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Old 05-22-2013, 02:57 AM   #1
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So I know a few of us are home owners and or people that flip houses to make a buck.

Who is SWIC is in the construction world? Also who works in the home improvement world.

I'm working on a foreclosed house I picked up last month and well got to thinking.. If I need a hand or need parts. We should have a thread so we can support our local guys.


Right now I am trying to source flooring and kitchen cabinets/counter tops.
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:24 PM   #2
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SWIC Home Improvement Master Thread

So I know a few of us are home owners and or people that flip houses to make a buck.

Who is SWIC is in the construction world? Also who works in the home improvement world.

I'm working on a foreclosed house I picked up last month and well got to thinking.. If I need a hand or need parts. We should have a thread so we can support our local guys.


Right now I am trying to source flooring and kitchen cabinets/counter tops.
Holy cats, yes, please.

I've long thought that it makes little sense, for example, that it makes little sense for everyone (on my block, my circle of friends, whatever group you choose for comparison) to each have a tile wet saw, and a miter saw, and a compressor thingy for painting the outside of a house, and a big orbital sander, and all those big things that you won't use that often, that (to me) would make more sense to community-sourced.
(this train of thought also brought to you by living in the first place where my neighbors wave at me when I drive by, and say nice things if we're in proximity.)

FWIW, best flooring prices (can't really talk about quality) I found were at Floor Decor & More (or whatever that place is at Priest and Elliot, NW corner).

Also, if there are any of you who are handy around the house, me and my gimpy back need some help with easy things. My husband didn't select "home improvement" as one of his skills, so is uneasy with doing that sort of thing. My back laughs at me when I think of it these days. But gorram we have three million little things that need doing around the house (okay, maybe not three million... tiling the little bathroom, chair rail and baseboards in the den, crap like that). I'd rather pay someone recommended (or friend-like) than random person out of the (virtual) phone book.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:03 PM   #3
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FWIW, best flooring prices (can't really talk about quality) I found were at Floor Decor & More (or whatever that place is at Priest and Elliot, NW corner).
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This is where we bought the tile when redoing our 1 bathroom last year, lots of stuff to choose from and was a great price

I will find some of my before and after pics

If anyone needs a great Electrician, My buddy is a licensed Electrician and does great work (i think at a great price)
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:35 PM   #4
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Any of you guys done Epoxy floor yourself or VCT (Vinyl Composite Tile) for your garage? I'm a big spiller and always spill oil, gas, whatever, so I need it to last.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:31 PM   #5
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I have been a professional appliance installer for 5 years. I also have a lot of parts such as steel braided washer hoses and refrigerator water filters.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:38 PM   #6
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I'll make a master list on the 1st post for everyone. So we know who it who and can do what.
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i have 30 years experience designing and fabricating contemporary residential interiors
basically a furniture maker that branched out
i still have my shop at my home, it's a fully equipped professional wood shop
i've done a ton of interior design, consulting on how and why to do things related to the functionality of your home
have also devoted a significant portion of my life to the study of tropical hardwoods and their applications, have traveled much of the forested world

currently i do design work exclusively and have little time for making things
i employ 3D CAD modeling programs to design hardware, cabinetry and floorplans

if any of these services can be of help to SWIC members, feel free to inquire
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Awesome thread! Thanks for starting this. I do most of the remodeling work around my house and am always looking for tips or help.

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i have 30 years experience designing and fabricating contemporary residential interiors
basically a furniture maker that branched out
i still have my shop at my home, it's a fully equipped professional wood shop
i've done a ton of interior design, consulting on how and why to do things related to the functionality of your home
have also devoted a significant portion of my life to the study of tropical hardwoods and their applications, have traveled much of the forested world

currently i do design work exclusively and have little time for making things
i employ 3D CAD modeling programs to design hardware, cabinetry and floorplans

if any of these services can be of help to SWIC members, feel free to inquire
ooooo, I might come set up a cot in the corner. I've got a list of "want to build" as long as my arm from shadow boxes to beds. I could probably use a bit of your expert tutelage as well.

I used to work for a homebuilder, back when business was ridiculously busy. I used to get kitchen and bath cabinets for $25 a pop. Most of the homebuilders would get their cabinets as a set from the same distributor in the valley. If the cabinet set was wrong or if part of it was damaged, the cabinets went into a "dead lot". With the present economy, folks may have learned to operate a little leaner, but it might be worth asking around.
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Ive got a buddy that used to flip houses and started a general contracting/remodeling business when it slowed down.

He was telling me that he can get windows especially cheap.

If you guys need anything done, let me know.
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:19 PM   #10
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I'm over analytical and a master of organization.

