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Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #180 on: February 14, 2021, 05:30 PM »
I also enjoy your dumpster diving adventures-probably because I have done the same.

Scavenging, recycling, repurposing ... yes.  [smile] Dumpster diving ... no. We don't even have dumpsters here anymore. Normal garbage goes into big underground containers you can't access. And for big garbage like this you make an appointment with the city recycle company and they come pick it up. This time I just recycled it before they did. It is amazing how with a few tools you can make old stuff new again.

and making very good use of the lockdown. 

Gotta do something, and it's the only thing I can do right now.

But, hrm.. your sanders are dusty [scared] [tongue]

It's what they do ... make dust. And they're all close to 15 years old by now. All that dust is like a medal for their accomplishments.

A knight in shining armour .... it is shining because he never did battle.

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Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #181 on: February 14, 2021, 06:06 PM »
Front window primed.



And the door.



Have to fix a miter like this.  [huh]



Time to make all the plinths white too. Got a bit industrial here. A painting station and a storage area.












Offline Bob D.

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #182 on: February 14, 2021, 09:05 PM »
That's man glitter, not dust.  [big grin]
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Offline Imemiter

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread - DS 400 Sucked to the ceiling.
« Reply #183 on: February 14, 2021, 10:30 PM »
By the way, I was sanding in the living room today with 180 grit paper on the DS 400, and an odd effect occured. Made a video of it. Shows why it is important that you can dial the suction of your vac down.

I am just holding the hose to prevent it from wandering off, the sander is stuck to the ceiling all by itself.



Is there anything the DTS 400 can't do?
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Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread - DS 400 Sucked to the ceiling.
« Reply #184 on: February 15, 2021, 01:09 AM »
Is there anything the DTS 400 can't do?

Iron your clothes?

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #185 on: February 16, 2021, 03:57 PM »
Alex, in the army we polish our boots, every day, even more than once a day - and we proudly force our boot trough snow, slushy snow, sand, soil, mud, water... then we polish again.

Imagine, your sanders, reaching for them in their cosy home in each systainer.. 15 years, still looking good after countless hours of hard work, scratches are memories [wink]  [big grin] [big grin]

- Will you do the windows in gloss finish?
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Offline Alex

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« Reply #186 on: February 16, 2021, 04:09 PM »
Alex, in the army we polish our boots, every day, even more than once a day - and we proudly force our boot trough snow, slushy snow, sand, soil, mud, water... then we polish again.

Like I said ... knights in shining armour never seen battle. Please show me your boots after 15 months of heavy shelling in the trenches.  [tongue]

Imagine, your sanders, reaching for them in their cosy home in each systainer.. 15 years, still looking good after countless hours of hard work, scratches are memories [wink]  [big grin] [big grin]

I don't have to imagine, that's exactly how it is now. They simply look dashing. [cool]

- Will you do the windows in gloss finish?

Yes.

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #187 on: February 16, 2021, 04:58 PM »
Haha, good Alex - Well, I like shiny paint, even that applied with a brush. Keeps the man in charge of preparation on his toes [big grin]
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Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #188 on: June 05, 2021, 05:51 PM »
I haven't posted for a while, but I have been busy.

I got a new-to-me kitchen which I got for free from some very nice people. They bought a new house and planned to extend the existing kitchen. So the old kitchen, which was still in a very good shape, had to go and they put it up for free on marktplaats. Out of many reactions, I was the lucky one. He liked my plan, he said. You sounded like you knew what you're doing.

So I went to pick it up with my cousin who has a Landrover and a trailer the size of a semi.

Here it is after a long day's work to take it apart and drive it over to my place.



But of course, first the old kitchen had to go. It was nothing fancy, a 47 year old countertop and some newer cabinets I made when I was around 22. It did break my heart to have to demolish it, but yeah, the new kitchen is much nicer and came with some nice equipment the old one didn't have.

The old one is still in perfect shape though, after 27 years. I only re-painted the doors 3 years ago.







I had to cut an extra slot in the tiles to accommodate the new countertop, which was longer.



And everything removed.



I had to install a new socket for the gas stove and the dish washer. I like the dishwasher, this saves me tons of time.



Everything gone, slot cut, and ready to accept the new kitchen.



Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #189 on: June 05, 2021, 06:00 PM »
First thing I had to do was to fix the cabinet that was right under the sink. Due to leakage, the back and bottom were totally rotten. The sink can be placed only in one place, right under the faucet, so this cabinet decides how I can place the rest.



