While House Improbable isn’t in the direct path of
Hurricane Tropical Storm Sandy, I’d rather over prepare and look foolish than under prepare and have broken stuff.
The side porch of our house is in rough shape, much of the glue holding the muntins together is gone, some of the wood is shot and several glass panes are cracked or broken. Since this wouldn’t stand up to a strong breeze, we knew a hurricane would likely wreck havoc upon it. So after a Home Depot trip, we added wood supports across the outside, then screwed corrugated PVC to that. It doesn’t look horrible, should protect the fragile windows, and leaves the porch usable.
Assuming this survives the storm as well as I hope it will, it’ll likely stay on the windows all winter. With any luck it’ll keep the porch warm enough that the ever patient girlfriend can keep her plants out there.
The other prep included tying up the billboard patio awning(one day I will write the post about making this, I swear), and using the wee trailer to weigh down some plywood & fencing I had sitting in the yard. Then all that was left was to stuff the patio furniture & trash cans in the garage and we are ready for the storm.
The first actual car work has happened in my new garage last week. It was just a tie rod & plugs on the my girlfriend’s MR2, but it was real car work, in a garage that is mine.
The garage is still a mess, and the other bay is full of furniture & bins, but it is a start, and more is coming. I have actually done some more since, but I am so busy the blog posts will keep being a bit delayed & erratic.
The erratic (and lack of) posting here are due to us closing on our HOUSE(!!!) on the 8th, and desperately trying to get it livable by the 23rd, when we move out of our apartment.
House will mean more space for living, more space fro projects/creations, more opportunities for dumb ideas and an actual garage for Improbable Garage to exist in.
However at the moment it involves sanding & repairing floors, painting wall, ripping apart stuff and all the other millions of things needed to turn a short-sale house into a place we can live in. So please continue to bear with me until we’ve had a chance to settle down.
…and already it is taking over my brain.
Today’s obsession is these forest green glass door knobs.
Look at them. Just look at them.
Tell me that isn’t just about the coolest door knob ever. With the green, and the glass and…
You’ve never given door knobs a thought?
Oh, you’re one of those normal, well-adjusted people. Aren’t you?
Anyway… I have a distinct weakness for glass door knobs. and them being dark green glass just puts it over the top. It would “only” cost $600 to replace all the visible door knobs in the house with these. Sigh…