Done For Now

Off to a slow start this morning, as I wandered off into reading a book while I was drinking my morning coffee. The title of the book is The Rev. J.W. Loguen, as a slave and as a freeman. A narrative of real life (1859), and I found it fascinating. It serves to remind me that, no matter what a pretty picture progress paints on the surface of the culture, there is much hidden that beggars belief. And that good people continue to survive the onslaught of insanity in the name of profit.

After a breakfast of oatcakes, I gathered my thoughts and determined that I would finish what I could of the bathroom project today.

The vapour barrier project began by assembling the tools needed; plastic vapour barrier, carpenter’s square, pen, staple gun, staples, step stool, screwdiver, hammer, small piece of cardboard, scissors, a kitchen spatula, and Tuck tape.

First the vapour barrier was cut in roughly the size needed to cover the exterior wall in the bathroom. Beginning at the top middle, the vapour barrier was stapled to the studs at intervals. Where the staples had not completely penetrated the stud, they were hammered in, protected from the hammer by the cardboard.

When the vapour barrier was secured to the entire wall, it was time to tape the areas where the staples had penetrated the vapour barrier. This was done with Tuck tape.

Attila had warned that the Tuck tape liked very much to stick to itself, and that if the “end” of the tape stuck down it would be very challenging to start the roll again. So the kitchen spatula was put to good use, holding the Tuck tape away from itself, and making a section available for cutting off in small pieces. I used this method rather than attempt to tape an entire stud, top to bottom, to cover the staples.

Tuck tape, held in place by the spatula, and cut with the scissors into manageable small pieces.
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I worked for quite a while and needed a break. I read a bit more of my book, and then it was time to get moving on the project again.

After taping over all the staples, an opening was cut into the plastic to allow air flow thorough the window. A bucket of soapy water was brought in and all the surfaces were cleaned with a rag. Then a bucket of water with bleach was used to rinse the boards affected by mould.

The exterior wall of the bathroom is now insulated and the vapour barrier has been installed and taped.
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This is as far as I will take the bathroom project on this visit. I think our next step is to remove the toilet and remaining layers of flooring and sub-flooring that are still under it. We suspect that the floorboards underneath the toilet will be badly damaged and will need to be replaced. Attila will take charge of the toilet removal.

When we see what we are dealing with the toilet out, we will know the way forward.

There are still purchases to be made. I must choose flooring. We will need a tub surround for the walls around the tub. And now that Attila is installing new drywall at the country house, we will be painting the walls. Also, I need to choose a paint colour and let him know, so he can purchase paint locally at the country house and carry on with his project.

For today though, I am done with my labours. I will spend time relaxing on the back porch, reading, cooking and watching a few episodes of Foyle’s War.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

23°C
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 23.2°C
Dewpoint: 9.8°C
Humidity: 42%
Wind: NNE 18 km/h

Quote

“He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”
Chinese Proverb

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5 Responses to Done For Now

  1. ava south says:

    I would like to read the book but it’s not available on my kindle. Too bad. I am spoiled to e-reading.

  2. Maggie says:

    Ava, if you click on the image of the book, in the left column, it will let you read it in your browser, on the computer. That is where I am reading it.

  3. Sarah says:

    Sounds like a fascinating, enlightening book. Must. Read. Soon.

    Good to have an hiatus in the bathroom project, no? How did it ever happen that you and Attila ended up working on two houses at once? Maybe we should start calling you Superman and Wonder Woman. Amazing!

  4. Maggie says:

    Actually I’ve moved on to lawn mowing and yard work, which I do not like nearly as much as bathroom renovation. LOL

    Aw yes, the two house phenomena. Three years ago we decided to move. Attila was working in an environment managed by a raving drug addict, I was working with an alcoholic bully, two of the most disliked people in the village and we worked for them. So we decided to move. We were visiting Terra for her graduation, saw the little house in the city, going for peanuts. So we put in an offer and bought it on the spot. A house in horrendous condition in a top notch neighbourhood, well worth the sweat equity. Then we started applying for work in the new location and put our country house up for sale.

    The drug addict that Attila worked under quit and Attila was offered a terrific promotion, too good to turn down. We were never offered any work in the new location, despite hundreds of applications. Gaining employment in Canada is like winning a lottery, and older people who are competing with the young are losing out completely. So here we are, fixing up the little house in the city, and the country house and wondering what the future holds for us. For the moment we continue to renovate both buildings and hope that the universe has some relief in store for us. Who knows what form that may take, time will tell.

  5. Sarah says:

    Goodness! What a tale! I hope the future holds your hearts’ desires, whatever they may be.