This is me being optimistic.

July 27, 2012 by megmstephens

Yeah, see that mess below the front door? That is going to be GONE this weekend!

July 28-29 Weekend To-Do List:

1. Pound two 5/8″ diameter, 8′ long metal rods into the ground (ground rods for the electric panels). I have no idea how to do this, so, hopefully YouTube and Google and my renovation books will help me out. This could be quite funny – I’m glad I am not brave enough to do videos on here for you all to laugh at me as I struggle and try to figure it out. Hey, that’s why I bought this house! It’s a learning experience.

2. Run a lighting/outlet circuit in the basement. Install boxes, romex, fixtures, and breaker. This isn’t hard, just takes time.

3.  Get bulbs for all the lights and install them, and install the shop lights in the garage. I might have to wait until next week to get the bulbs. I’m without a vehicle this weekend, and biking to Big-Box Improvement Store gets me strange looks from cars on the bypass, plus it’s not really very safe.

4. Make all final connections in the main breaker panel. Including connecting to the new ground rods I’ll be doing in item #1.

5. Hopefully a friend will be coming by on Saturday who has some experience jacking up a house (and the bottle jacks to do it). We’ll be walking through the basement and also investigating the areas that need to be fixed:

a. The beam that was cut in the basement (grr. People, beams are there for a reason! You don’t just cut them because they are in your way!!)

b. Floor of the dining room- there is a significant slope to the outside wall from the main center beam of the house. It could be a sinking foundation, or it could be a rotted sill plate. Either way, it needs to be fixed.

c. Front corners of the house. The front left corner, looking from the street, is the worst but the front right could use some TLC too.

6. Build temporary front steps to the front door and clear the boxes/bricks/blocks that are the current front steps out of the way. We’re going to get classy, guys! No more uneven tripping-hazards to get into the house!

7. Clean up and organize the garage (again). This one is never going to end. Even though I clean up after every work session, stuff still gets messy. Also, things keep changing as we get more materials and tools, so really this is about finding a place for everything.

8. Frame in the windows for the garage.

9. Install windows for the garage.

10. Prep the exterior of the garage for siding. I’ll have to do a couple of things: install dripedge above all the windows and doors, put flashing around said windows and doors, and perhaps install some blocking in the eaves.

11. Finish building a work bench along the wall in the garage, and possibly pimp out my workshop with pegboard and hangers. This could get expensive, so I have to think about what I want and if I can use salvaged stuff instead of new from Big-Box Home Improvement Store.

12. Pull more nails out of siding.

It’s very doubtful that I’ll get even half of this list complete, but I like looking ahead at what should be done next. I have a whole workplan written up and posted in the garage- I really should copy it into a master list here on the blog. I guess that’s number 13 – Make a page on the blog with master work plan for HeartlandHouse. 🙂 I’ll post updates and more pictures from the house this weekend, so stay tuned.


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