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The Son's Room #1: Day 1 of the real thing

Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 08-03-2012 03:44 AM 4861 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Howdy,

We started the day off with my son’s friend showing up at 8:00 AM. Which was fine because I started rolling at 6. We cleared out the living room and moved OIL paint heaquarters to the patio. We went inside and I told him to help my son clear out the room. After about five minutes of doing more pred, I went to take another look. The buddy was sitting casually on the end of my son’s bed and my son was showing a box of junk he had kept forever. Well – the buddy was on the payroll. Nuh uh. He learned about work.

I had to cut more trim while my son continued his cleaning. The friend got a resperator and goggles and lived in an MDF cloud for better than an hour which included cleanup in the 101 degree heat. 16 year old kid started complaining he was tired and blah blah blah. I gave him advice in life – never tell the person paying you that your tired. That snapped him out of it and I spent the rest of the time complimenting his work.

Ok now my son was still putzing around with his room so I took buddy outside and we started priming in what soon became 107 degree heat. 1 oclock and he turned into a pumpkin. My son was still working on the room and this was happening to the living room.

SWEET!!!!!

I helped him get the stuff off the walls and it was off to lunch.

We got back and he proceeded to empty the room. I cut the carpet in half, threw it out and removed baseboard. Since he had spread ALL of his crap all over the living room, I elected to leave 2 large pieces of furniture in the room. We moved his big white desk then finished demo. I then patched the walls near the removed door trim the headed out into the hall and did the same thing around those doors. Got back to his room and he had FINALLY cleared it.

I found half a cup of paint and started touching up his room. I ran out and it was off to home depot. They color matched and then we ate.

Got started again at 7:00 PM. He did some priming while I did some oil painting and we quit before it got too dark outside. I went back in and painted the little bit of trim in the closet and his window sill. Finished at 9:45. What do I have to show – A BLOODY mess! That’s what!

All I can show is a decent shot of the mural.

We need that floor down tomorrow! I need his junk out of the living room! Goal – finish by Sunday. Work in parallel with the hall, So it finishes up as well. Time for rest.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.



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posted 08-03-2012 11:35 AM

Starting early on day 2. Rock and roll time!

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posted 08-03-2012 01:19 PM

8:15 and my son is still snoozing. Some come on over and help me wake him up! Already primed a bunch more trim. Saw and sled are ready to go in the front yard. I think I’ll get the oil paint going.

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 08-03-2012 02:43 PM

9:39 all trim is painted. The boy is still asleep. Not like him at all. I’ll give him another 1/2 hour. I think I wore him out yesterday. Amazing that his 50 year old Dad is running rings around him.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 08-03-2012 10:39 PM

A cold glass of water will stir things up…...just stand back in case he’s a little grumpy after…lol

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 08-04-2012 01:25 AM

Here is that painting jungle on my porch.

I was already laying the floor when he finally walked in and said I’m ready.

It was about that time when I discovered that I didn’t have enough. I asked my son what the size of the room was. He said ‘10 X 10’. I asked “And the closet?. “9 square feet.” I ask “How much is that?” “109 feet” “How much do we have?” “123 feet” “Measure again” “11X11”

“Yep son. That adds up to 130 feet. Go to the garage and find me my laminate stretcher.”
‘Is that the one that looks like a great big clamp?’
“Sure son bring that one”

Off he goes….
A few moments later he returns shaking his head. “I can’t believe I fell for that!”


It took 3 hours to fetch more laminate. That was FUN! My AC didn’t want to work in the car. You may have seen the natonal weather report. We are supposed to cool down to 103 next week. I need to pull out my parka!

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 08-06-2012 03:26 PM

Hmmmm, 103. We didn’t get to that point in MI, but when you have snow or cold 9-months out of the year, anything above 90 may as well be 100.

Current research says that teens need more sleep. They work much better if they wake up around 10 or 11 AM. Then be sure they get their afternoon nap, followed by a feeding frenzy. Of course they need to rest after supper. That’ll allow them to perform to their very best capacity – somewhere after midnight. Been there.

BTW, I have a laminate stretcher. I keep it right along side my plywood stretcher. I’d be happy to send it to you. I keep my sky-hook close-by too.

Now on to the serious stuff. Looks like you’re moving right along. I like that; very methodical and goal oriented. Remember – if it doesn’t kill you, it’ll only make you stronger. ;)

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posted 08-06-2012 09:28 PM

I hear you about that cold weather Billy. Honestly, you all are made of stouter stuff than me. I worked in New Jersey for 2 Winters. Too cold for me! New Jersey is positively tropical to you all.

I’d love to borrow the laminate stretcher! Send it by skyhook please.

I think my boy is a very hard worker and smart. However, He displays that lack of common sense sometimes. I think that’s a teenage thing. If a teen has to get it done, they get it done quick! Haste kicks that common sense out the window. Sorry, I’m just venting. He replaced the bump feed on a weedwacker last week and lost the bottom cover. All he had to do was lock the two tabs back into the slots. Grumble grumble. I’ll just have to keep your advice in mind.

Thanks for the encouragement and kind words!

Mark

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 08-07-2012 01:46 AM

You can have that heat…I would die in it. I sweat buckets as it is, and with the humidity you would think I had a sprinkler coming out of my forehead.
I’ll stick to shoveling snow….wait I have a snowblower and two able bodied sons…haha.
They’re just getting to that teenage phase…9 & 12. Fortunately, they still realize who’s boss… : ) ...my wife…

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posted 08-07-2012 03:38 AM

Ditto on the boss. I almost moved up the chain of command last week. I forgot to feed the Beta fish. Unfortunatly, my son was keeping it healthy.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 01-07-2013 02:12 AM

reat teamwork! Well, at least for a slight percentage of the handy dandy portion. It’s awesome that you are following closely with the schedule and aim to complete as initially targeted. How many coats of the oil paint did you do? I am bad with oil especially with rockstone and non-smooth surfaces. The porch is a fine location where the coats of paint can dry easily too, especially in such heat.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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posted 01-16-2013 05:29 AM

Wow, love the mural!

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posted 02-11-2013 02:38 AM

Thank you Smitty.

Fred – sorry for missing your post. 2 Coats of oil 24 hours for each to dry. I recently stopped using oil and started using Latex enamel. Same look, easier to work with, same durability, drys 24 times faster – really.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 02-11-2013 03:57 PM

Sounds like my son. If you find something that gets him moving faster (that his mother does not consider a near death experience) I would appreciate knowing about it.

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