Saturday, September 5, 2009

More Work on the Bathroom

We kept working all weekend, and here are some of the pictures to show what was involved. First, the cabinet, sink and toilet were removed. Then the tile on the walls came down.

More tile in the shower.

The wall boards were removed, exposing plumbing and wiring.

Then the floor tiles had to come up. I got assigned most of this job. I don't know why I can't get the picture to rotate and stay that way!

The tub was removed, not very heavy considering it was iron with enamel.

A look at the tub plumbing.

Eddie had removed the flooring that the tile was mortared to, and replaced it with new subfloor.

There was a wall here between the tub and closet. We took it and the frame for the doorway out, so we'd be able to bring in a new-construction, one-piece fiberglass tub/shower.

And there it is, temporarily in place to check measurements for the wall to be replaced.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Smoothing Out the Concrete Patio

We rented a concrete grinder last weekend and Eddie got the whole back patio done. It was really rough, and even just kneeling on it would hurt--so imagine falling from a bike or just tripping!

He went over each section in a cross-hatch pattern--north/south and east/west--and did that three times. The man is nothing if not thorough!

We filled the large cracks with concrete filler.


After--hard to see that the chalk makes a smoother mark now, oh well--you can see the paint has been mostly ground off though.

It looks a lot brighter now too.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Great Automatic Chicken Coop Door Idea

My brother sent me a link to something his friend did recently.

The Automatic Chicken Door is pretty cool-looking. There's a short video clip at the link. And he got his plans for the door from this site at BuildEasy's The DIYers pages, How to make an Automatic Chicken House Door, by John Beaty, Director of Technology Programs, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.

If you're looking for plans for your own coop, they've got one set posted here. We've been talking about making the coop doors automatic for years now.

Our coop is different, in that the walls aren't made of wood but of hardware cloth, so we'd have to modify the system a bit to make it work. The doors would have to be pulled up from the ground, maybe using some kind of arm? I don't know--I'll let Eddie figure that one out.

If we ever get around to doing something, I'll be sure to blog about it.