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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, August 14, 2020 9:07 PM

Dianne and I are celebrating our 39th anniversary today! It has actually been 44 years since we met at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

Cole and Kaitlin are making pork tenderloin crusted with maple syrup and parmesan, and grilled asparagus for dinner!

The cottage has been great! We are half way through our vacation. I'll post more when we get back home.

Dave

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, August 14, 2020 9:07 PM

What Do Killer Whales Eat?

Need I say More!Big Smile

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, August 14, 2020 9:15 PM

Terry!

Great to hear from ya.  Sure remember that basement of yours.  The big Ol' MR man cavePirate  

Congrats on you and the old ladies anniversary,  20 yearsYes way to go!  She's a really nice gal, your a lucky man.

Hoping everything is going to be alright with your daughter.  I'll be putting in a good word with the Man Upstairs for awhile.

Kayaking sounds fun.  I did quite a few River canoe trips back in the day and enjoyed it.  My camping trips sleeping on the hard ground are over though.  I'll have to give kayaking a try with Judy sometime.

 

 

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Posted by herrinchoker on Friday, August 14, 2020 9:34 PM

Ken,

There used to be smoke bombs that came in packs of 6/8--The mole run was exposed, the device was shoved in--lit--the opening covered over with a flat rock, board, etc., and left to burn. they seemed to work, moles left/died, never came back.

Brent,

Back in the 60s, a pointer named GuardRail, had some of his sperm frozen. Some was used last year, the gyp threw 5 pups that were almost exact copies of GuardRail. Because he was such an exceptional dog, his owner had a quantity of his sperm frozen in 67, and is dolled out for big bucks today.

Speaking of dogs, Dame Agatha is just over 11 months old now. I will have her ready for duck season. She is steady to shot, and will deliver to hand, My real challange is my heart is starting to plug up, and if it cannot be corrected with drugs, I will be looking at a multiple part by-pass. I just spent five days in two different hospitals having scans done, two done from the arteries in my left and right groin, and one done this morning through the artery in my right arm. Consensus among the chin scratchers is the stents that I already have need to be replaced,( and we did not do this while we were there today because----?) so we are going to wait and try cleaning everything out with drugs before we do a multiple bypass??

I did discover that there is now a sonogram device used to locate veins, that takes all the guess work out of having a stick for an IV. Because I can be a bad stick at times I really appreciated this.

Trains are running (for me) exceptionally well, most of the time they all come back to the starting point.

Any word from/about, Brother Elias?

Best wishes to all, prayers to those in need.

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:31 AM

Howdy ..

Dave .... Happy anniversary. 

MLC .... I hope your headache is gone by the time you read this. 

Jan / Herrinchoker ..... I'm sorry to hear about your heart issues, and I will pray it is corrected by the doctors soon. 

Lion .... Miss you. 

Terry .... Glad to see you here. 

TF .... The RR museum looks like a fun place to visit. 

Everybody ..... Have a good night. 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:38 AM

hon30critter
Dianne and I are celebrating our 39th anniversary today!

Congratulations.

We are only at 32 years together. We were married 10 weeks after we met, so the marriage and "known each other" are the same for us.

Long term married life is the best.

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, August 15, 2020 6:00 AM

Good morning

Cool and crisp outside over coffee this morning, just the way I like it.  Yesterday was a steam box but they say a high of 80° or less for a week.  Fall is here in my book, my favorite time of the yearYes

Congrats on almost reaching the debt free marker Ken.  First quitting smoking and now thisYes Way to go.  We got dept free about 12 years ago and have enjoyed that good feeling ever since.

Congrats on 39 years to you and the wife Dave!  Judy and I are at 26.  Our anniversary is on Valentine's Day.  I gave her a one carat pebble on the top of the Stratosphere so many years ago.  I planned it that way.  I know me,  it's pretty hard to forget an anniversary on Valentine's Day and ya kill two birds with one stoneWhistling

Have some work to do today.  I opted to work Saturday as I was too busy with train stuff last week.  I like working on a Saturday,  it doesn't feel as much like work because it's a Saturday, if that makes any sense.

