Monday, August 29, 2011

Week 14 of Remodel a House and Don't Divorce or Die doing It..

22 Aug Thru 28th Aug 11

I woke up today and I can hardly move my hands.  They are so sore..My Body is telling me to slow down.  Guess what ?  I am taking the day off and I am not doing a darn thing except take some Advil..
My Bathtub is still outback under the Pergola..

George came home and started muding the drywall,  I felt bad, but not bad enough to help...

He lay down for a little while and then started again...Don't know what got into him..

Remember the framing of the wall on Sunday last week..

He filled it in..Yahoo another job done.

I got a letter in the mail from the Mortgage Company saying our insurance had lapsed.  I called and she said we cancelled our insurance in June and did not get another provider.  She is saying this as I am looking at the paperwork I have from the Insurance Broker I went to in June.  I informed them I had insurance and would go see the agent to find out why they don't have copies. 
Oh and they are going to charge us $375.for a lapse in insurance.  I don't think so. 
I have to stop what I am doing and head out.  When I get there, the lady at the Insurance company tells me that we have insurance, then she goes into her computer to check.  I knew with her reaction something was wrong.  What's up "well oh, I guess the day you were in, the paperwork did not upload to the Insurance company but don't worry I will fix it."  I guess you will or you will be out $375 for NOT DOING YOUR JOB..
Went home and got back to work on my new found hate...TILING...

Although I do love my Texas Star Mosaic at the Front door.  Now I can't wait to get the Front door installed...
George got to muding again when he got home.

I guess my hands are not any better.  They are aching again today and I can't even close them to make a fist. So I will work on the blog.  At least I can type.
The guys from Lawn Master came back to put the roof blocks in to secure the Pergola. 
What the Hell..  My stomach was churning when they left..what had they done to my lovely Pergola.  I get on the phone to Mike and he asked me to take some pics and send them to him and the Headquarters.

My Joists look like they are wrapped in Tinfoil..

This is not Good..
I got an email from the Headquarters immediately apologizing for the lack of workmanship of the contractor and Mike from Lawn Master is fantastic and told me not to worry.  THEY will be Back to FIX this disaster.  Can anything else go Wrong??????
George came home and he did not like what he seen either..
The end of a Crappy Day..

This week has not been good at all and today I woke up kinda hum drum..I don't know why but I was missing my buddies.  I decided since I could not see them in person, photo's are the next best thing so I watched this slide show I made to say Thank you to them all. 
I truly wish that everyone feels this type of love and friendship... It made me cry..but not in a sad way...Thankful and Blessed..  The slide show is about 7mins long..

Anyway time to pull myself together as I am going out to lunch today with a friend..
We went to a Tea Room to have lunch for Pat's Birthday..  A tea party will always cure what ale's you.. Sandwiches, Scones and Tea...

Happy Birthday again Pat..Thank you for lunch and the Tea Pot..

I guess I better do something productive this week so I cleaned the Patio and moved the plants under the Pergola since they are dying with the extreme heat around here.
I laid the last of the tiles around the edge of the kitchen extension and den.

George was mudding the walls again..

Now I went into the Family Room and realized that a bird had flew into our large picture window..

And broke it's neck and died..

I think this week is jinxed.

A little shopping trip today but not what you think..Lowe's here we come...Had to get drywall, Compound mix, plaster and got a deal on Mirrors
I came home and tiled as much of the hall as I could without blocking myself in the bedroom. The last  mosaic  is down.

I managed to finish another week of the blog and get it posted.  Around lunch time my friend Millie and her hubby came by for a visit.  It is always so nice to see friends.  After they left I headed over to HEB and picked up a few things including a Rotisserie chicken for dinner.  Yummy
George was putting up drywall, mudding and sanding...I am sure he is starting to hate this job..

George lay down to take a nap and was sleeping by but he didn't get to sleep long before I accidentally woke him up..he is up and like the energizer bunny again.. I am just sitting back and watching him..

I was working on the computer and was listening to music and George wanted to listen to the TV while he was working..His Handy Dandy Headphones are put to good use again..

Another rough night..Can you believe I fell off the blow up mattress in the middle of the
I was up early and had a few cups of coffee before George woke up.  It was time to get started and George is desperate to start up that Paint Gun...Lordy, Lordy...

I taped and put paper covering on the windows in the kitchen extension room. 

George touched up some areas of the plaster and filled in any small holes.   He then sanded when it dried.  I vacuumed and laid plastic on the floor..

We then prepped the den.  Same as other room.

 I also spent a few hours trying to piece together the mosaics that George screwed up in the guest bathroom shower floor.  I think I have it figured out but will wait and get them laid at a later time..

We had lunch and then there was no stopping him.  Even when I told him to quit so I could put up another sheet of plastic as a wall barrier.  He is in heaven...I wonder how many rooms it will take until the novelty wears off and I end up having to take over.....mmmm  For now he is like a kid in a candy store.  I just read George this part of the blog and he says I am being harsh.  "What do you mean when the novelty wears off" Kinda sorta like your Tile cutter I chuckled...

Doing the Prep for the Machine..

Having a ball putting the primer on the wall..
Room painted with primer and ready for plaster.

He cleaned up the paint sprayer and time for a nap.  I love a nap.

Now that I have woke up I guess I can take care of some things.  Remember all the plastic we had up for doors.  Well there are a million staples in the walls at every door frame in the hall.  Guess who has the lovely task of removing them...That would be me..yuck, but it has to be done.
George is removing the last piece of popcorn on the hallway ceiling..who knew he could
Maybe he will feel sorry for me and remove the last patch in the Family Room and Kitchen..He is a Keeper..

