October 26, 2014
Air Infiltration is Everywhere
Air leaks in this house are everywhere. Some are so obvious, one wonders how she missed them before now.
The ceilings are not sheetrock, they are either acustical tile or material you normally associate with dropped ceilings.Normal housing construction has sheetrock for walls and ceilings so tape and mudd cover any gaps. Thus, airflow is kept to a minimum (there are other steps that good builders use, but lets just go with that simplified version).
With tiles, no such jointing can be done. Any gaps are covered with crown molding. This is something I completely missed, even after having new sheetrock installed. Here is a small joint (very rare in this house)
How could I have missed such obvious issues while I was putting up the crown molding in the bedroom? Once I recognized it, the crown molding came back down and I started filling gaps. With very small gaps, I could use rope caulk. With larger gaps, more creativity was involved. I had some weather seal from previous projects (some from the old house); some of felt and some of foam, so I started with what I had for the gaps less than 3/4 inches
I had nothing large enough for the 3/4 and larger gaps, so scraps of foam board are temporarily being used.
I have gotten larger foam weatherstripping to replace the rigid foam. Eventually, I will be putting in sheetrock ceilings and then the gaps will be covered more conventionally. But for now, this will have to do.
Last weekend there was a small mishap hear at the Bogie house. Iw was getting all the stuff together that I needed to make shower gel (I haven't bought any soap but dish soap and laundry detergent for a couple of years). I was being lazy and decided that I could carry the container of essential oils, a gallon jug of gell base, can of grapeseed oil and bottle of glycerin. I had quite the arm full and juggled everything around a couple of times until I figured I could make it the 20 steps to the kitchen.
Following picture is of my EO (essential oil) container next to the kitchen sink so you can get an idea of the size.
Wo, the EO container was balanced in one arm, the gallon jug clentched by the handle of the opposite hand, and the other containers wedged between my arm and body on the side that had the gallon jug. Naturally, I bumped into the door frame of the craft room as I was exiting. The can of grapeseed oil, being a tad slick on the outside, got just enough of a jolt to make it squirm out of my grasp and hit the floor in the hallway just in front of the bedroom door. At that point, its flip top flipped, and oil started to ooze out - Yay - NOT.
I proceded to the kitchen with the rest of the stuff, put it down, then headed back with a big wad of paper towels to clean up the mess. This is where I had a bit of luck; I had completed putting the bedroom in order and had mopped the wood floor a couple of times to get up as much of the sheetrock dust and other stuff off the wood floor. Once I started wiping at the oil, I realized it was helping to get all the stuff trapped in the wood grain out, and giving the wood floor a more finished look (most of the protectant of al the wood floors is pretty much worn off). So, I ended up spreading the spilled oil all thru the bedroom.
So, my clumsiness paid off. I will remember this as I finish working on each room and finish it off by coating the floor with grapeseed oil.
October 18, 2014
What is new here?
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
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.
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!
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.
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?)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
September 13, 2014
Just in time for my need for a huge project (LOL), the sheetrock has been installed. They put on the tape and mudded the first time, but the rest of the prep-work before paint is mine. I need to sand it all down, then mud again, then sand some more. Then, if I haven't messed it up too much, paint. However, I expect to have to do at least touch up work before painting. However, with just the rock up, it looks so different compared to all summer when I was looking at the outside plywood and then the insulation.
Amazing how it echos in the house now, after having the insulation swallow up every sound.
Hey, and they put up the plastic on the garage ceiling then sheetrocked it and then finished off the wall too (it was sheetrocked around the door, but that was it).
I won't be working on the garage as the inside of the house is what I am most interested in getting done. Gotta get the living room done first so I can hook up the little pellet stove - winter is comming fast; temps in the high 30's this morning and the house at 62. Definitely need to be able to take the chill out of the air before I worry about the bedroom.
Hey, wouldn't want to actually use the BR - have only used it maybe 2 months, if that long, since I've been here :)
August 31, 2014
I have been in the habit of looking thru Craig's List a couple times a week; looking at freebies and cheap, but good condition items. If you recall, way back last year, CL was where I found the futon that is my couch/bed for very cheap and it was used in the EX's apartment before I moved into my own house. I also found other stuff for both EX and me - filing cabinet and dog pen come to mind - for very little $$.
