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Movin’ on up

It’s true, I moved in last weekend. Just in time to host friends visiting from NZ. The last couple weeks have been a flurry of priming, painting, and polyurethaning. Not to mention packing, cleaning, unpacking and trying to find space for all … Continue reading

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Dirty Old Floor

Still not moved in. We finally scored some beautiful weather here in Halifax this past long weekend. I celebrated by staying indoors to clean and paint like mad. Even then I feel like I did not make much headway. As … Continue reading

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Wall of Goo

When I removed the 60-year old drywall last fall, I was rewarded with a couple more inches of space and some very dirty painted brick. Even the interior walls in this joint are made of brick. We tried sandblasting the … Continue reading

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Picture this

After last week’s lengthy missive this week is less talk, more action.

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Bath update

We finished the wall tile in the bathroom last week. I will say one thing about it – it is very, very white. To mix things up a bit, I picked up a marble tile and we cut it to fit the window … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek

The windows have arrived and are in storage until the drywall is finished. While that is happening, we also decided to to finish off the bathroom. That means we have to install the wall tiles around the tub, which includes the window … Continue reading

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Gypsumphilia

Drywall, gyproc, gypsum board – call it what you like, but sheets and sheets of it came in through the window. This particular product is manufactured by Canadian Gypsum Company. They have a quarry near Windsor NS, less than a one hour drive … Continue reading

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Windows 2.0

Decisions. Sometimes they get made only to be unmade. The window restoration idea was a winner until we found out the windows were in much worse shape than we originally thought. The price, with new custom storm windows, quadrupled to where it was … Continue reading

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Breaker Breaker

I flunked my first framing inspection last week because I don’t have an HRV installed. “A what now?” you say? Well, since I made you ask, the short-story-long is: we will be air sealing the heck out of the place with spray foam. So less air leakage … Continue reading

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The Great Frame-Up

Framing pics! This is definitely one great job by Martin, Gerry and Billy. The existing roof looked rather insubstantial compared to the exterior brick walls that are three wythes or 12 inches thick. Back in the day, solid sawn lumber was actual size meaning a 2×4 really was 2 inches by … Continue reading

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