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?

 

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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

House Sediment filter

My next house rehab project is getting the sediment filter to work.  It is also hooked to some kind of treatment system.  For now, I have to keep the sediment from coming in because the grit is clogging our clothes washer supply lines and is a pain to clean.  It’s probably clogging other stuff that don’t have filters.

Here is the existing treatment system

Treatment system

Treatment system

Why you would have the sediment filter AFTER the treatment is beyond me.  It seems like it should be the first thing that happens?

Here is a close up of the sediment filter.  Ugh, look at how black it is.  I may need to replace the entire housing.  I’m guessing the insides of the copper pipes are just as nasty?  The entire system is shut off from the rest of the house supply at the moment.

Filter closeup

Filter closeup

Here is the treatment tank on the right, I’ve been told it’s a salt tank.  Yuck, I really don’t want this any where near our drinking water!

Treatment tank insides

Treatment tank insides

Here is the label on the outside of the other treatment system cylinder.  I have no idea what this is:

Treatment Cylinder Label

Treatment Cylinder Label

And last, here is the label on the timer mechanism.

Treatment system label

Treatment system label

I’m just going to bypass the whole treatment system and just replace the sediment filter.  Wish me luck.

Storage

The clean out of the garage continues.  Pegboard is a must for any garage, and mine is no exception.

Here is the pegboard halfway up.  Notice I put up the 1×2 frame first but have the 4×8 pegboard sheet laying sideways.  At first I thought I made a mistake and should have put them both vertically, but I don’t think it really matters.  All 1×2’s are nailed into studs that I found with my great new stud finder!  (Note, this is a picture from a previous post, but it’s the only one I have for the pegboard “before” picture.

Drying out

Pegboard “before” picture

Here it is complete.  I got to load up a bunch of items and get them out of the corner.

Loaded Pegboard

Loaded Pegboard

 

That white bag on the right is my windsurfer sail.  I guess I should hang it with the windsurfer.

I also made some shelves for gardening stuff (and other things).  “L” brackets mounted in studs work great.

shelves

shelves

The Garage continues to empty out.  A few weeks ago you couldn’t see past the first set of shelves.  Now it’s clear al the way to the third bay!  Next step is to organize tools so I can start the basement rehab.

Garage clearing out

Garage clearing out

appliance rehab

Not exactly rehab, but the new appliances were delivered saturday morning. Double oven, dishwasher & microwave. Should be a simple matter of removing the old ones… and dropping in the new ones, right? Not exactly. It took two full days, three trips to Home Depot and two trips to Lowes. The double oven was difficult, in part because it was so darned heavy. I finally hit on the idea of setting up my car ramps and shoving the thing right up them to get it in place.

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At one point I needed to get it back out to reposition the wiring, but it was stuck solid. I thought I was going to have to call the repairmen to finish the job. At that point I paused for a few minutes, thought about it, and then lifted the corner in just the right way to free it. For most of the weekend, the kitchen looked like this.

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but eventually I prevailed and it finally looked like this

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Mrs. CapnRehab was quite pleased with her functioning double oven and microwave.

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The next major rehab on the house is replacing all the locks. Wish me luck….

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Bought a house!

After many last minute nasty surprises, we finally settled.on the house last friday. We resolved the insurance problem by paying almost $1000 to have the heat fixed before we bought it. If anything had gone wrong we would have just lost that money.  Something is wrong with the system when stuff like that can happen.

Sorry, forgot to take a daylight picture of the outside, but the first thing we did was spruce up the garage.
Here is before:

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and here is after.

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I like blue, so I picked “Ice rink blue”.  It is weird, while painting it looked white and was hard to tell where it was already painted, but it dried a pretty blue.

I had hoped to paint the floor, but the humidity was way too high relative to the temperature so that will have to be another post.  We have been working to paint and clean and the inside now looks pretty good.

The mold repair has been completed and we move in tomorrow.
Everything pretty much going to plan.