So, on the non-work side… it has begun. Last Saturday, Tara’s sister left after spending a week with us (that was a lot of fun), and her mom made a comment about us scraping the ceilings (something we needed to do, but you know… us == lazy). So Sunday, wild hair… we scraped the upstairs hall, then the dining room, then the living room. Took about 5 hours. Not too bad, but it took our previously very clean house, and turned it into a mess.
Since then, throughout the week, we’ve been fixing imperfections in the ceiling, buying a hopper sprayer, and a few other things. Last night, we spent about 3 hours texturing (well, maybe 60 minutes texturing, the rest of the time was taping and plasticing) the ceiling with “Orange Peel” (that’s the look, not the material). The house is now really really dusty, and there’s the smell of plaster everywhere. And, we still have more to go. We had to fix a few more issues with the ceiling (drywall tape marks, low spots in the plaster, etc). We’ll probably do the rest next weekend, or the weekend after when we scrape the vaulted ceiling area. I’m just happy at this point, at work, I don’t smell, taste, and am not covered in plaster. I’m also happy that my 14.4v DeWalt drill is beefy enough to stir the 5gal bucket of plaster to the consistency needed for doing texture.
Also, on Tuesday, our floors came!!! About $2500 spent a few months back, and we now have 1800lbs (21 boxes at 85lb/each) of Jatoba (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jatobá) (Brazilian Cherry) sitting in our garage. Now we get to finish the ceiling, rip up the carpet, fix any subfloor problems, then lay the floor, and then paint the walls, ceiling, etc (theoretically in that order).
To that end, we’re heading to K-Falls this weekend to go to Tara’s Aunt and Uncles, to have him (her uncle) help us make the bull noses for the stairs. You can’t buy them for this wood (at least, from our distributor), so we are going to rip some of the boards, laminate the result, then router the edge to make a nice nose. We purchased extra wood for this purpose… so it’s just a matter of the time needed to make them.
While I’m down there, I’m also going to try to get some work done on creating a script to send out quota warnings on our system.
Will try to post again from K-falls…