fence, concrete removal

Wouldn’t you know it – a piece of concrete is exactly the same place as a future fence post!  I bought a blade for cutting concrete ($55, Rona) and, with Floyd pouring water, cut it in line with the rest of the concrete.  This was my first time cutting concrete.

It wasn’t bad, but I now know to cut full-depth rather than just an inch deep at a time.  Why?  Cutting only an inch deep creates enormous heat on just the outer 1 inch of the blade causing warping.  Cutting at full-dept, heat is evenly distributed throughout the blade.

rear fence plan

I did the ‘call before you dig’ (or now they call it ‘click before you dig’) and hung up my permit notices.  I marked the proposed fence line with marker paint.

Of course, this line will likely change, depending on the utility location markers when they come to mark, the tenant(s), Floyd’s advice, and my ongoing vision for the place.  It will change the rear entrance pathway for the guys in the house and the rear tenant’s entrance.

I’m still a little undecided on where the fence should be.  Originally, I envisioned a motorized sliding gate, keeping vehicles inside the fence line.

The neighbour down the alley has this fence.  It looks like it has been disused for some time.

This project will likely prove to be too complicated and costly.  So best go with an ordinary fence inside the property with the vehicles outside.

dead as a doorbell

The doorbell quit!  But I know why.  It was a clearance item at Rona.  When I installed it, I knew the button was sticky.  So when someone pushed it, it activated the doorbell and ran forever until the thing died.  Was it the transformer or the chime?  Hard to say.  But I replaced it all anyway.


In retrospect, sale items are not always a good purchase.

shower door

This shower door from Maax has to have some of the poorest instructions I’ve ever seen. Not the poorest, but close. It doesn’t tell you which way various objects go (pointing inside or outside of the shower). The diagrams are all fairly simple but nondescript in terms of orientation. We ended up losing five toggle bolts inside the wall because we had to take a bracket off and put it on facing the other direction. If I had this to do all over again, I would know what to do. But how many shower doors does a person install during their lifetime?

I’ll show you when it’s all done.

bedroom window framing, ceiling paint

Double-header, instep king studs, and a couple of cripples.

Next: cut the window hole and add the window. The nail flange will have to be tucked inside the siding somehow.

After that, add a one-by frame, drywall, tape, mud, sand, skim -coat, sand again, paint, and trim. Almost done. Ha.

In the mean time, while I wait for FT, I’ll be painting the ceiling again. The touch-up paint I used a couple of days ago froze in the van and changed colour.

Final coat?


I’ve taken these home to sand and urethane.  These will be trim boards for doors and windows and baseboards throughout the suite.


I’m hoping the end effect will not be humble looking but, rather, simple, clean, and natural.

A friend asked where all these sticks came from.  Here’s the story.  The floor framing is made of 2x3s ripped down to the same thickness as the rigid flooring insulation (about 2-1/8″).  These sticks are the leftovers.  Waste not, want not!