Category Archives: Tools

Tools purchased or used in construction.

Arvada Rent Alls

We are fortunate to have a tool rental agency so close to our house. Arvada Rent Alls has been a great resource for temporary use of expensive tools. Each spring our son-in-law rents a tiller to get the garden started. … Continue reading

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Work Truck

Bought this truck to carry construction materials for the remodel. Found that renting a truck was getting to be trouble and UHaul seems to keep raising its rates although they do have nice work trucks. Car rental companies don’t have … Continue reading

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A Tool for Every Job

Battery Powered Caulk Gun I used this 18 volt cordless battery powered caulk gun to quickly spread the caulk for the crawlspace tarps without tiring out my hands with the manual caulk gun. With lots of caulking to do, I … Continue reading

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More About Tools

It is great to have a good selection of tools when working on such a large project. We also have our daughter and her husband nearby who are willing to lend us their tools when we need them. Here is … Continue reading

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Scaffolding

One of the most important tools for working on our high ceilings has been the sets of scaffolding on wheels. I bought these at Harbor Freight with a coupon so each set was about $200 with tax. I first bought … Continue reading

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Flir One Sons

My Flir One Sons as captured by my Christmas present to myself, a nifty iphone infrared camera accessory. Earlier last year I splurged on an iphone after using the first G1 for six years–but it was just before the iphone … Continue reading

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Flir One Floor

Here is an infrared photo of the radiant pipes heating up in the slab. The temp shows the warmest temperature spot (red) to be just under design temperature (86˚) for the floor at zero outside. This photo was taken before … Continue reading

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iConf

I thought this was a cool way of “checking in” attendees to the conference sessions. Continuing education is important in all fields these days and in order to get the credit for being at the sessions, the attendees were checked … Continue reading

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Give a Man a Fish–or a Spa Mover

Yeah, I was so going to have someone else move the spa. But then they gave me grief, maybe we can get to it, maybe there will be access at your house. I sent photos, I sent specifications. That tub … Continue reading

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Moving the Fish

So today was spa moving day! We hooked up the new trailer, stopped by Arvada Rent-alls and rented a Gin Pole and a set of 8 ton rollers. We also had filled up the truck with tarps, bubble wrap, tape, … Continue reading

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Skid Steer Skills

I rented a skid steer for the day from Arvada Rentalls. I decided moving concrete by hand was too slow and I wanted to scrape the grass off the slab area too. The machine required a large trailer to bring … Continue reading

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What’s the Weather Like Today?

Hum along with me to the old tune, “Its Good News Week” if you know that one you are probably a baby boomer. It is a 60’s one hit wonder by a group called Hedgehoppers Anonymous! Not that I remembered–what … Continue reading

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Excavation with a Dingo

I was working too hard to take photos so I found this short video on You Tube that shows basically what I was doing all day. Not using the rotary digger but just the excavator on this Toro walk behind … Continue reading

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Repurposed Fiberglass Packing Corners

I love perusing the offerings at Repurposed Materials. Actually I kind of hate to see them growing by leaps and bounds because they were my own little treasure trove here in Denver while now good stuff is located in Chicago, … Continue reading

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Reorganization

With cold weather around the corner, it is time to clear out the garage from summer projects and make room to store the car for winter. I put this project on the fall to do list and it meant a … Continue reading

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Siding Arrives

Just before we left for Thanksgiving the siding arrived from Lowes. I had unfortunately chosen the Westminster store that was farther away for the delivery which I found out when I arrived at the closer store. It was about 20 … Continue reading

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Lowering the Tub Drain

I had to break out the concrete around the tub drain to get the elbow low enough to provide a slope on the tub drain. I had to reveal enough pipe to glue on the elbow under the floor surface. … Continue reading

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Storage!

We are drowning in building supplies that are not being used right now or were extra from earlier projects. One large item is extra rock wool insulation that I over ordered for the house. We have seven full bolts of … Continue reading

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Moved Modem

Ever since we moved in, the modem for our internet connection has been installed right at the garage door. There is a closet built in there now and although the electricians installed an extra outlet for the equipment, it did … Continue reading

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A Hole for the Minisplit AC Lines

I bought a used minisplit air conditioner for the compressor, thinking it would chill water for the radiant cooling system. But I have decided after lots of experiments with radiant cooling to just install it as an air conditioner this … Continue reading

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