I’ve taken a day off working at 520. I’m back at it tomorrow. You can read about its progress here. Being my first purchased house outright, I want it to be my own. No shortcuts. I’m scoring paint off beautiful hardwood and colour-match staining and polyurethaning, undoing renovations and restoring pieces to their original shape, and repairing broken, cut, or rotten structural joists, beams, king studs, and frames. I know I won’t live there, but just the same…
FT is on the road again, on a trek to Saskatchewan with TF. So I’m on my own now for two weeks. Nothing wrong with two old guys rattling across the prairies in a Pontiac. They went last year, making this a now annual event.
This leads me to my next topic – travel. I haven’t gone anywhere this year. I’ve been working on the rental properties and the teardrop trailer, working only half days the past few weeks because of the heat. Since Floyd’s leg started acting up, I’ve decided to take it easi(er).
The plumbing for the rear suite (formally called the garage) at house #2 is now complete. It passed inspection just yesterday. It is still a garage for now as there is still a bay door in it. But that will soon disappear. Next task: framing interior walls.
On my way back from trying to pay the Gutter Shop for work to be done at house #2 (turns out they closed down their storefronts, and Google hasn’t caught up to it), I stopped at Starbucks for a cup. Nice day for a coffee in a shady outdoor area.
I bought a new fridge a week ago, and it finally arrived yesterday. It’s a Whirlpool 18 cu. ft. freezerless fridge. The problem is, it has to go back. The fridge door is not reversible! I haven’t seen a fridge with no reversible door for ages. So I called, and they’re sending someone in the next few days to bring it back. So I ask you, why would they make a fridge that 50% of the population cannot use?
Their explanation is that it is stainless steel. … What? What the heck does that have to do with it? I thought and have come to the assumption that people who want stainless steel fronts do not want extra holes with plugs in them. There aren’t many fridges out there without freezers, so pickings are slim. In the mean time, FT has opted for a normal fridge with freezer at the bottom.
This is the first CNC-cut birdhouse as well as the first 3D object created with AutoCAD Civil 3D and cut on the CNC. Many mistakes! But it’s a learning experience. I know I’d likely not use AutoCAD again.
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It seems ‘cloud-connected’ thermostats are all the rage these days. Google doesn’t own enough personal information – they want to dissect how we heat our homes, too. I went to Rona, Canadian Tire, Lowe’s, & Home Depot to find a manual thermostat suitable for the garage – that is, one that goes down to zero degrees. Finding one that goes that low is not as easy as it sounds. They’re all made for the insides of homes and only go down to 10°C at best. I absolutely don’t want to keep the garage at a toasty 15°C in the dead of winter – just keep it above zero.
I finally one at Home Depot. It’s made for electric baseboard heaters, overkill for this application, but it goes down to 0°C. Now I see that Canadian Tire has the same one, but I dismissed it at the time because I didn’t know if a baseboard heating thermostat would be compatible with a forced-air type.
Yes, you can use a baseboard heater thermostat to drive a forced-air furnace but not the other way around. The line voltage on a baseboard heater thermostat in North America is 240VAC/60Hz or sometimes 120VAC. A forced-air furnace thermostat line voltage is 24VDC, I think, and does not handle any significant load – just a basic on-off thing to trigger a relay switch in the furnace.
So now I have a garage that will not freeze and will be nice enough to work in during the bitter, cold months.
After finishing college and taking a couple stabs at finding my ‘ideal’ workplace, which took a year and a half, I think I found a place I belong, at least for now, at CE. (Or, rather, T found it for me on Kijiji and emailed it to me.) I’ve been working since late Nov. 2019, learning as I go.
On the one hand, this guy’s ideas…
…seem like a great replacement for traditional stud construction for many applications.
Holy cow. How true.
Sarah Williams Goldhagen presents scientific evidence for why some buildings delight us and others—too many of them—disappoint.
Can anyone design a more depressing looking building? Maybe Arthur Charles Erickson? (The University of Lethbridge resembles a prison inside its halls.) I thought for a moment – “What else has that cold, lonely, depressing look?” What popped into my mind was Robson Square in Vancouver. Oh – Mr. Erickson again.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not really into hobbit houses, either. But surely some warmth can enter architecture, can it not? We’re creating environments to be in.
I posted this yesterday afternoon, then my server hit a snag. I lost this entry. I’ll enter it again. It won’t be as eloquently, wittily, or interestingly put as it was before.
I’ve been back at work on the teardrop trailer (teardrop 1). Floyd and I looked at length at the ribs I created for the galley hatch several weeks back. I determined that they weren’t usable.