October 18, 2014

Quick Quiz

What is new here?

Morning after first night in redone room

Yep, that is this morning after I slept in my own bed, in my own bedroom, for the first time since spring. The base trim has been sanded, stained and polyuerathaned

Corner2

The crown molding has been painted, although not all is up. The sheetrock that was installed was 1/2". The sheetrock that I tore out was apparently 5/16" (or less), so I have to cut some of the pieces to length yet.

Crown Molding

And, I haven't done any of the window trim. But I did get curtains up so enough is done that I moved in. Yay!

Corner

Posted by Bogie on October 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM in At Home, House Work | Permalink | Comments (2)

PPP

So, about 11 dyas ago (Wednesday 10/8/14) the driveway was paved. One is not supposed to drive or park on it for at least 5 days.

New Driveway

No problem, I have been parking my Jeep on the lawn and wasn't taking the bike anywhere once it was ensconced in the garage.

Saturday (10/11), I figured I better pre-buy 3 tons of wood pellets. They asked if I wanted to take some home. Sure. The Jeep can hold a few.

I got home and realized my issue - new driveway that leads to garage. Garage leads to basement. Basement is where I store pellets. Other way to basement is up the front steps, down the stairs and around the stairway to the back of the basement. Car was loaded with 1/2 ton (who needs a truck when they have the cheapest, wimpiest Jeep they make?)

Half ton Pellets
Half ton Pellets

Decided I could drive into the garage, unload, then park back in the yard. Since I didn't have to turn the wheels while in the driveway, not much danger of doing damage. But still . . .

Didn't see any damage. And since I didn't have to turn my wheels while on the driveway, there wasn't likely to be any. However, illustrates PPP perfectly.

Posted by Bogie on October 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM in At Home | Permalink | Comments (2)

October 14, 2014

Motorcycle Lowers Explained

In the comments to Putting CC Out of Her Misery, Cop Car didn't understand my term of "lowers", which the new bike has, but the old bike didn't.

  2011 street glide at work-sm

See the little light to the left of the wheel and in front of the engine guard? Behind that light is a lower. Here is a side view:


2011 street glide at work-sm
Lowers, are the leg protectors that are attached to the engine guard. This particular set has vents in it so I can have more air flow on warm days, and almost no air flow on cold days. They are also removeable if I so wish. They do have small "glove box" type compartments. I'm not sure I would trust anything too valuble in there as the covers are held on just by snaps - and they hold only so well as you snap them on :)

Posted by Bogie on October 14, 2014 at 06:24 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 11, 2014

Smooth Going

So now that the cat is out of the bag (or the bike), now I can post about other doings about the exterior of the house. When I was looking at buying a new bike, I new that there would be serious issues with the driveway. The 2006 Street Glide is an inch shorter (in seat height) than the 2011. I had lowered the 2006 bike by 1 inch - meaning the 2013 would be 2" taller.

The 2006 was a major PITA to back up my driveway. The driveway is uphill (slightly), which would not be too difficult since it is paved, if it weren't for all the sinkholes, heaves and ruts. My old bike would take me a couple of minutes to navigate the 50 feet to my garage. I knew I would be in serious trouble if I bought the 2011. So, before buying, I contacted contractors about repaving or reconstructing the drive.

It wasn't nearly as expensive as I figured, so I contracted a company to dig up the old driveway, lay new gravel underneath and pave. They were to start the project during the week of 10/6, so when I bought the 2011, I knew I would have to suck it up and digure out how to back it into the garage.

OMG - 900 pounds is so heavy, much heavier when you add an inch and are on tippy toes the entire time! It literally took me 10-12 minutes to back it in the first time (and I had to take a break 1/2 way thru). After a couple of times, I had that down to 6-7 minutes using everything I had (and then some) to get it in to shelter.

So, last weekend, I emailed the guy and asked him if the plan was still for sometime during the week. We had rainy weather, so I wasn't sure if their schedule was delayd. He emailed back that they planned on starting Wednesday. I emailed him and told him that was fine, if they were going to start earlier, then let me know the day before so I made sure I took the correct vehicle to work - I needed to make sure a certain vehicle was in the garage. He replied that he would let me know if anything changed.

So, Tuesday I rode to work and had a great ride home. Until I pulled up to the driveway

Bike at end of torn up driveway
Bike at end of torn up driveway

Yeah, I wasn't thrilled. In fact I was downright irate. He had not called, emailed or in any way attempted to let me know they were starting the project early. Not only was there a 3" drop from the pavement to the dirtbed (and a 3" rise to the garage floor). But even if I had been brave enough to try to back up, I couldn't get to the damn garage!

I called him and blistered his ears. Oh, but he was trying to get ahead of the weather (rain due the next day). That is awesome except I gave you explicit instructions to let me know if you wanted to start earlier as I needed to make sure my vehicle was in the garage. Oh, but he saw my Jeep beside the house (it has been outside since I bought the new bike) and thought he was good - SAY WHAT? Oh, he thought I would be soooo happy that he started early. Yeah, IF HE HAD LET ME KNOW AHEAD OF TIME AS HE STATED HE WOULD- dum-ass.