Thinking about going to Bush Lake for a BBQ this evening if Judy's not too tired from work.  Steaks, steak recipe grilling beans and asparagus sounds goodDinner

 

Have a nice Saturday all.

 

 

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Posted by Jimmy_Braum on Saturday, August 15, 2020 10:53 AM

Hey all.  Hope you are all well, Been a rough week for me.  One of my cats passed away, sure she was 18 but it still hurts to lose her. 

I've been plugging away at some model railroading as well. 

  Today will have an interesting NASCAR race- first time for the stock cars on the Daytona International Speedway Road course, so it'll be interesting to see if the drivers will be able to tame the beast. 

  I bring some good news in regards to the tourist train world.  The East Broad Top Railroad ran their first official passenger trains in NINE years this weekend, with brass on the first.  The first train was pulled by the M1 Brill railcar, towing office car 20....with the brass being the whole Kovalchick family onboard.  It'll be a journey for the railroad to return back to pre 2011 condition, but the board has shown the initiative and right direction to move the railroad.  Here's to hoping for a train to Saltillo one day.

(My Model Railroad, My Rules) 

These are the opinions of a 26 year old, from the east end of, and modeling, the same section of the Wheeling and Lake Erie railway.  As well as a freelanced road (Austinville and Dynamite City railroad).

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, August 15, 2020 11:06 AM

Jimmy_Braum
Today will have an interesting NASCAR race- first time for the stock cars on the Daytona International Speedway Road course,

Does this mean they will need to turn right? That will be an entirely new skill.

-Kevin

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:51 PM

I share your sorrow on the loss of your cat, Jimmy. Our cat Otis disappeared back on July 21 without a trace. I suspect a fox or coyote got him. I've searched all around but find no trace of him Sigh

The restoration of the East Broad Top is the best RR news I've heard in a long time. I used to be a frequent visitor and I'll be glad to go again.

Here I am on one of my earlier visits

 EJT_EBT_20_edited-1 by Edmund, on Flickr

Speaking of narrow gauge, how about a look at Mexican NG in 1966?

 NdeM_NG_270-a by Edmund, on Flickr

Looks like that engine shed on the right could use a little tuck-pointing on the brick work?

 NdeM_NG_270-b by Edmund, on Flickr

 

 NdeM_NG_904-c by Edmund, on Flickr

 

I hope everyone is getting along OK and has a wonderful weekend —

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Saturday, August 15, 2020 2:04 PM

 

SeeYou190

 

 
Jimmy_Braum
Today will have an interesting NASCAR race- first time for the stock cars on the Daytona International Speedway Road course,

 

Does this mean they will need to turn right? That will be an entirely new skill.

-Kevin

 

Not if you're dyslexic.

In case you think I'm being unkind, I'm not. Jackie Stewart "suffers" from dyslexia and not only can he drive a race car round the two types of corner (my joke about that is they look the same to him) he is also a world class skeet shooter.....you can't  sneak up on Jackie Stewart on his blind side, he doesn't have one.

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Posted by BATMAN on Saturday, August 15, 2020 2:50 PM

Good day all it is high noon on the West Coast and another stunning day with temps to 30c expected. I see a dip in the pool in my future. 

I posted a pic earlier of two Orca to celebrate the Canucks dispatching the Blues in game two yesterday. The Rum was flowing and I polished off a 1000calorie bowel of butter-soaked popcorn last night after we ate the Mexican feast the boss made. So I did a 30 km 1500 calorie ride this morning to pay my debt.Laugh

Ken, I use to be at war with the moles and the only trap that ever worked was one called "The Black Hole". It really works well. I have half a dozen of them. I have made peace with our moles and stopped trapping them though as it is not in my nature to want to kill things that were not really doing anything other than living their lives. 

