I didn't get the ceiling fan up as planned before the end of Feb, but we've had a house guest all weekend and that slowed our plans a bit. I am going to buy the fan today at lunch so that perhaps it can go up before the end of the week depending on my DH's work travel. I decided to spring for one with a remote since we may want to adjust the fan speed up/down in the middle of the night once the hot Arkansas summers hit, and this way we could easily (*cough* lazily) do so. Here's hoping Tuesday Morning still has the one I liked.
Now, for March, I have no idea. Are you sensing a trend here? LOL Hey! Maybe it will get warm enough for me to paint something ...
03-01-2011, 02:53 PM
I've been working on my laundry room this week. I'm moving the excess pantry supplies that were in there to the basement and then subsequently moving around various other stuff to fill those newly emptied cabinets. Definitely a domino project. Already the room is looking way better though!
I'll be painting every single room in my house this year (including the laundry room), so it's going to be quite a project. Fortunately I have a friend and my brother that have volunteered to help me, plus I'll make my hubby help too. :)
03-01-2011, 03:34 PM
I'm going thru my folder of cut out & copied recipes. I'm taping them on recipe cards, throwing out & separating. What a mess, but I will prevail! I will WIN over this @ least 4" thick folder. I know I can....... :smhelp:
03-02-2011, 12:19 AM
Today is the first day of my March challenge to tackle my deck, but it was a crazy day at work, so I didn't get much of anything done.
03-02-2011, 02:37 PM
I'm in. I had posted a weekly home projects challenge but didn't get any takers, so I'm joining this one.
I need to install the shelves in a couple newly installed cabinets, in order to have a place for canning jars, which are in the garage and have to be dug out of some cabinets out there that are buried behind clutter. Fun, fun.
How come we don't have any icons for woodworking and stuff like that?
03-03-2011, 12:39 AM
You can pm Sara and ask for any icons that you don't see. I have commented before that the smilies are very feline-centric. No pooches.
03-03-2011, 08:12 AM
I got the fan yesterday -- last one in the right color w/ a remote! Hoping DH will be able to get it installed before the end of the week. For March, I am going to try to prime and paint 2 doorframes in my hallway. All I should need are brushes, rollers, and painter's tape. The doors and walls themselves will have to wait!
03-03-2011, 09:18 AM
A ceiling fan is easy to install, and they usually come with decent instructions. Why wait for your husband? There is nothing in the install that requires physical strength or even power tools, if they scare you. Just be sure you turn off the power first.
If you don't have a fan, you will have to install a fan brace for it too. The typical box for an overhead light isn't strong enough.
03-03-2011, 10:12 AM
It rained all day yesterday, so nothing done on the deck. (Yes, I am using the rain as my excuse. I am sure, had it not rained, I'd be done with my challenge already! ;) ) I am hoping for a sunny weekend (and hopefully not one below 30F) to start at least phase one: clearing everything OFF the deck. Then I need to replace a LARGE number of nails with wood screws, so the planks stop coming up, then repaint, then put about 1% of what was on the deck BEFORE back on the deck again.
03-03-2011, 11:14 AM
Continuing work on my laundry room. I'm actually almost done.
All I have left to do really is pull the remaining stuff out of the cabinets, wipe off the shelves and put the stuff back neatly. That should take less than 1/2 an hour so I'll have it done tomorrow morning.
Then this weekend I wash the floor and it's done for the moment.
03-03-2011, 12:40 PM
I got the holes drilled for the shelf pins in the made-over cabinets for my canning jars. Then I discovered the two boards that make up each of the shelves are too wide by a quarter inch. Fun, fun! I ripped one but my cordless circular saw really isn't up to the task, so I'm going to ask my husband to do the other two when he gets home. His circ saw is too heavy for my bad wrist. But that project is almost done and probably will be done today. And now I know how many jars of each size will fit in the space, so I know what I'll have to get rid of and what I can keep. Valuable info!
I also moved a bunch of clutter in the garage so I could get at my canning jars stored out there and see what I actually have. I may not have to dump as many as I thought. That'll be good!
Now that the canning cabinets are almost done, I'm starting to think about the cabinet we removed a fixed shelf from so cookie sheets would fit into it. It also contains cutting boards and I want to install a shelf higher than the original one for those. And I'm going to install some modified oven racks as cabinet dividers for the cookie sheets. All simple stuff, I just need the incentive to get it done.
