Back on Schedule, Mostly

Posted: May 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

The kitchen is waiting for tile, cabinets and the plumber.

With a little hired help on Tuesday, we got down to the floor in the kitchen, put up some drywall, started to patch some holes, cut some cementboard and generally prepped the area for the tile to come. The next big thing to deal with in the kitchen is getting the radiator out of the way for the tile. We had a plumber out today for some estimates, before we went to our anniversary lunch. We toyed briefly with a huge plumbing project to get a state-of-the-art hot-water heating system, but it’s just not in the budget. It would be better to do while we’re renovating, but will have to wait. For now, we’ll look forward to steam heat in the winter. At least it provides a little humidity.

Staple hell.

We continue to pull staples out from the stairs. I really have no idea how long this project will last. I’d guess we’ve pulled a thousand staples up already. Just brutal work, even if you can do it while sitting on a step.

The grass in the backyard is starting to grow, but it might have drowned today, so who knows how that will go.

Oh, and we had roofers come take a look, and they came in a little under what our expectations were, so we’ll count that as a win. It’s not a big house, so it doesn’t have a large roof. It’s a little job, thankfully.

The water on the roof was over a foot deep until the roofer kicked loose the gutter — which clearly has some bad news stuck in it. A river of water poured over the side of the house for more than a few minutes after he did this. Good news, tho: the drain in the patio handled it splendidly, so maybe cleaning that out won’t be a huge chore.

It will be nice to have a new roof that drains properly, and pretty soon.

The trash pile is finally shrinking, instead of growing.


I think that inside the house, we’ve hit a point where we feel good about how much we have pulled off in not that much time, but daunted by how much work remains. But we’re just working as quickly as we can, and I think we’re on track, more or less. We’ve got plenty of power tools, anyway.

And a bonus shot of that old newspaper:

The 1912 primary in Ohio.

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Comments
  1. Jay says:

    Holy shit. I’d sue my own son, too. Ungrateful little bastard.

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