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Having the inside painted

Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 03-31-2013 03:18 PM 4585 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I grew up in an area about 3 hours north of New York City, and a lot of well-to-do New Yorkers had weekend homes in our rural area. My family lived in a farmhouse built in 1790 that lacked… well… there may have been plumbing in it, but if so we ripped it all out and re-did it. My parents had an amusing tale of forgetting to bank the pot-belly stoves one evening, and waking up to a room that was well over 100°F. In the course of my childhood I learned how to run electrical wire and sweat copper and even bend a little ducting and tape acres and acres of drywall.

All of this is background to the observation that when, in that neighborhood, someone said “oh, yes, we’re redoing the kitchen”, there was often confusion as to who was swinging the hammer. With our neighbors across the way (and only other house in a quarter mile or so) the response was “oh, who are you having do the work”, with us… well…

Anyway, we’re having the interior of the house repainted. We’re looking at getting a refi and wanted to touch up the house before we got the appraisal, ‘cause it’s going to be close, so since we needed to do this anyway after replacing the knob-and-tube, here’s the chance.

This weekend, we’ve boxed up the living room and the office, removed everything from the walls, moved all the furniture away from the walls (and we live in earthquake country, so that involves a lot of unscrewing stuff). Today we’re washing the kitchen and bathroom with TSP, finishing putting plugs back in the cat doors (cat died, doors are going to be replaced eventually with hardwood ones we build in the shop, but for now I can cut plugs out of 2-by material on the bandsaw), and…

...and we need to make a lumber store run to buy some 4/4 cherry so we can mill the baseboards for the office.

But someone else is doing the painting.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/



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