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As in, screw all y'all (the 2x4s, the platform build, the stove's hard points) I'm a tool using wetdryvac.

Stove now at top of stairs.


1) Talk to Arden, say, "Hey, I'm working on you, and this will be good things. I just gotta get this thing up the stairs so that the kitchen will be a kitchen.
2) Build 2x4 and plywood platform at four and a half feet high, 29 inches deep, and 47.5 inches wide - the height of the second step after the left turn plus 2x4 and plywood thickness which the stove can, on its side, fit into. This gets screwed into the studs behind the lath and paster, and sets gently onto the stairs.
3) Rotate stove onto piano dolly that's reinforced with plywood.
4) Roll stove to foot of stairs, feet aiming away from self.
5) Use foot pegs to hook stove at very desperate edge of platform.
6) Dead lift near edge of stove and chest press legs further onto platfrom
7) Using mad BJJ skills, right foot to left knee, right knee to under stove for a rest and then a calf raise to relax and hook elbows under near side.
8) Clean and jerk stove from knee position to chest high, walk stove a bit more onto the platform
9) Concentrate, concentrate, concentrate, rest, explode (overhead press stove to rotate it to the wall)
10) Relax, holding stove in position at just past balance point - yes, this is needed because the stove is 30+ inches tall and the platform is 29, and the legs are 2 inches onto the platform to maintain safety
11) Walk stove's feet to edge, explode up to hop feet over edge and roll stove to vertical on platform, sliding it on the platform to fit.
12) Rotate stove through space with 1/32 of an inch clearance to make corner of stairs
13) Hear maprovencher get home at step ten so 11 and 12 are fast to avoid dog involvement

14) Relax, now that stove is stable, take a break, have a massive coffee protein shake with a banana and some vanilla in it.

15) Measure and cut sled for bringing stove up the long flight of stairs.
16) Screw sledge to bottom of stove, having rotated feet to face stairs. Stove comes pre-drilled with foot holes, much to my joy.
17) Screw crosspiece and bracing into place, so sledge doesn't torque. Sledge is built four feet longer than stove on the up-stairs side for grip cross piece.
18) Back arse first up the stairs, dead lifting the stove each step, making sure the angle of the lift ensures hooking each step for a relax.
19) Lay stove flat at top of the stairs.

20) Rejoice that the stove is finally - after six months - at the top of the stairs. Pretty sure most other heavy stuff we're considering can work this way too.
21) Take a break.
22) Drag sled and stove to kitchen near gas riser.
23) Wonder, suddenly, where the gas line connector for the stove went.
24) Shrug and get tools for sled disassembly.

Truck at last.

Household project truck, to be made much more presentable and longer lasting. Some before shots with caption story, as we've just gotten it into the drive today: Truck


More plaster removal.

In which we rip the plaster from some places and an attic is shown clear of crap at last.

Story (in captions) over here.

Thank goodness for an industrious house-mate! Doing this solo would have sucked.

Arms. Of. Tired.

I hate that I can't recycle the large majority of this construction debris, but at least we've got the first run done. I filled the 10 yard dump trailer today in about two hours of completely daft sprint work, mostly filling it with crap from the back yard, the stairs we took off the back of the house, and a bunch of dead doors (not from in the house, happily) and some shelves, wall bits, and whatnot. I get to hear back from Mini Dumpers (worst name ever, but a $120 dump trailer rental rocks, especially as compared to the 170+ competition) on the morrow to find out whether I can go over the metal lip to any great degree. I figure I'm at about 2.5 tons of debris, and the trailer's rated for 6.5 - but volume may be reflected in pricing.

Lots of wrenching things apart with a crow bar - my favorite demo tool - and a good full body workout. I almost feel like I could do a full day's physical labor and not hurt after if I keep this up.

Got a bunch of leaves out of the mess, and still need to mow the back lawn now that the debris isn't where it was. Got garden measurements as well:

Front side hill below tree: 50x14.
Back side hill above tree: 75x14.

This means 8x4 beds will have plenty of room around 'em, be easily workable, and will stagger nicely to encourage drainage. I plan on getting started on seeding the seed cups tonight as well, if I still have an upper body.

Milestone: Entire library now in house!

