Thursday, March 31, 2011

Painting and Siding

I painted the room that is going to be initially used for storage.

Eventually Dave wants to use it for a wood shop. He wanted it tan, I prefer to call the color sand, but it's official name is Basket Beige.

I was a little nervous at the drying process...

It seemed to be several different colors and not "sand" at all,

But it turned out just fine. As soon as I do a bit of touch up work, this room is finished enough to start putting stuff in from our house. Eventually, Dave will put trim around the top where the OSB meets, so you won't see that line there...but that's after we get moved in and settled. Right now, it doesn't matter, the door will be closed on this room.

And the guys are finishing the siding on our house.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Water Line explanation

I've had a lot of people let me explain....

The reason the electric company did not have to fix the water line that they broke, was because we didn't tell them there was a water line there. We didn't tell them about the water line because we didn't know about it. WE don't have any water going to our house, which is why we were baffled when they called me and said they hit a water line. It was the water line to a house that was there before we bought the land. And the water line was hooked up to a flowing well. Everything else was marked, so they knew where NOT to dig but the water line was a surprise. It was just one of those one's fault.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Sweet huh?

I did's how I'm going to empty the paint roller from now on. Leavin' my Shug big ole' hearts.

Ok - Help us decide. This is the trim for the garage. This is the skinny trim...

This is the wider trim.

They both look pretty good. Which do you think looks better?

We seem to keep having problems and I have not told you about all of them. Here's one. Dave had this all up and wired about three weeks ago. Well, part of the panel didn't work. So, instead of unwiring it and taking it back to the store, I called the company. The guy was very nice, said he'd ship the panel two day air so we'd get it quickly. He also said he'd e-mail me verifying what he said. After a week went by, I e-mailed him. The panel had not been shipped. After another week, I e-mailed him again. About two hours later I get an "out of office" automatic response. So Dave said he'd give it a day or two and then take it back down and take it back to the store. Last Thursday, while I was gone for the day, he took it down. When I got home, of course, the panel was on our front step. I immediately called Dave and told him not to take it down. He, of course, had just taken it down about an hour before my call.

So now he is putting it back together. AND yesterday, the company came out to dig for our permanent electricity and I got a phone call saying they hit a water line! What? How can they hit a water line when we do not have water yet? The man said, "well, they did and water is going everywhere." Geeesh. So, I called Dave at work, he took off of work immediately and headed for the house. Apparently there was a water line from the flowing well
to the OLD house that was there previous to us buying this property.
So now, Dave has to finish the wiring, cap off the water line, and fix the drainage tile that was installed last summer because they also ran over it and smashed it.

We have a mess.

Dave, trying to open drainage tile.

Stressed & Depressed!
I think we are giving up on the May 1 deadline to move into the basement.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Apex cuteness and Dave's work

This is the cuteness I was talking about yesterday, in the apex or gables.

This is what Dave has been up to, while I've been painting.

Electrical panel for the basement - he put it in, he's an electrician.

He put up this wall in the basement room we've been working on. This is the room we will be storing all of the 'stuff' from the house we live in now, until we are ready to use it or get rid of it.

He's got the lights up in this room.

From the inside of the room looking out.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Painting Garage

I've neglected posting because since the weather has been nice, and warm enough to paint, I have been busy working on the house. And I just realized when I sat down to post, that I only took pictures of what I've been doing, not Dave! He's been working in the basement, on electrical and enclosing our storage room. I've barely been in the basement. I'll try to get down there today, so here is what I've been doing...
First, this is a reminder of how big this garage is...
And O.S.B., some people call chipboard, is a pain to paint.

And trimming around stuff hanging from the ceiling that you can barely reach, even when you are on scaffolding takes a very looonnngggg time.

But on Tuesday, March 15, I started priming the ceiling. Since we are painting the ceiling white, we had to prime it first. While I stood on scaffolding that day, my Pa would push me around.

It took all day and I only got half of the ceiling primed.

On Wednesday we decided to paint one wall. I wanted to make sure the primer was very dry, so I was giving the ceiling an extra day to dry. It's still cold in the evening and at night and I wasn't sure how long it would take to dry in cooler weather.

I trimmed

while Pa rolled.

One wall took allllll day. Did I mention OSB is a pain to paint?

We took Thursday off. I had plans, it was St. Patty's Day, it was supposed to be in the 70's (it got up to 73) and Pa wanted to go fishing, but it was too windy.

Friday, I got back on the scaffolding and started painting the ceiling...

while Pa pushed me around...again.

I told him not to make such a goofy face, that this was going on my blog, but he didn't care.
This time, while I painted the ceiling, he also rolled paint on another wall.
I learned some stuff on Friday about painting. It's very difficult to see white on white, especially when you are up against it. If you get on the floor and look up, you can see it better. And when it starts drying you have about 15 different shades of white going on at the same time. So it's hard to see where you painted and if you missed a spot until it's completely dry. I also learned that those rollers with the 3/4 inch nap get VERY heavy when you have to hold it above your head.
While we were painting, Mike and Chuck were putting on the siding. Dave hired them to do the high, hard to reach places. They started a few weeks ago, but had to stop and come back to it, because of the weather. As you recall a few weeks ago they were putting the siding up in a mud bog.

Friday they were working on the gables(?) Is that what they're called? The apex above the garage and the door. I didn't get a picture of inside the apex, it's very cute. It's lined with bead board type siding. I'll try to remember to get a pic.

So, yesterday was Saturday, the 19th, which will catch me up for the week. You know how you are having one of those days. Everything you pick up you drop, the house you live in is driving you crazy because it needs cleaned, but you've been gone all week, and you're get the idea. Twas not a good day. And Dave is working the weekend, so he's tired. And I'm tired from working harder than I usually work (blushing-but it's true) so we should have taken the day off. But we decided that I would paint and he would work on some electrical stuff while I was on the scaffolding, then he'd push me.
But when we got to the house, we found that the walkout basement area was dry enough to pull the truck up to the door. This is an old picture but it gives you an idea of what I'm talking about. This is the walkout basement area, where we plan on living until we get the rest of the house done.

And if you are going to carry 25 sheets of O.S.B. and 4 doors in the house, and they belong in the basement, it's a lot easier to pull up to this door, rather than carry them through the house and down the stairs. So we changed our plans for the day. This area has been too muddy to haul in supplies. What we didn't plan on was this...
Dave was parked behind the garage (this picture gives you an idea - only he had his truck turned around and the tailgate was down) We were heading to the store to pick up the O.S.B.

and when he backed up, he was moving a bit quick so I yelled, "DON'T HIT MY CAR"
at the same time we heard the crunch.

I know it doesn't look like a big deal, but it is. This is an expensive car, to us anyway, and we've kept it like brand new, and it busted the grill as well as the light. That grill is going to be expensive. It's big.
But we picked up 25 sheets of O.S.B. and carried them in.

Then we went back and got four doors and carried them in.

You can never get everything in one trip because it won't fit in the truck bed.

Then we decided to plant some trees that were given to us by some friends. They were sprouting, they needed planted, and it just helped our attitudes.

We both love to garden. And maybe the big moon would give them a boost!
And we called it a night....Did you see the moon last night?

I hope so. It was the closest to the earth that it will be in our lifetime. Twas HUGE.
P.S. - The one great thing about yesterday...I felt good. For those of you who follow my other blog, you know I got pneumonia and pleurisy in February. I have not felt 'normal' since then. Well, yesterday was my first 'normal' day. Thank you God. It's been two months!