Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Paint, By Numbers!

Nephew and brother in law plus me on a nice day in Tennessee equals a full coat of paint on the inside of the house. Plus, we finished the tin ceiling inside as well. Cool.

Attached are the pictures of the work today. We'll do a second coat in the A.M. and I'll post.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Tin Roof? Rusted. Ok, Then How's About Tin Ceiling?

Fundage is a bummer, man, so I got the brilliant (with desperation being the mother of invention) idea of putting up a tin ceiling.

I'd gleaned some old barn metal from Rafe next door and am installing it as my ceiling over the insulation.

It's like, hep cat daddy-o.  All the cool kids are doin' it.

And by 'it' I mean putting in tin ceilings.  So my poverty has finally made me trendy.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Painter? I Hardly Knew Her.

My sweet sister and my mannishly sweet brother in law helped me finish painting the house today.

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! It looks mahvellous.

Pictures tell the tale.  

South Side--My late fall sunshine/heat!

John 'mans' the ladder, 'cause I exceed the weight limit.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Color Me Badd, er Badly

Yeah, I busted out the CMB reference.  Deal with it.

Paint was applied.  There was much rejoicing.  There shall be more painting forthwith tomorrow.  More pix ditto..

The green is a sagy color and the blue will dry somewhat darker.

Door will need a primer and then get the full blue treatment.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I Was Simply Floored

When my less than powered tools gave out this evening, I had 1/3 of my wood floor finished.

On a complete whim, I stopped by Terry Garrison's Home Pro in Westmoreland on my way out of town this morning and asked Poochie (not to be confused with Squeegie, who used to work there) if he had anything out on the lot that would supplement my small number of pine wood boards for my flooring.

Poochie showed me a corner of the lot where lived a large order of tongue and groove pine that the orderee never picked up over two years ago.  He said for me to go inside and talk to the manager and see what deal he could give me on the wood.

Keith, the manager, practically jumped at a chance to rid the lot of this wood.

I said all that to say...here are the pictures.

Also, I finished attaching the gutter and downspout to go in the 250 gallon water container.  Only one day's worth of rain garnered, as you will see, over 55 gallons of water!  Wowzer!

Excitement all around.  Enjoy the pics, and click them to embiggen.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

It Was the Most I've Worked; It Was the Least I've Worked

With apologies to Dickens, here's what I mean by the title.

I'm worn out!  Pooped!  Dawg tired!  With fatigue--as one is with child.  I've been put through the wringer.  I've been run ragged.  Run down, exhausted, and, if you don't get it by now, I'm tired.

(Cue Lili Von Shtupp in Blazing Saddles)

And "Why are you tired?" one might ask.  

Simple answer:  I dunno.  

All I did today was bring in another couple of solar panels, set up the water tank temporarily on an old pallet, and pretty much finish the interior paneling job (including the furring strips).

The water tank will sit on the northern side at the west corner of the house.  It'll be fed from the gutter that will hang on the west slope of the roof.

Also, I chose some paint colors today.  More on that later.  

**Yawn**  I'm going to bed.

Here are the promised pix.  Notice that last picture; it's evidence that even a gleaner has construction 'trash' that can be repurposed.  I will offer my scraps for free on Craigslist and hope someone can use them.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Power Up!

Today saw the installation, at least on a temporary basis, of electricity at Charlie's Chottage (or Carlie's Cottage?).  I got a slightly damaged solar panel set (15 watts x 3 panels), a power box, and two 12v, 5w fluorescent light bulbs.

Also, I began the installation of the paneling (donated from Ralph, the next door neighbor) in the, uh, whatever I'll call it ultimately.

Also, I happened upon a 250 gallon food-grade plastic container with a top intake and a large spigot.  It held candy syrup, so I have to rinse it before I can hook it up to the back gutter and began the rain collection.

Here are the photos; I'll post one of the container when I get it cleaned.