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    Yanagicho Aparto Renovation >> Finished Video is up!! <<

    Note, "Aparto" is how they say "Apartment" in Japanese, it is shorter less typing, I'm lazy, so I'm going to use Aparto........ just think of this as a mini cultural lesson

    My Monster-in-Law has an old aparto building not far from where we live, it is an old wooden framed building, that has four apartos in it, two up and two down. It was last renovated about 18 years ago, by a carpentry company, they did a good job, but that was 18 years ago!

    About 3 years ago, we had to completely renovate one of the upstairs apartos, as the roof leaked badly and the water damage was enough to make the place unlivable. Of course FIVE years ago, I told the Monster-In-Law that the roof needed fixing, she ignored me, saying she did not have the money, at that time the roof fix up would have cost about $5000, but because she decided to stick her head in the sand, and ignore the problem, the roof fix, plus the aparto renovation cost her $15,000, yep, she is a bonehead

    The aparto that I'm going to fix up is directly below the one that was renovated after the roof leak, there was some water damage in the 1st floor aparto too. This aparto has been unoccupied for 3 years, why you ask.... because the hot water heater for the bath/shower was busted, and too old to get replacement parts for. A new heater cost about $1800 to have installed.

    This aparto rents for about $600 a month, so you do the math, 12 months x 3 years = 36 months at $600 a month is $21,600

    The replacement heater costs $1800 why would you NOT fix it?

    Well, I told you before the Monster-In-Law is a bonehead, she insists that she does not have the money to fix this place up........ WHAT

    A while back, my wife and I had the plan of spending our own money, and my labour fixing the place up, then charging the Monster-In-Law for the work, well the accountant put the brakes on that due to tax laws, if I'm a salaried employee of one company, I cannot own another company that does work for the first company, especially if it is all family businesses

    What I can do is do the work, get the Monster-in-law to pay for the materials, and have some of the materials stuff like tools I need/want, that is just fine, so that is how I'm going to do this, and get the table saw out of the deal. Add to that, the first idea of us spending our own money did not sit well with me, the Monster-In-Law can be a pain, and I did not want to invest my money in her property and wait on her good graces to pay me back. I was born at night, but not last night

    We got a local plumbing company that we know well to give us an estimate on replacing the old water heater with a much newer style, a tankless water heater. This would move the old unit out of the bath tub area, and make room for a much bigger tub as well, which is what we have done. I went by the aparto today, to check the work these guys did, unfortunately I forgot the key to the place, so I could only see outside.......



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    ........ so it begins, I'll take some before pics, and I'm sure I'll be asking for advice etc on various things before too long. I now know how to do drywall well enough, the largest task I foresee is ripping out the old floor in the kitchen, that is not going to be fun......

    New Table Saw........New Table Saw.......New Table Saw........ say it with me...........

    PS think I'll be done before Ned gets his barn done
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 04-07-2009 at 05:16 PM.
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    Sounds like loving relationship you have there Stu. Great idea of mounting the heater outside. Is it an electric heater?
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    On your mark....... Get ready........ Get set........ table saw!
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    Just curious, what is the square footage of this aparto (one unit)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    probally 3 times as big as the bulkin shop
    Hey you gotta quit pickin on us compact shop people!!!! You never know there may be more of us then there are of you!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    New Table Saw........New Table Saw.......New Table Saw........ say it with me...........

    PS think I'll be done before Ned gets his barn done
    Hmmm, quite the job there Stu, best of luck with it, and you've got three months. (That's when I expect I''ll call it done.. with power and siding on.)

    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    probally 3 times as big as the bulken shop
    720 sf? not hard to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Leetch View Post
    Hey you gotta quit pickin on us compact shop people!!!! You never know there may be more of us then there are of you!!!!
    cozy shops are just the way to go... (or so I tell myself)
    Last edited by Ned Bulken; 09-03-2008 at 10:25 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Note, "Aparto" is how they say "Apartment" in Japanese, it is shorter less typing, I'm lazy, so I'm going to use Aparto........ just think of this as a mini cultural lesson
    I'm pretty sure you typed more letters with you prelude than if you just typed 'Apartment'

    Good luck with the reno! It's always good to have an incentive

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    Its funny how being from SoCal I immediatly tried to pronounce that as if it were Spanish ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    Hmmm, quite the job there Stu, best of luck with it, and you've got three months. (That's when I expect I''ll call it done.. with power and siding on.)
    Ned,
    In three more months it'll be under snow! Better get the siding on first, and the trench for the power line done before it's too frozen to dig...
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    Total floor space, I don't know, I'd have to check, but I bet it is not over 14 tatami, or 7 tsubo so that would be around 250 sq feet.

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