I chuckled when you said you went out with a Barbie. I went out with a girl for eight years that was stunning in every way and enjoyed doing the same somewhat extreme adventures. Guys would not leave her alone and she really grew tired of the constant harassment. She was a financial disaster and I could not marry her for that reason alone.

Dave congrats on your anniversary. I was nine days short of my 40th Birthday when I got married as it took me that long to find the right women. The reality is my wife and I were good friends for fourteen years before we started going out. Go figure. I bought the big rock for her finger and I got the platinum/ gold band and after a couple of weeks, they both went in the drawer and have been there for 22 years. Both our jobs made wearing them a bad idea and I knew that would happen going in, it is what it is but there is a new car sitting in the drawer.Laugh

Herrinchoker, the whole dog breeding, showing, training thing is of no interest to me but I give my wife all the support I can. Between her Veterinary knowledge and breeding knowledge and success, I can do nothing but. Being married to her has been quite the journey in so many ways.

I hope your heart issues get resolved, my Mom field trained dogs for years and had a quintuple bypass and was right back at it in short order after her surgery. 

I hope brother Elias is safe. His Abbey is closed to the public due to the virus but there is no word on what may be going on. Communal living is not the best idea in a pandemic.

Jimmy, sorry to hear about your cat. We are still waiting for my old dog to check out but he is still hanging in there.

Car racing other than rally never did much for me. They are a talented bunch for sure but I like the random hazards that rally driving offers. I got to do time on the police pursuit track and it is fun for sure, but for me, the novelty wears off once the training goals were met.

Well, time for some yard work and then a jump in the pool.

All the best to all.

Go Canucks Go

 

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Posted by cudaken on Saturday, August 15, 2020 5:38 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please Dave and Dianne what ever they want on my dime and Dirk a Dog Treat.

 Jimmy an Ed, sorry to read about your lost. It was one year ago today that Sparkie went across Rainbow Bridge. When it is my turn, boy I will have a lot of happy dogs waiting for me!

 Jan The smoke bombs, normal fire works or something speical?

 Got the mighty PRR Shark B unit unboxed and tried to give her a spin? Confused They said they would reset the address to #2000. Whistling Guess someone missed that meno.

 Later, Ken and Dirk say's Woof, Woof!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, August 15, 2020 6:55 PM

I told my sister I was thinking about taking up the trumpet again. I used to play it in middle school concert band.

She sent me the link to this song.

I believe this is my anthem. Retired and practicing the trumpet... never going to work!

-Kevin

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Posted by howmus on Saturday, August 15, 2020 7:08 PM

Evenin' Folks!

Been an, uh, "Interestin'" couple of days for me here in the Finger Lakes.  Yep!  Very interesting.  Note I didn't say nice or fun, but very interesting.....

Yesterday I had my very first ride in an ambulance!  Yep, I was the honored passenger, and then spent a couple hours in the GGH Emergency Room.  I was very aftraid I had a heart attack................  The docs decided that I didn't have one of those but something else that could have done me in if I hadn't kept a straight head and used my Boy scout Training well.   Huh?  OK I'll start from the beginning.

Friday morning I went out for my first run of the day (1.6 miles). Did it in good time, then came back in the house, got distracted for a while (meaning didn't have anything to drink), and then had lunch.  After lunch I sat down to do some page layout here at my computer and suddenly the room started spining around and I was breathing very quickly and feeling faint.  I stood up and took a few steps and almost fainted.  Went and drank a glass of water and sat back down at the computer.  Started to feel even worse and considered calling 911.  Decided to head outside to the porch where someone could find me if I passed out.  (That may have saved my life...)  Shakily called 911 and was told to hang in there. They are coming to get me.  10 minutes later 6 cars, a Firetruck, and a bunch of Volunteers pulled up and started to help me.  The ambulance got there a few minutes after that.  Seems both our local ambulances were on other calls so this one was from a neighboring town.

