been better about watching
movies lately, but worse about reviewing them. have about a dozen to review...
one step forward, two steps
back. got the laundry room wall done-ish. the bad wood is out and the good
wood is in. it's fairly well-weatherproofed and the drywall is up. the
utility sink and washer/dryer are functional. with the drywall in it looks
like an actual space now. still need to mud and tape and paint and put
up the countertop (for folding clothes) and utility cabinets. further down
the line is redoing the ceiling and flooring.
the two steps back part
came today when we started installing the kitchen door and discovered far
more rot than expected. major rot issues there led us to demolish the stairway
(the one which was once our primary entrance point). so, that's two decks
gone in a week. we still have two means of egress, though, so that's probably
okay. we'll have to get a rotohammer and chip away about 15 sq. feet of
stucco to expose the exterior side of the rotted structure. shore up the
floor joists, remove rotted cripple wall members and replace everything.
then restucco, rebuild the deck and install the door. what a pain in the
ass. this is definitely the biggest surprise of our renovation so far.
we'll see if the understructure in the bathroom is worse...
cavs were completely exposed
against the magic. mike brown has to be the most overrated coach in the
league. what kind of offensive genius does it take to tell his players
to give the ball to lebron and stand around watching him work? if he passes
it to you and you're open, take the shot. otherwise pass it back. they
play a lot of one-on-one basketball and the team lacks ball movement or
any kind of offensive structure. defensively they're decent.
watching cavs game. they
blew a big lead and are now in a dog fight. pathetic, one man team. mike
brown was the coach of the year and i consider him highly overrated as
a result. adelman did a lot more given his circumstances.
started doing the drywall
in the kitchen the other day. finished the ceiling today. having a drywall
lift helps a lot. i was able to do the entire ceiling by myself. we bought
the lift knowing we could sell it later and use it on a few projects in
the meantime. it'll easily pay for itself as a day's rental costs about
a fourth of the purchase price and we should be able to get at least half
the purchase price back upon resale.
need to update the movies
list, seen several since the last update.
hope to be real productive
this weekend. we tore down the back deck the other day so that's the next
side project on the horizon. also started doing some demo on the bathroom
because meryl's dad was around and we figured we may as well get as much
help as possible. finishing up the laundry room should happen this weekend.
also hope to get the kitchen door installed.
jon came over today to
check out the progress. sometimes it seems like there hasn't been any progress.
i think that feeling comes mostly from the fact that the kitchen hasn't
come along as quickly as i would have liked. 5-23-09 (17:17)
had a little issue with
the flooring the other day. a while back i looked at it and thought it
looked more red than i thought white oak should look. we did some investigating
and realized that the white oak that we ordered was actually red oak. lame.
took it back today and got a replacement. lucky us that they took it back
since we bought it months ago. now we have to wait for the new stuff to
tomorrow we'll work on
the laundry room exterior wall. need to cut part of it out, weatherproof
it and get it ready for stucco on the outside and drywall on the inside.
waiting for the drywall
lift to start the drywall in the kitchen.
cavs game last night was
crazy. they blew a 20 point lead and hedo hit a great shot to pull ahead
by 2 with 1.0 seconds left. lebron got the inbound pass at the top of the
three point line, turned around and made the game winner before time expired.
he's on my all-time team already. he just needs to learn to play more consistent
finally installed the front
door on wednesday. that was a long time coming. first one i've done. it's
not perfect - space between door and jamb is uneven, but it's functional.
not real certain why the jamb is off the way it is. still need to do the
finishing touches like the trim, stucco, painting, and patching the cement
more pictures of the tree
rockets lost, that was
predictable, but unfortunate. lakers are a good team when kobe plays team
basketball and the others get involved early. the rebounding discrepancy
and height advantage were the stories of the game to me. i knew going in
that the rockets were going to have to have a great game, they didn't.
