Winter storm – Winter blues

I’ve not been adjusting well to winter here in Maryland – and it’s been a mild winter.  Mild until last weekend that is.   I sure miss warm weather and Florida.  I’m trying to make a brave front of it, and I’m going to embrace sailing on the Chesapeake in cold weather by making sure I dress warm.  But I’m not sure I’ll ever love it.  Did I mention how much I miss Florida?

This is what I woke up to last Sunday.

About 2 feet of snow

Plenty of snow

Winter storm Jonas visited us and gave us our first snow of the season.  Mrs. CapnRehab was stuck at home by the storm without any project supplies and wound up extremely bored.  She is a “slightly” energetic person, and in her enthusiasm to do something she decided to get outside and shovel snow.  She did a great job on the sidewalk:

Mrs. CapnRehab - snow shoveling pro

Mrs. CapnRehab – snow shoveling pro

A snowplow driver usually stops by and I pay to plow the drive.  This time I guess they were so busy they couldn’t bother with our street.  Then she got the idea to shovel the whole 100+ foot driveway.  She got me enrolled in the project, so we took turns with our one snow shovel.  It was actually pretty nice to be out on a crisp sunny day, with the woman I love enjoying the time together.  We didn’t need many layers because the shoveling kept us warm.  Look at that smile! .

Getting started on the driveway

Getting started on the driveway

Note we need to go all the way past those buried cars to the street.

A little progress

A little progress

A little more

A little more

These pictures don’t really do justice to how much shoveling we did.  It was a lot!  Naturally I forgot to take an “after” picture.  Forgot to take a snow selfie too.  See what winter does to me?

 

Work on the Rehabitat – Well Sediment Filter

You may be asking yourself, “Self, why does it take CapnRehab so long to do basic boatwork?”  Well, you’re probably not, but it’s something I ask myself pretty often.  The answer is pretty simple.  It’s a mix between “I’d rather watch that next episode of the ‘The Walking Dead’ “, I have to work, I’d rather read a book, I’d rather sleep, It’s too darn cold, etc. etc. blah, blah, blah.

Mrs. CapnRehab also has this nasty habit of saying something like “I’d like to get ____ done this weekend”.   It took me a while to figure out, that what she is really saying is that she’d like ME to get ____ done this weekend.  I may be slow, but I’m not stup….,  well let’s just leave it at “yeah, I may be slow”.

One other reason for boat project delay is there are a lot of projects pending on the Rehabitat.  As you may remember, there was the “Project that must not be named” last year.  That took up the whole year and did serious damage to my desire to do any other home projects.  Since then, I’ve been knocking them off here and there, but definitely not at a consistent pace.

As you may remember, at one point I posted that I was going to put in a new whole house sediment filter.  (Oh wow, I just checked and that was 2 years ago! – see excuses above)

The rehabitat is on a well, and the pump brings up little bits of rocks and other gunk that if not caught wind up in those little screens that sink, shower, and appliances have in them.

Here is the old scary sediment filter.  That black cylinder below the blue part is supposed to be white!  No way was I going to hook that back up.

Filter closeup

Filter closeup

After the issues I had putting in a shower faucet in January, I decided to do this one in CPVC.  WAY easier to work with.  Here are the plans I drew out.

sediment filter plan

sediment filter plan

Under construction.  Notice the nice clean workbench.  It has been so long since I had a setup for my tools.  Makes finding them very easy.  Notice that bench?  I built sometime around 1994.  I’ve hauled it across Maryland, down to Florida, back to Maryland and across Maryland again.  Still sturdy after more than 20 years!

sediment filter under construction

sediment filter under construction

And here is the final installation.  The existing pipes left me with not much space.  Sorry the picture is a bit blurry.  I really had to finagle the metal mount.  Tip: If you get a whole house water filter, don’t buy one without the wall mount.

Note: Yes, the filter is black here.  That is not gunk.  It’s a new filter.

sediment filter installed

sediment filter installed

After only a few struggles to stop an annoying leak or two, it was in operation.  Look at the junk it’s saving us from!

filtered sediment

filtered sediment

Still up north

Hi all,

I’m still hanging around up north, the job that must not be named just won’t let me go.  Last 2 weeks I’ve put in over 100 hrs, and the 2 weeks before that weren’t much better.  Got great news today, last day of the contract is next Wednesday so a little packing up and I’m outta here!

Meanwhile, here are samples of the non-Florida weather I got to enjoy while missing my departure date.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

6 inches of snow

6 inches of snow

Winter storms at the Rehab-itat

The “Project that must not be named”  is wrapping up.  Major milestone gets completed Friday, and I hope to wrap up a second one over the weekend.  So things are good on that front.  Work is still in overdrive though, so between the two – not much boat repair going on around here.  Plus, the sunfish is once again buried under stuff in the garage.  Soon, soon I’ll be digging it out.  “Sure, Capnrehab”  you say….  ” We’ve heard it all before.   Sure you’re going to start on the sunfish soon”.  What can I say?  Life gets in the way.

It’s pretty darn cold here, at least for someone that prefers the warmth of Florida!  It snowed last week so I made a special trip outside to take a picture.  Here is the Catalina 22. Notice how I got the sun to shine just under the mast?  (Just a hint of summer there)

Catalina 22 in snow

Catalina 22 in snow

Here are some photos of the rehabitat over the year.  Only the last is new.

Spring

Spring

Summer

Summer

 

Fall

Fall

Winter

Winter

 

Non-boat projects continue

The “Project that must not be named” continues.

We’re laying tile instead of putting carpet back in.  Besides just laying it in a basic square pattern, Mrs. CapnRehab wanted to add a little decoration to the side entrance.  What would you do to spruce up this area?

What to do to spruce this up?

What to do to spruce this up?

We’re using 16″ tiles, which is the max size my tile wet saw can handle. Naturally she wanted a diamond pattern, and when you do that you’re looking at almost a 23 inch cut. I had to freehand cut the tiles like this.  (By the way, this is another new tool for this project.)

Freehand diagonal cut

Freehand diagonal cut

 

Also, for what it’s worth, I don’t think I’ll ever go with ceramic tiles again.  Any tiny chip knocks off the surface layer, and shows the red clay backing material.  I’ve heard that porcelain doesn’t do that since it’s the same material all the way through.  I guess we’ll cross that bridge when it comes to it.

This was very much a colaborative effort, Mrs. CapnRehab did the design, I cut the tiles, Rehab jr. and Rehab son-in-law laid most of the tile.  I think it looks pretty good.

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Still have the grout to put in, and then there is work on the baseboards and door trim, and then… and then…

But the list is finite, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I’m reasonably sure it’s not a train.

Basement insulation

The “Project That Must Not Be Named” continues. I am taking a week of vacation to give a big push to finish. Yesterday’s activity was adding insulation and sealing the a/c ducts.

The basement had a mold problem when we bought the house. One primary cause seems to have been condensation on the air ducts.  So we are sealing the ducts first tape, then a goop (oddly enough called “air duct sealant”, and finally wrapping with insulation. With breathing masks, ladders, and awkward angles and hard to reach places there is only one way to put it. This job sucks.

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I can’t wait to get this entire thing completed.