Monthly Archives: August 2005

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2005

Solid gold septic Dawn’s gotten three quotes for the septic system, ranging from $60,000 to $90,000. As one person eloquently put it, “holy crap!” Last week, Dawn even met with the sewage enforcement officer to see if there were any other options. (“Sleep with him if you have to,” I said.) It didn’t matter; there […]

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2005

Dawn’s to-do list, updated In early April, I posted Dawn’s to-do list. Let’s review: – Gut the Summer Kitchen — done! – Clean out basement, dig out mud, and pour a concrete floor — done! – Install cellar doors on mansion, Paymaster’s Office — temporary doors installed! – Clean off vines, remove bushes — done! – Trim Sycamore trees […]

MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2005

Dawn vents About three months ago, Dawn sent me an update on the project, and it was such a rare event that I posted it to the web site. Well, she did it again: So what needs to be done? What doesn’t need to be done. Monday, August 29th, the electrician is supposed to be […]

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2005

The True Cost of Dawn While Dawn was in LA last week, she was actually working–her old company needed her to cover for a week, and we are in no position to turn down money. Well, I just ran the numbers and found Dawn made a little over $1,000, and spent $1,400! My first thought, […]

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2005

Privy Sometimes web surfing takes you to some odd places, and yesterday I found myself at the “Outhouses of America Tour.” As the title suggests, they have pictures of outhouses from all over the country, and I suddenly realized (which is kind of scary) that we have a great outhouse! Most outhouses are wood; ours […]

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2005

Dormer Series The “skylight” you see is next to one of the dormers, where the whole roof has to be stripped off to replace a rafter that had failed. (It was replaced with an “LDL” which is basically a strips of wood laminated together, which is much stronger than regular wood but a lot easier […]

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2005

Amish Roofers II Dawn has really gotten a kick out of the Amish roofers, for several reasons: 1) They all speak with a heavy Pennsylvania Dutch accent. 2) They arrive by 7am, and stay until 5pm. 3) Except for Melvin, they all wear traditional Amish clothes — dark pants, long-sleeve shirts, suspenders, and straw hats. […]

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2005

Dawn’s top ten I asked Dawn what she missed most about being home, figuring (of course) that it would be me. I didn’t even make the top ten: 1. Water pressure 2. Soft bed 3. No bats 4. No bugs 5. Beach 6. Perfect weather 7. Neighbors 8. Food variety 9. Her truck 10. Dishwasher

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2005

This Old House II I don’t want to “out” my contractor (especially after Dawn made me remove the reference to “evil Mike”) but when This Old House came to take pictures of Gary, he brought an entourage — Vince, Sean, and Lauren. Dawn immediately put them all to work, letting them pause only long enough […]