The End of another Week

What I have learned

Who knew your hands could hurt so much from Tiling and Scraping..
Taking a few days off never hurt anything...only my timeline for completion..
I have pretty much sat on my toosh this week..
Friends are such a Blessing in life.
Tomorrow's another Day...
That you can fall out of Bed but also a Blow up Mattress..

We are under a drought here in Texas and other States have had an Earthquake and Hurricane in one week and are under water.
Our Prayers are with everyone on the East coast..
Until next time

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

WEEK 13 of Remodel a House and Don't Divorce or Die doing it

15 Aug thru 21 Aug 11

George is back at work and I am back at tiling.  Starting the walls in the Master Bathroom.

This was George's super dooper power tool.  I seem to be using it a lot more than him....

I now wonder why I chose this design.  Maybe I should simplify and not cause myself so much trouble.  Well I manage to get one wall tiled in between talking on the phone to my daughter and my friend.  Not a bad days work...I guess..

I have decided since we will soon be able to use the bathroom in the cabin and getting my furniture does not rely on me finishing the bathrooms in the house I need to focus on finishing the actual living spaces where our furniture will go.  I started the floor tiling in the kitchen extension.

 I love my mosaic in the center..

My bathtub also was delivered today ..Yay.. Pity I won't be using it anytime
This is the one I decided on..

George came home and we wheeled it round back under the Pergola.  How we get it in the house is a whole different kettle of fish since it weighs close to 400 lbs...mmmm

Today's the day that we get electricity hooked up in the Man Cave.  The trench digger was delivered and the folks from Dean's Electric got to work..

While the Electrician was busy in the backyard I started the lay out of tile for the Den floor and only managed to get two rows laid before running out of thin set.

George came home and we headed out to Lowe's to get more cement and grout.  I could spend hours wandering around that store.  We also needed some groceries and decided to at the H.E.B Plus store just down the street from Lowe's.  Oh my god that store is huge.  Imagine that, we ended up in that store way too long.  Nothing else will be getting done tonight since it is so late.

The Inspector came by and unfortunately the electricity did not pass.  The electrical line has to be either 24inch deep or 18ins deep in conduit.  They will be back out Saturday to fix.  I am getting a day off from working on the house but I have to go to the Laundromat.  It only takes about an hour to get 4 loads done.  I may just keep going there after the house is completed just to save time.  It's a nice place and has huge big screen TV's to watch while you are waiting.  It seemed like it was all men in there today but have no fear ladies they were not eye candy so don't all be rushing out to your local cleaners any time soon.

I have also had it with my hair so I stopped into the beauty salon across the street when I finished the laundry to see if someone could do something with this mop on my head.  They can fit me in first thing in the morning.  Great news since it is only five minutes away from the house...Home and another few rows laid.

Time to get up and moving.  Off to the Beauty Salon to get a haircut. 
Home and back to work.
I am turning into a tiling fool.  I thought George was going to be doing this since it was his idea.  As usual, I am left wondering how the hell did this happen.  It is a big room and my only saving grace is that since we removed the wall and are matching the existing tile from the other room, I have a line already in place to follow.

Me mixing the thin set

I was getting frustrated and tired trying to keep my lines straight  Could not figure out what was wrong. It would have been so much simpler if the mosaics had been left straight but Mr. Designer himself wanted them on an angle..Who the hell is this man and where did you take my husband.  He evidently is watching way too much HGTV with me. 

George came in from work and I got him to look at it.  His suggestion was to take the tiles back up that I had just laid.  That is not what I wanted to hear and disagreed.  His reply"  If you had paid someone to lay the tile would you have accepted this result".  I was slightly perturbed.  George helped me lift about 8 tiles that I had just laid.  What a pain.  A few tiles have been slightly bigger and that just manifests the lines as you go until it is very noticeable.  Time to call it a night for me.

George finished putting up the shower walls in the guest bathroom after helping me fix my muck up. Plastic barrier goes up first before the concrete backer boards..

He then decided to lay the tile in the shower floor.  We were not in agreement on his approach and it did not work out as he planned.  He had to pull them up and will have to redo..

I must admit I was secretly overjoyed after my dilemma in the other room but I did not give him the answer he gave me when he asked how they looked.  He figured it out for himself and ripped the mosaics up..I knew there was way to much thin set on them...  I will burn in hell for that one...

It's the weekend and while others are having fun we are back at the grind.  I have to take a break from tiling as it is getting old and we are going to fill the holes in the ceilings today..
The Electrician is back to put the line in conduit.
She is heating the pipe so she can bend it.
Pipe in and electricity on...Yahoo...

We got busy and first room up is our Den.  I removed the plastic and was back on Popcorn removal duty.  I had two strips to scape off on each side.

George would measure and cut the boards and then we both would hold them up as George screwed them in.
Now you see it...

Now you don't..
Then we tacked the kitchen extension ceiling

Now you see it...

Now you don't

Then the family room...Last huge hole to fill in.


That's the last of the plastic on the ceiling.  the holes are all filled. I am over the moon...Happy Dance  :)

Swept up the mess and called it a night...Good day all round..

Holy crap my body hurts but there is lots to do.  More popcorn removal for me today and George is on framing a wall.
 Measuring and cutting the wood...

 Frame in and onto the electrical points...

 Then George came into the family room to remove the fake beam from the ceiling..

 He was done in jig time...what a man...

I removed all the wood that had been piling up in the room.  I can see the floor..only problem is I stacked it outside the back door and will have to move it sooner or later...bummer.not today it is way too hot...

All done..clean up time

The end of another week...
What I have learned..

I can pretty much do anything if I put my mind to it..Tiling for one...
If professionals can make mistakes, so can I....Tiling..
Inspectors are really important. 
I am tired....really tired...

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