Archive for April, 2014

Phase 1 and 2 done!

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

The bathroom and office are done! I just finished caulking the new baseboards and quarter-round 20 minutes ago. I’m taking this opportunity to show off my handiwork. First, the bathroom, with toilet back in place and working (with no leaks!):

done-1Vinyl flooring, which I’d really prefer to be at least laminate if not true hardwood, but I can’t really do that for reasons I’ve mentioned in previous posts. Still, it does a pretty damn good imitation of actual wood, I think!

Looking at the floor of the shower area from the same place:

done-2I suppose I should caulk around the shower basin. Meh, I’ll get to it tonight.

The shower room and into the toilet room from the doorway from the main room:

done-3The quarter round comes out into the open doorway, which it wouldn’t if there were a door there.

Now for the office. This is where I’ll be spending quite a bit of my “work from home” or “on-call” time, so there are some things I wish I could have done better, but they’re small and damn near unnoticeable. So no, I won’t be bringing any of those items to your attention. 🙂 First, looking at the laundry room door from where the printer will be:

done-4I still need to caulk around the top of the backsplash above the countertop, but look at how smooth and shiny that countertop is!

Looking at the cabinets from the door from the main room:

done-5Why yes, the wine is there already, even before the wine rack gets built. 🙂

Looking towards the computer desk corner from the cabinets:

done-6That lamp has survived six moves – I’m quite frankly amazed it’s still around. It may not be for much longer – if you want a free two-light floor lamp, let me know. The main light and side swivel light are on a single common circuit but switched independently (means they work separate (with apologies to Cap’n Barbossa)).

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for me to go shower and change into clothes that wouldn’t scare Freddy Kruger into becoming a monk.

Yay power tools!

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Yay indeed… started working on the quarter-round in the bathroom this morning around 9. I also had two short sections of baseboard to replace. Between the mitre saw and the pneumatic nailer, all I have left is waiting for the glue to cure on the transition strip between the laminate and vinyl, caulking around the trim, and putting the toilet back. Plus, I’ve gotten two pieces of door trim cut (though not yet nailed up). The baseboards promise to be a bit more work as I have to use the bevel – they’re too tall for the mitre – but once I get started they should go in somewhat quickly as there’s not as much cutting, since the runs are longer. Pictures will be forthcoming after I’ve gotten the toilet back in and the trim caulked.

Wow fumes

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Discovered the other night that I needed a cement sealer before putting down the vinyl tiles in the bathroom. Just put the sealer down – it’s the consistency of skim milk – and holy crap does it have some nasty fumes once it starts drying. I was going to try to paint a bit tonight, but I’m skipping that in favor of avoiding mixing fumes – even if I’m so unaffected by latex paint fumes that I don’t even notice it. I think I’ll go do something outside.