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      In today's Divisional Debacle, the Defense under Greg Manusky in the first half, gave up 207 yards of offense (105 rushing/102 passing) and two touchdowns.  That said, they did manage a single INT on which the Offense actually managed to score a touchdown off of. They allowed 12 of 16 passes to be completed . 
       
      In the second half it was 107 yards given up (58 rushing//49 passing) a field goal and a touchdown. They traded their first half pick for a second half sack. However, Dallas completed all five of their pass attempts. 
       
      Don't read that thinking "Well it seems like they tightened up some in the 2nd half."  They didn't. They simply had about half the plays in the second half. 30 plays in the First and 18 in the Second.
       
      So far in two Divisional matchups, the Defense has faltered in the Second half. They start out like a house of fire for the first few drives until their opponents gradually make adjustments. This Defensive coaching staff fails make any adjustments, whether in game or at the very least at Halftime. They've given up over 30 points per game for a total of 63 points given up in two games. While the Bears are up next, the Pats await and they've put up over 70 points in two games. Yeah. Ok. They did shut out the Dolphins today which is looking like the NFL version of ... ahem... shooting fish in a barrel. 
       
      The frustrating thing is Manusky is the DC that the Front Office actively looked to replace during the off season without firing him. When you know they're looking to replace you, most people would make a concentrated effort to show an improvement. Yet Manusky's Defense still keeps acting like it's starring in Groundhog Day.
       
      In his post game presser, when asked directly about if any coaching changes would be made, Gruden said "No, I think after two games – you’re talking about playing two very good offensive football teams and two of the best offensive lines in pro football we just played back-to-back. That’s no excuse whatsoever, but I don’t think we need to hit the panic button yet. We just have to continue to focus on what we can do better to win. Get Jonathan [Allen] in here, get a couple of our corners back in here and let’s go back and strap it up against Chicago [Bears] next week and see what happens.” 
       
      Here's another frustrating thing. The defensive communication was an issue last season as well. Wasn't this supposed to have been worked on during OTA's and Training Camp? It's understandable that the rookies would still be on a learning curve, but NFL vets like Collins and DRC you'd think they would have down by the start of the season. 
       
      Gruden said they're a very talented group on Defense but that they weren't reaching them. When questioned as to why the coaching staff that has been in place for several years, wasn't reaching them, he defended the comment as them being a young defense. “We have some moving parts now. Landon Collins is a veteran guy but this is his first year, [Montez] Sweat’s in his first year, [Cole] Holcomb, it’s his first year, [Jon] Bostic is in his first year. We’re playing Dominique [Rodgers-Cromartie] at corner and this is Jimmy Moreland’s first year, so it’s not like we are the most experienced group. We feel like were very talented, but we`re still fighting through somethings. There are a lot of things to look forward to, without a doubt, but we do have to play better and strap it up and get back to work."

       
       
       
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here is my weekend.....actually, the excavation took place the weekend before this past one. then last friday, we laid 3 tons of crusher gravel and one ton of sand, then 700 some odd pavers. here ya' go:

here's the excavation, w/ lil' dude helpin' out:

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Outstanding job Major. :cheers: Really turned out great.

I worked as a landscaper in college... I've done dozens of those patios... I know how much work they are, and how much of a ***** they are to get level :laugh: Good showing :cheers:

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here is my weekend.....actually, the excavation took place the weekend before this past one. then last friday, we laid 3 tons of crusher gravel and one ton of sand, then 700 some odd pavers. here ya' go:

Nice. :thumbsup:

Wife wants to put a patio in our backyard sometime this summer. We'll see how that goes.

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Major, you reminded me... I forgot to post a picture of the guy that helped me with my project.

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probably need a stud finder...

Save your money on the stud finder, most of them work for crap! (i have to find studs alot for my job) The best device to use is your knuckles, and your ears, its easy to find them, if it sound hollow, no stud :)

Also some places use 12 inch studs, some use 16, rarely you'll run into 24 inch studs

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I just moved into an apartment. Any ideas on how to put shelving onto the walls? I understand the first thing I'd need to do is get approval from management. I just want to put a few nails into the wall, and set up a bracket with some shelves... probably need a stud finder...

We're limited on space and I want to put my computer up on a shelf instead of on the desk.

Yes I am a home improvement rookie. There's probably some $20 kit from home depot I can buy.

I would look into hercules hooks if you want something easy. No lie, I got them and they are a breeze--takes about 3 seconds. They hold up pictures, mirrors, shelves, whatever. If you watch the goofy video with the informercial freak on their site you can see how it's done. I bought them cheap online, you just have to search around.

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Those thing look good... I'll probably end up putting my speakers on them.

I still prefer to use a long screw and nice shelf to put the computer up....

