Part three of the trilogy - see Peter Jackson, you ain't all that! So when we returned from the weinE.R., Janice and Rich installed the sheetrock which she cut all on her own-some. And it came out great. I was contracted in as a specialist for 'outlet hole placement' in the sheetrock. The first hole I truly did myself and my fellow registered contractors proud. However, hole number two... not so much. So I got to recut a piece of sheetrock to atone for my sins... and then things worked out better.
And that completed a very full day. Monday morning - on the cusp of Janice's departure, a vast amount of time was spent fussing over Po as if she was a wealthy maiden aunt on her death bed and we were avaricious relatives. But, in between fluffing her pillows and hand-feeding her breakfast (so not kidding), we did get some stuff crossed off the list. Including the knobs on the cabinets. I had started this the evening before - and was actually NOT doing a bad job. Now I am going to give you a
OFFICIAL REGISTERED CONTRACTOR HANDY TIP Ok - so I didn't come up with this myself...but it is REALLY REALLY useful stuff. First - when you are installing knobs - GET A TEMPLATE. Really... even BOB uses a template to install these suckers. Because otherwise it's really tough to get them to line up right. At Lowes or whatever they sell this little plasticy right angle thing that looks almost like something you would have had in your pencil case for geometry class when you were eight. But it has little ridges that protrude out both sides so that it can sit on either a left or right cabinet - and butt up against it and line up your holes. And it has a whole series of little holes for you chose your placement. It's super handy. They also make them for drawers (and they have holes which space out knobs AND handles correctly - whichever you have). Anyway - handy tip... FIRST make sure you take pieces of painters tape or something and mark on EACH cabinet at the side where it opens. Because when you get into a groove, and you are zipping along drilling your holes with your template... it's very easy to just but up your template against the close edge of the next door - and PUT THE HOLE ON THE WRONG SIDE. Which makes the door tough to open. Very. There is an urban legend told in hushed whispers that Bob once actually made this mistake. It's myth I tell you, MYTH!!! Anyway - so - MARK where your hole goes And then go along with your template. STOP STOP STOP. Not yet speedy gonzales. You aren't ready yet. Jeesh. Nowwwww, you need to take tape and block out ALLLL the holes on the template EXCEPT the one you want to use. Because there are a LOT of holes (like swiss cheese, really) and you'll get confused and drill a hole in the wrong place. That's it. Go forth and play with your knobs.
So I was doing just fine that night installing these little fellers... and then I reached an impasse. The screws which the knobs came with were not long enough to attach them to the drawers. Apparently, and this is pretty normal, the drawers need longer screws than the cabinets. So Jo Jo couldn't finish ANOTHER project. It's a conspiracy I tell you. So Janice and Rich, in the morning, got to finish MYYY project. Ok, so I got to sleep. Fair trade. :)
Janice was so upset that we weren't able to get the whole shebang completed before she had to leave... but everything takes longer than expected... and then that takes longer too. But Rich and I Re-Aloofed the bathroom, (yay - together project!) HIGH ROLLLER
and, if I do say so myself, it looks quite pretty.
And, since we just ate at the Olive Garden, I can officially report that when we eat linguini sitting in the bathtub... it will feel just like its inspiration locale. Except rather than never-ending pasta bowl...I guess it's never-ending toilet bowl.
So that afternoon, Rich had a fun field trip planned. And, yes, usually his fun field trips involve looking at soon-to-be-condemned housing. Yay! The shit box galactic empire-building search continues. With 12 housing spots set for the current Shit Box (or The Accommodation Formerly Known as Shit Box) we still need a mess more housing eventually. And, although we want to get this Shit Box rented and paying for itself before we make another purchase... this Auction had peaked the Pack Leaders interest. It's a five house estate sale auction and only one of the houses has a reserve. Which means if the others only go for four dollars at auction - you GET IT for four dollars. So we went a hunting.
Now here's how you know you're out with Rich looking at a PRIME example of a Shit Box. The realtor WILL NOT GO INSIDE WITH YOU. Seriously. She handed us the keys and stayed in her car. We went back home to get a flashlight and then headed inside house number one. Allow me to take you on a photographic journey of some of the highlights of the five houses:
WILL THIS HOUSE EVER BE WORTH 150 GRAND? QUOTE THE PARROT: NEVERMORE APPARENTLY THEY DID NOT WATCH 'DESIGNED TO SELL' WHEN CHOOSING CABINETRY I also liked alternate caption: IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN KITCHEN CHARLIE BROWN. I mean, come now... even if those were on CLEARANCE Rich wouldn't have tried to get me to install THOSE. Ok.. maybe 80% off clearance. But I could have talked him out of it. WHAT'S A SHIT BOX WITHOUT A PUNCHED IN WALL? IT WAS QUITE A SURPRISE TO LEARN THAT BRUCE VLANCH LIVES IN HUNTINGTON No. Really. I've WORKED with Bruce Vlanch... I honestly thought it was him for a minute: WHY SETTLE FOR A POPCORN CEILING - WHEN YOU CAN GIVE IT ACNE TOO?
So - there was one we kinda liked. It's a little teeny house and Rich thinks it would work great as administration and a costume shop/storage. Normally we wouldn't even consider stuff that far down the line... but the house NEXT to this one went at auction for $1,500. No, I did not forget a zero. See, for our purposes a property like this would be fine... for other people there are some drawbacks.
Oh, yes. And there is the small matter of the locomotive. Six inches from your face.
I'm sure the auction day will provide a blog of memorable proportions.
After all that fun, and the marathon weekend of work and drama...the Pack Leader pretty much was down for the count:
The worst part of that whole threshold thing (other than the fact that I broke three of the marble threshold pieces BEFORE installing them... oh yeah... did you forget that part?) was cutting those dumb little partial pieces. Because of they were small little edges, they kept shattering with I cut them with the tile saw. Eventually I ended up using the tile nippers. So that had to wait 24 hours.. and then it was time to grout. Since i was mixing the junk up I also double checked the floor (the masking was now off of everything....YAY... I can actually SEE that we've DONE something!) and just filled in a few little places that were uneven and needed smoothing. So by the next morning they'd be all dry and ready to seal.
And that, my poppets, was the END OF THE WEEKEND. Or long weekend, since Janice left monday.
So - I'll catch you up on today in the morning.