Rushing through the home repairs. #10: Getting back after it, and starting to see results.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-12-2013 03:34 PM 1488 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Cat food damaged linen closet shelves... Part 10 of Rushing through the home repairs. series Part 11: Dining room, almost check... Some shop time too! »

From my last blog entry, folks know I have been kind of out circulation for a bit due to health issues, and I am finally getting back into the swing of things. I had a pretty decent weekend home remodeling wise…

#1. Got the shop vac / thien rig set up in the dining room, and used my dust free sander to smooth out most of the texture from one of the walls that needed a LOT of patching due to furniture bumps, and hurricane shaking induced cracks etc… All of the retaping, patching sanding is DONE woo hoo!

#2. Went to Harbor Freight, picked up a texture hopper gun on sale for $16.00 and threw the 20% coupon on that. The kid at the register actually asked if I wanted the extended warranty on that! Are you serious? It cost me more in my time to get to your store than the dumb gun cost! If this thing lasts through the 90 day warranty period I will be very happy. Honestly, it is such a simple device, it I can manage to break it I will be impressed. All the castings seem stout enough, adjustments are quite functional, and it spits out the thinned mud exactly as it is supposed to…

#3. Learned to thin and spray the mud for texture in the above mentioned texture spray gun. Took 2 attempts to get it close enough to right. I was going for a popcorn finish, the blobs are a bit smaller than I wanted, but it falls under the category of close enough nobody but me will ever notice…

#4. Painted that now fixed wall, as well as the wall next to it, had to pay special attention to the corner where the wall next meets the walls for the breakfast nook, as I have a major color change going on there. Came out great!

#5. Not buried in ground, but I set up timers / hoses, and sprinklers for my lawn. We are under a water restriction, and I can only water between 10 P.M. and 4 A.M.

#6. Replaced the outlets, and light switch in the dining room (the room just painted) with white “Decora” style pieces. When I bought the house all the outlets / switches were almond color, with white faceplates, and they are the old fashioned style pieces. I wanted a fresh look that actually matched. I am using lighted decora switches, which in 2 other fixtures in the house, caused the CFL bulbs to flicker. This fixture is using Phillips globe type CFLs that are painfully slow in warming up, that slowness seems to have an upshot of not being prone to the CFL flicker that seems to be vexing most folks using illuminated switches. I have to have lighted switches as my wife is nearly night blind, and any help she can get finding a light switch in the dark is necessary… For the time being, we have stocked up on Ceiling fan rated incadescent bulbs, but need to find CFLs that won’t flicker, and won’t die super fast in ceiling fans…

#7. WOOD RELATED WORK! I have an old Oakcrafters dining set, that I am finding very little actual glue was used in the construction. Several of the chair legs are starting to wiggle apart, as are 2 of the chair backs. I removed the remaining glue on one of the chair backs, and am working on fixing a problem of a broken tab on one of the hoop backs before I properly glue this thing up. My wife wants darker colored stained furniture in the dining room. I am debating stripping and restaining what we have, or using this as an excuse to eventually build what I really want, a big Amish Harvest Table with matching chairs.

#8. Serviced my R/O filtration / Water Softener system.

#9. Serviced my bedroom air purifier.

#10. Serviced my hanging air cleaner.

#11. Started organizing my tools again. The shop is in complete disarray, and I was able to spend a little bit of time out there last night. Not a ton, but a little…

#12. Separated my Autospring 2.5” leveling kit / spacers off of the original struts / springs from my truck. I replaced the spacer / strut assembly with a Rancho 2.5” leveling strut last winter. These have literally been sitting on my shop floor since!

I am sure I got more done this weekend, but that is pretty much all I can recall. And aside from a slightly sore back this morning (no shock there!) I am feeling pretty good today. God willing I can get the molding painting done within the next couple of days, and then move everything in the dining room back to its proper location!

After this is done, next up is moving the living room stuff into the dining room, and starting on the living room. Ceiling down…

FWIW, we are not doing flooring yet due to budget. At this point I am SERIOUSLY considering doing stained concrete just to get the carpet OUT of my house. I want hardwood flooring, but it is a little cost prohibitive, at least considering the time frame I have to work with…

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#1 posted 08-12-2013 05:16 PM

WOW!! db, did you join the Army, sounds like you got more done before 9:00am than most of do in a whole day. ;-)

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Pace yourself, Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 08-12-2013 06:49 PM

LOL, not hardly! I have a lovely bride that is freaking out my older brother and his wife will be visiting this winter!

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#3 posted 08-13-2013 07:17 AM

Congrtaulations on work well done but take a breather, remember you are still on the mend.

take care.


