Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It has arrived!

My tankless water heater arrived via FedEx yesterday. Now I just need someone to arrive to install it! Oh - never mind, apparently I am that someone!
IESI finally removed my dumpster, 4 days after they said they would. But, it is gone, the ruts are there, and now we can continue our work!

Jeffrey N Dickson

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Video Tour

I recorded a short (1:49) video of the upstairs to show what we are working with.  The video went a little blurry at the end, but you can still see what is going on. Just click below to see the tour.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The bill arrives

I am fairly certain this will come as a surprise to many, particularly the mayor of Terrell, Mr Hal Richards.

Jeffrey N Dickson

Monday, April 5, 2010


At last!  I called this afternoon, and the full dumpster gets carted off tomorrow!  I had hoped to get it filled sooner, but, as with all construction jobs, I ran over.  But, it is full now, and they are coming to haul it off!  YAY!!!
I still have a little demo work to do, mainly some baseboards, a little more drywall, and a tad bit of flooring.  I also have to remove the old attic fan, but the largest part of the demo project is FINISHED!
I get to go to the doctor in the morning for a tetanus shot.  I drove a 50+ year old nail into my leg as I was attempting to break a piece of drywall.  Didn't see that nail in it!  YOWCH!!!!  The picture of the small puncture wound is on the Picasa Album.  No worries, it isn't real gross.  Wish I had taken a photo of the nail sticking out of my leg, though.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Working on it!

Neighbor Eddie came over today to help out. We cleared the upstairs of the old trunk, all the old doors, and the lumber that we will be salvaging. We got more of the flooring ripped up and knocked out some more walls. I started on the bathroom, and the pictures here tell what horrors I found in there. We are fortunate the house has not burned down. It brings new meaning to the prayer I have heard a million times: "Lord, please protect us from the unseen dangers."
We got the old toilet and the really old sink out, but still need to get the less old one out. We also have to work our way to underneath the house and get the old water lines out - we capped them for now, since there are no valves.
My arms are about to fall off, I have blood blisters all over my hands, and I am generally exhausted. It's a wrap for today; it will be there for next time.

Jeffrey N Dickson

Old wiring

This is an old wiring splice. Found it 1" from water heater flue pipe. No box. They don't make 'em like they used to! THANK GOODNESS!

Jeffrey N Dickson

Lovin' what I find!

Are you SURE your old house is built safe? This water heater flue pipe was in a small cavity upstairs. Notice the burnt wood around it? Double wall pipe needs a 1" clearance. This had about 1/2", if that!

Jeffrey N Dickson