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Fin Straightener

28 Aug

In the course of painting the bathroom, the hot water baseboard heater has to be taken apart and sanded.  That means I had time to clean the fins of the heater.  But how to straighten them?  I had never been able to figure out how to do so before today.  Today I thought of a wooden skewer.  With it I pulled lots of dust out from between the fins, which a vacuum cleaner helped remedy.  And it did a good job straightening the fins and keeping my fingers intact while doing so.  Left to right–from finished to undone area.

Also in the middle of

14 Aug

Jay borrowed a Sawsall from Henry for something and ended up trying it on the old water tank in the basement.  Our house is over 150 years old.  Water for the house used to come from a spring, and the higher tech version of that was to run the spring water into a giant battleship steel tank and pressurize it so water could be pumped as needed for the bathroom.  There used to be a continually running “faucet” into the kitchen sink.

Anyway, that tank takes up a lot of room.  Jay has worked for a few hours to cut off one end so it now looks like this:

Last night we sanded the medicine cabinet.  Took off the door, the on/off switch, the lights, etc. I had never used 0000 steel wool before.  Amazing stuff.  The cabinet has one coat of white enamel on it now and looks wonderful.  Another coat or two to go.

Jay has been fixing the screen door hinges that have gotten out of whack over the years. Isaac installed a new spring hinge door closer.

The kids with Jay’s help have been sanding down with a rotary sander in the garage the top of Isabelle’s dresser.  It was pale green paint.  It is bird’s eye maple underneath, although whatever patina it had has been totally destroyed.

Dave and Jay removed the new counter and Dave sanded down the wall edge so it would fit more snugly.  Emotionally harrowing for me.  And the vanity has been shoved over.  Looks like it all is going according to plan, though.  Thank God.

This Week

13 Aug

The bathroom replacement is in gear.  We have been showering at family and friends’ homes; last night we could take a bath in the new tub; the new faucet is not what we had expected, but we can get used to it. Today the fan went in.  Also Dave and I ripped out the medicine cabinet so it can be moved over less than an inch.  That way it will line up with the (old) vanity and new counter which are also being moved over to the right less than an inch; the walls in our over 150 year-old home are not square and we are hoping to get rid of a gap between the front and back of the new counter where it meets the wall.

Then there is the running around to get what is needed.  Today it was two feet of vinyl and wire dryer duct; $.50/ft. at HEPs. Shopping for new towel racks, etc.  And the sweeping, rolling and unrolling of rugs, dusting, etc. associated with renovation work.

A local Marmoleum installer came. And the counter top company returned my call.  We had another idea on how to fix the gap, but opted for the one above.

The tomatoes are getting ripe.  I think I will be able to can some the end of this week.  Hope to do that before our weekend guest arrives.  And before the wedding she is arriving to attend.  That we are also attending.  It is her granddaughter who is getting married.  Isabelle needs a dress for that also.

Hawthorne wants his daily dose of attention.  So do the kids.  And the wash.  The meals.  Pulling weeds.

You get the picture.

In the morning before I get up and at night before I turn out the light I am re-reading one of my favorite true adventure tales: In Trouble Again by Redmond O’Hanlon.  It recounts his journey up the Orinoco and other rivers in Venezuela during the rainy season in the Amazon culminating with an encounter with the Yanomamo, the famed “fierce people”.  Lots of Brit humour.

Also finished watching the first season of Jericho.  Huh.  I thought there was only one season, but it seems there are two. Ah, it just came out. Jay will be pleased.  He was incredulous that the series ended as it did.

Bathroom Update

5 Aug

As I type, there are sounds of destruction coming from the bathroom.  It has gone on all morning.  D is here to install a new tub and shower.  White!  We have lived here over 22 years with beige fixtures in the bathroom.  I have never liked them.  Ever.  But have been thankful for having a bathroom.  And now I am very thankful we will have white ones.

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