Anyway, he finally drove 40 minutes to come move the 4 pieces of machinery and help me back the bike up the driveway. There is no more helpless feeling, on a brand new bike, to have both feet paddling the air and trusting an idiot to keep you upright as you are bouncing off the road into the dirt of the driveway, and once again going up a ramp into the garage.

Fortunately, nothing bad happened. And, the next day the driveway was paved completely (and now I have to wait for it to cure before driving on it).

Maybe he'll surprise me by discounting the bill. I didn't ask after he took my tongue lashing without any indication that it irritated him. Only time will tell.

Posted by Bogie on October 11, 2014 at 11:14 PM in House Work | Permalink | Comments (0)

Putting CC out of Her Misery

So, I have driven Cop Car nuts with the pic of my bike asking what is different. Here is one of the pics I posted:

Bike in garage side

Buffy, was so kind as not to spill the beans. I am sure she saw my posting on FB, so she declined to participate. Alright, here is the last hint - before:

2006 SG before CB 2006 SG side before CB

After:

2011 SG sun
2011 SG sun

Yep, just a little difference. In fact, a lot of difference. The black bike is a 2006 HD Street Glide. The Merlot Sunglow (burgundy/reddish) bike is a 2011 Street Glide. And here is the story as told on the Queens of the Road Forum:

So I was at my favorite Harley dealer a couple of weekends ago, looking at bikes like I always do. I wasn't looking for a bike, I just like to sit on the SG's [Street Glides - bogie] that take my fancy when I am at a Harley dealer. That day, I saw a bad ass 2011 Merlot Sunglow SG with lowers, but a naked back end. I walked past it a couple of times, circled it a couple of times, then sat on it.

Now I've sat on probably 100's of bikes since I got my '06 SG and never got the urge to do anything with it. BUT, this one felt right (only had one other bike "feel right", that would be my '06 SG). And, just like when I sat on the '06, the 2011 "spoke" to me.

My ever practical self got off the bike and left to continue with my errands. See, I have spent so much on my fixing up my house this year, and being single now with no back up income if I should lose my job, a new bike just wasn't in the cards.

A couple of days later I was looking to see what I could reasonably expect to get for trading in my '06. Then I thought of the things I would have to add to the 2011 - musts; heated grips, fog lights, LED headlight and 2 year extended warrantee. And I thought about what dollar amount I would be willing to finance (not payments, total dollar amount). Then, just for giggles, I emailed the sales guy to see what I could get for trade. Not nearly enough. 

He asked me to come in and talk, but I told him I didn't want to waste his, or my, time and we were just too far apart. He said to come in anyway and bring the '06 so they could look at it and see if they could give me more. Last Saturday [9/20/14 - bogie], I went in and they offered me another grand for my bike. With the add-ons I wanted, and the price of the bike, the number was within a couple of hundred of the figure I was willing to finance. Then I asked if the price came with the 2 year warrantee, as I had earlier told him I wanted. Um, No.

So, I ended up in a room with the salesman, the boss, and the finance guy. At one point I got up, put out my hand to the sales guy and said, "well, it was worth a try." He got up, shook my hand and we took 1 step towards the door when the boss said "wait". He gave me a lower total (basically one year of the warrantee for free) and I just stared at him for about 2 minutes until he finally just stated that he couldn't do any better.

I thought about it some more, decided I could pay the difference and still have the loan amount of what I wanted. They spent the week putting on my parts and today [9/27/14 - bogie] I said goodby to my 2006, and hello to my 2011. I no longer have to lust after the 6 gallon tank, or the 6 speed transmission. And, it had the power pack upgrade, giving it the 103 motor with security system.

So here I am, with winter just around the corner, with a new-to-me bike. Most of my riding has been to work, or to the Harley shop for tweaks (they wired the fog lights in a way that I didn't like so they fixed them to the way I wanted), but it has been fun. The 2006 had right around 24k miles when I bought it 12/18/2010 (never rode it until the next April), and had 51k when I traded in. The 2011 had just over 24k when I bought it, so I know that I have many a year ahead to enjoy it.

Posted by Bogie on October 11, 2014 at 06:22 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (7)

October 05, 2014

Bed Room Paint

Finally got all the wallpaper off of one wall in the bedroom then mudded the nicks, dings and natural divots of the wall board. That, of course, meant retapping and mudding the corner that meets the new sheetrock (which I had already put on one coat of paint.

BR wall - wallpaper removed
BR wall - wallpaper removed
BR wall - wallpaper removed

I then used leftovers from the livingroom paint to prime it and see if it would look okay with paint since it is wallboard and not sheetrock. Then started painting it with my color of choic, and gave the other two walls a second coat of paint. Ended up getting a second gallon made up at the Depot in a different town. Bet you can't tell where the first gallon meets the second gallon.

BR painted bay window
BR painted bay window
BR painted bay window

I'm quite pleased that the two cans of paint matched up so well. I haven't done the other wall as that is where all the furniture is shoved up to. Plus, the wallpaper is mostly intact so will leave that one for later. Now just need to paint the crown molding and base trim to those can be installed. Will trim out the windows later too. I may actually get to move into the bedroom in another week or so.

