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The Never Ending Remodel

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  • ecowper
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 3695
    • Maple Valley, WA
    • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
      Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

      Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
      Thermometer = Maverick ET732
      Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
      Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
      Thermapen Classic = Grey
      PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

      Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
      Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
      Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
      Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

      Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


      Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

    The Never Ending Remodel

    well, not really ... all the contractor's work is done. The remodel, as promised, finished nearly on time. It would have, if I hadn't added two things to it. Now my wife and I are doing finishing work that we didn't feel like paying a contractor to do. For example, my wife is painting and staining the staircase, painting the upstairs, etc. I thought I would share some of the really cool things we have done, including the item I had the contractor add that I think is really awesome.

    Found this 6x8 beam at the local mill works. They got it from an old lumber mill that shut down. Now it's mine!

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    Getting it ready .... gotta be exactly 130 inches long
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    Yes, I now have a rocking cool beam in my house! It is getting the finishing touches today, mostly repairing the wall, leaving it looking like it is a structural support.
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    And, finally, asked if we could remodel the laundry room .... contractor and wife agreed .... we took it from this:
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    To this!
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  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 13644
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
      Pizza insert
      Rotisserie
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    #2
    Cool. I'm sure you will both be very happy with the results.

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    • EdF
      EdF
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 3228
      • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
      • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
        Karubeque C-60
        Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
        TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
        Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
        Thermapen
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        ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
        Thermoworks Hi temp IR
        BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
        Various other stuff

      #3
      Feel free to come live with us for six months. I'll make plenty of Q.

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      • EdF
        EdF commented
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        Hah! My wife was a construction super for 25 years. What we lack is the guy who will help "go to it"! Q is obviously a requirement.

        Very nice results you're getting!

      • ecowper
        ecowper commented
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        The guy to "do it" is my cousin .... he's a fantastic contractor, has done all my work with my "help"

      • EdF
        EdF commented
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        Yeah, those kind of guys deserve a lot of respect!
    • tbob4
      Charter Member
      • Nov 2014
      • 2494
      • Chico, CA
      • BBQ's
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      #4
      Looking really good!

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      • ecowper
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 3695
        • Maple Valley, WA
        • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
          Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

          Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
          Thermometer = Maverick ET732
          Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
          Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
          Thermapen Classic = Grey
          PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

          Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
          Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
          Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
          Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

          Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


          Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

        #5
        My wife has painted and stained the new staircase ... she says it needs some touch-up, but here are before/during/after pics .... only thing is that the wrought iron balusters aren't back in place until touch-up is done.

        Where we started on the stairway
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        What the contractor did for us
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        And now my wife has painted the posts and stained the handrail and molding
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        • RonB
          Club Member
          • Apr 2016
          • 13644
          • Near Richmond VA
          • Weber Performer Deluxe
            SNS
            Pizza insert
            Rotisserie
            Smokenator 1000
            Cookshack Smokette Elite
            2 Thermapens
            Chefalarm
            Dot
            lots of probes.
            CyberQ

          #6
          Lookin' real good.

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          • SMOG MAN
            Club Member
            • Jan 2016
            • 296
            • San Diego, California
            • Rec Tec 680
              Weber Performer
              Weber Rotisserie for kettle
              Weber Summit
              My old worn out Gasser for burgers

            #7
            Looks awsome, I do like how that stairway opened up!!

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            • ecowper
              ecowper commented
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              Yeah, the change to the stairway is huge.
          • Danjohnston949
            In Memoriam
            • Dec 2014
            • 4398
            • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

            #8
            ecowper, Like EdF eluded to when You get done Tomorrow and finish Ed's, I have a Small Job
            finishing a Remodel on our House I started in 1978! Phase One was Raise the Whole House and add a lower Level,
            then things got Complicated! All New Plumbing, All New Electrical, All New Windows and Doors, All New Siding, and a New Roof (Shingles), a New Furnace to Name Some Of It! Basically it is finish work that is Left but it is getting close to Time to Remodel Again? 😪😭😢😢😪
            Eat Well and Prosper! From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan

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            • ecowper
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 3695
              • Maple Valley, WA
              • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
                Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

                Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
                Thermometer = Maverick ET732
                Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
                Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
                Thermapen Classic = Grey
                PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

                Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
                Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
                Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
                Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

                Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


                Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

              #9
              EdF and Danjohnston949 you guys are hilarious!

