House Hunt: August 2008 Archives

Day 42

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I am almost finished with the upstairs wall. I have completed about 9.5 feet of 12 feet. I do not think I need to go the whole 12 feet because we are going to have a closet that will take up some of that.

Buuuuut I do not want to start building and find I am 1/2" short on my brick, so I am going to do the full amount.

Kristen found a great deal on some hardwood for our master suite. It is a dark, solid bamboo floor from Ecofinishes. She found it on Craigslist and it is now sitting in our bedroom.

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Days 38, 39, 40, 41

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I finished re-pointing the downstairs wall on Tuesday. It is good to almost be done with this stage. I tried to powerwash the rest of the dirt and plaster off the wall but it did not work very well. It just kinda made a mess.

I bought a wire brush and used that on part of the wall and it works well but again, it is manual labor that will take a few hours. I am thinking of having a group workday again and try to pound both wall out on a Saturday.

I also started re-pointing the upstairs wall. I am about half way through with that one. It is much smaller than the downstairs wall. It is only about 13 feet where as the downstairs wall was about 27 feet. Hopefully I can finish re-pointing that wall before Kristen and I go to Michigan this weekend. I should be able to finish it in a couple of days.

We have also gotten a few bid back from contractors. We now have to review them all and see which one we really like and can afford. Luckily, I have not gotten any bids over $300,000 which makes me feel like I am not crazy. Every time I get a bid of, say $450,000, I begin to freak out because if that is the actual costs, we can never afford this.

Day 30

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Got through another box today. It take about 2.5 hours to cover about 20 square feet or 1 box. Anyway, it is coming along. Hopefully, I get a lot of it finished this weekend. The next step when this is done is to wash it with the power washer. I might want to acid wash it as well, we will have to see how it turns out.

On a side, note, my iPhone took this really weird picture. Now, this has not been edited in any way. The ladder on the left side is moved up, skewed from the picture.

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Day 29

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I worked on a chunk of the downstairs wall today. I got through 1, 15 lb box of mortal. It covered about 20 sq feet. A quick calculation and I will need about 12 boxes. Not too bad.

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Looks pretty good :)

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