Variety Pack: Fixes and Re-do's and Wrap Up's.Monday, May 02, 2016
It's been a smattering of unrelated this that the other things getting done, hopping randomly from one thing to the next. I'm not sure why my brain is so scattery. Mike's probably making plenty of Becky-getting-old jokes at this moment.
Still though, a few things have gotten fixed or redone or wrapped up so hey, at least some portion of my whack-a-doodle noodle is functioning.
One day I skittered past the basement bathroom and did a double take; enough of its sad state, my brain piped. Ah ha, piped, pun. So I finally grabbed a sanding block, buffed down the joint compound as best I could, and got the painting wrapped up.
|Here's how it has been for, oh, ahem, a while now.|
For sh*ts and giggles I painted the drain pipe as the cheapo white plastic was proving a visual assault to my poor eyes. Just to see. Yeah, it's weird and probably stands out more but, heh, whatever, it's the basement bathroom aka Hailey's now Finn's bath time area so yeah, it's not a show piece of a room.
I could though....aw dear, other projects first. Other projects first.
|And here's how it is now.|
|Finn: everywhere you want to be. Oh, finally got him weighed! 93.4 pounds! We packed twenty pounds onto that guy!|
|Locating of studs, new 1x bracing brackets mount support thingies.|
|My trusty furry assistant making sure this package is safe for Mommy to touch.|
|That cable installer guy, no rhyme nor reason as to where he put this outlet.|
|Yay! NOT moving!|
|Photo doesn't do this justice -- it was a good 4"+ gap.|
Sigh, omg, seriously?! Ok. Who does this sh*tty kind of work?!
I tried to sink in some sheet metal screws to attach the ducts together but very well could not because the pieces don't overlap enough. So yep, I had to tape it back up with that silver foil tape and now I feel like a jerk and a hack.
Ah! New garage light!* Thanks awning.
Of course because the fixture was special order at Menards, of course I couldn't see the base of it beforehand so of course it is slightly smaller than the previous fixture. Always my lot in life.
I got it to work but not after a good skirmish because heh, of course, why would it be any other way?
|What a mess.|
And then of course too, these nuts were so tightened down it took me forever to get them loose to adjust the depth. Ugh.
After plenty of wrestling and swear words, it went up. Gave it a caulk-around, flipped the power back on, and yay, we have a new light fixture. Turns out we both like it better than the previous one.
|Hey hey, new light!|
Hm, maybe he and Mike are in cahoots to get me to finish projects....hm....
Nervous I was. Since I messed up the casing so badly previously.
So this time, this time I was smarter and hit the internet to learn. First site I happened upon for "how to door casing" was Family Handyman.
I tried to read it but blahditty blah blah it was going poof through my eyeballs out the back of my head. So my advice here is skip all the text, scroll down, just watch the "How to Trim a Door" video and you will be golden.
I must say, this is the, well, ok, the only thing I watched on how to do door casing but after watching it, I didn't need to see, read, nor hear anything else. It was seriously that helpful.
|Here's my one tip: draw the miter cut direction onto the trim so you don't get lost or confused like I do.|
|My very first corner after watching that video. Yeah. See? If I could do that, anyone can.|
|Yeah. Casing meeting the floor. Seriously, I'm tellin' ya, that video, man. Props to Travis Larson!|
|Even got the baseboard and quarter round back up on the bedroom side while I had the nailer. Look how close that casing is to the floor, wow. Seriously, that video.|
Onto the first floor bathroom. And oh, it is on, people. It is on.
*The Walldog screws, Jesco outdoor wall light, and cordless brad nailer are Amazon affiliate links. Mwah, thanks! Please see the "boring stuff" tab for more info.