Monday, January 18, 2010

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LL says:

So, what are we up to now? Well, we have been kinda stalled. Not surprising. The fact that we wanted to have the basement suite rented for Feb. 1st is now a distant memory. I would be surprised if we had the electrical done by then. But, I digress.

It came to our attention that our breaker box, and subsequent power, is not up to par. Therefore, we need to have it replaced. Which means mucho dollars and mucho time. Since this kinda of thing requires a permit, we must deal with the city and that is a bummer. And waiting on electricians to come over, look around, talk about pricing, talk about time frame and assure them that the house is NOT falling down, is getting a bit tiresome. But, whatever. We will do what needs to be done. Which leads us to the next order of business, concrete.

Well, its not the next order of business - but to reap the benefits of the Home Renovation tax credit that the Canadian gov't is doling out, we had to think ahead to beat the deadline. So, there we are, Sunday night, tired and dirty from pulling old insulation out of walls, walking around Home Depot like a couple of reno zombies, looking for the appropriate mortar/cement to use on our concrete basement floor. Consensus is that we smooth out the hilly, bumpy concrete with cement and then put underlay and carpet on top of that. Ok, fair enough. But, cement mixture is heavy!! Damn. Next purchase, wheel barrow. I wasn't willing to put more money down on a brand new wheel barrow to help transfer said concrete so we had to carry each bag.

Anyone have a wheel barrow we could have? Or borrow for an undetermined amount of time? That would be great.

Anyways - moving on, moving on. This week consists of re-insulating the kitchen and putting up the drywall. We are also figuring out the logistics of putting up a pony wall. Man, I mean, wo-man, who would of thunk it? Me: jack-of-all-trades. Well, kinda. Saws scare me a bit.

LL jack hammering cracked concrete to prepare for the sealing process.

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