I cut out the bad boards, cut all the old dowels flush, drilled holes for new dowels, cut a new bottom board to size, and glued it together.






Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #190 on: June 05, 2021, 06:22 PM »
I thought long and hard about the proper way to optimise the cabinets I had. The original kitchen had a different lay-out from mine, and more cabinets than I could fit. Yet I wanted to use most of it, and of course the equipment like the dishwasher, oven and stove. There was also a cooking-air-away-sucker [tongue] but I can't place it yet. Ok, I don't know how it's called in english and have no lust to google for it now.

The stove must be on top of the gas pipe, and the dishwasher near the sink for the drain. So I thought, lets put the oven on the right. This maximed the space I could use, with only a small gap left on the right and the left.







It was a bit more difficult for the other wall though, the combination of cabinets I had left didn't really fit very well. The top row of hanging cabinets could only fit two, while I had three, and the bottom row looks ok like this, but now the oven can't open. I would really like to use the drawer unit. I decided to cut the unit with the two doors in half, and attach one half to the drawer unit. This left me with the exact size to make sure the oven could still open.

For the top row, I added the third cabinet but had to cut out a corner to accommodate the column in the kitchen there.

 




Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #191 on: June 05, 2021, 06:40 PM »
Alex, it looks like access to the oven is blocked by the cabinets on the right.  How do you plan to address this? 

Also, the "cooking-air-away-sucker" as you call it, is called an exhaust hood. 

Maybe this is a job for Alexangelo...   [big grin]
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Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #192 on: June 05, 2021, 06:48 PM »
I made one cabinet out of two. I like the drawers, I want those. I can fit one door next to it. So I cut the cabinet with two doors in half, and then attached one half to the drawer cabinet.

Dowel time. Unfortunately I don't have a fancy Domino for this. I don't do this type of joining often enough to warrant an expensive Domino. I get by with my little dowel jig. All you need is the guide, a drill bit of the proper size, a depth stop for the bit, and some pointy dowel helpers.



Place the guide on the side of the board to drill straight holes.



Insert the pointy helper thingies.



And then press the board on to the joining board. The points are pressed into the board so you can see where you have to drill your counter hole.



Drill the holes, insert the dowels with glue, and push it all together. This method is not very precise, sometimes a hole is a bit off and you have to enlarge it a bit.





I cut off a little piece of the sides so I could place the cabinet closer to the wall. I closed the exposed inside of the melamine board with a bit of iron-on edge banding. You can cut it flush with the orange knife that's especially designed for this.



Well, I made a booboo. The door and drawers overlap. Shouldn't have used a single board in the middle. I hadn't thought of that. Back to the drawing board.

I have a designer friend who would probably call this a feature.





I took it apart again, by gently cutting the dowels with the MultiMaster and a very thin blade. The cuts will never be seen they are on the bottom or hidden by a drawer. Then I added a second board in the middle.



And now it all fits the way I want. Maximum space used, and the oven door can open fully.

I don't have a proper 32 mm counter top for this part, I'll have to use an old 28 mm table top for now. I will replace that later on.
 
« Last Edit: June 06, 2021, 01:06 PM by Alex »

Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #193 on: June 05, 2021, 07:01 PM »
Alex, it looks like access to the oven is blocked by the cabinets on the right.  How do you plan to address this? 

Also, the "cooking-air-away-sucker" as you call it, is called an exhaust hood. 

Maybe this is a job for Alexangelo...   [big grin]

Yeah, I was still fiting it all together in that picture.

See reply #192 for Alexangelo's solution. [smile]

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #194 on: June 05, 2021, 07:06 PM »
Well done and looking good Alex!
There must be a hefty ton on space and storage improvement.

And, your way of having the faucet on the wall gave me instantly the idea of doing the same when I do my kitchen. That’s rather extremely rare to see in a kitchen here.
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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #195 on: June 05, 2021, 07:12 PM »
I haven't posted for a while, but I have been busy.

Un-acceptable, you have left us without the ability to discuss Netherlands building practices for months.  [sad]


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Soooo,  how did this setup work, where is the trap and where is the vent pipe?

I see in your new setup, you have a trap, though it looks like an S trap and no vent pipe.
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Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #196 on: June 05, 2021, 07:15 PM »
Thanks Festita.

