Productive Weekend

23 Oct
Well, I managed one huge task this weekend — getting over that hump of starting a project I don’t want to do.  I got a good stab at some contract work I took on earlier this month, so I should be able to get it delivered on time, assuming the info I’m requesting from the company managers comes to me in a timely fashion.  What a relief; getting started is always the hardest part for me.
Michael had a really busy weekend, too — I’m so proud of him!  I asked him to do two things for me this weekend, but one of them turned into a much bigger and hairier project than it seemed to be.  The paint has been bubbling and peeling off our bathroom ceiling and the drywall ceiling underneath is really damp.  The previous owners were in this house for 8 years, so I can’t imagine it wasn’t a problem before, but somehow they just fixed it cosmetically instead of properly.  Michael noticed that they didn’t even bother to prime the ceiling before painting it and suggested we use the downstairs bathroom for a while to let the ceiling dry out, then strip, prime, and paint it.  I figured this wouldn’t solve the bigger problem, and we might as well replace the ceiling fan (which wouldn’t even hold up a single square of toilet paper), even if the ducting above wasn’t set up in the ideal configuration.
Michael came home with a new fan and discovered it required cutting a bigger hole in the ceiling (no problem).  Then he decided to go into the attic and investigate the ducting and that’s where all the fun began.  He decided to do a really good job of it, which ended up requiring new ducting, duct insulation, and a new outlet outside, which also meant cutting a hole in the roof (and discovering that we need to re-shingle).  It’s not really a complicated job, but sometimes when you actually do something in three-dimensions, things don’t go quite as smoothly as they do in theory.  And Michael had to do most of it solo because he refused to let me stay in the bathroom in case I inhaled insulation bits or other nasties.
The new bathroom fan works wonderfully.  The project took most of the day, and Michael was hot, tired, and starving by the time he was done, and I feel guilty, since it was kind of my fault he even started.  The brain work I did today doesn’t even seem to compare.  Thanks, sweetie!

One Response to “Productive Weekend”

  1. J. Craig October 26, 2005 at 10:16 am #

    Mike – Welcome to my life!!!

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