I had vacation Easter week. One thing I wanted to get done, get a date on building garage. Monday of that week, I called the builder to get the quote updated (it was a couple years old). They updated the quote, and we discussed location. They told me I might need variances and made an appointment to come out Thursday to look at locations and see what would be needed. I said sounds good. Thursday comes, no call, no show. I emailed another builder. They sent me a quote that was a few grand cheaper than the no show. And, it had a window, an extra inch of concrete, and, they use 6x6 posts and 6x2 framing as opposed to 4x4 and 2x4's. When they called, they informed me of the variances likely needed because of the location. I own over .6 acre corner lot. Can enter a garage on two different streets. Seems, since the city widened the main road, they made it a "thoroughfare" . By doing so, the city deems it necessary to limit buildings to sixty feet from the centerline of the road. Now, I don't really expect special treatment, but, being a thinking person, and not a government drone, I have to ask, why can't I build a garage that would be clear of the sidewalk by twenty four feet, but the neighbors house and garage two and three doors down are about twelve feet from the sidewalk. If they decide to widen the road more, they would literally have to demolish the garage and house two and three houses down from me. The realtor lied about location of septic field in back yard, so, I would have to redo the septic field in back to put the garage back there. I am really aggravated as the main reason I moved, and bought this house was so I could put a big garage on it. I am now looking to put an attached garage on the front, as I believe I can fit it in far enough back not to have to bother with the variances. I realize you need codes so the neighborhood doesn't look like a shanty town, but some of the rules make no sense. The two neighbors I refer to are two of many, if you follow the street. There are many properties that lost distance between property and street when they widened the road. But, if the government used common sense, which it doesn't, they would write the rule so you couldn't build a building closer to the road than the building on the street presently nearest the road. Sad part is, I believe I am going to have to reduce the size of the garage from what I wanted, by quite a bit. If I can't build that, I may have one more move to make. I hate government overreach. I measured, and believe I can get a 32 wide by 24 deep attached garage. Wanted 40 foot, but, 32 would be better than what I have now.
Friday, January 22, 2021
Two and a half days into the four year shit show. Today, Biden nixed an order Trump signed to lower insulin prices. His first day, he killed the pipeline along with the thousands of jobs that went with it. He opened the gates for more illegals to enter as well as green cards for all invaders. We now have new caravans coming, and the illegals that are on the way are "demanding" Biden honor his promise to stand down and let the invaders in.
Democrats are worried about the spread of a virus that kills .03 of one percent of the population. They have shut down restaurants, bars, sporting events, and basically everything people wish to do. They are super spreaders, unless it is a left wing demonstration, they are allowed to burn and pillage at will. The left has NO problem allowing the hoards to penetrate the border, bringing COVID, measles, chicken pox and whatever else they may have. If they cross at an entry point, we will treat them for free, then release them on their word to report to court when their date arrives. We are back to the hell we endured four years ago.
While I don't like seeing anyone lose their jobs, I feel less sad when it is a union worker. Most of them blindly vote democrat. Most workers on the pipeline that got axed probably voted for Biden. Same goes with other union workers. The alcoa plant down here was in the process of shutting down. Many of my neighbors lost their jobs. Good paying jobs. I work in a machine shop that manufactures and rebuilds molds for making plastic food containers. A lot of our machines were idle because our management was sending the orders for new molds to China. We mopped and cleaned most of the time. Kept waiting for our pink slips. About the only work we had was redoing the fits on components of the chinese molds. They would come in, our assembly department would break it down and Quality control would inspect it. We got the privilege of repairing the new mold. Our management team would fly to china on a regular basis to help educate them on what was wrong, so they could do better so we wouldn't even have the repair work. When President Trump brought the tariffs in, Alcoa not only reopened, it expanded. My neighbors went back to work. My place of business brought mold building back to the states. We bought new machinery and have been working at break neck speed. We have hired a lot of new people. The steel industry in america also saw new life. All this is on the verge of going away again. Corporations are for profit. If tariffs go away, I am sure my company will farm the work back to China again. I find it mind bogling that people actually voted for Biden. A senile old bastard who is extremely corrupt and cares about nobody. The tax cuts, which my accountant told me gives me roughly three grand more take home pay a year, will be gone as Biden promised. I am not wealthy. I personally can't stand listening to Trump, as he usually acted like he was still a reality TV show actor. BUT, I loved what he actually accomplished. It saddens me that there are so many people that voted against Trump because of his tweets and rough persona. I like and enjoyed how he made our lives better.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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
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
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
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
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.