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Author: Clay

A good weekend

So i’m sitting here typing this post while sitting outside under a lean-to in a thunderstorm. I’ve taken a long weekend at this point and things are pretty fantastic. I’ve spent about 10 hours on a bass boat so far and haven’t caught anything. I’ve not needed to do any work. Just hanging out with my father and some family friends at their house in Arkansas. It’s been a pretty fantastic weekend so far. I think we’re going to try another trip tonight on the lake. Probably on a party barge. We might even try another early morning trip tomorrow before pulling the boat out and heading home.

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Clean-up and Insulation

It’s hot, I’m lazy. I haven’t done much recently with the house. I’m currently working on getting the funds together to tear out the chain link fence in the backyard, have all the stumps ground out, and then rebuilding the fence. I could probably do this fairly soon if I would stop spending money elsewhere.

I spent a few hundred dollars and insulated half the ceiling over the living room with R-30 insulation. It seems to help a little bit. I only have access to half of the ceiling since it’s vaulted against the roof line on the west side of the house. The only way I would be able to do anything there is to tear out the ceiling and do spray foam against the back side of the roof and probably stuffing more fiberglass insulation there as new sheetrock went up. I’m not that hardcore about insulating the living room right now. Maybe at another point in time of if I need to do large scale repairs to the deck on the room at some point.

The other terrible decision that I made was to buy new windows. As you walk near the large windows I have on the west side of the house, you can feel the temperature change in my living room the closer you get to the windows. I’m tired of not being comfortable in the house and the temperature varying so wildly from room to room. I’m tired of listening to my blinds slap the windows when it’s windy outside. I know that insulation is probably a better value when trying to deal with temperature control, but I’m taking a leap on these two windows.

I’m not prepared to deal with the windows on the other three sides of the house and I’m not yet prepared to deal with the windows in the master bedroom either. I can close the master bedroom up during the day to keep the temperature down in the rest of the house assuming this actually helps. So maybe in another 4 weeks I’ll have installation photos. I decided to go with Window World and give them a shot. I’ve got a couple friends who have been pleased with the product they got and I rolled the dice. $1300 installed isn’t the worst price in the world for what is essentially the replacement of 5 aluminum single pane windows.

Maybe after this I’ll get back on the sub box and the audio installation in the Jeep. I have a bunch of small lingering projects that i can make some headway on with a little time. I’m in the planning stages of a long weekend away from all my responsibilities and hopefully when I come back from that I’ll be a bit more refreshed and willing to work on house projects again. Being lazy about this stuff is killing me, but I don’t have the drive to do it right now.

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Things are a little bit on the slow side right now, but that’s mostly my fault. I’ve done some light cleaning around the house, cleaning the garage and pressure washing. That’s about it. I need to speak with the man running the business behind my house. I need to see about having the chain link fence removed so I can put up a cedar fence.

Since removing it, I’ve come to the conclusion that not having a wooden privacy fence is not a great idea. I can hear the people behind me talking at night while they’re working. I hear them coming and going as well as starting vehicles. I’m not a fan of all the noise they make late at night and early in the morning. I’m seriously impressed by how much difference a fence makes.

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