Archive for September, 2010


Sunday, September 26th, 2010

The kitchen chairs are progressing well.  I put the first coat of stain on one chair, the second coat of stain on the other one, this morning.  Hopefully I’ll be able to put the second coat of stain on the first chair this afternoon, then Tuesday I can start poly’ing them.  Yes, I’ve decided to do polyurethane on the chairs – lacquer wouldn’t take as long, but since the kitchen table is poly, I figure the chairs should be poly as well.


Friday, September 24th, 2010

Well, I had an unexpected home improvement project yesterday.  I woke up and turned on the shower, to about 1/3 of the normal pressure.  Not able to figure out what was going on, I finished my morning routine, got ready to go to the gym, and then opened the front door to a miniature waterfall next to my front stoop.  The main water pipe had burst.  Amusingly, it was after the water meter (which is about 40 yards away from my unit – ridiculous!) but before the main shut-off inside my townhome, which means I had to call the town to have it shut off.  Which of course means I was still getting charged for that water use, even though it wasn’t even getting to the inside of my townhome.  And of course the HOA won’t take any responsibility for it, even though it’s a case of poor placement of the meter and (as I learned from the plumbers that fixed it) shoddy construction practices on the part of the original builder.  So, I got to spend just shy of $600 that I didn’t really want to spend just so I could take a normal shower.

I think I’m going to accelerate all my home improvement projects as much as possible so I can put this place on the market and get into a better home.  Maybe even one I have built.

Catching up

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

If a bit slowly.  I’m finally putting the first coat of polyurethane on the kitchen table today.  The first coat is going on with it as fully disassembled as I can get it, then I’ll sand, assemble, and put on the second and maybe third coat(s).  So it won’t be done today, but maybe by tomorrow, then starting Tuesday I’ll have a real kitchen table that I can actually use and that doesn’t make my kitchen look like it was sized for dwarves and hobbits.  Surprisingly, there’s very little of the “fume effect” from the polyurethane, as compared to lacquer.  This is probably a good thing, since there’s so much more of the kitchen table than there was of the end tables or coffee table.

In case you’re curious as to why I went with poly and not lacquer, it’s very simple.  Lacquer isn’t food-safe, poly is.  Thus, for the kitchen table, lacquer is decided contra-indicated.