Today was an exciting day: I got to run amok (well, not literally; safety first, people) with power tools, without The Boy’s supervision! Of course, I was under the supervision of not one, not two, but three professional carpenters (not all three at a time, though) as we (being a number of friends) set to work helping them renovate their shiny new (to them) house!
For the most part, the house was fine, although apparently the entire house (unlike ours which was about half-half) still had aluminum wiring. It turns out that Carpenter Dan had spent some time the previous week re-doing approximately 90% of it in copper. The other changes are mostly cosmetic, due to the house being a little, uh, 70s-tastic. (Key word: Seafoam Green.) The biggest structural change is the kitchen, where a lot of walls are being removed/opened up, and the cabinets which had boxed in the cooking area were taken out completely.
My task was to help put supports for the ceilings on the ground floor, the purpose of this task being both to add vapour barrier to the ceiling (which the previous owners had not), as well as remove the need to scrape any rooms with irritating popcorn stucco. (So annoying!) I’m actually quite envious of the glorious, flat, blank slate Carpenter Dan and his wife will have, ceiling-wise, when they’re done slapping the drywall up there, which should be soon. When I left this afternoon, over half the rooms had completed ceilings.
Surprisingly, I think I was relatively helpful, and managed to only injure myself by getting a small splinter later in the day.
People, there were times today when I got to have my way with both a nailer and a grinder, both completely unsupervised.
Sorry, couldn’t resist. (It’s true though! Sparks flew!) Anyway, so it was fun being helpful and seeing such a huge change in just a few hours. They’ve still got a lot of work, based on their project list, and about 3 weeks left to get it done in (just to get the place liveable), but hopefully today’s progress leaves them feeling encouraged.
It’s a gorgeous house, and I can’t wait to see it finished!