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by Ron Hazelton on July 19, 2016 in New Product Spotlight
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I feel much the same way too... I cringe when I see some 'decorator' take something made from old growth lumber and put a coat of paint on the thing... Not sure death is the way to go, but maybe pull out a fingernail or two of the offender. :-)
The other box seemed to be a motion sensor of some sort.. Be it for a security system or a switch that turned on lights is not known, but it sure does look like Ron eliminated it (or maybe moved it to a better location?)... I had to back the video up just to insure I wasn't loosing what is left of my mind when I saw that.. LOL
One could assume that being factory made, as long as the columns are plumb, the tops of them would be level also. These units were made to allow a bit of 'fudge room' to move the arch back and forth a bit as needed. I noticed Ron kept the right column a bit out from the wall stud, to avoid an issue with the hot water baseboard heat run (moving them can be a real bear). You sound like you are a far cry from being 'a hack' as you stated... Read, watch videos, collect the needed right tools for the job at hand, and tackle away. Doing is one of the best teachers out there.
What type of problem did you have... Some of us may be able to help you figure out what went wrong... Just trying to help is all.
One could be made fairly easily by using A-C plywood and epoxy the edges with bondo to give a smooth edge, or MDF could also be used. Make a template for the arch, use 1/4" ply for the width part of the arch, kerf cut it if need be to follow the arch, use 1x5 (4.5 inches wide) poplar (harder wood will hold up a lot better than something like pine for the columns) for the width parts, add some moldings and/or route some flutes and you have pretty much the exact same thing.. Between cutting and painting the unit itself (I'd do most of the priming and painting before I put it up, other than the final coat), you should be able to pretty much make it in one weekend, and install it the next weekend.. Other than paint, scrap wallboard pieces, you should have around $100 - $150 into the project.. DIY is fun and a LOT cheaper.. Guessing to have one installed at the price point you had found, you would probably drop $2000 - $3000... DIY is the way to go and the savings can go to buying a new router or bits or other tools you may be missing and your still ahead of the game.
Tried screwing a piece. Of wood like Ron did and needless to say it didn't work for me ,but has in the past and I was using a small screw gun 7.2 v lol
I hope the wife doesn't see this!
Very cool project.. nice finished look
I have always believed that any time you put two pieces of sheetrock together you should use drywall tape on the joint. I have used this the last 37 years I have been in construction. If you do not sooner of later that joint will crack out.
Installing one of these was way easier than I would have thought. It was actually fun. Don't let the complexity scare you off. Anyone could do it.
It would seem you'd have to paint the whole wall to get it to match th dry-walled area. Also, it would call for a drywall expert not to have the old architecture show through. Too tacky looking for me to risk doing this myself. Great idea to give to a general contractor, though.
EVERYONE please read everything. I commented on the device under the light switch. Maybe Ron got another and better entry area motion detector.
Check the link to the product website. They "start" from $572".
How did it turn out?
correct = Detection Systems motion detector mounted low to prevent pet detection.
2 electric boxes were present at start only one at finish.You didn't indicate how the measurement were arrived at to order kit.
what happened to the thermostat / other device?
Did not see a fun project like this one.Thanks Ron
Jean-Pierre ( JEEP ) from Québec city , Canada
I was wondering why you don't include the price or approximate price on all the jobs in the videos. i have seen you do it on some of them and I like that about those. this one however was not posted. I did only a little checking though and found a place to order one just like the one you have there, it looks like you may have actually used that site i found to get yours. however the price is crazy high dollar. looks like just for the top piece it was between 1152.00 and 1310.00 i do not think that includes the columns. as easy as 1, 2, 3, and a full months salary. LOL I think i would give making that a shot before I ordered one prefabbed. i doubt it would be exactly as fancy but i am pretty sure that's the only way I'd ever be able to afford it. really nice job though and gives me some great Ideas. I am super glad My wife was not in here or I'd be doing something about this way too soon. Thanks Ron.
Unless the website for the product makes it very clear, checking for clearances around the project before hand (before ordering size) is extremely importnat! At the loss of an inch or so on the left (and yes, I noticed you inset the right side to avoid moving the radiator) that extra effort and time of moving things to accomodate the arch would have been avoided.
As always, measure twice (or more!) and cut (order?) once.
This was one of your best demos. Keep up the good work
Enjoyed this project. Looks so simplistict to the one I struggled with many decades ago. Keep them coming Ron. I do take useful pleasure in your tips.
Wow! This is one of the neatest, ( really great) projects from Ron Haxelton yet! As a woman that has had 'way' more than my share of jerk off carpenters " jerks as well as crooks ,more like it" I have had to take on more then my share of projects in a re-model then I care to get into and either re-do them or just do them to began with my self. Read watch videos, ask a ton of questions, then more questions and dig right in! My limitations are mostly physical strength. Regardless, of any limitations I may have, if I do have to resort to having some help, I at least know and keep an eye on the worker, to make sure they are doing it right! Thank you so much!
I understand checking the plumb on the faux columns. However, when dry fitting them, prior to installation, would it not have proven wise to check the top, of said faux columns, for level? Not attempting to tell a real professional how to do things. Yet, wouldn't that be a step (almost one of the primary ones) for a finish carpenter? Me, I'm just a hack, so .... I'd probably have done it no better than you.
Interesting project, and I am very impressed.
Very Very Nice!!!! .Good Job Ron
Its an elegant addition, I put it on my honey-do list!
You took out two boxes but only reinstalled one, no room or what?
Very Elegant Ron.
Nice one Ron. I was wondering how you were going to make a round curve out of a square opening. I had something else in mind, but your's was better and easier.
I like it too!!! Thanks Ron
Gorgeous archway! You always make everything look so simple! Thanks for having this website and for all the things you share with us! I always try to catch your show but now that I have this webiste, I don't feel like I'm missing anything! Always love the work you do and your house is beautiful! You always have such great ideas!!!! I hope you ALWAYS keep this website for us!!! Take Care Ron and I hope you and your wife had a great holiday!!
Great video Ron. Wow awesome finish.