Oh, and I am also a land surveyor. I'm not registered so it would be unofficial but it would be right.
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I do electrical, mostly commercial but I've done a few custom homes in Laguna as sidejobs. My father owns the stained glass overlay(SGO) franchise for northern az. He's done lots of high end homes, my favorite was Robert Di Niro's house in Sedona about 10 years ago. Although we didnt get to meet him, I did get to walk through his garage :-) ... mercedes SUV, Bentley and a Ferrari 360. We do a lot of holmes for developers when they have a dead house that wont sell. Usually goes for 85-100$ a square foot depending on complexity, but traditional stained cost nearly 3 times that and can't be done in large windows.
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Hey guys, I am a newbie to the forum. I have a doubt regarding home improvement. Generally, when we talk of home improvement, we talk about flooring, furniture and others. Does furniture restoration and repairs also fall under this category?
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:16 PM   #13
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Hey, does anyone do floors? Tile or engineered wood? Or has a rec for someone who does?
Hubby and I don't have the skills, time, or ability. We have been stalled out on doing our 25 sqft bathroom for about a year (and we have everything). I can't imagine what trying to do the whole house would result in. Other than bare cement pad and me going (even more) crazypants.
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Ive got a buddy that used to flip houses and started a general contracting/remodeling business when it slowed down.

He was telling me that he can get windows especially cheap.

If you guys need anything done, let me know.
Alternately, we might choose windows over floors. Does your buddy do install, or just sourcing of said cheap windows?
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i have both tile and wood floor installer referrals, which do you want?

tile guy is okay ... with direction

wood floor guy is very good
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i have both tile and wood floor installer referrals, which do you want?

tile guy is okay ... with direction

wood floor guy is very good
Ooh. Let me talk with the husband and see which way we wanna go. We've vacillated for a long time, but damn if I'm not starting to go a little bit crazy with the cats tearing up the carpet. So, rock the hard flooring.

However, we are likely to do wood throughout, and possibly tile in the bathrooms. Although I know with our climate plus the advantages of engineered wood, we might be able to do wood throughout. Yeah, so gotta think. Will get back with you. Thank you.
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Alternately, we might choose windows over floors. Does your buddy do install, or just sourcing of said cheap windows?
If you have older Alum frame windows, I would do windows first, We did notice a difference when we did ours

I would really like to get wood floors done threw most of my house on day, Going to redo my master bath next, then maybe will do floors
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nobody's asking for advice, but here it is anyway
don't be arbitrary with anything ever, including home decor

hard flooring is a must imo
so are good windows ^^

i've been heavily involved with hardwoods as a living material for a looong time, but i go with natural stone or clay for flooring, wood is absolutely perfect for other stuff

engineered wood flooring runs a wide range, most of it is keyrapola but some of it is good
either way it can be problematic in many ways

not a fan of ceramic tile
porcelain can be bad or good, lots of new products out there that are stunning and nearly care free
stone rocks every time, pun intended, slate is cheap
saltillo looks right here in az, especially with an inspired layout and it's also cheap

lastly don't just pave with flooring, always take a little time and add something to it, a border or an insert or something, anything
view the tiles as raw material, cuts are inevitable so more cutting is not a big deal
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No, no, I dig.

The arbitrary tone to my post was more... well, writing while at work and overloaded brain, but also because originally we wanted wood, realized we'd probably have to get engineered (heat fluctuations, etc.), then started thinking about stone, fell in love with some ceramic (of some sort) stuff that looked like petrified wood but was expensive... basically, _we_ need to figure out what we want, and haven't talked about it recently.

Why don't you like wood (of various types) for flooring? Is it a Phoenix (heat) thing, or...?

We do really like slate. Just not entirely sure if we want something smooth underfoot, or something a little more variagated like most of the slate we've seen. I know for the bathroom, definitely want textured something that won't be like polished marble when it gets wet.

We were planning on threshold borders, at the least, but hadn't moved past that. I think we probably stalled out because we were thinking it'd have to be DIY and we don't have the collective ability (I'd be up for doing it, but my back won't be), and the idea of that much moolah just... well, we looked at our credit card balances and sighed and resigned ourselves to gross old carpet.