meryl's graduation was
yesterday. the ceremony itself was long and hot and full of long winded
people who were full of hot air. not really, it just sounded good. she's
done a good job so yesterday was a nice way of acknowledging that she's
done with papers and homework.
luke, vern, ryan, and claire
came over to watch the game and work on taking down the monkey tree in
we watched the first half
of the game and then showed claire the house. afterwards we went outside
and plotted ways of taking down the tree. the neighbors weren't at home
so getting onto their property to place the ladder and rope was out of
the question. nevertheless we moved forward. i got on the ladder and took
down some of the branches. with them out of the way we got the rope around
the trunk of the tree. after some discussions on strategy and assigning
roles to the various people involved (luke was captain of the five people
pulling on the rope to persuade the tree away from the house, i was operating
the chainsaw), we went to work. i started a wedge cut about four feet up
from grade level while the five of them pulled taut on the rope to apply
tension to the tree from the get go. after a bit of work i got the front
wedge out of the tree. then the fun began. at this point a passerby in
a minivan had stopped in the middle of the road to watch. i cut evenly
from behind the trunk, towards the center of the wedge. shortly i heard
the tree begin to break. i took a step back and watched it fall parallel
to the face of the house. guided by luke's call to pull hard the five of
them pulled on the rope which eased the tree just far enough away from
the house to make for a successful felling. in falling it took out one
bush up front, but we have hopes that it will survive. it didn't hit the
water main or the power lines and only some of the branches grazed the
front of the house, leaving no visible damage. after we exchanged high
fives. luke and i worked on cutting up the trunk into 3 foot pieces while
the other four broke off the branches and piled them along the side of
the house. if you didn't know better and had seen it from afar, it would
have looked like we had done this many times before. truth be told, luke
and i had taken down one chinese elm before which was bigger, but not as
precariously positioned as this one. in a matter of minutes the tree was
gone off our front lawn and in pieces on the side of the house. now we
have a stump in the front and several containers worth of branches on the
side of our house. easily saved a few hundred bucks and had a good time
in the process. many hands make light work.
got the door hardware installed
today. will install the strike plate after i hang it.
john comes up from la this
weekend. luke is also going to be in town to help ryan move and he'll be
by to help me cut down the tree in our front yard. it's going to be a somewhat
complex felling. the tree is leaning over the house and has a bend in the
trunk. the initial bend of the tree has it leaning away from the house
and then about six feet up the bend goes towards the house. i've estimated
the tree to be 32-35 feet tall. our power line is about 39 feet away. if
we cut it lower then i think it'll be easier to get it to fall away from
the house (because of that initial bend away from the street in the thickest
part of the trunk). if we cut it higher then we won't have to worry at
all about it hitting any power lines, but it'll be tougher to get it to
fall away from the house. if we could get a couple ropes high on the tree
then i would worry less about the possibility of it landing on the house.
absolute worst case scenario would be it falling in the opposite direction
that i plan on pulling it: into the neighbor's power line and onto her
house. more likely bad outcomes: it falls on our house, it's taller than
i thought and hits our power line. we'll see how it goes.
meryl's graduation ceremony
is also this weekend.
rockets couldn't buy a
bucket in last night's game. obviously they need to win the next two. they're
capable of winning at home and extending the series, but game 7 is tough.
they don't have a superstar to rely on in the crunch. no mcgrady, no yao.
they're also really lean on the interior. hurts their defense as well as
their offense and rebounding on both ends. yao is the tallest player in
the nba and mutumbo is probably in the top five. both are out. gotta feel
sorry for rick adelman who continues to have shit luck. first with the
trailblazers when they got to the finals twice and lost to the bulls and
pistons, i believe. then he had some great years with the kings and lost
to shaq and kobe, was the victim of a clear conspiracy on the part of the
nba and refs which cost them the series, and also had a bad case of the
injury bug - webber and bibby both missing time. now he's with the rockets
and has two of the most injury-prone stars in the league. mcgrady being
#1 in the league (you can bet he'll miss significant games every single
rockets clearly don't have
the talent with those three guys injured. they try harder and play better
defense (which i've always felt is more about game time effort than any
other single attribute). offense is about preparation and skill and agility
and 'x's and 'o's, but trying harder isn't going to make the ball go into
the basket more often. rockets are definitely a more fun team to watch
than the lakers. hate the lakers.
