Ask DJ Lyons: Home Office Renovations Day 4

My home office is being re-done

My home office in our log cabin is being completely re-done.

To back up,we are getting this room completely re-done because the floor had been bowing to the center. My husband and I figured that the ground must have shifted under that part of our log cabin. We finally decided to contract with Tommy and his helper Dal to take out the floor, re-build it, and start from scratch. It turns out that the logs holding up the floor were broken. If we had not done this pretty soon, it is possible that I could have walked in and fallen through the floor. What a blessing to discover this before it was too late!

Tommy and Dal, who  also have another job they have to go to every day at 2:00, showed up Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Feb. 2, 2011. Then they had to skip 2 days.

On day 4 of the renovations, Saturday, Feb. 5th, a third guy came on the scene - Chuck. He will deal with things like replacing the outside half of a log that has rotted, replacing our disreputable-looking windows, and a few other issues. It was Chuck who discovered the deceased squirrel. See the link to find out the story behind that situation.

Tommy and Dal showed up while Chuck was still there. They had to pick up a few things for the renovations.

Thank goodness that the three of them have worked together in the past; therefore, there will be no professional jealousy or tension. They will coordinate together so that the renovations can continue in harmony.

My husband and I are to spend the weekend cleaning out the debris and sanding where the built-in dressers were formerly located. Then Chuck will treat for termites on Monday. Tommy and Dal will return on Tuesday to lay down plastic to take care of the moisture situation.

Check out the pictures below of what got done on this 4th day. In the meantime, here are the links of the pictures for the first three days.

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Rotting log outside log cabin

That bottom log is rotting. My husband, before he was my husband, had supposedly gotten this repaired 7 years ago. It looks like those people did not do a very good job.

Thankfully, rather than having to lift up the house and replace the entire log, it can be sawed in half lengthwise and just the outside half be replaced. Chuck will be taking care of that detail.

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Concrete blocks and plastic in closet

These concrete blocks located in the closet area will be used to hold up the part of the house under the door entrance that currently have no supports. Check out the next picture that shows my husband's legs to see what I am talking about.

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My husband's legs as we discuss our upcoming shoveling and sanding assignment

My husband and I are discussing our weekend assignment to shovel up all the debris and to sand down the walls where the former two built-in dressers were located.

Notice that below the floor where my husband is standing, there are no supports. That is what the concrete blocks will be doing.

This is the most likely location where that squirrel who died must have gotten in. What does not make sense is why he could not get back out.

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Sander and area in need of sanding

There is the electric sander. Tommy loaned this to my husband. It will be my husband's job to sand the two locations in the room where the built-in chest of drawers formerly were located.

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Shovel and insulation in front left corner

This is the other location that has to be sanded. Also, there is one of the two shovels loaned to us by Tommy so that my husband and I can shovel up the debris over the weekend. Fun! Fun! Smile!

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Debris galore waiting to be shoveled and removed

There is the lovely debris lying in wait for my husband and I to shovel it up over the weekend. I bet we will burn a lot of calories doing that. Smile!









































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DEWALT D26451K  Corded 3 Amp 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander with Cloth Dust Bag
DEWALT D26451K Corded 3 Amp 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander with Cloth Dust Bag

Built to deliver smooth, clean finishes, the DEWALT 5-Inch Random-Orbit Sander features DEWALT's trademarked Controlled Finishing System along with a 3.0 amp motor and an easy-to-control body with textured grips. A dust bag that helps keep your work space clean , a sealed-switch, and sealed ball bearings round out the sander's durable design.

Controlled Finishing System for Smooth Results

This sander's 3.0 amp motor delivers 12,000 opm, a sanding speed that's ideal for creating smooth finishes on a variety of work pieces. Its random-orbit motion and 3/32-inch orbit prevent unsightly swirls while allowing for significant material removal. The DEWALT Controlled Finishing System (CFS) controls pad speed and minimizes gouging during start up, contributing to clean, consistent finished surfaces.

