Saturday, January 17, 2009

Damn, Bert! It's a couch!

Many thanks to M&P Chase for a kind and generous housewarming/christmas present!

We finally got the ol' sitter delivered today, and it fits just swell. Now time to actually make the living room feel a bit more like a living room.

Friday, January 16, 2009

night of the lepis

Progress continues, sometimes slower than others. Aimee cleaned the living room up last week and really cleared a ton of stuff out, it was awesome. I'm only waiting to set up the DJ gear now until Saturday when our couch arrives. Once we pick at least an initial place for that, then the rest can start to get filled in around it.

We finally got the old plant stand shelf cleaned up, and covered the lower shelves with carpet to repurpose it as a jungle-gym for the rabbits. They love it.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Up and at them.

We made it to Costco tonight and got a 17' foot ladder, donned the rain gear and head lamps, and cleaned our gutters out in a downpour. It really couldn't wait any longer, so I'm glad we did it.

Unfortunately the weight of all the snow, and then the wet leaves and standing water bent one section enough so the sag opens the seam in the bottom, which means the water (which is still falling relentlessly, and will be till oh, april) is coming right down on our window sill. I don't know how wooden houses survive out here, but we're going to need to do something post haste. If we get a dry afternoon i'm contemplating using the rest of the plumbers putty as a stop gap solution just to seal up the seam and hopefully keep the water going down the down spouts.

Gutters! Joy of joys.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Professional Help.

The location of my leak made a pipe clamp or plumbers tape impossible. I tried wrapping a piece of rubber gasket around the pipe and securing with hose clamps that I could feed between the pipe and the floorboards, but the water pressure made a mockery of this. I'm well versed in two-part epoxy putty for its artisitc/hobby/craft uses, so I went looking for something in that vein. I found one that is water-impermeable, and certified safe for using in contact with potable water. It gets my seal of approval as it held under pressure and there was no leakage for the two days that it stopped the gap.

PC-Products Plumbing Epoxy Putty.

I should learn how to solder copper pipe someday, but this was not the time to learn, I decided. So I called in professional help. None other than the world's famous came to my assistance:

We're back up and running, all ahead full!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

oh #$^@!

Hanging hooks for our bicycles in the ceiling, and I got one up. I followed the line of sunken screw in the drywall, and found. . .not a stud! No big deal, right, I must have missed it. I'll move over 1cm. Oh, there's some resistance. . .*spray*.

Thats the water main.


Kind of tight to get a temporary hose clamp patch in there, but since it's all the way through, I'm worried the pressure might be too much for epoxy. Either way the pipe has to be replaced long term, but I'm not sure I'm up for that one. :O