plan on installing the
front door next wednesday. that'll be a long time coming. i think a lot
more progress is going to be made in the coming weeks now that meryl will
finally be done with all the school-related stuff and there aren't any
visits from friends and family on the weekend coming up.
kitchen: door, drywall,
paint, floor, cabinets, range hood, countertop, tile, sink, etc. laundry
room: exterior wall rebuild and weatherproof, insulate, drywall, paint.
went on the roof today
to take a look at the tree from that angle. the roof is a lot more steep
than i had anticipated which limits access to the tree. also makes me rethink
doing any work on the roofing myself. perhaps demo, but nothing else. difficult
conditions to say the least.
watched several episodes
of frontline while working on the door. great stuff.
magic appear to be the
most poorly coached team in the nba playoffs. they had a big lead twice
against the bulls and wasted it. saw the game last night and thought it
a pathetic coaching job. if rick adelman went to the east with orlando
he'd have a clear shot to the finals against the cavs. much easier road
than going through the lakers and nuggets. magic should fire van gundy.
people are starting to
realize that the swine flu was a bunch of hype. hilarious.
got a good amount done
today. meryl helped all day and we got the drain for the laundry room in
as well as putting in the gas supply. we are almost able to do a load of
laundry. we still need a vent for the dryer, but that'll come in a couple
weeks because it involves a lot of other work on the exterior wall (water
damage). also need to add some support for some of the drain pipe and gas
pipe. some fine tuning tomorrow and we should be basically in business.
hate the lakers. rockets
have to win the next one or they're done. david stern is probably going
to get his way, though, and it'll be a lebron/kobe finals.
lakers game was trash.
crawford had it in for artest and threw him out based upon reputation.
so, as he judged artest prematurely, i judge him prematurely - he doesn't
like artest and wanted an excuse to throw him out. he's done this before
with tim duncan (and was suspended by the league) so i have cause to believe
this. asshole. david stern wants a kobe/lebron finals and won't let the
rockets or anyone else get in the way of that outcome. asshole. rockets
are doomed because the chips are stacked against them. nba sucks.
rockets-lakers game was
a good one. rockets are my favorite team right now. they have adelman and
artest (ex-kings) as well as battier (one of the best defenders in the
league) and yao (solid player, no nonsense type of game). brooks was a
joy to watch and had a big game. rebounding was awful, but the rockets
got the win. would love to see adelman pull off a win against his rivals.
realistically they're a player away from being real contenders. mcgrady
is not that player. would love to see more offense run through yao like
adelman did with divac. yao isn't as good a passer, but he's bigger and
an adequate passer. rockets actually play defense so that's fun to watch
got a pretty good arc welder
on craigslist yesterday for $60. pretty sweet deal. will come in handy
from time to time. 5-1-09 (18:04)
rockets made the second
round of the playoffs, that's good news. artest is better than mcgrady.
got the front door framed
and it's waiting to be hung in the opening. need to get the opening prepped.
not sure exactly what i'm going to do with the sill.
ran a new circuit to the
laundry room, need to add a couple outlets.
still need to rehang the
door in the kitchen as well as insulate. main goal this weekend, though,
is getting the front door in.
it's fucking raining again.
hate that shit. makes everything slower and more messy. wouldn't be able
to survive as a contractor in seattle.
swine flu is way overrated.
according to the WHO numbers i got today the mortality rate is like 3%
for those that get it and not that many people have gotten it. wake me
up when a 1,000 people have died.