They started an IV as soon as I was loaded in the ambulance and proceeded to the Hospital.  In the Emergncy room I was just awake and was having trouble making any sense to their questions.  But...  A few minutes later I started to feel better.  The ER doc looked at the info they were getting and told me I might have had a heart attack but....  Since I was improving quickly he said he thinks it was dehydration.  Seems I was throwing a series of 5 or 6 PVCs and then one regular heartbeat over and over.  That subsided to more regular beats than bad ones so an hour and half later when they took to a regular room I actually was feeling pretty normal except the feeling I had been run over by a truck!

They decided to keep me overnight for observation and tests.  Noon today I was informed that all my vitals were great and I did not have a heart attack.  Whew!!!!  The Doc did tell me that my losing weight and my excersizing played a portion of a good outcome with this.

Basically I have no restrictions for excersizing except to start light for a few days and......  "CARRY A WATER BOTTLE with me and use it!"  He didn't like that I start the day with a Pot (4 cupper) of coffee and than go for a hard run.  LOL Whistling

Nice to be among the living...  Today makes the 33rd. aniversary of my wife passing from leukemia....Sigh  Would hate to have my kids have something else to rue on this day too.

BATMAN
Ray, glad to hear things went well for you and your lady friend with the family. How did she like the layout?

Actually we didn't get time to get down to the layout on Thursday, but promise to show it to her next time she come down this way.

Hope all of you are safe and well!

73

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Saturday, August 15, 2020 7:47 PM

howmus
Yesterday I had my very first ride in an ambulance! 

Glad to hear you're alright!

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Posted by GMTRacing on Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:24 PM

Way more excitement than I'd like Ray. Glad you're ok.  

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:33 PM

howmus
Been an, uh, "Interestin'" couple of days for me here in the Finger Lakes.  Yep!  Very interesting.  Note I didn't say nice or fun, but very interesting..... Yesterday I had my very first ride in an ambulance! 

 

Very glad to hear that you're OK.  That's enough excitement for a while.

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:54 PM

Glad to hear you pulled through OK, Ray Yes and a good thing the responders and medics knew their stuff! 

cudaken
Jimmy an Ed, sorry to read about your lost. It was one year ago today that Sparkie went across Rainbow Bridge. When it is my turn, boy I will have a lot of happy dogs waiting for me!

Thank you, Ken. I'll have plenty of company at the Rainbow Bridge, too. I'll have a toast to Sparkie tonight Drinks and one for your cat, Jimmy.

This is Otis, I sure miss him:

 Otis_1 by Edmund, on Flickr

The worst thing is just not knowing what happened Sigh

cudaken
They said they would reset the address to #2000. Whistling Guess someone missed that meno.

Can you use Decoder Pro and click the "Identify" button? It reads the address and tells you what it is.

 DC_Pro_toolbar by Edmund, on Flickr

 

Chinese take-away for us tonight Dinner

Have a good night everyone, Cheers, Ed

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Posted by CNCharlie on Saturday, August 15, 2020 9:06 PM

Good Evening,

Ray, glad to hear you are ok. That certainly must have been scary.

Ed, sorry to hear about Otis.

Ran the Hudson with a train of heavyweights yesterday. That sure is a fine looking and running loco. Just wish I had a layout big enough so that it could stretch its legs a little more. 

Well time for tea and tellie,

CN Charlie

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Posted by BATMAN on Saturday, August 15, 2020 11:12 PM

Good evening from the West. It is a gorgeous night and we have been sitting out enjoying every moment of it. Fall is in the air though.

Ray, electrolyte issues can be serious. Professional athletes have experts to monitor them, we street-level stars, not so lucky.Laugh I usually load up on water before I start as I drink coffee before as well and coffee dehydrates. Do you have a BP monitor? If I have really gone at it I will put on the BP monitor afterwards as it will show an irregular heartbeat if my electrolytes are low. A quick top-up and we are back to normal. People not in shape will have irregular heartbeats show up constantly throughout the day, but unless they stay tied to a monitor they never know about it. I have accompanied a few to the hospital over the years, especially after an afternoon of crazy mountain biking. Slurred speech is a giveaway for me. A quick plug into an IV and we go out for a big steak and lobster dinner afterwards. There are lots of good videos on the subject. It is always good for us old geezers to do a BP check before a workout and again afterwards. How fast your BP and HR returns to normal is important. 

