Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Boiler Removal

we were so excited to buy a house that we volunteered to remove the old boiler from the basement of our house. this one might think would be an easy task after all it was only about 4'x3'x5'... not that big. so one day while brig was in town i suggested we take it out of the basement. this stupid idea started the feat of removing the beast from the basement. we started small thinking we could just break it up but that didn't work out too well. we then started to see bolts and were excited thinking if we remove the bolts it would come apart and we would be done in an hour or so. well if the bolts came out as planned we wouldn't have spent 7 hours removing the boiler. turns out we had to cut most of the bolts in half and then pry them out of their holes hoping they would give. once we discovered the method of removing the boiler things sped up. we estimate that the boiler is about 1000 pounds of cast iron. we had it disassembled but now we had to remove it. being the nice brother that i am and tired of listening to brig complain about a broken finger nail, i picked the boiler up and took it out in one piece. i probably saved us another 10 hours of work. after a dirty 7 hours of work and a nice shower, we thought it would be nice to take brig out for dinner to thank him. unfortunately we ended up at a place that cooked the hamburgers way to long but in the end i think the day was really productive. thanks for the help brig and for future reference guest are welcomed anytime... the next task is the oil tank!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Lakeview Terrace

For those of you who are curious Samuel L. Jackson doesn't live next door to us.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

washer and dryer

this week marked a highlight in our home renovations. we have (after many months maybe even years of relentless discussion of what kind of apparatus to wash and dry our clothes with) have finally purchased a new washer and dryer. we went with the LG brand, front loading, high efficiency WM2016CW and DLE2516W models. For the lay person that is the model number for cheap and basic. we (as blogged about on this very blog site) have been creating a laundry room in which to house the WM2016CW and DLE2516W, This room is located on the second floor of our house and through research have learned that belt driven washers do not work very well for upstairs applications. The LG models have a drive shaft meaning no belts drive the washer. These are better for upstairs applications so we were sold... price and style did also influence our choice. So we now are the proud owners of a washer and a dryer in which we can now not only wash our unmentionables but yes we can dry them... hip hip hooray!! one note too mention the floor in the room may need to be changed as LG claims slight vibrations may be a problem... "If the floor is not solid, your washer will vibrate. You will hear and feel the vibration throughout you house." We are giving it time before we pour a concrete second floor in the house.