Saturday, January 26, 2008

Cubby Update #3 plus

Our cousin Buddy came by, a master electrician, and re-ran the wires. Since he is done for now, it was my turn to move in with the insulation. Today Rachel and I went to the Home Depot and bought insulation and plastic sheeting. I first put up the plastic sheeting in order to create an air space between the insulation and the roof. I then put up the insulation. This is the very short version of the story because I am tired from doing all that work. Next will be the strapping and then the sheet rock.

Also, the plus part of this entry is to show you the difference in Rachel's lunch and my lunch. I thought it was funny that our lunches were so different.

My Lunch

Rachel's Lunch

Monday, January 21, 2008

Cubby Update #2

I have finished the demolition part of the remodel. This is a great thing. This means that a corner has been turned and now we only have two more corners to turn to make it all the way back around.
Carl and I decided to take down the slanted wood paneling and I am glad we did because after I took it down I realized that it will make the room seem wider, which is a good thing.
Thank you all for you comments and suggestions. In the end, the almighty dollar wins out and I have decided to paint the cross beams.
I am done for now, until the electrician comes.
Here are the photos.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Cubby Update #1

Today, after work, and after shoveling cement heavy snow, I went to work in the attic. I was able to remove all of the slats and even removed two cross beams and found out that all but the first one I removed are structural. That really makes me mad. I didn't want exposed beams. Anyway, here are the update pictures. Should we replace the cross beams with pretty wood? or should we paint them white? I am also hoping that after further investigation we will be able to remove some of these beams without compromising anything structural. And don't worry mom, we are having an electrician come in and rewire the joint.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Project of the Month

This past week I started a project on the attic cubby. This cubby has been my music room but I have never been very comfortable up there. That being the case, I never spent much time up there. Since getting in to grad school it was determined that this would be my study. This room would also act as a guest room for when family comes to visit (note the use of the word "when" rather than "if"). Because of this latter reason, Rachel wanted to have the room re-carpeted including the stairs leading up to it. This room hasn't been touched since 1970 or before. As I am sure many of you are aware, with projects, one thing leads to another. Rachel said, "I want new carpet." To which I say, "if we are going to do the carpet we should vault the ceiling." Rachel then says, "we should do the walls too." After some calculations, the walls would be too much money. So we are redoing the ceiling first and then the carpet. FYI. The ceiling in the following photos looks much higher than it is. The door in the pictures is a small sized door and the ceiling is about 3 inches above the top of that. That means that the ceiling is about 6'4" or so.
The following are panoramic views of the two halves of the room before.

Here is the room after two nights of cleaning and ripping up the carpet.

Yesterday I spent a good 5 hours ripping out the sheet rock and insulation and now I am left with this:

There were about 15 minutes when I was half way through the sheet rock that I had a bit of a panic attack that I was in over my head, mostly because there are so many more wires than I expected. But then I prayed and also thought about how I would not use the room if this didn't happen. With some help from Carl during cleanup we got all of the sheet rock, plaster and insulation into trash bags, which I will be putting to the curb every week for many weeks.
Next step is taking down the cross section pieces of wood you see in the last two pictures.
Wish me luck.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


We have new roomies! A few squirrels (by the sound of it) have moved into our chimney. Now, when I sit in my living room to relax and read 'Time' or enjoy the latest copy of 'The Week' I get to hear squirrels "squabbling" or rather, screeching, rustling and fighting. I actually like squirrels, they have never bothered me as they scamper up and down fences, though yards and dance down roofs, but, to tell you the truth, to have them so close, I find them a bit scary. And they are quite the rough and tumble bunch. These new roomies have got to go.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Beware the Dangers of Blogging.

I found this while reading a friend's blog. It is from the website, which at first glance looks intriguing. There are commonly known dangers of blogging, which include, over exposure, loss of social and communication skills and isolation of the masses. This video reveals additional dangers of blogging.

Out of curiosity I searched for the Philips product referenced in the video and found this.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Share Our Pain

I was going to title this entry "Welcome to "H" "E" double hockey sticks" but I thought that might be overly dramatic.
On the right hand side, above the clickers, you will find a little weather widget of sorts. I put this up because when I woke up today it was 3 degrees Fahrenheit with a "RealFeel" of -16. That's not 3 degrees above freezing, that's three degrees above zero.
This way whenever you look at our blog you can know how much we are suffering.


Tuesday, January 01, 2008