Monday, November 15, 2010

Home Renovation: Lap 2

When Betsy and I bought the house, pretty much the first thing we did was caulk the bathtub. The reason we made this such a priority was that water was dripping from the dining room ceiling about 20 minutes after either one of us took a shower. It didn't take much detective work to figure out that the near total absence of caulk around the tub was allowing a good deal of water to shoot straight down into the room below. Four years later, the caulk was starting to look a little worse for wear, and with all the effort about to be put into fixing up the dining room, we didn't want a repeat of the waterfall. So, in addition to the wallpaper scraping this past weekend, Betsy took it upon herself to clean out the old, mildewy caulk and expertly apply a new, fresh layer.

I guess this means I'll be re-staining the back fence pretty soon.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dining Room Demolition

After prepping for wallpaper removal last night, we were ready to go this morning (late morning) with the steamers. These things suck up a lot of electricity. We had them plugged into the same circuit, and blew a fuse within 10 minutes. The extension cord was almost too hot to touch - yikes! After separating the steamers onto their own circuits, it was... uh, well I guess it was full steam ahead. One wall down, three to go.

Listened to:

  • Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
  • Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
  • Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Sings Newman

Saturday, November 13, 2010

...And, We're Back

Spent today gearing up for stripping wallpaper in the dining room. Should be fun.