Monday, December 10, 2018

Working weekend. Just missing pictures

Unfortunately I worked pretty much all weekend, so I didn't really get anything done. 
Here are some missing pictures from the last couple posts though. 

My new tires.


There is a lot of rust in my toilet now.


For one of the packages that I ordered, the guy braved the driveway.  The other box was left down at the road.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

More odds and ends

All in all I haven't been doing too much during the week, since I haven't gotten a lot of free time, since I have to go to work to shower, and have started hitting the gym as well.

I did finish the medicine cabinet.  I picked up the wood to do the other set of shelves in the bathroom, but haven't gotten around to it yet.


I also got some larger electric covers.  Some still don't have complete coverage, the ones where I oopsied I will still have to figure something out for, but most of them can be covered with the larger sized covers.


The other major thing that I did this week was getting my car up at the property.  It had been sitting at the apartment.  It is now parked at the bottom of the hill.  Considering it almost got stuck parking there, I think it is safe to say I probably won't drive it much until I get snow tires on it.


Speaking of snow tires, I just got new snows for my truck.  Ouch.  Along with some other servicing (oil change and tranny flush) it came to a grand.  Ouch.   Good thing I don't have a rent payment anymore.  At least the truck drives nice and my rims are the cleanest they have been since I bought it.  The car goes in next week to get its tires swapped over.  It should be cheap.

I changed out my water filter tonight, even though it is only a few weeks old.  My water the last few days has gotten extremely metallic.  Even the instant tea mix has trouble masking it...  I can't find my Brita pitcher, but might want to pick up one of the big filters.  I am not sure I have enough space for a big Culligan softener/filter, but even with the new filter, while it was better, it still tastes like it has rust and a lot of copper in it.  And I forgot to nab a picture, but the toilet is turning orange.

Despite several calls, Dead River company has yet to send me a quote for installing the water heater.  Greg knows a guy who, while he freely admitted he hasn't done tankless and it might take longer than an experienced guy, was willing to do it.  I originally hesitated since he doesn't have a lot of experience with gas work either (which he did mention when first approached about the job), but since I haven't gotten anywhere with anyone else, willing to do the job and not costing an arm and a leg is a good start.  They really aren't complicated.

Progress has been slow, but the big rush is over, so I really don't mind.  When I do the kitchen, I am still considering replacing the fridge.  Even after a month of being in service, it still smells strongly of mice when running.  I had hoped it would dissipate with time.  I also don't really need 18 cubic feet.  I could easily get by with 10.

  1. Install bathroom fixtures.
  2. Get hot water heater installed.
  3. Install some form of cabinets in the kitchen.
  4. Install kitchen sink.
  5. Install kitchen appliances.
  6. Get propane installed.
  7. Build bed frame.
  8. Build closets.
  9. Install table.
  10. Smooth driveway enough to plow/clear
  11. Fix snowblower.  
  12. Winterize equipment (mower, undercoat the truck, etc).
  13. Clear slab
  14. Shed work
    1. Extend roof to prevent snow pushing on the side.
    2. Fix pilings

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Mostly just odds and ends this weekend.

The weather this weekend was awful.  Saturday was sleeting most of the day, which turned to freezing rain which finally turned over to rain this afternoon.  So I didn't go out for most of the weekend.  Instead I did some odds and ends.  The first being installing a medicine cabinet in the bathroom.  Unfortunately it looks like it didn't come with the pegs for the shelves, which is annoying.  They are less than a buck, so I won't bother returning it for that, but it is still annoying


I also set up a humidifier.  Decent ones are getting hard to find, so I ended up with a cheap one.


I also finally ran laundry.  Even though I forgot to report it, you can tell from the towels on the floor that the drain hose leaked a lot the first time I tested it a few days ago.  It is now working good.


While that was running I went to install some of the electrical cover plates.  Looks like I need to get the jumbo ones.


I will eventually need to find a better way to deal with this.  This doesn't really fit here, and will be in the way when I get the kitchen done.



Today I did some snowblowing.  I also noticed that apparently at some point in the last week, I had another tree come down. 


