Monday, June 27, 2011

Inside project!

The weather here has taken a turn for the Hot!  It happens every year, when field day gets here and lasts until the middle of July.  We will hit the century mark before it is over.

Today we were at 95 in the middle of the afternoon, but that only tells us it is time to stay inside in the AC.  And Loyce has that project that she rekindled last week.  Remember I ducked the project by leaving for Red Bay?

A number of years ago, I started to do some framing for finishing the basement.  But I lost interest, when housing began to drop in value.  Spending more money on something that was becoming worth less and less, did not seem to make sense.

Loyce doesn't care what makes financial sense, she wants to use the finished basement to entertain the grand kids.  They aren't here all that much, but its on her hot list.  So she found a carpenter to help us get started again.

So he framed most of the walls while I was away, and also did it much faster than I could ever do it.  He had an assistant, to help carry all the wood in and hold up the walls while he leveled them and that is a big time saver.

But with all the new studs in the basement, it is time for me to get into gear and do the electrical work.  So that is what I was doing all day while it was hot outside.  And of course I had the proverbial runs to Lowes.

And finally we decided that it was way too damp and humid in the basement, so I went over a purchased a dehumidifier.  We haven't owned one of those in years, and they usually just rust out, but the one I got today is mostly plastic so perhaps it will last longer.

And I must report that I am not used to working all day climbing up and down ladders and drilling big holes in boards, so I am a tad sore tonight, mostly in my hands from running the half inch drill with the long three quarter inch screw bit in it.  Drilling the new wood is quite easy, but the old wood has dried out and almost refuses to give way.  It stops the drill completely, even thou it is a hammer style drill and very powerful.

So my arms took the brunt of that torque, and I am only partially done.  But at least when the guy comes back this week, it will look like I am making some progress.  However I am sure it will not be as fast as he wants me to go.

Retired Rod


  1. Sounds like you have your work cut out for you,hope the going gets easier. Be safe out there..Sam & Donna.

  2. I remember the days of finishing basements, luckily the Discovery came with a finished basement so that is not on the horizon for us.

  3. No more basements for us. And that just sounds like way too much work. But it's necessary to keep the other half happy. Just don't fall off one of those ladders.

  4. Nothing like a finished basement for the kids to play in. I think you will be happy with it when it is all done. Good for you, Loyce. You go girl!!

  5. I know exactly what you mean about sore arms from drilling holes for electrical work. Next, will be sore fingers and wrists from stripping and twisting wires for the connections!


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