Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hamilton: Weird Stuff

Now Hamilton has some really nice homes but this one would be a pain to live close to!  I couldn't get the statue by the street which Reno Chick thought was some garbage but you can just imagine.  I can't wait for this house to really get into the Xmas spirit and fancy up the front yard a bit more.  I will come back with another picture if I get a chance to swing by and look at the place.

Okay now I will get back to work .... have to find that grout cleaner first.


Let's just say that I don't know the first thing about plumbing.  I do know that you turn on a faucet and water comes out but that is about it!  So today I will attempt to fix the upstairs washroom vanity which has a leak on the cold water side.

You will notice in the picture that there is a bottle of vinegar there which was recommended to help get off the bonnet nut.  So while I wait for the next time for me to apply more vinegar I will begin on cleaning grout in the same bathroom.  One shower and bathtub to go still!

Monday, November 29, 2010

OT: Pet Peeves

I am so behind in writing some posts but I figured I would throw this little off-topic post in here!  Today at Lowe's in Hamilton I was in some considerable need to use the washroom.  Now I won't give you all the details but the pet peeve showed up in the stall.  Now at a gas station which requires a four foot piece of wood to protect the key usually still has a toilet seat that is the same shape as the bowl.  But here I am at a public company's public washroom for customers and there is an elongated bowl and a round seat.  Next time I will take a photo but I wasn't in the mood this morning.

The store wants to sell me all sorts of stuff to fix my house and they can't even get the correct shape seat on a toilet bowl.... hmmm.  Anyways I am now off to Home Depot to get some baseboards for the back two rooms as I managed to get a brad nailer this morning from the Restore for $65.

Friday, November 19, 2010

We have internet access!

You really can't live these days without internet access and now we are back up and connected to the world!

Now all I have to do is start to take pictures of our place and post them online to share with everyone.  I have been working this week on the dog's room hardwood floors and I will head back downstairs to finish that job.

Next task will be to figure out how to install baseboards to cover the 3/4" gap that the bamboo hardwood needed from each of the walls.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

We found out how old our house is

Yesterday RenoHunk's brother stayed overnight at our house.  In between too many beers he was able to install the outdoor pendant light we got from Home Depot. I had a crying fit about this same light a few weeks back, we had some difficulty with the installation...and I really just wanted the light up that day. With a $45 light you definitely get what you pay for in terms of difficulty of installation and ability to change the light bulb.....but it is up and looks great. Before this light the front of our house was pitch black and dreary. I feel kind of silly for the crying fit but I just wanted to have the light up and hit my first reno temper tantrum.

Yesterday we also found out when our house was built courtesy of the municipal property assesment showing up in the mailbox. Our house was built in 1895 and the approximate size of our home is pegged at 1900 square feet. I think that is before the small addition that we have in the back of our house which adds another few hundred square feet. 1895 is pretty old....

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Open Houses and New Ideas...

OK I admit it...I am an Open Houseaholic. Saturday and Sundays are tough days for me as I secretely want to devote a few hours each day to looking at homes. Real Estate agents must hate people like me (but in my defense I have purchased three homes in my lifetime and we are actively looking for a rental property). This Sunday between hours spent cleaning up the backyard and taking the kids out for Halloween we magically had 30 minutes to spare to see two open houses. It was fantastic....and I even came accross a cute idea for our home. Our home is over 100 years old and we are trying to maintain the original charm while balancing the need for modern comfort. One of the open homes had brass dust corners in their staircase corners. I think it would be a nice detail to add to our staircase. It is a bit difficult to visualize but I will take a picture once they are purchased and installed. 

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