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Old 09-18-2010, 04:17 PM   #5561
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My on going project to keep me busy is re doing my laundry room. It had water damage from pin hole leaks in copper pipes. I had the whole length of cold water pipe replaced with pex plastic pipe. Now I have open holes in the ceiling in laundry, hall, living room and kitchen. Pretty soon I'm getting more holes to reach the bathroom plumbing-bad tiles probably mean bad wallboard behind it.

I am having trouble getting up the adhesive from the old vinyl tiles. The solvent I got is not getting it up- it softens the top gummy layer but not the next layer down. Best thing that works so far is beating it with a hammer so it chips up-that takes up about an inch at a time and I can't handle more then 5-10 minutes. I'm thinking of renting a big sander and trying that. Any other suggestions? My first thought was to paint the concrete but I might put down stone/tiles instead if I could get away with not finishing the floor to bare concrete.
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:18 PM   #5562
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Went to a pet adoption fair this morning sans kids and DW. Probably too early for us, but the remaining dog has cancer and a 6 to 12 month life expectancy, so if we do not want a house totally empty of dogs we need to start doing some thinking and then looking.

After the kids had naptime, we went for a hike in the local state park in gorgeous weather. Nice, despite the little one's whining at the tail end.

Now pumpkin beer and black bean burgers for dinner.
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After Sprint ambushed me this month by implementing download limits on my "unlimited" plan without prior notice, I switched to a new internet service provider. Not too many choices out here in the sticks: dial-up , aircard, satellite or line-of-sight radio transmission. I tried these radio guys four years ago and their service was lousy so they let me out of my agreement and refunded the installation fee. According to several of my neighbors they have made significant improvements since then, so I'm giving them another try.

They installed an antenna and transceiver on the roof a couple of hours ago and I'm up and running. So far, so good...
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Sorry Ha...Go Huskers! Downtown here on game day is bright red all over. It's quite a sight.
Yep, it has been a disaster. Your quarterback Martinez can sure run- he went 80 yards from scrimmage for a TD. He broke one slipshod tackle attempt, and from then on no one could catch him.

For all I know he might have done it again, I had to quite watching.

Congrats to you Huskers!

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Thanks! It was a good game. I'm ready to watch the next one if it's televised.
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Not me (at least, not today). I've been knocking myself out trying to get things done before the painters come over tomorrow to work up estimates for painting the entire interior of my house. I think every muscle and joint in my body hurts but it will be worth it once the they are done painting (well, once they are done painting every single room and the whole house is re-carpeted right after that, too).

I picked the colors today. I am so glad that I got my realtor to come over and give me suggestions first - - he is a real pro and knows what sells.
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My house is in complete disarray, and all the common space (living room, kitchen, den, hallway) are no-man's land (I am typing in the bedroom). The painter has prepped the walls out there, and is now busily painting primer. The guy with the nail gun has gone around and made sure that any loose molding is nailed down.

I will be so glad when this is done! I guess it will be the same sort of experience with the recarpeting right after the painting is done, before I can really put my home back in order.
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I am back to "work" on our online business. Gosh, it's beautiful outside today! Sunny, breezy, and 75 degrees. I need to move the sprinklers.

I keep packing and moving over to our new house from the old house (where I am now). Then, we will be fixing up this one to rent.

Time for a nap...
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I swear I was just going to fix a leaky sprinkler.

I was wearing my usual attire of shorts, tank top, and slippers. At least I remembered to put on gloves before I started playing in the dirt. As soon as I poked my trowel in the ground, the little red (biting) ants swarmed me. The nest they set up around that sprinkler head was over a foot in diameter. They're nothing like Texas fire ants but that's not much consolation when you're doing the uwehe, 'ami, & slide outta there.

Half a can of Raid later, I finally excavated the sprinkler. Unfortunately it's leaking because its upstream control valve isn't seating fully. That particular (20-year-old) valve is jammed right against the side of the sprinkler box (luckily no ants there) so I was fortunate to get it apart and back together without breaking anything.

I cleaned a hairball of roots out of the sprinkler, and at least it's covering its zone again, but it's still doing a slow ooze into the ground. I'm sure the red ants are already dewatering and starting new tunnels.

The original owners spent $60K on landscaping in the early 1990s, but they put in eight sprinkler zones without a single vacuum breaker. Nearly 20 years later all those zone control valves are starting to leak a little past their seats because there's not a big pressure drop when they shut, and some of the sprinklers are siphoning the control valves.

I guess eight new control valves (with vacuum breakers) will pay for themselves with the water savings, but I'm sure not looking forward to the labor.

