yesterday jon came over
and helped with the garage project. problem: garage has three cross beams/joists
running from opposing top plates, all three have fallen off the top plate
on one side or the other. south wall is about 4 inches out of plumb. north
wall about 2 inches out of plumb. south wall is partially off the foundation.
solution: i rigged up a 4x4 in the middle of the garage and 2 2x8s on the
south wall. using two come-alongs we pulled on the wall. doing this we
were able to get the bottom of the south wall back on the foundation. replaced
part of the mudsill and attached it to the foundation and rest of the south
wall. we were unable to get the top of the wall any significant amount
closer to the north wall. after jon left i extended the cross beams by
sistering a 2x4 to them. this sistered 2x4 now rests on the top plate on
all three beams. they're attached to the top plates using hurricane ties.
overall it was a mixed results type of day. i really would have liked to
get the south wall within 2 inches of plumb, but that was not to be. even
if i had adopted the word for word plan of the engineer i don't think that
the come alongs would have had enough power to move the wall. the wall
itself isn't the problem, it's more that in trying to move it we were trying
to move the entire roof and west wall that became a problem. the good news
is that the band-aid that we applied should make the structure a little
more stout. it's now at least partially attached to the foundation and
the cross beams are holding the roof together a lot more than they were
when they were dangling in the middle of the garage. ultimately this project
is probably going to require a professional to lift the building, replace
the slab foundation, and straighten it. no idea how much that would cost
or if there is an easier way to get: 1) the building straight 2) a new
foundation (which is badly cracked and not at all flat/level).
didn't do any work on the
house today. next priorities are: tying up a couple small loose ends with
the garage. finalizing the plumbing (hook up rough-ins to main water supply)
and electrical (hook some things up to the panel, rough in power for the
range hood, which i completely forgot about) in the kitchen. moving onto
the next phase in the kitchen.
it's really useful to be
able to do this stuff. there are definitely plenty of things i can't do
and plenty of gaps in my knowledge, but i think i have the broad strokes
down at this point.
dad was supposed to come
up to visit this weekend, but has bad headaches so that didn't happen.
worked on meryl's project
with her two dads for about six hours yesterday. built a makeshift roof,
covered it in cloth and built a couple hanging stands for the projectors.
she's working on the finishing touches today. she threw her back out last
night while sneezing, though, so that's going to be tough. thankfully i
haven't thrown my back out in a while.
friday was a day off for
the alumni house staff, but i went in and worked on the slate project.
got 5 big pieces in so that was a success. the slate project isn't near
done, but i've taken care of all the major, visible patches so that's nice.
also worked on a fire safety issue. a productive day.
the tournament hasn't been
as good this year. my teams have all sucked, there haven't been many big
upsets, there just isn't an interesting narrative to the tourney thus far.
allergies continue to kill.
have tried many methods, but nothing has worked so far. i'm going to run
the air purifier more often. have tried all sorts of otc drugs as well
as local/organic honey. next up, standing on my head while chanting the
hare krishna mantra. that or just toughing it out.
plumbing has been more
of a pain than anticipated.
meryl's almost done with
her project. that'll be good because she'll be less stressed and be able
to help with the house again.
need to do my taxes.
money doesn't grow on trees,
but when you sell blood and bone marrow it does grow in your body.
bulbs.com has good prices
and availability, but there seems to always be a problem with an order.
i've ordered several things from them for myself and the alumni house and
there's always a missed shipment or a broken bulb or something. that said,
they're good about fixing the problem.
found a lot of structure
problems under the old laundry room and the main bathroom. my guess is
that there was a steady leak in a toilet as well as one for the clothes
washer. when we do the bathroom (next big project) i'll have to reframe
a lot of the bathroom. that'll be interesting.
of all the types of pollution
i think that noise and light pollution are the most underrated.
didn't get much done on
the house this weekend. went to santa cruz yesterday to visit luke and
help him on his house. we ran an ethernet cable to his tv and i gave him
advice on all the things he should do. also played on the xbox and had
a good lunch. good visit.
did get the sink water
supply roughed in. ended up wasting most of my day moving the drain down
a few inches because we got a deep sink and garbage disposal. wanted to
make sure we're going to have enough pitch on the drain.
still need to run pipe
to the frig and work on the rough in for the bathroom which shares a wall
with the kitchen.
put up the sheathing for
the shear wall today. plumbed the gas pipe yesterday. wasn't able to do
the pressure test as i would have liked, i must have been doing something
wrong because i couldn't get any pressure in the system. did go under the
house and did a visual (water/soapy water) test on every connection in
the system. found one minor leak on the opposite end of the house, so it
wasn't associated with my work. took the fitting out, put some pipe dope
on it and tightened it up. all seems to be well. there was only one gas
connection to be made so that's done. took out some extraneous pipe. eventually
i might have to expand the system when we get a heating system (probably
will do that after the kitchen is done).
next will work on the water
supply for the sink and frig. shouldn't take too long, hopefully get that
done this weekend.
march madness is upon us.
this is the best time of the year for that reason and the daylight savings
worst time of the year
for allergies which are killing me right now. would love to have an allergist
run some tests so i know what to do/avoid, etc. we've gone through 4 boxes
of kleenex in 2 weeks. seems as though my allergies get worse every year.
none of the otc drugs i've tried have worked.
listen to car talk just
about every time i'm in the car. i download each new episode and i've gotten
a lot of older episodes using itunes gift cards.
ucla escaped tonight. i
knew that if they were going to win it was going to be with defense and,
sure enough, the last play was a great defensive stand with collison and
shipp coming up big. collison in particular did a great job guarding maynor.
