06 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
Bill/sunny and warm
Last Monday, I tackled the posts on the front porch. As you can see from the picture, much of the boards suffered from rot and needed replacing. This tim, instead of using fiberboard that absorbs water and wood that rots, we used a plastic like material. It’s the same thing we used when we replaced all the facia boards a few years ago. I pulled off the old boards on both post and started in. Each board that surrounds the post had to be cut so that they fit well around the post. As my table saw is down in the basement, I was up and down the stairs many times till I got each board cut so it was a nice tight fit. With the flat boards cut, I filled in the gap between the boards and the posts so no water could migrate behind them. As it was about to rain again, I stopped till the next day when I did the cove top moulding that tops the flat boards. I have another saw in the garage that’s made to cut the 45degree cuts necessary for this moulding to also,surround the posts. Since I didn’t have to go up and down the stairs, it was a much easier and faster job. I again topped each of the new boards with caulk to keep the water out. I filled each of the nail holes with caulk and waited for it to dry. What I didn’t realize was that the caulk would shrink and leave divots in the wood. On Wednesday, I took some spackle and filled each of the holes and started over. Out came the sandpaper to smooth the surface and I painted everything on Thursday. Second coat went on on Friday. Now they look much better and aren’t an embarrassment when a person comes to visit.
The tomatoes we planted a few weeks ago in planters on the deck are growing well and me make sure to cover them if a hail storm threatens. We should have some nice fresh tomatoes in a few weeks. The jalapeño plants are far behind so it’s going to be a while before they produce.
As for our wood floors that are getting ripped out, replaced and refinished, the man that seals the room where it’s being done showed up this morning. Tracy and I took some time on Saturday and Sunday and took everything out of the rooms that are getting done. The refinishing company was going to charge us over $500 for “content migration! We knew we could do it ourselves and saved us something money plus it gave us time to see what we had in the closet so more thing could go to Good Will. Now our dining table and chairs is in the living room where we can still use it. We also ground the microwave with us so we are not totally handicapped by the renovation. With the kitchen and dining area pretty well closed, our insurance company is going to pay for us to eat out till the job is done. Now there is a proviso attached that we had to guess how much we spent on food that we would make in the house and they will cover everything above that. We figured about $50 a week would cover it as we don’t eat that much as far as expensive food goes. This project is slated to last for the next two weeks but I’m figuring more as the workers don’t show up to do the actual wood work till Friday. We had a nice lunch at Qdoba today. First time we’ve eaten there in a long time. We collected numerous coupons for different restaurants so the bill for the insurance company won’t be bad. They’ve taken good care of us and there is no reason to gouge them on this.
We also think we can save some money on the job by removing and taping off the floor registers as each was slated to cost over $5.00 to simply take them out of where they are placed. 4 times $5.00 adds up. We’re also planning on doing the final cleanup once they are gone to save even more money. As the insurance company has already sent them a check for the job, I expect with us doing some of the work, we will be getting some money back and certainly cover our $500 deductible.
This morning, as we drove around town, we kept hearing clunks from under the car. Turns out the muffler is shot and needs replacing. Our problem is that our car is 23 years old and that muffler isn’t an easy to get product. Midas could do it for over $650! When I told him it was too much, he made some calls and found us one that needs to be shipped in but will only cost us just over $400. It might take five days to get here but for a $200 savings, I’m happy to wait and the car sounds nice and racy they was it is. Vroom!
The kids are patrolling the now taped off section of the house and we’ll have to move their feeding area and cat pan area while the rest of the work is done next week.
Who would have thought coming home could be so much fun?