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              • Huskee
                Administrator
                • May 2014
                • 15445
                • central MI, USA
                • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

                  Smokers / Grills
                  • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
                  • PBC
                  • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
                  • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
                  • Masterbuilt Gravity 560
                  • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
                  • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
                  • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (light blue)
                  • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
                  • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
                  • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

                  Thermometers
                  • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
                  • (7) Maverick ET-732s
                  • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
                  • (1) Smoke X4 by ThermoWorks
                  • Thermapen MkII, orange
                  • ThermoPop, yellow
                  • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
                  • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
                  • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
                  • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

                  Accessories
                  • Instant Pot 6qt
                  • Anova Bluetooth SV
                  • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
                  • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
                  • BBQ Dragon
                  • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
                  • Weber grill topper
                  • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
                  • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
                  • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

                  Beverages
                  • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
                  • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
                  • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
                  • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
                  • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
                  • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
                  • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

                  About me
                  Real name: Aaron
                  Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

                  Occupation:
                  • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

                #10
                Nice! Our house got remodeled a few years ago and I did a lot of the work myself too, from demo to wiring (changing plugs and switches around, adding lights where there were none, etc), to insulation & painting ( I used to be an insulator and painter). Lots of work but it makes you feel so good when it's done knowing you did so much of it yourself. My wife painted our staircase too- dark rails, posts/newels & stringers, with white balusters. Thanks goodness for the ladies and their help. If it were up to me the stairs would've stayed golden oak, which didn't match at all but I was DONE!

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                • Danjohnston949
                  Danjohnston949 commented
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                  Huskee (Aaron) ecowper, EdF I admire You Young Fellers Full of Pi-- & Vinegar! I forgot to say when I started the Remodel I Was Traveling between 180-250 days per Year!
                  From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND,Dan

                • EdF
                  EdF commented
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                  I've done so much of it myself (with my very able wife doing the brunt), that I'm at the "farm it out" point. ;-)
              • ecowper
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 3695
                • Maple Valley, WA
                • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
                  Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

                  Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
                  Thermometer = Maverick ET732
                  Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
                  Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
                  Thermapen Classic = Grey
                  PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

                  Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
                  Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
                  Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
                  Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

                  Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


                  Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

                #11
                Huskee thank goodness my wife did the staircase painting. I would have left the hand rails a lovely stain grade poplar :-) When the balusters go back in, they are wrought iron, look fantastic with the dark stain (it's called Kona, basically coffee color) and white newels!

                I've added several outlets (I'm an electrical/electronic engineer, so theoretically I know what I'm doing), did a lot of the demo and carpet tear out and that sort of thing. The end is in sight .... Just have the upstairs hallway to paint and I think we get to declare it done.

                Danjohnston949 I travel a fair amount myself for work. I feel the pain on that.

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                • Huskee
                  Administrator
                  • May 2014
                  • 15445
                  • central MI, USA
                  • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

                    Smokers / Grills
                    • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
                    • PBC
                    • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
                    • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
                    • Masterbuilt Gravity 560
                    • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
                    • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
                    • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (light blue)
                    • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
                    • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
                    • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

                    Thermometers
                    • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
                    • (7) Maverick ET-732s
                    • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
                    • (1) Smoke X4 by ThermoWorks
                    • Thermapen MkII, orange
                    • ThermoPop, yellow
                    • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
                    • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
                    • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
                    • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

                    Accessories
                    • Instant Pot 6qt
                    • Anova Bluetooth SV
                    • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
                    • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
                    • BBQ Dragon
                    • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
                    • Weber grill topper
                    • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
                    • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
                    • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

                    Beverages
                    • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
                    • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
                    • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
                    • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
                    • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
                    • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
                    • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

                    About me
                    Real name: Aaron
                    Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

                    Occupation:
                    • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

                  #12
                  ecowper I love the coffee color on wood. As a kid in the 80s, dark wood reminded me of the walnut from the 60s and 70s, and it looked gothic and dreary to me and I hated it as I got older. The new 'mocha' dark coffee stains I love, very modern and warm. Especially with white. We put white baseboard, window casing and doors in our place and man I love the contrast between the 2.

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                  • ecowper
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                    Yeah, that coffee color is pretty awesome!

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