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7/31/2018 3:55:17 PM - 6 Comments - Read Full Post

Patio finally re-bricked.
So sometimes it feels like the only thing I have been doing for the last six months is pound bricks and dig in my driveway to prevent the heavy rains from destroying it.
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9/11/2017 12:49:28 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

NOT feeling strong.
This time last year I was finishing up building a shed/workshop, which included a whole lot of things that I couldn't actually do without creative physics on my side.  However, there was quite a bit that was just total brute force.  Like digging this rock-filled gravel/dirt out of the foundation area.


And at the end of all that... I was worn down to a frazzle, but I remember feeling strong.
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8/17/2017 4:25:11 PM - 7 Comments - Read Full Post

Replace a damaged trim section, and Painting the House is "Done".
To save my sanity I finally had to separate the projects of "painting the house" and "fixing-scraping-sanding-painting the fascia (roof edge) boards", as well as the doors, and a few bottom boards that can't be done until the patio is pulled up, etc....
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7/18/2017 1:27:51 PM - Read Full Post

Exterior paint and a few tips...
I am going to officially call the front of the house... Done.  I know, there are a couple spots like the last board where the patio bricks are, under the porch lights I want to replace, and the edge that needs trim replaced from a satellite dish, but I am not counting those specialty spots that need other work done first.  And besides... I just need to be able to call some part of this "Done".
Here it ...

6/24/2017 2:36:44 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Paint Progress
While my foldy-collapsy-flippy-scaffoldy ladder is great for versatility, it is nearly as heavy at the huge 28ft slide ladder... and the steps are twice as sharp and painful to stand on for very long.  My great work shoes from Colombia flex enough to easily grip the rungs, but are more resiliently padded than any other shoes I have.  Still, I am almost looking forward to being up on the super tall ladder with flatter steps instead.
And with some progress over the last week or two, I will soon be up there again. ...

10/26/2016 4:03:04 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Organizing a workshop... one box at a time.
To make my workshop more adjustable I attached french cleats to the walls and will be building "boxes" on matching french cleat hangers.  This way I can move everything around when I change my mind about where everything will go.  And let's face it... I will probably change my mind about the organization in there at least four times in the next year.
The first item to go up though was actually the workbench.  It may also get changed in size and placement, so it too sits on an extra wide cleat. ...

9/29/2016 9:29:09 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Two months later... and the shed is OFFICIALLY DONE.
Well, make that two months and four days since this was dropped off at my house...
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9/18/2016 12:33:08 PM - 7 Comments - Read Full Post

Not Shocking but a Little Bloody.
While the weather was mostly agreeable, I got the workshop interior insulated and the foam-board up for the ceiling.
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9/10/2016 8:25:46 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Just in Time!
While the weather forecast predicted temperatures staying in the mid 40's at night, it clearly got a lot colder last night...
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9/8/2016 4:52:03 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Keeping at it.
This morning I when I decided to do a second coat of paint on the parking area shed door trim, I went ahead and mimicked the style of trim and edging on the left side of the door by taping off and painting a matching strip of green.  I think it looks much better than a solid, over-sized area of white.

Then I moved the wood shed-let back out from itís place, raised the bricks to help sit it better, and got it shoved and lifted ...

9/7/2016 5:54:13 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Just some Before and After pictures...
I am quite impressed with how similar the real thing looks to the tentative idea I mocked up when first thinking about building the little workshop shed.
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9/6/2016 7:22:37 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Basically done with the exterior.
Over the last couple days I have gotten the trim all painted up (and done about half of the trim on the parking area shed done).  So the exterior of my little workshop is basically done.  There is things like installing a couple flood lights, painting the door, and contouring the landscape to replace the brick patio, but that can all be done later.
I have to admit that I think it is looking pretty darn good, and even the extra blocking I had to do at the top of the swing door is looking pretty spiffy. ...

9/2/2016 4:49:33 PM - 6 Comments - Read Full Post

Closer and Closer...
Good news.  Went to the store this morning and at least the guy I met with at the Ace/Moore Lumber is pretty sure I can return the 8 extra trim boards.  I guess I was thinking they were 8ft, but they are 16 foot, so I ordered twice as many as I needed.  He also thinks that the two siding panels I have left should be able to be returned (though there will probably be some kind of re-stocking type fee).  The trim boards and siding are VERY expensive, and can't really be used for anything else, so any money back at ...

8/26/2016 5:01:16 PM - 5 Comments - Read Full Post

A door on both ends.
While the sliding doors still need handles, today has been dedicated to the other end's door.... with mixed results.
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8/22/2016 12:24:50 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Flannel Pajamas and Catching Up.
This morning I slept in... all the way to 8am.  Late compared to the 5 to 6am I have been getting up recently.  However, my distress at sleeping late faded quickly away as the clouds filling the sky registered.  So back into my flannel-fuzzy pajamas.
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8/19/2016 5:06:30 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Making progress, but struggling.
The physical work is do-able... with some creativity.  Like bending backwards as if I was trying to do limbo while carrying a sheet of siding to get the upper edge under the roof edge while half crab-walking backwards so that I don't tear up the tar strip painted on the bottom edge of the siding.  Then setting it down on some soft fabric and reversing the whole situation to get it scooted up onto a board to get it all level.
Do-able.  Exactly.
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8/15/2016 6:30:31 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

On my own again.
With added visitors up this weekend and mom and dad leaving a few days earlier than planned, we have not gotten much more done than at the last update.  However, having the roof completed is sure a relief.  Of course, I don't think it has rained a single drop since it was finished.  Isn't that always the way?
We also got the electrical roughed in and the paper up on the other long wall so it will soon be ready for windows and siding.
It would have been nice to get other ...

8/11/2016 5:17:11 AM - Read Full Post

A wonderful kind of pain.
Well... the pain isn't exactly wonderful.  I am really sore, somewhat bruised, a little blistered, and have asphalt rash on my shins and knees, and a really funny tan at my sock-line.
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8/9/2016 6:53:09 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Help Has Arrived!
Saturday evening, mom and dad arrived.  Dad and I are already making great progress.
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7/25/2016 10:29:39 AM - 7 Comments - Read Full Post

It's Here!
I was concerned when the materials load for the shed arrived from Moore Lumber (Ace Hardware).  Despite promises that they would send it in two smaller loads if needed to fit on a small truckÖ it arrived on one big truck.
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