Saturday, January 2, 2010

Not The House

Even crazy house people need a vacation from time to time, so we're visiting friends in Puerto Rico. This is a picture taken at the Campamento del Caribe, which is run by some of those friends, who happen to have an apartment free until the 10th. We had to drive to Atlanta to get affordable air fare, but it was so worth it.

In the meantime, back at The House, nighttime temperatures are down to 9 degrees or so. Yeah, I drained the plumbing in the big house as we were leaving - I haven't gotten that flue replaced, so no heat there yet. So far it hasn't been an issue, but as cold as it is, I think it most certainly will be now.

So - happy New Year to all! In lieu of resolutions, I just have a to-do list.

  1. Big house heat

    • Flue and chimney liner (to be done by an HVAC friend of mine)
    • Ductwork as needed (to be done by me)

  2. Winterization

    • Carriage house
      • Weatherstripping around two downstairs doors
      • Deadbolt on "utility door" to replace present 1" hole
      • Insulated board for small window on south corner
      • Still a little caulking/plastering above the south wall and in the closet area on the southeast corner
      • In the event of warm weather, the most urgent mortar replacement work

    • Big house
      • Urethane in obvious holes in basement walls (mortar later)
      • Boards over vents under first back addition
      • Board up two basement windows on east basement

  3. Gutters, sometime prior to the spring thaw

  4. Carriage house bathroom
    • Attach and plumb vanity

  5. Carriage house electrical work
    • Replace stolen ground wire outside
    • Overhead light for washer/dryer area
    • Separate circuit for bedroom to permit use of air conditioner

  6. Carriage house paint and trim
    • Paint walls and trim in bathroom
    • All window trim

  7. Equipment closet in big house
    • Reroute incoming DSL into closet in dining room
    • Add an electrical outlet there for the Linux box

  8. Carriage house garage area
    • Remove superfluous fiberglass insulation (40% complete)
    • Still some miscellaneous plaster, and more paint, aye!

  9. Dining room
    • Remove and scrape wallpaper (30% done, thanks to daughter)
    • Remove all damaged plaster on walls
    • Remove damaged drywall from ceiling
    • Restore plaster on walls
    • Drywall ceiling
    • Paint (I'm still liking that semi-gloss ultra white)
    • Clean and maintain the woodwork and buffet
    • Shore up under floor (soft spot from long-standing leak in roof fixed in 90's)
    • Polish floor

  10. Carriage house kitchen window (after spring has sprung)

  11. Remainder of big house

    • Upstairs bathroom plumbing
    • Addition of sink in kitchen
    • Cleaning
    • Electrical systems: oh the humanity!


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