I have been wanting to get rid of the 2nd couch, which I got for free from the side of the road when I worked in MA. The couch was ugly and very used, but mainly it was too big for my real needs. It also had no legs, so picked up every dog hair, cat hair, bird feather and other detritus that came within 2 feet of it. Oh yeah, it was useful. It did a great job holding the cat bed, my leathers when I got home from work and the plethora of throw pillows, but since I never have any visitors, that is all it was useful for.
I wanted something smaller, chair like, but bigger than the standard easy chair. I also wished for another futon, just because they are so handy being convertible (cousin threatened to come from Chicago with his sons - not that that will probably happen, but one never knows). So, I got to investigating futon chairs. Much to my surprise, they make them much like my wood fram futon couch. But dang, the price tag for a new one is very steep, so I couldn't justify getting one.
Well about 10 days ago, I was on CL and I searched for futon chair, and lo-and-behold, one had been placed on the list just a couple days before. After accertaining that it was still available, I offered less than what they wanted, the offer was accepted and last Saturday, I went to Nashua to pick it up. To fit in my Jeep, we had to disassemble it (no surprise) and after I got it home, I got it reassembled in only 2 tries (first time was completely backward. I had contacted EX to see if he would help me get the old couch to the dump, and he came by that afternoon. This is the last picture of the couch taken the night before (I had already taken the pillows and throw off of it)
So, here is my newest piece of furniture (I think it is actually younger than any of the furniture I have, excpet my linen pantry, at 10 years old). Notice that Cop Cars old pillows and runner actually go pretty nicely on it. I was considering getting a new cover, but I think it is fine - I will need to use a different throw for protecting the seat portion though)
The cats started exploring once it was in place. Fuzzy just jumped on it and was laying beside a pile of pillows when Tory attacked him from the floor (summertime the cats are not the best of friends). I looked up from reading just in time to see the pillows fall around Fuzzy, protecting him from Tory's jabs. Tory was befuddled at what had happened to Fuzzy (he couldn't see hmi from the floor), so stalked away.
When the coast was clear, Fuzzy took control of the cat bed (he is the only one that uses it anyway) and settled down for a nice long nap.
I already like the replacement as it is nice and firm to sit on (I use it when putting on my boots), and widens up the path between the front door and main part of the living room. Should last me a good long time, and hey, it's wood framed, can't get any better than that!
August 17, 2014
A Roof Over my Head
Last Monday, the roofers showed up and started stripping the roof. Surprise, surprise, there were two layers of shingles, so those companies that quoted as being able to lay the metal over the shingles (2 of the companies bidding), were full of it. Laying metal over one layer is okay, but it is a definite no-no to lay it over two (same with regular shingles).
By Tuesday they had the roof totally stripped and the weather tight membrane in place. Good thing because Wednesday was a rainy day. In fact, there was a small issue with a leak that followed my vent pipe to the bathroom - I will be getting a new bathroom ceiling installed in the future (It wasn't horribel, but he did come right out and make some adjustments with the underlayment when I got home and discovered the issue).
Thursday they were back to work and they finished up yesterday.
I am quite pleased with the results, and my selection of color (yeah, I know, after all the bitching I've done about the green paint in this house). I had originally thought to pick a color that would come close to matching the bay window trim. Then I thought that would be too light, so maybe go with a brown to match the top portion of the house. But when it came time to give him my selection, I typed out Forest Green in my email - glad I did!
We agreed upon a hold back for when he comes back to do the bathroom ceiling. He was willing to do it right away, but I want to get the rest of the walls at least partly stripped. My reasoning is that the sheetrock (I'm replacing the crappy soft tiling with sheetrock) will but up against the walls, so if I don't at least tear out the top portions, when I go to really do the bathroom, the ceiling would get damaged anyway. Yeah, because I was running out of projects - not.
Bathroom ceilin aside, I am quite pleased with the guys, and they were very responsive when I did have an issue. Hey, and they let the dog out at least once a day, so Prince didn't have any accidents while they were here :)
Last weekend I happened to go out to the front yard when it was getting dark (I think I forgot to grab my mail). As I was coming back up the driveway, I looked up and saw something amazing.
I have a blanket hanging in the living room bay window until sheetrock is installed. The pattern is to the inside, and the side facing the outside is white. It looks that way all day long, but once it is dark, and I have the LR light on, transformation:
The picture isn't very good because it was dark, but if I used the flash, it really muted the effect, but I think you get the idea of what the neighbors are treated to at night. I like it and may have to figure out if I can do something to get a similar effect all the time (not with that blanket, but with something of varying colors like that.