Ed, sorry to hear about your cat as well. We really have to watch our young pups when we have them as the Eagles and owls are plentiful as are the coyotes. The eagle's circle overhead just waiting for an opportunity to grab a pup.

Still not dark here so I will go and enjoy the last of the day on the patio.

All the best to all.

There is a train there somewhere.

 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:12 AM

Good evening .

Ray ..... Wow ! Sorry to hear about your emergency. I hope you will be okay. 

Ed ..... Sad to hear about your loss of Otis. We keep our cats inside all of the time. There are too many preditors outside.

Brent .... Your photo is beautiful. 

Everybody ..... Have a good night. 

GARRY

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Posted by "JaBear" on Sunday, August 16, 2020 3:16 AM

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Thoughts and Best Wishes to All that need them. Stay Safe.
 
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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 16, 2020 6:06 AM

Good morning 

Another beautiful one. 

A busy day yesterday.  I finished my work in the building and went out to my buddy Erv's for the rest of the day.  We had kind of a car care seminar type of day.  His carburetor in the 442 has been acting up so we pulled it.  Erv took it apart and cleaned it up with a new carburetor kit.  Works good now.  I changed my oil, washed and waxed my car.  It may have not needed it yet but I change the oil every year since it was rebuilt.  Can't hurt.

Jimmy,  sorry about your cat.  18 years is a good run but it still hurts.  Our pets are members of the family.  Sorry about your cat too Ed.  Having no closure makes it even harder. 

Ironically Erv was telling me yesterday about when his cat came home after missing for 3 days.  The cat had puncture wounds on his side and puss sacks that actually stunk.  Of course he brought her to the vet. The vet confirmed what they thought,  the cat was picked up by a bird of prey and luckily dropped.

The vet said these bird's Talons are filthy and full of disease.  The cat's infection was really bad and in its bloodstream so putting her down was a consideration.  

Erv's son was visiting.  Cory is a sandblaster painter of a major bridge renovation company.  He paid the $700 vet bill.  It took some time but the cat was okay.  This had happened years ago, the story came up because I was rinsing my soap buckets over the cats resting placeTongue Tied

Ray,  Glad to here you came out of the dehydration problem okay.  Serious stuff.  I have noticed I do not have a thirst as much anymore as I am getting older.  I have had dehydration issues where my arms and legs are so sore I can barely get up.  Once you have it, it's too late.  It takes a while to get back.  Since I've had a problem with it I force myself to drink when I don't want to.  I actually buy Pedialyte by the case now and drink a couple of those a week.

My brother got his first Model Railroader issue of his one year gift subscription.  He had no idea where it came from and thought the eBay seller he bought five box cars from sent it to him as a Thank you.  I set him straight.  He is happy.

Well,  I haven't even decided what I'm going to do today yet.  I'm sure I'll come up with something.

 

Go Canucks Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, August 16, 2020 6:57 AM

Good morning.  No breakfast yet this morning, just black coffee.

Headed out the door -- church and breakfast with friends.

It's a cool morning out -- nice!

 

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Sunday, August 16, 2020 9:46 AM

I have noticed my sensitivity to caffeine is returning as I age. The poster who recently went to hospital with possible dehydration might also have had a caffeine reaction along with it. Caffeine is a fairly good adrenal gland stimulant. With low water content in the blood, maybe lowered blood sugar from recent exercise and some caffeine the old heart might give you quite a scare.

Forgetting to hydrate goes along with plain old forgetting, unfortunately. We still get thirsty but often don't react promptly enough to that stimulus. Hence, no doubt, the recommendation to deliberately drink all those glasses of water each day, they must figure we'll all be ok if we remember to drink half of them....

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Posted by howmus on Sunday, August 16, 2020 10:26 AM

Mornin' Folks!

