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Been helping out my wife's nephew get the rental unit he owns ready to sell. Installed new stairs and railings and did some other trim work to get him out of the jam his "buddy" left him in. Still have to make custom nosings to go from the laminate. They laid it over ceramic tile so stock nosings are not thick enough.

Here's a before of the upper stairs ripped out ready for new risers and treads.
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Here's the finished product.
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No more loans to anyone馃榾
I know the feeling, I have loaned out tools and get damaged ones back, even if I ever get them back. I have a small book hanging on the peg board that I mark down tools that I loan otherwise I forget who has them, because too many never came back. I gave up borrowing someone else/s old worn out tools that broke when I used them and had to buy them a replacement. The worst to loan tools to is your own kids LOL
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One rule I learned over the years is if you own it, you drive it, especially when it comes to machinery like outboard motor boats, snow machines, and 4 wheel drive trucks and ATVs. It is amazing how you can drive a boat over a structure in a lake in the morning without knowing it was there and on the way back in the afternoon travelling on the same approximate route, hit the prop and Skag or worse crack the low gear housing. Now we are talking money! So if you are driving the boat you can only blame yourself.
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One rule I learned over the years is if you own it, you drive it, especially when it comes to machinery like outboard motor boats, snow machines, and 4 wheel drive trucks and ATVs. It is amazing how you can drive a boat over a structure in a lake in the morning without know it was there and on the way back in the afternoon travelling on the same approximate route, hit the prop and Skag or worse crack the low gear housing. Now we are talking money! So if you are driving the boat you can only blame yourself.
Hit a piece of sunken debris couple yrs ago in the salt marsh , broke part of the prop off at slow speed , during a duck hunt , well the air was blue , cause it's a vintage motor 73 Johnson it cost me $140 for new prop . Used that route for so many yrs and never a issue till after a storm and what ever I hit came off the bottom or washed in from the storm . Just showed my son right there , even being careful can cost you money so fast
Over the years I figured to buy the tool and fix something one was still way ahead of the game in the end $$$. Thats how I got the tools I have. I don't borrow from anyone. On the other hand I have had people borrow stuff and reck it. Some I have to laugh at. Had one person borrow a $50 rotary bit. Ran it hard and fast burned it up. The good news is they told me that they got most of the job done and then bought a new bit. Not for me, for there tool box, I got the burned up one back. Same with an electric planer, ruined blades. No more loans to anyone馃榾
I am the same need nothing or to borrow anything from any one but been collecting since I was 16 also and when working in the dealership figured I would be turning wrenches for my life so spent a lot of money on the weekly tool truck in those early years and always followed these old rules and have that sign still I have never loaned my tools SORRY but will use them myself to help some people that need them
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some talented people on this site.

TonyM - does the newell post go below floor level or is there a base plate?
No, no base plate. The newell sets on the stair tread and floor and is notched out to fit up against the riser. I put two blocks of 2x6 about 6 inches deep up against the stair stringer and fastened to the sub floor. Lots of PL Premium and a couple screws. Then, the newell has PL Premium on the base and against the riser and 4 heavy screws about 4 inches long that go through the post and riser and into the blocking. Solid as a rock.
The stair place sold him a double ended lag screw for the newell but I've seen that arrangement loosen up so went for a beefier option.
some talented people on this site.

