, it will scar the floor. Pennies are particularly scary because they get caught under trim then turn into bullets very fast.

Don't sand to a higher grit. You burnish the wood and it doesn't allow the sealer coat to soak into the wood creating a deep enough layer which may turn into adhesion problems after several years.

NEVER sand to bare wood after the first finish coat. If you need to fix something in the sealer coat, do it then. Scrape out the imperfection, hand sand a small around around it to bare wood and reapply the sealer. Let it dry COMPLETELY. This is VERY important for the finish. Do this sparingly, and always use LIGHT pressure. You can sand more later, but if you sand off too much the color won't match.

If stuff is stuck in the finish, CAREFULLY pick it out, and don't let the finish peel up. Get a 120 grit+ and do 5 seconds or so of LIGHT hand sanding on the spot made by the pebble / fly / wood.

My cousin is having drainage problems in his basement, and I'm trying to help him fix it. We're open to suggestions/advice! by zwhitchcox in DIY

[–]nline23 7 points8 points  (0 children)

First thing first. Get the gutters fixed. Dont start digging up ground.

Bought a new house in 2016. I had water in a corner of my finished basement every time it rained really hard. Turns out it was a gutter across the back of the house that wasnt pitched right towards the downspout.

100 bucks later its fixed and havent had water in the basement in over a year.

Edit: My first gold!! Thank you.

Built a desk for my treadmill to accommodate new work-from-home job by immaterialist in DIY

[–]jrcsweet 431 points432 points  (0 children)

That seems like a lot of work to masturbate on a treadmill.

I made a Glow-In-The-Dark Laser Clock (V2) by tuckerPi in DIY

[–]Ungodlydemon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

buys a glow-in-the-dark-clock for /u/josborne31

edit: I just--what? thanks!

My fiance and I bought a fixer upper and have spent every waking moment of the last six months fixer-uppering it. Here's the progress so far! by spinny37 in DIY

[–]spinny37[S] 1945 points1946 points  (0 children)

Back story: My fiance and I live in Seattle, where the housing market is completely insane. Buying anything in the city bigger than a matchbox requires waaaaay more money than either of us have.

So - we found a house in the boonies that had been on the market without anyone wanting to touch it for a while. There was so much wrong with it that we ended up getting it for slightly under asking price. We had an overall budget that was higher than the price, so we knew that if we got the house we could have some money leftover to make it what we truly wanted.

The only catch was that basically only half the house was livable, and the other have needed to be completely overhauled. Growing up, my parents built the house we lived in from the ground up and I was fortunate enough to inherit a lot of their skills as they taught me how house things work. I also got super lucky and was able to borrow their tools that they'd accumulated during over 30 years of house projects which saved us a ton of money.

So over the course of six months, my fiance, my dad and I ripped out the bad, and built up the good. We spent every waking moment that wasn't at our day jobs on the house. 14 hour days on the weekends, 5+ hours of fixing after a full day of work during the week, and a whole lot of taco truck burritos.

All in all we spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000 on materials and the only thing we hired out for was the install of the kitchen countertops and the landscaping. Everything else was our doing.

There's still another bathroom upstairs to tear out, kitchen flooring to redo, leaky roof to fix, and an exterior to paint. Plus many, many little things we want to do to add our own flare to the place.

Happy to answer any questions you have. Thanks for looking!

I made high-end XLR cables by [deleted] in DIY

[–]s52 2988 points2989 points  (0 children)

I didn’t see the picture where you go to screw the boot on to finish up and realize you forgot to slide it onto the cable before soldering.

I made a magnetic knife holder out of walnut for my boyfriend by sassel_bee in DIY

[–]QuestionTimeMR 87 points88 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately, he had just pawned his knife set to buy her special gardening equipment for her magnetic walnut tree.