Ask DJ Lyons: Home Office Renovations Day 11

My home office is being re-done

I can see the light at the end of a very long-feeling tunnel. We are getting closer to the end of the renovations on my home office. This hub will incorporate several things that got accomplished over the course of 2 days: Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 15-16, 2011.

My husband and I used filler to fill in cracks in the logs. That was really fun to use a screwdriver to try to drive the filler in as far as it would go. There was one crack where I had to use 5 layers deep to finally get the crack filled. My husband said this filler is a real money-saver as caulk is rather expensive. He will be putting white caulk on top of all the places where we put that black filler.

He then caulked most of the cracks.

In the meantime, my husband and I went to Lowe's and bought a really pretty solid stain called Colonial Yellow. If all our wood had been one color only, we would have gotten semi-transparent stain so that the wood grain would also show. But since the wood where the built-in chest of drawers and built-in bed had been located is a really dark wood, we elected to use solid stain instead.

As a surprise to me, he stained two sections of the wall where no new chinking was needed. I absolutely love the yellow. I think the room is going to be very bright and sunshiny. It was hard for me to go to sleep that night as I was so excited.

In the meantime, we picked out the color chinking we wanted - kind of a bone color. We are now waiting for that to come in. Once that is put in and it has had a chance to dry, then we can stain all the walls. After that, the Rosewood Laminant flooring can finally be installed.

Source
Source
Source
Source

Filler

See the filler roll. This was the crack that took about 5 layers one on top of the other to fill it completely. This was really fun to do. 

Source
Source
Source
Source

My husband applies caulk using his caulk gun

My husband is applying the white caulk on top of the black filler. He will also apply white caulk on the cracks that were too narrow for filler. 

He kept a wet dishrag nearby so he could wet his finger occasionally to keep it from sticking to the caulk as he smoothed it out.

Source
Source
Source
Source

Colonial Yellow Solid Stain

My husband gave me a lovely surprise by adding the stain to two of the wall sections. Like I mentioned above, I was so excited, I had trouble falling asleep that night. The last time I looked at the clock was 5:01 a.m. I am eagerly anticipating the day when I can finally move in. Woo-hoo!

Source
Source

Two different colors of wood

See the two different colors of wood. The darker wood was what came to light after the built-in chest of drawers finally got removed. The Colonial Yellow stain should cover it completely. 

Source
Source
Source

Rosewood Laminate

Here are our 10 boxes of Rosewood Laminate that should be enough to cover a 10 foot by 12 foot room. Tommy told me to bring it in from the car so it can get aclimated to the room's temperature. This should keep it from expanding or contracting when they get ready to apply it.

Source

Installation Kit for Laminate Flooring

Here is the installation kit they will use to install the flooring that has a hardwood floor look. I think the flooring will look amazing!

Source
Source

Great Stuff Gaps & Cracks - Insulating Foam Sealant

Tommy and Dal showed up the morning of Feb. 15th and scraped off the excess solution from the Insulating Foam Sealant they had applied the previous day.






You can see the before look with that puffy sealant sticking up.

Source

Walking toward the room

This is how the room looks as you walk toward it. You can see some of the Colonial Yellow stain applied to one of the wall sections.

















Caulking Gun to apply Caulk

Newborn 930-GTD Drip-Free Smooth Hex Rod Cradle Caulking Gun with Gator Trigger Comfort Grip, 1/10 Gallon Cartridge, 10:1 Thrust Ratio
Newborn 930-GTD Drip-Free Smooth Hex Rod Cradle Caulking Gun with Gator Trigger Comfort Grip, 1/10 Gallon Cartridge, 10:1 Thrust Ratio

* Professional-grade 1/10-gallon drip-free caulk gun

* Thermoplastic comfort grip

* Professional drip-free hex rod

* Includes ladder hook

* All-steel, welded construction

 
Black & Decker CG100 2-Speed Powered Caulk Gun
Black & Decker CG100 2-Speed Powered Caulk Gun

* Two speeds for precise results

* Drip resistant tip for easy clean-up

* On-board tool punctures caulk tube seals

* Weighs 3.8 pounds; 2-year warranty

* Includes powered caulk gun, four "AA" batteries, and a tube carrier

 
Dripless Inc. ETS2000 Ergo Composite Caulk Gun
Dripless Inc. ETS2000 Ergo Composite Caulk Gun

* All purpose light weight caulk gun is 40% lighter than models w/similar features

* Rugged composite construction for durability

* Engineered ergonomic grip for comfort

* Reduces stress in hand & arm

* Rotating barrel

 
Campbell Hausfeld Air Powered Caulk Gun (PL155800AV)
Campbell Hausfeld Air Powered Caulk Gun (PL155800AV)

* Smoothly dispenses caulks, adhesives and sealants from standard cartridges

* Shut-off valve stops material when trigger is released

* Dispenses 10.1 fl. oz (uses 1-15/16-Inch diameter by 8.5-Inch cartridge)

 
Red Devil 3985 Half-Barrel Caulk Gun
Red Devil 3985 Half-Barrel Caulk Gun

* Professional quality

* Smooth rod and quick-release mechanism

* Holds most standard cartridges

* For light to medium applications

 
Dripless 10oz Industrial Ergonomic Composite Caulk Gun
Dripless 10oz Industrial Ergonomic Composite Caulk Gun

* Industrial grade caulk gun

* 18 to 1 ratio

* Designed to reduce stress in hand and arm

* No drip feature allows for better bead control

* Sharp precision cutter and extra long clean out

 
Newborn 250 Super Smooth Rod Revolving Frame Caulking Gun, 1/10-Gallon Cartridge Capacity, 18:1 Thrust Ratio
Newborn 250 Super Smooth Rod Revolving Frame Caulking Gun, 1/10-Gallon Cartridge Capacity, 18:1 Thrust Ratio

* Professional-grade high-thrust ratio caulk gun

* 18:1 thrust ratio

* Revolving barrel

* Zinc alloy handle

* Includes ladder hook

 
COX 21001 Wexford II 10.3-Ounce Cartridge Manual Skeleton Fiberglass Caulk Gun
COX 21001 Wexford II 10.3-Ounce Cartridge Manual Skeleton Fiberglass Caulk Gun

* Mechanical advantage 7:1

* Retractable seal puncturing device

* Built-in ladder hook

* Non-drip feature

* Made in the USA

 
Tajima CNV-100LT 1/10-Gallon Convoy Lite Feather Weight Caulk Gun
Tajima CNV-100LT 1/10-Gallon Convoy Lite Feather Weight Caulk Gun

* Ultra light - 37 Percent less weight than other guns

* Hassle-free reloading

* Positive control

* Smooth twin thrust friction feed flow control

* Auto flow stop

 
COX 41004-2T Ascot 10.3-Ounce Cartridge 26:1 Mechanical Advantage Cradle Manual Caulk Gun
COX 41004-2T Ascot 10.3-Ounce Cartridge 26:1 Mechanical Advantage Cradle Manual Caulk Gun

* Mechanical advantage 26:1

* Support straps, secure cartridge fit

* Built-in ladder hook

* Thumb activated instant pressure release

* Made in the USA

 

More by this Author


No comments yet.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working