Remodeling a Horribly Remodeled Bathroom – Update 2

The bathroom is almost finished; Kathy has done an amazing job. She just finished the shower doors. All that is remaining is some molding. Kathy is also planning on building some shelves, cabinets, etc. if we cannot find anything reasonable at Ikea.

The previous owner’s remodel was done so poorly, it literally depressed and angered me to even enter the room. Everything they did baffled me. How could they be so naive and think any of their decisions were good? How could they be satisfied with the subpar quality of their work? Now it’s history and finally, I can use the bathroom and not feel depressed or anger. Continue reading “Remodeling a Horribly Remodeled Bathroom – Update 2”

The Great Wall of Stafford: Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend Update

Monday, May 29th, I managed to place approximately 25 blocks, in total, I currently have around 70 are in place.  Unfortunately, I still have about one hundred 55lb. blocks left.

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The Great Wall of Stafford: Level ≠ Levelish. Must… Start… Over…

As I completed more and more of this Great Wall, my perfectionist side of my personality became impossible to ignore. I usually only listen to it when I am at work and programming but it was overpowering and I caved.

I blame my dad (voice of common sense and logic).  He said that no matter how much I want ‘Levelish*‘ to be acceptable, it wasn’t, level ≠ levelish*. That and another issue made it impossible to live with how the wall was, so I dismantled it Sunday, May 7th. Continue reading “The Great Wall of Stafford: Level ≠ Levelish. Must… Start… Over…”

The Great Wall of Stafford – The Beginning

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

The construction of the ‘Great Wall of Stafford’ has begun.  Not only did I need to dig trenches that were 12″ deep and 24″ wide, I also needed to fix the grading in front of the new wall.  Luckily, General Rental is just a mile away and they are very lax on renting large equipment out to people like me.  I was surprised they let me rent the Mini Excavator, Kubota U17.  They probably thought, “What’s the worst that could happen?”. Continue reading “The Great Wall of Stafford – The Beginning”

Kathy’s Kitchen Remodel

Kathy’s projects are HER projects; I only get involved in a few areas.  I will do all the heavy lifting that’s needed, I will happily demolish anything I deem interesting to destroy, I will make the largest fire possible in the burn barrel and gleefully burn whatever I can fit into said barrel… oh, and I will always take credit for all Kathy’s successfully completed projects.  That’s just my thing and trust me, she thinks it’s super adorable.  Joking!  Kathy and everyone are fully aware that I cannot successfully use tools without eventual failure and/or disfigurement of myself or others in my vicinity.

This surprise renovation happened one year ago tomorrow, April 13th.  After a “long” day of “work”, I waltz into the house to find the entrance way and kitchen floors torn apart and although I’ve come accustomed to events like these, it’s still a tad irritating.  Luckily, she knew how to divert my attention, she was super nice and put a lot of large pieces of wood and other burnable items next to my trusty burn barrel. Continue reading “Kathy’s Kitchen Remodel”