Saturday, November 05, 2005
Things I Learned While Remodeling
I have built a few out buildings and other barny things in my time, but this long period of interior remodeling has taught me a few new things...
1) Even though you know you are saving money by doing it yourself, it is still expensive. Just keep telling yourself, "It would cost twice as much if I was paying somebody..."
2) You can do almost anything yourself, IF you get the right book. I would suggest any of the Home Depot 123 books. They are clear with great step by step instructions...even to the shopping list you will need at the Home Depot store.
Some other useful titles are "Working Alone", although the author might have titled it "Working Alone While Your Family Goes Out Having Fun". I also like " The Very Efficient Carpenter" and "Measuring, Marking, and Layout".
3) Doing drywall stinks, because you really don't know if you did it right until the wall is completely done and painted. What if it's not right? Argghh.
4) Power miter saws and table saws are proof that God loves us.
5) Why in the world is a paintbrush so expensive? It's a stick with hair.
6) It really does pay to do things the slow, correct way when finishing wood. Don't skip the "lightly sand between coats step". The difference is amazing.
7) The new microfiber tacky cloths are reuseable and so much more pleasant to use than the old sticky kind.
8) No matter how hard I try, I can not clean a polyurethaned paint brush for a second use. The next day it is fossilized.
9) Remodeling is a great excuse for new tools. "Honey, if we get this razzledazzlegitzmodunwingding, I can finish the bathroom in half the time." Works like a charm.
10) The weather will be perfect and fishing in the Gulf will be legendary any day you are committed to remodeling inside.
11) It never ends.
Posted by R.Powers at 7:33 AM