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Friday, December 10, 2010

Project Focus

I know that many of you are concerned that the Sundance home renovation is taking too long and might not be ready for the move on February 1.
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I too share this concern.... but remain confident that my Mountain of a Man abilities will eventually win the day and see the project through on time.
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Tomorrow morning at 7:30, Joanne and I have to go pick out the granite countertops, and by mid-morning, I hope to be ripping out the kitchen subflooring in order to install the Brazilian Cherry 3/4" hardwood that I bought from Lumber Liquidators in Woburn.
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A layer of 3/4" particle board, together with 1/4" plywood underlayment and lineoleum tile have to be removed in order to get to a level where the Brazilian Cherry can meet the existing Red Oak Hardwood.
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The contrast of the dark cherry and the light oak will be a nice demarcation between the open kitchen and living room areas.
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I bought an air powered hardwood flooring nailer from Amazon, then tried to cancel when I saw how cheap it could be rented at Home Depot, but it was too late, and the Amazon shipment showed up today.  Hopefully, I will install enough flooring in the next few years to justify ownership of the tool. 
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With the great price for quality hardwood flooring at Lumber Liquidators, and the evolution of random orbital disk floor sanders that are easy to use and cheap to rent, it should be possible to install quality hardwood floors in the next few properties that we invest in.
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With a little luck... scratch that... a lot of luck... the subfloor will be ripped up and the hardwood will have been substantially underway by the end of the weekend.  Then I'll rent the floor sander and sand down all of the existing oak and the new cherry at the same time... about 800 SF worth.
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Four coats of oil based polyurethane with light sandings between each coat  will take at least four days of work with curing time.   So if the floor is done by the end of next weekend, I'll be pretty psyched.
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There is a lag period in the project until January 25, when the kitchen cabinets will be delivered.  During that time, we'll concentrate on the second floor raised panel wainscotting and crown moulding.
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I'm fairly certain that most of the finish work will be complete by the February move in deadline.  Course the issue of a the boat workshop is unresolved.  That, and the deck will absorb the warm months of 2011.
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In the meantime, I have stay focused on the business boom that Nanepashemet Telecom has experienced over the last few weeks.  It's hard to do both, but that's where the Mountain of a Man tendencies kick in.


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