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This Old Crack House

From log house to farmhouse. Farmhouse to townhouse. Townhouse to apartment house. Apartment house to crack house. Crack house to our house. Our house to our home.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Year End Update With Pictures!

I get asked this question often. "Did you finish your roof?" The answer is "No, but it is two fifths done."
The gutters are the time consuming part. They have to be riveted and soldered in place and each corner has to be custom made. There are eight corners due to us having a bay section with four 135 degree corners. The good news is that six of the eight corners are in place so in the spring I just have three straight sides and a dormer to remove and replace with a window similar to the others. I am not looking forward to that window construction.
So here is why it has taken so long. Besides the roof, I had to brick up this hole in the wall.

I still have one row to complete but it involves standing on a ladder. I don't stand on ladders unless it is at least 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Here is a news clip from New Years Eve where I get asked about the roof. This was aired live at 6:10 AM so I was up early for it.

Leitzell praises risk takers: wdtn.com

I had three downspouts to replace. This had to be done to stop the waterfall we encountered on Thanksgiving Day in our bedroom and parlor which was also the result of not completing a section of gutter before a torrential rain.

Then there was the eight tons of wood pellets that were delivered and moved to my basement. Before they could be stored, I had to remove a huge pile of wood and store it outside.

We had a furnace installed this year.

I actually paid for this to be done. If you live in the Dayton area, call Mr. Hartley who owns Dayton Air Conditioning and Heating, at 937-277-8864 and tell him the Mayor referred you. I did have a role to play in the installation.

My role was to seal up a window opening that we used to vent the furnace. I put in a second piece of 4" pipe for future use if needed. It is easier than knocking a hole in the wall!

While I was at it, I replaced the bulkhead doors which were destroyed by some kids trying to break into the house in 2009.

Then I installed this door in the basement in case you get through the bulkhead doors!

I have also made a bead board wall to replace the handrail to the third floor so that I can install a door and keep some heat in the house. I have also replaced the toilet in the Steampunk bathroom with one that actually works and doesn't require three flushes to clear! I also put a toilet in the 2nd half bathroom area (also the laundry room)so that I don't have to look at the hole in the floor any more!

Did I mention lining a chimney so that we could use the wood stove in the parlor? Well I did that too. I poured vermiculite around the liner and wondered why it was taking so much to fill the space. After entering my bedroom I saw the problem. My fireplace had filled up with vermiculite! This meant that there was a hole between my chimneys. After figuring where it was I proceeded to knock a hole in the chimney to repair the hole. After repairing the hole and pouring vermiculite again, I discovered another hole higher up. So I had to make an even bigger hole in my chimney to repair it. Here is a picture. I still have three bricks to install in order to finish the work.

After all this, homeschooling my daughter and doing Mayoral things there are still people out there that call me lazy!

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At 1/11/2011 10:44 AM, Blogger Cyndi said...

I was just wondering when we were going to get an update on the old crack house! I assumed you were so busy with the mayor stuff that you didn't have much more time to work on your house. (And therefore this blog wasn't going to be udpated very often.) How wrong I was!

Bonus points for referring to a bathroom as "steampunk." Too funny!

Great job juggling being a mayor and real life! :)

At 1/11/2011 2:00 PM, Anonymous Kate H. said...

Yea! Thanks for the update! Sorry to hear about the Thanksgiving Day waterfall. Was the damage bad? I'm almost afraid to ask.

I've had 7 coats of shellac down on the stairs to the 3rd floor for a couple of months now. Unfortunately, the animals can scratch it up pretty easily when they go racing up and down. I may end up adding a coat of clear dewaxed, with poly-u and paste wax over, after all, regardless of what Ron at Shellac.net says about that ruining the repairability.

How are your shellacked floors holding up?

At 1/21/2011 11:02 AM, Anonymous Jim said...

Looks like I should have bought a crack house to have this enjoyment.


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