We’ve done several runs to paint stores, to try to track down the epoxy we need. And I also went back and forth to our local Ace a few times, trying to put together a MacGyver-like apparatus to enable us to use both hot + cold water for the power washer. The apparatus ended up failing, so we had to go with just cold water (which honestly wasn’t too bad).
With us having just gotten back home yesterday, Liz and I were reluctant to suit up and begin work on the house again. But after a late breakfast, some Star Trek, and a review of our Google Calendar plans… we realized we had a strict schedule to keep to.
A long while ago, when we got new plumbing for the house, we had a lot of exposed pipes in the basement. There was a small cleanout that we had marked (with the blue tube, in the photo above). But over time, we lost track of it. And eventually, it got forgotten and covered over, when we refilled the pit.
After a big house day yesterday, Liz and I were still planning to do some work today… but to end early, so that we could enjoy a bit of our Sunday, relaxing. Which… sorta happened.
While I was planning on just doing some errands and a supply run, I shifted into this mode where I just figured I should keep on working and actually do the insulation install.
As part of our yardwork, we removed some broccoli that Liz had planted. It didn’t end up yielding anything, but boy did it get large.
Though we were both pretty tired by the end of the work day on Monday, Liz and I decided we needed to stick to our schedule. We had a really busy and full (and productive) work day on Sunday. But in our push to get things done before Winter arrives, we decided to suit up and put in a little more time, Monday evening.
Though we didn’t get started on the house until around 1PM on Sunday, Liz and I had an incredibly productive afternoon. We’ve been putting in a lot of hours towards the house, but today was really something – as far as all the tasks we got completed.
I had some errands to run during the day Saturday with Bob, but in the late evening… Liz and I resumed work in the basement. We got more pieces along the back basement wall put up.
These photos are from last night, when we kind of combined tasks. While I was out doing laundry, Liz was home prepping drywall. When I got back, I went down to the basement and pitched in – helping to install the pieces that Liz had measured and cut on her own.
Monday night house night! After work, Liz and I suited up to go work in the basement for a bit. Our goal was to get Visqueen up on a good many of the walls, focusing on the south side of the house – in the back and the front basement.
Earlier this week, I spent some nights moving out a lot of things from the basement up to the office on the second floor. With all our boxes cleared out, the office is going to be our next staging area. For now though, so that we can get the basement floor epoxied… we need to clear out as much as we possibly can. I got a lot of the bigger items moved up during the week, and today spent a good deal of time cleaning things up and throwing things out.
Last night, Bob came over to do the cement pour in our back basement. Our goal was to have a small housekeeping pad for the (future) washer/dryer. We wanted to get it done over the weekend, but time got away from us. Luckily for us, Bob was willing to tackle it on a school night.
We’ll be doing a small housekeeping pad, for the washer and dryer. And that means… more bags of cement! Seventeen bags, to be exact. The funny thing? When we figured out the final number of bags we’d need, my first thought was “Oh good, that’s not so bad.”
Liz, patching over screw holes, as Bob watches and advises.