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Sunday Revelations

I've been sucking in black mold like a 10-year-old sucks pop rocks... I'm feeling feisty. I managed to get the tub, vanity, and toilet out and the drywall taken down. I even went and started pulling the floor up, but today has not been without its little treats. You know how they say, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth... ouch. Today has been full of revelations. It was revealed to me that despite my plan to reuse my existing vanity, it's a busted up PoS and that is not going to happen. But at least I can reuse my sink. Maybe. If the couple of scars it received today can be smoothed out, buffed, and polished. If those things happen, yes, yes I can reuse the sink. Grrrr. There are three layers of floor in my bathroom. SWEET. It's like a super-thick casserole of press-board and plywood full of nails and staples and screws.. And each layer is more rotted and moldy than the one above it. Here take a gander as I peel away the inch and a half of flooring,

Sunday Revelations

I've been sucking in black mold like a 10-year-old sucks pop rocks... I'm feeling feisty. I managed to get the tub, vanity, and toilet out and the drywall taken down. I even went and started pulling the floor up, but today has not been without its little treats. You know how they say, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth... ouch. Today has been full of revelations. It was revealed to me that despite my plan to reuse my existing vanity, it's a busted up PoS and that is not going to happen. But at least I can reuse my sink. Maybe. If the couple of scars it received today can be smoothed out, buffed, and polished. If those things happen, yes, yes I can reuse the sink. Grrrr. There are three layers of floor in my bathroom. SWEET. It's like a super-thick casserole of press-board and plywood full of nails and staples and screws.. And each layer is more rotted and moldy than the one above it. Here take a gander as I peel away the inch and a half of flooring,

Saturday in the Can

Let's take a look back at the progress we made yesterday on my bathroom remodel project. I woke up, had some coffee, decided how I was going to approach this, and then turned this. throne room at the start of the day Into something that looked like this when the wife walked through the door after work. It's a small change, but I like to think that it's the little details that really make the biggest differences. welcome to the nightmare I had envisioned a scenario where I would basically pull all the tile walls down in tact and drag them to the bagster... That is not in anyway what happened. That back wall did come out in three pieces, but everything else involved making a lot of small (very sharp) pieces of ceramic and crumbled cement board. It did not go as quickly, or as smoothly, as I had planned. I did get it fairly well cleaned up by the end of the day. I mean, you can still use most everything in the room. only slightly creepy The plan for today is to get the rest ou

Saturday in the Can

Let's take a look back at the progress we made yesterday on my bathroom remodel project. I woke up, had some coffee, decided how I was going to approach this, and then turned this. throne room at the start of the day Into something that looked like this when the wife walked through the door after work. It's a small change, but I like to think that it's the little details that really make the biggest differences. welcome to the nightmare I had envisioned a scenario where I would basically pull all the tile walls down in tact and drag them to the bagster... That is not in anyway what happened. That back wall did come out in three pieces, but everything else involved making a lot of small (very sharp) pieces of ceramic and crumbled cement board. It did not go as quickly, or as smoothly, as I had planned. I did get it fairly well cleaned up by the end of the day. I mean, you can still use most everything in the room. only slightly creepy The plan for today is to get the rest ou

Wrapping Up the Winter Semester

Not sure where the time went. It's been a mad rush around here for the last couple weeks. But it's slowed down enough now  that I was able to come home and mow the lawn... am I a lucky guy or what. Monday was the final exam in my Welding class. I stunk it up, only getting 70 out of 100 points. I attribute this to the fact that I stopped doing the reading for that class around week 4.  I did hustle and get all but one of my welds done, and managed a nasty UV burn doing it. I'm expecting an A in the class, but I won't know for sure for another week or so.   I had my sleeves pushed up and that's where my gloves don't cover. Still red and still hurts more than a week later. Tonight, I dropped off the written report on my lab project for my Refrigeration Applications class. I feel good about the report and how I did in the class, I'm expecting an A in that one as well. And I just submitted my final exam for my English class online. Not sure where I stand in that

Wrapping Up the Winter Semester

Not sure where the time went. It's been a mad rush around here for the last couple weeks. But it's slowed down enough now  that I was able to come home and mow the lawn... am I a lucky guy or what. Monday was the final exam in my Welding class. I stunk it up, only getting 70 out of 100 points. I attribute this to the fact that I stopped doing the reading for that class around week 4.  I did hustle and get all but one of my welds done, and managed a nasty UV burn doing it. I'm expecting an A in the class, but I won't know for sure for another week or so.   I had my sleeves pushed up and that's where my gloves don't cover. Still red and still hurts more than a week later. Tonight, I dropped off the written report on my lab project for my Refrigeration Applications class. I feel good about the report and how I did in the class, I'm expecting an A in that one as well. And I just submitted my final exam for my English class online. Not sure where I stand in that

Photo Gallery for Refrigeration Project

I spent the weekend working on my refrigeration project for school. I finished the welding the lines, did all the electrical wiring, and pulled the system into a deep vacuum. I let the vacuum pump run all night and it pulled it down to 270 microns, but wouldn't go any further. Still, well below the 500 micron threshold. It is coming along nicely. Here is a gallery I created to document the work. I'll update it as the work continues. https://goo.gl/photos/Dj8r81hFLiPpL8WA6