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For shelf brackets that carry a heavy load, these work like a champ. You can use 2-1/2 inch screws into pre-drilled holes in the studs and you can practically sit on them. For the shelving you can either go for MDF or dimensional glued pine (looks like a butchers block) shelving found near the specialty lumber. Personally I like the natural look of the pine although it's a bit more expensive, but not by much.

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Major, you reminded me... I forgot to post a picture of the guy that helped me with my project.

Awesome, Charlie already has more drills than I do.

Here is a pic of the guy that helps me with my projects:

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Major, you reminded me... I forgot to post a picture of the guy that helped me with my project.

What is that red drill??? You don't have a Black and Decker do you???? :silly:

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Great Thread!

Since I've done a little rehab work the past year: 3 houses, 1 - total rehab, 1 light remodel and 1 sugar coat. Oh yeah and now that I am finally back in NOVA the wife and I bought...you guessed it a fixer upper :doh:

Anyway here is a little of my handy work...

That is some great work, DoubleB. The tile I put down in the kitchen is just the "stick-on" variety. I didn't want to deal with the hassle of real tile, but I'll probably wind up putting it in at some point.

Zoony, thanks for the kind comments. We tried to sell our house last year (bad timing, I know), the number one complaint we got was that the kitchen was out of date. Hopefully whenver we put it back on the market the work that was done will take care of that noise.

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What is that red drill??? You don't have a Black and Decker do you???? :silly:

:nutkick:

Awesome, Charlie already has more drills than I do.

Here is a pic of the guy that helps me with my projects:

Be careful with that guy... he's done a few projects for me over the years. He has trouble getting things square and level :silly:

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what color bathroom tiles look the best?

I can choose any kind I want for my shower/bathtub. and also the paint of the bathroom.

thoughts?

Personally, I like the way that granite looks on bathroom walls.

But my wife is a little apprehensive about that, so we just went with white.

I'll talk her into it sooner or later.

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Slate or Travertine are my favorites. Travertine tiles are really expensive and slate is a pain to work with, but it looks great.

As for paint...I stink at picking colors, but since it is a bathroom go with someting light.

what color bathroom tiles look the best?

I can choose any kind I want for my shower/bathtub. and also the paint of the bathroom.

thoughts?

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I have a similar assistant when I'm working on a project. I hate to admit it, but this is my go to "assistant"

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Cheap and they only sell it in 24 packs (in 30 packs in FL)

Awesome, Charlie already has more drills than I do.

Here is a pic of the guy that helps me with my projects:

millerlitecantin.jpg

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what color bathroom tiles look the best?

I can choose any kind I want for my shower/bathtub. and also the paint of the bathroom.

thoughts?

I would stay with a colored tile, but make sure it is a neutral earth tone. Also, I would recommend getting a tile with some texture to it (not smooth-glazed).

That seems to be what most people/builders are doing nowadays for resale value.

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Also... be sure to use "dirt" colored grout. You'll be glad you did, trust me. :)

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*edit*

Also... be sure to use "dirt" colored grout. You'll be glad you did, trust me. :)

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Very true....and make sure it's sanded grout.

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is "sanded grout" a real thing?

I mean, can I tell my Brazilian contractors to go out and get "sanded grout" and they will know what I am talking about?

thanks for the advice- I will go with your ideas

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Yup, that is what you want in your bathroom. Unsanded grout as far as I know is used only for Marble.

http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/ProductCatalog/Grout/PolyblendSandedTile.aspx?user=diy%E2%8C%A9=en

is "sanded grout" a real thing?

I mean, can I tell my Brazilian contractors to go out and get "sanded grout" and they will know what I am talking about?

thanks for the advice- I will go with your ideas

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Awesome, Charlie already has more drills than I do.

Here is a pic of the guy that helps me with my projects:

millerlitecantin.jpg

:cool:

Don't drink while/before you use power tools. Actually it's good practice to have a beer after you finish so you can relax, beer in hand and survey the damage..errrr.....finished job. :applause:

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Personally, I like the way that granite looks on bathroom walls.

But my wife is a little apprehensive about that, so we just went with white.

I'll talk her into it sooner or later.

I went with Mosaic style tiles...I like them:

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Looks nicer now the grouting is finished...

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Nice lines! You do good work.

I went with Mosaic style tiles...I like them:

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Looks nicer now the grouting is finished...

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Yup, that is what you want in your bathroom. Unsanded grout as far as I know is used only for Marble.

Actually, unsanded grout is used in many applications, in fact any time you drop below a 3'16" grout line, sanded grout should never be used. That article/advertisement is BS.

You should also use unsanded for transitions like going from tile to wood like in a bathroom to wood hallway.

In a typical track home unsanded grout is used in shower stall walls more than 50% of the time.

we used unsanded grout on the walls in our bathroom. my wife wanted to do this artsy thing she saw on trading spaces.

You done good!

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