Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hovel update...

The bedroom doors are hung and hardware installed. I didn't paint them before hanging because it is too darn cold to be painting outside (see fence below). LOL...


A licensed plumber has visited the hovel, and his words on the hot water heater, were not encouraging.  As the water heater is small, old, & lives in a dark cubby under the stairwell it will need replacing down the line.  Since it is small it is a special order, I can't just go to HD or the like, and pick one up.  And because it is special order, it is of course more $$$$.  There is the option of going tankless, but that is more $$$$ yet.  His recommendation is to be fast, and live with it, til I can't.  
We removed all the flow restrictors, so the water pressure problem has been eliminated.

Today the electricians came to replace the electrical panel, replace a GFI plug in the kitchen, and figure out what was going on with my bedroom heater. I did ask if the door jamb pounding was the cause of the heater not working, and it wasn't. The thermostat had decided to fail, it was replaced and my room is now warm.  Tomorrow morning it will be interesting to not have icicles hanging from my bangs when I wake up.  The electricians were on time, within the $,$$$ quote, and cleaned up after themselves.  Plus, they were friendly, like old pickups, Chris Stapleton music, and answered all my pesky questions. I will tape, texture & paint the places the electricians cut the drywall for the new panel and that can be checked off the long list.

The small back patio has a picket fence around it, a white picket fence.  Which really doesn't go with the design of the hovel.  I can't afford to replace the fence so I'm painting it Espresso bean. I've done part of it, in near freezing weather, between down pours, because I wanted to see what it would look like. 


When the temp gets a touch higher I will finish it. Hopefully this way it will sorta disappear into the landscape instead of standing out like a dirty white petticoat. 

Miss B spent a long weekend with her sister & I.  It was good to have a house full of kids, with all the loud music, and giggles, and to cook real breakfasts and dinners. The first morning I asked them what they wanted for breakfast. "Oh, we don't usually eat breakfast" they said.  Next morning, I put plates & the platter in the oven to warm, fried bacon, cooked eggs, made pancakes, and served fresh berries. They said "Oh, we don't usually eat breakfast"... as they were getting started on second helpings... 

Another 1,000 piece puzzle has been started, with good headway made by Miss B while she was here.


There is Lots more to do to the hovel, before I'm willing to call it home...

24 comments:

  1. Bit by bit, Brig. We've been here almost 15 months and we're still turning this house into our home.

    Looks great, though, and very good to hear you found some honest, reasonably priced workmen.

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    1. drjim,
      I don't have your patience nor skill set...

      I had referrals for tradesmen from my home inspector, and they have all proven to be good ones. Counting my blessings.

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  2. Sounds like it will be very nice soon. Good for ya, girl.

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    1. Skip, Thanks, my expectations often out weigh my abilities, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do...

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  3. Small steps become a complete job in time. And it's much more affordable than trying to jump it all at once. I wouldn't recommend instant hot water heater. They aren't as reliable, and as you said, NOT cheap!

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    1. Old NFO, I never was very good at small steps...lol... why walk when you can run, why shuffle when you can jump.

      I've heard the same about tankless water heaters. Thinking there may be another way to go, and need to contact the plumber to see if it's doable. Why didn't I think of it when he was here???

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  4. Oh no no, it looks like you are there. You have the most important ingredients and now you're polishing a rough gem. Those take awhile. Oddly enough, I think with the minor lass and the major girl you'll find yourself at home fairly soon. Srsly, have you seen how bachelors live? :)

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    1. HMS Defiant,

      With 30 some odd moves behind me, I've learned to have a lot of try and some would say a touch of stubbornness, I prefer to call it perseverance...
      It does keep me motivated having the grands around.

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  5. Wow! A woman who can take and mud! You have skills Badgers possess not!

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    1. SCOTT,
      I'm quite sure there are lots of things Badgers are good at that I am not. That's what makes things interesting!

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  6. I went back in all your posts to see when you bought the new place but it seems you never mentioned it. I am excited to see more pictures and you are indeed adventurous. Love the color of the bathroom so warm and cozy.

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    1. Changes,
      Well I bought it last month, for 60K less than the asking price, with a big "AS IS" clause.
      I like the color as well. The vanity for the bath is in the hall, interesting layout...

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  7. It never ends, Brig. I'm getting ready to empty the walk-in closet, paint it, and lay tile on the floor. It's been subfloor for a bit over TWENTY YEARS! I call that not rushing into a project.

    You seem to be making good progress one step at a time.

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    1. Adrienne,
      It's always a work in progress isn't it!
      Staying on one task instead of multi tasking is the hardest part for me. Some would say it's a scatterbrained way to do things, but I know it is killer multitasking...

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  8. Sounds like you are enjoying your life and even the repair of your home. :)

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    1. How I look at things makes a huge differene in how my life goes.

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  9. So refreshing to hear you just diving into those challenges. Me? I've just been shoveling snow.

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    1. Woodsterman, You be careful, and don't over do, compadre!

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  10. I would give anything if my daugher would come visit.

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    1. There should be a way to bring that about, If I can help let me know.

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  11. Well done! It'll be worth it in the end. And, if it gets really cold, you can BURN the picket fence.

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    1. Thanks for the encouraging words Padre, and the tip...

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  12. One of the reasons I will probably expire up here on this mountain top is the stress of moving. Sounds like you are getting things squared away and handling the different tasks methodically. When everything is done you'll have your own nice little niche.

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    1. Harry,
      The adage that "age brings wisdom" does not seem to be applicable to me, so
      I most likely have a few more moves in me...
      Yep, Getting things done, though not as quickly as I would like.

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