Monday, August 29, 2011

Lez replace a single pole switch for a light fixture

CoolJ here, having learned just a few days ago the value of having a  DIY renovation video blog.

I found a need to watch and rewatch and forward and rewind and slow motion watch some recent footage we'll soon share with you in Season Three. Yes! This Friday is the launch of Bathroom Guts and Glory.  So enjoy the teaser and plan your long weekend around watching us sweat as we gut the bathroom in our 1929 bungalow:

You'll note this bathroom reno started about 10 weeks ago & though we are going into video production, the bathroom is far from done. 

CoolJ: "KT would you please come over for dinner this friday?"
KT: "Shall I bring my tools?"

Ahem. Yes please. KT is wise in the ways of the electrics, so such an offer should not be refused.

SPOILER ALERT for Lez Renovate season 3:  there have been some questions about DIY electrics,  so we cooked our Sparky friend a nice dinner found on blog called A Cooking Life. And then we put her to work.

Turns out that indeed, it takes more than good looks & a wee thrift store electrical book to install a new box light: KT discovered that I had brought no power to the light above the door. And it was all behind drywall that LL was guarding with her life. Oops.

KT: "Try to remember where this wire comes from"
CoolJ: "Hmmm. I THINK I pulled it from the ceiling. Or maybe I ran it TO the ceiling. I didn't write it down."
KT: "Let's watch that video again where you 'explain' how to wire up the light to the switch.
So we watched the video again. A few times.  You'll have to do the same in a few weeks to learn more!

Now you know why we REALLY do Lez Renovate videos: to help narrow down the possibilities of what the deuce I had done. Sadly for KT, there was still a fair amount of rummaging in the attic with flashlights and flicking of circuit breakers. But I let the expert do that this time. I just made the videos and took notes for posterity!

I remember when we first moved in, we had a clear and helpful diagram of all the electrics in the house.  Except it was all labelled in Vietnamese... Which, you may intuit, neither LL nor I can read fluently.

What about others out there? Do you painstakingly create wiring diagrams and file them neatly in a folder, or tape inside the breaker box? Are you a total pro like the electrician who rewired our house and labelled every wire?  Or do you sometimes freestyle and live to regret it? Well have no regrets, because Lez Renovate Season 3: Bathroom Guts to Glory will launch this week & you too will be able to watch those videos again and again.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lez fix drywall, install GFCI outlet, install a fan to vent a hot shed..

Dearest LezRenovate fans, we have been very busy this month.
Just got back from 10 days visiting our respective folks in the sunny Okanagan and I must admit that I was considering moving right back to my homeland, where they have hot sunny summers, juicy peaches kissed by  organic farmers, and the hot babes of Peachfest floating down the penticton river channel.

What  a great time. Primarily because we managed to squeeze in some renovating at CoolJ's mom's place. It seemed like an all inclusive vacation until the sweating and swearing started!

CoolJ says: I had offered to fix the drywall that had been cut out during a recent plumbing repair, but as is typical with many fix -it jobs, soon my job grew to replace a GFCI plug and to team up with my alter ego HotTemperedJay (my brother) and my brother in law to install a fan to exhaust the heat out of mama's survivalist hut (she has a gigantic freezer in there and it throws off a lot of heat).

A few deep thoughts arrived at while Lez Renovating in the land of my youth (Kelowna BC, aka Ktown):
1. The fellas at the local lumberyard have a whole secret life in the back & ladies are not privy to it.
Lumberyard guys: "Har har har har har".
[Having fun in the back]

Bet I could fit a door in there too
CoolJ: Yooo hoooo. I'm taking some dryyyyyywalllll

Lumberyard boss: "Sorry miss! Usually whenever a lady comes in here they all jump to help!"

CoolJ inside voice [I guess i'm not that kind of lady. See picture above]

Lumberyard boss: 1 sheet of drywall.  OK. Are you going to install that YOURSELF?!

CoolJ: Yes. I have a renovation program. Would you like to guest star?

Lumberyard boss: Heh. Heh. [scuttles away]
I took that as a "no"

2. You can fit a whole sheet of drywall in a KIA SUV. 
If you cut it first. Luckily I confirmed I can carry the sheet by myself, which was good to know since the lumberyard guys made themselves real scarce. What a way to treat a 'lady' renovator.

4. Kids these days grow up too fast
My 3 year old nephew can drive drywall screws already and didn't dispute that ladies can too. Extra points for him. The nephew, by the way, is much beloved & we look forward to him being big enough to carry bags of concrete etc & when he comes to work for visit us in the future. 

5. Why do we call them "GFI plugs" but the box says "GFCI"? So puzzling. And why did the painter paint over and jam the buttons? safety first.

How about the rest of you? Who does the fixing for the grandmothers in your family? If your folks live in hot locations, especially with lake frontage,  Lez Renovate would be happy to spend a week and do a little tinkering and tease the local lumberyard hands. Until then, i'm back to the bathroom renos & you'll see the videos coming along this week!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Season 3 Teaser

We are a blog AND vlog! Yes, we are. Although, it may not seem like it as of late. Well, we are currently editing Season 3 together and airing the first episode soon enough.

Can't wait that long? Well - here is a little sneak peek to get you excited for laughs, tears, bruises, tips, tricks, rock and fun!

Stayed tuned!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bathroom Update #4

LL says:

Did a holiday weekend just pass? Huh. It didn't seem like it, although we managed to go to Playland for a couple hours. But, for the most part our time was spent in the bathroom.

I am happy to report that we are done tiling and grouting the shower! Yayyyy us! Although, it took us 3 (2 man) days where it should of taken 1 (1 man) day. Oops. Well, we never claimed to be professionals so whatever. But I have to say that finishing that job made me not hate renovating anymore. It was getting pretty tense, stressful, ugly and dirty. Yuck. When we finished that last bit of the grouting, we high fived each other and then went to the local outdoor pool to celebrate with a dip. Also, to use the public shower. Ha. Only a day or 2 away from using the shower for the first time! Holy crap! 4 minor things to do first.

1. Use a cheese cloth on the tile to make all nicey-nicey.
2. Fill the tub, sit in it and caulk around the tub.
3. Hang shower curtain rod
4. Attach faucets

All tonight.

So lets talk a little about item #2, fill the tub, sit in it and caulk around the tub. Why, you may ask, do you do that? Well, simple. The tub bends and flexes when water is added (and other heavy items) so you want to simulate the usage to properly caulk the tub, allowing for space between the tile and the tub to contract and expand. I can't remember who taught us that, Ask the Builder or Mike Holmes. Although I'm pretty sure neither of them have ever seen a lesbian lying in a tub full of water, caulking. Like this.

Artist rendering of LL caulking tub.
Hot. I know.

Which leads me to the question of the week: Have you ever taken a shower/bath with your clothes on? And, why?