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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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We're behind on the grouting front here...we tend to just use an all in one tile adhesice/grouter. Never seen different grouter colours in DIY centres...maybe it's exclusive to the trade here still?

Anyway..nice idea having a choice. :applause:

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Blighty, Lowe's and Home Depot here in the states have a pretty nice range of grout color choice. You buy the bulk of the grout (which is just a bland grey color) seperate from the coloring agent. It's amazing how many colors there are to choose from.

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Blighty, Lowe's and Home Depot here in the states have a pretty nice range of grout color choice. You buy the bulk of the grout (which is just a bland grey color) seperate from the coloring agent. It's amazing how many colors there are to choose from.

Sounds good...hopefully it catches on here.

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so I need to tell the contractors to use "unsanded grout" on the tiles for the shower then?

If they are any kind of contractor, they will use that without you saying. Only question they should have for you is what color.

Speaking on color, I saw it mentioned somewhere to use a dirt type color or something. As long as you take care of the grout/tile, and apply a sealer/protector every six to eight months,you can use ANY color you like.

Grout ends up looking like crap because people don't take proper care of it, and the average consumer is not even aware they need to seal their grout/tile that often.

Today there are products that you simply spray on, and there is no wiping down at all.

Good luck on your project Air Force!

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thanks chubakah!

their bid was for 2,300 dollars. another company wanted 6,175 (adding in staining/glazing the bathtub and glass doors)

I think I am going with Duron "Plantation Beige" for the paint of the bathroom. and then will try and match the tile and unsanded grout with that. as well as the new shower heads and faucet/handle..

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Speaking on color, I saw it mentioned somewhere to use a dirt type color or something. As long as you take care of the grout/tile, and apply a sealer/protector every six to eight months,you can use ANY color you like.

Grout ends up looking like crap because people don't take proper care of it,

Who's got time for that? Seriously. On Maslov's hierarchy of needs, I would say 'properly sealed and maintained grout' is somewhere just above 'itemized/categorized sock drawer'.

As for the spray products you mention, that's the first I've heard of them, I'll have to check them out. In my experience though there is always a catch with things like that.

AFC... go with an earth-colored grout. You'll thank me :)

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I think I am going with Duron "Plantation Beige" for the paint of the bathroom. and then will try and match the tile and unsanded grout with that. as well as the new shower heads and faucet/handle..

you're better off going with

1a. benjamin moore

1b. sherwin williams

2. behr (home depot)

any of those three can match any color that you have picked out.

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I just told the contractor to go with unsanded grout and sent him this link for paint for the bathroom:

http://www.materials-world.com/paint-colors/duron/duron_colors_25.htm

which color do you like best for the paint job? once I get that down it will be easier to choose tile and the matching grout color.

I am moving towards sandy lane or one of the colors on the far right which are more reddish

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you're better off going with

1a. benjamin moore

1b. sherwin williams

2. behr (home depot)

any of those three can match any color that you have picked out.

Major, are you saying that Benjamin Moore is better, or that they're equal?

Also, do you have a recommendation on deck stain? Cabot?

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Major, are you saying that Benjamin Moore is better, or that they're equal?

Also, do you have a recommendation on deck stain? Cabot?

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i prefer benjamin moore. my summer painting partner (who paints year round), prefers sherwin williams. behr is a GREAT value.

as far as deck stain, cwfuv is one that we use, but if you've got the money, nothing beats sikkens

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why is benjamin moore better than duron? which color would you say is better for the paint- a more gray, more tan, or more red color?

better durability, washability and overall quality.

but the more i think about it, for bathroom paint, i'd go with sherwin williams durations....it's the most washable paint i've ever seen.

i'm not much of a color guy. i'd go earthy, but not dark.

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but if you've got the money, nothing beats sikkens

solid, transluscent, or 2-step? How long does this stuff last?

I've been told that nothing lasts longer than 3 years.

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solid, transluscent, or 2-step? How long does this stuff last?

I've been told that nothing lasts longer than 3 years.

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2-step is best. not NECESSARY on new wood, but still better than translucent. 2-step is a must for renovating.

the first time you put it on, it'll last 2-3 years. during the 3rd year, re-do it using the same product, and it should last 5 years. they say the 3rd time you do it, it should last about 8 years.

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2-step is best. not NECESSARY on new wood, but still better than translucent. 2-step is a must for renovating.

the first time you put it on, it'll last 2-3 years. during the 3rd year, re-do it using the same product, and it should last 5 years. they say the 3rd time you do it, it should last about 8 years.

Okay... final question. Are you gonna get your ass down here and help?

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He asked if sanded grout was a real thing. The ad "BS" was for the pic only...

The orifinal conversation was for floor tiles not wall. I always have used sanded grout in the bathrooms extra traction. Tiles can get very slippery.

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.

You done good!

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Ok, I'm the un-handiest person ever. I have two projects I want done, and need to prioritize them and get 'em done.

1. Fence. Our HOA will only allow a wooden fence that looks like everything else in the neighborhood. We have a pretty big back yard. Lot totals a little more than 1/3 acre, and the back yard is bigger than the front. I'd love a fence to give some privacy and keep our little ones in. Is it best to go with a Home Depot or does it not really matter, just find a contractor?

2. Patio/deck. The door off the kitchen is only a few feet above the ground (we have a walk-up basement). Been going back and forth between patio and deck. If deck, we prefer man-made vs wood. But right now we're leaning towards a patio. I like the look of slate, but recently read about something called 'stamped concrete'. They can make it have the look, texture, color of just about anything you want-and it's probably cheaper. I'm just concerned about cracking. Anyone have experience with stamped concrete? How much do patios normally run if you hire someone? Is it better to go with a reputable company, or does it not really matter? Anyone have a strong opinion of patio vs deck, and the relative costs?

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I'm thinking of replacing the windows in my house myself (about 9 of them). Anyone have any experience or suggestions?

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I'm thinking of replacing the windows in my house myself (about 9 of them). Anyone have any experience or suggestions?

Get a professional. Seriously...do. Do you know how to mix mortar? Put in a window frame you know will not collpase after 20 years? Put a frame in square so it's well insulated and wont budge if you have slight house movement? Handled glass before, so you don't risk cutting a major artery? No? Then hire a professional. If you're really desperate, when the pro puts up your windows, observe how he does it and do it yourself next time, if you feel confident enough.:applause:

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What are some other easy DIY stuff that can make your home nicer?

Ive got a jones to do some work today.

Paint skirting/window frames (if wood). Change curtain railings/light fittings.

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Heres a few more landscaping pictures. The house is only 2 years old so obviously things need to fill in some more.

In one picture is Gold Mound Spirea, Creeping Phlox, purple Azaleas and a Laceleaf Maple. In the other are hershey-red Azaleas mixed with purple Azaleas framed by 2 Dogwoods.

I built a rock wall about 3 feet high on one and only about a foot high on the other. Can't really see one of the walls because it is around the front.

If anyone has any other landscaping ideas or pictures please post, always looking for ideas. And I've got a lot more to do. :)

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Any recommendations on replacement window brands?

Vinyl/aluminium?

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