The bathroom is nearly complete at this point.  It is just a matter of completing the sealing, since the shower rod and whatnot are already there.
  1. Install bathroom fixtures.
  2. Get hot water heater installed.
  3. Install some form of cabinets in the kitchen.
  4. Install kitchen sink.
  5. Install kitchen appliances.
  6. Get propane installed.
  7. Build bed frame.
  8. Build closets.
  9. Install table.
  10. Smooth driveway enough to plow/clear
  11. Fix snowblower.  
  12. Winterize equipment (mower, undercoat the truck, etc).
  13. Clear slab
  14. Shed work
    1. Extend roof to prevent snow pushing on the side.
    2. Fix pilings

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Yet another snowblower

I bought the snowblower that I mentioned in the last post yesterday.  It runs good, kind of a pain to start without the electric start though.  It is a bit of a monster though.  The 8HP engine is not lacking for power.  Which makes it odd that it doesn't throw the snow that far.  At the end of the driveway it struggles to reach the edge.  It doesn't really throw any further than the 5HP worn out one I used last year.  It is also geared kind of funny.  First gear is a very brisk walk.  It is too fast.  Reverse however is kind of poky, even R2.  I might consider getting chains for it.  It would make it easier to use, the wheels struggled with bite going uphill.




I did a chunk of the top of the driveway.  My truck turned around a lot easier this morning. 


I tried to do between the ruts.  It didn't do so great.  The underside of my truck has packed it down so much that it had trouble digging in.  It is better, but the truck still scrapes in a few spots.


I started doing the end of the driveway.  It is mostly done.


I didn't quite finish everything though.


I also did over by the mailbox so my postal guy doesn't whine. 


I think I found out why it was still hanging around.  The snowblower was $250 online, but the slip on it was for $400.  At $400 I wouldn't have even looked at it.  I only paid the $250.


As I mentioned yesterday, snow removal isn't on the checklist, so no movement there.  Stay tuned, there might be another update tonight, this was actually yesterday's update.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

I am beginning to dislike the snow.

I almost lost the tractor in PA (the ratchet strap came loose and it was sitting on the cinch strap at the end of the trailer) but everything made it home OK.  The ramps came loose, but I just tossed them in the bed of the truck.  I pretty much just came home and crashed.

Everything on Monday was supposed to be rain.  That didn't turn out to be the case.  It was rain when I got home from work, so I started unpacking (I don't have enough space to just let things sit around) and when I finished that up, I was intending to go out and finish working on the snowblower.  This is what I was met with:


Grumbling, I unloaded the tractor, and found that the arm Dad noticed was loose (the one with the chute controls) had actually come off.  One of the bolts was sheared completely off.  Dismayed, and not wanting to drive in that I at least decided to do something productive and got my washing machine set up.  I intend to test it tonight.


I went out today and got a new bolt and shear pins and put them in at lunch.  Fired it up, and it got about 2 feet before the belt started smoking.  It is too loose somewhere.  I am guessing it is the top belt (the one directly connected to the PTO) but haven't confirmed it.  Dismayed, I returned to work.


It snowed all night last night and the bank at the end of my driveway is at the bumper, so I need to do something about it.  I still think I should get this working, but I need something now so I am looking at snowblowers on Craigslist.  These would replace the little 5HP that I never got around to fixing, but will work in a pinch.  This is the current leading candidate:
https://nh.craigslist.org/grq/d/yard-machine-snowblower-8hp/6757210776.html

It is supposed to be above freezing during the days for the rest of the week, so the hose idea is looking more and more tempting...  The truck goes in tomorrow for new tires and its annual servicing, so I can't go to the quarry tomorrow, but might pick up that snowblower tomorrow. 

Snow isn't on the checklist, so no movement.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Long day. Short post.

I got up early to work with my European counterparts, coming in at 5, and am just finishing up now just after 630.  Ugh.  I am tired.

I did end up moving the trailer last night.  My truck didn't like it, but it dragged it down the hill.  I discovered something unnerving about the trailer too; the ball doesn't lock.  I towed it from Tilton (hour and a half) at interstate speeds without trouble, but I might have just gotten lucky.  If I decide to go forward taking it down, I will have to do something to make sure the trailer doesn't come off the ball.  I raised it right up off the truck without unlatching it.