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#4 posted 08-13-2013 02:04 PM

Taking today, and possibly tomorrow off. I have some study wok to do at home tonight. (I am in IT, and am studying for an updated certification). Probably just kick back and read after dinner assuming LOML, and our pets let me…

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#5 posted 08-14-2013 12:43 AM

Ahhh….. Nice evening so far. Good relaxing dinner of Fajitas and a Margarita sans tequila @ Los Ramirez in Clear Lake, then back home for some VM study time…. is loading over my network now…

Got some good jams on the media player too! Ratt jamming in my ears reminds me of screaming through the Oregon hills with my friends in my old AMC Hornet… (Too bad the memory couldn’t replace that with a Chevelle SS!)

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#6 posted 08-14-2013 06:31 AM

Be sure to pace yourself, and not get back in trouble. I over do it at times, so I know it isn’t always easy to control.

Case in point, I am sitting here at a US military recreational facility in Bavaria in the Alps, drinking coffee, and going through email. This is a start of a three week vacation with friends, he is retired military, now with Homeland Security. My wife and the other couple went out on a tour, and I decided to throttle back for a day. I was way to busy last week prior to leaving, and I am still recovering. We are here a couple more days and then take a two week cruise in the Baltic and North Atlantic.

Re the texturing gun, I was thinking of some advice you gave me, couple of years ago, re a drill press. I kinda thought I might need a bigger one, but you correctly analyzed the situation, it is still doing the job, and so I didn’t upgrade it. In fact I bought another similar one for my vacation home shop in Washington, reinforcing the point.

Sometimes good enough is….....good enough.

Remember to pace, and enjoy what you are doing….....

Nice to have you back….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 08-14-2013 03:06 PM

Thanks Jim. Yeah no worries, last night’s pace actually felt good.

Got home after the nice dinner with my wife, hit the computer for some certification study, set up the web server, set up the hypervisor, got the latest iso image and created an install tree and set up my first virtual server. I patched that and while the patches were running I went out to the shop.

Took shop dog with me which was interesting, he wanted to get into EVERYTHING…
Ended up taking the tool bag from the remnants of my truck front end rebuild pile to the bench. Removed the leveling kit spacers from the original shock / strut assemblies, saved the fasteners and set aside. The OE struts are hitting the curb tonight. Wish I had a spring compressor. Would hate for a scrap metal guy to lose his head over trying to free the spring from the shock. If I had the tool I would take it apart. That is NOT something i would trust Harbor Freight for…

Spent a bit more time in the shop putting my wrenches back into their wrench trays, sockets on their rails etc… I have a LOT more to go on that, but will get there quickly. Probably kick on the AC when we get home tonight.

Doc has me doing these back stretch excersizes that are helping.

The paint / texture in the dining room has had a chance to fully dry / cure so the colors are stable now. Spent a little time admiring the work in there. The color is a little bit creamier than I expected, but pretty nice. I still need to swing by Home Depot, or order face plates on amazon, but I probably need 20 more Decora faceplates for my remodeling project. I simply can’t find the ones I had already…

Tonight is cloning the first VM I created and getting it configured, then work on the shop cleanup a little more. I want to get the mechanics tools cleaned off, and put away. Perhaps get the solenoid mounted back on the winch. I am NOT moving that winch off my bench for now. Still working on a decision for the bumper / winch mount. LOML wants me to keep the stock bumper, and use a stainless steel brush guard type mount. I want a heavy duty bumper, no chrome, coated with bed liner type material dyed close as possible to the body color of the truck. She wants elegant, I want to scare the dickens out of Miata drivers…

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#8 posted 08-16-2013 08:06 AM

Can’t let the wife get into the execution of your road rage, I vote for the macho one.

Gonna have to read your post a little closer, VM’s are still not anything I have ever dealt with.

Shop dog is still under 2 years??, so he will normally be what he is, but doesn’t that make him interesting and fun?

Another travel day today, so off and running. Will get on the ship tomorrow, so email will probably be on hold for 48 hours or so. I am typing this on a Surface Pro, my old heavyweight desktop replacement now having been relegated to permanent life at the vacation house in Washington. The Surface keyboard is great, I think I like it better than the old portable. However, the Surface does need one more USB port, since I like to use a mouse or tablet instead of a touch pad. The Surface is necessary to run the full OS at work and carry around to exam rooms. Travel use is secondary…......


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#9 posted 08-16-2013 01:30 PM

Actually my shop dog is a little over 3 now. He was born on tax day 2010…

We were working in the shop last night, and he decided a hunk of pecan cutoff looked like a fun toy. I don’t turn pens yet, so I let him have it…

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