Tuesday, June 8, 2010

P's First Blog

Saturday came and went, 11 friends came to help, dumpster full.  Sunday morning arrived and my father and I went over to the house and realized with all the work we accomplished on Saturday, we still had so much to do.  Overwhelming for sure!  There was a ton of plaster, lathe and the corners needed to be fine tuned.  We also needed to clean up the mess from all the demo.  The most important thing was calling the dumpster guy and getting that picked up and re-delivered empty. 

Monday morning comes and I am on my phone with the dumpster people since I didn't hear back from them yesterday.  I also got a call from work that I had to get up at 3AM on Tuesday and work, which wasn't something I was looking forward to since those early mornings always kick my butt and make me REALLY grumpy (K inserted that).   Later in the day, the new dumpster arrived and we ready to go again.  The garage still had a lot of the previous renters junk in it and so we put that all of it in the dumpster and finally had space to store all our moldings.  They had been stacked against the back fence previously. 

So after work today, we had to make a small detour to the auto body and then went to the hardware store and then finally to the house.  We got to actually do some "fun" stuff!  There also seemed to be rat's nests under the house and so Terminix was immediately called.  We also removed the mantle from the fireplace and sanded it down and it's ready to be stained, one thing complete. 

My Dad introduced us to a tool called a planer, which cuts at a certain depth across the board so instead of using a heat gun or chemicals and a scraper, we can strip all the paint off in a couple minutes vs. 30 minutes per molding.  That was one thing that was going to take a lot of time and so its a nice feeling that it will go by much quicker.

Water was turned back on because Otis and Dad capped the pipes inside and we also checked out the sprinklers which worked with minor glitches. 

We tried to lay out the kitchen but that is going to be tough and we are going to have to ask Home Depot to help us out.

Dining Room
The electrician is going to start on the panel upgrade tomorrow.  Plumber is coming on Saturday.  We are going to Home Depot or Lowes on Saturday to try and take advantage of a 0% credit card and buy all the rest of the stuff including pipes, appliances, tile, etc.  Should be a fun day.  It's nice that we are starting to finally rebuild. 

Finally, we removed the damn Christmas lights from the house which had been there for years according to the neighbors.  We also tore down the gutters which were serving no purpose in their current state.  Good night.


  1. Whoa, I got tired just reading this!!! An amazing amount of work for a few short days.... Sounds like Home Depot/Lowes will be delivering soon. Way to go!

  2. Holy crap! You guys are really going to town!

  3. WOOHOOO!!!! Things look great!