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    Start Of A Little Reno....

    My wife and myself decided a few months ago to do a little reno in the house....
    Game plan was to use the existing cabinets, and a new tile floor and some granite to the kitchen and baths and away we go.
    After trying to match everything we made the decision that I would do a bunch of work and step it up a lot.
    That was four months ago......

    Soooo

    I started to make new cabinet doors for the three bathrooms. The kitchen ones will come later.
    Walnut.

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    I have done the demoing, electrical, plumbing, drywall repairs, and painting.
    What seemed like a "not a problem honey" has gone way overboard.
    We gutted the three bathrooms and tore up all the ceramic tile. It will be replaced with picaso travertine stone.
    Tub enclosures have been replaced, as all the rest of the fixtures in the bathrooms.

    Ensuite six foot custom shower

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    The glass doors will be here in 4-5 weeks.

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    Hallways

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    We did mozaic tile around all the perimeters.

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    The boss wanted a vessel sink in the main bath.
    Template had to be made for the granite guys for the tap holes.

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    The granite we choose was called golden thunder.

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    Our tile setter was in our home for five weeks every day to get this phase done.
    He still has to do the laundry room and kitchen but that will be a fall project.

    I'm thinking this one is going to take a year..
    But it is going to look like a million bucks!!

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    And now I get to do some wood working again..

    Start of the trim work.

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    Life is good.


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    Man, some people have all the fun...and the skills to go with it some sweet looking work going on there!!!
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

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    Wow, great job Gary. Having just done a tile job in our master bath, I can only imagine the doses of Ibuprofen you've probably been taking. It takes good tile layer to be confident to put tiles on the ceiling too.

    That trim work is top notch too, good inspiration, I've got a re-do of our house trim and doors coming up later this year. My wife wants all new interior doors to replace the luan panel doors throughout the house.
    Darren

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    Thanks guys.
    We bought close to 8000 lbs of travertine that was brought into our home, then sorted to where it was to go.
    That job took us a few evenings.
    We had our tile guys go the extra mile and even do niches with chair rail edges.

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    Even got him to line up the joints....

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    Wow. That is looking terrific Gary.
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    That's sharp! The tile job looks really good.

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    Another little bump in the road.....

    Well as I hook up all the plumbing to get the three bath rooms functional we run into yet one more problem....
    I think this was problem number 725.
    This vessel sink and taps were what my wife picked for the main bath.
    No one told me these things take forever to drain... And I mean forever.
    In hindsite it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize with no overflow there is no venting for the water.
    The decorative drain with small holes creates to much friction and this thing just would not drain.

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    After a few smokes I decided to drill a bunch of more holes in the drain to see if it would help and now we have a vessel sink that drains.
    So much for the decorative drain...
    The boss is happy and we hope in the next few days I can topcoat the walnut doors for two of the bathrooms.
    And start the custom mirrors that will replace the temporary ones.
    Or so the game plan goes.
    Man I really want to get back into my shop!


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    Dad put one similar to that in a while back. Also a drain problem . The do look very cool and I really like the faucet hardware you've chosen.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
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    We have vessel sinks, installed by yours truly. One of the vessels has a regular vessel drain. The vessel drain is 1 1/2 inch. About 3/8 inch above the opening is a solid dome. The skirt of the dome is almost all open. It drains beautifully.

    The vessel in the upstairs guest bath has a 1 1/4 inch drain. When I did it 6-8 years ago, they did not make vessel drains that size. So this vessel had the multi hole deal. Watching it drain makes watching paint dry seem exciting. My solution was simple. I took a soda straw and placed it vertically through the center hole. I cut the straw off about 1/2 inch above the holey plate. Now this vessel drains much faster (However, still slower than the downstairs vessel.). A larger diameter tube of some sort would increase the drain speed because more air could get into the system. Perhaps a person could find some plumbing nut or piece of tubing with the same finish as the drain disk. Drill a hole, the correct size in the disk, and mount the plumbing part in the hole permanently. This would not look Mickey Mouse and yet more air would speed up the draining.

    I can visualize several plumbing nuts that could be used for this. If you used a chrome, bronze or whatever plumbing cap (I don't know what plumbers call them.), you could drill a hole in the closed end and thread it into the holey disk.

    As they say, "That's my two cents worth."

    That vessel and faucet combination is fabulous. I have never done ceiling or around door trim work. But I have done around where the wall and floor meet and done the simple stuff around the door opening. So I have a bit of knowledge about how difficult real trim work is. Yours is perfect.

    Live happy and enjoy your home for many years.

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