Random Update 10/25/09

October 27, 2009 – 2:41 pm

We’ve been focusing on doing the garage still. It’s almost done. We just need to sell the left over drywall and finish spackling. The Camaro is already in!

As far as Dad’s house goes, it’s been a while since we went up there. The big garage is nearly empty (compared to what it was). Bri and I took half a day last Wednesday to scope out what we still needed to do. The lawyer showed up later to tell us what all we needed to do before the house can go up on the market.

Basically we had to:

  • Clean out the entire house and put everything in the garage
  • Cut the loose cords
  • Clean the toilets

Bri and I went to work emptying the house on Wednesday. We took a bunch of stuff home. Stacy finished boxing her lamps. Now she just needs to store them.

Bri had finished with the lamps a while ago. Progress on the lamps:

Date Started: Aug 8, 2009
Estimated Time: 2 days
Actual Time: 2 days
Players Involved: Stacy, Brian, me
Status Of This Project: Completed (all are down & boxed & new ones are in)

I did a few shelf liners on Wednesday as well. Progress on shelf liners:

Date Started: Jul 18, 2009
Estimated Time: 3 days
Actual Time: 3 days on & off
Players Involved: Stacy, me
Status Of This Project: Completed

On Sunday Curtis came to help us. We finished emptying the house, of everything. I cleaned the counter. We got a lot of trash out as well. We loaded the ram with nothing but trash. Brian also cut the lose cables and put covers over the walls.

Bri Cutting Wires

Wires Cut And Wall Plated

We also got a load of tires in the ram. Curtis got all of his supplies out of the house as well. The house is now officially empty!

Progress on emptying entire house:

Date Started: Jan 17, 2008
Estimated Time: 1 year
Actual Time: 1 year 10 months
Players Involved: Curtis, Brian, Janny, Uncle George, Stacy
Status Of This Project: Completed (the stuff is in the garage, we’ll go through it later)

We swept up the basement and cleaned up the pool room. We got the rest of the stuff out from there (except Stacy’s table leaves and the mirrors).

There are still car parts in the basement that Uncle George needs to take.

Basically, we need to totally complete our garage, start moving stuff in there, then get the rest of the stuff as well as the Cuda, out. There are probably a few other things we need to fix up to call it completely done… There’s always a few things.

There’s light! There’s the light!

Random Update 9/5/09

September 8, 2009 – 1:00 pm

We keep waiting on our garage to get done. That’s what’s holding us up.

Over Labor Day weekend, we got a few things done, though. Bri put up the rest of the lamps and I got some stuff out.

Per Bri’s request, here are some photos:

Bri Working On The Lights

A Finished Light

Progress on the lamps:

Date Started: Aug 8, 2009
Estimated Time: 2 days
Actual Time: TBD
Players Involved: Stacy, Brian, me
Status Of This Project: In Progress (need to box and take the others from the garage down, mostly done)

Whenever our garage gets done things will move fast. We’re going to put it on the market hopefully within the next few weeks when we get the cars out. Uncle George said he was going to remove the vette or a lift this week.

Tire Pile

August 17, 2009 – 9:52 am

Unfortunately, the way the junk cars worked out, they wouldn’t take the tires. We accumulated a HUGE tire pile in the back yard, since our scrap guy would come back with the tires.

Tire Pile

Since Anne Arundel County sucks, they only let us dump four tires A YEAR there, we have to take trips to the dump in MoCo (which allows four tires A DAY).

Tire Pile

Uncle George came up with the idea to load the flat bed up then dump them at some random place at 3AM but this plan hasn’t materialized yet. Brian and I decided to do it the slow way and take them legally to the dump. So, Brian and I have been loading up the ram with tires to take to the dump, one day at a time.

I’d say there’s about 200 tires in the pile, possibly more. You figure we had 50 cars back there. Plus random tires that were in the junk yard before.

We can get about 20-24 tires in a truck load. Over the course of five days, four a day, we drop them off at the MoCo dump on 355.

Bri Just Loaded The Truck

We’ll see how this goes. We’ve done two loads so far but it doesn’t even look like we made a dent in the pile.

