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Happy Mother's Day

Saturday was a busy day for everybody around here: the Mother's Day rush was going on at work for the missus, the youngest boy went to prom, the middle boy bought a new car, my sister-in-law got engaged, and I built the most, totally jacked, out of square laundry sink cabinet ever. I just don't have the tools for making cabinets. My table saw just is not made for projects this size, and it shows in the final product. But rather than rebuild it, I just jammed it in place and leveled it up with shims. Sure, I still need to put a door on it, put a counter top and sink on it, and paint it. But it is what it is and I think it'll work fine. Today, I put down the vinyl flooring and patched up some of the drywall. I plan on both changing the material of, and boxing in, the dryer vent. Also, I'm going to build a 'hanging wall' from which to mount the upper cabinets. They need to be pushed forward, as they would be too far away to reach if I mounted them to the existing w

Happy Mother's Day

Saturday was a busy day for everybody around here: the Mother's Day rush was going on at work for the missus, the youngest boy went to prom, the middle boy bought a new car, my sister-in-law got engaged, and I built the most, totally jacked, out of square laundry sink cabinet ever. I just don't have the tools for making cabinets. My table saw just is not made for projects this size, and it shows in the final product. But rather than rebuild it, I just jammed it in place and leveled it up with shims. Sure, I still need to put a door on it, put a counter top and sink on it, and paint it. But it is what it is and I think it'll work fine. Today, I put down the vinyl flooring and patched up some of the drywall. I plan on both changing the material of, and boxing in, the dryer vent. Also, I'm going to build a 'hanging wall' from which to mount the upper cabinets. They need to be pushed forward, as they would be too far away to reach if I mounted them to the existing w

Goes So Fast

The vacation bathroom remodel did not go as smoothly as I had hoped. The tear out had some surprises; what with the mold, rotted flooring, and some framing issues. After I had the room gutted and stripped down to bare studs and floor joists, it rained for two days straight. Which made it difficult to pick up drywall and plywood without it getting wet. But once I picked up the supplies and put the floor down I still didn't know what I was doing with the tub and surround. I didn't like anything from the home centers, they all felt very flimsy, so I ordered one from Ferguson plumbing... That will take as much as 6-weeks to arrive. At least I have the dimensions of the unit so that I could rough in the tub enclosure. So I roughed in the framing, but had to move the plumbing around to make it work. As long as I had the walls down, I installed an electrical outlet up high in our bedroom so that we can hang the TV and not have any visible cords. That worked out nice. I patched the hol

Goes So Fast

The vacation bathroom remodel did not go as smoothly as I had hoped. The tear out had some surprises; what with the mold, rotted flooring, and some framing issues. After I had the room gutted and stripped down to bare studs and floor joists, it rained for two days straight. Which made it difficult to pick up drywall and plywood without it getting wet. But once I picked up the supplies and put the floor down I still didn't know what I was doing with the tub and surround. I didn't like anything from the home centers, they all felt very flimsy, so I ordered one from Ferguson plumbing... That will take as much as 6-weeks to arrive. At least I have the dimensions of the unit so that I could rough in the tub enclosure. So I roughed in the framing, but had to move the plumbing around to make it work. As long as I had the walls down, I installed an electrical outlet up high in our bedroom so that we can hang the TV and not have any visible cords. That worked out nice. I patched the hol

Something About Star Wars

may 4th... eh... get it? eh?

Something About Star Wars

may 4th... eh... get it? eh?

Report Card: Winter 2017

The grades for Winter semester have all been posted, so let's take a look at how I did in my second semester back in college. Class Grades - 2017 Winter  Official Grades Class Description Units Grading Grade Grade Points EN 102 English Composition-2 3.00 Graded A- 11.010 HVA 110 Basic Refrigeration 2.00 Graded B+ 6.660 HVA 111 Refrigeration Applications 2.00 Graded A- 7.340 MN 116 Basic Welding 2.00 Graded A- 7.340 First, let me say that going from 2-nights a week + an online class, to a 4-night a week schedule was a big change and one that may have taken some of the shine off this whole college thing. My grades are not bad, but I have to admit being disappointed and I know why they took the hit. Reading. Or rather the lack of reading. I trusted in my ability to pick up everything I needed to know in class and mostly stopped doing the weekly reading before we'd even gotten to the halfway point in the semester. I think that shows in both my test scores and my final grades. Now l

Report Card: Winter 2017

The grades for Winter semester have all been posted, so let's take a look at how I did in my second semester back in college. Class Grades - 2017 Winter  Official Grades Class Description Units Grading Grade Grade Points EN 102 English Composition-2 3.00 Graded A- 11.010 HVA 110 Basic Refrigeration 2.00 Graded B+ 6.660 HVA 111 Refrigeration Applications 2.00 Graded A- 7.340 MN 116 Basic Welding 2.00 Graded A- 7.340 First, let me say that going from 2-nights a week + an online class, to a 4-night a week schedule was a big change and one that may have taken some of the shine off this whole college thing. My grades are not bad, but I have to admit being disappointed and I know why they took the hit. Reading. Or rather the lack of reading. I trusted in my ability to pick up everything I needed to know in class and mostly stopped doing the weekly reading before we'd even gotten to the halfway point in the semester. I think that shows in both my test scores and my final grades. Now l

Walking A Balancing Beam

I did not get as much done today as I wanted. I had a slow start, was sidetracked by a few other issues, and simply didn't do enough. I did get the old, nasty floor up and out to the curb, I arranged for the Bagster to get picked-up tomorrow or Wednesday, picked up some of the supplies I'll need to move on to the next step, and still had time to watch two episodes of Luke Cage with my wife. pulling up floors peeking into the basement I took my work van in to get the AC fixed and the door adjusted. Upon returning home, I see that the garbage man took away the old tub along with all the other trash, which is awesome. Tomorrow, I need to pick-up some plywood to replace the subfloor and some gypsum board for the walls. I'm going to rebuild the plumbing box there in the corner, so I guess I'll need to get some 2x4s as well. That is the update for today's progress report... less than impressive, I know.

Walking A Balancing Beam

I did not get as much done today as I wanted. I had a slow start, was sidetracked by a few other issues, and simply didn't do enough. I did get the old, nasty floor up and out to the curb, I arranged for the Bagster to get picked-up tomorrow or Wednesday, picked up some of the supplies I'll need to move on to the next step, and still had time to watch two episodes of Luke Cage with my wife. pulling up floors peeking into the basement I took my work van in to get the AC fixed and the door adjusted. Upon returning home, I see that the garbage man took away the old tub along with all the other trash, which is awesome. Tomorrow, I need to pick-up some plywood to replace the subfloor and some gypsum board for the walls. I'm going to rebuild the plumbing box there in the corner, so I guess I'll need to get some 2x4s as well. That is the update for today's progress report... less than impressive, I know.