Saturday, October 16, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
The next phase of the project is for me to add craftsman brackets and a wide overhang so it matches the house - The kit roof had no overhangs, so we extended the roof off the sides a foot and the front and back 14 inches. I will be making some fake rafter tails and we got some fake beadboard that I will attach under the overhangs so it matches the house. The brackets will be smaller versions on the one on the house, and I will also make new door trim to match. So much more to do!
I also had a little mishap this weekend with the sprinklers, again! I installed all of the sprinklers, but one of the ones in the lawn is set too high, and I have it adjusted as far down as it can go, but it still gets caught on the lawnmower and snaps off - This has now happened a few times and I always have a nightmare getting the broken nipple out of the pipe - So today I decided to google "sprinkler extractor" and low and behold, they make a tool called nipple extractor that is designed to grip and remove the broken stub, and is only $3.95.... Mind you up to this point it had taken me 45 minutes to an hour to get the broken piece out. I had given up yesterday afternoon so I will be picking a nipple extractor on the way home....
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
I am now convinced that this house was built by morons and "maintained" by idiots....
As a bit of a background, I have renovated a number of old houses, so I know what the inside of a sash pocket (where the weights live) look like, and what the weights are like.
In this house, no weight are remotely alike, and weren’t even the same size! They must have been in the discount bin in 1910….
So, I replaced the cords, and in the process discovered that the most of the window trim is rotted, and hacked from when they installed the new screens. I have known for awhile that no to windows in the house are the same size (they vary from ½ to an inch), but when they installed the aluminum screens, its clear they made the mistake of measuring one window… So, the screen installer took his reciprocating saw to the trim and hacked the trim so it would fit, and used a chisel for the rest..
So everything was going fine until I got to the big dining room window on the back of the house, this was tricky, because one of the houses craftsman brackets was “attached” to the top corner of the frame – at least in 1910 it was… In the years since the bracket had pulled away from the house, and had left a gap in the sash pocket, since the trim was cut around it – so the pocket was filled with pigeon poop, feathers, and stuff I really don’t want to know about… I retied the weights, and then set my sights on repairing the bracket so seal up the pocket – so I took my hammer, pounded the bracket back into position, and then watched the whole bracket crash into my rose bush…oops…. SO… I found a piece of scrap redwood, nailed it over the gap in the siding, dragged the bracket to backyard, and then poured a glass of whiskey… Isn’t the house supposed to look better after a day of repairs????? OIY?
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Of course, I have a collection of at least 8 mortise locks and so I went on a hunt to see if I could cannibalize another lock for the broken piece - I should no better - out of nine mortise locks, no two were even remotely similar - even the screws that hold the cover plate on are different - so I ended up replacing the lock with a different one and had to chisel the door because it was slightly different - after that fiasco was dealt with, I had to readjust the strike plate because the latch was in a slightly different place -
Needless to say, I am on my second Soju martini...
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The other items on the list should not be too big of a deal...
Friday, May 28, 2010
1. Fix the hallway wall so it aligns correctly ( will involve a jack and some wood)
2. Replacing the hardwood floor in the hallway ( have vintage oak flooring in the basement for this project)
3. Paint the front porch and column bases (The cement cap project will continue.....)
4. Replace the baseboard in the bathroom that is too short since we replaced the sink cabinet.
5. Install trim around the tub enclosure that has been on the to do list since we moved in...
6. Fix the hole in the wall I made when I decided to wiggle a loose pipe in the basement, which caused it to break through the wall, I suspect it was to the original 1910 wall mounted water heater)
7. Replace a few of the peel and stick floor tiles in the kitchen that have slipped (That's what happens when you stick them on top of the old linoleum... and I will admit that was my doing, since we are planning to replace the the whole thing with tile at some future date and I was not in the mood at the time to peel up the linoleum)
Hopefully that will do the trick for now - we will see what we can get done!
Friday, May 7, 2010
So how does one go about stripping paint off cement? A google search basically came up with what I suspected - do it the same way you do wood trim.. paint Remover and lots of elbow grease... I decided to experiment a bit and used my trusty heat gun to get some of the paint off, since I didn't know if the cement would absorb the heat and the paint wouldn't get hot enough to soften.. Low and behold, it actually worked and I got about 95% of the paint off, I am going to go over it with paint remover to get the other 5% off, which as experience has taught, will be most of the work. The nice part about this is that once the paint is off, it will again be a zero maintenance surface.... The next project has also come into focus, which is the wood columns, there is a bit of rot, the wood trim around the base of the columns are missing, and a section of the column cap was chopped out when the porch was enclosed... I have a feeling this little side project will keep me busy for awhile...
Monday, April 19, 2010
The box woods are staring to fill in and the yard is starting to look mature - what a motivator to get rest finished...unfortunatly, the "rest" is the 45' parkway along the side of the house that will need the same traetment as the front - remove the rocks, add the manure, peatmoss and compost...ugh!!! I am going to do sections at a time
so its not so overwhelming... Also on the Agenda for this spring is to chip the paint off the cement caps of the porch posts, and repaint the porch floor and brick pillars. The porch floor and pillars are going to be replaced but I want to keep the cement caps when the porch gets rebuilt. Paint removal off cement...this should be entertaining....