Monday, January 24, 2011

it's the little things...

Our list for this weekend look liked this...
  • Paint shelves.
  • Paint bathroom.
  • Cut drywall for attic access in bathroom
  • Prime cut out for attic access in bathroom
  • texture cut out for attic access in bathroom
  • Paint cut out for attic access in bathroom
  • Frame attic access in bathroom.
  • Set range.
  • Set dishwasher.
  • Replace switches and sockets
  • Install programmable thermostat
  • Repaint the attic access.
  • Cover Attic Electrical box
  • Install cover on bathroom fan. 
  • install range hood

 Yep....I got an iPad for Christmas and it sure does come in handy... I can write out a hardware store list and email it to anyone I need to...not that there is anyone but us that cares.   But really, I can keep track of friends on Facebook, read my email and text the kids if I need  I can even read a book since I downloaded a bunch of them to my iBook app...  and my Kindle app....and my Nook  Can't have too many books. But I digress and we need to get back to business here...

First on the list

Linen Closet shelves.
 Primed, painted with 2 coats of hi-gloss enamel and installed into the hall linen closet.  We now have a place to set our towels and washcloths and stuff... I love it...sadly no photo of the finished linen closet but it looks can quote me on that..

Next Paint Bathroom... I did two coats of Benjamin Moore Gray Tint on the bathroom and didn't get one photo of the finished product.  dang it... but it looks nice... and we finished adding the bathroom lights..and no photo of those either..

Cut drywall for attic access in bathroom...Rich did this.  I then primed the cutout...textured the cut out, painted the cut out, I painted the wood trim to frame the attic access, Rich cut and installed the attic access frame and it's DONE...

And because we are already in the bathroom I will show you that Rich installed the cover for the bathroom fan... see it up there?  Fits perfectly...just nestles right up to the we measured it or something..although we didn't.. it just happened that 

Next up...Set range and dishwasher.  We realized we can't set the range because we don't have the counter tops on yet and we would just have to move the range and it would be in the we worked on the dishwasher..

Ok we couldn't finish that either.  We did get the water lines ready, the holes drilled into the side of the sink base for the water line and the drain hose and we saw that it will fit.. and we left it right where you see it...which really is gonna have to be moved when they come to install the counter tops..

So what's left...  Install a new programmable thermostat..  which is of course smaller than the one that was there so more mudding and then sanding and a second coat of mudd to dry this week..

And a new range hood...

which meant more painting... the pencil marks were left over from attempting to put the microwave up...

Rich climbed up into the attic access and put a cover over the previously uncovered electrical box..

So what is left on the list?  Replace switches and outlets.  I think every light switch and outlet was a different color with a different color wall plate...  We had tan painted white with no cover, tan painted tan with tan wall plate..and wooden wall plate with a carved BAT (or maybe a squirrel, can't remember) on it... let's see if I can find a photo...Nope...I will try to get one this coming weekend.. it's hideous...and in the sewing room of all will have to go...maybe ebay would be an idea?

So back to the switches and plates... On Sunday, Rich started replacing the wall switches.  As he finished one, I installed the white plastic plate.  no brainer.  So then I started cleaning and washing dishes and putting the workshop into order and he is now done replacing wall switches and starting on the outlets.  And I am bored, so I decide I will help.  He turns off the power to the outlets I am working on and shows me how to unhook the old outlet and hook the new one up...  This is what we are up against...

The following is a Public Service Announcement...

Please DO NOT spray foam insulation into your electric outlets.  Home Depot, Lowe's and most neighborhood hardware stores sell precut foam insulation pieces for outlets. You simply remove the outlet plate, place the piece of foam and put the plate back on. Simple, cheap and  much safer.

So I learned to turn off the electric at the circuit breaker, remove the old outlet, remove all that old hard insulation, count how many wires there are and replace the socket.  Usually there are 3 wires.. 1 white, 1 black and 1 copper that is a grounding wire.  The grounding wire goes onto the little screw on the bottom of the socket.  One white wire gets screwed on one side and one black wire gets screwed onto the other side.  Screw the outlet back into the wall and then test the outlet using the outlet tester.  Add a cover plate and go to the next one.  If you come across an outlet that has 6 wires you call the hubbs

And a couple of more random photos..

Really?  This just doesn't look safe to me...

Rich doesn't really like cats...but they did get a new cat food feeder this weekend cause they run out of food from Sunday night to Friday night...and you can't let them get hungry...that's cruel...and of course we won't talk about the milk he warms up for them every morning...

We had 8 inches of snow...and no shovel... more thing...We had a dinner date with one daughter and her family for our granddaughters birthday.  We would meet at Pizza Hut for dinner and give Ava her birthday gifts.. our daughter forgot..our son-in-law forgot, so we decided..ok we would meet at Dairy Queen for ice cream and give Ava her birthday gifts..  We got stuck in town taking back a brown bathroom vanity (who knew that Espresso meant brown?..isn't espresso coffee? and coffee is black..right?) anyway, we got stuck, so we canceled the Dairy Queen and we will try again next weekend... But we did find a black vanity and it was cheaper than the brown one.


Osage Bluff Quilter said...

You might check with your Cooperataive there. We use to sell insulated outlets. They have foam behind them and were very good. You had to slide the plug hole to the side. We sold them for something like $1.25 a piece.

Anne D said...

Seriously how much work can you get done in one weekend. Is there a move in date?

Lindabee said...

I'm impressed at how quickly you're accomplishing things. Bravo!

Tangos Treasures said...

Wow you got a lot done!! I used those foam socket pads, love them!!

Anonymous said...

Tlight switch cover is indeed a bat. A very creepy ugly bat.