No box count yet, but a close examination of my back will tell you: Lots of boxes. Today's double run was... 20 banana boxes. Many, many more runs than that have already taken place. Next up? Paying for the book cases and bringing 'em in a few at a time.

Also: I am a sore vac.


An army marches on its stomach.

A house project marches on its supply train as well, and occasionally makes one wetdryvac feel like an idiot.

Today was for picking up the parts to repair the lawnmower. A small bar of steel, four bolts and wing nuts - because sod trying to work that space with a wrench when I can make a string wrench for the wing nut. A drill bit.

We hit ReStore - the habitat for humanity place where they surplus off building supplies. Greed! Pro lighting fixtures for $10 a pop instead of $180. Tile for cheap. Everything for cheap. No metal bars, but bolts and nuts. So I have most of what I need for the lawnmower now. We're hitting the chain box crap stores for a drill bit and a bit of steel plate for the mower.

Today was for getting the chainsaw running as well. It, however, has proven smarter than I am. As near as I can tell (so far, from reading the manual) the choke needs adjustment. Haven't had the chance to sit down and read about choke adjustments yet - that's for this evening.

This evening is also for potting seeds. We have our wee cups and are out the door for potting soil shortly.

But: I got the dado shield for the table-saw. I've been looking for one for a nearly year now for this particular model - and re-store had it! They also have doors of 36"x79.5" which match our door frames for $25 a pop or so. Also tile for backsplashes at $.15 a pop. And a fire safe filing cabinet.

Got on the waiting list for the 10 yard dumpster trailer, which runs $120 a use with a four ton cap at +$20 a ton after that, with a 5.5 ton load cap. Happily, nothing we're looking at ripping out - about 20 lath and plaster walls - will out-mass that before out-voluming it.

Tired, hungry.

Oh, and house related: Our new cat is now spayed and all up to date on shots. Happy cats mean happy humans.

Meanwhile, since the chainsaw isn't behaving, I used the pruning saw to lay in a small decorative bed that's perhaps big enough for a squash or two. Some time later, I find I'm happily sore and ready for more work.

And then...

1) The seeds have arrived. Some were under-count due to short supply, others didn't get sent due to having run out.
2) We have wee paper cups for seed starting.
3) We do not have potting soil. Do we? Maybe we do.
4) The side hill is mostly mown.
5) The lawnmower's handle sheered off on the left side. I might be able to fix this. I'm not sure. Gotta check and see if I have the right kind of metal. Looks like the last owners had just a bit of flex due to a loose bolt, and I didn't notice it. Metal fatigue: Not my friend.
6) Chainsaw gas is in!
7) Gas transport containers cost too sodding much.
8) Hearing protection is my bestest friend.
9) A whole ton of wire fence: I removed it from the side hill adjoining the post office. I was going to brush that out - stands of very light weeds - using the mower, but the handle snapped before I could. Might get that done tomorrow.
10) I'm brilliant! I just figured out how to re-drill and backbolt the handle so I don't have to pull the wire-and-cable harness from it. I need four bolts, four nuts, and a metal drill bit. Oh, and some patience.
12) But not so brilliant I can count. Got the priming of the green (now white) room almost done.
12) Twelve again to make up for it being early last time. Got the historical society approved Woodrow Wilson Presidential White paint for the walls, the yellow paint which name I forget, and a gallon of whatever that other paint was.
13) We might be picking up a piano! Whee! It's a saloon style / honky-tonk bar type. Quite old. Looks downright nifty in the picture.
14) I probably should take out the trash (mountains of) from upstairs and around the house - we've been ripping a lot of stuff.
15) Must doublecheck dumpster rental places. A one week rental of a 12 yard dumpster may not be enough.
16) Removed all the wood debris from the clear portions of the yard, as well as clearing out another couple fire circles the last owners built Daft buggers.
17) Figured out the correct stone line for back-building where the steps were ripped out so as to not erode the hill there. Started the process, but have quite a bit more to go.

Grr. Hitting enter in tag fields posts the entry. I wasn't finished. Let's see if edits crosspost, I guess.

18) Need to get chipper, methinks. $225 is ideal. Might go for it. Gotta double check.
19) If chipper, on the list is chipping a hell of a lot of slash.
20) Which in turn will give us access to the trash in the back yard so we can dump that, too.

But I'd better get to taking trash out, having a bit more to eat, and so forth before I fall down.