Thursday, December 25, 2008


Since most people have the past two days off of work it has been pretty slow. That gave me a chance to play with Google SketchUp and make some plans. Since the stands that go with a washer and dryer are outrageously priced I decided to make my own. These are pictures of the carcass, there is also a drawer and the front will be white melamine to match all the other white in the room. It's going to be unbearable in there. The stands are done except for the melamine drawer fronts.

They are made out of 3/4" birch plywood. They are joined with biscuts and the lower rails are reinforced with screws. A fully loaded washer weighs less than 300 lbs. so me and the gf got on one and rolled it around. That's when it became evident that the screws would be needed for the lower rails. Someday soon I hope to be doing laundry on top of 'em.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

And done.

It was actually done last week but I've been lazy. Worn out really but it all looks the same. Also found a picture of the bathroom at it's worst.

That's the insulation under the sub-floor.

Now I'm working on the laundry room. The walls are painted and the cement board is down. Just needs tile and some grout. Maybe some shelfs down the road when I've more time. As usual there isn't a picture yet...

Friday, December 19, 2008

PSA or some such

Despite the work there just isn't anything that looks like progress to report. It's been friggin' cold and I can say from experience that tools in the -10 to 10 degree range make fingers numb. I've gotten frostbite enough times that my fingers and toes are a little sensitive. Why not wear gloves? Well I do with hand tools and the cold still seeps through but with power tools it is just a bad idea. If a finger hits a spinning blade it sucks but just that finger gets hurt. If a glove, or really any clothing, touches a blade there is a good chance your whole hand, or clothing appropriate body part, will get sucked into it. When I should be sanding drywall so that the hallway can be textured I've been messing with a side project. The new washer and dryer are the front load kind and they don't come with the stand. A stand for both is $300-400 and I decided I could make one for much cheaper. So far I'm about $75 into it and I've bought everything. The carcasses are done and I just need to make the drawers. I did a lot of searching on the internet and didn't find any plans for the stands, well okay, I found one plan but it sucked. Maybe there is some free software out there that will let me draw up some pictures of the stand plans to put out there. If all goes right there will be pictures of a textured hallway and laundry room, cement board in the laundry room and finished washer/dryer stands before the assault of commercialism ends.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Everything takes longer than first planned. Snow kept my helpers away. There was a significant delay in the bathroom when I realized how poorly the vanity light had been placed. Rewire, patch drywall, texture, paint and it is finally time to hang the medicine cabinet. There was an issue with the drain as well. I think that had more to do with trying to work while being sick. Had to make several trips to the store and start over twice since the brain just doesn't work to good while running a fever. The sink drain still has issues. The floor and shower tile both need another coat of sealant but the bathroom just about has a fork in it. The laundry room has a properly hung door and all the drywall that doesn't touch the door is done. The plan is to be reporting a finished hallway and progress on the laundry room tile a week from today. Sickness and snow permitting.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Yay progress

Boo old plumbing. There is a toilet and vanity in the bathroom. The drain leaks because I didn't bother checking it while there was no drywall blocking it. Now there is so much in the way that I'm just going to pretend like it didn't happen until the weekend.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Check, check, check

The list is looking better but not as far as I was hoping. Moved into the house on Saturday but the laundry room and hallway still need a lot of work. Oh, and those pesky toilet/vanity things, they'll be installed this weekend. Once the laundry room is done there will be a easy way to divide the house so that dust doesn't get into the living area. Taking a shower in the bathroom felt good after all of the work that went into it. Being in the crawlspace this morning trying to figure out why the heater didn't work on the other hand did not feel so good.

o Bath tile Soap dish
o Smooth bedroom walls
o Bathroom ceiling
o Bathroom floor cement board and tile
o Texture bedrooms
o paint bedrooms/bathroom
o Half bath door
o Laundry/half bath wall
o Drywall hallway and laundry room
o Mud and smooth laundry and hallway walls
o Laundry floor cement board and tile
o Texture hallway and laundry room
o Paint hallway and luandry room

Here are a couple of before pictures in preparation of the finished pictures coming soon.