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Now – More Closet Space

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As you may or may not recall – the upstairs of our home was painted mostly in red. There was also an area I thought would be great for a walk in closet –


This photo doesnt really give you much of an idea about where in the house it is – but its upstairs at the top of the stairs. To theright is the hallway which leads to 2 bedrooms and a bath. I suspect this was some kind of kitchen area at one time since there is a small nook where a small stove might fit and a 220 outlet as well as a exhaust fan above. The closet is about 7″ by 6′ plus 2 nooks where I can place shelving.

I’ve decided to turn this area into a walk in closet. Below are photos of my progress so far.

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You can see I also decided to line the walls with aromatic cedar. I still have to line one wall. The cedar kits are available from Home Depot and cost about $1 a square foot. They are pretty easy to install IF you have a nail gun like I do. Each 4′ plank needs 6-8 nails. My air powered brad nailer made this an easy job. I couldnt imagine pounding all those nals by hand. But it could clearly be done. You can also use adhesive, but I prefer nails.


Still to do is the taping and mudding of the drywall, trim and I am going to install a 6 panel oak door and of course shelving for storage. Also, I am contemplating what kind of flooring to use. I am planning on recarpeting the whole upstairs in the near future, but I am also thinking hardwood might be better for the closet floor. (real hardwood, not that cheap laminate crap)

I have a few things to do still to finish the ground floor bathroom. Little things that seem to escape my attention. But I hope to get those accomplished soon and post the finished pics of the bathroom. Upstairs I have another bathroom I want to do and then its onto the basement and laundry room. I might start the basement first, only because its cool downstairs and easier to do in the summer heat.

One more photo. We have really been enjoying the deck I built last fall. My only regret is that I didnt make it bigger. But maybe I’ll add onto it in the future. I would love a hot tub out there. Here Michelle and Kerry are hanging out on the deck one night not too long ago. We love that little fireplace. It really creates a nice atmospere. Of course, Michelle became a ham as soon as the camera came out.



Oh, I almost forgot. I dont have photos yet, but we SEEM to have solved the backyard flooding problems. I dumped 2 truckloads of dirt in the back yard and regraded the yard. We haven’t had so much as a puddle in the yard since. Right now, we’ve planted seed because I am too cheap to buy sod. But the seed is growing (along with weeds). By next year, the back lawn will be nice. We also started landscaping around the deck, adding mulch. We plan to add some Hostas and shrubs. I’m thinking Hydranga and Arbrovite, for you gardeners out there.



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AuctionAds – A Great New Advertising Program for Websites

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A new advertising program came out 3 months ago. AuctionAds is a program that pulls eBay auctions, inserts them into ads on your website. You in turn earn commission should someone from your site click an ad and ultimately purchase the product.

eBay thinks so much of this new program that they awarded Jeremy Schoemaker, creator of AuctionAds The “eBay Most Innovative Application-Buyer” award at its Annual Conference on June 12th.

 AuctionAds launched in March and so far have more than 18,000 publishers on board with the new model. I have been promoting this program heavily with my vBulletin FAQ members. I believe this program is a fantastic opportunity for forum owners. We have even created a AuctionAds Forum on vBulletin FAQ so that our 10,000 members can discuss strategies and implementation methods to take full advantage of this new system.

AuctionAds founder, Jeremy Shoemaker, first became famous after posting this photo of himself holding a $132,000 commission check from Google Adsense.


He immediately became a hero of the small time internet webmaster who saw how possible it is to make a significant income from the internet.

 Of course, as more people on the net become familiar with AuctionAds, a number of applications will begin to create ways to use this product. On vBulletin FAQ we have a forum modification script which automatically rewrites any ebay link a forum member posts to the site owner’s AuctionAds ID. (Rewrite eBay to AuctionAds) And because AuctionAds isnt contextual, your free to use it along with Google Adsense because it doesnt violate Google’s TOS.

In short, if your a webmaster, you really should take a look at AuctionAds as an advertising channel.


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