On the bright side, I did get an email from the town saying that they signed off on my occupancy permit.  Everything is now legit.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Occupancy in progress

They came up and looked around for the occupancy permit today.  They said they found everything they were looking for and it is on the agenda for tonight.  I also asked and they said I didn't need to show up to the selectman meeting tonight; it was already on the agenda, which is nice. 

The last couple of days I have been doing more moving stuff.  I now have a more or less complete kitchen setup now.  I was even able to run the hot plate and the microwave at the same time.


No movement on the checklist.  We got more snow (and are getting another 3-5 tonight) so I am considering loading up the trailer and getting it down the hill tonight, since I can't clear it.  If this doesn't melt off I might have to have to park all the way down at the bottom all winter, which would suck.

  1. Install bathroom fixtures.
  2. Get hot water heater installed.
  3. Install some form of cabinets in the kitchen.
  4. Install kitchen sink.
  5. Install kitchen appliances.
  6. Get propane installed.
  7. Build bed frame.
  8. Build closets.
  9. Install table.
  10. Smooth driveway enough to plow/clear
  11. Fix snowblower.  
  12. Winterize equipment (mower, undercoat the truck, etc).
  13. Clear slab
  14. Shed work
    1. Extend roof to prevent snow pushing on the side.
    2. Fix pilings

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Clearing snow and odds and ends.

I spent a good chunk of the day clearing snow.  Since I haven't cleared the driveway, I really really hope that it melts off soon.  I didn't even try to hide the fact that I am staying there last night.


Even though we only got about 4-5 inches up there, the truck was dragging on the way up.  I need to fix the driveway.


I spent a good chunk of the morning shoveling.


The storm naturally brought wind, and the skirting blew across the yard.  Thankfully it was partially still on the slab, so I was able to locate it.


I then fired up the tractor and did the slab.  It did a surprisingly good job considering there were no chains on it or anything.


This stuff is kind of in the way.  I moved it back a bit.


I didn't need to do anything with the roof.  It took care of itself.


After that I went inside and made a bunch of little livable updates.  The first thing I did was fix enough of the plumbing under the sink to make the sink usable.  It still leaks a little if you pour a lot of water in all at once, but it is generally usable.


I also installed the water filter.


The water looks much better.  I took a swig and it tasted fine.


I also did a bunch of other little things, cleaned up the kitchen a little, put up some hooks to hang things.  I also hooked up my computer.  I can now watch movies, play music and stuff again.  I haven't hooked up the receiver yet though.


I checked my badge on the way in and they haven't turned it back on yet for the gym, which is annoying.  With the water filter in now though, I can drink and use the water a

Most of these things were just moving in type things, so no movement on the checklist.  I hope to pick up the
  1. Install bathroom fixtures.
  2. Get hot water heater installed.
  3. Install some form of cabinets in the kitchen.
  4. Install kitchen sink.
  5. Install kitchen appliances.
  6. Get propane installed.
  7. Build bed frame.
  8. Build closets.
  9. Install table.
  10. Smooth driveway enough to plow/clear
  11. Fix snowblower.  
  12. Winterize equipment (mower, undercoat the truck, etc).
  13. Clear slab
  14. Shed work
    1. Extend roof to prevent snow pushing on the side.
    2. Fix pilings

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Not a lot of progress the last couple of days.

I am still waiting to hear back from the town on the occupancy permit.  Not sure what is taking them so long, but given their track record I can't say that I am surprised.

My current sink drain, and showering mechanism.  Courtesy of Taco Bell.


I started to install the sink drain and all that, but it leaks like a sieve.  I also didn't realize that sink drains were only 1 and a quarter inches, so I need like four adapters to get it to 2 inches, which is what the plumbing is.  All those adapters get in the way of the pex, so I need to figure something out.  Unfortunately I appear to have forgotten to get a picture of it. 

I picked up a few light covers today.  They were on closeout, and I know why now.  They stink.  They block almost a third of the light coming out, and they don't like to sit all the way up against the ceiling. 


It isn't big enough to cover up the oopsy I made installing the light either.


I also picked up a whole house filter today too.  I got it assembled, but not installed.  At the current moment I can't even get into the laundry room. 