Oh, here's that petrified wood look. Expensive but beautiful - http://www.flooranddecoroutlets.com/...in-x-24in.html
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my bad, i guess that did seem 'pointed' at you and it totally wasn't, sorry!
it's when i mention rekkids or the lingo furer that i mean you

given what we know, doing your windows would be my recommendation too, just like Evil Imports said

groovy wood-look tile!
get samples

wood expands and contracts A LOT in cross section, this needs to be accounted for or it all goes pop
real solid wood floors like back east for example are allowed for in the overall design of the structure so they work well
here, we try to add them later and it's not a simple thing, they need to expand and contract a lot or they will look like crap
then they came out with engineered and most of it feels and looks like plastic, they 'float' them to avoid the lessened expansion and contraction and the float feels and looks ridiculous, like walking around on a trampoline
there are good engineered products, but they are expensive
doing solid as a retrofit is expensive and relies mostly on the install to yield the quality the cost warrants
that's what my resource does, high-end solid and engineered installs

we're in a unique market here, there is a lot of cheap labor that knows how to install tile and stone well
that's a big plus

more tips:
buy a used tile saw
then sell it when you're done
you'll pay nothing for it

tile saws have no teeth so they are very easy and safe to use
totally DIY friendly
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If you have older Alum frame windows, I would do windows first, We did notice a difference when we did ours

I would really like to get wood floors done threw most of my house on day, Going to redo my master bath next, then maybe will do floors
Somehow, this didn't appear in mobile. Conspiracy.

Yeah, we've got the original single pane aluminium windows from the 70s. They, uh... suck.

Logically, the first money we spend should be on resurfacing the money pit that is our pool. Then windows. Then floors. But floors are pretty and I'll get to _see_ them. And I never get my pale ass in the pool (sun and bugs and wah wah wah). So windows are probably the best choice, like you said.

I think it's just taking me some time to shift from "must DIY, so broke" to "pay someone to do it right, you can probably spend the money (financed, whatever)".

ETA - also, you're around here, so you probably have a similar (at least era) house. So omg, yes master bath.

And yes, I'm looking into budgeting software, too. 'Cause damn, we lay out so much $ to credit cards every month (the last half year notwithstanding) and just don't make much progress.

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my bad, i guess that did seem 'pointed' at you and it totally wasn't, sorry!
it's when i mention rekkids or the lingo furer that i mean you

given what we know, doing your windows would be my recommendation too, just like Evil Imports said

groovy wood-look tile!
get samples

wood expands and contracts A LOT in cross section, this needs to be accounted for or it all goes pop
real solid wood floors like back east for example are allowed for in the overall design of the structure so they work well
here, we try to add them later and it's not a simple thing, they need to expand and contract a lot or they will look like crap
then they came out with engineered and most of it feels and looks like plastic, they 'float' them to avoid the lessened expansion and contraction and the float feels and looks ridiculous, like walking around on a trampoline
there are good engineered products, but they are expensive
doing solid as a retrofit is expensive and relies mostly on the install to yield the quality the cost warrants
that's what my resource does, high-end solid and engineered installs

we're in a unique market here, there is a lot of cheap labor that knows how to install tile and stone well
that's a big plus

more tips:
buy a used tile saw
then sell it when you're done
you'll pay nothing for it

tile saws have no teeth so they are very easy and safe to use
totally DIY friendly
Yeah, it did. No worries. It was relevant anyhow.

I didn't pick up on the lingo fuhrer thing. Now I know.

Dig the used tile saw idea. I don't buy much used from people I don't know, esp if it's stuff I don't know much about. Too many damned people in this town, more than happy to rip someone off (what, me, jaded?).

The no teeth safe thing is useful. However, our DIY conundrum is a little... different. Hubby has little confidence in himself so assumes he will always mess something up, so doesn't start much. I'm happy to do everything (I pulled down our horrible wallpaper in the den, patched the walls, replastered, everything), but I know stuff like trying to do stuff on the floor (tile) will be too tough on my back as of yet. So... pay someone to do it.

Excellent point about the lots of people who can do tile for cheap, here. Plus, while we like the idea of wood, tile is more suited to here. Heatsink ftw.

Thank you for the input. Really does help.

ETA - FWIW, we have wood parquet (tile style) in the kitchen and den. It was covered with carpet in the den. It needs an orbital sander, maybe some stain, and some poly something or other, and then it'd look good. I don't wanna be the one to pull that crap up, though (when we do floors). I'm pretty sure it's glued straight to the cement pad.
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with 70's windows .... i bet that pool is a skater
how soon can i come empty it for you?

seriously, is it round?
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with 70's windows .... i bet that pool is a skater
how soon can i come empty it for you?

seriously, is it round?
Heh. It's actually a 20k gallon play pool. The plaster is...regrettable. It's no longer coming up in chunks the size of my hand because I think we finally got through the weak bits?

ETA - according to this site, it's somewhere between the Greek and Roman shapes (far right side).

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