Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Big step forward

 Another big move forward. The rotten maple in the front lawn is gone, finally. I can now move forward on the garage in the spring, finally. AND, I can now make it deeper with the tree gone. I will check with the builder and see if I can go thirty deep instead of twenty four foot. I am off Easter week, so I am hoping on getting a build date by then. I have waited a long time for this. 

The downstairs turned out great. New ceiling with drop in light panels is awesome. I put a light up in the staircase going to basement, so, I am really happy with the way it turned out. I also modified an unused area above the stairwell so it is now closet space for the office upstairs. 

Every weekend, I try to get another project done. This weekend, I am hoping to push back a section of wall in the office to allow shelving for DVDs and displays that are even with the wall. I am also hoping on getting the extra outlets for office wired up as well as running the wiring for the ceiling fan for the guest bedroom. It is the last room in the house that doesn't have ceiling lights. Can't believe nobody has upgraded the lighting in this house yet. I hate torch lights. I have installed ceiling fans throughout the home now. Hopefully by spring, I will have everything completely done inside and the garage going up. Still have some landscaping to do in the spring. Every year, I get a little more done. I like my gazebo, but I am hoping to upgrade it in a couple years into a year around sunroom. I already know what kit I will use, but, I can only do so much at a time, and the garage is the next BIG project. I want to get back to working on my 1967 mustang. 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

End of vacation

 Back to work tomorrow. I did finish the wiring on the basement lighting and have all the ceiling done. Found a clear path for the sconce lighting for the stairway down to the basement, but the back has a board where I need to install an electrical box. Have to make yet another trip to the store. They make a shallow surface mount electric box that I can run the electric through the board and safely connect the light fixture. Next vacation, I am hoping on redoing the downstairs bathroom ceiling as well as a small space kitchen area ceiling. Tiny compared with the area I did. 

I can't figure out where the little SOB's are coming in at, but while demoing the old ceiling, I inspected the finished ripout. While tearing old ceiling out, I got seventy years worth of mouse droppings raining down. I stood to the side and tried to catch most debris in box under the area. Well, I haven't seen one in a year, but, I will be damned if I didn't see one freaking mouse scurrying the perimeter of the ceiling heading to a neighboring room. Too cramped an area to do much. I tried to get the vacuum cleaner that was next to me and suck him up in it, but he was quicker than me. I know you can't mouse proof anything, but, I did my best. I sealed up the entire perimeter. Bigger openings I boarded up, and foamed all cracks. Probably still get some sneaking through, but it isn't wide open. When I redo the other ceilings, I will do the same. 

Had some issues when I first moved in, upstairs, but I installed electrical devices that are suppose to drive them out. It worked. I don't see one very often upstairs, and when I do, it is dead under the sink where I leave baited traps. I would call an exterminator, but my neighbor did for his. They charge about the equivalent of $25 a month to maintain a service, and he still catches one once in a while. I am going to try and install some electrical devices down there, may even put one in each ceiling grid. It emits a noise they don't like, but it doesn't bother dogs. 

Now that I have free access to the wiring, I can finally access the light switch to the last bedroom needing a ceiling light. Now I can send the electric up to the attic and finish that up. The new ceiling was a big step forward. 

Not looking forward to going back to work, and wearing a freaking mask for eight to ten hours a day. It has been nice not having to deal with the Covid nonsense. I treasure my off time. I now look forward to spring. Hopefully the idiots in charge will stop the mask nonsense and let things return to normal again.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Vacation is almost over

 With the Covid nonsense, I wasn't able to go up north for Christmas. Last Christmas, the lady that boarded my dog lost her struggle with cancer. She was an awesome older lady. In her eighties. Up to a few years ago, when you dropped the dog off, she would get down and play with the dogs like a teenager. She was a wonderful lady and loved taking care of dogs. My back up kennel isn't taking dogs at present. Don't blame them. They too are an older couple, but they are also very wonderful with dogs. I was going to check out new places, but the Covid nonsense has everything messes up. I am very particular when it comes to my dog. I like to check the place out and see how the people are. Most of them have a policy in place where you don't come in, they come and get dog out of vehicle. I get it, some people are paranoid of the disease that kills .03 percent of the people that contract it, since the government and media have driven people crazy with fear. I missed seeing family and friends. 

