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Ranch Update: Bathtub Blues

September 27, 2010

Just a quick update on my work at The Ranch this weekend. I spent the whole time trying to get the drain set up for the bathtub. It shouldn’t be that difficult, but apparently it was. First, the drain comes directly out of the flood in exactly the spot I wanted it to. That’s actually […]

Ranch Update: Cedar Ceiling and Recessed Lights

September 20, 2010

One of ┬ámy neighbors at The Ranch has access to a very cheap source for tongue and groove cedar. As a result, many of us are using it in our various building projects. In my case, I’m using it for the ceiling above my porch, within the house, and for the ceiling, walls and floor […]

Running Water is Vastly Underrated

September 13, 2010

In which I install a toilet and bathtub at the Ranch.

Update on my backyard

August 12, 2010

I’ve been leveling out the portion of my backyard where the pool will go, and I’m pretty close to finished. I’ve also cleaned up a lot of the weeds, organized my gardening containers, and moved my lemon tree to its permanent location. A few pics: I’ve been going up to The Ranch frequently, so I […]

Bit of a panic yesterday

July 23, 2010

I received a letter from my building department. Because I hadn’t had any work done on my house in 5 years, they were going to cancel my permit. Hmmmmm…. After several emails — including scans of my previous inspections — and a lengthy call to the building department, we finally established that the previous inspections […]

New door!

July 19, 2010

I installed my front door over the weekend. More importantly, I did it all by myself — I’m so proud! I was also going to install the utility door, but it turns out to be about 1/2″ wider than the door frame. Doh! Fortunately my caretaker says we can take care of that, so next […]

Stealth Chickens in Suburbia

July 16, 2010

I’ve been offline for quite a while, visiting family back east. I just got back on Saturday and have spent the past week catching up on bills, laundry, and all the other necessities of daily life. During my downtime, though, I’ve been revising and refining my plans for both the backyard of my city house […]

No progress on the Ranch this week

June 13, 2010

I haven’t got much to report on the Ranch. Last week I purchased a small (6 gallon) air compressor and a new framing nailer, so I don’t have to keep borrowing my neighbor’s. I was hoping to test it out this weekend, but ended up helping The Boy move his non-functional Jeep from its storage […]

Slow going

May 20, 2010

I spent last weekend up at the ranch again. With the help of the neighbors, I got the final trusses up and finished sheathing over them. Then we realized that we had to get some flashing to put between the interior walls of the parapet and the roof sheathing, so had to make a run […]

Build Week begins!

April 24, 2010

The truck’s all packed and I’m heading out to the Ranch. For good or ill, what I’ve got is what I’ve got. The windows will be delivered next Wednesday, but the company provided very explicit dimensions for framing. Blogging will probably be light, but my Twitter feed should see a lot of action, mostly in […]