Nov 06

Construction Continues…

And I keep working on the kitchen remodel too. Had to make a run to ACE for nails (and screws) but work is progressing. Putting in the half-wall where I’m going to move a couple of the cabinets to for the microwave & toaster. Tacked the wall in place “just in case” SWMBO looks at it and decides that just ain’t gonna work!

Bottom cabinet on left will go into bottom at right

And to think, I did all that and smashed/pinched my finger only once! I’m getting better at this.

Had to fill the truck (with gas) yesterday, and, with my Safeway discount, I paid only $2.94/gal. That was nice!

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SWMBO is home safe. It’s raining outside. Supposed to get windy overnight. Life is good!

Nov 04

Still Working On The Kitchen…

But I will be for awhile to come. Went to ACE Hardware and bought 4 sheets of wallboard and 10 2”X4” studs. Put half of the new wall in next to the tall cabinets. Only half cause I need to pull up the flooring before putting the wallboard on the other side of the wall. And I’ve got to figure out how I’m going to support the free standing corner of the wall. Right now I have a too long 2×4 holding it in place.

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And that’s what I’ve been doing today.

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Just noticed that the girl at ACE charged me for half-sheets of wallboard instead of the full sheets I got. Looks like I’ll be making a trip back into town tomorrow to rectify that. I’d hate for her to have her pay shortened because of a simple mistake. (Not that I know ACE does that to their employee’s. Sides, it’s just the right thing to do.)

Dang! Wetter, windier, and cooler weather coming for at least the next week. Good thing I have lots of “projects” to do around the house!

Nov 02

Virtually A Normal Saturday.

No. Not Virtually. Nothing virtual about it. Pretty SSDD Saturday! SWMBO went off to the Genealogy Library and I lounged around until about 1000 before eating breakfast and getting my shower out of the way.

The Pattern of Flooring I Like.

Pulled up some of the flooring in the kitchen and re-mounted those two large cabinets. Made space to move that one other cabinet.

SWMBO got home around 1500 and took me to Arby’s for an early dinner. Then she drug me through Home Depot for a couple of hours looking at flooring and cabinets and other stuff. I enjoy browsing the tools section.

I think I’m going to try to build the island I want for the kitchen. I mean, I looked at the prices at Home Depot for a 36 inch wide cabinet that I could put wheels and a butcher block top on and they wanted over $100. I think I can build the same cabinet a bit sturdier and better looking for a $50 sheet of plywood and some time. I think it’ll be worth $50 just to try.

Made our usual stop at Safeway on the way home. All the groceries are put away and we’re just chillin in our respective areas now.

Ferry Landing in Bremerton

So far the “wind/rain storm” we were supposed to get today has been a big fizzle here. The power has flickered a couple of times enough to make my tv/monitor reset. Lots of small branches down all over the roads but nothing major. The  “intellicast” app I have shows a lot of Wx moving all around us but nothing near. Lots of snow in the higher places. Looks like I’d better make a run to Home Depot for wallboard & studs Monday.

Nov 01

What’s Been Happening…

Spent most of yesterday afternoon pounding holes in the ceiling in the basement trying to follow that water pipe that supplies the fridge. Found a place where it “T’s” towards the outer wall and towards the kitchen sink. Figure it also supplies the kitchen sink and washer.Duh!  Aarrrgh!

The new spot upstairs

So today I got off my lazy ass early, drilled a hole through where I want the new pipe to go (next to where we moved the fridge), went down a bought a 10 foot length of PEX and a couple of fittings. Had to make more holes in the basement ceiling, and drill holes through 4 joists, and spend a lot of heavy breathing and sweat to run the new PEX through those same holes, but finally got it all hooked up and the water turned back on. Too Cool! Still checking for leaks though; just to be sure!

The new connection downstairs

I love that PEX stuff and the connectors (Shark Bite?)! No soldering! Just clip the things to the ends of the tubing, clip that to the copper pipe and you’re done! That is way major cool. If I were to build a house I’d go PEX as much as possible.

Guess I ought to take a shower and change clothes before I go pick SWMBO up tonight; maybe get some of this fiberglass insulation and wallboard dust off me. I itch!

Next I get to start pulling up the flooring (ugly damned stuff anyway), build a couple of walls, then wallboard it. Gotta call someone in to “tape & paste” cause I am absolutely terrible at that. SWMBO and I are planning a trip to Home Depot Saturday to see what kind of flooring we want to get. (We can afford to get I should say.) Good thing we have a Home Depot Card!

I'd Rather Be At The Beach!

Supposed to be a nice wind/rain storm moving through Saturday. Expect a lot of power lines down because of wet leaves pulling branches off trees. We’ll see…

I’ve started using my treadmill more too with the onset of cooler weather.