Unfortunately we are supposed to get half a foot of snow tonight.  Since my driveway isn't currently clearable even if I had the snowblower working and it would be impossible to hide the tire tracks as well, so I decided to stay in a hotel in town tonight.  It will be nice to have a real shower too.

No movement on the checklist.  I did talk to Rymes, and they won't touch the gas lines either.  I have Greg talking to his guy, but it is looking more and more like I will have to do all the gas work, which is unfortunate.  I might call discount oil back since they only get axed because of the time frame.

  1. Install bathroom fixtures.
  2. Get hot water heater installed.
  3. Install some form of cabinets in the kitchen.
  4. Install kitchen sink.
  5. Install kitchen appliances.
  6. Get propane installed.
  7. Build bed frame.
  8. Build closets.
  9. Install table.
  10. Smooth driveway enough to plow/clear
  11. Fix snowblower.  
  12. Winterize equipment (mower, undercoat the truck, etc).
  13. Clear slab
  14. Shed work
    1. Extend roof to prevent snow pushing on the side.
    2. Fix pilings

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Move more or less complete.

It is messy, but I have moved.  All my stuff, except for some basic cleaning supplies are in the new place.  The old place looks pretty empty.  The new tenants were not pleased that he decided to chop out a chunk of the ceiling when they are supposed to be moving in Wednesday.


I ended up using my car as a portable storage unit...


Here is the walkthrough of the new place.  It is very hectic inside at the moment, but I slept there last night, and actually slept fairly well despite waking up a few times.  One of the concerns I had was that the fridge took a while to pull down.  Normally fridges take a few hours, but after three hours, the fridge was still just starting to cool down.  When I woke up this morning though, the fridge was 32, so it made it and I moved my stuff in. 

I will have to go back tonight to clean the place, though courtesy of the drywall guy, I will only have to do the kitchen and bathroom, since I am not dealing with the plaster everywhere.

Moving wasn't on the checklist, so no movement. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Getting close enough to live in.

Today was chillier than I expected, but I still made good progress.  I started off bringing another load up.  The apartment I am squatting in is looking empty.  I didn't quite get through all of them, but I did eliminate a whole suitcase of clothes, basically just by tossing that I hadn't worn in over two years or had holes in it.  I also moved my computer today.


I decided to build the steps today.  Next time I think I will cut my own stringers.  I didn't notice when I bought them that one was split (which is why there is an extra chunk of 2x6 on the bottom step) and one was cut slightly differently than the other 2, which led to the boards not lining up perfectly.

Here is the underside.


Upside


It isn't a quality one, but I also installed a handrail.  I don't really ever use one, but just in case the town looks for it, I installed one.  The cinder blocks were much steeper and didn't have one, and I have been using those for a year and a half.


I also came across this in my bucket of screws.  It looks like the quality control isn't too tight on the manufacturing process.


All in all, they are still a major upgrade over the cinder blocks.  Next up I got Tim to help me with moving some stuff around.  The stove and fridge are now in the house.


The critters really made a disaster of the stove.


It cleaned up fairly well, though I ran out of clorox wipes.


It is still really muddy up the hill.  My truck managed it though.  I really need to put gravel down up here.  Maybe next year though.


Even though I replaced a bunch of the stuff in the shed with other stuff, since I removed all the tools from the house, the shed still looks neater.


The front porch is done.  I have to move tomorrow, so I am glad I at least have the minimum needed to live there.  I also emailed the town; the office doesn't technically reopen until Tuesday, but I might get lucky and one of the selectmen decide to check the email, it has happened before.

I also merged the two lists, since I am technically going to move in tomorrow, whether I have the occupancy permit or not (which I won't).  I have to be out by the 13th, so I figured I will move out tomorrow and then finish up any cleaning on Tuesday.

To Do:
  1. Install bathroom fixtures.
  2. Get hot water heater installed.
  3. Install some form of cabinets in the kitchen.
  4. Install kitchen sink.
  5. Install kitchen appliances.
  6. Get propane installed.
  7. Build bed frame.
  8. Build closets.
  9. Install table.
  10. Smooth driveway enough to plow/clear
  11. Fix snowblower.  
  12. Winterize equipment (mower, undercoat the truck, etc).
  13. Clear slab
  14. Shed work
    1. Extend roof to prevent snow pushing on the side.
    2. Fix pilings