Monday, April 24, 2017

Funday Sunday

I made the executive decision to work on the condo Sunday instead of riding. I have to be ready to have the granite measured next Monday and don't want to put it off. So, I grouted the kitchen floor.

Then I was cutting the edge tiles on the back of the kitchen wall in the living room. Laying it all out I came upon a big problem. The floor has a settlement crack the length of the room. Seen them before and usually not that big of a deal. But, the two foot length of the tiles means the floor has to be leveled out.

This is with the bar shimmed to level. Just after the crack the entire floor has a low spot. I will be using some concrete leveler to float it out.

This little hiccup had the potential to mess with my schedule. But, I'm going to fix this and have decided to hire a cabinet installer for the kitchen cabinets. The cheapest cabinet to be installed is just over half of what I can get them installed for. One miss directed screw would mean waiting for a replacement cabinet, plus the cost of it. While an installer could also have that problem I'm thinking I am more likely to have it happen.

With the floor stopping the tiling process Sunday, I did the only thing I could think of. I went for a ride! Headed out on Stella to look at appliances. It was in the high 90's when I left. I will say ATGATT on a near 100 degree day, when making multiple stops, was a pain. After two stops with salespeople being less than truthful I will just turn to Home Depot or Lowe's. 

Sunday afternoon traffic was busy, as expected, but the closer to out of town I got the better it got.  It wasn't until I was out of town that I realized the vents on my helmet were closed. It also clouded up and the temperature began to drop. With the vents open it was quite pleasant to be out on Stella. 

I logged in just over 90 miles of smile inducing, much needed, wind therapy. I was nearly back into town when the best part of the ride occurred. Mr. Harley rider pulled up next to me at a light, revved his loud pipes, and made motions that he would outrun Stella when the light changed. I let him leave first, but quickly hit redline for two shifts and Mr. Harley was in my rear view mirror. I slowed and he passed me like he was doing something. Stella had her first drag race, and first time hitting her redline, and did quite well.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Four Week Report

I am now four weeks into my condo remodel. In one respect it seems like a long time, but in another I have accomplished a lot in a short period of time. I keep forgetting I had to wait for two weeks for Marty, the drywall guy, to fit me in. It was well worth the wait as he is a magician with making repairs and once he was here it went quickly.

While Marty was fixing all the drywall issues I was assembling the new kitchen cabinets. As I was working on them I was thinking it was like putting together a high end IKEA product. I have put put together plenty of IKEA products for my girls in the days gone by. All components of the Cabinets To Go cabinets are real wood and of a high quality, but come unassembled in flat boxes.

My assembly area


 Dovetail drawers on all boxes


Once Marty was done it was time to get busy painting. I purchased a Harbor Freight airless sprayer that had the potential to work great, but operator error led to less than desirable results. I finished up with the old fashion pan and roller.


Sun City residents love to come by and see what your doing. They also love to have you come see what they did. Some of their projects look terrific and some leave me scratching my head. An example would be the one with the same tile in one unit that goes in a different direction in every room. I couldn't imagine living in that kind of environment. I have also seen several with up to five different floor coverings in the same unit. 


 Being on a deadline and needing to get the cabinets installed I pulled off the painting to start the tile work. Because of what I had seen it took me about three hours to make a final decision of where to start. The entry way to my unit is on a fourty five degree angle to the rest of the unit. That would leave the tile in the three major rooms all running on a diagonal, which in square tiles looks great, but the wood look tile not so much. So, I started in the kitchen, laying in the traditional pattern. This will leave my entryway to run on an angle, but making everything else square and easier to lay. 

My plan is to lay as much tile as I can today, completing the kitchen and breakfast nook section, then working in the living room area back towards the entry way. Sunday I will grout the kitchen area to enable me to start hanging the cabinets on Monday. Have to have them done so the granite guys can do the templet the following Monday. Somewhere this week I have to find the time to go order my appliances.

In another stroke of luck my landlord has agreed to terminate my lease early without penalty. I have been here five years and getting out three months early will be nice.
 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Sort of Ride

Monday started with me painting doors. After four coats on each door I decided to go for a ride. Headed home for a quick lunch and shower and I was off.

In short order the catch in my lower back started to become an issue. The combination of the riding position and lack of riding and it was getting uncomfortable. At the 50 mile mark I was near the Sunset Point rest area, so I pulled in.

The high desert was awash in the yellow blooms that attest to the amount of rain we have had. The only bad part will be the wildfire season.

Looking off the other side of the rest stop shows the green already turning brown.

Because I am a smart person I left the camera at home, so the iPhone pictures are all I got. Anyway, after stopping I almost couldn't get off of Stella. After a pit stop and some stretching it wasn't loosing up, so I aborted the ride and headed back toward the house.  

My ride only lasted 100 miles. 100 uncomfortable miles and ended with a nap. The nap was interrupted with the call that my cabinets are in and I will pick them up Wednesday or Thursday after I get the freshly painted doors out of the garage. I then went to Home Depot and got a different brand of paint. I will be back to full time get it done mode in the next day or two.

Tuesday was spent painting doors and door jambs for nine hours and ending with copious amounts of Deep Blue Rub. I hate back issues, but will try to get a ride in on Saturday if the drywall guy doesn't work. I will be on hold while he is doing his magic on the condo.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Started Putting The Condo Together

The tearing it apart stage is a thing of the past and the putting it back together has started. First step was the repair of the cold water line that was leaking in the wall. Adding a washing machine box with quick shut ball valves brings things into the modern era.



Cutting some holes to put the electric into the attic where it belongs, instead of being stapled to the ceiling.

 The big, bottom hole is where the junction box was protruding the wall and was just covered with drywall mud. The electric line was then stapled up the wall and across to the fan. Not safe and ugly as Hell.



After a three day wait the new doors arrived late Thursday afternoon and Friday morning I got to work. In less than five hours I had all six of them installed.



There was a sea mural painted on the wall surrounding the back yard that had to go. I jumped the gun and started painting before I took a picture. This is the part on the side of the garage.


Fresh, new white walls. I was just searching for things to do.


I have literally worked myself out of a job for a few days. Nothing else can continue until the drywall is repaired and textured. That isn't scheduled to start until Thursday. I think Saturday I will prime the bare wood of the door frames and sand the doors.

Early next week I am going for a ride! There will be a report after it happens.