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August 14, 2010

Hello everyone.  It’s been over a month since our last post, and it’s all Alexander’s fault.  He’s been working late every evening, hasn’t had a single friday off, and has even been working on weekends.  Also, we went home to Michigan for 10 days.

Before we left for Michigan, Alexander finished bracing the garage, and he added cross beams across the ceiling so that wood can be stored over-head.  This weekend we’re going to hang some shelves and install hooks so that our bikes can hang in the back corner.

We returned from Michigan early this week, and we finally got back to work on our house today.   We’re slowly progressing towards being able to paint the walls on the inside of the house.   Before we can paint we have to:

  • patch holes in plaster,
  • sand and finish areas of plaster,
  • sand/prep window frames,
  • remove lots of sticky tape residue that was used to hold up mirror panels on the walls,
  • pick paint colors!

Today, we patched some holes in the plaster.  Patching holes is tougher than you might think.  You can’t simply put plaster in a 6 inch deep hole.  First you have to make some sort of “backing” on which to apply the plaster.   And attaching a backing to thin air is also a bit of a challenge.  So, Alex worked on devising ingenious methods of attaching lathe for backing, while I followed behind filling in with plaster-stuff.  The plaster-stuff that we bought is called Rapid-set OnePass.  After mixing it with water, you only have about 10 minutes to work with it before it dries, but it’s fun stuff, and you can sand it down just 45 minutes after applying it.

Here are some of the patched holes:

I also worked on stripping paint and buffing some of the old brass electrical outlet plates that came with our house.  I had to boil them in vinegar to remove the paint, but now they have a nice patina on them, which is a good reminder that they are 90 years old.

There were also a bunch of hinges that we’ve removed from various cupboard doors.  These didn’t benefit much from the boiling vinegar treatment, so I’ll be taking them to some professionals to get stripped and refinished with brass.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. spencer permalink
    August 14, 2010 7:59 PM


  2. jess permalink
    August 16, 2010 3:59 AM

    you do exist!

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