June 28, 2014
TWo weekends ago I started demolition in the bedroom and last weekend I started demolition in the craft room. Lat last night I finished getting up the new insulation. One would think that insulation would be easy and straight forward; cut batts into 92" lengths and stick them inbetween the studs. That would not be so much the case. I had about 8 sections between the two rooms that I could do that to. The rest I had to cut the batts both lenghtwise and in width as they did such a crazy framing job. Most openings were 7 - 12" wide so it took quite a bit of cutting to get the job done right.
One more room to go in the demolition department then I need to hang plastic, then all will be ready for sheetrock.
June 19, 2014
Wednesday Happenings of Note
Two things of interest happened last night:
STBX is now the EX. I don't have the paperwork, but he texted saying he got the final paperwork from the courts.
Interesting phone call from a former co-worker and good friend. Things may be afoot, but too early to tell. I may have an opportunity to go to Isreal though. If it pans out, I'll have to get a passport.
May 31, 2014
Last weekend I spent tearing out the long living room wall sheet rock. Then I started tearing out the rock wool (about R4 insulation), screwing in pieces of plywood to cover the holes the top 9", and putting up the new R-13 insulation. I only got to the picture window with that part of the project, but accomplished what I needed to get done for this weekend's project.
The old front door (frame and all) was uninstalled today and the new front door put in its place. Along with that a new storm foor was installed. I spent nights this week painting the door so it would be ready for the install. I still need to paint the frame, but for now, I am quite please with the results. The first picture is of the old front door and the new insulation, The rest of the new door.
The storm door has a hide-a-screen, which I totally love. My helper and I also installed the storm door I got for the back door, which did not have a storm door at all. That one is the same style, but in basic white as I'm not really as picky on how the back of the house looks. Additionally, it is the next step down from the front storm door and they didn't have any of those in the sandstone (or whatever color that is). I refused to pay the extra for the "better" door as the energy efficiency is the same. Hey, I can always paint it later if I want.
I managed to get all the locks keyed to the basement door lock, so now I am down to only needing 2 keys for the house (one for overhead garage door, and one for the other 3 doors). Now the only thing to do is put on the closure systems for the storm doors, but those can be done any time.
I am happy with the progress that was made today!
May 26, 2014
Yesteday I tore down the sheetrock from the living room wall in preperation for plugging up the gaps in the plywood and putting in real insulation. Then mowed the lawn (or the swamp in the case of about 1/4 of it). By the time I was done, I took a few moments to rest on the lawn furniture, enjoy the view from the south side of the house, and listen to the birds.
That empty lot fills in nicely and you can hardly tell I'm not in the country anymore.Very relaxing.
May 17, 2014
House Building Anomalies
Last weekend the temps at night were finally such that I decided to strip off the sheetrock in the south-facing wall in the living room. I immediatly found why the heating bills were so high, but why the house stayed cold.
Yes, you can see pa duct running up outside the wall because the top 9" of wall has no plywood on the outseid - it is open to the overhan of the foof. So I spent a lot of time custom cutting plywood pieces to scab into the holes.
last night I caulked the edges of the plywood to keep insects and small rodents from using that as an egress into the house. It will be several weeks that this area is open as I plan on replacing the window. I also plan on stripping a whole lot more sheetrock in other rooms as those holes at the top have to go the entire perimeter of the house (the configuration of the roof guarentees that).
Already used to any project in this house being more involved and taking longer than it should becasue of all the weird issues that crop up.
May 03, 2014
A couple of weekends ago, STBX and Jimmy delivered one of the old sheds from my previous house. I didn't think they could get it on the trailer (heck, didn't think it would fit), nor did I think it would make the trip. However, STBX proved me wrong; it fit nicely on the snowmobile trailer (which tips, making it easier to load and unload), and it survived. So now, I am the proud owner of a very used shed. Oh, and he left me the prybar that is proped against the shed in the second picture.