Since achieving a great finish is also about how well you're able to control your sander, this tool features a textured anti-slip top and body grip. This keeps you comfortable during extended periods of use and allows for excellent control--no matter how tough the job at hand is. The sander also features a dual-plane counter-balanced fan that improves handling and works to reduce user fatigue, and it weighs in at an easy-to-maneuver 3.4 pounds.

Durable, Versatile Design and Quick Disk Changes

Sanding produces a lot of dust, which can be hard on electronic and mechanical tool parts over time. This orbital sander's dust-sealed switch and sealed 100 percent ball-bearing construction combine to keep dust and debris away from critical components and ensure a longer tool life.

For added convenience, the sander accepts 5-inch, 8-hole hook and loop abrasive paper. This setup allows sanding disks to be switched back and forth quickly and easily, so you never have to choose between maintaining an efficient workflow and utilizing the perfect grit.

Convenient, Integrated Dust Management

Dust management is critical when performing sanding and stripping tasks, and DEWALT has it covered with a high capacity dust bag. This bag features a built-in vacuum adapter, so you can choose to utilize it with or without a shop vac or an extractor based on where you are and what applications you tackle most.

This 5-Inch Random-Orbit Sander comes with a DEWALT warranty package that includes a three-year limited warranty, a one-year free service contract, and a 90-day money back guarantee.

What's in the Box

D26451K DEWALT 5-Inch Random-Orbit Sander, dust bag with vacuum adapter, and kit box.

 
Milwaukee 6021-21 Random Orbit Palm Sander with dust collection bag
Milwaukee 6021-21 Random Orbit Palm Sander with dust collection bag

Milwaukee's Random Orbit Palm Sander produces a fine, swirl-free finish. The permanent magnet motor produces dependable speed and power and features electronic soft start and a variable speed dial. Designed for comfort with a tactile rubber top and body grip surface and a narrow sander body. Amps: 3, Variable Speed: Yes, Disc Diameter (in.): 5, Wheel Diameter (in.): 5, OPM: 7,000 - 12,000, Tool Length (in.): 5 1/2, Tool Weight (lbs.): 3.3 lbs., Case Included: Yes, Dust Bag Included: Yes

 
Makita BO4556K 2.0 Amp 4-1/2-Inch Finishing Sander with Case
Makita BO4556K 2.0 Amp 4-1/2-Inch Finishing Sander with Case

Makita's Finishing Sander, Model BO4556K, combines fast, smooth performance with a contoured rubberized palm grip and ease-of-use features. The BO4556K is ideal for wood workers and finish carpenters who require a best-in-class sander.

The BO4556K weighs just 2.6 pounds and is engineered with a 2 AMP motor that delivers 14,000 OPM for fast and smooth finishing sanding. The precision-engineered all ball bearing construction significantly reduces vibration and noise.

Comfort and ease-of-use features include an ergonomically designed contoured rubberized palm grip that fits like a glove with even pressure and easy control. The rubber sealed switch prevents dust contamination and increases durability, while the large paper clamps are designed for fast and efficient paper installation. The efficient through-the-pad dust collection system helps provide a cleaner work environment, while the fabric dust bag has an extra wide mouth for faster disposal.

Model BO4556K includes abrasive paper, dust bag, punch plate, and tool case. It is ideal for a wide range of finish sanding applications. The BO4556K is just another example of Makita's commitment to innovative technology and best-in-class engineering.

 
DEWALT D26441K 2.4-AMP Orbital 1/4-Sheet Sander with Cloth Dust Bag
DEWALT D26441K 2.4-AMP Orbital 1/4-Sheet Sander with Cloth Dust Bag

Ideal for finishing tasks, this DEWALT 1/4-Sheet Palm-Grip Sander Kit features a 14,000 opm sander with a dependable 2.4 amp motor. Details like a lightweight body, an ergonomic grip, and a dust bag that helps keep your work space clean while a sealed switch and sealed ball bearings keep the sander running longer.

Smooth Operation Delivers Smooth Finishes

This sander's 2.4 amp motor delivers 14,000 opm, which combines with the sander's 1/16-inch orbit pattern to make it perfect for finishing a wide variety of woodworking projects. The sander weighs in at just three pounds for easy one-handed operation, and because this 1/4-sheet sander works with standard sandpaper, you can count on being able to select the perfect grit for any job.

