Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The work continues.....


LL says:

So the work continues. While everyone is out drinking beers, seeing movies and going to shows, J and I are spending romantic nights in the basement with drywall dust in our eyeballs and paint fumes finding its way through our nervous systems. In any case, we are making some head way. Who is the trades person of the week you may ask? Well, Pete. Drywall extraordinaire. Nice guy. Showing me lots of tricks, ready for when I tackle the jam space without any professionals!

Last week we bought some kitchen cabinets off of a nice couple from that website called Craigslist. Not sure if you have heard of it but you can buy things off of people who are in different parts of the city! Middle class mingling with working class. Fascinating. Anyways, they are nice cabinets but it came with a price, re-painting them. So, that is what we are doing. Re-painting them. And hopefully, if Pete is on his game, we will put the cabinets up by the end of the weekend! Keep your fingers crossed.

So remember the pony wall? The elusive pony wall. Well, here is part 2 to the Pony Wall saga:



So there. Short entry, too much work. Oh and we now have our own Facebook URL!!

www.facebook.com/lezrenovate

If you are not already a fan - DO IT!! haha. Just kidding no pressure.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lez be working classy


LL says:

Wallace, Lance, Peter, Marc, Travis, Ian, Colin, Terry, Norm, Allen and Pete. Off the top of my head, these are names of various tradesmen who have tromped through our house in the last couple of months. Ranging from electrical to plumbing to heating to alarming to looking around a nodding. I have had the fortunate timing of being able to work with and/or supervise all of them. And they all have one thing in common, working class! I love it. Well, most of it.

Classic rock is a staple in any trade. I have it blaring whenever I work. Makes me feel like I'm one with the folk, the working folk. But some guys like listening to modern rock. Which is fine, until Nickelback comes on and I feel like punching somebody. My heating guy mentioned that he was worried that I would be disgruntled because I am a "musician/dj" (from what he deduced by looking at my studio) and he thought that I would think the music he was playing was below me. Well, no. Soundgarden, Nirvana and all the 90's stuff is great. But Nickelback, yes. I did tell him that whenever Chad starts to croon, It makes me want to kick him in the taint. What? Me say that? Must be the working classy.

And why am I craving beer so much right now?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lez Renovate Handy tip #1


First video in a series of handy tips! We show you how to remove a screw that has caulking in it. Pretty simple stuff folks. But handy!

Music by Ep Island - Broken Social Smoker


Friday, March 12, 2010

Lez craft it!


LL says:

Why do certain companies like to torture home owners? It's not like we aren't tortured enough having to replace the hot water heater AND the furnace, but do you have be like the cable guy and say you'll be around sometime? And to say you'll come by to make an estimate within a 2 day time frame? Seriously? 2 days. Not between 12 and 2 but between Thursday and Friday. Nice. I'm sorry, but if I was going to take thousands of dollars out of customers pocket, I would make damn sure that the customer is happy and it all begins with first impressions.

So yes, after much deliberation, we decided to replace our hot water heater and furnace. It first came up when I realized that I couldn't fill one bath without running out of hot water. We have a small hot water heater. Jimmy (previous owner, aptly named) decided that a 30 G heater would do the trick for 2 suites. Um, no. Hardly. So, we are trying to decide between a tankless or a standard tank. Eco reasons sway us to tankless, pocketbook reasons sway us the standard tank.

And the furnace! Don't even get me started on the furnace. Well okay, I started. I did a surface check on the model and from what I can tell it's from the early 60's. I wonder if we can sell it on ebay or craigslist. Maybe the Canadian bobsled team can carve out the innards and use it for the next gold medal Olympic race. Or I can use it as a unique isolation chamber for recording guitar amplifiers. Or I could make a really huge soapbox car, or bus. Hmmmm.... readymade made be getting a submission from me soon.

What would you do with a funky looking 50 year old furnace? How would you recycle it? What craft ideas do you have?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Georgia Cottageville Horror


Our electrician told us that he found something in the attic. Here is what he found....

Friday, March 5, 2010

The big snit


Cool J here sawing sawing, always sawing. As you heard, it's been a a tough few weeks over at Georgia Cottage. We are mostly over the big snit & have decided "lez be friends". However, the sawing gave LL a sore wrist, me a numb thumb, yet we still want to have FUN. And still need to saw a hole in the side of our house to vent the dang dryer. Sawing sawing, always sawing. And shaking our eyes with dismay at the vast amounts of work to do.

A typical evening at LezReno headquarters goes like this:
Lezreno 1: "Oh, i have to cut another 2 x 12 foot strip out of the drywall in the ceiling to put in the dryer vent"
Lezreno 2: "maybe we should just take out the whole ceiling while we're at it."
Lezreno 1: "ok, i like demolishing. how much more work could it be??"

Beware the "While we're at it". Next thing you know, you have drywall chunks in your ears, spider webs & freaky electrical wires exposed above your head, and you're on the phone to a friend to borrow a truck for yet another pricey big load of something at the home store...

And 'while we're at it' , we've opened the discussion about changing the vintage furnace & mini hot water heater. Maybe a tankless hot water heater. Maybe an electric furnace, now that we have all those amps? anyway, we should decide now, while we have the ceiling open. We may need to replace the furnance ducts anyway, because in Canada you can now only use high efficiency gas furnaces, which need special ducting. and therefore special holes cut in the ceiling & walls. etc etc. Hey, while we're at it, why not spend another 5-8 THOUSAND dollars, since the basement ceiling is all ripped apart anyway.

ah well. luckily spring is coming. who needs a furnace anyway! We can run our ad for tenants in northern towns: "Seeking students moving to vancouver who want to still feel like they live "North of 60."

So another weekend ahead for Lez Reno. Sawing sawing always sawing. Maybe a bit of time for brunches & bike rides & oscar parties. Were we nominated for best blogumentary?

This weekend we'll be learning about hanging batt insulation in the ceiling of the basement to sheild our ground floor dwellers from the racket of our prancing & Stomping. We'll be making some tough decisions about furnaces, hot water heaters, and floor leveling. We will aim to have SOME fun, and HIRE someone to replace all that drywall & mud & tape. Sawing sawing always sawing.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Post Apocolympic


LL says:

So the never ending saga of electric mayhem continues due to a little sporty event that took over the city. Hydro was unwilling to come over for couple hours to switch a big expensive cable until said sport event was over. So here we are, post apocolympic, having our house lit up like a x-mas tree. Well not quite, but we now have outside outlets to string lights if we want. Or, to use for our ever popular Movie-On-The-Shed series. What movie(s) will it be this year? I was thinking Footloose, some friends of mine were suggesting The Money Pit. Hrrmp.

So the electrics are near done, the plumbing is near done and now its on to dry walling, running drier vents and cutting holes in the side of our house. We have both come down with a case of power-toolitis because of over usage. Our reciprocating saw packs a punch but the old and tough innards of Georgia Cottage made it difficult to saw through. Hence the jarring cuts, hence power-toolitis.

But, we will press on. Looking forward to having my life back. When we had friends over for dinner and drinks, movie-on-the-shed, going to movies, going to shows and sleeping in. Next year. Maybe next year.