Year: 2002

I just used a black grout and pressed it into the cracks with a stir stick. Finishing up the last bits of grouting. The finished product after the grout was dry and cleaned from the tiles.
To finish off the hearth, we just added some slate looking tiles we purchased at Menard’s.  All that’s left to do is add the grout.
We purchased some oak veneer at Menard’s to use for the edging of the hearth.  The first thing I had to do was to route out the area so that the veneer would sit flush with the oak floor.  I used my dremel tool with a router attachment.  The areas I couldn’t get to with […]
All of the bricks in the old hearth were loose and the mortar was pretty shot.  Since we had the new insert put in, we figured we should do something to make the hearth look a little better.  So, we removed the bricks. Vacuuming out all of the loose debris. Using a jig saw to […]
The weather is now too cool to do any exterior painting, so here’s as far as I was able to get. NOTE: We finally got a new digital camera, so no more grainy photos taken through our camcorder!
After opening the fireplace, we contacted a local fireplace company to have them come out and inspect the chimney to see if it would be safe to use again.  They told us that the small firebox size and the age of our house indicated that the fireplace probably was originally designed to burn coal, not […]
This is the east wall of the basement.  The previous owners began putting up a new cinder block wall, but only got so far. The east wall, looking from the opposite direction.  Yet another project to add to the “to do” list…
The back kitchen window with all the old paint removed and ready for the new paint. This is the aluminum storm window from the kitchen window.  I think that metal storm windows look awful on an old house, but since we don’t have any wooden ones to replace the metal ones, I decided to try […]
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