I am getting much more confident in my coping skills. I made a few minor errors but nothing that will be too visible after paint. Maybe just a little caulk would be in order as well. I have two rooms cut. I cut the square sides just a little long so that I have room [...]
First off, today it rained. A lot. We have added a dock out front for the ark we are constructing. I have been struggling quite a bit with the crown molding. It is hard to understand what gets cut at which angle and then which piece goes on the wall. So I made templates out [...]
Today was supposed to be a putzing day. But the wife ended up showing up early and helping me get the last door in. It was by far the easiest. I am getting a lot better at hanging doors. I put the ceiling fans back together. Moved the cabinets to where they are going and [...]
The wife came home talking about a big fire that might make her have to work late, I guess without the constant media contact here. News moves a little slower. There is a rather large wildfire about 35-40 miles away. We could see the smoke on the drive to work on the cabin. I saw [...]
With the exception of the corner that was behind the furnace, we are done painting. The first coat covered so well, there we only a few spots that really needed a second coat. I am pretty sold on this Sherwin Williams paint. Besides giving me 35% off on the paint since it was a contractor [...]
Look Closely. It is made of kitchen equipment.
Started putting on the color in the house. Here is the color called likeable sand. Took about 6 hours of work to slap that up on the walls. Pretty soon I will get to work on some new stuff which is always exciting.
Tomorrow, we are headed into Ashland to get the finish paint. And trim paint. Hopefully ordering trim next week as well as spraying the house on Sunday or Monday. Things are rapidly coming together. Pretty soon I am going to be cutting and painting Moldings, and bathroom trim as well as installing the cabinet bases, [...]
We started painting tonight. I had estimated 10 gallons to cover the walls and ceilings for 2 coats. The meant that we would need to get darn close to everything done for the first coat. Well we were a bit shy on that one. We rolled 5 gallons of Killz2 Sealer Primer tonight. I worked [...]
I celebrated with friends over whiskey, cheap beer, and a rousing game of wiffle ball. It was a 6 to 6 tie. The game lasted 3 innings til it got too dark to play anymore. I also managed to pick up the first tick of the season. As I was sitting here typing I felt [...]
I saw this guy fly out of the woods on the way to working on the cabin. I stopped in the middle of the road, hauled out the picture maker and snapped some photos. The photos on the left are wide shots and then I digitally zoomed in to make it easier to find the [...]
I have been playing with the GoPro a bit while working. Trying to work out the best settings. I also got the egg timer I ordered from Ikea to mount the camera on. It allows taking of panning time lapses. It is a pretty neat effect as the timer spins, you see us come and [...]
Here is my desk prototype in sketchup. I am really starting to like this program as I learn to use it. I took this instructable, and designed my desk. It includes a light table, since I have always wanted one. Now I can build it right into the desk. Here is a fly through movie [...]
So not a lot to post an update about the progress is pretty boring at this point. Pretty much once you see some drywall tape, and a few taped joints they all sort of look the same. But we are slowly making progress. The house is really humid and the premix joint compound is taking [...]
Sketchup is a free 3d tool from none other than the great Google. I decided to try and learn to work with it, since it is really quite nice and I see plans drawn up in it all the time on the internet. The process was painful learning when my only other experience with 3d [...]
We finished the bathroom drywall!!!! Had a little fun goofing off, with the new GoPro Camera. I set up a time lapse to take a photo every 60 seconds. I lost some after the battery died at the end. I am really not happy with these batteries I hope they get better after a couple [...]
It was a pretty big weekend around the cabin. A lot of small project areas are getting finished up and the place is really starting to look good. Drywall creates a very nice sense of completeness. I know that there is still a lot more work to do but my mind is pleased with how [...]
Took a run into Ashland, got a speeding ticket. Bought groceries, had lunch at Pizza pub. Worked on the house. Sheetrock is getting hung. Wife in action, screwing drywall. Bucket guides are very functional.
I had a pretty great night at the cabin, I started off by finishing up the garage door track that I started the night before. I will seriously never look at another garage door with a passing glance. These things are hard to install. I am sure some of that is due to the fact [...]
Thank you to my good friend Nate, for the term squat box, it is now part of my vernacular. I decided to try something crazy and use some of the left over smartboard siding in the bathroom. Not sure if I am going to regret this at some point or not but it seemed like [...]
Last night I spent a couple hours at the cabin working on some more bathroom stuff. I framed some more and cut a bunch of plywood. 3/4″ is total overkill but I had some left from the shower sub-floor. So I cut the platform for the toilet seat and framed the sawdust box. Also finished [...]
I worked on the bathroom pretty much all day today. I got a lot done but there was a whole lot of time spent figuring out what to do. There are a lot of heights and things that went into figuring out the correct height of the shower base and the 3/4 wall that will [...]
I chose to spend my Friday half day with the wife and make run to Duluth for some building supplies we couldn’t get at the local hardware store. Picked up a bunch of stuff including the shower pan, plastic sheets for the walls, and some glue-less vinyl flooring. We got a light fixture and some [...]
Spring is here and the dirt roads have repainted my truck. I think it is a good look. What do you think?