Spouse says "Don't be a cheapskate, call a landscaper" but I can't imagine anyone doing eight of those suckers for less than $100 each, and I doubt it'd be done right the first time...
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My house is in complete disarray, and all the common space (living room, kitchen, den, hallway) are no-man's land (I am typing in the bedroom). The painter has prepped the walls out there, and is now busily painting primer. The guy with the nail gun has gone around and made sure that any loose molding is nailed down.

I will be so glad when this is done! I guess it will be the same sort of experience with the recarpeting right after the painting is done, before I can really put my home back in order.
Your house is going to show soooo well. What colors of paint did your realtor recommend? Smart to listen to him--I have a friend who was appalled to hear that her 20 year old mauve wallpaper in perfect condition was not a selling point
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Spouse says "Don't be a cheapskate, call a landscaper" but I can't imagine anyone doing eight of those suckers for less than $100 each, and I doubt it'd be done right the first time...
And how much quality surfing and book-writin time are you going to sacrifice, not to mention wear and tear on your no-longer-all-that-resilient old bod?

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Last night...thanks to LSBCAL for making me think about rotting wet wood and critters
I had a bunch of old wood sitting below my porch, supposedly to use for burning in my concrete fireplace. Well....2 years later, it was rotted and full of pinholes. So I cleaned it all out of there and burned it ALL.
I took 2 of those nice crispy Cortland apples, skewered them on a metal long handled roasting fork made for hot dogs, and had the most fabulous roasted apples.
If you have never made roasted apples, take a thin green sapling with a bend in it (so the apple does not slide off) or a camping style roasting fork, slide an apple on by skewering straight down through the core, and turn it slowly over the fire. Peel off some of the skin and let it cool. Munch carefully and wash down with cold cider or beer. WOW!

Today was a nice half day visit (you should know from who by now) over coffee.

More of my Red Ruby glassware from eBay arrived. I have quite the collection now. I'll post a picture once it all arrives.
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Your house is going to show soooo well. What colors of paint did your realtor recommend? Smart to listen to him--I have a friend who was appalled to hear that her 20 year old mauve wallpaper in perfect condition was not a selling point
Back in 2002 I looked at a house with a brand new raspberry carpet throughout! It was NOT a selling point to me.

Thanks for the encouragement. I am so exhausted, and every muscle and joint aches from all the physical tasks involved in having one's entire house interior painted. But I do think it will be worth it.

My realtor said buyers here really like neutral earth tones. When he said that, I pointed to the wall of my den/kitchen and said, "Like that?" and he said, "Yes, they'll love that, paint the living room that color too."

That color really isn't all that neutral, but it is definitely earth tones - - sort of a muddy, rich but subtle, almost-but-not-quite-pinkish tan (Sherwin-Williams "Croissant"). I asked the Sherwin Williams guy what lighter color might go with it and decided on a yellowish cream color called "Casa Blanca". The common areas will have Croissant walls and Casa Blanca trim, and the bedrooms and bathrooms will be the reverse - - Casa Blanca walls and Croissant trim.

I looked online for neutral earth tones and found that linen, beige, and brown are often mentioned in combination. So, I thought about that possibility as well (which looks outstanding). But you know, I really like that Croissant color. It is my heart, and he said it was OK, so I went that direction instead.

BTW -- the colors shown on the Sherwin-Williams webite for "Croissant" and "Casa Blanca" are completely wrong IMO (too pink). If Casa Blanca looks pink instead of yellow on your monitor, those aren't the colors. But the color card for Croissant available at the Sherwin Williams store absolutely matches the color on my den wall so I think those are correct.
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I had a bunch of old wood sitting below my porch, supposedly to use for burning in my concrete fireplace. Well....2 years later, it was rotted and full of pinholes. So I cleaned it all out of there and burned it ALL.
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the firewood stuff Freebird. I'm still scratching my head on how to handle the wood pile. It'll have to be some combo of tarping and airing out. We cannot really do a wood shed on the property. Also have to watch out that the homeowners association doesn't disapprove of our wood pile solution. Anyway the stuff will not go in the garage this year!
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I don't know which is worse-- digging up the sprinkler piping to do the work, or finding someone and then supervising them digging it up.

You're right, I have to learn how to let someone else do this sooner or later. This is certainly one of the better starting points.
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I mowed the lawn and it started to rain slowly. The rain picked up. I speeded up. I sorta jogged even. I continued until the cuttings jammed up my mower. I know that I should not mow when the grass is wet, but this boy always has to learn the hard way. I guess I need to wait until it dries out to finish the job. Looks weird tho...only 1/2 cut.
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