As If!

Posted by Steve on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 12:02am


Here's the dubious segue to an on-topic post.

My local dog run is under political attack from some panty waist co-oppers who started a petition this week to close it down because of barking dogs at 8am. Don't these people have frikkin jobs? But I digress.

So we're going to have a summit with the various Owls Head dog run groups: the 7:30-9am "breakfast club" (my dogs' pack), the 10-12 noon "lazily retired", etc., elect a spokesmodel and assert ourselves in The System to save our precious dog run and perhaps convince the Parks Dept to spend a few bucks making some sorely needed repairs. Screw these whiners; we need a new fence!

I was put in charge of the effort. So tonight Karen and I visited our local Mexican restaurant, Casa Pepe, to see if they would be willing to host our little G8. It turns out that Jimmy, the owner, is a dog owner, uses the dog run and actually helped build it. He was only too happy to help. Cool.

Karen and I decided to stay for margaritas and she made the comment that it looked like I was on the last lap of the bedroom renovation. "As if," says me.



She accused me of dramatizing and asked me what I still had to do before I could move back into the bedroom. Six napkins later, I had it all written down:
  • Complete hallway wall/ceiling prep and prime
  • Remove hallway closet door and re-trim
  • Install hallway baseboard and casing trim
  • Order and install oak crown moulding in bedroom and hall (note to self: eighty feet!! Clear the credit card balance.)
  • Build raised panel under hallway window opening
  • Build raised panels under two windows in bedroom bay windows
  • Build louvered panel for center window in bay for steam element (note to self: contact Richie @ Sessa Plumbing for vent dimensions, which he says are critical for proper convection.)
  • Strip paint from passthru closet door
  • Rip passthru closet door to square (currently 1" out of square)
  • Hang passthru closet door, bedroom entry door and new closet double doors
  • Construct, hang and trim overhead closet doors
  • Build convex baseboard for curved closet corner
  • Build and install shelf over east wall wainscott
  • Install chamfered trim and cap moulding inside window frames
  • Do final woodworking trim tuning - 1/4" quarter rounds over any gaps, plane overlaps
  • Prime drywall and plaster inside new closet.
  • Install cedar paneling in new closet (~200sf)
  • Install ten foot closet pole
  • Construct and install three drawers for dresser
  • Construct frames for cupboard doors (stained glass inserts later)
  • Cut shelves for cupboard
  • Construct frames for hallway windows (stained glass inserts later)
  • Sand, sand, sand all woodwork
  • Stain, stain, stain all woodwork
  • Three coats water-based urethane on all woodwork
  • Patch nail holes with putty
  • Re-prime bedroom, ante room and hall with tinted primer (color TBD)
  • Tighten existing floor with galvanized screws into joists
  • Scuff sand floor to remove high spots in bedroom and hall
  • Float wood floor leveling compound in bedroom and hall
  • Install 30 pound floor felt
  • Install staple-down engineered floor
  • Install stair edge trim
  • Cut, stain and install shoe mouldings
  • Cut, stain and install dresser kick
  • Install new door locksets and knobs
  • Final coat of urethane on all woodwork
  • Paint the walls
  • 400 grit sanding on all woodwork followed by Butcher's wax and buffing
  • Construct media center rack
  • Order new king-size bed and frame
  • Use it!