Greg's Repurposing Blog

Friday, May 23, 2014

San Juan Island Climbing Rose Trellis

Currently I am Working on a San Juan Island Climbing Rose Trellis for some very fine customers.
This Trellis isn't your standard constructed trellis. The parts for the trellis will be all datoed in giving  it a high quality look.
The owner designed the look for the ends of the main beam that will carry the trellis top. The were 48 datoed notches made to get the stunning look. Now if the rain would stop I might be able to get it installed. Installing this type of trellis must have dry weather not just for my tools but for putting it together. If the datoed notches get wet they will swell not allowing to fit the notches together because to the precise cuts.
Here are a few picture of before we Install the trellis and some of the parts cut.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Home interior face lift

Today I will be starting a new job that will be a Home interior face lift of a dwelling that was built in the late 80s. There are holes in the sheet rock from a power chair and from the customers head, where he had rocketed of his power chair because of the throttle. I will be taking pictures of the process of this project. They will be added later tonight or in the morning.
How to patch sheet rock holes properly with out fuss or stress is what I want to show you. 
It's a step by step process that will make you look like a pro.

First Step > is to mark your damaged area with a pencil line around the hole to be repaired. Allow about 1" around hole.

    Second step> Cut out the square hole you have marked with a dermal tool or sheet rock hole saw.
    Once you have made an opening you can see what you will have to block out behind the sheet rock hole. This will allow you to have a way to attach the rock with screws where there is no wood.

    Third Step > Install your backing board. 
    Make sure you don't sink you screws to much. You want them to be snug and a little more than flush with the painted wall side.

    Fourth Step >  Time to install your now sheet rock piece. Screw along edges to the stud and backer board.

    Fifth Step > Now time to cut through the paint and into the paper so that you and peel off a thin layer for paper and paint at the same time. About 1" ...Do this all away around the patched hole. 
    Remove the paper leaving a thin layer for paper covering the sheet rock chalk.

    Sixth Step > Use some fiberglass tape and go around the edges to keep it from creating cracks in the future.

    Seventh Step > Apply a thin layer of sheet rock mud covering the fiberglass tap.

    There you have it. Now your ready for sanding when it drys so you can put on another coat of mud. Three coats in thin layers are recommended with sanding and feathering out the edges. Ready then to apply texture or then prime and paint.

    Friday, December 27, 2013

    The Year Draws Nearer it's End.

    Ok... so I know... there really isn't many, if any, that are going to read this post in the next day or two.
    So... I Guess I've been busy with work as I haven't update the site in 3 months.
    Well ...The Year Draws Nearer it's End, and here we go again. Wondering if it will be a good year in the new year. 
    I want to say YES... with out a dought, as I don't want to give up on the dreams.
    So in this New Year I want to make an investment in my health so I will have a better chance to persue my dreams in my later years 80s to 90s... Which is Wow only 20 years away.

    This year time has flown by like there was no tomorrow. It has seemed like it was just yesterday that I was standing outside in my front yard at midnight, watching and  listening to fireworks going off everywhere around the street, and here we are again about 3 days away. 
    Yep...The Year Draws Nearer it's End soon.

    Happy New Year 2014 !!!

    Sunday, September 1, 2013

    Installing Cultured Stone

    Installing Cultured Stone is like a Huge Puzzle. But most decks can be Stoned in to give the home a much new look and curb apeal.
    This is a project that I finished a while back for a customer and now he has dry storage space under the deck after I installed a under the deck roof with a gutter system. This is a great way to utilize space the is usually wasted.
    Here is the process of this project.
    The front deck had a vinyl siding over it so I used the existing structure with some extra framing inside and a small concrete footing with rebar was poured so to tie in all post and set the stone on for a clean finished look.
    You can see the concrete footing and new the tar paper installation. Next Install metal lath to the tar papered plywood.
    After concrete scratch coat is installed and dry, you are ready to lay out rock to choose from and start at the corners or corner.
    It's always best to lay out as much rock as you can to choose from while working on the big puzzle.
    Start in a corner....
    And away you go mortoring stone to the wall. This style of laystone was done for a dry stack look with no grout lines. It take alittle longer but makes a totally different look to it. It looks like dry stacked lime stone.

    Almost Done... and Looks Like a Happy Customer with a new Look and dry storage to boot !

    Built in 1896

    The old Olson building built in 1896 that is now Marine supply and Hardware got some much need painting done to the back side. I had a little fun too...

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

    Adding some character to a window

    Adding some character to a window will change the whole feeling of the front of a home.
    My customers came up with a good picture of what they wanted, and that always helps to make things go smoothly.
    A very nice home just became better looking with a small applaciation of an Eyelash over the top of a flat window. Thanks for allowing me to do this work for you.
    You are appreciated,

    A few pictures tells the story... enjoy.
    Before we started the new window treatment.

    After we installed the window treatment.

    More Pictures..

    Friday, June 21, 2013

    The Hottes New Thing in Building.

    Today I think the Hottest New Thing in Building is Lazar features. Metal that has been cut by a Lazar that is producing a part of some kind, and Leaving the metal that is being cut with a wonderful eclectic form of Art. I have used this material now twice. Each time I use it I want to do another one, using it.