Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What Is That Screeching Sound?

Four days into the remodel and things were moving smoothly and quickly. Even removing the popcorn ceiling went better than expected.


Then the brakes were applied. The washer valves wouldn't shut off, so I got a couple of hose caps and fixed that temporarily until I could cut into the wall to replace them

Unfortunately when opening up the wall I found what appeared to be a leak on the cold water line. The top right shows what really old copper should look like when not exposed to leaking water.

Yep, its a weeper



I will have to open the wall up some more to be able to replace the leaking T and to put in a new washer box. May as well use the latest gismos since I cut into the wall.

The drywall guy came by today and gave me a livable price, but can't do the work for two weeks. Texturing the ceiling and patching all the holes in the walls is something best left to the professional so I will have to wait. Waiting means removing the 500 feet of existing tile, patching the cracks in the floor, installing four new doors, converting a pocket door to a real door, relocating three electrical boxes, running the electric for a ceiling fan in the attic instead of stapled to the wall and ceiling of the bedroom, removing the water heater for the tile installation and changing to a ball valve shutoff, painting the closets and pantry, and taking out all the pavers in the little back yard to make Dexter a potty place. That will also mean at least two more trips to the dump.

Minor surprises aren't a bad thing as long as they stay minor and I can fix them myself. That makes them affordable and just adds to the fun. 


Monday, March 27, 2017

As Luck Would Have It....

....Stella was finally ready to be picked up the day I received the keys to the condo. So, now I have two operational motorcycles and the need to get to work on rehabbing the condo. Decisions, decisions…..necessity overcame what I wanted to be doing and the demolition of the condo commenced. 


Before pictures




Friday night I removed the cabinet doors and microwave.


I spent 18 hours over Saturday and Sunday getting busy. After watching many hours of home improvement shows it didn’t take long to find one of those ahhh s@#t moments. The generic fiber board cabinets weren’t modular and had been built in place. Being built in a time when the Unions were strong they were built to last with thousands of staples and came apart one board at a time. Slowing me down was probably a good thing. But, I managed to need a trip to the dump Saturday to prevent a standstill anyway.

The doors were something called split jamb doors which I had never seen before. Basically the door frame came in two pieces with the door trim already installed. My home inspector told me you just have to beat them off with a BFH, but that sounded like a good way to tear everything up. I searched the internet and found thousands of install videos, but not one removal one. After looking it over carefully I made a plan to bust off the door stop and tried it out. It worked perfectly and with the stop removed the two halves just pulled apart in under five minutes a door. The reason for the removal is they are covered in some dark brown, plastic coating that is near impossible to remove. The pantry door had been painted and it looked awful, so new doors it is. 

Worst part so far is the plumbing for the kitchen sink isn't in the wall! I can't believe they didn't make the plumbers move it, but what are you gonna do 45 years later.


So, the updating on the condo is in full swing. I’m planning on a ten hour, six day work week until completion. I’ll take Sundays off to go ride and after the major demo is done and all my dump runs are complete I will ride Petunia or Stella over to the condo everyday. Who knows I may even take the long way home once in a while.  


Monday, March 20, 2017

Updates..Stella, Petunia, Life

Today starts the fifth week of Stella being at the Dealer to have her rear drive assembly fixed. Updates have been sporadic, calls not returned when promised, and questionable excuses have been offered. But, when you are the only Dealer within 350 miles you hold all the cards. The two best excuses are #2 the mechanic quit and took the special tool with him. 

The #1 best excuse is the non reusable keeper is on back order and should be here in thee weeks. I told him to just put it together with the used keeper and call it good. That is when he used excuse #2. He called me Thursday morning and said the tool would be in Friday and he would call me back as soon as it came in. I’m still waiting.

Well, at least Petunia is back up and running. But, is being naughty and blew a fuse yesterday that I have to check out this morning.

At the end of this week I begin my next project. Because I just don’t know when to quit I purchased a fixer upper condo in the retirement area known as Sun City West. I close on the little gem Friday, the cabinets and granite are ordered, and I plan to start the demolition on Saturday.


I hope I'm not getting to old for all this fun!