Posted by Bogie on October 5, 2014 at 07:35 AM in At Home, House Work | Permalink | Comments (5)

October 04, 2014

What's Up With This?

Notice anything different? Maybe not for those not into motorcycles - give it your best shot.

Bike in garage side
Bike in garage side
Bike in garage side

Posted by Bogie on October 4, 2014 at 10:34 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (4)

NH Home of the Mini Earthquake

One of the few times I didn't feel/hear/realize that there was a quake when I was awake. Heck, minor quakes have waken me up before. In my defence, that was when I was at the other house sleeping in the basement. Also, I live in town now, so more heavy traffic. Don't think twice when I hear what sounds like big trucks coming down RT 149, unlike the quiet road I previously lived on.

US National Earthquake Event Center

October Earthquake

 

WMUR TV New Article

 

Posted by Bogie on October 4, 2014 at 10:28 PM in New Hampshire News, Science | Permalink | Comments (4)

September 21, 2014

Ant the Paint Goes On

When I last left you fine folk, I was mudding and sanding. I finished that (except for the office) thru the week and yesterday started painting the bedroom.

As a refresher, the bedroom when I bought the house was a turquise

  Turquise Room

Then I painted over that with a milder Honolulu Blue, knowing that I would be tearing out walls later so just hoping to tone down the brightness, but without the use of very expensive coverage paint. It didn't work as well as I hoped, but it was better than nothing.

  Blue Room

With the new walls in, and not much of the Honolulu Blue paint leftover from last year, I thought it was time to really think about the color I wanted. As usual, I thought I was going to default to an off-white. That has always been my choice. But then I though that I really wanted something that would make the room more cozy and den like. As a bedroom, it doesn't need to be bright and airy. Plus, with the bay window, it gets plenty of natural light so could support a darker color.

I went to the big box store that starts with H during lunch and studied color samples. I knew I wanted a bluish tint, but darker, with more gray. After agonizing over the samples for 10 minutes (I know, a lot of people think that is a snap decision, but for me that is a short time for something so mundane as paint or carpeting or linoleum), I decided on Oxford Blue - a steel grey with blue undertones.

I also went with the Bahr self priming paint and let me tell you, that paint choice was a great decision as it is nice and thick and covers even bare sheetrock well with only one coat (going to do two coats anyway). The flash lightened up the color a bit, but when I try to darken it by computer, it turns it more purple - which it definitely isn't.

  BR new color oxford blue

As you can tell by this side-by-side, the old turquise bled thru the Honolulu Blue over time, which I had not fully realized until I looked at the picture taken last November.

BR two colors compared

Notice in the above picture the crown molding on the right hand wall is still there. This is where the story takes a turn to the obvious (if you think about my luck). I removed the molding so I could paint beneath it. In the process, areas of paint started flaking and chipping. So, I figured I would scrape those portions down, mud/sand, then it would be ready for painting when I got to it.

Yeah, uh, huh. Not so fast. that would be wallpaper that started stripping down the wall. Damn. I had forgotten when I had originally painted that it sounded like wallpaper. However, in all the walls I have taken down (exterior and  stairway), there hasn't been any wallpaper (except the mural in the living room), so I figured it was just the surface of the sheetrock was old and delaminating. Wrong answer! So, I spent some time stripping off what came off easily (the picture is from early in the process).

BR wallpaper strip

And, of course, that isn't sheetrock underneath but a wallboard, which probably means I will be papering over. The good news is at least the wallboard is in pretty decent shape, so I won't be replacing it. Now I need to get wallpaper stripper to get the stubborn stuff off.

Meanwhile, I had White Chocolate paint left over from when I painted the kitchen and living room last November, so I started painting the living room. The leftover paint was a cheaper Coronado, so I dind't expect it to cover nearly as well as the Bahr, and it didn't (although you can't really tell in the picture).

Living room 1st coat White Chocolate

Then I went to the local store and got some Benjamine Moore Premium (the Valspar was so expensive it was rediculous - about $20 more per gallon than the Bahr, so I wasn't touching that stuff). Well, that was better than the Coronado, but still runny and under-coverage compared to the Bahr. That is okay, I'll just put on more coats - which will use the same amount of paint, just more effort and time. Next time I buy paint, I know what brand I am going with.

And to top off the evening, I did some polyeurathaning of the living room trim work, which I had sanded down and stained over the last couple of weeks. I'm doing that in the craft room, so it will be a while before I get to painting that room most likely.

Hpe everyone has had a more entertainning weekend than I have had so far - but at least I feel like I have been productive.

Posted by Bogie on September 21, 2014 at 08:35 AM in At Home, House Work | Permalink | Comments (4)

September 13, 2014

Wild Bug

Saw a caterpiller on the suet feeder the other day. Not sure what kind it is, but it was cute.

Catapillar
Catapillar

He probably didn't pick the best place; right next to a bird feeder, and there was no suet so he was tempting fate. i looked later and he was gone, kind of hoping he found a safer place to do his thing.

Posted by Bogie on September 13, 2014 at 09:17 AM in Wild Animals | Permalink | Comments (0)