Since achieving a great finish is also about how well you're able to control your sander, this tool features a textured anti-slip top and body grip. This keeps you comfortable during extended periods of use and allows for excellent control--no matter how tough the job at hand is. The sander also features a dual-plane counter-balanced fan that improves handling and works to reduce user fatigue, and it weighs in at an easy-to-maneuver 3.4 pounds.

Durable, Versatile Design with Sealed Switch

Sanding produces a lot of dust, which can be hard on electronic and mechanical tool parts over time. This orbital sander's dust-sealed switch and sealed 100 percent ball-bearing construction combine to keep dust and debris away from critical components and ensure a longer tool life.

Convenient, Integrated Dust Management

Dust management is critical when performing sanding and stripping tasks, DEWALT has it covered with a high capacity dust bag. This bag features a built-in vacuum adapter, so you can choose to utilize it with or without a shop vac or an extractor based on where you are and what applications you tackle most.

This 1/4-Sheet Palm-Grip Sander Kit also comes with a DEWALT warranty package that includes a three-year limited warranty, a one-year free service contract, and a 90-day money back guarantee.

What's in the Box

D26441K DEWALT 1/4-Sheet Palm-Grip Sander, dust bag with vacuum adapter, sandpaper punch, and kit box.

 
Hyde Tools 09170 Dust-Free Drywall Vacuum Sander
Hyde Tools 09170 Dust-Free Drywall Vacuum Sander

America's favorite brand. Our brand strength has never been stronger in paint and wall-covering hand tools. Hyde is America's favorite brand in these categories, chosen two to one by contractors over any other brand for scraping, patching, taping and coating surfaces. Whether purchased by professionals or homeowners, our tools are considered "serious tools for serious users." our superior product strength and durability are often backed by a lifetime guarantee. Tap into the loyal following Hyde tools has been building for generations.

 
PORTER-CABLE 390K 5-Inch Low Profile Random Orbit Sander Kit with Hook & Loop Pad and Dust Collection
PORTER-CABLE 390K 5-Inch Low Profile Random Orbit Sander Kit with Hook & Loop Pad and Dust Collection

Efficient, thorough, and easy to control, the Porter-Cable 390K Low-Profile Random-Orbit Sander has a low center of gravity for the close to the work feel of an air sander with the convenience of a standard electrical plug. Its 3-1/2 amp ENDURATECH brushless motor ensures robust, time-saving performance on a variety of materials, including red oak, pine, and poplar. The sander also features integrated dust collection that keeps your workspace cleaner and healthier.

Robust Performance in a Compact Package

The 390K is a powerful, compact sander ready to take on a variety of heavy-duty jobs. It's ideal for aggressive sanding, coating removal, leveling seams, smoothing rough material, solid surface work, and boat-bottom cleanup.

ENDURATECH Motor for Improved Productivity and Durability

The 2008 winner of the WOOD Magazine Top Tool Award, the 390K boasts ENDURATECH brushless motor technology for 70 percent fewer wearable parts, which increases the motor life by up to 10 times when compared to traditional palm-grip sander motors. The result is greatly improved productivity, durability, and control.

Low-Profile Design for Optimum Control

The 390K sets a new standard for palm-grip sanders. Its low-profile design is 30 percent shorter than the competition. This means you'll get optimum control and finish, as well as comfortable handling on the job.

Variable Speed Range for Versatility and Precision

Versatile and powerful, this sander has a variable speed range of 7,000 to 12,000 rpm for optimal removal rate on a variety of materials. Electronic load-control monitors the rpm and maintains a constant operating speed for smooth sanding and over 40 percent faster material removal.

Innovative Brake Designs Save Time and Reduce Free-Spin

Also, the 390K saves you time with its innovative electronic motor brake, which reduces spin-down waiting from close to 10 seconds to approximately 3 seconds.A separate mechanical pad brake reduces free-spin--effectively putting an end to gouging, and a 3/32-inch orbit diameter means this sander can handle a range of materials with ease.