Thanks for your kind words!  After Church on Zoom this morning I made it out the door and ran about 1 mile.  Felt good, no problems...

Lastspikemike
I have noticed my sensitivity to caffeine is returning as I age. The poster who recently went to hospital with possible dehydration might also have had a caffeine reaction along with it. Caffeine is a fairly good adrenal gland stimulant.

I used to have a reaction to caffeine.  Caffeine used to give me PVCs.  Might be still an influence on what happened, but I AIN'T giving up my jolt of morning Caffeine without a fight!!!Wink  But haven't really had a problem in the last 20 years or so.  At least that I know of.  The official diagnosis, BTW, was dehydration!  I was told by 2 different physicians (and I already knew) that the body doesn't feel thirsty as much as we age.  So that is why I have to develop a habit of making sure I stay hydrated. My fitbit monitors irregualr heartbeat and will buzz if something happens.  It did last Friday several times before I figured it out!

Hope all of you are staying well and safe.  I am going to out to the kitchen and have a couple glasses of water... Wink  catch you all later!

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:08 PM

Ray, I've had two ambulance rides plus a police car ride to the hospital.  The last one was the result of going to an Urgent Care place where they discovered I had AFIB.  Really, the ambulance wasn't necessary.  The GF had brought me there and could have easily taken me to the hospital.  I felt one heck of a lot worse after I got out.

I took a fall, which I don't even remember, on an icy expert slope skiing at Sunday River.  The first ride was on a sled.  I had a shoulder injury and a torn rotator cuff.  That hurt.  The ambulance was from the ski patrol base station to the hospital.

Years earlier, a hockey puck grazed my scalp just above my old-style slasher movie goalie mask.  Not serious, but scalp wounds bleed like crazy.  So I was standing outside the rink late at night, still oozing blood into a bloody towel.  The police car pulled up, the officer got out and promptly slipped on the ice and fell.  So, I looked down, still dripping blood, and asked, "Are you OK?"

Ed, I too am sorry about Otis.  His picture reminds me of our Snowflake, also a Siamese.  We don't let the cats out unless they are on a harness and leash.  I remember growing up when everyone let their cats out, but predators were better controlled back then.  We did have one cat that ran away, but some friends found him about a year later.  He remembered right where we kept his food dish.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, August 16, 2020 2:28 PM

I finished hanging the sheetrock and cement board in the bathroom. Now I am onto taping.

I have never taped drywall before, so this will be a another new experience for me.

It is really disappointing we could not make the bathroom 12 inches wider as planned. That would have made a huge difference.

The new vanity will be delivered on Monday. We decided on a top-of-the-line model with all Maple construction, dovetailed soft-close drawers, and a quartz countertop. This is pretty much the same as the kitchen.

-Kevin

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Sunday, August 16, 2020 2:58 PM

I've done a lot of taping plus I practice construction litigation so I know how not to do lots of these types of things.

If I may, I suggest the number one error making more work is going too fast. The pro's can tape and mud drywall really fast but that takes a lot of practice to develop the skills. 

It helps me to remember that a lot of mud gets sanded off. Less mud per layer means less sanding. Sanding is a lot of work and, more importantly, the drywall paper is not able to withstand much sanding. If you pill the paper you have to mud that and sand that.... you get the picture I'm sure. 

Amateurs can save a lot of time by applying more layers in thinner amounts.

a 6" trowel and a 12" trowel are well worth buying, the rectangular blade type is what you need. Well, not sure if the sizes are 6 and 12 but I mean get one about half the size of the big one that looks right.  I've used the plastic ones but the professionals use the steel blades. Just be aware that drying the steel blades is important so don't get rust in the mud. 

I prefer this type, much easier to get the joint flat as long as you don't press too hard on the flexible blade:

https://toolsourcedirect.com/shop/marshalltown-trowel-14341-drywall-taping-knife/

 

Not promoting this brand, just the style. 

Alyth Yard

Canada

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