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Winter Prep List Revisited

Let’s take a look at the list I made myself back in October or something.  I don’t think I’ve done very well.  🙁

  • Install gutter apron (PRIORITY ONE, ASAP) DONE!!!
  • Finish landscaping wall some progress made
  • Transplant hostas and ferns  not even close
  • Make kindling bundles out of the sticks in the backyard  Does breaking some big sticks into smaller sticks count?
  • Borrow a chainsaw and cut the logs that are too big for the wood burning stove  Found a couple friends with chainsaws!
  • Finish the shed or at the very least gather all the pieces and move them inside Yeah, no. Snow covering all the pieces we left outside. 

*Sigh.*  I need a better list.

Winter is coming!!!

I know it’s still a little ways off, but I have a whole list of projects, some of which I’d like to complete before winter, some that MUST be completed.

  • Install gutter apron (PRIORITY ONE, ASAP)
  • Finish landscaping wall
  • Transplant hostas and ferns
  • Make kindling bundles out of the sticks in the backyard
  • Borrow a chainsaw and cut the logs that are too big for the wood burning stove
  • Finish the shed or at the very least gather all the pieces and move them inside

Let’s see how many of these I can finish before the first snow.

[tags]wood burning stove, gutters, yardwork, retaining wall, landscaping, future plans[/tags]

Excuse me while I put on my fascia.

Brandon and I finished putting up the fascia this weekend so the gutter guys could come put up the gutters this morning.

I primed the boards before we put them up.
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Then we nailed them onto the ends of the rafters.
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Brandon was a wiz at measuring and cutting the boards to fit. We ended up with just the right amount of wood and just a little bit of waste. But we’ll keep the extra pieces for some other project in the future.

Gutter guys are working to put up the gutters now. More pictures when they’re done!

[tags]gutters, fascia, photos[/tags]

Update on my S.N.A.F.U. morning

First of all, I’d like to thank the members of the Des Moines Rehabbers Club who kindly offered me advice this morning.  I sent a rather panicked email to the mailing list this morning and got some really excellent responses.  It helps so much to have someone to turn to in a crisis like this! 

The flooring company has secured the right color grout, but they didn’t order enough tile for the bathroom.  They will finish the parts under the tub, toilet, and sink and finish the rest when the tiles are in.  They’re going to cut the tile to fit around the pipes in the floor, rather than some other way.  I’m glad of that because it didn’t seem right to have to cut all the pipes down and redo all that plumbing. 

When I talked to Brandon (who’s at the house today while I’m at work) he said they’d laid the subfloor in both the kitchen and the bathroom and were going to get the kitchen done today.  That was earlier this morning, so I hope there’s been some good progress made.

 While the flooring guys were working in the house, Brandon took the ladder out and broke the rotted fascia off the roof and removed as many nails as he could to prepare for new gutters being installed.

 Our quote from the gutter company arrived.  It is over $2000, which for a single story, 1000 square foot bungalow seemed ridiculous.  Our neighbor down the street with a similar house had theirs done for $450 or so.  Will keep looking.

We’re heading out to the Iowa State Fair this afternoon to blow off some steam.  Pictures coming soon of all our adventures!

[tags]gutters, thanks, ceramic tile, bathroom, Des Moines Rehabbers Club, contractors, plumbing, kitchen, flooring[/tags]

S.N.A.F.U. and how!

We’ve hired a professional flooring company to install tile in our bathroom.  We worked with them for several weeks, stopped in at the store twice, and had several phone discussions in setting all this up.  He told us we’d need to have our clawfoot tub disconnected so they could move it out of the room, which was fine.  The sink is wall mounted, so that’s not a problem.  They didn’t say anything about the toilet.

 This morning the crew arrived for installation and informed us that not only were we supposed to have the tub disconnected, but that the pipes needed to be cut down below the floor.  Also we’re supposed to have a plumber to re-set the toilet because they need to remove it. 

Was this stuff I was supposed to know already?  And even so, shouldn’t they have checked to make sure this was done before showing up for the install?

 Oh, yeah.  And they showed up on site and asked Brandon, “What kind of grout did you want for this?  We don’t have it on the order.”  DON’T HAVE IT ON THE ORDER?!  We discussed this in the store!  Pointed to the one we wanted and the guy wrote it down.  So they showed up with the wrong grout and will have to see if they have the color we wanted before going ahead with the job. 

As if that wasn’t enough, the gutter company that was supposed to stop by at 8am to give me an estimate didn’t come.  I left for work and half an hour after our appointment was supposed to be, the guy called me.  His scheduler (who I confirmed the address with three times, once by my entering it on their website for them) had given him the wrong address, several blocks up the street from my house.  When no one came to the door he spent half an hour working up an estimate on the wrong house before he bothered to call me. 

This is going to be one helluva day.

[tags]flooring, ceramic tile, contractors, bathroom, shower[/tags]

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