Actually, the storage space is not that much of an improvement because there are a dishwasher and an oven now where I previously had spacious cabinets.

As for the faucet, you still see them often here, but they're a bit old school. This is how it was original made in 1938, but modern kitchens mostly have them coming out of the sink or counter top.

This sink also had a faucet in it originally, but I obviously could not use that and had to plug the hole.


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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #197 on: June 05, 2021, 07:17 PM »

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Soooo,  how did this setup work, where is the trap and where is the vent pipe?

I see in your new setup, you have a trap, though it looks like an S trap and no vent pipe.

Errrr ...... wut?

Offline DeformedTree

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #198 on: June 05, 2021, 07:22 PM »
pic did not work.  The original sink setup shows no trap or vent pipe, it just has the 2 sinks join together and go into a pipe.  No trap, no vent. Maybe something is missing in the angle of the photo.

But the new one, you have a trap in there, but it's an S trap, looks to have no Trap arm to make it a P trap (legal), but still no vent pipe.  Is there some sort of wet vent going on here, or additional plumbing under the floor?

Maybe we have different terms, but I would pretty sure plumbing of this sort of thing is pretty universal.

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« Reply #199 on: June 05, 2021, 07:35 PM »
The original sink setup shows no trap or vent pipe, it just has the 2 sinks join together and go into a pipe.  No trap, no vent. Maybe something is missing in the angle of the photo.

But the new one, you have a trap in there, but it's an S trap, looks to have no Trap arm to make it a P trap (legal), but still no vent pipe.  Is there some sort of wet vent going on here, or additional plumbing under the floor?

The old set up was just fine, the angle of the picture made it impossible to see the S-trap. We call it a Swan's Neck (zwanenhals) or sifon.



The new one is also fine, it keeps the water barrier very well.



I do find the new one ridiculously designed. It has no less than 16 screw connections in it. That means 16 places to leak. As I described above, the cabinet under the sink was wasted because of leakage. Well, duh!

The drain I made in my old kitchen only had two screw connections. Not a single drop of water leaked there in 27 years.

We don't generally use plumbing vents here in houses.

Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #200 on: June 05, 2021, 07:47 PM »
And the kitchen all finished in a sweet late afternoon sun shine. Also notice the PVC laminate floor I installed in the mean time.









Now I only have to change the old doors on the four cabinets above the sink. I do have enough leftover doors to make 4 doors for these. There's only one problem, and that is that the doors are rounded over and then have a layer of melamine laminate over them. If I cut them to size, and round them over with the router, they will have bare MDF exposed. I'm still trying to figure out how to fix that properly.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #201 on: June 05, 2021, 09:16 PM »
pic did not work.  The original sink setup shows no trap or vent pipe, it just has the 2 sinks join together and go into a pipe.  No trap, no vent. Maybe something is missing in the angle of the photo.

But the new one, you have a trap in there, but it's an S trap, looks to have no Trap arm to make it a P trap (legal), but still no vent pipe.  Is there some sort of wet vent going on here, or additional plumbing under the floor?

Maybe we have different terms, but I would pretty sure plumbing of this sort of thing is pretty universal.

Not proper here but it’s functional since it’s a double sink. As long as one sink is unstoppered the other will drain just fine.

Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #202 on: June 06, 2021, 03:46 AM »
I've never seen an air vent in our drainage system in a house. Draining works just fine.

Offline Alex

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« Reply #203 on: June 06, 2021, 04:15 AM »
I needed to do a bit of soldering for the new kitchen equipment. The gas tap was now sticking out above the new countertop and I had to install a water tap for the dish washer. Changing the gas pipe was easy, adding water wasn't.

The old gas tap.



Made the new piece so it would fit under the countertop. First bend the pipe as required, then soldered the fittings on it.



And installed.



Then I had to solder a fitting on the new water pipe.



My favourite part of the house, the crawlspace. I had to connect the new pipe to an existing line there. Installed a T-fitting and split off the new line. I first tried to solder them, but that didn't work in the limited space I had there laying on my back in the dirt, so I used screw fittings under the floor. This was on 2nd Easter day, and all the stores were still closed due to the lockdown, so it was incredibly difficult to find new fittings. After a long dig in my neighbour's storage we found two pieces I could use. But it worked out fine in the end.


 
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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #204 on: June 06, 2021, 08:39 AM »
Alex, it looks like access to the oven is blocked by the cabinets on the right.  How do you plan to address this? 

