Day 15 Renovation Adventures: Sanding Walls and Electric

Today we continued to sand the wallpaper walls. The orbital sander is working well, except that the entire house is now covered in sanding dust. Tomorrow I’m going to decide if we continue to sand or go back to scraping. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but we are running short on time so the walls need to get finished one way or another.

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We are hoping to start painting on Monday which means the drywall needs to be finished up by the weekend.

A few of you asked about the orbital sander.

Bosch_Orbital_Sander

It is a Bosch 3725DEVS 3.3 Amp 5-Inch Random Orbit Variable Speed Sander with Dust Canister. Specs are below.

  • Powerful 3.3 amp motor handles the toughest applications
  • 4,500 to 12,000 orbits per minute; removalable auxillary handle for close-quarter work
  • Micro filter collects up to 120% more dust than conventional dust bags
  • Hook-and-loop pad for quick sandpaper changes

It works very well, but the dust bag is not really adequate for the job we are doing. If I was to buy a sander for a big job I would get one with a dust bag that had a round tube instead of an oval. With a round tube you can attach it to your shop vac and really minimize the dust. For a job as big as ours the small canister can’t keep up, but for smaller projects it works great.

drywall

We are hiring someone to help with the drywall repair since there is so much of it and we aren’t really experts at drywall. But we started closing up a few walls in the bedrooms.

drywall_repair_PEA

I also tried to take down this mirror from a hall closet door today. All our doors are being painted and so we needed to remove it. Unfortunately, it had been painted along the edges so when we pulled it off it shattered. Thankfully no one was hurt, but I was bummed because I really wanted to reuse the mirror in my closet.

hall_mirror

We have an electrician (and good friend) coming tomorrow to help with the kitchen which is a hot mess of wires. (Pun intended)

lighting_holes

We have the holes drilled for the ceiling lights (the big light box is coming out) but we might decide to put in more lights once we get the first set in.

open_soffit

We also have a small (ha ha) issue with this box which use to be hidden by the soffit. Since we demo’d the soffit this box has nowhere to go which is a big-ish problem.

We have a few ideas, but hopefully our electrician friend will help us figure it all out tomorrow.

While I was gone this weekend I realized I haven’t shown you much of the house that we aren’t tearing up right now.

gate

I absolutely LOVE this iron gate on the side of the house. It isn’t in the best shape, but it has so much character it is awesome. One of the reasons we decided to buy this house is that it is on a street where every house is very different. I’d love to show you all the different styles on our street, but that might not be the best way to make friends with the neighbors.

I really like that every house seems to have a story and history to it and I feel like this gate is just part of our story.

sad_tree_fruit

See this lonely little green fruit? It is hanging from this pitiful little tree. I think the tree might be dead, due to the fact that it only has 3 leaves and one sad little fruit. But I’d love to save it if possible.

sad_tree

Do you know what kind of tree this is? Any ideas on how to “save” it?

Tomorrow should be a big day with the electrician coming and a day closer to moving in!

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Day 13 Renovation Adventures: Sanding, Wiring, Drywall Repair

Day 13 Renovation Adventures

From The Happy Husband…

We took a short day today because Toni’s sister flew in for a short visit. We cleaned up a bit and removed some redundant wiring. The kids swept and used the shop vac to get the leftover thinset and black goo.

Smoothing the walls for paint

Toni’s dad brought out an orbital sander for the walls. It cut through the glue and left a smooth surface for painting. Well see if it looks good enough for the painter.

 smoothing walls

Some of the guys who helped us out earlier came by again and did some drywall repair. I should have watched Toni’s dad when he was working with them so I could learn. I’m sure I’ll get another chance.

need new shoes

I still need boots.

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Day 12 Renovation Adventures: Black Goo Be Gone

Renovation Adventures Day 12

From The Happy Husband…

Today was got a lot done. The tile guy came to finish and did a great job. We have practically filled the 20 yard dumpster so…

renovation trash

…I was thankful that he loaded the tiles, thinset, and unidentified black goop in his own trailer.

black goo

I took down the sliding glass door between the family room and what will become Toni’s office with no broken glass! I did tear a hunk out of my foot but that was a small price to pay. I packed out my Navy boots when I should have brought them. Steel toes and leather seem more appropriate to this job.

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The kids jumped right in with the “safe scrapers” that I ordered. I armed them with the plastic razor blades and the vinegar/water sprayer and they attacked the wallpaper glue. It worked very well.

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Scraping wallpaper

The black goo on the family room floor came up nicely. We will probably need to grind the floor to put down hardwood without a float but it looks 100 times better.

black goo hallway

cleaned up

All in all, a productive day.

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Day 11 Renovation Adventures: Tile Removal

From The Happy Husband…

My sister in law just asked me what we got done at the house today. I stared at her for a few seconds and stammered something about wallpaper and tile removal. I told her I remembered doing something that involved destroying something.

Day 11 Renovation Adventures

It was one of those days. I know we worked but we’re getting tired and the projects are blurring a bit.

The tile removal guy came and popped a bunch of tiles up but his trailer broke on the way from another job so he has to come tomorrow to finish. He has a plan for the mystery black stuff in the family room. We’ll see how that goes.

I got a bunch more wallpaper off and have a greater appreciation for the work the kids have done because they make it look easy.

Sorry so short today. I’ll have more pictures and a longer write up tomorrow.

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