Photo Gallery for Refrigeration Project

I spent the weekend working on my refrigeration project for school. I finished the welding the lines, did all the electrical wiring, and pulled the system into a deep vacuum. I let the vacuum pump run all night and it pulled it down to 270 microns, but wouldn't go any further. Still, well below the 500 micron threshold. It is coming along nicely. Here is a gallery I created to document the work. I'll update it as the work continues. https://goo.gl/photos/Dj8r81hFLiPpL8WA6

Acetone Paint Removal

ugly bases. ugly paint. Do you remember these guys? A little something I picked up on eBay a while back with the intention of repainting them or some-such. These are some Italian collectibles with terrible paint jobs. But beggars can't be choosers, so we make do with what we can. I'm a big fan of the musketeers and nobody makes decent collectibles for them. You can get Conan, Red Sonja, or superheroes all over the place, but you ask for musketeers or Robin Hood and you get nothin'. So you get stuck making or customizing your own. Well, they've moved around the office a bit, without really finding a home. Until Sunday, I hadn't done much with them. I have just had no time for craft projects. But as I was working with oil-based paint and needed to get out the acetone anyway... the resin is a little stained ran that acetone through a coffee filter and put it back in the can   I pulled them off their bases and gave them a bath. A little scrubbing and the paint ran right

Acetone Paint Removal

ugly bases. ugly paint. Do you remember these guys? A little something I picked up on eBay a while back with the intention of repainting them or some-such. These are some Italian collectibles with terrible paint jobs. But beggars can't be choosers, so we make do with what we can. I'm a big fan of the musketeers and nobody makes decent collectibles for them. You can get Conan, Red Sonja, or superheroes all over the place, but you ask for musketeers or Robin Hood and you get nothin'. So you get stuck making or customizing your own. Well, they've moved around the office a bit, without really finding a home. Until Sunday, I hadn't done much with them. I have just had no time for craft projects. But as I was working with oil-based paint and needed to get out the acetone anyway... the resin is a little stained ran that acetone through a coffee filter and put it back in the can   I pulled them off their bases and gave them a bath. A little scrubbing and the paint ran right

One Head Lamp

I noticed coming home from school on Thursday that the Bookmobile has a head lamp out and the timing belt is starting to make a racket like it's time for a replacement. It's making a lot of other noises, creaks, and rattles too, but it is 25-years old. I think I can wait a bit on the timing belt, but I need to get a lamp before I end up getting a ticket. And speaking of head lamps, this one was finally put to work. $30 at the home depot I picked myself up one of those head lamps with the elastic band a while back and just got around to trying it out. These things are awesome. Sure, you look a little silly, but the light goes right where you're looking. It puts out 300 lumens, has three brightness settings, has a IPX7 waterproof rating, and the light itself is part of an adjustable housing so you can angle it up or down. It's pretty comfortable and I don't know why I waited so long before getting one. This thing is a great addition to my tool box and I would have no

One Head Lamp

I noticed coming home from school on Thursday that the Bookmobile has a head lamp out and the timing belt is starting to make a racket like it's time for a replacement. It's making a lot of other noises, creaks, and rattles too, but it is 25-years old. I think I can wait a bit on the timing belt, but I need to get a lamp before I end up getting a ticket. And speaking of head lamps, this one was finally put to work. $30 at the home depot I picked myself up one of those head lamps with the elastic band a while back and just got around to trying it out. These things are awesome. Sure, you look a little silly, but the light goes right where you're looking. It puts out 300 lumens, has three brightness settings, has a IPX7 waterproof rating, and the light itself is part of an adjustable housing so you can angle it up or down. It's pretty comfortable and I don't know why I waited so long before getting one. This thing is a great addition to my tool box and I would have no

Office Desk Update

I couple weeks back I pulled my office desk out into the garage for an overhaul and while it is not done, it is at least functional once again. I still need to finish the trim, build drawers, sand and paint, and make some feet for it to stand on, but I'm using it. desk front desk back I decided to revamp the plan; I took away the second set of drawers and replaced them with a leaf, making it into an L-shaped desk. Which actually works better, given that it is less deep than a regular desk because of the book shelf and having the extra space underneath gives me a place to hide the computer without adversely affecting my leg room. The overly-tall monitor stand is temporary. I plan on mounting the monitors to the wall, but until I find a system I like, I wanted to be able to put the speakers underneath and out of the way. It puts the monitors up too high, but I do like having the space beneath them. I dragged the office chair and old living room chair up from the basement. The first s

Office Desk Update

I couple weeks back I pulled my office desk out into the garage for an overhaul and while it is not done, it is at least functional once again. I still need to finish the trim, build drawers, sand and paint, and make some feet for it to stand on, but I'm using it. desk front desk back I decided to revamp the plan; I took away the second set of drawers and replaced them with a leaf, making it into an L-shaped desk. Which actually works better, given that it is less deep than a regular desk because of the book shelf and having the extra space underneath gives me a place to hide the computer without adversely affecting my leg room. The overly-tall monitor stand is temporary. I plan on mounting the monitors to the wall, but until I find a system I like, I wanted to be able to put the speakers underneath and out of the way. It puts the monitors up too high, but I do like having the space beneath them. I dragged the office chair and old living room chair up from the basement. The first s