Later that day, STBX also delivered the patio furniture (one of my BD presents from 2004 - and he got the deck furniture). So now I just need to put some spar urathane on it to protect it from the weather.
last weekend I moved the snowblower,garden tools and mower to the shed. The garage is heaving a sigh of releif as it was stuffed to the gills!
Brush and Mulch Pile and Property Lines
As I was getting ready for my ride this morning, a man was driving by and stopped to talk to me. He wasn't there just to chat, he was there to inform me that my mulch pile, doggie dropping dump and brush piles were on his land. I told him I was under the impression that they were on my land, and that my land went to the tree behind the mulch pile, but if not, then I would be happy to move them. Now, the guy was very nice, so I didn't take offense. He also mentioned that he was having someone come in to clean up all the leaves and dead wood on his property.
After my ride, I was going to start moving the brush piles, but then I saw something that made me get out my deed and figure out exactly where my land ended. Turns out that 99% of the stuff that he complained about is on my land; one of the brush piles did just slightly (I mean - maybe 6") onto his property. Since he is a landlord for the apartment's which land was in question, I didn't know how I could contact him. I didn't want him to have his guy remove my brush piles as there are some birds that use at least one of them for nesting underneath.
So I went to the apartments and they had a For Rent sing, with a phone number. I called and talked again to the guy, explained the situation (my land goes along a stone wall and to a metal pin. He asked if I had located the pin - yep, and it is by the big tree that I said I thought was my property line. He then proceded to explain how he had never located the pin. Oh? Really? That is amazing since I can see it from my back door (that is what I saw when I let Prince out that led me to dig out my deed).
That pin is now a part of the tree it is leaning agianst, so hasn't moved any in the last, oh, say 15+ years. In the second picture, the doggie doo pile is in the foreground, clearly on my land.
And what about that rock wall. Oh, he didn't know about that either. To give him the benefit of a doubt, it is rather hard to see as it is old, decrepit and sunken in. But I was pretty sure my property went to the huge rock in back - and it seems to be part of the rock wall.
Trust me, in person you can tell where the wall is and where the corner is made. Sure, it doesn't stick out, but if you look for it, you can find it.
So, once I explained this to him, and told him I would move the small part of the brush pile that is on his land, he seemed to be okay with it. Hopefully he explains this all to whomever he hires to clean up his property, because I will not be happy if he removes my brush piles (and the birds won't be happy either).
But, the real moral to this story is not to trust that someone knows what he is talking about when it comes to property boundaries. Make sure you have a copy of your deed accessible so that if you need it on a weekend, you've got it.
April 05, 2014
Walking the Dog
With warmer and sunny weather for most of the week, I have been taking Prince for a walk (but not today - cold, cloudy and windy). With the rain earlier this week and some snow meltage, the river, which is 3 short blocks away, has risen a bit. It isn't at flood stage, but still loud and impressive to behold.
Looking forward to more nice days to come!
Animals of the Wild
Saw a tom and his hens crossing the road at Deering Town Hall the other day when I was headed to a job fair.
The tom was all fanned out and there were 10-15 hens. You can only see one hen to the right of the nearest tree, but trust me, there were a bunch there. They were crossing the road as I was getting the phone out to take a picture.
I got a peanut feeder in an attemp to keep the multitude of squirrels off the birdfeeders on the back ramp. It is working as long as I keep it filled.
Since we are just now getting thawage down to the ground, there are no flowers yet. Humingbirds start appearing in April so I made sure to get a feeder out for any early migrators. I had to get a new pole to put the feeder on and chose one that I could attach to my railing so it will be close to the house - both for viewing and for a bit of protection by the roof from predator birds.
I'm loving the area I am in as there is a large variety of birds that use the trees in the backyard and the shrubs in the swampy area just to the side of my property.
March 16, 2014
Had a cardinal visit the other evening. He was sitting on the crabapple surveying his kingdom.