Progress on the tire pile:

Date Started: Aug 11, 2009
Estimated Time: 2 months
Actual Time: 5 months
Players Involved: Brian
Status Of This Project: Done

Random Update 8/17/09

August 17, 2009 – 9:38 am

Uncle George painted the little garage over the first week of August. It’s a dramatic improvement.

Little Garage Corner

Progress on painting little garage:

Date Started: Aug 5, 2009
Estimated Time: 1 day
Actual Time: 1 day
Players Involved: Uncle George
Status Of This Project: Completed

Stacy and her friend took it upon themselves to start what I wanted to call “the big clean”. They cleaned all the bathrooms in the house. They look excellent. No more work is necessary on the bathrooms at all.

Progress on “the big clean”:

Date Started: Aug 5, 2009
Estimated Time: 1 week
Actual Time: TBD
Players Involved: Stacy, Tina
Status Of This Project: In Progress (a little bit more to clean then done!)

Stacy also got boxes for her lamps. Brian started to take down the lamps of the house. We need to buy new ones to replace them.

Dining Room With No Lamp

Brian took down almost all the lamps of the house. I cleaned them up. We then got Stacy’s Coke stuff out of the basement. We’re almost entirely done.

Progress on the lamps:

Date Started: Aug 8, 2009
Estimated Time: 2 days
Actual Time: TBD
Players Involved: Stacy, Brian, me
Status Of This Project: In Progress (there’s like three more lamps to take down, then boxing them up)

Uncle George also got the guy to come to get rid of the scrap metal. We had a dumpster for about a week. Uncle George got all the scrap metal from the garage and the basement and loaded it up.

We’re really getting down to the end. I’ll be telling my sister this week to get everything she wants from the house and garage. The hold up really has been our garage. We don’t have any storage area for the cars yet until our garage is done. Hopefully within the next few weeks we’ll get the cars out, then put the house on the market.

Weekend Of 8/1/09 Update

August 3, 2009 – 10:46 am

Stacy went up to New York to drop some stuff off and Curtis went down to South Carolina to see his brother so it was just Brian and I.

I set out with a good realistic list of stuff to do:

  • Move scrap from basement to scrap pile
  • Cover little garage windows to prep for paint
  • Move the bricks from the little garage
  • Stain the banister of the balcony
  • Move shelves from basement to scrap pile
  • Clean the oven
  • Clean the house

I couldn’t get over what awesome job the floor guys did. The floors look so much better now!

Spare Bedroom Floors

However, I was upset that they used the toilets which they weren’t supposed to. We also got really sick of the refrigorator being broken. I think when Nelson moved it, it poped the doors out of the hinges or something… regardless, our drinks were warm because someone didn’t close the doors properly.

I decided to clean up dust and stuff from the window sills and the fire places. This process took most of the day.

Dad's Fireplace Before

Dad's Fireplace After

I also cleaned Dad’s bathroom which was still dusty from painting. Saturday was just a cleaning day.

Brian moved all the bricks from the little garage to the side of the big garage.

Brian wanted to take the tractor to move the scrap from the basement, but we had lost the tractor key. Sucks. Brian also stained the part of the balcony that needs to be put back in.

Sunday we were lucky enough to get Uncle George. Before he arrived, Brian and I preped the little garage for paint. I covered all the windows and outlets.

When Uncle George got there, he took a look at the toilets. He needs to get a chain for the one downstairs, so he’d do that during the week. Him and Brian fixed the refrigorator while I finished covering the windows of the little garage.

Uncle George and Brian also fixed the closet door of the bedroom off the kitchen.

During the week, Uncle George was there and he finished the little garage ceiling where it was leaking.

Garage Ceiling Before

Garage Ceiling After

Progress on fixing little garage ceiling:

Date Started: Jul 30, 2009
Estimated Time: 1 day
Actual Time: 1 day
Players Involved: Uncle George
Status Of This Project: Completed

Uncle George, Brian, and I decided to weed through tools the rest of the day. We went through most of the tools Dad had in the garage. We got a good pile for us and Uncle George took some too.

Our garage door may finally be in in time for this weekend. We might finally be laying the slab down!

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