3/10/2017 0 Comments
Day 5: One giant leap for mankind
Friday…yippee! The crew is here along with the electrician. The goal is to try to hang more cabinets and figure out the remedy for the annoying wall built by non mathematical framers in the 1990’s. Wayne is a perfectionist, so this will drive him crazy. This is where my level headed mind comes in. I need to find the half way point of complete perfection and acceptability. This marriage/business works well because we are both perfectionist about different things-so all gets done nicely. But I digress…..
The finish sanding floor crew is coming at noon so there is a lot of moving around quickly from our crew and electrician to get things done before noon. The noise level is a tad HIGH. We have the ventilator going and it sounds like a jet engine! It does do its job extremely efficiently. So add jet engine noise, plus guys talking loudly to hear each other, plus power tool noise, plus radios that no one can hear but me—I am getting very good at zoning out noise levels. I think it is a survival skill you learn when you get married and/or become a mom….hahahaha!
I hear cutting of sheetrock so the proposed remedy is beginning on the wall. The ceiling itself is far from level which is not helping in the installation of the crown molding. I remember our last home which was built in 1863. It had many quirks and challenges when renovating, but it was a solid home. Perfect framing is so important-everything feeds off that. I am taking deep breathes. I survived years and I mean many, many years of renovating the 1863 house. I can handle this 90’s house and the issues I hear from my home office coming from the kitchen. I know he is cursing those framers whoever they were…..
The floor sanding crew is here and the noise level is VERY HIGH so I am off to the outside world for a while.
Today was your classic ‘one step forward, two steps back’ kind of day. But it ended with a Mother-my-I giant leap forward. I had hung a bank of three upper wall cabinets when I discovered the wall framing had such a HUGE bow in it that the cabinets were thrown WAY out of straight and plumb. As I would do on any job – we took them done to remove sheetrock and correct the framing. After hanging the wall cabinets again, we discovered the crown molding lines were getting messed up because the ceiling is so out of kilter. My last house, which was built in 1860, was framed exponentially better than this vintage ’93. So the cabinets came down again… then were installed for the last time to accommodate the crown molding.
Just after lunch the wood floor sanding crew showed up so we did a site cleanup and relinquished the room to them. Four hours later the floor was sanded and sealed. IT’S BEAUTIFUL!
Then the night culminated with a trip out for dinner. Wendy and I made a pact that we would visit a different restaurant every time we went out – no repeating. So I might as well plug them as I go. Can you say 'endless bread sticks, endless salad bowls, Tour of Italy?' The service, food and conversation were great. Only drawback – they did NOT have Sam Adams Cold Snap. That’s a strike.
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