TonyM - does the newell post go below floor level or is there a base plate?
And I agree. There are some very talented people on here, and I'm not including myself in that list.
If your someone that cannot carry out repairs these days it won't take long to break the bank. All joking aside its where I have saved to be able to play the gun game for years. Cars, building, electrical, plumbing etc. If you can't do this stuff it will be hard keeping things maintained going forward for many.
That's for sure! We did our kitchen, bathrooms and all flooring and stairs a few years ago. Spend a fortune but the bill would have been about double if we hadn't done almost all of the work ourselves.
For the average person even minor stuff is getting to be cost prohibitive.
I am the same need nothing or to borrow anything from any one but been collecting since I was 16 also and when working in the dealership figured I would be turning wrenches for my life so spent a lot of money on the weekly tool truck in those early years and always followed these old rules and have that sign still I have never loaned my tools SORRY but will use them myself to help some people that need them
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My BIL stored his mechanics toils in my garage years ago when he was between jobs. He said go ahead and use them if you want. I said Thanks, but no way! They're too valuable to you!
I do property maintenance and 60% or better of my work load are jobs that require less than 2 hours to complete. Not that i mind but i get calls to change lights in stairwells at 9pm on a weekend on a regular occurrence, think 2hr minimum and weekend rates.
Well the lever that controls the drain plug in the bathroom sink came apart. A fellow needs arms as long as a gorilla to reassemble that Mickey Mouse set up. I finished the job and now I am thinking , if we can send a solar powered 鈥渞over鈥 to Mars we should be able to come up with a better system to plug a sink. Yes, I know, the rubber plug on the end of the chain was the best thing since sliced bread but apparently it does not match the decor! I guess if you鈥檙e willing to spent the money 鈥..
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Here is another thing I figured out 鈥. Our dish washer started to whistle when operating. I cleaned out the filter and all the holes in the lower and upper spinning arms. It did not make any difference. Well if you compare the cost of buying parts for a ten year old dish washer and getting a repair man to your home you鈥檙e better off just buying a new machine. However before spending that kind of money, I googled dishwasher repair and checked all the boxes and concluded that we might of had a build up of fat and stuff in the small orifice of the drain check valve and not some bearing or other parts worn out. Before hauling it out of the cabinet I ran three refresh cleaning pods in the machine back to back and no more whistling. Now we prerinse all our dishes, That was over two years ago and no more whistling to this day..
Well the lever that controls the drain plug in the bathroom sink came apart. A fellow needs arms as long as a gorilla to reassemble that Mickey Mouse set up. I finished the job and now I am thinking , if we can send a solar powered 鈥渞over鈥 to Mars we should be able to come up with a better system to plug a sink. Yes, I know, the rubber plug on the end of the chain was the best thing since sliced bread but apparently it does not match the decor! I guess if you鈥檙e willing to spent the money 鈥..
Put a push down pop up plug style in and no more rods but gives the chrome look the boss wants That is what I did
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My BIL stored his mechanics toils in my garage years ago when he was between jobs. He said go ahead and use them if you want. I said Thanks, but no way! They're too valuable to you!
Agree one thing to use some ones tools another if they feed their family with them I would like you never touch them
Here is another thing I figured out 鈥. Our dish washer started to whistle when operating. I cleaned out the filter and all the holes in the lower and upper spinning arms. It did not make any difference. Well if you compare the cost of buying parts for a ten year old dish washer and getting a repair man to your home you鈥檙e better off just buying a new machine. However before spending that kind of money, I googled dishwasher repair and checked all the boxes and concluded that we might of had a build up of fat and stuff in the small orifice of the drain check valve and not some bearing or other parts worn out. Before hauling it out of the cabinet I ran three refresh cleaning pods in the machine back to back and no more whistling. Now we prerinse all our dishes, That was over two years ago and no more whistling to this day..
The problem we have today is what are we getting new for quality. Not much is most cases
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The problem we have today is what are we getting new for quality. Not much is most cases
Yes the day someone inspected the final product is gone. Expect 1in 3 to be defective 馃榾 Price up / quality down.
We were told last March when our 10 year old $5,000 fridge shit the bed, that most appliances are now being built to last 7-10 years, and in some cases, less. We had to take everything out of our 10-year-old fridge and put it in our 25-year-old fridge. Quality no longer exists in home appliances.
Here is another thing I figured out 鈥. Our dish washer started to whistle when operating. I cleaned out the filter and all the holes in the lower and upper spinning arms. It did not make any difference. Well if you compare the cost of buying parts for a ten year old dish washer and getting a repair man to your home you鈥檙e better off just buying a new machine. However before spending that kind of money, I googled dishwasher repair and checked all the boxes and concluded that we might of had a build up of fat and stuff in the small orifice of the drain check valve and not some bearing or other parts worn out. Before hauling it out of the cabinet I ran three refresh cleaning pods in the machine back to back and no more whistling. Now we prerinse all our dishes, That was over two years ago and no more whistling to this day..
With todays internet one really has no excuse not to try to carry out repair.
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Unfortunately most of the younger generation believe that we live in a throw away world, when it breaks throw it away and buy new.
I think Norway has the right idea by training high school students to fix normal household stuff for credit. Another European country is insisting that manufacturers guarantee all new products for 10years, there goes the new phone every other year.
Our grandchildren are going to be the ones making these kinds of decision as we cant keep living as we do
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Our fridge was 鈥渇ixable鈥 鈥 at a high cost, and the guy said better off buying a new one. Spend a ton of money on it, and still have a 10 year old fridge that could shut down at any time for another reason.
We were told last March when our 10 year old $5,000 fridge shit the bed, that most appliances are now being built to last 7-10 years, and in some cases, less. We had to take everything out of our 10-year-old fridge and put it in our 25-year-old fridge. Quality no longer exists in home appliances.
When I lost the side of beef same thing a 10 year old up right that replaced a 25 year old one that was still working when I took it out
The salesman said when I bought the new one I did good to get 10 years out of the last one and they are only made now for that
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