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04 December 2009 @ 05:35 pm
My Vacation And Welcome To It  
Had to take a week off work since we now lose all unused vacation at the end of the year. Put a list together of things I needed to do, of which exactly one thing (putting plastic on the kitchen windows for the winter) got done.

With some extra money at hand, we piled on a huge list of projects to have various contractors do.

The painter we were using has completely crapped out. No new painter will start on the exterior at this time of year, so we have generally hired the guys who were working for him (but stopped since he could not pay them) to finish the scraping on days where the weather was conducive to such activity.

We'll need to get two attic windows completely replaced, as the wood has more-or-less dissolved over time. Got measurements, found out we can't just replace the pane and frame through standard merchants, would need to do the whole window. Status - ongoing.

Hired another painter (via Angie's List this time) for some interior work to repair a previously wetted ceiling and replace wallpaper in the front entry all the way up the grand staircase and down the upstairs hall. Going swimmingly until he discovered the plumbing above the ceiling was clearly still having trouble. Checked my previous repair in the accessible area behind the tub. Said fix still in place and dry, so problem is ... inside the ceiling itself. Monday he'll come out to tear the plaster and lath off the ceiling so the plumber can replace all the pipes beneath the bathroom (better to go ahead and do it all rather than fix one part and have another part break just as we finished the ceiling repair). Cost is not hugely horrible, but it extends the wallpaper project by over a week.

Decided to put in water treatment to take care of the horrid iron and hardness in the town water here. All went pretty smoothly (though they can't get the anode rods out of the water heaters which are causing the horrible hot water sulfur smell, but we were going to replace water heater at some future point anyway)... until we looked at the recharge/flush output and realized the existing drain plumbing went the wrong way and would, should any obstruction whatsoever occur, overflow into the basement. Called plumber back, came out, needs to re-plumb the area under the sink that was put in backwards umpty-ump years ago in order to allow for cleanout. That should take place tomorrow.

On the positive front, after denying it to myself for many years I finally received permission from ladyat to get a new TV, which I spent a couple of days putting together and mounting to the wall over the sitting room fireplace. Also, the office organizational stuff I ordered got here today instead of next week, meaning I may in fact get one of the other things done that is on my list before the weekend is over.

Still to come - the insulation guys come sometime next week to blow insulation through 1" holes into our walls (as long as they are scraped free of paint, why not?) With any luck said insulation in the portion of the house that houses my office will mean I can turn the heat above 55 degrees F.

Final result - I need another week of vacation...
Current Mood: draineddrained
Cat Sitting Stillcatsittingstill on December 5th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Wow, two steps forward, one step back. Repeat.

I think you're gaining on it, though.

I hope the new TV is fun and the new insulation works well.
Rika, the bardling: Desertwolfbardling on December 5th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
What she said. Good luck with the next several steps, may they all be forward until done, now!
stevieanniestevieannie on December 5th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Sometimes I really do think it might be cheaper to just have Tim visit for three months...
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on December 5th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
We've said that often. We're really only doing this because you can't give him up until your house is done.
cflute: hodagcflute on December 5th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
It took me over two years to get the 1910 house in Portland to a cozy state... and then I still ended up having to have it re-plumbed three years later. First pass was about $10k for a flurry of work done in the first three months: replacement vinyl windows (10), storm windows (2), walls on the first floor [demo out damaged lath/plaster, replace with 5/8" drywall, smooth texture], rewiring of half the house (to a 50-amp sub-panel piggybacked onto the existing 100amp system), and refinishing 600sf of red oak flooring installed over the original fir flooring in the 1960s. The plumbing replacement and addition of a half-bath on the main floor took another $6000 or so if I recall correctly. But when it was all done the house was absolutely wonderful, and I'd probably be there still if I hadn't sold it to move to Seattle.

Good luck with the contractors you have now. I'm usually frustrated even when working with the pre-screened ones, they never start or finish on time or in budget. But when the work is DONE, the results have been worth it. May it be so for you also!
SurrDavesurrdave on December 5th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
It's been said that a good vacation is one that makes you glad to be back at work.