Monday, April 28, 2008

Shed: Part I

This will be the first in a series of posts about the shed that I began this past weekend. I've never tackled a project this big, so, no doubt, it'll get interesting.

I dug holes for the concrete piers that I will be putting in. As soon as I dug them they filled in with water. Just like at the beach.

I knew that this part of my yard was always damp for 9 months out of the year, but this I wasn't expecting. With rain all day today, the holes are completely full. I might have to wait a while.

Get Out of My Head

I've had the theme song to the Odd Couple stuck in my head for several weeks. It's a great tune, but starting to get a little old.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Things to which I have been up

Planted a row of 33 lilacs. In 10 years I won't have to look at that junk pile anymore.

I planted a bunch of other stuff too. 54 plants total I think. To date, 3 have died, but the rest seem to be okay, including all the lilacs. One of the trees I planted, a white birch, has already doubled in height. Maybe I won't have to wait 10 years for some decent trees in my front yard after all.

One thing that bugs me is when builders don't put overhead lights in all the rooms, and instead wire up an outlet that is controlled by a switch. The past two weekends I fixed that problem in 3 of our bedrooms by installing ceiling fans. Luckily, there is an attic above.

New tool for the job, a 4 1/8 inch hole saw. Makes quick work of putting holes in a ceiling. If you didn't like someone, you could sneak into their house and put about 10 holes in their ceiling in about a minute. That would be funny.

I should probably fix that.

You know what hurts more than embedding a roofing nail into your head? When about a half dozen gouge your lower back.

I had to fabricate a frame around each because the joists are 24 inches apart which is too wide for the fan brace.

There's something very "boarding house for drunks" or "Somersworth Hotel" about operating ceiling fixtures with a pull chain, so I also installed switches that control the fan and light.

Other than suffering from fiberglass poisoning, it was a pretty easy project.

Next up, the living room needs an overhead light, not a ceiling fan just a light. I am going to make it more difficult for myself by installing 3 way switches. That should be good for a headache or two.

Guess What's in My Neighbor's Junk Pile

Alright, ok, I'll be the first to admit that this game isn't very fun. Let's try something new.

First, the answer to the last Guess What's in My Neighbor's Junk Pile. It's a jack.

How about we do this, guess as many things as you can.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Kip Journal 5/10/1999

I think that Kip is trying to put the moves on the female contractor.

Kip, in his infinite wisdom was bragging about his great hacking skills. Trying to impress the slew of temp personel. Lets all [effing] envy kips vast skills.

[Again, grammar/spelling not mine. Ed.]

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