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By Phil the Canuck (Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 05:19:09 AM EST) (all tags)
How to renovate your home in 2,336 easy steps.


Everything in the house seems to have positives and negatives.  I get something, I lose something.  I lose something, I fix something.  The bottom line, however, is that we seem to be making progress.

I just want to say, for the record, that when The Wife decided to have a big cleaning party with the kids back in March, I warned her that she was just making a clean spot for the mess to settle.  Sure enough, she got stressed over everything being coated in plaster and drywall dust.  It doesn't matter how many steps you take to contain the stuff, it gets out and makes a mess.  You have to accept going in that everything needs to be scrubbed after you're past the mess-making stage.

We're just getting past the mess-making stage.  As I finished making a mess in the bathroom, the electrician started cutting holes for expanded switch boxes and such.  You know, for all the work that we were going to have him do before we found out the sellers took a piss on the contract.  The finishing touches are going in there, with the first ceiling fan installed last night.

As we move along we discover more and more that the house was extremely well constructed.  Floors level and square.  Studs where there are supposed to be studs.  That sort of thing.  The only corner that seems to have been cut is the wiring.

I finished the bathroom floor yesterday morning.  I could have finished it Saturday night but there was some cutting left to do.  Being the new neighbor I didn't want to ruffle any feathers by sawing in the garage too late.  I finished the last row and caulked the edges with enough time to throw in the new vanity.  Again, floors nice and level.  I just dropped it in place and secured it.  The new faucet is on the vanity top, which I'll put on tonight.  It's a bit too heavy to be doing alone.  After that we're a toilet installation and a bit of caulking away from a finished bathroom.

After that we're a bit of trim away from a finished kitchen, and then two unpainted bedrooms away from everything we planned to do being done.  I am going to do some work in the downstairs bathroom, but that can wait.

Broke but not homeless isn't so bad.

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Good for you by duxup (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 06:39:05 AM EST
I get panic attacks just thinking about thinking about home improvement projects.
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It's not so bad by Phil the Canuck (4.00 / 2) #2 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 08:20:17 AM EST
I'm like Bob-freakin-Vila now.

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excellent by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 01:57:28 PM EST
as long as you're not like the guy we bought our place from, who thought he was Bob Vila.

we're getting close too. our tub is finally in, i'm painting downstairs (after having removed a lot of badly applied wallpaper and patched a lot of plaster) and i've almost got the master bedroom done upstairs (just a little more mud on the corners and we're all set).
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if de-virgination results in me being able to birth hammerhead sharks, SIGN ME UP!!! --misslake

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That guy by Phil the Canuck (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Apr 15, 2008 at 01:52:35 AM EST
Must have owned two houses.  The guy shouldn't have been allowed in a hardware store.

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this past weekend by garlic (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 09:23:30 AM EST
I helped my brother paint his doors and molding. Some of these doors and molding are on their 3rd attempt at being painted, based on room color changes, or bad paintjobs. It's always a pain. And, also always surprising when you go to hang a door in a frame it just came out of and find that it's too wide in the middle. Not the top and bottom, just the middle. Stupid home improvement.


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