I had no work again today. There are a couple things in my que, but they would not be considered ’emergencies’ and until I hear otherwise, those are the only things I’m supposed to be doing. So, knowing that I need to get back on the home project wagon, I started thinking about where to start. Which unfinished project most needs to be completed.

As I ran through my list I kept coming back to the same situation; if I do X, then I will need to do Y in the garage. The garage as workshop is more and more a thing as less and less of the basement is available for such things. Now the problem is that right now the garage is a mess and there’s twenty-four bundles of insulation taking up the floorspace. I needed to get that insulation out of the way, but there is no place to put it. Which means, in order to get it off the floor, I need to put it in the walls.

Like I said, everything keeps pointing back to this project. This itchy, nasty project. So that is what I started today.

I managed to get one wall insulated, which isn’t terribly impressive. But most of the time was moving things out of the way. That one wall was pretty full. All the rakes, shovels, and yard implements were hung on that wall. There were two tall cabinets full of tools and parts mounted on that wall and a tall stack of drawers (also full of tools) in the corner. And there were two small workbenches on that wall, both cluttered with tools and parts. And best of all, most of the exposed wall was covered with pegboard and the pegboard was hung with even more tools. I had to move all that stuff just to get to the wall. I kinda ran out of places to put things.

Now that the insulation is up, I need to sheet that wall with something–drywall or OSB–probably drywall. Which means I need to get to the home center and buy some board. Which means I need to figure out where any outlets are going to be and wire those in, which means I’ll be doing more mudding, taping, and sanding. Which means… this is going to take a bit more than one day.

A question: Is there any reason I should not put a drop ceiling in the garage? My ceiling space is not useful for storage, as I only have 2×6 rafter ties up there and they are 4-foot on center. If I wanted to do storage, I’d have to frame in some sort of ceiling. That seems like a lot of work and I would need to consult someone about how to best do that sort of project. I’m thinking a drop ceiling with some insulation laid on top of it would be a more practical solution. Any thoughts?

Here’s a little bit of handy advice for you. You’ve probably seen both of these types of plungers, but did you realize that they’re for different things. Sure, you can use them interchangeably for the most part, but they work better for their intended purpose.

toilet plunger – images from the Home Depot website

The toilet plunger has a big tapered cup on the bottom to get down into the bowl and make a better seal, give more pressure, and what not. Most of them have a collapsible cup that can be folded up inside to create a sink plunger. But do you really want to touch that or put it in your sink? What you want is one of these…


sink plunger – images from the Home Depot website

A sink plunger doesn’t have the tapered bit and will sit nicely in the sink to do your plunging. These come in a variety of sizes. But the biggest benefit to them is that they haven’t been in your toilet. Or if yours has, you realize what a terrible job they do at that job. They’re great for sinks, not so much for toilets.

Now you know.

My final grade for that electronics class has posted, and as expected, I earned a grade of C. Good enough. Not great, but really, just glad to be done with that one. School’s out for me until the end of August when the winter semester stats and I’m very happy for the break.
I still haven’t finished the bathroom repair, from that leak a couple weeks back. But I am hoping to get it done this weekend while Lady Ronn is on the other side of the state at her sister’s baby shower. It should be an easy repair, so I think it’s doable.
In other news, I let the Spirit go today. It was a great car and did everything I asked of it. Most notably, getting me back and forth to GRCC for the last two years. Thanks again to my buddy Ted for hooking me up. But today I expanded my options.
I’m a car guy. I like cars and I buy cars, but the future is calling and I want to be able to go in a few different directions. I want to have my options open. So, I found a deal on a 2015 RAM ProMaster City with less than 15,000 miles on the odometer. It’s not as cool as a pick-up truck, but for the price I couldn’t get a decent pick-up. So this will get me around, with the option of doing side work if I so choose.

2015 RAM ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo SLT

As I said, this gives me options. My list, in no particular order, might look something like this. I still need to finish school. I need to get my mechanical license. I need to look into putting a business together. And I need to figure out scheduling for all of the above.  This thing will haul 1700 lbs, tow 2000 lbs, has 131³ feet of cargo space, has more than 48″ between the wheel wells, and gets better than 20 mpg in the city. Options.

I think this’ll work for me.
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I did not get the vanity in place yesterday, or today, for a variety of reasons. First among those is all the wall opening, plumbing rerouting, and drywall repair that I was not expecting to do. But all of that is done now. The vanity fits. The valves don’t leak. The valves are accessible. And you’d almost never know that I had to cut a hole in the wall. I had to cut a spacer for the side of the vanity and I’m staining it to match, but that’s not going as fast as I’d like. I also had to order a side-splash thing, because my walls are not square and I have nearly a half-inch gap on the right side. Which is super frustrating, because I didn’t frame either of these walls. Oh well, it’ a old house.

shut off valves in place with plenty of clearance

As I had to wait for that stain to set up before I can darken it up, sand, finish, what-not. I took some time to start setting up the sink faucet and drain. Things are stuck in waiting mode. Can’t cut the trim until the vanity is in place. Can’t place the vanity until the spacer is in place. Can’t sand or restain the spacer until it’s fully dry. But with all that said, I think I did okay this weekend. We can use the tub and the toilet, but doing either would require a decided lack of modesty, as there is no door in place 😉
faucet and drain in place