"president" obama was featured on espn giving his bracket picks (baraka-tology).
he picked vcu over ucla as well. asshole. he's also going to be on jay
leno soon. the guy should get back to work, not sure why he's wasting his
time with distractions.
meryl's making me watch
tv guide's sexiest men in movie history. hope paul newman wins.
finished the rough electrical
today. not sure how to wire the under cabinet lighting because we haven't
purchased them yet.
also installed some blocking
for the overhead cabinets. should add some for the range hood as well.
after that and a couple small things i'll move onto the plumbing. after
that it'll be insulation and flooring time.
wired a few more circuits
today. one for the dishwasher, one for the garbage disposal (which i also
ran to an exterior receptacle for weed whacking and the like), and one
for the north wall outets (3 of them). need to run one more for the frig
and another for more outlets and the exterior light outside of the kitchen
entry door. also going to run one circuit for the undermount lighting.
after that i'll be done with the kitchen-related electrical, at least until
it comes time to hook up some of the lights at the very end of the project.
next up is plumbing. running
gas to the stove, which is currently only electric. running water to the
sink and 3/8" water to the frig (for the ice maker and water dispenser).
also discovered that it would be a good idea to address some of the rough
plumbing issues for the bathroom while the other side of the wall is exposed.
that'll add time now, but make life easier when the bathroom is renovated.
had planned on working
on the garage tomorrow, but it's slated to rain and meryl needs to use
it for school work.
pg&e showed up an hour
late. missed class, but we're officially done with pg&e so that's nice.
got to talking with the guy and he was actually pretty cool. talked about
his house in georgia and what he wants to do with it, talked about his
divorce, his racing, his wanting to travel the country, etc. he even knows
a neighbor of ours which was neat.
got a decent amount done
in the last couple days. wired a few outlets in the kitchen, finished the
wiring for the overhead lights in the kitchen, started getting rid of the
old clothes washer plumbing.
new kitchen window is in.
window from laundry room is out and patched. patched around the new kitchen
window until i ran out of stucco mix. would love to run to home depot to
pick some more up and finish the scratch coat, but i'm waiting for pg&e
to show up.
they said they'd show up
today, but they showed up yesterday and had a problem with the LB connector
at the base of the service head. eventually they just sealed it and rescheduled
the service appointment for today. it's after 3p and they're not here yet,
i'm guessing they forgot about me or something. this is the essence of
dealing with pg&e. monopolies are wonderful.
never got around to posting
my little tour of sodas:
leninade 7-14-08, 17:30.
smooth, not overly
carbonated, no syrupy texture, not very lemonade-y
sort of like an orange
cream soda, from el salvador. right amount of carbonation. more strange
boylan sugar cane cola
brewed smell, smooth,
more coke than pepsi, unrefined flavor
berghoff famous rootbeer
not too much different from average rootbeers like ibc
dr. browns cream soda
slightly too much carbonation,
high fructose corn syrup and you can tell. not wonderfully smooth. pretty
standard as far as cream soda goes.
san benedetto 7-25-08
pretty good orange
soda. has bits of orange (or something) in the soda that sorta freak you
out at first. nothing stunning. refreshing.
americana root beer
cream style 8-1-08 19:20
microbrew root beer
- only brew 600 gallons at a time. very unique flavor, smooth texture.
sassafras root, vanilla, and licorice flavors. complex flavor, yet can
still be enjoyed to quench thirst. pure cane sugar. right amount of carbonation.
lemonade 8-8-08 19:30
a fermented lemon drink
that is brewed with ginger and herb extracts. smells and tastes like a
lemon beer, though it has only .5% alcohol by volume. the brewed flavor
drowns out everything else for me, not enjoyable.
route 66 root beer
pretty standard root
beer to my taste buds. about as good as ibc, maybe a little smoother. metallic
cock n' bull ginger
soda 8-10-08 20:12
powerful taste, not
smooth like ginger ale. too much ginger. couldn't finish this one.
mason's root beer 8-10-08
smooth root beer from
sunkist float (orange
and cream) 8-11-08 20:15
creamy, slightly carbonated
half and half bar flavor. good.
green river 8-13-08
sort of a cross between
sprite and ginger ale. a nice, solid, basic soda.
solid cola, better
hank's root beer 8-17-08
creamy, good root beer.
one of the better ones so far.
red ribbon root beer
brewed root beer that
didn't do too much for me.
ramune melon flavor
coolest thing about
this soda is the process involved with opening it. you take off the cap
and push it down to pierce the top. this shoots a little marble from the
top into the bottle. interesting. the soda itself is decent enough, but
nothing special. it's all about the bottle here.
sold some white blood cells
today. helped pay some bills. also doing bone marrow this month. should
actually be out of the hole by the end of the month.
finished installing the
can lights in the kitchen. they're on 3 way switches which made it a little
more complicated. miswired one of the lights, but it worked fine after
i fixed that.
selling some blood tomorrow.
definitely need the money. it seems all i do is work on ,think about, and
spend money on the house.
the new kitchen window. not done yet because it started raining pretty