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Sunday, 2 July 2006
Insulation!
Topic: Photos

Once upon a time, when I was in college, I was at a debate breakfast after a very late night at a debate party. Next to me sat Jeff Koisumi of Harvard's team, and Jeff was itchy. "Jeff," I asked, "Why are you scratching?" Jeff replied, "I slept in fiberglass last night." "Um...why?" I asked. He answered, "It looked comfortable."

I guess it looks comfortable, unless you know about fiberglass and its properties--it's made of, well, glass fibers. The fibers are really fine, and they will get under your skin.

Armed with this knowledge, Trip and I insulated the east wall of the kitchen today.


It took less than half the insulation I was anticipating, so we may save money (yeah!). And it was sooo easy! We got "no stapling" insulation, and it fit perfectly into the spaces between the studs, except in the places where the studs were too close. We learned to cut the fiberglass, and we also tucked it up under some old lathing, which we left for structural support. In a few odd places, some of the studs simply stopped in mid wall, so we figured the lathing might help to keep the wall from collapsing. Well, we can hope.


Anyway, we had an old piece of drywall which we recycled behind the dishwasher and sink. No, we have not hooked them up again yet, but hey! These things take time, and it's 89 degrees, and we have no A/C. Following numerous breaks, Trip helped move the cabinet and appliance into place just to size them up. Oh, and he installed the last of our new lighting fixtures (except for the hood light).


I still need to get a door moved.

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Posted by MacBeth at 6:44 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 2 July 2006 9:25 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 13 June 2006
I assembled a cabinet!

Posted by MacBeth at 9:47 PM EDT
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Sunday, 21 May 2006
Rubble, rubble, toil and trouble!


And here is a guy who lived in a bubble (in Lincoln Center...he's some kind of artist). Here's what the Washington Post had to say.


There is always something going on to give us an excuse to take a break!

Posted by MacBeth at 6:53 PM EDT
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It's electric!
Mood:  bright
Topic: Photos


Trip upgrades us to GFCI.

Posted by MacBeth at 6:42 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 17 May 2006
We have all the electrical supplies
Mood:  bright
Topic: Photos

Posted by MacBeth at 9:38 PM EDT
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We are not quite ready to install the cabinets!
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Photos



Paul is a bit frightened by the sound of the shop vac.



But he soon gets into the swing of it.

Posted by MacBeth at 9:35 PM EDT
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They're hee--ere!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Photos
The cabinets are here!


Trip rides with the boxes in the back. Pardon the goofy face...


The kitchen is now in the sunroom, in 54 boxes.

Posted by MacBeth at 9:31 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 16 May 2006
And the walls came crumblin' down
Mood:  energetic
Topic: Photos

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Tuesday, 9 May 2006
Photos for Gwen
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Photos
I did actually move the old radiator. The one in the other photo is its twin, on the other side of the room. Here's the removed one, along with the photo of "where it was" and a photo of the pipe that is still sticking out (and won't budge):



Posted by MacBeth at 9:24 PM EDT
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Monday, 8 May 2006
This old door is where the new door will be.



Posted by MacBeth at 7:35 PM EDT
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