Here's the timeline:
Sun 11/18: first day of demolition
Sat 11/19: second day of demolition. Overall demo went about as expected. Exhausting, but no surprises.
You can see there's space for a few shelves in the corner behind those pipes. I was originally planning to put some in but ran out of time and boxed it in instead. I'd like to come back and open this up at some point.
Mon 12/9: floor framing and subfloor, with help from Chris
Sun 1/1: wall framing and nailers
Mon 1/2: more wall framing in the evening
Tue 1/3: electrician rough electric
Mon 1/8: plumber rough plumbing day 1
Tue 1/9: plumber rough plumbing day 2
This took two days because they needed to completely redo the toilet and sink drains: the toilet drain was cast iron and falling apart, while the sink drain was illegally tied into the kitchen sink.
Wed 1/10: plumber rough inspection
Fri 1/12: electrician rough inspection
Tue 1/16: my rough inspection in the morning, vent piping in the evening
Sat 1/20: ceiling drywall in the morning with help from Peter
Sun 1/21: wall drywall in the morning with help from Peter, tub surround in the afternoon with help from Devan, wall drywall in the evening alone
I caulked the edge of the tub surround here, which was too early: I used silicone caulk, which doesn't hold paint.
Tue 1/23: drywall touchups in the evening
Wed 1/24: screw inspection
Tue 1/30: mudding in the evening
Wed 1/31: mudding in the evening
Thr 2/1: mudding in the evening
Fri 2/2: mudding in the evening
Sat 2/3: sanding in the morning with help from Peter, Julia priming and painting in the afternoon
Sun 2/4: flooring and trim
Mon 2/5: spackle, caulk, cleaning in the evening
Fri 2/9: install vanity in the evening
Sat 2/10: install medicine cabinet, cleaning, tidying in the evening
Mon 2/12: plumber finish plumbing first day
We tried to reuse the toilet, but the gasket leaked when they put it back together and they ran out of time to deal with it. We ended up needing to have them come back to install a new one.
Mon 2/12: towel racks and toilet paper holders in the evening
Wed 2/13: electrician finish electrical
Thr 2/15: plumber finish plumbing second day; final clean in the evening.
Estimated hours (not counting contractors and inspectors):
Material and fixture choices:
Costs, not counting the ~103hr of DIY labor:
Even if you're especially optimistic or pessimistic, the chance that you'll want money at retirement is large enough to be worth planning for.
The money is less restricted than it sounds: there are several options for using the money before retirement age.
The money is more protected than if you save it normally.
Since then, electricity has gotten more expensive while panels have gotten more efficient and cheaper, and I started thinking more after seeing how heat pumps don't work out with our electricity rates. Here's what we're considering:
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Alex Deis-Lauby will be calling all of these. Come dance and/or say hi!
You can bring a board and ask the sound person to point a mic at it, but what you get will depend a lot on how the physical material of the stage responds. Instead, it's common for musicians to put together a piezo and a piece of wood, to get consistently good sound from gig to gig.
A friend wrote to me to say they'd been having trouble getting a sound they liked from their board, and asked if I could help them debug it. I'm not really the ideal person to ask, since I've never ended up with an acoustic sound I'm happy with and have switched over to electronic, but I was game to play around.
Juila and I were a bit late in deciding where we wanted to donate this year. We intended to sort this out in mid-December, but didn't nail it down until Saturday 2023-12-23. An electronic transfer saves the recipient money, but with the holidays we didn't end up receiving ACH details until the evening of Thursday 2023-12-28. I put in a "Next Day" transfer with Bank of America that evening, got an automated confirmation, and stopped worrying about it. A bit tight, but a few days to spare.
On Thursday 2024-01-04 I was confused why the money still was showing up in my account. Had I entered the numbers wrong? Did I not hit "submit"? Was I not going to be able to claim this donation on our 2023 taxes?
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