I did enjoy spending time with my dog and getting things done around the house though. Two weeks off is awesome. I finally ripped the ceiling out of the bar downstairs. It was old stained staple up one foot tiles. I hated the poor lighting down there, and the ceiling tiles being stained and warped just took away from the room. The house was built in the forties. Whoever did the bar area finished it in knotty pine. They built a nice bar and the previous owner left his bar stools for me. May look at putting a pool table down there in the near future as well as an electric dart board. I installed a drop ceiling with recessed lighting. Turned out awesome. Armstrong makes what they call an EZ hang ceiling. Does away with the twist wires and eye hooks. You nail a bracket up every four foot on the rafters. You pinch two metal tabs and insert a rod with a hooked end. To level ceiling, you just pinch metal tabs and move rod up or down, release and it locks in place. WAY better and easier than the old twisted wire method. Went up very quick and leveled easy as well. I also liked how you can drop the ceiling only 2.5 inch from rafters if you want, which is what I did. Basement ceiling height is important if you are tall. Only thing left to do is go to Lowes and pick up a couple covers for the electical boxes. Didn't have any on hand. I also want to tie a light into the circuit so when I turn on the downstairs lights, a light will come on on the staircase. So, I will pick up a light for the stairs tomorrow as well. Hopefully wrap that little bit up in the morning. Then, clean the mess up and actually enjoy the downstairs. Other benefit of the drop ceiling is I can now access the wiring for upstairs. I want to run some more recepticals as well as relocate some. Also want to redo some lighting upstairs, and I can now actually access the wiring without tearing into the walls. 

Time off has been nice, but even after two weeks, I am not ready to go back to work. I have limited my outings so I don't have to be muzzled with a mask. Unfortunately, That ends Monday as I head back to work where I get daily temp checks, wear a mask all day, and get to listen to all the things that can help keep us safe. So tired of everywhere I go, you need a mask and some dumbass on the PA is telling we ar all in this together, wear a mask, social distance, and don't forget to wash your hands. I hate going out at all anymore. So tired of the hyped up panic in society.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Making progress

 I had new gutters and down spouts put on the house. Got a fantastic deal. Guy two doors down from me does seamless gutters for a living. He is somewhat retired, as in he now has young people doing the work while he schedules and supervises. I was very impressed with his workers. They were young, but worked very hard and steady. Not a whole lot of millennials out there that are dedicated. It looks fantastic. He only installs 6 inch gutters. Old ones were beyond wore out. Splitting at the seams and had many wounds from branches falling on them over the years. He installed gutter guards as well. All the mature trees drop leaves and seeds faster than I can clear them. 

I also hit the bank this morning and secured funds for building the garage. Hope to get ahold of the builder and have him come out and inspect site and advise as to which size the city will allow. I have a few plans and quotes, but have to make sure they will be permitted. A lot of big ticket items hit this year. The furnace finally died  at the end of summer. The blower assembly was unsalvageable. The AC unit was eighteen years old. The furnace, out of the 1980s. They earned their keep many years ago. I had a high efficiency furnace and AC installed. Highly doubt they will give decades of service like their predecessors did, but, had to buy new. Did the water heater a while ago, so, as far as utility room, all is new. Did new windows when I moved in and redid the kitchen. Now, I am ripping the stapled ceiling out of the bar downstairs so I can install the drop ceiling and gain access to electrical wiring. I have brand new LED light panels to drop in when I get the grid up. Should brighten it up really good. 


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Finally moving forward

 Been a long time since I have been on here. This year has been a complete horror show to put it mildly. Spent a lot of time and money in 2019 doing house repairs and maintenance not worth writing about. I am finally nearing the end of the maintenance issues. Tree guy is suppose to be out this month (though he is running out of month) to remove the maple tree in the front yard. It signed it's death warrant when it dropped a big branch on my Mustang in the spring taking out the deck lid, spoiler and putting a dent in fender and top. It takes months to get a tree guy down here. I gave up trying to free up cash and pay outright for the garage. Every time I was ready, the house would eat something big. Last items were furnace and AC unit. House should be running out of things to break, I hope. So, I got off my tail and hit the bank and lined up a home equity line to do the build. Once the tree is down and the weather breaks, I hope to get it done. I have the next two weeks off, so I hope to get some indoor projects wrapped up. Ordered the grid for the new drop ceiling going in downstairs bar area. Want to gain access to the wiring  for the main floor so I can add outlets and replace some shady wiring upstairs, but it is currently blocked by the staple up one foot ceiling tiles currently in the downstairs bar. Drop ceiling will also allow me to add better LED light units where I want and need them instead of where the previous owner installed little one light bulb units.