Also, the "cooking-air-away-sucker" as you call it, is called an exhaust hood. 

Maybe this is a job for Alexangelo...   [big grin]

Yeah, I was still fiting it all together in that picture.

See reply #192 for Alexangelo's solution. [smile]

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #205 on: June 06, 2021, 12:19 PM »
The kitchen came out great Alex, I like it a lot.  [cool]

The pointy helper thingies are called dowel centers or dowel pins or dowel transfer pins.  [smile]

I recently refurbished the kitchen sink area and reconstructed the P-trap assembly that's made up of all the hand-tightened fittings into a monolithic assembly of pvc tubing with pvc fittings cemented together. It now has only 2 fittings that are removable. They attach the P-trap assembly to the 2 sink drain bodies.

Be advised that the removable connections will loosen after a bit because of expansion & contraction with hot & cold water. Check them after about a week of use and then every 6-9 months.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #206 on: June 06, 2021, 12:35 PM »
Alex, is this flex line for your dishwasher?

If yes I would reposition or shorten the hose so that the trapped area is removed.

This could collect debris and bits of food from the dishwasher and eventually clog the line.
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Offline Alex

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« Reply #207 on: June 06, 2021, 01:22 PM »
Be advised that the removable connections will loosen after a bit because of expansion & contraction with hot & cold water. Check them after about a week of use and then every 6-9 months.

Yes, I will keep an eye on them.

Alex, is this flex line for your dishwasher?

If yes I would reposition or shorten the hose so that the trapped area is removed.

No, that little bend is from the overflow hole in the sink. I had a look at shortening it so it won't have water standing in it, but the ends on both sides are molded on.

The dishwasher hose is the grey one coming up from the back.

Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #208 on: June 07, 2021, 05:04 AM »
Now that most of the rough work downstairs is done, it is time to install the PVC laminate floor. I got this floor for free from people, it is basically new. They paid €4000 for it including installation, but it did not work for them because their floor wasn't flat enough to accept the thin boards. Because it is so thin, unlike normal wooden laminate, it is not able to correct uneven spots and came loose. All warranty work for them, and they were happy that somebody came to relieve them from the old boards. Having laid many laminate floors by now, but this my first PVC floor, I was sure I could figure out a way to make this work.

Being a herringbone floor, everything is connected in a 45 degree angle. The CS70 was indispensible to cut this all. Installed the special laminate blade for perfect cuts.





The PVC chips made a huge mess though. I had all my DC connected, but it was impossible to suck it up. I guess it gets statically charged, it would stick to everything.



I first tried to see if it was possible to lay it over the old carpet. This would be no problem with normal laminate.



But it separeted almost immediately.



So I had to take the old carpet out. I cleared the entire room and started to pull the carpet out. 47 years old by now, but very good quality and still in a good shape.



Along the way I would find these old holes for heating pipes. I thought it best to close them up. Quickly routed a recess and filled it with a little block and glued it in.





The old subfloor also had to go.



And the entire room is empty. Now I can put in the new.




 
« Last Edit: June 07, 2021, 05:10 AM by Alex »

Offline Alex

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Re: Alex's Major Home Improvement Thread
« Reply #209 on: June 07, 2021, 05:16 AM »
I thought it best to lay a normal laminate floor under it to provide a level and incompressable surface. Picked it all up for almost nothing. I had 35 square meters of the white floor, but it wasn't enough for the entire surface, so I had to use a bit of brown floor also. I had a way devised in my head to connect the two different laminates, but it turned out that wasn't neccessary. Though they're two different types of two different brands (Gamma & Ikea), they connected together without problem. Most of the time you're not that lucky as each brand uses its own type of grooves.





This little set of tools is all you need to lay wooden HDF laminate flooring. And a jigsaw to cut it.



As I progressed in the living room I came to the kitchen area where I still had to remove the old subfloor.



A few floor boards were rotten due to leakage from and old refrigerator long ago. Had some OSB and oak scraps laying around to fill the gaps.





And the new subfloor boards in.



In the hallway there's a hatch to access the crawlspace underneath. Well, hatch is a big word, just a hole cut in the floor boards. But I had to keep this hatch accessible for future maintenance tasks.



So I installed the white laminate floor and made a hatch that can easily be pried out.


 
The entire laminate floor done. Now I can place the good stuff on top of it.