More updates on the home improvement front. Today, I took phone calls about both the roof and the electrical upgrade. They’ll be here to start on the roof next week Wednesday and expect it to take two days. The utility company has scheduled the electrical work for the first day of July. And as I mentioned yesterday, the fence will start this Thursday. Lots of exciting stuff and good news around these parts.

But not everything is happening around here without issue. I need to pick up some vinyl j-channel and a few pieces of siding so that I can cut in the new back door for the garage and go around the framing for the screened patio. However, I’m not 100% sure what I’m looking for. The company that I picked up siding from last time has moved, changed names, and apparently changed names again. They’re still in business, just wouldn’t know it without a bit of research.

Anyway, I went there this morning to get what I need, only to find that they’re not quite open yet. What with the Covid-19. Their counter and showroom are closed to the public. You can call and place orders for pick-up… but I don’t really know what I need. So, I went online and found their website and their product list and realized that if you’re not an existing customer you can’t order from them online. But maybe now I have enough information to make a relatively informed phone call? Maybe. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

I haven’t gotten around to making the flower boxes for my privacy screen, but Lady Ronn is making the best of it with a bit of power washing and some other planters. Looks pretty good to me. I’d make the boxes, but my garage is a giant pile of tools and even if I could get to my saws, I wouldn’t be able to find anything else. Yet another thing waiting for the electrical work to get done.

Oh… I also requested an estimate for a 12×20 concrete slab for the shed, a new driveway, and a new garage floor. Not sure a couple of those are realistic projects, but I’m interested in knowing how much that’d cost. Because you never know. Depends on how much home equity line of credit money is left after this first round of projects is done.

That’s it for today. I think tomorrow I’ll give my two cents on the riots, black lives, and the LGBT stuff that’s been in the news lately. Later.

They came and put up my new garage door today. This is what the old door looked like… it looks better in the picture than it did in person. The original color had faded to a dull pink and I painted it a couple years back. Which made it look like a painted garage door, kinda sloppy. Additionally, the inside shows signs of having been  bumped and damaged. When the spring broke, I took that as an opportunity to get something nice.


Here’s what I came up with…

New garage door, new track hardware, and a new opener. Basically, the works.
Those windows let in a ton of light and make the interior of the garage feel much more open. Insulated glass and R-20 insulation in the door itself. Which raised eyebrows with the installers. You’ve seen the inside of the garage: no insulation, no drywall, no ceiling, not exactly the kind of place that requires an insulated door. But I have plans for the garage and it’ll get tricked out soon enough. I upgraded from a 12″ radius track to a 20″ radius track to lift the door up a bit higher, it’s not tight to the ceiling, but it’s a noticeable  change.
I upgraded my old opener to a belt drive model with a 3/4-hp motor. It’s nice and quiet. The unit has a motion detector so that the light comes on as soon as you walk into the garage. It’s got a wireless keypad, which I always liked at my brother’s house and now I have my own. And the wall mounted button has a built in thermometer so I know the temperature in the garage. Plus, it should work with the programmable buttons in the Impala and it’ll work with your phone. That’s one fancy pants garage door.
Yes, I know the windows are being partially blocked. I don’t know what they’re called, but those angled bits in the corners of the garage door opening will be coming out. The entry door is going to be replaced and possibly moved to the side of the garage. I’ve never liked the look of it where it’s at… it’s just not aesthetically pleasing to my eye. But whether I move it or not, it’s going to get changed to something with a window.
I noticed today, that when you hire a job done it takes a lot less time than when you do it yourself. At least when I do it myself.