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barbara (27)

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Re: "I want new granite and countertops installed in my kitchen"
(from FarFred 8 years, 3 months ago)
Went through the process of selecting granite for countertops in our kitchen around two and a half years. We compiled quite a set of pictures of granite countertops that both me and the wife approved of.

Behold our fave pictures of granite countertops:

Granite basin sink
Blue onyx granite


Granite double sink
Granite edge


Granite island
Granite tile

Re: "I want new granite and countertops installed in my kitchen"
(from HandyAndy 8 years, 3 months ago)
I have installed a half dozen granite countertops in the past few years and most came in between $5,000 and $7,500 installed.

The granite cost can vary wildly depending on the color, finish, pattern, country of origin and "tier" or quality level.

My most common job was a mid-tier, 1-1/2-inch build-up with a three inch backsplash and standard, rounded edge. Once you get your granite installed, make sure and keep it sealed. Granite is porous and sealing it helps keep the stains out and the shine bright.


I can tell you one thing for sure, not a single one of my kitchen renovation clients ever complained about missing their old laminate countertops! Granite countertops look great and really dress up your kitchen's appearance.
Re: "I want someone to install oak cabinets for kitchen remodel"
(from HandyAndy 8 years, 3 months ago)
Check out this walk through of a newly remodeled kitchen which had new oak kitchen cabinets installed with adjustable melamine shelving and concealed hinges.

This remodeled kitchen will be fitted with granite countertops and the standard kitchen appliances (over the range microwave, under counter dishwasher, free standing gas range and 36-inch wide refrigerator.

This homeowner chose medium colored oak cabinets and finished their adjacent laundry room and hallway broom closet with similar oak cabinets.

Mark's walk through gives you a good impression of the beauty of oak cupboards and cabinets.
Re: "I want someone to install oak cabinets for kitchen remodel"
(from wendylu 8 years, 3 months ago)
I replaced my kitchen cupboards and cabinets a few years ago, and went with new white oak kitchen cabinets with edge-banded, adjustable melamine shelving.

I was lucky to find a great local cabinet installer who showed up on time every morning and completed the job on time without too much disruption to my everyday life. I interviewed a total of three cabinet installers, which greatly helped me find to best one for my job.

That being said, there is a lot of disruption whenever you tear apart your kitchen! Expect to eat out a lot if you have kids and for the microwave to become your primary cooking appliance when you cook in! :-)

For reference, my semi-custom replacement cupboards and cabinets (in a normal sized kitchen, nothing extravagant for me) cost just under $12,000 installed.

Re: "I want new oak hardwood floors installed in my kitchen"
(from mitch 8 years, 9 months ago)
There a many dozens of types of oak flooring colors and finishes you can consider when planning a new oak floor.

On the Armstrong website, you will see antique, distressed, bighorn, hand-scraped finishes as well as pattern options like herringbone and parquet (for all you Boston Celtics fans!)

They also show oak finishes like butterscotch, cherry, cimarron and dune as well as many others. Oak is very flexible and will allow you to customize a look that fits your home well.

If you are considering other woods, check out their birch, cherry, hickory, maple and walnut floors.
Re: "I want a water damage remediation service"
(from clem 8 years, 9 months ago)
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I'm diligent about checking my washing machine water feed hoses for damage or signs of stress. Many times, if you have rubber feed hoses, you will be able to see that a hoses is close to failure. There may be a bulge forming in the hose which indicates that there is a weak area that could burst.

As soon as you see any signs of wear or failure, turn off the water to the machine and replace the hoses immediately. A stainless steel replacement hose is not very expensive (will cost around $15) so it's worth replacing to save you the cost and property loss that a flooded basement will cost.
Re: "I want a water damage remediation service"
(from mitch 8 years, 9 months ago)
Unfortunately, I've had a few basement water flooding experiences. Two houses ago, I was living in a townhouse with a finished basement with a laundry area. One morning while we were out of the house having breakfast, we had a washing machine water hose burst.

Our basement was finished and had an area setup for TV watching, our home office, a small woodshop and an exercise area. Luckily, we caught the flood within a couple of hours, but even in that little amount of time, we had about an inch of water on one end of the basement.

Fortunately, I had not placed any of our computers directly on the basement floor. I had each of them raised about 3 or 4 inches off the floor on pieces of scrap wood. I learned my lesson that day. Now I *never* place anything of value directly on the basement floor, no matter if I have a know basement water problem or not. I don't trust the water tightness of any basement, even the dry basements.

At bare minimum, go to your local Home Depot, Ace Hardware or Lowes and pickup up couple 2x4s. If you don't have a hand saw, you can often cut the boards down right at the store. If you have a miter saw, well, then you are in a great shape.

Chop the 2x4 into one foot lengths (dimensional lumber lesson: a 2x4 actually measures 1-1/2 in x 3-1/2 in). Most home improvement centers sell 2x4s in 8-foot lengths, which is about the maximum length you can transport in a car anyhow, so you'll get 8 pieces making 4 pairs of blocks. Place each section on its shorter edge so you can raise your box or computer up a full 3-1/2 inches off your basement floor. Unfortunately, 1-1/2 inch is often not enough to save your goods from water damage, and in bad cases, the 3-1/2 inches won't be enough either.