Compact, Ergonomic Design with Integrated Dust Port

The 390K measures 4 by 5 by 12 inches (W x H x D) and weighs just 2.1 pounds, so it's compact and easy to store. Its rubber grip and ergonomic features maintain user comfort, even during extended jobs.

For further convenience, an integrated dust port accepts 1-inch and 1-1/2-inch vacuum hoses for optimal dust collection. This makes your workspace cleaner and healthier and helps maintain good visibility of your workpiece.

Warranty Information

The 390K is backed by a three-year warranty.

What's in the Box

Random-orbit sander kit, 5-inch hook-and-loop pad with eight-hole pattern, rugged storage case, and user manual.

 
Bosch ROS20VSK 120-Volt Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander Kit
Bosch ROS20VSK 120-Volt Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander Kit

The Bosch ROS20VS is designed to give even the most exacting finish carpenters, cabinet makers, woodworkers and others exactly what they want, beginning with great performance and results. The optimized combination of pad orbit and rotation delivers fast removal and a well-blended, ultra-smooth finish. Bosch's integral pad dampening system, a pad braking system, is designed to eliminate the most common complaint of random orbit sander users; swirl marks on the workpiece. Finish quality is further enhanced with the use of a soft microcellular backing pad. The pliable pad ensures a smooth, fine finish on flat or contoured surfaces.

 
Black & Decker MS800B Mouse Detail Sander With Dust Collection
Black & Decker MS800B Mouse Detail Sander With Dust Collection

Compact design and orbital action of mouse makes it ideal for finish and detail sanding, polishing metals, and scrubbing grout paint from windows. Soft gel grips give comfort and control. Interchangeable bases let you switch easily between jobs. Hook and loop system for fast paper changes. Kit includes assorted sandpaper, and storage bag. .5A motor. 11,000 OPM.

 
Ingersoll Rand 311A 6-Inch Heavy-Duty Air Dual-Action Quiet Sander
Ingersoll Rand 311A 6-Inch Heavy-Duty Air Dual-Action Quiet Sander

Part of the industry's most complete line of air finishing tools, the Ingersoll Rand 311A Heavy-Duty Six-Inch Dual-Action Quiet Air Sander combines all the latest advances for excellent control and brilliant surfaces. This easy-to-handle tool's every detail is designed to make your work faster and easier, so you can get more done without sacrificing comfort or quality.

Dual-Action Sander Creates Swirl-Free Finishes

With the 311A, you get the power and precision you need to complete sophisticated work. Compact, portable, and designed for long life, this dual-action sander creates swirl-free finishes, making it ideal for feather edging, metal preparation, and finish work on body filler.

Balanced, Quiet Operation for All-Day Comfort

Complete with a 6-inch-diameter pad, the 311A is packed with features that help make work more pleasant and efficient. First, a lever throttle takes pressure off your palm, resulting in less hand and wrist fatigue.

Additionally, a built-in silencer muffles noise as you work, while balanced ball-bearing construction ensures improved handling and control, as well as longer life. And at just four pounds, the 311A won't weigh you down, even during all-day jobs.

Low Vibration and Optimum Precision

To keep noise at a minimum, this sander provides low vibration and quiet performance. For added convenience, there's an adjustable built-in regulator that delivers positive speed control--12,000 rpm maximum free speed, 17 cfm air consumption at free speed--for optimum precision.

The 311A is backed by a one-year warranty.

Ingersoll Rand Air Tools: Reliability and Power

Whether you're working in the shop, at the garage, or on a heavy-duty jobsite, you can depend on Ingersoll Rand air tools for quality and performance. Ingersoll Rand tools are powerful, durable, and easy to use, reducing downtown and improving productivity.

For more than 100 years, the company's advanced engineering, manufacturing, and service models have set a standard of excellence. Trust Ingersoll Rand to help you complete your work faster and easier than ever before.

What's in the Box

Ingersoll Rand 311A Heavy-Duty Six-Inch Dual-Action Quiet Air Sander and manual.

 

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