Suppose to be in the fifties Monday, so I hope to hit the club for a bit of target practice. I bought an AMT automag 3 pistol from a guy I work with. It shoots 30 carbine. Was told it is VERY loud. I You tubed videos of it. It throws huge fire balls out the front. Nice long carbine cartridges in a pistol, lots of flaming powder exiting barrel. 😁 Still haven't taken my 9mm AR I built a few years back out to the range. I put some cheap iron sites on it for now. Hope to take them both out early in the week. 


Tired of being cooped up. Ready for the Rona nonsense to end. Been a horrid year. All steam shows, gun shows, flea markets and car shows were cancelled. Extremely depressing year. No Frog Follies this year. No machine gun shoot. SO ready for an improvement. Unfortunately, Biden is 2021's curse. I am going to try and just enjoy watching the senile POS on TV sniffing little girls hair and doing the utterly goofy stuff he usually does. Hopefully 2022 will see the republicans get a super majority in the senate and take back the house. Do believe I will take a break from watching news and try to enjoy hobbies and not get too depressed. Three long work days and hopefully relax a bit. 


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Taxes are done.

I have been dreading taxes. New tax laws and the not knowing part. I love it. Went in to tax prep agent to set appointment. He wasn't busy. He did them on the spot, no wait. Awesome..... And did I luck out, because when I got done, there was a line in the lobby. I got in ahead of the after work crowd. This is the last year I have them done. The new tax system is so simple, you don't have to do much anymore. Thanks Trump. I have been worried whether enough was coming out during the year. It wasn't a problem. The personal exemption went up so much, I can't write off mortgage interest and taxes anymore, because I don't pay enough of them to exceed the personal exemptions. I took home more all year and am getting a decent refund on top of that. It's a relief to know that everything is fine. I am curious to see how the democrats are going to handle it after everyone files their taxes and finds out that the common worker IS taking home more and actually gaining from the tax change. I am relieved and glad to have it out of the way for another year.

The cold weather is here, but it has been a good winter overall. Only a couple inches total of snow so far this winter. You don't have to shovel cold. Suppose to get up to the sixties early next week according to forecast, but is single digits now. Crazy weather patterns. I am ready for spring.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Back to work tomorrow

Two weeks off is nice, but it still goes by too quick. I got a ton of stuff done though. Finally broke through to the attic. First time I have been able to see it since buying house. I was relieved to find it dry, well insulated and no obvious pest problems. This area is notorious for termites and the yard has carpenter bee damage, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I finally was able to run wiring up from basement to attic so I could install a ceiling fan in living room. That is a huge project off my work list. And best part, the floor lamps can go now. I am so happy with the way it turned out. Have to swing by Lowes and get replacement bulbs. Ceiling fan came with LED lights, but they are the soft white. Soft white to me looks yellow. I like the daylight LEDs, so it will be an easy swap. Only modification I have left on that is to add a 4way switch to the two existing 3 way switches, so I can have a switch by the hallway so I can hit it coming out of the bedroom. The existing two switches are by the front and rear door. They weren't hooked to anything. Being an old house, they were probably, at one time, hooked to the upper plug of the wall outlets to control lamps. They were abandoned long ago. I am so happy they didn't completely cut the wire flush and I was able to tie in on the two switches in the wall. Houses down here don't use conduit, so if you want to fix or run wiring, you just about have to open a wall. Where I want to put the four way switch is where the hall closet is, so I can run the wiring up the closet and cut a box into the wall. Easy fix, but not today. Maybe next weekend.

My car radio and adapters came in, but I am still waiting for the license plate bracket back up camera to come in so I can install it all at once. It is suppose to be here by Friday, so I will hopefully put it in Saturday.

Not ready to go back to work tomorrow. I could get use to retirement really easy. Like my job, but I sure do love my leisure time better. Have three months before my next vacation. Still in the fifties down here so it doesn't even feel like winter. I am enjoying it. Think I will take it easy tomorrow after work. Been so busy while on vacation, I actually feel like a little down time now that it's time to go back. May just light a little fire in the fire pit tomorrow when I get home tomorrow and relax in the back yard if it isn't raining.