I guess the moral of my story is: don't put anything irreplaceable anywhere close to your basement floor, no matter how "dry" it is!
Re: "I want a water damage remediation service"
(from HandyAndy 8 years, 9 months ago)
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Depending on how handy you are and how significant the water damage is, you can either try to do the remediation yourself or hire a local professional to do it for you.

Doing it yourself will entail fixing the source of the leak. I assume that you shut off the water when you found it, but you will of course need to repair the burst pipe. This is a fairly advanced do-it-yourself project, but there is a step-by-step guide on HGTV's website.

Once the problem is fixed, then you can deal with the water damage remediation. Fold back the carpet and carpet pad in the area that got wet and mop up all of the standing water. Next, get as many large fans as you can and use them to dry the carpet, floor and baseboard.

Ask your friends and neighbors for extra fans and humidifiers or contact a local rental agency to get some large, high-powered fans for drying the carpet, pad and concrete. If your flooding wasn't too severe you should be able to salvage your carpet and pad.


Re: "I want an electric power shovel"
(from bigben 8 years, 10 months ago)
I have the fantastic Toro Power Shovel for my light duty jobs like clearing off the deck and the walkway to our door. It is lightweight and relatively (compared to a full snowblower) inexpensive.

As I look around the web for confirmation of my recommendation, I see that it is *by far* the most reviewed electric snow shovel on Amazon with 311 reviews and a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

It is also the top recommended power snow shovel on ConsumerSearch and gets a "Budget Buy" award from ConsumerGuide.

If you still don't believe me, check out the "most helpful review on Amazon, and I quote: "this is one of the most helpful tools to have ever been placed on the market".

Keep in mind, that this Toro is only suitable for light snow and doesn't have a snow shoot, it shoots the snow forward. It carves a path about 12 inches wide and I'd estimate that it throws it 15 to 20 feet.

When you get your power shovel, don't forget to pickup a 100-foot extension cord and cord reel.

Re: "I want new oak hardwood floors installed in my kitchen"
(from wendylu 8 years, 10 months ago)
It took me a few years to come to love oak as a wood. Years ago, I was always a cherry or maple fan, I just didn't like the highly contrasting and figured grain in oak. Gradually, my tastes have changed and I've come to really love the character of oak.

It now seems to have much more personality than maple or cherry which, in hindsight, I think I liked because of their less "woodishness". Not a word, I know, but maybe someone out there understands :) After living with my own installation of hardwood floors for 3 years I can now say I'm a die hard oak fan.

We chose what i'd characterize as a medium color: not too dark, not too light. The beauty of the wood really stands out.

oak wood flooringAntique Oak Wood Flooring
As far as durability, because of its hardness, the floor has withstood the dings and dents that my old wide pine floor used to have. They added some character, for sure, but its nice to know that my oak floor is more durable. I've found it easy to keep clean and looks beautiful.

Also, my real estate agent friend says the oak wood flooring (and hardwood flooring in general) adds value to any property, which is nice, although we don't have any plans to sell right now! As we were designing it, we also found that it was very flexible as far as looks in that we had the option of getting various different grades, finishes and colors.

On a side note, we opted for environmentally friendly oak flooring. Ours was PEFC certified (Programme for the Endorsement of Forecst Certification) which came from a sustainable wood forest. The PEFC program seeks to curtail the depletion of natural resources, reduce energy waste and overall use and conserve ecosystems and landscapes, which was important for us.

Wants from people barbara follows

Barbara has posted 6 Wants

"I want new granite and countertops installed in my kitchen" posted on July 4, 2011, 2:07 a.m. [3 replies]

"I want someone to install oak cabinets for kitchen remodel" posted on July 1, 2011, 2:13 a.m. [3 replies]

"I want a water damage remediation service" posted on March 8, 2011, 2:25 p.m. [4 replies]

"I want an electric power shovel" posted on Feb. 5, 2011, 9:37 a.m. [2 replies]

"I want new oak hardwood floors installed in my kitchen" posted on Feb. 4, 2011, 2:15 a.m. [3 replies]

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Barbara has posted 3 Replies

Barbara replied to BillF re: "I want solid oak wood flooring installed" on March 10, 2011, 5:08 p.m.

Barbara replied to meggers re: "I want a Sole F80 treadmill" on March 9, 2011, 6:53 p.m.

Barbara replied to mitch re: "I want someone to design a bathroom remodel" on March 9, 2011, 2:16 p.m.

Barbara has posted 3 Comments

"Thanks Wendy...I know exactly what you mean by "woodishness" :) Thanks also for the PEFC info, I am going to look into that for sure!" submitted on the reply "Oak Hardwood Flooring Installer" on March 10, 2011, 4:48 p.m.

"I totally agree on the "insurance" comment. I feel like I have a good design eye for the specifics, but a designer does a great job pulling it all together and pushing you slightly outside of your comfort zone to achieve more than you can on your own!" submitted on the reply "My costs to design a bathroom" on March 9, 2011, 2:20 p.m.

"Thanks Ben! The video you added is a great demonstration for tips on how to use the Toro power shovel you recommended! Very helpful!" submitted on the reply "Toro 38361 Power Shovel: Video and Review" on Feb. 9, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

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