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mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
9/19/19 9:12 p.m.

Kid#2 hitched a ride home in a friend's Jeep. Kids helped me move 38 million books upstairs. All the dehumidifiers running and the humidistat is pretty steady at 30%. Mrs. Deuce figured a route home and then took us out for dinner since the kitchen is full of the living room. 

We had 5 inches of water in the living room. Opening the door to let the water out gets the first four inches. Shop vac gets most of the rest. Many many many buckets of water. Then kids with towels. 

And dehimidifiers for the rest. We're watching TV in the living room now. Tomorrow morning I'll figure out how much of the drywall I have to cut out. Looks like things barely wicked above the baseboard so 12-15 inches should be safe. Let it dry for a few days and put it all back together again.

bluej UberDork
9/19/19 10:11 p.m.

woof. :-/

I admire your spirit!

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
9/20/19 12:49 a.m.

What’s the highest it’s gone in there?

Maybe it’s time to research those vinyl flooring panels, and use them as a “extra tall kickboard accent thingy” instead running drywall all the way down?

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
9/20/19 9:44 a.m.

Homeownership is suuuuuuper fun. 

I keep reminding myself that my ability to do this sort of work continues to justify my employment status as we shed children to the real world.

Toyman01 MegaDork
9/20/19 9:55 a.m.

That sucks. Drywall is not one of my favorite home projects. 

If it floods regularly, I'd have to look into some extra wide baseboards that were easily removed. 


java230 UltraDork
9/20/19 11:39 a.m.

In reply to Toyman01 :


mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
9/20/19 12:55 p.m.

From Mrs. Deuce this morning:

The original purpose of wainscoting was to cover the lower part of walls, which, in houses constructed with poor or non-existent damp-proof courses, are often affected by rising dampness. Its purpose is now decorative.

It's an option. 

Toyman01 MegaDork
9/20/19 12:58 p.m.

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth :

Make it out of Hardiplank or Starboard with screws with decorative heads. When it floods, you pull it down and dry the walls. Then screw it back in place. 

759NRNG UltraDork
9/20/19 1:29 p.m.

Spray the exposed bottom plate and the wall studs with a 50/50 water bleach solution to prevent MOLD. Do you have a well or are you on the MUD water?  Well = at least one whole bottle of bleach down the hole for the very same reasons.

apexanimal New Reader
9/22/19 5:22 p.m.

sorry seth... i guess if you can't hide it, feature it.

wheelsmithy SuperDork
9/22/19 5:42 p.m.

EEEK! Water in the house is nearly as helpless a feeling as being robbed. Your attitude is inspirational.


mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
9/25/19 1:46 p.m.

I have a couple of strategies for motivation. The most popular one is to just ignore things until motivation randomly strikes. Only slightly more successful is leaving project supplies in the way until they annoy me enough to actually do the project and get rid of them. This morning I wanted to clean the shop part of the Grosh but the stupid box of tile was still in the way. This wall is up. Other wall is all laid out. Hopefully I can be done with the grout by the time Mrs. Deuce gets back from her work trip on Saturday. 

Greg Smith
Greg Smith Dork
9/25/19 3:17 p.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

...Only slightly more successful is leaving project supplies in the way until they annoy me enough to actually do the project and get rid of them.

Ingegious, I may need to try that approach. Normally, my projects fall into the category of "benign neglect" until they drop to "Why do I STILL have that thing?"

And... the backsplash / tiles are looking good!

KaiserM715 New Reader
9/25/19 3:38 p.m.

Oooof, that stinks on the flooding.  Thankfully things drained pretty well on the southeast side of town.

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
9/28/19 7:35 p.m.

Killing time before reconstructing the living room. I remembered today that tile is fun and grout sucks. First time doing grout on a vertical surface. That did not make it more fun. One wall looks good. I have autocross tomorrow so I'll finish the other on Monday and then get to grout sealant and what not. Terrible pictures, sorry about that. 

After maybe a year? More than a year? I put the drawer slides and drawers in this cabinet and made a top with the cutout from the kitchen sink. I still need to make a base for it. Also put in the USB outlet so I have a place to charge things. All of this is part of an effort to clean the workbench for the first time in a couple of years. 

I built this building to be nice, and it's a mess. Too much of a mess to finish the things that I haven't finished. I'm stuck in a loop. 


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