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Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by rvitek, September 28, 2002.

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  1. rvitek

    rvitek Elite Explorer

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    Well - I went with oak... and now, my hammer hand is sore, my knees are raw - but damn, I feel good!

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    Aww yea!

    Thanks for lookin' - I'm going to bed now :)
     
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  3. Crankcase

    Crankcase Moderator Emeritus Moderator Emeritus

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    Good job. Do you have 20 or so steps to do in total? How many do you have left?
     
  4. rvitek

    rvitek Elite Explorer

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    Ya, I have 14 (including the two landing risers) total and I only have two finished. I'm going to complete the hallway first then do the stairs as to keep the wear/tear on the unfinished stairs to a minimum.

    I'll update this post when I can.
     
  5. FrankRizzo

    FrankRizzo Elite Explorer

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    Man, I can't imagine hammering oak....you pre-drill right?
    I'm pretty lazy. If I did'nt already own a nailer - I'd rent one!

    Don't forget, wood expands, so leave a little bit of an expansion joint at the edges.

    It looks good!
     
  6. rvitek

    rvitek Elite Explorer

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    Thanks Frank! Actually, the risesrs / treads are screwed in with an expansion joint of about an 1/8" split (so 1/16" on either side) between each wall. I'll end up capping each of the screw heads then sanding / polishing them down.

    Ya, I own a micro-pinner (24 gauge) that I'll use for the trim and a finish nailer (among other things) that I'm using to face-nail the first stips of flooring. The floor nailer I'm renting and will buy one when I do my living room.

    My hammer-hand is killing me today!

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  7. Jason_25

    Jason_25 Elite Explorer<br>ECX Member

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    Man I am gonna be doing a project like that soon. The whole upstairs is gonna be redone with wood. Tough job huh? Did you ever consider letting Lowe's or someone do it for you?
     
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    LOOKING GOOD!!!

    I did a 30x18 addition with 3/4" pre-finished flooring this summer. If I think hard enough, my arm is still kinda sore from hammering. But the work is definately worth doing yourself over the high cost of getting someone else in there.

    Robb
     
  9. rvitek

    rvitek Elite Explorer

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    Ummm... I dont' think it was that tough of a job... the toughest part was the actual prep of the hallway (remove carpet, padding, the 10,000 carpet staples, baseboards, sanding, filling, sealing and then laying the felt). The tough part about putting the boards down was only on the first couple as I really didn't know what I was doing, so I was just winging it :)

    As for the installers, I was quoted by 3 different companies, and you wouldn't believe this, but I was quoted over $2500 for JUST THE REMOVAL AND INSTALL OF THE STAIRS and another $500 for JUST THE STAIR MATERIALS! Now, my total bill on my treads was (for 14) $225. I just thought, that, since I know my way around wood, and I own a table saw / chop saw / air nailers - I'd tackle the job myself. If I didn't, I think that I would go the pre-finished route and not have to worry to much about it.

    Thanks Robb - and ya, my arm's going to hurt for a few years!

    Ry.
     
  10. rvitek

    rvitek Elite Explorer

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    My latest installment...

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    Almost all gone! Just got the stairs left!

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    To Do:

    Stair treads / risers.
    Baseboards.
    Sand.
    Beer.
    Fill gaps.
    Finish.
    Quarter Round.
    Beer.
    Patch dents in walls.
    More beer.
    Paint walls.

    It'll get done some day!

    Ry.
     






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