tag team…

Just finished my first week of work since Sam left to go back to Hudson. Strange not having him here… I’ll miss him. He’s back to his world while mine gets flooded with sub contractors!

hanging the ductwork

Jason and Dan finished up the HVAC “rough-in” (heating and cooling). I have to give them credit for doing a beautiful installation.

Jimmy and Anthony

The Plumber, Anthony, put in a full week. I wasn’t really ready for him but was sooooo glad he came. I made an important decision regarding the layout of the bathrooms and the kitchen to keep him rolling. Having the the heating/cooling come together with the plumbers there was perfect; we were able to talk through challenging issues and tweak areas to get everything to work out.

Eric and Mike

Mike Costello, the roofer, started the porch roof on Sunday. It went well. They worked all the way until 8:30. They’ll finish up this weekend. We made a decision to remove the old box gutter; they can often be very problematic! By using an over-sized standard gutter with some additional trim, we’ll get something that looks good but won’t be as vulnerable to decay.
Myself? Can’t let go of the wood stripping process! I just love doing it. It’s straight forward, visually rewarding and finishes a big project that would suck when the weather gets hotter.

Some rooms, like this one, had brown paint over the original shellac.

In the process… I strip the door face in thirds.



About mdejong11

Residential contractor/artist
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4 Responses to tag team…

  1. Leslie Young says:

    might want to look into getting your doors dipped. it’s a lot easier & it used to not cost very much when I lived there anyway.

    • mdejong11 says:

      I sometimes go that route and did inquire about the cost. $100 per door. The problem with dipping is the chemicals are harsh and the wood comes back dull and feathery. Usually I’d need a bit of time sanding them. In this case I was able to strip each side in less then an hour with no need for sanding! This is the case since my last wash-coat is with denatured alcohol, the natural solvent for shellac. I will end up finishing the woodwork with a one pound cut of de-waxed shellac then sand and coat with a wiping varnish. The end result is a beautiful, thin, and silky smooth finish…

  2. Miriam Chiurciu says:

    It was about time to post something!!! Sam, welcome home.
    Mark, good job on the wood.

  3. Michael O'Malley says:

    looking sweeeeeeeeeeet ….

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