03-03-2011, 01:17 PM
Spirit Deer, I definitely want to learn how to change out fixtures -- I'm just kinda skittish about it. Hoping a brace for the fan came in the box, or else I'll be headed back to the hardware store.
Got the brushes, rollers, and painter's tape @ lunch for March's project.
03-03-2011, 02:36 PM
Good for you! After I posted, I realized it might not be so easy if the wiring isn't in place for a fan/light.
The brace most likely isn't in the box. They're not needed when installed in new construction or when you can get at the rafters to put a brace made from lumber in. The braces for existing construction fit up through the hole in the ceiling where the existing box is, and then are cranked open until the teeth grab the rafters on either end. At least, that's the type I used. Fun, fun... not.
Are you anywhere near Crater of Diamonds State Park? We visited there a few years ago and loved Arkansas. We stayed at C of D and also at a park in Mountain View, where we toured the incredible, amazing Blanchard Springs Caverns. Hope to get back again someday.
03-07-2011, 01:18 PM
Spirit Deer, I'm about 2.5 hrs from Crater of Diamonds -- right on the AR/LA line here! Only diamond mine open to the public in the U.S :-) I agree that Blanchard Springs is gorgeous. It's been, oh, 15 years since I've been through there. The entire NW karst region of Arkansas is truly gorgeous, especially if one likes hiking or caving. We don't have the mountains or caves here where I am, but we do have several nearby lakes and wildlife preserves. We visited my DH's family over the weekend in the Delta region, and while that area's got a significantly higher poverty rate, it has its own beauty (flat farmlands, redwing blackbirds -- prairie land). And then the Hot Springs National Park area is lovely. Arkansas gets a bad rap, but it's honestly not as awful as it's portrayed. Kinda makes me sad.
There is no item fitting your description of a fan brace in my box, so I do indeed think I will have to buy one. We just had a flat plate that screwed into the ceiling where the old fan in our den was installed. So it's probably gonna fall on my head as I sit here typing. Drat and drat again :-P
03-07-2011, 02:32 PM
Bummer about the fan.
The info we came across regarding Crater of Diamonds is it's the only diamond mine in the world where you get to keep what you find. That's pretty amazing when you think of it. There have been some pretty valuable stones pulled out of that field!
We liked Arkansas. We were there in April the year we went. I know we wouldn't want to be there in the summer or during storm seasons. But the state was beautiful and the people were great. We'll go back again sometime, most likely. We didn't make it to Louisiana that trip, and Arkansas is on the way!
Arkansas had the first 'dry' counties we had ever encountered. LOL. We weren't sure what the laws were, exactly, so we just kept the beer in the coolers, the few we had along. I guess the law is only that you can't buy alcohol in them, not consume alcohol. But we figured we'd just be safe, as well as respectful. I had the pleasure of listening in to a jam session at the campground where we stayed in Mountain View. It was an informal gathering of maybe twenty musicians, playing banjos, fiddles, and all kinds of instruments playing the old standards. It was amazing! I guess they just got together and jammed at the campground's meeting hall once a week. Lucky me, I was there to listen in!
We did visit Hot Springs NP. It was different. I can't say it was one of our favorites *cough-Yellowstone-cough-cough* but we weren't able to hike there for various reasons, or try out the bath houses. It was an interesting place though, and our huskies got tons of attention when we were sitting on the front porch of one of the old bath houses in the park. It was fun because those big, grand porches and walking on the promenade gave us just a tiny taste of what it must have been like during the hey-day of the lah-dee-dahs way back when. I could almost see the ladies in their fine fancy dresses with their parasols and the men all dressed up. I do wish we'd have done the duck boat tours there. We didn't have much time there.
We enjoyed the local people at Crater of Diamonds, too. Very nice staff, and the park was beautiful and well-kept. We've been enough places to notice when it's not that way and appreciate when it is! The best restaurant we've ever eaten at was in our travels was Buddy's in Murfreesboro, just outside the park. Now, years later, it's still a joke between my husband and I when we're deciding where we want to eat out. Eventually one or the other of us will say, "Let's go to Buddy's!" Great food, good people, reasonable prices, what more could you ask?