Condo for kitty, on to upholstery. What am I doing?

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-12-2009 11:20 PM 1073 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So now that the kitty condo parts are cut, and drilled, pilot holes and such done, the kitty condo, at least the wooden parts are done, now time to upholstery it.

Sure this will be easy! (Famous last words.)

Start by kicking on the AC in the shop. (Leaving the kitchen door open and blowing cooled air into the garage), and trying to figure out just where that Home Depot bag with the rope is…

Next find the nailer. I’m too cheap to own a compressor, so it’s an Arrow electric brad nailer. This stupid thing leaves nails about 1/8” proud no matter what I do, so out comes the hammer as well to drive the nail home.

Okay nailer, rope, condo structure, all set to go…

Set the rope in place, set the nailer in place, press past the safety detent, and pull the trigger to hear the “WHACK” report from the nailer. Cool, it worked… Now pull the nail gun away, let go of the rope and watch it fall to the ground…

What the heck?

Note to self, remember to put nails in the nailer before using it.

Okay stupidity corrected. Now repeat the setting process, drive a couple of brad nails in to hold the top of the rope in place, drive them home, and start wrapping, nice and tight so it doesn’t come undone as kitty has fun…

Working my way down (Yes I am doing this top down), I come to the point where the kicker meets the main post. Drive a couple of brads in to hold it all tight. Now this part will be covered in carpet which is supposed to be under the rope so as to not expose the edge of the carpet to kitty claws and provide a surface to fray.

Rocket scientist here already nailed the rope down remember? Time to pull the brads and back up a bit…

Measure the area to be covered in carpet scraps, provide an extra inch each dimension to allow for overlap. Start with staples on the side kitty can’t reach, roll around, slit where necessary and continue, only to find out that after measuring at least three times I somehow came up short…

Put tools away.
Shut off fan.
Close kitchen door.
Open fridge door.
Retrieve beer.
Watch reruns of House instead…

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#1 posted 08-13-2009 01:48 AM

We have all had days like that. tomorrow is another day.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 08-13-2009 03:00 AM

The worst part is, I worked as an upholstery apprentice for about a year after high school doing high end luxury cars, boats, and hot rods. Now I can’t even seem to figure out how not to screw up a kitty condo… In all fairness, I didn’t want to be working on it yesterday. I wanted to come home from work and spend some time with my wife, she decided we were going to do kitty project…. You should have heard her laugh…

Good thing we both have a sense of humor and know this is funny.

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#3 posted 08-13-2009 04:43 AM

It was because you 1) were low on carbs. Carbohydrates make you think better; and 2) Your Biorythms were off. Didn’t know you had biorythms did you? Well you do and they were skrew-watchy, so you did the right thing to stop and walk away. Don’t forget the carbs! Eat something bad for you and you’ll be fine tomorrow.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 08-13-2009 05:14 AM

Sounds like everyday in my shop. I am glad I’m not alone :)

-- EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere. I measured, I marked, I cut. Latin instructions for firewood.

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#5 posted 08-29-2009 04:10 PM

love your sense of humour. ... and self-control!

there’s always tomorrow…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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