Update: 09-05-17 by RodS ()
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I'm taking a break while the first coat of waterproofing dries on the floor on the north side of the room. I thought I'd post this update of the (s...l...o...w) progress.... It's driving me nuts not being able to be here with all of my friends - or being able to work on my T.N.A. story. I am making progress, though - but it's going to take a little longer, still... I do hope to be up and running by the time I retire at the end of the month.
I've wanted to replace the old toilet, and fix the big rectangular hole in the sheetrock behind it for some time - so this is the perfect opportunity! I patched the hole, and put a sheet of foam insulation up. It will get a coat of paint, as well as the other walls in the restroom.
I think the Lair will look pretty good once all the tile is down, and the finish work is done. I'm dying to get everything up and running again!
Hope everyone had a great weekend! I'll get caught up with commenting on all your wonderful art once this is done. Thanks for stopping by!
UPDATE: Please keep our friend Dan (Diemamker) in your thoughts and prayers as hurricane Irma heads for Puerto Rico with 185 mph winds!
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Isn't it astonishing what water---simple, shapeless water---can do? It's just stunning. One little period of rain, and you are sunken in repair, replace, tedious removal, painstaking study of every square inch, cleaning, more removal, more planning, and so on. It reveals every imperfection a place has to offer; and you must've felt---1000 times---"how in hell will I ever finish this?" Well, you're remarkably good at these things, so maybe it didn't overwhelm you that much, but you had to look at it and think: "That's it: we're moving". You probably wanted to roll the whole basement into a ball, stuff it in a trash bag, and toss it out the window, and snort, "f__k it!"
One flood victim I knew said, while talking under a pile of plaster-to-be-thrown out: "Water's good, right? I mean we need it to live, right? Right??? Someone tell me I'm wrong here..." And boy, when you decided to retire, the fates decided "notttttt so easy, jack..." You've had operations, recoveries, all that work-related agita before, all the computer changes, and now this. (If I'm leaving anything out, remind me.) (You couldn't just get a watch and leave???) You should get an Academy Award for all you've been through. I've not had floods, but I've had to re-build a place, and man, I recognize those pictures of yours. I wish you all the speed you can get, and as little stress as possible (too late for that, I realize) in getting back to normal. At least you'll have a completely refurbished basement when you retire. All the best, Rod. It'll be like plopping into bed after working 40 hours straight: You'll just plop down and say, "we're done!!!!!" I wish you all the best with this. You deserve it.
Oh, man.... you ARE making progress. But it seems slow until you're finally finished. But, I don't see the most important item - the potty! Are you doing a Summer job (Kitty's on the potty, Summer's on the pail, if you remember that post). Or, you use the pail and then "water" the flowers with it.... oops, did I say water? Don't want THAT back inside! Especially the fertilizer type! I wonder how long this work has taken, thus far. I admire your tenacity! And close to retirement. Hope you have an economy so you survive if hit by more flying shit (my worry now is about that German war goddess Irma who is reputed to soon attack the USA!). Keep up the good work, and best wishes from Summer, T.Rex and me!
I have got to hand it to you, Rod. This would suck the life out of lesser men. I wish congress had your tenacity for work instead of standing around with their thumbs up their collective sphincters! In your retirement if you ever make it out to my neck of the woods, I'll buy you a beer (LOL). Keep on truckin', big guy!!!
even with the former damage from the flooding, you still have a cool "man cave". I do not envy you laying the tiles. my knees would not hold up for it being on the floor that long. I have carpet only left in one closet and tomorrow I will buy laminated flooring to get rid of the carpet. I would like to replaced the parquet flooring in the main living/dining room. I am resisting because of all the labor involved in taking up the old floor. I may rent a machine for removing tiles/glued floring
OMG! And here I was so proud, I assembled two Industrial shelves... with a little help. Now I look at this and get exhausted just looking at it. My knees would sue me, no I would sue me, if I had to lie down on them doing what you did. One square meter, and I would never ever get up again. Don´t even dare imagine how this must have been, but you have until now done a heck of a great job. Keep up the good work but take it easy. You should last long time after you get retired :)
One of my favorite poems comes to mind, as I view your progress and commentary...
Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley