Wow, after a four day weekend, I think I'm actually ready for the work week- just so I can have a brief break from house building! Its been a tiring last two weeks, what with planning my Pacific Crest Trail trip and hosting two work weekends. But, as of last night, all of my "major materials" projects on the house are complete. And just in time, because as of the end of this month (Friday), I will be moving out of my rental!
What do I mean by "major materials projects"? These are the things that, well, simply take a large volume of "stuff" to build, such as siding or flooring or drywall. My current storage capacity includes a little shed attached to the house, a cheap, leaky Walmart tarp covering a pile on the ground, and the house itself. Since I'll be "camping" in the house next week before my trip to California, it would be really, really nice to not be tripping over boxes of nails and 2x2s in the middle of the night, so I wanted to be done with these big projects beforehand.
The first push was to finish sealing up the exterior by completing that dreaded soffiting project that was rained out last time. My brother David and his girlfriend Connie generously agreed to come down last Saturday and help out. After a day of being perched up on ladders and Connie getting gassed out by the fumes from oil-based polyurethane, we had the soffit and gable trim up and the yellow poplar inside coated!
|Using the brad nailer on the soffit. Maybe not the correct way to attach it, but hammer or drill wouldn't fit.|
|Securing the gable end trim.|
|Still alive after a long day of work!|
|Installing electrical box for exterior light|
|Notching drywall with the keyhole saw|
|Applying Liquid Nails before hanging the sheet rock|
|My finger after slicing it on the edge of the roof|
I'd love to get a coat of paint up and the floors sealed before I move in, but we'll see. After working on drywall all weekend long, I was able to finish hanging the remainder of the siding under the eaves, and Voila! A new Tumbleweed!