01.19.2008---I have been working on the garage and upstairs but not updating
the site lately. Made much progress, but not near as much as I would
like. Still doing some wiring, barely started on the plumbing
for upstairs. Covered all the floor upstairs except for the bathroom.
Lots of hardwood was laid. Glad that part is done. Only managed to
damage my toe twice with the flooring nailer hammer.. Second time I hit my
toe was maybe two months ago, it is still blue. Found an HVAC
contractor to permit and install the systems in the garage and upstairs space.
Good guy to work with and good work he does at a very reasonable rate.
Went with the Ruud heat pump system and a 24000 BTU Bon Aire split system for
the garage. I have until the 20th of February to have some
inspections done before my permit expires. I know for sure I will have the
rough electrical done before then, but the plumbing will be a different
story. I have lots to do with the plumbing upstairs. Been working on
the shower stall lately. Covering it with Hardie Board, and
then later it will be tiled. That is enough text for now.
There will be lots of new pictures and I added a couple of new pages----HVAC and
06.10.2007---Been wiring up stuff for a while now. It goes slowly for
sure. Had to go and buy a window ac unit for my bedroom. Main part
of house still does not have the central ac/heat replaced. Window unit is
ok, $53.00 at Sears--was on Sale/Clearance. All the lights on
the large side of the garage are up and in place. Most of the boxes have
been set where the framing work is done and final. The upstairs part still
needs some framing work to be done to make the bathroom, hallway,
and closet spaces. Once that is done, the wiring will be done
for the upstairs part. I should have the entire lower part of the
structure wired up and ready for the rough in inspection within a week.
Plumbing the upstairs part will not be fun. But it will be nice to see the
room and plan it out.
05.20.2007---Been a busy fool painting the house and parts of the garage.
I hired someone to spray the majority of the high up spaces. Too high for
me to be on a rickety metal ladder. Gutters were installed on both
the garage and the house this past week. They should keep the water away
from the house. I am so anal I am painting everything to match....mailbox
post and the shed behind the house. As if I need any more storage.
Too much of a pain in the ass to make it go away, so it can stay there and hold
yard tools as soon as all the car parts are out of it. Grass is not
doing so well because it is so dry. Draining the fish pond and watering
the grass with that water. Outside of the garage and the house is
nearly complete. The few remaining things that I will do to the outside
will be finish painting the shed elephant grey and exterior lighting....The
house needs new flood lights on the outside and the garage needs some floods and
regular doorway lights. I will have to buy some I guess.
04.22.2007---Been a while since I last updated the page. I have heard
about my lax updating on multiple occasions. So I will spend some time
here updating the page. Driveway was poured and turned out
fantastic. Exterior work on the building is nearly complete--Needs
caulking, painting, gutters, and lighting. I have been a
busy boy lately. Most of my work has been minimal compared to the other
work, but it has bee time consuming for me anyway. I got my
homeowner's electrical and plumbing permits from the county after several
visits. They close at 4. What lamers. So I have a
temporary sink and a couple of permanent hose bibs....one for the outside and
one for the inside. Just in case I feel the need to wash the car when it
is raining or something. Most of my work lately has been outside
work when it is daytime and inside work at night---at least until it starts
getting late and I must stop with the noise. The outside work has been
rearranging the good grass around the yard/driveway and scraping, sanding,
and priming the existing house's facia boards to prepare them for gutters.
They were nasty and still are even after all that work. Should have
replaced them, but it is too late now. Tomorrow I should finish
priming them and then maybe paint them a nice solid white color. Gutters
will probably be white too. Garage and house will be "elephant gray".
Heh. It sort of is an elephant. I have also been caulking the
inside and outside in the places where I can reach. This evening I did
some parts of the deck area and the bathroom/closet section on the roof
upstairs. Still not done, need the ladder up there to get to the
high spots. Maybe tomorrow I will also prime and paint some parts of
the garage that I can reach. I will probably hire someone to paint the
majority of it, but I want to do as much of it that I can first.
That is enough for now, my hot dogs are getting cold.
04.02.2007---Driveway is formed. Big Blue Trash can was picked up today
and hauled away. Car tent was moved. Lots was done. The
exterior portion of the project is nearly finished. Cars will have their
home within a week or so. Yellow car may not make it inside for a little
longer, but that involves racing fuel and the fact that I do not have any
right now. It may be an urge to push it into it's new home,
but I would much rather it roar into it's new home. I am sure it will in a
few weeks. It will roar again in a few weeks.
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