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15 Cpl William Dickerson Pl
Troy, NY 12180
(I refuse to call this a blog, as that sounds like something you call
November 20, 2016
The room has been painted for a couple weeks. The important bit of progress,
however, is that today the heat got reconnected and turned on. Sadly, painting
took until later in the year overall than I'd hoped it would, so I can't do
all the mouldings now because it's too cold for me to have the windows open
and have the varnish cure. The varnish is far too stinky to apply without
the windows open. So I'm going to have to go back next spring, disconnect
and drain the heating loop, then varnish all the mouldings, then put it back
September 3, 2016
Contractor finished a week and a half ago, the outside looks *great*. I need
to get pictures, but I haven't even taken any yet. Kid was born, I'm busy
Interior is drywalled, but the joints aren't mudded yet.
August 21, 2016
I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever get back to updating regularly. Given
everything that's been done lately, it isn't like I'll ever have more to
say than I currently do.
So the contractor has been going for 2 weeks, other than the days he's
been rained out. Exterior came off on day 2 and was immediately replaced
with sheathing. Windows were installed on day 3. Since then he's been
working on rebuilding the exterior to look like it did 110 years ago.
Since the end of his day 3, I've been trying to finish up the interior.
Drywall just finished going up today. Some of it has been taped and mudded
(1 coat). I've fixed the room door so it hangs right and doesn't hit the
floor. I need to pull the closet door and shave a hair off the bottom so it
doesn't hit the floor either. Should get on the door stop moulding and
strike plate for the room door, since that won't take long. Then joint
compound until I fall over.
July 10, 2016
Progress has slowed dramatically. Most of what's left is waiting on the
contractor who is doing the exterior wall and installing the windows, so
I have less incentive to keep up the pace. The ceiling is sheetrocked,
except right at the windows. I've just managed to finish stripping all
of the mouldings that weren't still attached to the house. Next I rip out
both door frames to replace them, and while they're out I'll be sanding
and refinishing the entire floor.
In other news, the claw-foot tub has been installed in the bathroom. It is
June 17, 2016
I've gotta get better at updating this. Since the last update, the
insulation has arrived, as have the new windows. Three of the walls
are fully sheetrocked. The electrical for the room is long done, other
than installing the permanent light fixture - that comes after the
ceiling is installed and insulated. Baseboards are long done, although
I haven't done any of the other mouldings at all yet.
June 8, 2016
As of today, I've gotten all the blasted tiny nails pulled from all of the
beams, spoken to a roofer about fixing the leaks (and found the problem
myself), ordered the new insulation, and gone through and stripped the
baseboards - 2 passes. I'm debating a third pass to really get them clean.
June 6, 2016
I'm in the process of taking a week off to gut and rehab 4. It's Monday, so
I've already spent the weekend working on it without updating here. There is
no plaster or lathe in the room, and all of the insulation above 2, 3, 4, 5,
and 6 is out in the dumpster. As long as I've got the front-and-center room
ripped out I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to get rid of fiberglass
and replace with denim.
And then yesterday evening it rained. I've found 3 leaks in the roof over
4 so far.
April 8, 2016
It's been 7 months since I had something to post here. I really need to
not go this long. I'd like to finish some day. Does anyone even bother
reading this any more? So few updates...
So, $4400 later, what we have is a completely unusable porch. I'm bringing
in a contractor to do some work on the house, because I'm clearly making so
much progress and because we're expecting in August and kind of need some
of this done. Task list is: front facade of the bay is falling apart, so
complete rebuild and new windows; install clawfoot tub; fix the porch rail
and roof. First reaction to the porch roof was that he wanted a structural
So the engineer took a look and said: "We'll be getting an emergency building
permit for this." Contractor was expecting to start in August, and suddenly
he cleared his schedule for the stabilization of the roof. Not much was
holding it to the house other than habit and good manners. The porch is now
a forest of posts and crossbraces.
I haven't even gotten the estimate for doing the final work yet. Ow.
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